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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.

Get your ERP before the NE Ohio Storms Happen this Fall

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Get your ERP before the NE Ohio Storms Happen this Fall Emergency Ready Profile App- Call 330-867-5723 today for your FREE Assessment.

Take action, be prepared and be ready for when disaster strikes! September is National Preparedness month and SERVPRO of West Akron wants to inform property owners with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens.

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.

SERVPRO of West Akron understands the importance of a fast response is critical in any emergency. SERVPRO has a downloadable app for both commercial and residential property owners. The SERVPRO READY app is free and 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 business owners in the NE Ohio area, please call us at 330-867-5723 to conduct a no-cost assessment of your facility and to complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP), and store that profile in the READY app.

SERVPRO of West Akron can handle any size job and we our crew is ready to quickly to mitigate and restore your business or home after a fire or water emergency, “Like it never even happened”.

Fire Safety Tips for homeowners in Akron, Ohio

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips for homeowners in Akron, Ohio Home Fire in Akron, Ohio

It is very important to educate your family of fire safety and to have a plan of action. Home fires can start and spread quickly. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family. Here are a few tips:

  • Check Your Smoke Alarms regularly to make sure they are still working properly. Change the batteries every year.  Replace all smoke detectors after 10 years.
  • Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan. It is important to have two different escape plans out of every room. Teach your children to stay low and go because smoke is very toxic.  Also, Practice feeling the door, doorknob and cracks around the door with the back of your hand to see if they are too hot and finally have a designated meeting place outside and away from the home.
  • In an Emergency, Leave Home Immediately. If you are inside during a fire, leave immediately and then when you are safe outside call 911.
  • If You’re Stuck Inside, Cover the Areas Where Smoke Might Come In. If you are unable to safely leave your home during a fire, cover your vents, doors and cracks around your door with blankets or towels to keep smoke out of your room then call 911.
  • To prevent fires: Keep space heaters away from flammable materials, store gasoline in locked areas away from children, turn off any devices when you leave home, avoid over plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket, blow out candles, secure fireplaces with screens. When cooking make sure you don’t have anything flammable near cooking surfaces and have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

SERVPRO of West Akron is your local 24/7 Fire Cleanup and Mitigation company. Call us at 330-867-5723.

SERVPRO of West Akron Commercial Fire Steps

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of West Akron Commercial Fire Steps Fire damage rafters in Akron, Ohio

Are you a business owner in Akron, Ohio? Do you have a plan of action in case your facility has a fire? Most business owners are simply not prepared to address the issues after a fire strikes. They do not know how to clean up soot or smoke damage and it is very important to begin the fire loss cleanup process quickly. The quicker you clean up the soot and/or smoke damage the faster you can get back to work and therefore not losing the revenue from being closed from the fire disaster.

The crews at SERVPRO of West Akron take these steps to return commercial buildings to the state it was before the fire:

Step 1: CALL SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723

Our franchise is available 24/7/365. We will arrive with the appropriate equipment and resources to begin the fire cleanup process.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our estimators 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 we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

If water is used by the fire department to extinguish the flames we will begin the clean up of water immediately and remediate majority of the water. We will place air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Our crews 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 also use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any smoke smell and to restore the air quality in the building.

Step 7: Restoration

During the restoration stage we will rebuild your structure and repair or replace drywall, paint, and install new carpet; or even rebuild various areas or rooms in your business.

Don’t forget that soot damage, smoke damage and problems with smoke in the air in the building must be addressed as soon as possible. Call the experts at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

FInding Mold in Akron, Ohio

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation FInding Mold in Akron, Ohio Mold found behind walls in a basement in Akron, Ohio.

Mold can be seen by the naked eye, but it also can hide behind and underneath places in your home. Mold needs moist areas to begin growing. You may walk into your home or business and smell musty, mildew - moldy smell….here are the top 5 areas that may have mold hidden in your home in Akron, Ohio.

  1. In Your Walls - The number one place to check for hidden mold is in your walls. If you find mold on the walls its likely you have mold growth inside your walls. Moldy drywall is one of the worst culprits for spreading mold.
  1. Under Your Carpet and Flooring - The moment your carpet gets wet it becomes a breeding ground for mold. You can also find mold on wood flooring, laminate flooring and can take place on the undersides of tile. The mold feeds on the glue and any moisture trapped there.
  1. In Storage Areas - Basements, closets, and other storage areas are dark and cool and suffer from water leaks that go unnoticed and therefore ideal for mold growth. Storage areas usually contain cardboard boxes that contain organic matter that mold loves to grow on.
  1. In Your Ceilings - If there is mold in your walls, then more likely there is mold on your ceilings.
  2. Behind Furniture – Check behind furniture that is pressed against walls that may trap moisture and create ideal conditions for mold to breed.

Call SERVPRO of West Akron to mitigate mold found in your home or business in Akron, Ohio at 330-867-5753.

Supply Line Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Akron

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Supply Line Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Akron Trucks getting stocked full of equipment to dryout a home from a supply line water loss in Stow, Ohio.

Home Maintenance Tip: Check your Water Supply Lines

The SERVPRO of West Akron team of professionals were recently called to a home in Tallmadge Ohio to find a washing machine line had a leak. The leak had been dripping for several weeks causing major damage to the basement carpeting, drywalls and contents. Supply lines are water lines that connect toilets, sinks, washing machines, ice-makers and dishwashers to the shut off valves. Oftentimes, supply lines are overlooked when it comes to maintenance and upkeep of a home. However, this is can be a huge mistake for homeowners. When supply lines are not regularly checked and replaced, the possibility for water to damage the home is very likely.

When a supply line in your home malfunctions and creates water damage in your home, it is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron to remediate the water and dryout your home. We have the experience and proper equipment to make sure that any and all forms of water damage are completely removed from your home. After we show up, it will look as if there was never any water damage in the first place! “Like it never even happened.”  Call 330-867-5723!

Mold Growth and Deodorization in Akron, Ohio

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth and Deodorization in Akron, Ohio Mold found in a damp basement in Akron, Ohio.

Mold can be found in many areas of your home or business other than walls and ceilings. Your floors, appliances, carpet, or furniture can provide the food mold needs to grow. The thing all molds need to grow is moisture, so you're most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.

Dry rot is another sign of potential mold damage. Dry rot occurs when something in the structure becomes wet and stays wet. Since mold grows with moisture and humidity, dry rot could indicate that’s a problem in your building. Seeing dry rot might not mean mold is present, but a SERVPRO of West Akron can come out and figure out the issue.

A smelly odor is a good sign that mold may be present.  Deodorization is perfectly safe for use if anyone notices a smelly odor, but it’s only a temporary fix for comfort. Deodorization techniques do not kill mold, but they can mask a smelly odor. The reason a smelly odor might be such a problem isn’t the lack of help deodorization provides, but the indication there could be mold growth behind walls. Mold growth behind walls is not noticeable right away.  

When anyone sees even the smallest amount mold in their home, it’s time to call SERVPRO of West Akron to handle mold removal, mitigation, and remediation. Call us at 330-867-5723.

Commercial Building Water Damage Cleanup

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Water Damage Cleanup Commercial Building Water Damage in Stow, OH

Who would you call if your Akron commercial building has water damage?

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron if your commercial property in Summit County is devasted by a water damage. Storms and inclement weather can bring heavy rain and flooding that can destroy any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike that is why you can call the SERVPRO of West Akron team 365/24/7. We have been cleaning and restoring properties for decades and our crews are professionally trained to handle any size job. SERVPRO of West Akron believe in getting your property back on its feet after a disaster as soon as possible. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call at 330-867-5723!

It’s important that you don’t go with the cheapest company, because they do not have the same strict certifications and training processes that our technicians at SERVPRO of West Akron. You may get a cheaper estimate from another company, but it may not get fixed right and you end up paying more in the long run. We use professional equipment and products to make sure that your property is cleaned and restored “Like it never even happened.”

Why even risk it, call SERVPRO of West Akron today 330-867-5723.

No Water Damage is Too Big for SERVPRO in Akron, OH

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

No Disaster Is Too Big

Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, or flood – SERVPRO of West Akron can provide help fast. Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any home in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t wait to happen when you are home, that’s why SERVPRO of West Akron offers 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.  SERVPRO of West Akron crews will respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 330-867-5723

Water Damage in Akron, Ohio

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Akron, Ohio Water Damage to a commercial building in Akron, Ohio from a pipe-break.

What to Do When You Find Water in the Home

After a severe storm sweeps through your community, a pipe break from your upstairs bathroom, flooding from a steady rain, or even a backed-up sewage system is all it takes to cause water damage in your home or in the business. Finding water in the home or business is devastating, especially when it’s not something anyone predicted in advance Dealing with damage from water is stressful.  Sever water damage requires calling insurance, finding out what steps to take, and handling things as they come. If you find water in your place of business or at home should follow these tips.

Water in the Home

When someone finds water in the home, it’s scary. It might be an array of things, it could be from a leaking pipe, a burst pipe, or the septic or sewer might be backed-up in your basement. When this occurs you call the professionals of a restoration company immediately to help cleanup and restore your home. and it means calling for professional help. Leaving water in the home without drying it properly can cause extensive and very expensive damage, plus mold growth can begin. Calling SERVPRO of West Akron to help dryout, cleanup and mitigate the water can help save you money and get your home back to preloss condition

Water in the Business

When business owners find water in their business location it can mean shutting down, losing money, and losing work. It is best to act quickly and call a professional mitigation company to cleanup and restore your business to get your team back to work. SERVPRO of West Akron has vast knowledge and equipment of drying out large structures effectively.

CALL SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to help cleanup and mitigate your home or business after a water damage.

Mold Remediation Process in Akron, Ohio

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Process in Akron, Ohio Mold Growth Found after a water damage in a home in Akron, Ohio.

There are several steps to take after finding mold in your home. It is important to remediate the mold problem because it could possibly affect your health and can cause severe damage to your home or business structure. The professional crews at SERVPRO of West Akron are highly trained in mold remediation. Here are the steps to take: 

First Step: You must inspect and do damage assessment of your property using technology to detect the mold and any hidden water sources.

Second Step: If mold is found it is important to isolate the area by containing the mold by using physical barriers and negative air pressure keeping the mold spores from spreading during the clean-up process.

Third Step: SERVPRO of West Akron has air filtration that captures the microscopic mold spores that are in the air by using air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of the spores during the remediation process.

Fourth Step: Removing the mold and the materials that are infested by mold by using anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments. It is important to eliminate mold colonies from forming by removing and disposing of all mold-infested porous material like drywall and flooring.

Fifth Step: Cleaning contents and belongings by using a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize furniture, decorative items, curtains and any other re-storable items affected by the mold. SERVPRO professionals also are trained in removing odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Final Step: Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet or major repairs as reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

CALL SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 for mold mitigation and remediation!

SEVERE Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Akron

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SEVERE Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Akron Trucks ready to be sent out on any size water damage at SERVPRO of West Akron.

SERVPRO of West Akron is equipped to handle any size job after a severe storm damages residential homes and commercial properties in the Akron area. If you find water in your basement or roof damage from the storm call our team of professionals.

Storm or Flood Damage?

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

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we will respond quicker to your water damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit our communities in Summit County we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Call Us Today: SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723

Once the water recedes after the flooding, the mold starts to set in!

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Once the water recedes after the flooding, the mold starts to set in! Mold growth in a home in Akron Ohio.

SERVPRO of West Akron has been to many homes and businesses after a huge flood or storm has blown threw to find mold growth.  When a structure hasn’t been properly dried out by a professional restoration company mold can grow.  Most people do not realize how fast mold can set in after a significant flood or water damage. It only takes a few days for the mold to grow when there is moisture in the air. SERVPRO of West Akron knows how to detect and treat mold in your house or business. We have the tools and knowledge to remove this quickly growing problem and help make your home or business look "Like it never even happened."™

Call SERVPRO of West Akron today for mold remediation at 330-867-5723!

Did you know? SERVPRO of West Akron Can Handle and Size Job!

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Did you know? SERVPRO of West Akron Can Handle and Size Job! Commercial Building Flooded in Akron, Ohio.

Commercial building cleanups from fires and floods can be very large endeavors. Our crews of SERVPRO of West Akron has the capabilities to handle any sized water damage even large factories, big-box stores, warehouses, several stories office buildings and hotels. We have Storm Teams on standby for large losses that know exactly what to do for your company should a water cleanup job go beyond your mops and buckets. Our franchise has a warehouse full of equipment including fans, dehumidifiers, SERVPRO cleaning chemicals and the crews that are professionally trained and certified. We realize the importance of cleaning up your water damage quickly because every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Call our knowledgeable SERVPRO of West Akron team at 330-867-5723 to cleanup after your water or fire loss.

Restore vs Replace your Belongings After a Fire or Flood

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restore vs Replace your Belongings After a Fire or Flood Restoring basement carpeting using SERVPRO airmovers after a flood.

After the water or fire has damaged your homes structure and all your belongings; who do you call? The first person maybe your insurance agent. They will then call or refer you to a local restoration company. SERVPRO of West Akron is a preferred mitigation and restoration vendor for most major insurance companies. We are trained and certified to determine if something should be restored before replacing saving you time and money.  The insurance and restoration industry has performed multiple studies that conclude restoring has many advantages over replacing items.  One area of savings in a water loss is the drying of hardwood floors, carpet and drywall instead of replacing them.  Even the cost of air movers, dehumidifiers and other specialized equipment and following the science of drying that SERVPRO uses saves someone 50%-75% over the replacement cost.  You can imagine how quickly these savings add up. As a preferred mitigation vendor, we are charged with a duty to restore whenever possible. 

Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to help you restore instead of replace after your next Water or Fire Damage!

As the First Day of Summer Arrives in Stark County Severe Storms, Rainfall and Extreme Heat are Coming

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage As the First Day of Summer Arrives in Stark County Severe Storms, Rainfall and Extreme Heat are Coming Basment flooded after a severe storm.

If you are in an area of Stark County, Ohio that floods during strong storms and heavy rain and you are worried about who to call after your basement floods or roof is damaged, call the crews at SERVPRO of West Akron and we will put your worries to rest.

Our company has high-grade equipment that includes extraction truck mount pumps, industrial vacuums and drying fans and the experience to make your water damage disappear quick “Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of West Akron today for an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) that includes what to do if a water emergency does happen to you and your family.

SERVPRO of West Akron is here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Call us today at 330-867-5723!

SERVPRO Can Help Remove Odors with Deodorization in Akron, Ohio

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Can Help Remove Odors with Deodorization in Akron, Ohio Kitchen fire in Akron, Ohio.

Even a small fire can cause odors for years if the affected area is not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your residential home or commercial property can produce nasty and potentially everlasting problems. As the contents and materials burn in your dwelling, the smoke that is produced travels throughout, leaving residues on surfaces and hard to reach areas. It is important to act fast and call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron, to remove these residues before permanently damaging your contents and may result in resurfacing odors. Our crews are IICRC certified to properly clean and remove these odors and residues that are left by fire or smoke damage. We do not cover up any odors with a fragrance, we have specialized SERVPRO cleaning products that will restore your items and deodorize your walls, floors, ceilings, and contents. If you suffer from a fire, please call the professionals at SERPVRO West Akron at 330-867-5723 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Growth due to Water Damage

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth due to Water Damage Mold found under a kitchen sink from water leak.

Mold Growth in homes in Akron, Ohio from water damage.

The most common causes of mold growing on walls are due to high humidity, condensation and water leaks from pipe breaks inside the walls.

Condensation forms when water vapor in the air meets cold surfaces and cools to become liquid. Condensation forms on the perimeter of walls on a house because the outside walls are often colder from the outside air on the other side of the house.

If you have high humidity in your home from drying wet clothes inside or steam from hot water might start mold growth on your walls and ceilings in your home. The best way to decrease humidity is to ventilate your home by opening windows and doors. Also, running a dehumidifier or air conditioning will help remove the humidity in your home.


Leaking pipes near or inside of walls or ceilings are a common cause of mold. If there is a leaking pipe inside a wall cavity then mold will start to grow and unfortunately won’t be discovered until mold has already started.  

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

SERVPRO of West Akron recommends that you DO:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO of West Akron and a mold remediation specialist will help you.

SERVPRO of West Akron recommends that you DO NOT:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Have a Mold Problem in Akron, Ohio? Call SERVPRO of West Akron Today at 330-867-5723.

Leave the Sewage to the Professionals, Call SERVPRO of West Akron

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Leave the Sewage to the Professionals, Call SERVPRO of West Akron SERVPRO of West Akron had to remove all the flooring, walls and contents from a sewage back up at this home in Akron.

Sewage losses pose health threats for anyone exposed to contaminated water. The dangers for humans arise from  various harmful substances, including parasites which cause intestinal disease. Viruses can cause hepatitis A, resulting in inflammation of the liver. Bacteria such as E-coli and Salmonella can cause diarrhea and food poisoning. SERVPRO of West Akron refers to this grossly unsanitary water as “Black Water.” 

Here are some important safety tips:

DO: • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T: • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas and tracking the contamination elsewhere. • Turn on the HVAC system if impacted by water. The HVAC system could spread contaminated air to other parts of the building. • Use household fans to dry the structure and possibly spread contaminants. • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if they have been exposed to the contaminated areas. • Consume food or drink that has been exposed to the contaminated areas.

Call SERVPRO of West Akron to cleanup and restore your home or business after a sewage loss at 330-837-5723.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance for homes in Akron, Ohio

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarm Maintenance for homes in Akron, Ohio Check your smoke alarms regularly.

Did you know?

7 People die every day from a home fire.

36 People suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.

$7 Billion in property damage occurs every year.

Properly installed smoke alarms can save lives daily. Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level of the home including the basement.

To properly maintain smoke alarms you should test them monthly. There are several types of smoke alarms. If you have an alarm with non-replaceable batteries you need to replace the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms that use batteries need to replace the batteries every year, and the unit replace every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the batter from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present by did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. (According to National Fire Protection Association)

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician, or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. If you do end up having a fire, please contact the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron to do the clean up for you. 

Need fire clean up please call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

Emergency Ready Profile Call SERVPRO of West Akron

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile Call SERVPRO of West Akron Call SERVPRO of West Akron for your commercial Emergency Ready Profile to be prepared when a fire or water disaster strikes.

Be Ready in 2018! Did you know that 50% of businesses do not reopen after a water or fire disaster? It's time for you to be "Ready for whatever happens". Call one of our sales representatives to schedule an Emergency Preparedness Plan (ERP) for your commercial building in the Akron Ohio area. 

What is an ERP?

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of West Akron as your professional disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification if the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

The advantages of having the Emergency Ready Profile can help minimize your business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your building. Being prepared is the key to making it through any size disaster from a water leak from a toilet overflow, sprinkler malfunction, a small or large fire or an area flood. 

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!

Flooding Preparation During Winter Weather Storms

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Preparation During Winter Weather Storms Water in a basement in Akron from flooding.

During the changes in weather from snow to rain in Akron, Ohio there is a potential of flooding. Here are a few ways you can prepare for potential flooding:

  • Check with your local council about local flood plans or records which detail problem areas
  • Ask authorities about relocation routes and centers
  • If your area is flood prone consider alternatives to carpets
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Prepare a household flood plan
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display
  • Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage?

It is important to contact a restoration company within the first 24 hours of a flooded home or business, so we can fully restore your home or business to its pre-flood damage condition. However, waiting more than 48 hours to begin the restoration and flood damage mitigation process increases the chance that the flooded home or business will incur damage. Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 for immediate assistance to clean up and restore your home or business from water damage caused by flooding.

SERVPRO Emergency Supply Kit

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Emergency Supply Kit SERVPRO Emergency Ready Kit

SERVPRO of West Akron believes in being Prepared for a winter weather storm. One of the first ways of doing this is to have an emergency supply kit.  It may be different depending on what type of disasters you are likely to encounter but this is a good starter list. 

  • Water (one gallon water per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Dust mask
  • Hygiene items
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Local Maps
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Cash
  • Important documents
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches

Put this emergency kit in a safe place that easily able to be found by all members of your family. If you find your home damaged by a storm, please call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 for 24/7 emergency water cleanup and restoration.

Commercial Building Pipe Breaks in Stow, Tallmadge, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Pipe Breaks in Stow, Tallmadge, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls Pipe Break in a ceiling

During the winter months the areas of Stow, Tallmadge, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls may experience freezing temperatures one day and warming temperatures the next. When this happens businesses experience pipe breaks. Businesses owners will try to save on their heating bill by lowering it when the building is closed. Although the heat may be set at an optimal temperature for pipes there are spaces where pipes may freeze. Drafty areas, outside walls, and missing insulation have been the cause of pipe freezes in commercial buildings. At times the heat may have been accidentally turned off by an employee who cannot bear the heat. In any of the above cases the pipe will freeze and burst causing a major water intrusion. SERVPRO of West Akron has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications. When a pipe has frozen in your business call SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24/7 to come assess the damage and get your business back to work. Call us today at 330-867-5723!

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety Tips Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of West Akron

Everyone loves to decorate for the holidays, but pretty lights and candles that bring holiday cheer can make your holidays from festive to frightening.  Here are a few safety tips from the American Red Cross that can reduce the risk of fire to your home or business during this holiday season in Summit County, Ohio.

  1. Make sure you’re Christmas tree, candles or other decorations are at least three feet away from any heat sources such as fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators and heat vents.
  2. Check all light strings to make sure they are in good condition. Do not use any electrical cords that are frayed and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly use them.
  3. Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
  4. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Blow out all candles before leaving your home or going to bed.

Disasters don’t wait for regular business hours. SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24/7, including holidays. Call us at 330-867-5723.

SERVPRO of West Akron wishes you a SAFE and HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!  

Winter Storm Damage Tips

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Damage Tips Pipe Break in a garage from a winter storm.

As the weather outside gets frightful and your home becomes cozy and delightful the holiday season's aglow the snow begins to blow. It is very important to be prepared for when winter weather strikes at your home, business or even traveling. Here are some great tips:

7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather

  1. Protect Your Pipes:
  • Drain water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems to keep those pipes from freezing.
  • Disconnect and store outdoor hoses; cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators.
  • Protect water pipes that run through unheated areas of your home with insulation, such as the attic, basement, or garage.
  1. Check the Heat:
  • Change your furnace filter at the start of the season and then every two to four months. Filters get dirty much more quickly if your home is dusty or if you have furry or feathery pets. Clogged or dirty filters are less efficient, which means your home might not warm up properly.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat if you don't have one. Programming it to be cooler at night and when you're not at home will save you money, and you can program it to be warmer for when you return or get up on cold winter mornings.
  1. Prevent Ice Dams
  • Clogged gutters and downspouts are the No. 1 cause of ice dams. Clean them out to keep water flowing during the winter.
  • Seal places that may allow warm air to leak from your home to your attic, such as around vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic hatches and light fixtures.
  • Clean off soffit vents which are along the eaves of the house that allow air to flow into the attic.
  1. Clean and Store Lawn Equipment:
  • Clean the machine of oil and yard debris and sharpen the blades.
  • Store them for winter in a basement, garage, or covered storage shed where they're safe from the weather.
  1. Inspect the Fireplace and Chimney
  • Make sure fireplace and chimney are clean and animal free. 
  • Close flue when you are not using your fireplace to prevent cold air coming into home from chimney.
  • Install glass glass fireplace doors or a chimney inflatable that blocks cold air from coming down the chimney and keeps in warm air. 
  1. Seal Windows and Doors:
  • Caulk around windows and install weather stripping around doors where there are gaps.
  • Upgrading to double-pane windows and insulated doors to boost the energy efficiency of your home. 
  1. Stock Up on Cold-weather Essentials:
  • Make an emergency kit for when a severe storm hits.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Alternative heat source
  • Shovel or icemelt, salt or sand
  • Family plan of action in case you aren’t together when a winter storm hits.

Stay warm, save money and prevent damage to your home from cold and snow with these simple steps.

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

Deep Frying Turkey Dangers!

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

The leaves are falling and the cool air has arrived in North East Ohio. We all know what that means…THANKSGIVING is almost here. Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for deaths, injuries, the destruction of homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Our crews at SERVPRO have arrived to clean many house fires do to deep frying turkey fires. We want to make sure that your family stays safe this holiday season. Please be aware of the below points when planning your holiday menu this year.

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area put fyer in an open area outside.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, please lower turkey slowly to prevent over spilling and splatter.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • With out thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handels can get very hot.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723

SERVPRO of West Akron wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Crews Available -

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Crews Available - HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pie,

We eat wayyyy too much…sigh...

Thanksgiving is almost here,

Time flew by so fast this year.

Be careful on your travels this day,

And please remember SERVPRO can be on the way.

We are available with crews galore,

Just one call and we’ll be out the door.

No need to interrupt your family and friends,

We will start in a hurry and be there until the end.

 

When fire or water damage puts things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5753 for your next fire or water clean up, "Like it never even happened!"

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

Prepare Your Home for Traveling

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prepare Your Home for Traveling Pipe Break in a home that was vacant with no heat.

When you plan on taking a trip to visit family during the holidays its important to prepare your home for when you leave it. You never want to come home to find water in your house due to a pipe break. Below are several tips to insure coming home the same way you left it!

  1. Turn off the main water supply line: The main water supply controls all of the water in the house and is one of the best protections against needing to repair water damage and prevent flooding. Turning off the water supply can help prevent pipes from bursting while you’re away!

  2. Test your Sump Pump: In case there is an emergency, make sure the sump pump is working before leaving town.

  3. Leave the thermostat tuned on: Make sure your thermostat is set no lower than 60 degrees F to prevent pipes from freezing.

  4. Winterize your drainage system: Drain the water out of the toilet and add nontoxic antifreeze. Also, pour one-half cup of anti-freeze down the bathroom sinks, as well as down the bath tub.

  5. Unplug your electronics: Unplug all electronics before leaving your home to save money as well as to prevent any damage from a power surge.

Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 if you need help with a fire or water damage to your home. We are here to help, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Akron Satisfied Water Damage Customer

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of West Akron Satisfied Water Damage Customer Thank you letter

We strive every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always so happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

"I just wanted to write to let you know that my recent experience with your company was comforting. When I freaked out and didn’t know what to do about a leak in an upstairs bedroom ceiling, I called SERVPRO for help. I lucked out out when Heather came to the rescue! She was kind, considerate, knowlegeable and went right to work, crawling around in my attic to find the source of the water. She was very thorough and explained the process clearly. She lugged a giant humidifier up 2.5 flights of stairs to the bedroom and began the drying process. She was in contact with me every day and when the rood leak was found and repaired the SERVPRO equipment was removed in a very timely manner. I would recommend SERVPRO to everyone who has any type of water damage and urge them to ask for Heather. She’s personable, friendly and professional!

Thank you so much,

Deborah

Akron, OH

If water damage, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723. We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.

September is National Preparedness Month - Be Prepared for the next storm!

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage September is National Preparedness Month - Be Prepared for the next storm! Call SERVPRO of West Akron for your personal Emergency Ready Profile! 330-867-5723

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. This is good advice for everyone; but for business owners, being prepared to respond to the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters can literally mean the difference between staying in business and closing the doors forever. According to FEMA*, up to 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major disaster; just a couple of inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

SERVPRO of West Akron has a Preparedness planning tool that can help you know exactly who to call and what to do when disaster strikes. I will work with you on your individualized Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your facility, at no charge. This comprehensive document contains critical information about your building, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Having this information in hand helps you and SERVPRO to react to an unexpected event quickly and effectively, to help minimize business interruption. And, because disasters are unexpected, there is a Smartphone app and web version of the Program available to provide you with access to your ERP 24/7.

Call SERVPRO of West Akron to set up an appointment to discuss this in more detail at 330-867-5723.

Understand Mold in Summit County Ohio

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

What Is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of West Akron immediately at 330-867-5723. 

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  •  Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

 Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Call SERVPRO of West Akron for mold remediation in your home in Summit County, Ohio. 330-867-5723!

Top 4 Fire Safety Tips

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Top 4 Fire Safety Tips Fire Safety

SERVPRO of West Akron Top 4 Fire Safety Tips

If is very important to have a fire escape plan in action whether it be at your place of business or your home. All buildings are different, so being prepared is very important for you and your families safety. Having an escape plan is as simple as knowing the route to take to safely exit a room in the case of an emergency. It is also important to have multiple escape plans or alternative ways for you, your family and friends to safely exit your home or business in case a fire is blocking an exit.

1.    Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.

2.    Test smoke alarms every month. Change batteries yearly.

3.    Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and to practice it twice a year.

4.    If a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out and call for help!

If you have suffered fire damage to your home or business in Summit County please call SERVPRO of West Akron now at 330-867-5723.

Fire & Smoke Damage Tips for your home in Summit County Ohio

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire & Smoke Damage Tips for your home in Summit County Ohio SERVPRO of West Akron was recently called out to a home in Tallmadge Ohio to clean up after a fire started in this home.

The one place you feel completely safe is your own home. This can change in a second when a fire starts and smoke fills your home. The residue that is left behind after the fire is out is SOOT. Soot is a black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter. Do not take cleaning soot into your own hands, its important to call the professionals of SERVPRO of West Akron to cleanup after a fire burns your home. Below are helpful tips:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of West Akron has highly trained professionals to call 24-hours a day to help clean up and restore your home. 330-867-5723

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Summit County

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Faster to Any Size Disaster in Summit County SERVPRO was called out to this water loss at a school in Akron Ohio.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Akron provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of West Akron arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs to commercial buildings and residential homes.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

CALL SERVPRO of West Akron for your next water clean up in Summit or Stark County Ohio.

Be Prepared for storms in North East Ohio

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Be Prepared for storms in North East Ohio A tree fell on a home in Akron from a severe storm

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: 

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes 

The first step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.  

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important information and valuables in safe place. 

Contact SERVPRO of West Akron, 330-867-5723. professionals to learn more and be "ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO of West Akron Can Handle Any Size Job!

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of West Akron Can Handle Any Size Job! Airplane toilet back up

SERVPRO of West Akron Airplane Water Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO of West Akron usually does water clean up in in residential homes and commercial building, but we also do clean up in cars, RV's and even airplanes. Our local airport called us after hours when a plane landed at the Akron/Canton airport about a toilet overflow they had on an airplane. Our crews were escorted to the back area of the airport where they entered the plane to do the emergency clean up. We used the same techniques, cleaners and machines on homes and businesses.

SERVPRO of West Akron's Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

SERVPRO's motto is "No job is to BIG, No job is to SMALL"!

Call SERVPRO of West Akron today at 330-867-5723.

SERVPRO of West Akron offers Restoration Services to Commercial Property in Akron Ohio

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of West Akron offers Restoration Services to Commercial Property in Akron Ohio Large water loss in a commercial building in Akron Ohio. The SERVPRO team was able to dry out and restore the business quick and efficiently.

Did you know that 50% of businesses never reopen after a fire or water disaster? SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24 hours a day to get YOUR business back up and running, "Like it never even happened"! Storms can produce high winds, heavy rain and flooding that can destroy a business in minutes. Every hour that isn't spent cleaning and restoring is lost revenue to your business. When an emergency situation arises in your business, call one of our highly trained professionals that are certified in water, fire and mold clean up and restoration.

SERVPRO of West Akron can provide:

  • Over 40 years of experience as leading fire and water cleanup and restoration providers.
  • There are over 1,500 franchises servicing 48 states.
  • More locations for faster responses.
  • Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.
  • Large loss capabilities - no fire or water damage is too big.

When the next storm hits Summit County, Ohio please call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723!

SERVPRO of West Akron - One Stop Shop

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of West Akron - One Stop Shop A tree fell on the roof of a home in Akron, Ohio. Our team removed the tree, tarped the roof, remediated the water and structural damage.

No need to look any further for a company that can help you with your clean up and restoration to your home or business after a severe storm.

SERVPRO of West Akron has a professional and knowledgeable team who consistently works hard to quickly and efficiently clean up after a disaster. Our team was recently called out to home in Akron Ohio after a storm came through this area and damaged this home. We have a crew that is available 24/7 to board up or roof tarp a home or building that has been damaged by wind or heavy rain. We were then able to get our clean up team at the house to dry out the water damage. After the dry out was complete our highly skilled construction team was able to rebuild the roof and all structural damage. 

Call us today, your one stop shop for your next storm damage clean up! SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723

Water Damage in Summit County, Ohio

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Summit County, Ohio SERVPRO of West Akron equipment drying out a water damage room.

Water Damage in Summit County, Ohio

When your home or business is affected by water loss, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is essential to the proper clean up. At SERVPRO of West Akron our crews are IICRC Certified in understand the three different types of water.

  1. Clean Water – This type of water damage usually comes from a broken pipe, or other water source. Rain water can also be considered clean water.
  2. Grey Water – The term gray water is used to classify the water damage as slightly contaminated water. For example; clean water becomes grey water when it is left untreated allowing contaminates and bacteria to begin growing making the water hazardous.
  3. Black Water – This form of water is highly contaminated and filled with bacteria, fungi chemicals and more. Black water is usually sewage damaged by flooding or any type of natural disaster.

SERVPRO of West Akron was recently called to help a homeowner in Stow, Ohio for a water loss. As our crews proceeded to get the trucks full of our fans and humidifiers we gave the homeowner several suggestions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while they waited for our team to arrive.

  1. Shut off the water source, if possible.
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas. DO NOT enter enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping especially on wood furniture.
  4. Remove or prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more drying time.
  5. Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and any other valuable items.
  6. Remove books, newspapers or other colored items on wet carpet as they may bleed and cause staining.
  7. DO NOT use household vacuum cleaner to remove water because there is potential for electrical shock or cause damage to vacuum cleaner.
  8. If water damage is caused by black water do not come in contact with it, so you don’t spread it to other areas of the home. Do not turn on HVAC system or ceiling fans to spread contaminate air.

It is always important to call the professionals to classify and clean up all water damage. Your local team in Summit County, Ohio, SERVPRO of West Akron can be reached at 330-867-5723 and is available 24/7 hours a day for emergency clean up and restoration.  

Visit http://www.SERVPROwestakron.com/ for more information on water damage and cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of West Akron after Storm Damage

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of West Akron after Storm Damage SERVPRO of West Akron's Air Movers and Dehumidifiers in our warehouse.

You walk downstairs into your basement after a large rain storm and see 6 inches of water the first thing you will do is PANIC! No need to feel this way especially after you call SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723. Our crews are professionally trained in water clean up and mitigation. When your home is damaged by water, SERVPRO of West Akron, has 40 years of experience in restoring your property giving each homeowner we serve a piece of mind that their home will be put back to pre-loss condition "Like in never even happened!"

Why do you call a water mitigation professional?

We have specialized equipment that will extract the water quickly. SERVPRO of West Akron's truck-mounted and portable extraction equipment can rapidly extract any amount of water. Our industrial air movers and dehumidifiers are than placed to dry out your structure. If you have hard wood, marble or tile flooring we have an injectadry system that is that regular dehumidifiers just can't quite reach. By exchanging the air in a targeted area with negative pressure, the air movement becomes a vehicle for moisture. When caught in time, this can keep your hardwood floor from warping. 

No need to panic when it comes to water damage in your home or place of business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-904-7427. We service Stow, Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, Fairlawn, Copley, Akron and other surrounding communities in Ohio!

 

Fire Safety During this Holiday Season

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety During this Holiday Season Christmas Tree on Fire

This time of year we decorate our homes with trees, pretty lights, candles and decorations. These items bring smiles to our faces as we celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, some of these items can cause a fire to your home or business.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to reduce the fire risk:

1. Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from the heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.

2. Make sue that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

3. Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.

4. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.

6. Keep anything that can catch on fire - pot holders, oven mits, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains - away from your stove top.

SERVPRO of West Akron wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist in Ohio

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Fall Home Maintenance Checklist in Ohio It's that time of year!

It’s that time of year again! Autumn is here and before you are stuck inside there are still a few fall yard and home cleanup chores that must be done. Yes, we all have spent the whole summer outside pulling weeds, cleaning the deck and watering the flowers. You deserve a break, but we need to properly do our home maintenance before we start our winter hibernation.

So roll up those sleeves one more time so you can witness your home blossom when the warm weather returns. Here are some helpful fall clean-up tips!

November home maintenance checklist for North East Ohio:

HVAC: Vacuum and dust

Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens); baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets

Garden: Rake leaves, dispose of or mulch, trim branches and shrubs, winterize perennials, clean annuals out, put lawn decorations and outdoor furniture in storage or cover

Sprinkler Systems and Garden Hoses: Turn off and disconnect water hoses and clear all pipes and systems of water before first freeze, insulate any outdoor or exposed faucets/pipes

Roof and gutters: Clean and check for damage

If you do end up with any water or fire damage this winter, please call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723. Our specialized technicians are ready to help you!

September is National Preparedness Month

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

Community September is National Preparedness Month SERVPRO National Preparedness Flyer

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. This is good advice for everyone; but for business owners, being prepared to respond to the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters can literally mean the difference between staying in business and closing the doors forever. According to FEMA*, up to 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major disaster; just a couple of inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

SERVPRO of West Akron has a Preparedness planning tool that can help you know exactly who to call and what to do when disaster strikes. I will work with you on your individualized Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your facility, at no charge. This comprehensive document contains critical information about your building, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Having this information in hand helps you and SERVPRO to react to an unexpected event quickly and effectively, to help minimize business interruption. And, because disasters are unexpected, there is a Smartphone app and web version of the Program available to provide you with access to your ERP 24/7. Call SERVPRO of West Akron to set up an appointment to discuss this in more detail at 330-867-5723.

Supply Line Leaks Can Cause Major Damage to Your Home

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Supply Line Leaks Can Cause Major Damage to Your Home Refrigerator Leak

If you think about water damaging your home, you might conjure up an image of a hurricane, torrential rain or other natural catastrophe. The unfortunate reality is that damage that is caused when ordinary household appliances fail can be just as destructive as an extreme weather event. To prevent damage to your home it is important to stay on top of any and all maintenance around the house. Whether that is cleaning out your gutters or replacing old plumbing around the house, keeping up to date with these things can help prevent possible water damage in your home.

Supply lines are water lines that connect toilets, sinks, washing machines, icemakers and dishwashers to the shut off valves. Oftentimes, supply lines are overlooked when it comes to maintenance and upkeep of a home. However, this is can be a huge mistake for homeowners. When supply lines are not regularly checked and replaced, the possibility for water to damage the home is very likely.

We recently went on a call in Akron Ohio to a home that had a refridgerator line that had a leak. Unfortunately, the leak had been been dripping for several weeks causing damage being the kitchen cabinets and the hard wood floors. We received the call from the homeowner and our production manager, Jesse Lee, was able to assess the water damage and dispatched one of our crew teams to the home to begin the water damage clean up.

When a supply line in your home malfunctions and creates water damage in your home, it is best to call a professional water damage company – like SERVPRO of West Akron– to remediate the damage. We have the experience and proper equipment to make sure that any and all forms of water damage are completely removed from your home. After we show up, it will look as if there was never any water damage in the first place! 

Watch vs Warning: What's the Difference

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Watch vs Warning: What's the Difference Definition of Watch vs Warning during a storm announcement

Watch vs Warning: What's the Difference

With the severe weather season underway, now is a good time to go over the difference between tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. 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.

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.

A tornado warning can be thought of as a very specific severe thunderstorm warning, and means that a tornado has been either spotted by a human observer or indicated by doppler radar to a severe thunderstorm warning, once a tornado warning is issued for your area, you should take cover immediately...as the likelihood of you being directly impacted by a tornado is at a heightened risk. With this knowledge of watches and warnings, you will be better prepared the next time severe weather threatens your area.

Information provided by Weatherworks, LLC.

Contact SERVPRO of West Akron, 330-867-5723 for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile (ERP) Having a Free ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.  

Contact SERVPRO of West Akron, 330-867-5723. professionals to learn more and be "ready for whatever happens."  Continue to follow this page this week as we share additional tips to keep you safe.

Severe storms can cause water damage!

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Severe storms can cause water damage! Call SERVPRO of West Akron if your house gets damage by water damage due to a storm - 330-867-5723!

SEVERE STORMS CAN CAUSE WATER DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME!

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: 

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all disasters declared emergency by the President are weather related leading to around 500 deaths a year and nearly $15 billion in damage.  Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving lives of others.  

Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you, your business, and your family.  Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.  

Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important information and valuables in safe place.

Be an Example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or twitter.  Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.  

After severe weather has damaged your home by water damage from flooding, sewage back up or sump pump back up, please call SERVPRO of West Akron for your clean up and restoration. 330-867-5723

SERVPRO of West Akron are Green Cleaners

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of West Akron are Green Cleaners SERVPRO of West Akron Cleaning Products

The 7 Biggest Benefits of Hiring a Green House Cleaner

It may seem like a luxury to hire a house cleaner, but when it comes to keeping your house spotless and sparkling, a professional can not only make sure everything is dirt and grime-free from top to bottom (including baseboards and ceiling fans), but can give you time back that you’d typically spend scrubbing toilets and washing windows. Even better, if you hire a green cleaner, you’re also doing your part to be environmentally responsible and take care of the earth. Read on to find out the benefits of hiring a house cleaner that’s planet-friendly and how it’s actually quite easy to be green (despite what that charming frog says).

1. Green Cleaning Is Safer for Your Family and Pets

Certainly there are times when one needs to disinfect an area (like on surfaces that have had contact with raw meat or when someone has a contagious illness), but the chemicals in disinfectants can trigger asthma, allergies, and create other health issues. Exposure to living bacteria is actually good for us and according to some research may actually strengthen immune systems. Mostly though, by cleaning with products that don’t contain toxins, pollutants, or suspected carcinogens such as VOCs, solvents, chlorine, ammonia, sulfates, or irritating dyes and perfumes, you’re making sure your children and pets are living and thriving in a healthy and safe environment.

2. Green Cleaners Don’t “Green Wash”

Green cleaners wash your home in a green way, but they don’t “green wash,” meaning they won’t deceive you about the products they’re using to clean your home. If they say they’re using eco-friendly products and practices, then they really are. This means they’ll also be honest about which organic products are most effective and won’t tell you they’re disinfecting if they’re not.

3. Green Products Are Better for Your Health

Most common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can have an adverse affect on your health, which is why the biggest advantage giving your home an eco-friendly cleaning is that everything will be cleaned with all-natural products. There are tons of household cleaners that can keep your home fresh and clean that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. That being said, it’s true that sometimes it can take a little more time and elbow grease to get green products to work because they’re much more gentle than chemical products. Chemicals may make cleaning easier, but they don’t make it any better. Still, green products won’t disinfect and kill bacteria the way traditional cleaning products do, so if that’s important to you, it’s something to think about. Though it’s also worth nothing that it’s not necessary to kill bacteria on a surface, just to remove it, which green products will do.

4. Green Cleaners Provide the Products

In order to ensure your home is being cleaned with non-toxic and environmentally friendly products, most green cleaners provide all of the cleaning equipment and products, though they will use your products if you ask them to.

5. Green Cleaners Are Committed to Being Green in All Areas

While using green house cleaning products is a huge part of taking care of the earth, green cleaners know it goes further than just that and make an effort to save water, reuse bottles, reduce waste, and implement sustainable business practices.

6. Green Cleaning Is Also Safer for the People Doing the Cleaning

A sustainable cleaning philosophy means that cleaners are not exposed to toxic chemicals that could adversely affect their health.

7. Green Cleaners Will Save You Time

Okay, this is true of any house cleaner, but it’s still worth mentioning. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, a green cleaner is saving you the time and effort it takes to keep everything looking its best. And they will clean on a schedule that works for you, whether that’s once a week or once a month. In addition, by taking care of your home and providing regular maintenance, you’ll save money in the long run.

When Storms or Floods hit Summit County, SERVPRO is ready!

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Summit County, SERVPRO is ready! SERVPRO of West Akron Crew

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


Faster Response


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit our communities in Summit County we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of West Akron - 330-867-5723

SERVPRO of West Akron Smoke and Soot Clean up

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of West Akron Smoke and Soot Clean up Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Summit County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of West Akron will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723

Faster to Summit County Water Damage Event

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to Summit County Water Damage Event Our Service Area - Summit County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Akron provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of West Akron arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –

SERVPRO OF WEST AKRON - 330-867-5723

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of West Akron provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Summit County.

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.

Stow Munroe Falls Community Showcase

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

Community Stow Munroe Falls Community Showcase Showcase Details

Please join SERVPRO of West Akron at the Stow Munroe Falls Chamber Community Showcase on April 2nd and 3rd at the Stow Munroe Falls High School. See flyer for detail.

Need CE Credits?

2/12/2016 (Permalink)

General Need CE Credits? FREE CE CLASS

If you need CE credits, please contact us at 330-867-5723.

Cold Weather Pipe Break

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

General Cold Weather Pipe Break Water frozen from a pipe break.

We recently were called out to a pipebreak in Akron. When our Production Manager opened the garage door this is what he found. A pipe had broken on the second floor of an apartment complex and the garage was underneath. The water flowed through each floor level and froze once it hit the cold in the gargage.

Our Fleet of Trucks

1/13/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Fleet of Trucks READY TO GO!

SERVPRO of West Akron has our fleet geared up and ready to leave the warehouse to help the families affected by freezing pipes.

Prepare your Home for Holiday Travel

12/22/2015 (Permalink)

General Prepare your Home for Holiday Travel Happy Holidays!

  1. Turn off the main water supply line: The main water supply controls all of the water in the house and is one of the best protections against needing to repair water damage and prevent flooding. Turning off the water supply can help prevent pipes from bursting while you’re away!

  2. Test your Sump Pump: In case there is an emergency, make sure the sump pump is working before leaving town.

  3. Leave the thermostat tuned on: Make sure your thermostat is set no lower than 60 degrees F to prevent pipes from freezing.

  4. Winterize your drainage system: Drain the water out of the toilet and add nontoxic antifreeze. Also, pour one-half cup of anti-freeze down the bathroom sinks, as well as down the bath tub.

  5. Unplug your electronics: Unplug all electronics before leaving your home to save money as well as to prevent any damage from a power surge.

Happy Thanksgiving from our SERVPRO house to YOURS!

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

Turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pie,

We eat wayyyy too much…sigh...

Thanksgiving is almost here,

Time flew by so fast this year.

Be careful on your travels this day,

And please remember SERVPRO can be on the way.

We are available with crews galore,

Just one call and we’ll be out the door.

No need to interrupt your family and friends,

We will start in a hurry and be there until the end.

NEW!

6/30/2015 (Permalink)

Look for our NEW yard signs in your neighborhood!

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