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Mold on Drywall in Your Akron, OH Home

2/15/2023 (Permalink)

Men Standing Basement SERVPRO technicians wearing personal protective equipment to remove mold on drywall in an Akron, Ohio basement.

Mold on drywall may result from a leaking or broken pipe, a leak in the roof, or basement flooding after a severe storm. It is tempting to just wipe the mold off the surface of the wall, but finding mold can be a big job, since there is a possibility there can also be mold inside the walls, including in the insulation and on wooden studs within the walls. Calling a mold remediation company is a good idea to have them safely and effectively deal with removing mold on drywall.

Porous materials like drywall have tiny holes or pores which can make the mold get trapped and difficult, usually impossible, to adequately remove mold. Unseen mold trapped in the pores of drywall can grow and spread and can also cause health problems. Since there is no effective way to remove mold from the pores of the drywall, the affected drywall must be removed and replaced. Removing drywall must be done carefully because cutting into moldy drywall causes mold spores to become airborne and spread.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that if mold covers more than 10 square feet, a professional remediation company should be hired to remove the mold. If it is a smaller job that you plan to handle yourself.

Furniture and other items should be removed from the area if possible or cover items securely with sheets of heavy plastic to protect them from mold spores. Cover heating and air conditioning vents to prevent mold spores from entering your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. A containment area should be made by using a large sheet of heavy plastic to tape over the doorway or area being remediated to keep mold spores from drifting out of the room and into other areas of the home. Also cover your floor with plastic to prevent the flooring from becoming contaminated with mold.

Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) like disposable gloves, disposable hair and shoe covers, and an N-95 or N-99 face mask should be worn during the mold removal process. The process of removing drywall that is contaminated with mold exposes you to mold spores that can make you sick if you fail to take the necessary safety precautions. First the drywall should be sprayed with water to prevent mold spores from becoming airborne as the drywall is taken down. The moldy pieces of drywall should be enclosed in heavy plastic trash bags before you carry them through the house, so as to prevent scattering mold spores.

If You Need Assistance with Mold Removal

If you think you may have a mold problem and need assistance with mold removal, call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723. Our trained crew will examine and answer any questions you have about the mold removal process or visit:

Did You Know that SERVPRO of West Akron has a Construction Division?

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen SERVPRO of West Akron can restore and rebuild your home after a kitchen fire. We are a "One Stop Shop" for all your fire, water or storm damage.

Building and Reconstruction Services

Did you know that SERVPRO of West Akron is a “ONE STOP SHOP”? Our franchise SERVPRO tries to make any water, fire, or storm damage as simple as possible for your insurance company or your commercial property. We are set up to restore your home or business from start to finish. SERVPRO of West Akron has a strong construction division. It has successfully been able to assist in a one room reconstruction to the full home interior and exterior reconstruction. Our construction division works closely with the mitigation crews, insurance adjusters and customers to make any disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

Our Construction Restoration Includes:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Our SERVPRO of West Akron crews know how stressful a water, fire and storm loss can be. We will walk you through every step of the process, so you know what to expect. We work with every insurance company and will keep them updated during the job process as well as sending the insurance company a complete job file. SERVPRO also has national contracts with many insurance companies and we have built relationships with many local insurance agents and adjusters.  Let SERVPRO of West Akron do the worrying for you! We also offer reconstruction for any type of insurance or self-pay loss including water, fire, smoke, mold, and biohazard and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call us today at 330-867-5723!

SERVPRO Spring Cleaning Tips

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Woman Cleaning Spring cleaning tips for your home in Northeast, Ohio. If you find mold while cleaning, call your SERVPRO team at 330-867-5723.

Spring is finally here and believe it or not your environment has a significant impact on your emotions and your stress level. Here are a few cleaning tips that will not leave you overwhelmed on where to begin to get rid of the winter dust and grime, so you can get outside and enjoy the sun and warmer temperatures in Northeast Ohio.

Living Room
Dust all ceiling fans & light fixtures
Clean curtains and/or blinds
Vacuum behind furniture
Clean cobwebs from corners

Wipe down shelves, door & drawers
Discard any expired food & condiments
Wipe down microwave, stovetop, coffee maker, toaster and other appliances

Clean out closets & drawers; donate gently used items to local charity
Wash shams, decorative pillows, blankets & comforters
Rotate & flip mattresses

Clean out medicine cabinet, discarding expired products *Check for medication disposal programs in your area!
Wash shower curtain, floor mats and other similar items
Clean tub/shower and regrout if needed

Spring Mold

After all the winter snow melting and the recent flooding from the heavy rain you may come across some mold during your spring cleaning. It only takes a few warm 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 look "Like it never even happened."

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

SERVPRO of West Akron 5 Star Customer Reviews

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Words stars SERVPRO of West Akron received a 5-star review for water damage cleanup in Akron, Ohio.

Fires, floods, smoke, and other unforeseen incidents can leave behind severe damage to a home. Often, it can be difficult to tackle such a restoration project on your own. That’s why it’s important to research and hire experts who can bring your home back to its preloss condition. So, when it comes to restoring your property, it’s ideal to work with a team that’s kind, courteous, and reliable. Below are two reviews from satisfied customers.

Reviews from two satisfied customers:

Donna Withee  - Akron, OH

This is twice now I have had to call in Serv-Pro for water damage. This time it was a rental, and it was extremely time-sensitive that I have the cause of the damage (broken pipe) fixed, the space dried out, and recovery done quickly. As always, Serv-Pro was there within the hour to start clean up. Heather was efficient, kind and took charge of the project immediately. The office staff is as good as the field workers-- Kudos to Serv-pro for continuing their excellence in work, courtesy and efficiency.

Travis – AKRON, OH

They were quick and professional. Exactly as advertised. I would use their services again, but hopefully will not have to ;)

At SERVPRO of West Akron we are only as good as our last job. Especially in a community such as Akron, word travels fast and our commitment to excellence is something that we reaffirm every single day. If you would like to experience the SERVPRO difference, please give the office a call today and schedule a consultation at 330-867-5723 or visit our website for all our services

SERVPRO Volunteer Day at the Akron Canton Food Bank

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Women standing with a sign SERVPRO Marketeers volunteered at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. They packed 3500 meals for Senior Citizens in the Akron area.

The past two years SERVPRO of West Akron promoted a food drive during the 2021 holiday season. We collected non-perishable food from our local insurance agencies. We donated over 1866 pounds of food to the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank which provided 1634 meals on tables to families in our local community. This February 2022 our marketing team volunteered by helping the workers at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank by sorting, inspecting, relabeling, or repackaging donated food.

Today, the Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member hunger-relief programs in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne. These member programs operate 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food. For more information, volunteer opportunities and ways to donate, check them out at

This was a tremendously rewarding project for our team and we're pleased to have had the opportunity to support this great local organization! Our SERVPRO Marketeers volunteered at the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. They were able to pack 3500 meals for Senior Citizens in our area.

At SERVPRO of West Akron, we love supporting our local community and look forward to volunteering our time whenever possible. Thank you to all the volunteers out there and keep up the great work!

Holiday Pet Safety

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

dog cat fireplace Our pets are part of the family. Make sure that they are comfortable and safe during the holidays especially during large family gatherings.

With the holidays approaching, we will be celebrating with family and friends. During this time, we are breaking away from our daily routines that our pets are used to having. It is important to keep them in mind during the hectic holiday excitement. We have a few handy tips for the safety of your pet during the holidays.

  • Inform your visitors ahead of time that you have pets in the home.
  • Though the excitement of a party may overwhelm some pets, keep your pets inside during cold weather and provide plenty of toys to keep them busy.
  • When company starts to arrive, watch the front door closely, when it is open, your pet can take advantage of the opportunity to escape.
  • Signs of anxiety in dogs include hiding, panting, shaking, and inappetence. To avoid anxiety or aggression, we suggest leaving your dog in a secure room with the TV on or radio with soft music.
  • Common signs of feline anxiety include hiding, loss of appetite, excessive vocalizing, and pacing. A Feliway diffuser works wonders to alleviate stress.

Did you know that pets or wild animals have a part in starting about 750 home fires per year? These involve cooking equipment, fireplaces and chimneys, space heaters, lamps, bulbs, wiring, and candles.

Below are some pet safety tips from the NFPA.

  • Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stove and countertops.
  • Keep pests away from candles, lamps, and space heaters.
  • Always use a metal or heated heat tempered glass screen on the fireplace and keep it in place.
  • Keep pests away from Chili’s outside vents. I have a pet free zone of at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Consider battery operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.
  • Some pets are tours. Watch pets to make sure that they do not chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

For more Information visit: national fire protection Association.

If you experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 or visit our website at

Follow SERVPRO of West Akron on Our Social Media Accounts

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Words about franchise's social media Follow SERVPRO of West Akron on Our Social Media Accounts!

We want to let everyone know that SERVPRO of West Akron is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can like, share, and follow us on our pages by clicking on the following links:

On each of our social media accounts we post information about:

  • News about our company
  • Tips & tricks about the fire, water, and storm damage industry, plus more
  • Meet the SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County team
  • Community events
  • Drawings & Giveaways
  • Testimonials

It's a great way to learn a little bit more about what we do in our community and keep up with events that we have done, or those coming up soon. If you want, click on an above link to leave us a review or comment about an experience you have had with SERVPRO. We want to know what we can do to continue providing our customers the best possible service.  Our goal is to restore your property damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Akron specializes in Fire & Water Restoration and Cleanup. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and we provide 24-hour emergency services. We are locally owned and operated with highly trained and IICRC crews available 24-hours a day at 330-867-5723. If you want to learn more, visit

Commercial & Residential Restoration Services Available in Akron

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

water damage If you experience a water damage in your home or business, please call our crews at 330-867-5723.

SERVPRO of West Akron provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 at: 330-867-5723

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There is never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of West Akron is ready to always help our clients. Our crews are ready to help after any size disaster. We have staff on call at night and on the weekends to make sure that when you need us, we are ready. Please give us a call at 330-867-5723.

We Are Here To Help in Akron, Ohio

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fans Yard Our crews are here to help homeowners with water cleanup and restoration in Akron, Ohio.

It is Spring of 2021 and we have continued to help many home and business owners during the pandemic with water, fire, mold, storm and coronavirus cleaning. It was a tough 2020, but our team has continued to follow the CDC guidelines. We are dedicated to being prepared to help you with whatever this year may bring us. We will continue to help 24/7 all 365 days a year. 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, refrigerator or washing machine line break, flood or fire.

Our Crews are IICRC Certified

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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 or visit our website

A Customer Review for SERVPRO of West Akron

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

words stars A recent review from a very satisfied customer from SERVPRO of West Akron that experienced a water loss.

We strive every day at SERVPRO of West Akron to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always thrilled to get positive reviews from our customers.   We provide 24-hour emergency services such as Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation for both residential and commercial properties. 

A review from a satisfied customer:

Very easy to contact late at night and they were able to start the cleanup process the next day. Had everything taken care of in a few days and the workers were very nice. Would use again (hopefully won't need to)! – Katie

No job is to small or too big for the crews at SERVPRO of West Akron. We are always here for our customers to put their water damaged home back to preloss condition. Our crews will make sure the work is done properly, efficiently and in a timely manner. Call us 24 hours a day at 330-867-5723.

Spring Thaw Can Cause Water Damage in Tallmadge, Ohio

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Grass snow Thawing snow can cause flooding and water damage to your home or business in Akron.

Spring is just around the corner and this means there will be more sunshine and warmer air that will thaw out all the winter snow and ice. Being in Northeast Ohio the anticipation of the temperature change is exciting, but it is important to be aware of the disaster that could come from the winter thaw.

When the thawing begins, the water must go somewhere. Depending on the amount of water, many different results can occur. One of the most important things to watch for is flooding in your basement or crawl space. The water is going to naturally run down, which can cause water damage to anything in your basement, flooring, and walls.

Spring rainstorms can cause water damage to your property. You may encounter a leaking roof caused by wind damage or flooding from a storm, but there is a real possibility that future damage from standing water and wet damp areas can be overlooked.  When there is a continuing source of water, there is always a potential for mold. As the temperature begins to rise and everything is moist from thawing, keep an eye out for mold around your home. Specifically check closely in your basement, crawl space, and garage.

If you experience a water damage from the winter thaw happens, do not worry. SERVPRO of West Akron crews are available 24-hours a day. Give us a call at 330-867-5723 or visit our website at we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should You Call SERVPRO During Your Emergency?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

24/7 Circle Our crews are available 24 hours a day to take your call for fire, water and storm damage cleanup and restoration at 330-867-5723.

Fire or water damage emergencies rarely happen during a convenient time of day or night that is why SERVPRO is available 24/7/365. A water or fire damage event can be traumatic and when you call, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. Our staff is prepared for whatever is required. We are a locally owned and operated company with the ability to respond to your call no matter the size! Our goal is to provide you with the quickest and most professional restoration experience. We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly.

When you call, Tracy or Rhonda, our office specialists will ask several questions regarding your water or fire damage emergency. Once, we have all the details we will dispatch our estimator and experienced cleanup technicians immediately.

Our SERVPRO Specialist will ask several questions:

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

If you have a fire, water, or mold emergency in your home or business call us IMMEDIATELY! We are here to help!

Need Emergency Service… Call Us 24/7/365 at 330-867-5723!

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 -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

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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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,


  • 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


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

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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

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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

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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

SERVPRO of West Akron is Here to Help!

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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!

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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!