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5 Steps You Should Take For Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Rain Trees SERVPRO of South & East Stark County can restore your Canton, Ohio home after a storm or water damage.

A storm can cause water damage to your Canton, Ohio home. It can feel scared, angry, and frustrated. After taking a deep breath, follow these important steps.

5 steps you should take for filing a storm and water damage insurance claim

  1. Contact your insurance company right away: Your insurance agent or company will tell you the type of coverage you have and what will be covered under your policy. They will probably start the claim and will schedule a time for your insurance adjuster to visit your home to inspect and assess the damage. You should always document the date, time and who you spoke with.

    2. Assess and document your loss: You know what is inside your home and the belongings that you have. Walk through your property and look to see what the storm and/or water has damaged. Make a list of any damaged or missing items and document the value. Take photos and videos to document the damage of your personal property room by room. It is important if possible before a disaster has damaged your home to take a video of all your items for record.

    3. Mitigate, or prevent, further damage: You do not want any secondary damage to happen to your property and cause further money out of your pocket. If you do any repairs keep all receipts of expensive including tarps, tape, lumber, and gas. If needed, call a professional restoration and mitigation company like SERVPRO of South & East Stark County to help tarp or board up your home after a storm damage. You do not want to cause injury to yourself climbing on top of your roof.

    4. Be prepared for the insurance adjuster ‘s visit: When your insurance adjuster visits your damaged property, have the following documents ready:
  • List of damages including the value.
  • Take photos and video of your damage.
  • Copies of receipts for expenses.

If a storm causes major catastrophic damage to your community, sometimes insurance adjusters are not able to visit your home quickly, therefore documenting the information prior is important.

5. Choose your contractor wisely: During major storms there are storm chasers. It is important to not hire the first contractor that comes to your door. Use a contractor that is recommended by your insurance company. Make sure the contractor you hire is reputable, established, licensed, bonded, and insured. Make sure this contractor is in insurance restoration damage expert and therefore knows how to file claims with insurance companies.

It is always important to stay organized and calm after storm has damaged your home. Starting a claim notebook can keep everything in one place and therefore when a disaster strikes you are prepared. In the notebook have the names, numbers and emails of your insurance agent and company contacts. Calling a reputable storm and water damage cleanup and restoration company can help expedite your claim process. SERVPRO of South & East Stark County crews are highly trained, knowledgeable and I ICRC certified to help clean up and restore water damaged property. Call us at 330-823-4088.

Water Damage Can Cause Mold Growth in Alliance, Ohio

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Door Mold Growth on a door from a sump pump back up. Homeowner was gone for two months and discovered the mold when they returned to their Alliance home.

A slow plumbing leak, sewage back-up, broken pipes or any other kind of water damage can cause excess moisture in a home which may lead to mold growth. Mold damage and mold growth is common in most homes. Severe mold growth can happen after a home has not been occupied for several months and a water damage occurred during that time. The picture above was a home in Alliance, Ohio that our crews had to remediate a mold damage after a rental property sat empty during the pandemic.

Although checking for mold in a home may seem like a simple job, it is not because some mold can hide in your basement and/or attic. It is important to have an expert that has been trained and certified of getting the job done right the first time. We have the right chemicals and equipment for handling mold in a safe manner plus we have the right gear to perform the processes without putting your family at risk.

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.

Please call the professionals of SERVPRO of South and East Stark County, if your home or business has a mold issue, where we make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” 330-823-4088. Visit our website about our mold remediation process at www.SERVPROsoutheaststarkcounty.com.

Spring Cleaning Can Prevent a Water or Fire Damage to Your Home

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer Vent Cleaning a dryer vent can prevent a fire to your home in Alliance, Ohio.

Spring is just around the corner. The sun is shining bright, and it is time to open the windows and let the fresh air in to welcome the new season. Checking and cleaning a few household areas and items can help eliminate a future water or fire damage.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for SPRING!

1. Gutters and downspouts: Clean out gutters and downspouts from any leftover fall and winter debris. If left neglected, the next heavy rain can cause flooding and erosion issues to the foundation of your home from any clogged gutters.

2. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace any batteries.

3. Fire Extinguishers: Check fire extinguishers for expiration date and make sure they still work.

4. Windows and Doors: Clean all windows and doors and sliding glass door tracks for smooth operation. Check your windows and doors for leaks or air drafts. If you feel outdoor air seeping in, the seals may need to be replaced.

5. Water and Air Filters: Replace water filters and air filters. Filters catch debris from water and air. When they get full, they cannot filter as effectively as they should. The filters should be routinely replaced to ensure that they can work efficiently.

6. Dryer Vent: Your dryer vent can easily become filled with lint and debris. Clean the dryer vent to help improve drying time and energy efficiency and to prevent a fire. The vent inside your dryer should be cleaned with each load, but in the spring, you should check your exterior vent as well, making sure there is nothing accumulating in the tubing from the dryer to the outside.

7. Grill: Once it begins to get warmer, people start thinking about cooking and eating outside. Now is the perfect time inspect your grill, refill your tanks if it is a gas grill, and clean all the cooking surfaces so it is ready to use when you want to make delicious meals. Grills with an abundance of leftover food and grease could cause a fire.

8. Plumbing for Leaks: Look for leaks under your sinks and for leaking faucets. If you notice any leaks, call in a plumber to make the needed repairs. A leaky faucet can produce water damage and unwanted mold growth.

It may not be possible to prevent all water damage; however, taking these precautions lower your chance of water damaging the structure of your home. If you do find water damage in your home, please call SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088 and we will restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage to an Alliance, Ohio Home

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

fans living room If you experience a water damage to your Alliance, Ohio home, please call the crews at SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088.

Alliance residents know that water damage can happen at any time. Winter pipe-breaks, spring rainstorms, summer floods to an appliance fail, can cause severe damage to your home. Its important to act fast to minimize the cost of the repairs.

When a water damage occurs from a kitchen broken water line the standing water can seep underneath flooring and damage the wooden subfloor and floor joists. Drywall, baseboards, and cabinets may also be affected. If the water is not mitigated in a timely manner, mold growth can begin to grow causing secondary damage.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of South & East Stark County has a team of highly trained restoration specialists available to respond to any size water damage emergency 24 hours a day, every day. From the moment you call, our team can be onsite within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to restore water damage including:

  • Moisture detection and measurement equipment
  • Water extraction equipment
  • Drying equipment
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Sanitizing agents, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments

We Are Ready to Help Call Today: 330-823-4088

We understand that having a water loss, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of South & East Stark County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it is the cornerstone of our business.

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Who Do You Call for Property Cleanup and Restoration in Canton, Ohio? SERVPRO of South and East Stark County, That’s Who!

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Man Couch Water If you experience a water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of South & East Stark County to clean up and restore your Canton, Ohio home.

When you experience a fire, water, storm or mold damage in your Canton home or business you want a restoration company that is quick, professional and has a highly qualified cleanup and restoration team. SERVPRO of South & East Stark County crews are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained and hold certifications in multiple specialties and have hands-on experience working on a range of disaster scenarios. Our customers benefit from our full-service one stop shop. The next several blogs will be about how our crews cleanup and restore after a water, fire, storm and/or mold damage.

Water Damage

A water disaster can happen any time of day or night. Our company operates 24 hours a day – 365 days a year. Each water damage is different, and our team understands what is happening and what needs to be done. After the initial call to our office an estimator will be dispatched to your home or business to begin mitigation process.

Our crews understand using the proper equipment makes a difference in properly and efficiently drying down your structure to reduce time and expense. Scoping the area of the water damage involves locating all the areas of the structure into which water has intruded. They will also determine how much moisture has been absorbed into the structure and the contents in the home. After determining the affected area and all standing water has been extracted, professional drying equipment will be put in place to prevent secondary damages to the flooring or drywall affected by the water loss.

The equipment will be monitored and checked daily until all areas are completely dried. If a water damage claim was filed all documentation will be sent to an insurance adjuster or company. SERVPRO of South and East Stark County uses insurance-based pricing.

If you experience a water damage, please call the professional team of SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088. Stay tuned to our next Blog: Fire Damage Restoration.

How to Prevent Water From Damaging your Home

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Hot water tank SERVPRO of South & East Stark County can cleanup after a hot water tank breaks. Our crews were able to restore this basement in Lousiville, Ohio.

How to keep water from damaging your home! Water can spread quickly throughout your home, ruining your hardwood flooring, drywall, cabinets, and other household items. The good news is that water damage can be prevented with the right knowledge.

Below are several ways you can you protect your home from residential water damage:

  • Damaged & Leaky Pipes

Pipes are another large source of water damage in your home. What starts out as a small leak can quickly become a lot of mold in your home. Check the areas where your pipes might be tucked away, such as under the sink, for signs of water leaking for cracks, bulges, stains, and other signs of moisture on your ceiling or floors. If you see any signs of water damage, call a plumber right away to avoid larger problems in the future. Be sure to check and insulate your pipes every year before winter begins. Pipes can rupture and freeze within a few hours, soaking your entire house. 

  • Appliances

Many of the appliances in your home have running water such as your refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and hot water tank. As the appliances get older, their pipes can rust, and their hoses can weaken. Other common water damages include worn gaskets, broken doors, and clogged drains. If these appliances leak, they can release a large amount of water in a short amount of time and cause lots of issues. Make sure that you are caught up on maintenance on your appliances, and check the areas around and behind them regularly for signs of leaks.

  • Sinks & Tubs

Bathroom sink, shower and tub drains can become quickly clogged with dirt, grease, hair, and other substances. Pipes can break down, and structural damage is common. If drain clogs are not cleared, problems such as disease, sickness and aggravated health conditions could occur. If left unchecked, clogged drains can cause damage to other places in the home. When water is left running in or near a home it can cause water damage. Be sure to double check that you turn off your sinks, shower, sprinklers, and garden hoses after using them.

Sometimes natural events, such as a big storm, cause flooding in homes. While you cannot prevent weather events, you can help protect your home. Large amounts of water cannot be absorbed by the land, and may overflow into your home. A flood and sump pump alarm and warning system can help you protect your home against a natural water disaster.  Install foundation vents or sump pumps. You can also grade your lawn away from the house. Make sure you know where the water main is and shut it off when you leave for an extended period.

  • Structural Damage & Leaky Roofs

Moisture dripping through your concrete and crawl spaces can lead to mold and rotting. Check your home regularly for these signs. Cleaning your gutters regularly and maintaining your trees and vegetation will keep unwelcome water from damaging your walls and foundation. Yet another thing that can leak in your home is your roof. If you notice water dripping into your home during a rainstorm, you have an issue with a leaky roof. Consult a professional to fix the issue. Be sure to take care of the problem quickly, especially if you are expecting bad weather in your area.

Residential water damage can be caused by natural disasters, clogged drains, or damaged pipes. With the right precautions, you will not have to worry about water damage for years to come. If you do experience a water damage, calling a professional water clean up and restoration company is the best thing to do to make sure your home is properly dried. Our team at SERVPRO of South & East Stark County is available 24 hours a day at 330-823-4088.

Flooding Cleanup & Restoration

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment SERVPRO has specialized drying equipment to dry-out and restore your home after water damage due to flooding in Louisville, Ohio.

When your house floods, the water can cause severe devastation to the structure of the house, your belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain mud and many contaminants that can be hazardous to your health along with ruining your belongings. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water. When the flood waters enter your home, it can destroy your carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like your ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

Flooded House Clean Up

If you do experience flood water in your home or business, it is important to remove and throw out porous wood, upholstered furniture or plush toys that may become in contact with floodwaters. The reason is to reduce mold development that will cause secondary damage. It is necessary to dry out your affected areas of your home or pieces of furniture inside for 48 hours.

If, you have had flooding, you must ensure that everything indoors is not contaminated. Dry your home or business and everything in it. Cleaning appropriately will eliminate any dangerous microscopic organisms and infections, and drying will keep biological mold from forming or expanding. When clearing out your flooded home, or business:
1. Discard wet materials that cannot be cleaned.
2. For protection purposes, take photos of all the house flooding harmed property that you should discard.
3. Wash blinds, apparel, and bedding with hot sudsy water. Blanch them at whatever point conceivable and afterward dry and iron them.
4. Flush floor coverings and furniture with clean water, and cleanser and air-dry them.

When your 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 does not start. Call the professional crews at SERVPRO of South and East Stark County at 330-823-4088 to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Water Damage Cleanup in your Basement in Dover, Ohio.

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Basement SERVPRO Airmovers SERVPRO of South & East Stark County can cleanup and restore your basement from water damage in Dover, Ohio.

After a water loss the first 24 hours are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage to your home.  Calling a professional water restoration company, like SERVPRO of South & East Stark County can ensure that the water damage will properly be cleaned up and your home restored.  Our IICRC certified crews will complete the following steps: 

INSPECTION

Our crews will inspect all the affected areas to determine the extent of the water damage. Once all areas have been checked by monitoring equipment the estimator will review all the findings and answer and questions before beginning the dry-out process.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

The initial step will be to protect your home or business as well as all your belongings and other contents by extracting any excess water to prevent further damage. Once, all the water has been removed and the areas prepped the drying equipment of air movers and dehumidifiers will be placed.

Monitoring

A daily monitoring process of the humidity in the air along with checking the structure and flooring with a moisture meter to ensure that the areas are dried to appropriate industry standards. The crew chief will update the homeowner with consistent communication along with sending any reports to your insurance company.

Restoration services

Once the drying equipment has been removed then all necessary repair to the structure, reinstall carpets, and cleaning of the affected areas of your property and contents will be completed. A final walk through with the crew chief of the job-site will be conducted to make sure there aren’t any questions or concerns by the homeowner and to endure that the home is returned to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of South & East Stark County will respond quickly to all water damages to homes and businesses that are located in the Louisville, Alliance, Navarre, Brewster, Beach City, Waynesburg, Canton, New Philadelphia, Dover and surrounding communities. Our knowledgeable, highly trained and IICRC certified crews are available 24/7/365 days a year. Call us today at 330-823-4088.

How to Clean up a Water Damage from a Sump Pump Failure

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment SERVPRO of South & East Stark County have the equipment and the IICRC certified team to clean up a sump pump water damage.

When a sump pump fails, your basement might end up flooding. Basement flooding can produce extensive water damage to your structure and all your contents. A sump pump can fail by not follow simple maintenance updates by many homeowners.

Don’t wait until your basement floods to do the following maintenance:

  1. Remove debris like pebbles or mud in the sump pit to prevent clogging.
  2. Test the speed of the pump by pouring in a bucket of water number.
  3. Go outside to make sure water is being pumped away from your home.
  4. Ensure the float component can move freely.
  5. Check drain lines for corrosion.
  6. Create a back-up plan for power outages like a battery or a generator.

If you do end up with a flooded basement with water damage it is important to cleanup the water quickly. Here are several steps:

Step 1: Removal – extract all the excessive water that is in the basement. The longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause.

Step 2: Cleaning – When all the water has been removed, it is important to clean and disinfect the areas. Depending on the category of the water, you might need to remove all padding and carpeting. If the water has traveled up any dry walls – baseboards need to be removed and holes drilled in the base of the walls. If the water is contaminated then the dry walls need to be cut and removed.

Step 3: Drying – Placing industrial strength air-movers to produce proper air flow and dehumidifiers to remove all moisture in the air need to be placed in the affected area. It is vital to dry the entire area completely to prevent mold from spreading after the water damage, the entire basement and sump pump pit must be dried properly.

If the severity of your water damage is extensive it is important to call in a professional restoration company. SERVPRO of South & East Stark County has the tools and equipment to test the walls and floors to locate the water damage. If any water hasn’t been properly dried then the possibility of mold can grow which will cause secondary water damage.

About SERVPRO of S&E Stark County

SERVPRO of SERVPRO of S&E Stark County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We will respond quickly to the Louisville, Alliance, Navarre, Brewster, Beach City, Waynesburg, Canton, New Philadelphia, Dover and surrounding communities. Our knowledgeable, highly trained and IICRC certified crews are available 24/7/365 days a year. Call us today at 330-823-4088.

Water Damage Tips for Homeowners in Alliance, Ohio

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment Hardwood Floor SERVPRO of South & East Stark County can clean up any type of water damage in Stark County Ohio.

Dealing with flood damage in addition to water damage in the home is frequently considered to be very upsetting and confusing. Where to begin, how to clean it up and what products and equipment to use are frequently asked questions after a water disaster. Water damage may create relentless issues in a home, if not properly dried. The secondary damage from water damage may produce fungus or mold. This decreases the value of the air quality in the home and often makes a hazardous and unsafe area to live.

Residents of Louisville, Minerva and Alliance OHIO should follow these emergency water damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source, if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for what areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water or pass by my mapping and blogging.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and any other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause an electrical shock or damage to the device.

Mitigation and restoration companies present a collection of professionals that are able to go to the home, discover the source of the water damage and also flood damage, as well as use the professional techniques to clean up the problem. SERVPRO of Southeast Stark County has been in business for over 20 years and has the experience, equipment and trained technicians to help you with your next water loss. Call us today at 330-823-4088.

Home Maintenance Checklist for January

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles Roof Prevent water damage to your home by removing ice dams that were produced from melting snow on your roof.

It’s the beginning of the New Year and its important to have a New Year’s Resolution to prevent water damage to your home by doing these 5 important home maintenance items:

  • Clean your pipes- de-scale your pipes overnight using vinegar. Make sure to brush up on white things you should and shouldn’t put down your dreams and what plumber suggest when cleaning your drinks.
  • Clean shower heads and taps- clean your your showerheads and taps from hard water deposits by soaking them in vinegar overnight. Clean out your Fossett aerators to improve water flow.
  • Clean and re-caulk- remove moldy, broken, or cracked caulk around bathtubs, showers, toilets, and sinks. We caulk these elements to keep them secure and safe from leaks, water damage, and more.
  • Get rid of ice dams- remove icicles and ice dams on your roof. When they melt, they can flood your roof, causing leaks and running the wood that makes up the top of your home.
  • Clean pop-up mechanisms-clean your pop-up sink mechanisms this week and ensure that you don’t have anything that’s clogging up your sink.

All SERVPRO’s are locally owned and operated. We will respond quickly to fire, storm and water damages to homes and businesses that are located in the Louisville, Alliance, Navarre, Brewster, Beach City, Waynesburg, Canton, New Philadelphia, Dover and surrounding communities. Our knowledgeable, highly trained and IICRC certified crews are available 24/7/365 days a year. Call us today at 330-823-4088.

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.

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.

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.

SERVPRO of South & East Stark County is a Full Service Water Restoration Cleanup Company

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in a home in Stark County, Ohio.

SERVPRO of South & East Stark County is a full-service cleaning and restoration company. We provide restoration services for water damaged residential home and commercial buildings in the Canton, Louisville, Minerva, Alliance and surrounding communities. When you experience a water disaster it is a traumatic event and your daily activity is severely disrupted. When you have excessive water and moisture to your indoor environment it could pose a health risk for the occupants and be very destructive to the building structure and its contents. It is important to effectively restore a water damaged building properly for homeowners and business owners.

Properly drying and restoring a water damaged structure requires training, expertise and specialized equipment. If not resolved properly, water intrusions cause severe damages to structures and contents and if not clean up quickly then the damage can become severe.

Water may enter a structure from broken water pipe, leaking water heaters, washing machine overflow, roof leaks, fire fighting efforts after a fire, sump pump failure, flooding, sewer backups, and many other sources. At SERVPRO we try to restore all items before replacing them. If the water is clean such as a pipe-break than we can clean up and dry out the structure and belongings. If the damage was caused from sewage than materials can’t be saved and items must be disposed.

If you need clean up and restoration after a water damage than call the professionals at SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088. We are available 24 hours a day!

Water damage restoration involves four types of services.

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers are placed in this Canton home during the emergency services step after their house was water damaged.

Water damage restoration involves four types of services.

Inspection: During the inspection our crews determine the extent of damage and evaluate how far the water has migrated throughout the structure.

Emergency services: Our crews begin the water cleanup. Our emergency services are conducted to protect structure and contents from further damage. Our crews establish a safe environment by extracting the water and create conditions for affective drying up materials. We place air-movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure.

Monitoring: We schedule follow up visits referred to as monitoring services. This is important to ensure the drying process is working. Written reports are completed to show the effectiveness of the drying.  Monitoring services continue until all materials are dry.

Restoration services: This service involves cleaning and repairing everything to return both structure and contents back to preloss condition. Restoration services may include repairing structural materials, cleaning of carpets and any contents.

Call SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088 for water clean up and restoration.

10 Ways to Prevent Water Damage in Your Louisville, Ohio Bathroom

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to a bathroom. We had to remove drywall before we could properly dry out this bathroom.

Bathrooms are a frequent source of water damage in a home. If not dealt with in a proper fashion water from toilets, showers, and sinks can cause damage to your ceilings, walls, and floors slowly affecting the structural integrity of your home. In order to take proper care of your home take these steps when in the bathroom.

  1. Check your plumbing - Regularly inspect the pipes of your sink, shower, and toilet. These pipes are susceptible to rust and leaking so it is safe to periodically check them.
  2. Regularly check for signs of leaks - In order to check for leaks watch for discoloration on walls or floors, drywall bubbling, and musty smells. Touch the walls to check if any areas are softer than others.
  3. Upgrade your fixtures - More updated fixtures tend to save water and can prevent water damage in the future.
  4. Do not overwork your toilet - Overflowing toilets are one of the most if not the lead cause of water damage in bathrooms. Try not to clog toilets. To do this only flush toilet paper and be aware of young children when they go to the bathroom incase they flush anything that does not belong in a toilet.
  5. Be aware of how fast your sink drains - If your sink is draining slowly it can be a sign of a clog. It is important to get rid of it in a timely fashion to decrease chances of flooding and burst pipes.
  6. Turn on the exhaust fan - Exhaust fans can be used to remove excess moisture from a bathroom preventing it from entering your walls.  
  7. Always check floor for excess water - If there is excess water clean it until dry to ensure it does not soak into the floors.
  8. Watch children in the bath - Try to minimize splashing in the tub to keep water from absorbing into the walls or floors.
  9. Use bath mats - In order to minimize the excess of water build up outside the tub.
  10. Repair or replace cracked, broken or missing tiles - These allow water to seep in behind walls and under floors. Do the same for cracked or decaying grout and caulking along sinks, tubs, and showers.

It may not be possible to prevent all water damage; however, taking these precautions lower your chance of water damaging the structure of your home. If you do find water damage in your home, please call SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088 and we will restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Pipe Bursts from Cold Weather in Alliance, Ohio

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Burst pipe in a basement in Stark County caused severe water damage.

Finding yourself in the situation of a burst pipe can be nerve-racking for a homeowner in Alliance, Ohio. This unwanted situation becomes more likely as the temperature drops. 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.

Inside:

  • Sufficient insulation is key in order to protect pipes in unheated areas: attics, garages, and crawl spaces.
  • Open cabinets throughout your house such as in the kitchen or bathrooms to allow more heat circulation in areas pipes are likely to burst.

Outside:

  • Caulking to seal pipes to ensure no leaks is important in prevention.
  • 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 South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088  and we will restore and clean your property. It will be “Like it never even happened.”

Be Ready with the Emergency Ready Profile

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small leak, pipe break or an area flood. The best time to plan for such water events is not when it happens, but before it happens. Facility owners and maintenance staff never plans on a disaster, but now you can plan for it by calling SERVPRO of S&E Stark County we can ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens", with our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including:

1. Emergency Contact Information

2. Shut-off Valve locations 

3. Priority Areas

4. Building layout

The ERP is also accessible online using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Call us at 330-823-4088 to establish your free, no obligation Emergency Ready Profile.

SERVPRO Water Damage Procedures in Stark County

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Vacation

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County is available 24/7/365

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County Crew

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today 330-823-4088

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of S&E Stark County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration. We have been in business for over 30 years and our crews are IICRC certified in water cleanup and restoration.

What to Expect

When you call, or SERVPRO team will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative 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)?

About SERVPRO of S&E Stark County

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County is available 24/7 for cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Highly Trained Crews for water damage in Minerva Ohio

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment drying out a water damage basement in Minerva Ohio.

We are water removal and cleanup specialists and are ready to service your Minerva home when flooding or water leaks cause water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.

Our crews are trained to safely clean and restore your home by utilizing the following procedures:

* Identify the Source/Type of Water

* Measure Temperatures 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 and Contents

* Inspect Carpet/Carpet Pad and Provide Service

* Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)

* Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment

* Dispose of Refuse

Call SERVPRO of South and East Stark County at 330-823-4088 to restore your home to preloss condition after a water damage to your home or business.

Drying Equipment in a Water Damage Home in Louisville

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment placed in a bathroom where there was water damage.

When you have a water damage to your home or business the SERVPRO of S&E Stark County crew will mitigate the water. Your floors and walls may look dry, but they will still be wet to the touch. Most walls are drywall or wood which is very porous and there will retain a significant amount of water. If the drywall or wood is not properly dried they may begin to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage. To detect the amount of moisture that is in the walls and floors our crews use monitoring equipment like moisture meters. If moisture is detected, SERVPRO of S&E Stark County will place industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. They will carefully monitor the progress using the moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals. If you have a water loss in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of S&E Stark County for immediate assistance to dry out and restore your home at 330-823-4088.

Frozen Pipe Tips for your home or business in Alliance, Ohio

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

A pipe break can cause severe water damage. Call SERVPRO of S&E Stark County for 24/7 Water Cleanup & Restoration.

Winter is in full swing especially in Alliance, Ohio and we are experiencing very cold or freezing temperatures this time of year. Everyone wonders what needs to be done to protect their pipes in freezing temperatures. It is important to protect your pipes and your plumbing system in cold weather. It is especially important if you plan to be away from home for long periods of time. Here are a few tips:


On the inside:

  • Let a stream of water run, if the temperature dips below freezing.
  • Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.

 
On the outside: 

  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  • Disconnect garden hoses.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.


Wondering what happens if pipes freeze? When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way a soda can would. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and could result in serious damage. Pipes and valves on outside walls or in the attics are the most common trouble spots. If you open a faucet and water does not come out, you may be dealing with a frozen pipe.  

If your home or business has been water damaged, call SERVPRO of S&E Stark County 24/7 at 330-823-4088.