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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!

Commericial Building Water Damage in Akron, Ohio

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commericial Building Water Damage in Akron, Ohio Water Damage in an Akron, Ohio office.

Commercial Water Damage

SERVPRO of West Akron receives calls daily from commercial buildings that have suffered a water loss due to pipe-breaks, sprinkler malfunctions, toilet overflows, sewage backups, floods and much more.  Water damage is one of the biggest threats that will damage a property.  It is crucial that the owner of a property recognize any water damage that has occurred and to quickly begin professional restoration and mitigation. Any amount of water can cause severe and long-lasting damage to drywall, flooring, and structural components. The quicker the SERVPRO of West Akron team is called out the better it will be for our team to restore instead of replacing saving the company money.

When our team first enters the building, they will find the source of the water damage and will assess the level of water in the business using sophisticated equipment, such as hygrometers and infrared detection devices. If the water in the home or water in the business has compromised structural components, such as flooring, joists or beams, the team will note it. SERVPRO of West Akron uses powerful extraction equipment to remove any standing water in the business. When the water is removed the drying process begins using powerful drying equipment. The final step is to disinfect and clean all the surfaces and contents.

Our SERVPRO team is on call 24/7/365 to help your business survive water devastation and quickly get your property back in working order. Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723!

SERVPRO Professionals are Trained in the Science of Drying

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Professionals are Trained in the Science of Drying SERVPRO of West Akron employees loading up a truck with equipment for a water loss.

Did you know there is a science behind the drying process after your home or business has been affected by water damage?

Your reaction may be to clean up water just using towels and mops and place a few fans to the area, but SERVPRO of West Akron crews have been professionally trained and certified to follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damage. 

Our crews will:

1. Inspect your home or building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.

2. Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.

3. Speed up the drying process by using professional drying equipment.

SERVPRO of West Akron has the tools and equipment  to  help speed the drying of your home or business to preloss condition.

CALL SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Akron Water Damage Specialists

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of West Akron Water Damage Specialists SERVPRO equipment placed at a water loss in a commercial building in Akron, Ohio.

SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Akron has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of West Akron

SERVPRO of West Akron 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.

Storm Watch vs Warning Forecast in Akron, Ohio

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Watch vs Warning Forecast in Akron, Ohio A severe storm in Akron Ohio damaged this home.

Storm Watch versus Storm Warning

In our daily routine we check the weather forecast. Sometimes, that forecast will prepare us for storms that maybe developing and we continue to watch the news in case something severe develops. We hear the terms Storm Watch and Strom Warning on TV, but what really is the difference between a storm watch vs a storm warning?

Knowing what weather terms mean can help you prepare your home and family for any type of weather event.  The best time to learn them is before any emergency happens.

A WATCH means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, depending upon the specific type of watch issued. In the case of a tornado watch, this DOES NOT mean that a tornado has been seen or even indicated on radar...it just means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. Similarly, a severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are just conducive for the development of severe weather and DOES NOT indicate that severe weather has been reported. While no immediate action on the part of the general public is required for the issuance of a watch, citizens should keep up to date on the current weather situation and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.

This is a great time to prepare your house if forecasts are calling for a strong storm.  

  • Tie down or bring in outdoor items that can go airborne.
  • Clean out your gutters to prevent water from pooling on your roof.
  • For serious storms, consider boarding up your windows.
  • If a possible tornado is on its way, make sure your safe room is ready.

A WARNING, on the other hand, requires more immediate action and should be taken seriously. A severe thunderstorm warning indicates that severe weather is imminent in your area or is already occurring (based on either human observation or doppler radar). The term severe refers to hail greater than or equal to 1.00" in diameter and/or wind gusts that meet or exceed 58 mph. Although these storms can also be associated with dangerous cloud to ground lightning or heavy rainfall that is capable of causing flash flooding, neither of these two items serve as criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning being issued.

What do I do if severe weather is coming?

  • Have a plan for immediate shelter in your home for your family and pets.
  • It is possible to loose electricity during severe storms. Be prepared by charging your cell phone and have a battery operated weather radio.
  • Be prepared by having all emergency documents in a water/fire proof safe, first aid kit, bottle water and food,
  • Prepare your home by tying down any outside furniture, trampolines, grills, flower pots, etc.
  • If a possible tornado, consider boarding up your windows.

If you need storm damage cleanup and restoration, please call SERVPRO of West Akron 24/7/365 at 330-867-5723!

Water Damage from Severe Storms in Summit County, Ohio

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from Severe Storms in Summit County, Ohio SERVPRO of West Akron equipment drying out a basement that was flooded from a severe storm in Akron, Ohio.

What if my property has storm damage?

SERVPRO of West Akron receives many calls of water damage after all types of weather storm events. We service residential and commercial properties that have been damaged from hail, stron winds, heavy rainfall and tornadoes. After these storms our crews are dispatched to perform water removal, remediation, sanitizing, and drying out the structures of homes and businesses affected by flood waters.  Our professional technicians are available 24/7/365 days a year and have the experience and expertise to put your home or business back together.  “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that we have 24/7 Storm Damage Services?

After the storm has passed and conditions are safe for our technicians, our work begins.  We provide the following disaster cleanup services to Akron, Fairlawn, Stow, Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and surrounding communities in Summit County.

  • Roof Tarping
  • Board Ups
  • Temporary Power Hookup
  • Tree Removal
  • Temporary Structural Repairs

Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 for water restoration and cleanup.

SERVPRO of West Akron Mold Specialists

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO of West Akron Mold Specialists Mold growth in a Akron, Ohio basement.

SERVPRO of West Akron Mold Specialists

A plumbing leak, sewage back-up, broken pipes or any other kind of water damage can cause excess moisture in a home which may lead to mold growth. Mold damage and mold growth is actually very common in most homes. Our SERVPRO of West Akron team was called in to clean up this mold growth after this home was unoccupied for several months and moisture had gotten into the home.

Although checking for mold in a home may seem like a simple job, but some mold can hide in your basement and/or attic. It is important to have an expert that has been trained and certified of getting the job done right the first time. We have the right chemicals and equipment for handling mold in a safe manner plus we have the right gear to perform the deodorization processes without putting your family at risk. Trying to preform the mold remediation project can be risky to the occupants of the home. Please call the professionals of SERVPRO of West Akron because we have the skill set and expertise of doing a detailed job!

SERVPRO of West Akron: 330-867-5723

September is National Preparedness Month in Akron, OH

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage September is National Preparedness Month in Akron, OH Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 for your Free Emergency Ready Profile Assessment.

September is National Preparedness Month: “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how”

Local SERVPRO disaster recovery specialist offers Akron property owners tips for preparing for, surviving, and recovering from the unexpected

Akron, OH (Grassroots Newswire) August 28, 2018 - Local disaster restoration specialist Laurel Kolenz & Maureen Gentile, owners of SERVPRO® of West Akron, reminds Akron property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. (https://www.ready.gov/september)

For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,” FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says Kolenz. “Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.”

Because SERVPRO recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency, Kolenz reminds Akron-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the SERVPRO READY app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of West Akron as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP), and store that profile in the READY app.

“SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small,” said Kolenz. “From SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to local SERVPRO professionals like SERVPRO of West Akron, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it ‘Like it never even happened’ for both commercial and residential customers.”

For more information on SERVPRO® of West Akron, please contact Laurel Kolenz or Maureen Gentile at (330) 867-5723 or mgentile@wideopenwest.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.