Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flooding Damage Cleanup & Restoration in Akron, Ohio

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

water streets Flooding can cause major damage. Call SERVPRO of West Akron if you need water restoration and cleanup at 330-867-5723.

Flash flooding can happen quickly after a heavy severe storm sweeps through the Akron, Ohio area.


3 Flood Facts:


1. Heavy rain can bring dangerous flash flooding.
2. 6 inches of moving water can knock down a person
3. 2 feet of moving water can sweep a vehicle away


What to do if in a vehicle when there is flooding?


• Climb to higher ground and stay there.
• Avoid walking through floodwaters – even 15 centimetres deep can sweep you off your feet.
• If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.
• Never drive through a flooded road or low-water bridge as the road may be washed away.
• If you get swept away in the flood waters, try to grab onto anything you can to pull yourself to safety.
• Getting swept away while inside your vehicle can be extremely dangerous. If you are stuck inside your vehicle, roll down the windows and open the doors to allow water into your vehicle. Doing this will equal the pressure on both sides of the door, allowing you to escape your vehicle.


3 Basic Tips if flooding occurs in your home:


• Stop the water at its source.
• Turn off the electricity (only if you can do so without stepping into water).
• Evacuate the premises.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

SERVPRO can Help after a Storm in Akron, Ohio

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Roof Damage SERVPRO of West Akron can help restore any size storm damage to your home or business in Akron, Ohio.

September is National Preparedness Month. It is important to make a plan, build an emergency supply kit, prepare for disasters and to teach youth about preparedness. If you would like to learn more click on this link: https://www.ready.gov/september.

SERVPRO of West Akron is prepared to help our customers to clean up and restore their homes and businesses after disasters. Our company has trucks, trailers, equipment, and a knowledgeable staff that can handle any size flood, fire, or water damage. Every large loss is supervised by a certified operations manager to ensure timely mitigation is performed. Being that we are a locally owned and operated, we can respond faster to lessen the damage and limits further damage. SERVPRO of West Akron understand the inconvenience, devastation and frustration that comes with catastrophe disasters. We are here to help clean up and restore any size disaster. We not only will restore your property but to also restore your lives.

Flood or storm damage can cause great loss and havoc. It is important to choose the right company that will professionally restore your home or business as well as communicate with the insurance company. SERVPRO of West Akron has been working with Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and surrounding home and business owners for decades and has become a well know name throughout Summit County.  Please read some of our great reviews.

Visit http://www.SERVPROwestakron.com for more information on storm damage cleanup and restoration or call 330-867-5723.

5 Tips to Reinforce Your Home Before the Next Storm

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Tree Branch Roof If your home has been damaged by a recent storm in Stow, call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

When the temperature and humidity rise, thunderstorms can pop up any time on a summer day. While many storms maybe a light passing rain shower, sometimes a thunderstorm will produce wind, hail, and flooding. It is important to make sure you follow these 5 simple tips to help reinforce your home before the next storm.


Things to know about strengthening your home before the next storm (Information from weather.gov )

1. Keep trees around your home trimmed well before storm to prevent damage from broken branches.

2. Have the proper materials in advance to board up your windows to protect them from flying debris.

3. Bring loose outdoor items such as patio furniture inside. They can blow around and cause damage to homes.

4. Secure all doors on your property. Remember that the garage door is usually the most vulnerable.

5. Move your car inside the garage or to another secure location.

If you have been affected by a storm event, call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723. We are available 24/7 to assist clean up and restore your home after a storm damage.

Updating your Insurance Before the Next Storm

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

Rain Roof If your Tallmadge home has been damaged by wind, hail or heavy rain, call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

Most houses are resilient to wind, hail, and rain, but severe weather can bring on much harsher conditions. It is important to know what your insurance will cover if your home is severely damaged by the next thunderstorm.

Things to know about updating your insurance before the next storm (Information from weather.gov)

1. Check your insurance policies well ahead of the storm to see what is covered.
2. Make sure you have flood insurance. Flooding is the leading cause of damage from heavy rain fall.
3. Visit floodsmart.gov to learn about your flood risk and flood insurance options for your area.
4. Prepare your home and vehicles according to your specific insurance policies to ensure damages are covered.
5. Know where your insurance documents and contact information are located. Take them with you if you need to leave your home.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact SERVPRO of West Akron at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process at 330-867-5723.

Thunderstorm Preparation Tips for Homeowners in Stow, Ohio

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning Tornado SERVPRO of West Akron has crews available 24 hours a day for storm & water damage cleanup and restoration.

Thunderstorms are common here in Northeast, Ohio, and can oftentimes become very severe with strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding. It is important to be prepared before these storms happen to protect yourself and your family.

Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe before the next thunderstorm happens:

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight • Battery-powered or hand- crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) • Extra batteries • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items • Multi-purpose tool • Sanitation & personal hygiene items • Copies of personal documents • Cell phone with chargers • Family & emergency contact information • Extra cash.

SERVPRO of West Akron takes time to dry and clean all areas of your home thoroughly so that your home in Cuyahoga Falls, Tallmadge and Stow is safe again after a storm damage. Just get in touch with us at 330-867-5723 any time you need us.

Stay tuned for our next Storm Blog about “What to Do During a Storm”.

Spring Storms Can Cause Flooding in Stow, Ohio

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

Street Water Spring storms in Stow, Ohio can cause flooding and water damage to your home.

Strong Spring storms in Summit county, Ohio can produce 60-70 mph winds and torrential rain that can produce flooding. It is important to be prepared before these storms can cause water damage to your home.

Spring Flooding Prevention Guide

Fix Leaks Immediately: If you have cracks in your foundation or roof, it will make it easy for rain to get in and caused water damage.

Purchase Extra Protection: Spend money on your roof and purchase a waterproof barrier so that water does not seep into your home through the cracks.

Close Foundation Cracks: Seal any cracks in your foundation with caulk or masonry, which will fill the gaps for a cheap price.

Battery Powered Sump Pump: If the power goes out then your sump pump will stop as well. Having a battery powered pump will ensure that you are protected.

Move Important Items: Move your valuables to a higher level of your home if you can, it will protect them during a severe flooding event.

Catalog Your Possessions: Taking a home inventory can help you with an insurance claim if your home does end up flooding in the future.

Anchor Fuel Tanks: Unanchored tanks can float and release fuel in the event of a flood, so you should anchor them and wrap them in a waterproof insulation.

Prevent Sewer Back-ups: Install a sewer line check valve, which will ensure that the water only flows one-way which will prevent a flood.

Clear Drains and Gutters: Keep your gutters free of debris so that water is being carried away from your home, not towards it.

Install French Drains: French drains carry water away from your home, and are a good investment for homeowners whose properties are prone to flooding.


Homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is available to protect homes, condominiums and non-residential buildings including farm and commercial structures in participating communities. You can buy federal flood insurance through most major private insurance. If you experience a flood in your home or business in the Stow, Ohio area, please call the professional crews at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 for immediate cleanup and restoration. Our crews are available 24 hours a day! 

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

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Water Damage After A Storm

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Our Storm Services Include:

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

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

Quick Response to Storm Damage in Akron, Ohio

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying a basement in Akron, Ohio A flooded basement in Akron, Ohio from a recent storm. Our crews were able to clean up and restore the basement by using SERVPRO equipment.

SERVPRO of West Akron specializes in storm and flood damage cleanup & restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and knowledgeable in this water removal and dry out process. We use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. We are a locally owned and operated and can quickly respond to any size water damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Our service area includes, but not limited to:

  • Akron
  • Fairlawn
  • Stow
  • Cuyahoga Falls
  • Munroe Falls
  • Tallmadge
  • Silver Lake

Did you know?

When storms hit in North East Ohio, 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.

24-Hour Emergency Board ups & Roof Tarps in Akron, Ohio

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Roof Damage from a Recent Storm in Akron, Ohio Our crews were called to this home in Akron, Ohio to do a roof tarp from a fallen tree in a recent storm.

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups and Roof Tarps to SERVPRO of West Akron after a Severe Storm

Working to make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a hassle and potentially dangerous to homeowners. If your property has been damaged from a recent storm and needs emergency roof tarp or board up, please call the experienced team at SERVPRO. We have the necessary equipment to get to your second story roof or a commercial building. Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. After the board up has been completed our crews can help mitigate, remediate and rebuild any storm damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24-hours a day at 330-867-5723!

Preparation Tips for the Next Heavy Rainstorm in Akron, Ohio

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

A tree fell on this home during a rain storm in Akron, Ohio.

In the Akron, Ohio area homeowners have been experiencing some strong storms with heavy rainfall this summer. It is important to be prepared for these storms.

Below is a checklist of ideas to be prepared for before the storm, during the storm and after the storm.

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

DURING THE STORM

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

If you experience water or storm damage and need help with clean up and restoration, call us SERVPRO of West Akron your local franchise company. Our team has the expertise and fully IICRC trained in water cleanup and restoration. We are available 24 hours a day at 330-867-5723.

Severe Storms Can Produce Flooding in Akron, Ohio

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our crews had to remove wet drywall and flooring to a basement that flooded in Akron, Ohio.

Devastating storms and tornadoes have destroyed homes and businesses in Ohio this week and more storms are on the way. It is important to always be prepared for severe flooding with these storms. SERVPRO of West Akron is here to help you 24 hours a day to clean up and restore your water damaged home or business to preloss condition.

Here are some things to do to be prepared before the storm water damage happens:

  1. Watch for pooling water around the perimeter of your property. If needed, create a channel away from your building.
  2. Make sure all gutters are clear of debris and downspouts are directed away from the base of your building.
  3. Check sump pumps to make sure they are on and working. People forget to check sump pumps after a power outage.

Here are a few things to do, if your basement starts to flood:

  1. Move items that are on the floor to higher ground. Put larger items on blocks.
  2. If water rises to electrical outlets than turn off your power. If you can’t reach your electrical box because of the rising water than evacuate immediately and contact an electrician.
  3. Remove debris from your storm drains. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your property.

If your basement floods in Akron, Ohio it is important to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to extract any water. Our crews have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of West Akron Equipment

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

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

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

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

Storm Watch vs Warning Forecast in Akron, Ohio

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

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!

September is National Preparedness Month in Akron, OH

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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”.

SEVERE Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Akron

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Flooding Preparation During Winter Weather Storms

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Winter Storm Damage Tips

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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!

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

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of West Akron - One Stop Shop

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

Call SERVPRO of West Akron after Storm Damage

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

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!

 

Watch vs Warning: What's the Difference

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

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.

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

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

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