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We Are a Local Franchise SERVPRO

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Women Standing The SERVPRO of West Akron marketing team builds relationships with our local business and community members.

When you hear the name SERVPRO on a television commercial you now that it is the company you would call to clean up and restore your home or business after a water or fire disaster. SERVPRO is a national brand and the #1 leading company in its industry. When you call SERVPRO you are getting the BEST! The local SERVPRO of West Akron franchise services Akron, Fairlawn, Stow, Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls and Munroe Falls communities.

How does calling our local franchise number benefit you?

Every day our sales team and production team are out building relationships within our community. We visit local insurance agents, adjusters, property managers, and business owners informing them of our services and the benefits of using our company. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor to most insurance companies. We belong to our local chambers by supporting local business openings, donating, and sponsoring local events and school sports and dropping off food to local fire and police departments.

Being local is like being family, so when that water or fire emergency strikes your home or business, please give us a call.  We take care of you like your family! We are here to help at 330-867-5723!

SERVPRO of West Akron is Offering a FREE Continuing Education Class

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

Chalk Board SERVPRO of West Akron is offering a free virtual Continuing Education Class on May 12, 2020.

FREE Continuing Education Insurance Class

Even during this time of the Covid-19 outbreak we want to make sure that we can help our insurance agents and adjusters to help continue receiving their education courses. We had to cancel our May 19th in person class, but our corporate office instead is offering a FREE 2 credit virtual insurance continuing education class to local insurance agents and adjusters in the Akron, Ohio area.

Date: May 12, 2020

Course: Restorative Drying for Water Damage

Course #: 54172

Time: 10:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.

E-Class Room Open: 9:15 A.M.

Registration Time: 9:30

Location:  Virtual Classroom. Secure password required

100% attendance and a photographic ID are required to receive CE credit for this course. The virtual classroom will open 30 minutes early to check photographic ID and confirm license number.

To RSVP and receive your secure virtual classroom password: e-mail: Mary Keister-Whitmyer at mkeister.whitmyer.SERVPRO@gmail.com -or- call: 330-497-4600.

Why Choose SERVPRO of West Akron for your Water, Fire, Storm or Mold Cleanup?

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trucks SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24-hours a day for water, fire, storm and mold clean up and restoration in Akron, Ohio.

SERVPRO of West Akron has been servicing homeowners and businesses owners in the Akron, Tallmadge, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and surrounding communities for water, fire, storm and mold cleanup and restoration. Our office has been open for over 30 years. We have the experience, expertise and equipment to get any size job, nothing is too small or too big for our crews to handle. We can do water mitigation, dry-outs and rebuilds for mid-size and high-rise building downtown Akron. We have an amazing response time to get your job started and will continue with outstanding communication to we finish your job. Our crews are on call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. There is never a time our teams are not available and ready to help you with your disaster.  Our office personnel, estimators, production managers and crew chiefs will work hand in hand with your insurance agents and adjusters to handle your claim and to ensure all work is documented properly and closed quickly and efficiently.  SERVPRO has national account status with most major insurance carriers in Ohio.  Our office works with all insurance carriers and has national account status with most major carriers in the United States. 

Call us at 330-867-5723 or for more information visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com

SERVPRO® is Offering a Proactive Cleaning to Businesses in Akron, Ohio

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Bacteria SERVPRO logo Call SERVPRO of West Akron is you need a proactive clean of your Akron business from the spread of germs.

SERVPRO of West Akron wants to make sure that you, your employees and your clients stay healthy and safe during this increased concern of the spread of germs and viruses. We are offering a proactive cleaning to our businesses in our area and understand that this is a serious issue and a large responsibility, so SERVPRO® is Here to Help®.

Our team is available 24 hours a day, so we can enter your establishment after hours to not disrupt your normal business hours. The CDC recommends that we will clean and sanitize the commonly used areas such as desks, countertops, workstations, doorknobs, keyboards, and more. We will use SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant that is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses.

Call us today!

If you are interested in minimizing the spread of germs with proactive cleaning call us at 330-867-5723! At SERVPRO®, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration in Tallmadge, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and Akron property, “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24-hours a day, no job is too small to big for our team.

SERVPRO of West Akron Your Locally Owned and Operated Fire & Water Damage Restoration Company

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Men Women Truck The crews at SERVPRO of West Akron specialize in fire, water, soot, smoke, and storm cleanup and restoration in Akron, Ohio.

Why Hire the Crews at SERVPRO of West Akron?

The employees that work at SERVPRO of West Akron are smart, creative, passionate, self-directed, and motivated people and have the ability to produce the results that are expected from our customers. We take pride in all our work and take care of each of our customers with the respect and quality of work that is deserved.  

About SERVPRO of West Akron

SERVPRO of West Akron specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, water, storm or mold damage disaster. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. Our owners and management staff are continuing learning and training from our SERVPRO’s corporate training facility. Our crews are IICRC-industry certified on a regular basis that make them highly trained to restore your property.

Hiring a fire & water damage restoration company isn’t something that should be taken lightly. It is important to make sure you feel comfortable with the crews that will be entering your home or place of business. It is a traumatic experience having a fire or water loss happen to you, so it requires the help of an expert restoration company, such as SERVPRO of West Akron. We are the absolute best company for the job.

Call us today!

We have what it takes to restore your home or business. We have the experience, reliability, ability to do the job, and the honesty to take care of your home and the possessions inside it. We have years of know-how dealing with homes and businesses that have had extensive fire, water and mold damage, and we know what it takes to restore your Tallmadge, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and Akron property, “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24-hours a day, no job is too small to big for our team. We are always here to help at 330-867-5723.

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips to Prevent a House Fire in Akron, Ohio

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Turkey on a table SERVPRO of West Akron wishes you a safe Thanksgiving while cooking your holiday feast.

This time of year, we take the time to gather with family and friends to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Our SERVPRO of West Akron family wants to make sure that you are fire free during the holiday season. As you prepare this feast it is important to practice safe cooking habits, so your day of joy doesn’t turn into a day of a fire disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking-related fire emergencies. Below are a safety tips to enjoy a safe holiday.

  • While cooking, never leave it unattended especially while deep frying, broiling or grilling. If you need to leave your home, you should turn everything off.
  • Keep small children and animals away from stove or oven.
  • Place all flammable materials like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels and paper items away from burners.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while
  • After each course, clean cooking surfaces to prevent grease build-up.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and check your batteries in your smoke alarms.
  • Double check all cooking appliances to make sure they are turned off before you leave your home or go to bed.

Our crews are available on Thanksgiving if you have the misfortune of a fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO wants to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Halloween Safety Tips

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Men and woman standing Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO of West Akron.

Between hayrides, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes, you and your family have plenty of ways to stay busy during the Halloween season. As you begin to decorate your home with spooky decorations it is important to make sure you follow the following safety tips to prevent fires.

SLIPS & TRIPS

Identify and control potential trip hazards around your property, especially those that are difficult to see after dark. For example; extension cords, plant pots, water hoses, etc.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

  • Don’t overload plug sockets or extension cables with decorations.
  • Don’t leave decorations on for too long to avoid overheating.
  • Always read the manufacturers instructions and guidance.

FIRE SAFETY

  • Avoid any kind of open flames and consider using battery-operated candles of LED lighting as a safe alternative.
  • Always check the manufacturer’s guidance to help avoid damage to your home and guests. Keep flammable decorations and costumes away from ignition sources.
  • Enjoy bonfires from a safe distance,

COSTUMES

  • Check the label complies with fire safety
  • Be mindful of loose items
  • Dress appropriately for the weather

Your friends at SERVPRO of West Akron want you and your family to have safe Halloween holiday!

Continuing Education Courses for Insurance Agents and Adjusters

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Akron hosting our last continuing education class.

Continuing Education Insurance Courses

SERVPRO of West Akron offers the following continuing education classes for our local insurance agents and adjusters:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Restorative Drying in the Restoration Industry
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Restoring Contaminated Buildings
  • Cleaning and Restoring Smoke-Damaged Contents
  • Deodorization of Malodors
  • Ethics

Our corporate continuing education specialists will educate local agents and adjusters with detailed information about water, fire and mold clean up and restoration that will educate them to better service their customers. 

If you need Continuing Education Courses, please contact your local sales marketing manager:

Robyn Bartko

Email: robynbartko.SERVPRO@gmail.com

Office: 330-867-5723

All our classes are free of charge and include drinks and food. We also handle all the paper work to the state. Please call Robyn to find out what, when and where are next continuing education will be. 

SERVPRO of West Akron the Water Restoration Company To Call

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment used to dry-out a structure.

Has your home or business been damaged by water? Who do you call? What do they do?

SERVPRO of West Akron is a preferred restoration vendor in Ohio that has the credentials, knowledge, and team to help restore your home after a flood, pipe-break, sump pump or sewage back up, appliance malfunction and more. A quick response is key to preventing further secondary damage. 

Our crews inspect the areas where the water has intruded to identify the extent to which water has traveled throughout the structure. We will walk the property with the homeowner and discuss the process that we will use to dry out the structure. The information gathered in this initial inspection will also be documented and then used to plan the needed emergency procedures. 

The crews will begin the mitigation process, the first step is to fix the problem of the water loss before drying out the structure. A plumber may need to be called to fix the sump pump or pipe-break. After the problem has been fixed and water is still standing the crews will extract any remaining water. This is important to control the moisture and contamination. 

The next step is to quickly return to a dry condition, the less damage. We believe the importance of restoring a structure and its belongings than replacing them. This saves money for the homeowner and insurance company. Placing dehumidifiers and air-mover equipment will remove the moisture through evaporation and dehumidification. 

After the crews have tested the structure with moisture meters to confirm that the structure and its contents are now dry than the drying services are done. The repairs of any drywall, flooring, cabinets, etc. will be completed and final cleaning will be done. The property will be back to its preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24 hours a day at 330-867-5723.

The 3 Categories of Water Damage in Akron, Ohio

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience a water disaster and you need a professional water restoration company that has the knowledge and experience to clean up and restore your home or business, then you need to call the crews at SERVPRO of West Akron.

The water damage clean-up crews of SERVPRO of West Akron service residential homes and commercial businesses in the Akron, Ohio area including Stow, Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Munroe Falls and surrounding the communities.

Our crews have dealt with many different damages from water to homes and businesses. Whether it be from heavy storms that flood buildings or back up sump pumps to pipe breaks, leaky roofs or a toilet overflows, we can clean and dry up the water to restore your structure to preloss condition. The knowledge of our crews can determine the category of water loss.

Three Categories of Water Damage

We follow the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) of the three different levels and classes of water damage:

Each category has a classification that determines the level of risk and differential of cleaning.

Category 1 The water comes from a sanitary source such as water lines, faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. Although the water is clean and has no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. It may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials. Also, if it isn’t cleaned up quickly, it can degrade into a category 2 leading to health issues and increasing loss to the structure.

Category 2 This water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. This water is from dishwashers, washing machines, toilet overflow with urine, but not feces, and other sources where the water has been “used”. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3 The water contains dangerously unsanitary containments. It could cause serious illness or even death if ingested. It is usually from a sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams. Toilet overflow with feces and stagnant water that has become a habitat for bacterial growth.

It is always important to call water damage professionals to help clean up and restore your home. Call the SERVPRO of West Akron crews at 330-867-5723. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays!

Why Call SERVPRO of West Akron? Read some of our Reviews

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew is here to help you!

We appreciate all of our wonderful reviews from our awesome customers!

Great service!

We had a pipe burst and a flood in our house. It was the start of a very busy weekend of water damage in our area and SERVPRO W. Akron came to our rescue quickly! They mitigated our water issue within 3 days and we were so thankful we didn’t have to wait. The guys who did the work were polite and efficient. Everyone we talked to was friendly and made sure our needs were met. Thank you, SERVPRO for helping to dry out our house so quickly. We are grateful!

  • Lindsay

Excellent Job by SERVPRO!

The team that came to my house to clean up my sewer backup was professional and quick with their work. They took care of and found things I didn't even know were affected.

  • Ryan

Thank you SERVPRO!

Thank you for taking great care of us and for your prompt service!

  • Marisa

If you have a water, fire, mold damage to your home or business, please call the professional and knowlegeable team at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723!

Burst Pipes in Akron, Ohio

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe Break in Akron, Ohio

Pipes are breaking in Northeast, Ohio after the Polar Vortex has come and gone.  The warm weather is now thawing out the frozen pipes.  Homeowners are waking up to find water spraying all over because their plumbing fittings have popped and pipes have burst.

Homeowners in the Akron, Ohio count on running water in their home for eating, drinking, cleaning, washing dishes and clothes, but when those pipes freeze all of that is in danger and the cost of repairs and mitigation will be very expensive.

Steps you can take to try to avoid frozen pipes:

  • Make sure your furnace has been inspected before the winter season. If your furnace breaks down and your home isn’t heated your pipes could freeze and possibly burst. Insurance companies may not cover your water loss claim if your heat isn’t on.
  • When we have extreme cold in the area it is important to have a light steady stream of water flow from your faucets than just a trickle.
  • Open up cabinet doors that have pipes located next to exterior walls.
  • Get heat into drafty crawl spaces if you have pipes located in or near them.
  • Keep thermostat above 62 degrees.

If your pipes do freeze, shut off your main water supply valve, that way, if a pipe burst you won’t have major flooding. Call a plumber to thaw out any frozen pipes. If your water line does freeze, it could expand and split the pipe and water damage will occur. Call SERVPRO of West Akron to help mitigate and clean up your water damage at 330-867-5723.

Our Crews are Available 24/7 for Pipe-break Water Cleanup

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Our crews are extracting water from a pipe break in a home in Akron, Ohio.

How to avoid burst pipes and water damage in Akron, Ohio

When the temperature begins to drop it becomes more common for homeowners to find themselves at the hands of a burst pipe. A burst pipe occurs when the water temperature drops and freezes over. The ice leads to a build up of pressure which causes the pipe to burst. When a pipe bursts the water can flood your home while causing damage to your walls and flooring. Fortunately, there are many ways for homeowners and maintenance professions to prevent pipe bursts.

When preventing pipe bursts it is important to take care of both the inside and outside of your house. In regards to inside it is key to remember to have sufficient insulation in order to protect pipes in unheated areas: attics, garages, and crawl spaces. Once the temperature drops open cabinets throughout your house such as in the kitchen or bathrooms to allow more heat circulation in areas pipes are likely to burst. The outside of your house can be taken care of by caulking to seal pipes to ensure no leaks. Insulate and cover all exterior water accesses that can not be turned off such as faucets and hoses.

If you travel in the winter or leave your home for a long period of time it is dire to take extra steps to prevent burst pipes. Before you leave lower the thermostat, do not turn it off. A safe temperature can be set at 55 degrees or higher. Letting your faucets drip at a slow rate can keep water running which lowers the chance of your pipes freezing.

If your pipes unfortunately burst call SERVPRO of West Akron and we will restore and clean your water damaged property in Akron, Ohio. We will make it will be “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at  330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com

SERVPRO of West Akron is Here to Help!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Sump pump This sump pump overflowed in this basement in Akron, Ohio.

As 2018 fades away and the new year comes so does the cold weather. SERVPRO of West Akron hopes your new year is filled with good times, but is ready to help when the cold weather may turn the good times bad. SERVPRO of West Akron is here to make it like the bad times never even happened so you can get back to enjoying your new year. If you face fire and water disasters to your residential property or commercial buildings we will make it our priority to restore your property. SERVPRO understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are what helps you make your house a home. We want to help you maintain your home even when the damage is extreme. Call 330-867-5723 for the crew that is faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in giving control back to homeowners and property managers after the devastating effects from a pipe break, sump pump malfunction, toilet overflow, flooded basement, refrigerator or washing machine line break, flood or fire. If located in Akron, Fairlawn, Stow, Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls, and Munroe Falls SERVPRO of West Akron is the franchise to contact.

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

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

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!