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Bathroom Water Damage Issues to Homes in Alliance, Ohio

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Running Water in Bathroom Sink Running water can cause major water damage in a bathroom in a home in Alliance, Ohio.

Everything in the bathroom uses water, therefore there is a possibility of a water damage caused by an overflow of your sink, tub/shower or toilet. Also, the sealants around these areas can wear down, or the connections at the fixtures can break loose or water lines begin to leak. It is important to keep an eye on these areas. If not, mold and rot can begin and cause costly damage.

Knowing the signs of water damage and where it is most likely to occur can help you avoid the heartbreak and high costs of water damage repair and mold remediation.

Bathroom Toilet

  • When your toilet overflows from clogging don’t continue to flush it thinking that the clog will dislodge the clog, but in could make is worse and cause the overflow of water. Turn the water off with the shutoff valve on the wall near the floor directly behind the toilet. It will stop any further overflow and keep the water damage from getting worse. Try to use a plunger to dislodge the clog or call a plumber.
  • If the wax ring becomes soft and pliable between the toilet and the floor water can start to leak over time. You will notice a little bit of water at the base of the toilet if there is a problem with the wax ring. You may not see any water at all, if your toilet begins to wobble its most likely because the floor support is starting to rot away from the water leak that has occurred under the toilet.

Bathroom Sink

  • Leaving your water running can cause a major water damage from water overflowing. It can cause damage to your cabinet, floor and walls and even travel to the room underneath.
  • A slow drip from the waterline or the drain line beneath the bathroom sink can cause more damage if gone unnoticed. Mold can begin to grow under a sink due to the moisture and it being dark. You may need to use a flashlight to see if the slow drip has caused mold to grow.

Bathroom Tub/Shower

  • Leaving your water running and unattended to fill your tub can cause it to overflow. Leaving a huge mess and major water damage to the contents in your bathroom and even floors underneath it.
  • Unless your bathtub is a single-molded unit, there a good chance the caulk between the tub and the surround may fail one day causing water to leak. It can cause damage to the wood studs, drywall and other framing materials.
  • The grout between the tiles and the base of your shower/tub can deteriorate and create cracks where water can pass through and into your walls. Check to make sure all corners are well caulked and that there are no cracks running through the middle of your shower pan area.  If you find that you have major cracks there could be bigger problems that could be very expensive to fix if they persist.

Other than human error the most common bathroom water damage is deteriorating of the connection between the pipe and the supply line under the bathroom sinks or to the toilet. When this happens, water can go everywhere in quickly! To protect against this, regularly check the connections to make sure they are secure and, also make sure to check the supply lines are still in good condition.

If water damage occurs, call a local restoration company to help clean up and restore your bathroom. SERVPRO of South & East Stark County is available 24-hours a day for all emergency water disasters at 330-823-4088.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Boarded up house Fires to houses can happen during the Halloween holiday in Canton, Ohio.

Boo! Are you ready for Halloween?

Here's are 7 prevention fire hazard safety tips to keep you safe during trick-or-treating!

  1. Use decorative lights instead of candles.
  2. If you use candles, never leave them unattended.
  3. Keep indoor candle decorations far away from curtains and other ignitable items.
  4. Keep outdoor candles and jack-o’-lanterns away from the path of trick or treaters. Costumes can be flammable.
  5. Check your costumes to ensure they are “flame-resistant.” Especially children’s costumes.
  6. If you have a party, check for cigarettes under furniture cushions and in areas where people were smoking before you go to sleep.
  7. Remove materials from your property, like garbage or leaves, which someone could purposely use to start a fire.

Halloween is a fun holiday and can be spooky time for kids. Please make sure it is a safe time for children to enjoy getting treats.

If you experience a fire damage to your home, please call the professional fire restoration company at SERVPRO of South & East Stark County to restore your home at 330-823-4088.

Honoring our First Responders on 9/11

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman, police officers, paramedics and military people SERVPRO of South & East Stark County honoring First Responders on 9/11/2019.

National Day of Service and Remembrance SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

In honor and memory of those who died on September 11, 2001, as well as the survivors and First Responders, National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a day of reflection. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, this is a day to come together as Americans following the events of 9/11 to help neighbors in need and to honor veterans and First Responders in your community. On this day and everyday, SERVPRO® of South & East Stark County salutes those heroes who arrive in the greatest times of need and stand strong in the face of disaster. These heroes are the First Responders who keep our communities safe in trying times. Give back and make a difference in your community this year. 

How to Prevent A Fire Dryer in Canton, Ohio

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer on Fire Call SERVPRO of South & East Stark County if you experience a dryer fire in Canton, Ohio.

Dryer fires can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home. The best defense against dryer fires is simply cleaning your lint trap and dryer hose. Make sure you clean your lint trap every time you use the dryer and clean your dryer hose monthly. You can use items that you already own in your home such as your vacuum cleaner with an attachment, a leaf blower or a shop vacuum.

If you can’t see daylight through your dryer vent hose, then you may need to call a professional cleaning company. For example, if your dryer hose is from one floor down to your basement or if there is bend in the dryer hose you could do more harm than good. If you don’t properly suck out or push out the lint you could possibly clog the hose causing a buildup of lint that could catch on fire. If you do clean it on your own, make sure your dryer hose is properly reattached to your dryer making sure that there are no gaps. If you have any gaps the lint could escape and accumulate behind the dryer causing a fire.

One thing you should never do is dry your clothes when you aren’t going to be home.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are nearly 3,000 clothes dryer fires reported each year, with an estimated 5 deaths and 100 injuries reported annually. If you experience a dryer fire and need the help of a fire restoration company to clean up and restore your home then call SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088.

Tips to Grill Safely to Prevent a Fire to your Louisville Home.

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Charcoal Grill Fire.

Tips to grill safely this summer to prevent a fire to your home.
1. Grills should only be used outdoors, placing them 10 feet away from the house, deck railings and low hanging branches.
2. Keep children and pets away from the grill.
3. Clean your grill prior to each use.
4. Use long handled grilling tools.
5. When using a charcoal grill, use fire starter logs or lighter fluid to start the coals.
6. Never use gasoline on any grill.
7. When using a gas grill test your propane hose for leaks by soaking it in soap and water. No bubbles mean no gas leak.
8. Always start the gas grill with the lid open.
9. Always turn the propane tank off when the grill is not being used.
10. Keep a water bottle or fire extinguisher nearby in case of any flare ups or fires.
If you experience a grill fire and it catches your home on fire, call the team at SERVPRO of South & East Stark County to help you clean up and restore your home at 330-823-4088.

Fire Safety Tips for the Fourth of July in Canton Ohio

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks Safety for Stark County Ohio Residents!

Did you know that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2015 Fireworks Annual Report, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2017 injuries.
Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

Below are 10 fireworks safety tips you should use and teach to your kids.

  1. Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays – avoid buying.
  2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, especially with sparklers.
  3. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  4. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  5. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire and to douse used fireworks before discarding in trash.
  6. Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.
  7. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  8. Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  9. Never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.
  10. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.


SERVPRO of South & East Stark County wishes everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July!

Continuing Education Insurance Courses in Canton, Ohio

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

A recent continuing education course being taught by our SERVPRO specialist.

Continuing Education Insurance Courses

SERVPRO of South and East Stark County offers a variety of continuing education courses for insurance agents and insurance adjusters in the Canton, Ohio. 

Here are some of the CE courses that are offered by SERVPRO

  • 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

The above CE courses will provide detailed material will educate local agents and adjusters to better service current and future customers. All our classes are taught by SERVPRO corporate continuing education specialists. These classes are designed to improve the knowledge of insurance staff regarding emergency fire, water and mold mitigation.

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

Patti Wallick

Email: patti.SERVPRO@gmail.com

Office: 330-823-4088

Patti will be able to inform you of the course being taught and when and where our next class will be offered. All our classes are free of charge and include drinks and food. We also handle all the paper work to the state.

Flooding Tips for Homeowners in Alliance, Ohio

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our crews are available 24 hours a day for flood clean up and restoration.

Spring in Ohio is the beginning of the warm weather, but it can also bring significant flooding to many areas. It is important to be prepared for flooding and to know how to protect your homes structure and personal belongings from any potential water disasters. Start preparing your home today with these few tips to ensure that you are safe this spring season.

Know your Insurance Coverage

Make sure you have coverage if your home is in a flood zone. Check this annually because flood zones can and do change. When communities grow with homes and businesses it could lead to a change in the areas that might be considered flood zones and could lead to more flood zones being created.  It is also important to check if you need a sump pump rider to your coverage. If your sump pump goes out during a storm and your basement floods, your coverage needs to indicate that it will cover that water damage.

Purchase Supplies and Sandbags Ahead of Time

Keep sandbags on hand if you are in a flood threat area. Sandbags can be properly placed to keep flood waters from entering your home or business when there is a chance of flooding. Purchasing stud boards, plywood boards, tarps, nails and more can help protect your home before and/or after from flooding and/or storm damage.

Store Important Document and Items Above Flood Level

When storing your personal belongings in your basement it is important to keep these items in air tight plastic containers to protect them.  Place these boxes in an area higher off the ground and in an area to excess in case you need to evacuate your home.

Emergency Plan 

Having an emergency plan of action for a family during a natural disaster is essential.  If you live or don’t live in a flood area it is key to talk to your children about what to do if a flood does happen to stay safe. Whether it would be to move to an upper area of the home, evacuate or who to call after the storm.

Minimize the Damage After a Flood

When you home is flooded, the first step it to assess the damage and call a local water restoration company. The quicker you can remove the water from your home and begin the dry out process the better your chances that secondary damage like mold doesn’t start.

If you experience water damage to your home, call the professional crews at SERVPRO of South and East Stark County at 330-823-4088 to begin the clean up and restoration process.

Tornado and Storm Restoration in Stark County, Ohio

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

This year we have already experienced the heavy rains, strong winds and even a tornado. Before the next storm travels through our area it is important to know a few facts about tornado's.

Tornado Facts:

  • Winds in excess of 58 mph n Structural wind damage
  • Tornado Tornadoes are arguably nature’s most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.
  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour. n Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of South & East Stark County knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal in the Alliance, Louisville, Canton, Minerva, Navarre and surrounding communities. If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado or strong winds our emergency crews can help board up and roof tarp your home. If your home has flooded our crews can begin the cleanup and restoration process by extracting any water, placing air movers and dehumidifiers and monitoring the drying process until the home is back to preloss condition.

Call us 24 hours a day at 330-823-4088.

Tips on Finding Water Damage in Louisville, Ohio

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement from a washing machine overflow in Louisville, Ohio.

Tips when finding a water disaster in your home:

  • When you have a water pipe break, appliance water break or washing machine water flow it is important, if possible, to immediately turn off the water source. If you are unable to shut it off yourself than contact a qualified person to stop the water source.
  • Turn off the circuit breaker in the location of the wet area of the home or building only if the power distributor is in a dry area safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and what carpeting.
  • Remove any personal items that may get damaged by the water such as paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter the affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms or ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have any questions or need help to ensure your property is dried properly, contact SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088.