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Spring Cleanup Check for Water Damage in Stark County

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Cleanup Check for Water Damage in Stark County Water Damage found in an attic in Waynesburg.

Now that winter weather is passing, it is the best time to inspect your home or building for weather-related damage. Snow and ice buildup, heavy rains and strong winds can all cause problems with your property. Roofs, gutters and landscapes are exterior elements that should be checked to guard against water damage. Remember to look in attics, basements or crawl spaces for visible signs of water intrusion. Make sure outside vents are clear of any obstruction to ensure proper air flow. If you find a problem and need water cleanup and restoration services, immediate action is crucial.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to a water damage at your Stark County, Ohio property. Our team has the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

SERVPRO of South & East Stark County is locally owned and operated. When you have a flooding or water emergency, we are nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Stark County!

Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (330) 823-4088

SERVPRO Water Damage Procedures in Stark County

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Water Damage Procedures in Stark County SERVPRO air movers drying out a bathroom in Stark County from a pipe break.

When you are dealing with water damage in NE Ohio, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of West Akron will respond immediately. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We also closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. We use several different types of air movers and dehumidifiers that dry out your walls, floors and ceilings in your home. After calling SERVPRO of S&E Stark County, our crews are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture ad contents
  • Inspect carpet pad and carpet and provide service
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorizations)
  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment
  • Dispose of Refuse

We have the experience and expertise and the resources and equipment to handle the job. If you suffer water damage in NE Ohio from severe storms, sump pump and/or drain backups, water line breaks or pipe breaks in Stark County Ohio we are here to help. Call us SERVPRO of S&E Stark County 24/7 at (330)823-4088.

Storm Damage Specialists in Stark County Ohio

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Specialists in Stark County Ohio SERVPRO of South & East Stark County Crew

SERVPRO of South & East Stark County has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Why Choose SERVPRO of South & East Stark County?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your Stark County home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, SERVPRO of South & East Stark County has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.

CALL SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088 for 24/7 Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration.

Mold Growth in New Philadelphia Ohio

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth in New Philadelphia Ohio Mold growth found behind a cabinet.

Mold and Your Home

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County has been on many mold remediation jobs. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems and will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. You can find mold growing on many different surfaces on your walls such as wallpaper, paint, plaster and on ceiling tiles, wood products and paper products. It also can grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

You Can Control Mold

Inside your home you can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling humidity levels;
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding;
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.

Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. There are a variety of mold types and even getting a sample tested to see the type of mold it can be very costly.  The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth. If you find mold growing in your home or business, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem.  Mold can be tricky to remediate, so calling the professionals is always the best option.  Our crews are professional trained and certified. Call SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088.

Is your building Ready for a water or fire disaster?

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your building Ready for a water or fire disaster? Emergency Ready Profile

Are you ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size water or fire disaster from a toliet overflow, small leak to a large fire or major pipe break. The best time for planning for such events is not after the event has happened, but before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster happening to their business, but it is very important to plan for it. SERVPRO of S&E Stark County offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). An ERP is a comprehensive document that provides critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference guide of important building information for your facility manager and the crews of SERVPRO.

  • The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage:
  • NO COST, NO OBLIGATION assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the even to an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes us your local SERVPRO team as your disaster mitigation restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, property areas and priority contact information.

Contact SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088 for your Emergency Ready Profile Assessment.

Lightning Strikes Safety Tips in Stark County, Ohio

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lightning Strikes Safety Tips in Stark County, Ohio Lightning hit this tree and fell on this home and broke the window during a rain storm last summer.

During the summer months in Ohio the chance of lightning increases during rain storms. If a lightning strike hits your home it can cause it to catch on fire. Lightning presents three main hazards to a house that is hit directly according to Stormhighway.com:

  • Fire danger: The biggest danger lightning poses to a house is fire. Wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited anywhere an exposed lightning channel comes in contact with (or passes through) them. It is most common for lightning to start a fire in the attic or roof of a house, as the channel usually has to pass through some of the structural material in the roof before it can reach a more conductive path such as wiring or pipes. When lightning current travels through wires, it will commonly burn them up - presenting a fire ingition hazard anywhere along the affected circuits.
     
  • Power surge damage: If lightning chooses any of the home's electrical wiring as its primary or secondary path, the explosive surge can damage even non-electronic appliances that are connected. Even if most of the lightning current takes other paths to ground, the home's electrical system will experience enough of a surge to cause potentially significant damage to anything connected to it, electronics in particular.
     
  • Shock wave damage: Another major source of damage from lightning is produced from the explosive shock wave. The shock waves that lightning create is what produces the thunder that we hear, and at close range, these waves can be destructive. Lightning can easily fracture concrete, brick, cinderblock and stone. Brick and stone chimneys are commonly damaged severely by lightning. Lightning's shock waves can blow out plaster walls, shatter glass, create trenches in soil and crack foundations. Shrapnel is a common secondary damage effect, with objects sometimes found embedded in walls!

If you are in need of fire cleanup and restoration, please contact SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088.

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County has these three basic tips to keep you safe during the next rain storm:

  1. Have a lightning safety plan and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
  2. If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces and all metal objects including  electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle.
  3. If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Consider in[lugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior/phone lines, including shocks to inside equipment.

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Vacation

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Vacation Our SERVPRO team had to remove the drywall and ceiling after a pipe break when a family was on vacation in Minerva, Ohio.

Spring vacation time is near, and we have tips to make sure you don’t return home to devastation. It is essential that every traveler take certain steps to keep his or her home safe while traveling. Here are some tips that will help you keep your home safe from power surges, broken pipes, home invasions, and more while you’re away.

  1. Ask a neighbor or friend to check in on your house while you are away. Make sure they pick up your newspaper and mail and check your home after a severe rain storm for basement flooding.
  2. Don’t post your vacation on Social Media. Letting people know that you will be going or are out of town with vacation pictures on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram will tip off criminals that no one is home.
  3. Let your local Police department know that you are going on vacation. It is possible the police may go out of their way to drive by your house while on patrol, especially if you live in a small town. If you have a security alarm, leave a house key and the code with someone you trust, and provide the police and alarm company with their name and phone number.
  4. Should you leave your Curtains OPEN or CLOSED? Before you leave for vacation, you may decide to close your curtains to prevent people from peering inside your home to see whether you’re there. However, closed curtains also stop those who aim to help—the police, your neighbors or friends—from seeing inside your house. So, what’s your best bet? Leave your curtains exactly as you usually keep them when your home, since noticeable changes could hint that you’re not around anymore—especially if your curtains are uncharacteristically left closed for two weeks. Move expensive items, like jewelry or computers, out of plain sight if they’re visible from the window
  5. Lights ON or OFF? Don’t leave your lights on throughout your entire house instead purchase a programmable timer that will turn on and off certain lamps in the house to make it appear that someone is home.
  6. Stop Your Mail or have your neighbor get it daily.
  7. Turn off Your Water. If a pipe breaks while you are away, you won’t come home to a water damage. Leave the kitchen faucet open to let air escape.
  8. Keep Your Heat ON. Do not turn off your heat in your home, so that you don’t come home to any frozen pipes.
  9. Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliance to protect them from power surges. This way you save on your electric bill or to make sure you don’t have a home fire.

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County can help you clean up and restore your home if you return from vacation to a water or fire damage. We are here to help you 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. 330-823-4088.

Flood Damage in Stark County Ohio

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

We have been experiencing lots of rain this February which is causing flooding and water damage to basements in Stark County. With possible more rain coming this Spring it can quickly turn into emergencies with little notice. When several days of hard rains happen on end with no opportunities for the ground to keep up with saturation, the opportunity for flash flooding becomes a real possibility for all of the homes in North East Ohio. The trouble with flash flooding in areas where floods are not everyday occurrences is the lack of proper preparation. When homes become ill-equipped to deal with floodwaters knocking at the foundation of their homes, vulnerable areas become exposed, and soon flood damage occurs in Stark County. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to deal with all on your own. With professional restoration services like our SERVPRO of S&E Stark County team provides, you can help to prevent further structural damage and irreparable losses by addressing the problem quickly and appropriately. Our objective when we arrive at your home is to assess the damage that you face and begin water extraction immediately. With flooding, we use our extraction truck which has the truck mount equipment that pulls high volumes of water from your carpet far more quickly than other equipment that might get used for less severe water emergencies. Once the water has gotten extracted successfully, our team moves on to dry the area thoroughly. The drying process typically consists of a combination of dehumidification equipment and air movers. These two working together help to combat the possibility of mold growth in the affected area, which can quickly happen if the water damage was not seen to right away. If you experience flood damage in your home or business, please call the experts of SERVPRO of SOUTH & East Stark County 24/7 at 330-823-4088.

Mold Removal Process in Stark County

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal Process in Stark County Mold found in kitchen cabinets in New Philadelphia Ohio.

Mold cleanup is a process that should not be taken lightly. It's usually not a safe job for do-it-yourselfers. Mold can be a deadly fungus and many people have become ill trying to do mold cleanup themselves. Mold is a microorganism which can be a health hazard when it develops within a home, business or other enclosed structure. It can be furry, stringy or powdery-looking and is often black, green, orange, brown or white. The black variety is considered the most dangerous. This fungus usually thrives in areas that are damp and lack light or proper ventilation. If it appears in your home or business, you should seek professional help in having it removed. It can degrade the air quality to people that frequent the building. For safe, effective mold cleanup, hire a professional.

The SERVPRO of S&E Stark County team is a professional mitigation company that uses specialized technologies to detect the fungus and the hidden moisture sources that led to its growth. As part of the mold cleanup process an environmental hygienist may recommend using advanced containment procedures and physical barriers to keep the microbial growth from spreading. This is an important part of the mitigation process because mold spore can spread through the air and on porous surfaces very rapidly. That's why an environmental hygienist should be involved throughout the mold cleanup process to monitor air quality.

Getting rid of mold can be difficult and dangerous. Professional mitigation workers must wear special clothing and masks to protect themselves when removing it. It is also important to have an environmental hygienist test the air quality before and after the mold cleanup process. Licensed and professionally trained technicians should then identify which type it is and use industrial strength cleaning supplies and equipment to kill and remove the colonies. The process of removing the fungus begins with a visual inspection. As part of the removal process the technician will identify the cause of the mildew infestation and the home or business owner should address it so the microbial growth does not return. That includes repairing water damage, leaky pipes or roofs and cleaning the entire HVAC system including air ducts, filters, heating and air conditioning systems. Sometimes carpeting and drywall may need to be removed as part of the mitigation process. SERVPRO of S&E Stark County will also use antimicrobial and antifungal agents to treat and sanitize the infected area. Completely removing the mildew may require fumigating areas of the home or business. This ensures all traces of the mildew is eradicated. Unless all surface with the microbial growth are thoroughly and properly treated, the mitigation process will not be successful. If highly-skilled professional mold removal companies are not used, the mold removal process may have to be repeated several times. Even when a visual inspection does not reveal any signs of the mildew, an environmental hygienist should still test the air before people can safely return to the structure. Mold cleanup is a process that should not be taken lightly. It's usually not a safe job for do-it-yourselfers. Mold can be a deadly fungus and many people have become ill trying to do mold cleanup themselves. For safe, effective mold cleanup, hire a professional. Call SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088.

Mold Found in a home in Alliance, Ohio

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Found in a home in Alliance, Ohio Mold found on contents in an Alliance home.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 330-823-4088