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Holiday Pet Safety

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

dog cat fireplace Our pets are part of the family. Make sure that they are comfortable and safe during the holidays especially during large family gatherings.

With the holidays approaching, we will be celebrating with family and friends. During this time, we are breaking away from our daily routines that our pets are used to having. It is important to keep them in mind during the hectic holiday excitement. We have a few handy tips for the safety of your pet during the holidays.

  • Inform your visitors ahead of time that you have pets in the home.
  • Though the excitement of a party may overwhelm some pets, keep your pets inside during cold weather and provide plenty of toys to keep them busy.
  • When company starts to arrive, watch the front door closely, when it is open, your pet can take advantage of the opportunity to escape.
  • Signs of anxiety in dogs include hiding, panting, shaking, and inappetence. To avoid anxiety or aggression, we suggest leaving your dog in a secure room with the TV on or radio with soft music.
  • Common signs of feline anxiety include hiding, loss of appetite, excessive vocalizing, and pacing. A Feliway diffuser works wonders to alleviate stress.

Did you know that pets or wild animals have a part in starting about 750 home fires per year? These involve cooking equipment, fireplaces and chimneys, space heaters, lamps, bulbs, wiring, and candles.


Below are some pet safety tips from the NFPA.

  • Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stove and countertops.
  • Keep pests away from candles, lamps, and space heaters.
  • Always use a metal or heated heat tempered glass screen on the fireplace and keep it in place.
  • Keep pests away from Chili’s outside vents. I have a pet free zone of at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Consider battery operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.
  • Some pets are tours. Watch pets to make sure that they do not chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

For more Information visit: www.nfpa.org national fire protection Association.

If you experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com.

7 Fire Damage Restoration Steps for Restoring a Commercial Property in Akron, Ohio

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Burnt Ceiling A fire damaged this commercial building in Akron, Ohio. Need a restoration company call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

Fire damage is a business owners worst nightmare. Even a small fire damage in Akron can require costly repairs. Without the knowledge or professional aid of a restoration crew, it is easy to feel lost and alone when recovering from a commercial fire. It can be difficult to walk through your space after the firefighters have left to survey the damage, and you may wonder how you will get your property back to its former condition.

Regardless of the size of the fire, it is always a good idea to schedule an inspection before attempting any fixes on your own. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you give us a call. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We will 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, SERVPRO 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 will 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

SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean 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.

While it can be devastating to survey the fire damage, rest assured that there is a solution to remedy the situation. Professional services for commercial fire damage in Akron, Ohio are available from a premier company like SERVPRO. Our expert techniques, utilizing the standards set forth by the IICRC, will be used to remove smoke damage and determine which items in the building are salvageable. The professional fire damage restoration team will work diligently for you until all traces of the fire have been removed from the building and it is restored to its former condition. Our business is to get you back in business.

SERVPRO of West Akron is a locally owned and operated company that you can call 24 hours a day to restore your commercial fire damage in Akron, Ohio. We have been in the community for over 40 years and you can trust us to get the job done right. Call us at 330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com.

Follow SERVPRO of West Akron on Our Social Media Accounts

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Words about franchise's social media Follow SERVPRO of West Akron on Our Social Media Accounts!

We want to let everyone know that SERVPRO of West Akron is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can like, share, and follow us on our pages by clicking on the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROofwestakron

https://twitter.com/SERVPROWAkron

https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO_of_west_akron/

On each of our social media accounts we post information about:

  • News about our company
  • Tips & tricks about the fire, water, and storm damage industry, plus more
  • Meet the SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County team
  • Community events
  • Drawings & Giveaways
  • Testimonials

It's a great way to learn a little bit more about what we do in our community and keep up with events that we have done, or those coming up soon. If you want, click on an above link to leave us a review or comment about an experience you have had with SERVPRO. We want to know what we can do to continue providing our customers the best possible service.  Our goal is to restore your property damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Akron specializes in Fire & Water Restoration and Cleanup. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and we provide 24-hour emergency services. We are locally owned and operated with highly trained and IICRC crews available 24-hours a day at 330-867-5723. If you want to learn more, visit www.SERVPROwestakron.com.

If You Experience Flooding Damage - Call SERVPRO!

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water Street If you experience a water damage from extreme flooding, call SERVPRO of West Akron at -330-867-5723.

A severe storm can produce flooding in neighborhoods that may cause water damage in homes. Families can be left with mushy carpet, dilapidated couches, and partially soaked boxes along with cherished items that need to be restored. When 3-8 inches of rain falls quickly, and flash flooding occurs in can cause thousands of dollars in damages in homes.

If you had a water damage you should begin the dry out & restoration process immediately — It is important to call a professional restoration company that has the equipment to completely dry-out your home. Water damage can sometimes be hidden behind drywall or beneath carpets that may even feel dry. A moisture meter detector is used to help determine where there is water damage. Insurance often covers most of the cost, and consumer shop vacs and dehumidifiers are not always effective. If you do not begin a dry-out within three days, secondary damage such as mold will begin to grow, which can be even more costly and may cause health effects to your family. Costs for drying out a basement can run from about $3,500 to $7,000 — and that does not cover the cost of repairing any damage or replacing lost items.

Beware of scammers. Calling a local and reputable restoration company is important. Do not use a contractor that not from the area. Do not use a storm chaser, they capitalize on weather disasters such as flooding, hail and windstorms. Storm chasers usually will go door to door to see if you need service and most likely have a high-pressure sales pitch or offers of “special” prices available only if you immediately agree to the deal.

Be prepared before the next flood by taking these few steps:

  • Store items in plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes.
  • Invest in a power supply for your simp pump or get a battery-powered back up pump.
  • Review your insurance policy to make sure you have adequate coverage. A secondary policy is sometimes needed to cover sump pump failure. You also may need flood insurance to cover water that enters your home through windows or doors — as opposed to seeping in through the ground. You probably need at least $25,000 in coverage for a basement.

SERVPRO of West Akron is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Akron, OH residents and business owners with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies. We have been providing residential and commercial water damage removal services in the area for over 50 years.

SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24/7. Call us at 330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com for more information.

SERVPRO Crews are Available 24/7 for Water Damage Restoration

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Trucks Men & Woman The SERVPRO of West Akron Crews are Available 24/7 for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Akron, Ohio.

Everyday our crews set out to perform the best water damage restoration services in Akron, Ohio. There are many different restoration companies in the area, but SERVPRO is a national brand that is a preferred vendor for the major insurance companies.

SERVPRO of West Akron offers excellent customer service, quality restoration work, and clear communication. We know that when you call us, you’re expecting the best damage restoration services in Akron. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to look through our reviews and read what our raving customers have experienced with our franchise.  

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. From the initial extracting water to drywall removal to ceiling repair our technicians can take care of the water damage.  

SERVPRO of West Akron is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Akron, OH residents and business owners with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies. We have been providing residential and commercial water damage removal services in the area for over 50 years.

SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24/7. Call us at 330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com for more information.

Be Prepared for the Next Storm in Akron, Ohio and Download the FEMA App

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Phone Words Be prepared before the next storm in Akron, Ohio and download the FEMA App to your cell phone.

Don’t forget that September is National Preparedness Month!


Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov) to highlight the importance of being prepared for the unexpected.


Did you know that FEMA has an APP? Be prepared before the next storm and download the FEMA App today!


Features in the FEMA App:


• Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.
• Share real-time notifications with loved ones via text, email, and social media.
• Learn emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including fires, flooding, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, volcanoes and more.
• Locate open emergency shelters and disaster recovery centers in your area where you can talk to a FEMA representative in person.
• Prepare for disasters with a customizable emergency kit checklist, emergency family plan, and reminders.
• Connect with FEMA to register for disaster assistance online.

With any storm system, remember to: follow the directions of local officials, don’t drive around barricades, and update your Android or Apple device with the latest version of the FEMA App. The app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google Play.


SERVPRO of West Akron specializes in all types of storms and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Have Storm or Flood Damage in Akron, Ohio? Call Us Today 330-867-5723 or visit www.SERVPROwestakron.com.

4 Steps to Put Out a Kitchen Grease Fire in Akron, Ohio

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Pan Flames If you experience a grease fire in your home and you need emergency cleanup and restoration, please call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

A grease fire can start quickly and spread rapidly if not extinguished. Cooking causes over 160,000 home structure fires, annually, and is considered the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Of the 160,000 annual cooking fires, two-thirds (66%) started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Often, these fires are ignited by grease.

4 Steps to Put Out a Kitchen Grease Fire in Akron, Ohio

Cover Flames

The first thing you need to do is cover the flames. Use a metal pan lid or a cookie sheet to smother and extinguish the fire. If you put out the fire quickly, your home may not experience any fire damage.

Turn off Heat Source

Once, the flames are extinguished, turn off the heat source. Do not pull the pot from the stove until the flames are extinguished to avoid injury. You don’t want to risk injury from the hot grease or flames. Once, the flames are extinguished, if possible, move the pan from the hot burner.

Use Baking Soda

If you do not have a lid or sheet capable of covering the pot with the fire, use baking soda. Do not use water. Water may make the situation worse. Do not use flour, baking powder or other cooking powders that resemble baking soda or salt. They have a different chemical makeup and will not react like baking soda and may make the fire worse.

Use a Fire Extinguisher

If nothing seems to control the fire, consider using a fire extinguisher to reduce fire damage. However, you cannot use just any fire extinguisher. You need a class B fire extinguisher, always have one in your kitchen for essential fire prevention. 

A grease fire is common, and it is controllable. However, if you do not act quickly, the fire can spread rapidly. Use the steps above to extinguish a stovetop fire. If you are not familiar with grease fires, or if you don't know how to use an extinguisher, contact your local fire department to ask for help.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? 
Call Us Today – 330-867-5723

SERVPRO® of West Akron will help to make it "Like it never even happened." ®

We are Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

September is National Preparedness Month - We Can Help if You Experience a Disaster!

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

family computer September is National Preparedness Month and its important to talk to your family about being prepared in case of a disaster.

September is National Preparedness Month, and it was introduced by FEMA back in 2004 and it encourages Americans to be prepared for natural disasters and other emergency situations. This year’s theme, “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love”. Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families, and communities.

According to https://www.ready.gov/september here are each week’s campaigns:

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.

Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up to date.

Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Disaster can strike at any moment, and it is important to have a plan. SERVPRO professionals specialize in fire, water, or storm disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. To learn more information about everything SERVPRO of West Akron offers visit www.SERVPROwestakron.com.  

Tornado Watch vs Warning - Be Prepared!

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Clouds Sky SERVPRO crews are here to help cleanup and restore your home after a storm in Ohio.

One of the scariest sounds to hear during a storm is the tornado siren. Its best to prepare now before the next severe weather to keep you and your family safe. Follow these guidelines to know what to do before, during and after a tornado comes through your neighborhood.

Before

Having an emergency plan and practicing it is critical. Make sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do. And do not forget about your pets! Have a crate or leash in an easily accessible place in case you need to help them move to safety.

Make an emergency supply kit with non-perishable foods, water, blankets, an emergency kit, batteries, weather radio, flashlights, and important documents.

Secure your home with storm shutters to prevent windows from breaking. Also, garage doors tend to get damaged during tornadoes, so ensure yours are sturdy and durable enough to resist violent winds.

Tornado Watch vs Warning

If there is a tornado watch, a tornado is possible, so keep a close eye on your local weather station for updates. Stay attentive to the changing of the weather. Pick up and remove any loose items and debris outside of your home.

During a tornado watch, the following could signal a possible tornado:

  • Dark-greenish clouds
  • Thunderstorms
  • Hail
  • Debris
  • Consistent rotation in cloud base

tornado warning means that a tornado is already occurring or will be soon. If you were alerted by the sound of an alarm or by a weather station, stay inside and take cover in the interior or lower part of your home. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. A tornado can rip through your neighborhood in a matter of seconds, so do not risk your life by going out

If you have a smart phone, it is extremely easy to follow along with warnings or watches in your area. If you do not have access to a smart phone or tablet, listen to the radio or watch your local news station for updates.

During

If you are at HOME: Find the safest part of your home which is usually a storm cellar, basement, or a room on the lowest floor with no windows. If you are in a tall building and do not have time to get to the lowest floor, go to the center of a hallway. If you are in a mobile home, get out and find the nearest sturdy building.

If you are in your CAR: If a tornado hits and you are in a car, try to find the nearest building or shelter. If this is not an option, get out, find a ditch, and cover your head; or stay in the vehicle, buckle-up, put your head down and cover it.

After

After the tornado, remember to keep children and pets away from any damage or debris outside of your home. If you see any downed power lines, stay away from them, and report them to your utility company. If you experienced any damage to your home, call your insurance company to file a claim and then your local SERVPRO.

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.

Let Us Help Keep Your Business Open in Akron, Ohio

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

PPE Hose Person If you need disinfecting misting at your commercial business to fight the spread of the Coronavirus, then call us at 330-867-5723.

As our communities continue to see the spike of the Covid Delta Variant we are here to help disinfect and clean your facilities. The expectation of staying safe is the top concern of your employees, visitors, vendors, and everyone who comes into your establishments. It is crucial to review and update policies for cleaning and disinfecting your facility, equipment, and vehicles. It is recommended that you should increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, which may include door pushes, handles, touchpads, elevator buttons, faucets, sinks and electronic devices, as well as common areas, such as entryways, lobbies, hallways, and restrooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers steps for properly cleaning and disinfecting facilities. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be disinfected and clean, and SERVPRO has developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current and future COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Call us today!

If you are interested in minimizing the spread of germs with proactive cleaning call us at 330-867-5723! At SERVPRO®, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration in 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.