Recent Storm Damage Posts

Severe Storms Can Produce Flooding in Akron, Ohio

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Storms Can Produce Flooding in Akron, Ohio 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)

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

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

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

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!

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”.

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

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!

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

 

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.

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