Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO can Help after a Storm in Stark County

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Tree House A tree fell on a roof during a storm in Stark County Ohio. SERVPRO crews are here to help cleanup after water and flooding damage.

Wow, we have experienced some crazy storms in Northeast Ohio this week. We have had many calls of fallen trees on homes, wind damage to siding and water back-ups in basements from flooding. SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County is always ready for whatever happens and to make these damages. “Like it never even happened.”

Trained Crews

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

It is important to choose the right company that will properly restore your home as well as communicate with the homeowner and the insurance company. SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County has been working with Canal Fulton, Massillion, Jackson, Canton and surrounding homeowners for decades and has become a well know name throughout Stark County.  Please read some of our great reviews.

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on storm damage cleanup and restoration or call 330-497-4600.

5 Steps to Clean up a Flooded Canton House from a Storm

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Room of a House SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County can help restore your home from flood damage in Canton, Ohio.

A storm can cause severe flooding to a home. Sometimes flood damage is not covered by insurance. If you need to clean up your Canton home by yourself here are 5 Steps that may help.

  1. It is important to first turn off your water and gas to the house. Wear personal protective equipment. A mask or respirator is important to not breathe in any possible mold spores that may have started form. Wear rubber gloves, boots and old clothes that could be thrown away. Some flooded houses may have bacteria growing in the water that can cause potential health hazards.
  2. Document areas of the house. Take lots of pictures of the areas that are damaged and write down all household items that have been destroyed. Determine the flood line. That line is usually noticeable by a dirt line wear the water had reached before receding. You want to go 1 foot above that area and then remove everything below. Carpet, carpet padding and drywall needs to be removed. It is difficult to dry-out those items that have been wet for long periods of time. Real wood trim may be salvageable, so take precaution when removing. If any trim is made of MDF or particle board it is damaged beyond repair and needs to thrown out. All studs will be able to be dried out.
  3. Time to cleanup your home. At this point you are down to the studs and concrete floor/basement of your house. Clean up all debris of your house. Spray down the house with bacteria and microbial cleaner.
  4. Ventilate and dehumidify your house. Get airflow throughout your house. Rent or purchase industrial strength fans, if all sold out or rented then a place all your box fans in the flooded areas. The humidity is going to begin and it will get hot when the your house starts to dry out, so it’s important to use an industrial dehumidifier. If you can’t find one then opening up your house and let the sun dry it out.
  5. Verify that everything is dry by using a moisture meter. It needs to be a moisture content of 16% or less on any wood areas to begin rebuilding.One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when deciding to clean up the water damage themselves is underestimating the extent of the water damage. but to ensure that its completely dry and secondary damage won’t happen, it is important to call a local restoration company.

SERVPRO of Northwest 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 330-497-4600.

Winter Storms Can Cause Pipe-Breaks in Canton, Ohio

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe covered in Ice Winter storms can bring snow, sleet and ice that can cause outside and inside pipes to freeze and break causing severe water damage in Canton, Ohio.

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain. The communities surrounding Canton, Ohio have just been warned that the first winter storm is coming this weekend. We can’t control the weather frigid winter temperatures are here in the Northeast and these temperatures cause severe property disasters including frozen pipes, ice dams and other frozen water damage concerns.

The crews at SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County receive many phone calls from water damage due to frozen pipes. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. We are available 24 hours a day and can quickly and safely repair and restore water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Every winter, SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County professionals help countless home and business owners in Massillion, Canton, Canal Fulton and Jackson Township from water damage to their property following a frozen water property disaster.

Call us at 330-497-4600!

Fall Storms Bring Damage to Homes and Business in Northeast Ohio

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Tree on roof with snow A tree has fallen on a Massillion home after a severe fall storm.

Pumpkins, falling leaves, bonfires and STORMS? With the change in the fall temperatures in Northeast Ohio comes the possibility of severe storms. Ohioans can experience 90 degree weather at the beginning of the week to snow at the end. 

What can you expect from fall storms?

Tropical storms and hurricanes occur on the East Coast and even though, Ohio isn't close to the path of these storms the aftermath can affect the Midwest. These storms can bring flooding to homes and businesses during the fall season and some of these storms can become dangerous with high winds.

This season brings an increase in clashes between cold, dry air and warm, humid air, and these in turn cause developments of severe thunderstorms. You may experience water damage from the heavy rains, storm damage from falling trees on roofs and even home fires from lightning strikes.

Tornadoes usually occur during the summer months, but it is possibly to have a late season tornado. The number of tornadoes decrease throughout the country in the fall, but extreme winds and flying debris for those affected by a tornado can be devastating to both property and people. It is important to be prepared for a tornado to help you to avoid damage from fire or water. 

The first frost advisory is evident during the fall and knowing that snow will be coming soon. If the snow does begin to fall and the trees haven’t completely lost all their leaves the branches may become very heavy and break and can come crashing down. You may find yourself needing repair and restoration to roofing, fences, and other parts of your home or business. 

With the wind storms during the fall months making the leaves fall onto your home and possibly clogging your gutters. It is important to unclog your gutters after all your leaves have fallen. If you don’t unclog your gutters you may experience water damage to the outside and inside of your home. Read our previous blog about Clogged gutters During Winter Months can be Hazardous to your Home in Canton, Ohio.

If you experience water or storm damage to your home or building after a fall weather event, SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County is here to help. Call us 24 hours a day at 330-497-4600.

Do You Have Water Damage From a Rain Storm?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to a Canton home.

STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION

At any moment a storm can strike and possibly flooding can occur that can cause water damage to your home or business in the Canton, Ohio area. According to the  NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) , “In 2019 (as of July 9), there have been 6 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included 2 flooding events and 4 severe storm events.” If you experience water damage from a recent storm you may worry about the cost of hiring a water damage restoration company. If you delay the cleanup and restoration process it may eventually cause you more damage decreasing the chance of saving your personal belongings and will end up costing you more money for the restoration.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE HELP ARRIVES

After hiring a water damage restoration company, here are steps you can take to make it easier for them to get started.

  • Shut off the source of the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

FINDING A WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION COMPANY IN YOUR AREA

Calling SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County makes hiring a local water damage restoration company easy.

We are dedicated to being faster to any size disaster to residential homes and commercial properties. Call the experts at 330-497-4600.

How Weather Conditions Can Cause Firework Damage

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks during a storm.

How can the weather affect your fireworks and create a dangerous situation on the upcoming Fourth of July holiday? If a storm is approaching and causes a severe gust a wind it can affect the direction of the firework and the sparks causing the embers or smoke to be blown towards houses or even the audience that are in the area. This can also increase the risk of fires to buildings and landscaping. It can even cause injuries to people. So, it is important to be aware of the direction of the wind before lighting the fireworks.

Even though Northeast Ohio has had rain recently, you still need to be aware and check the ground to see overly dry and subject to catching on fire. So, when setting up your fireworks display be aware of the condition of the fallout area in order to lessen the risk of a fire igniting.

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County wishes you and your family a safe Fourth of July. Please check the weather before lighting off your firework display. If you end up with a mishap and have fire damage, please call us 24-hours a day for emergency fire damage restoration. We are a phone call away at 330-497-4600.

Recovering After Storm Water Loss in Stark County, Ohio

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

This flooded basement in Canal Fulton was caused by the recent spring storms.

Recovering After a Storm Water Loss in Stark County, Ohio

Handling water damage from a storm can be a devastating ordeal for a homeowner. If you have experienced an unexpected form of disaster from a storm such as water damage to your basement or storm damage to your roof, then please feel free to contact one of the experts at SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County today. Water cleanup may seem like a near impossible task for some circumstances, however, it does not necessarily have to be if you make the decision of contacting the right restoration company.

Water in a home is something that you will need to consider should you experience flood damage from a natural disaster. The water damage that has just occurred may leave you in shock, but it is not something that should put a major setback in your life. Water in home can be removed through a drying process that our technicians are IICRC certified to complete. SERVPRO also uses moisture meters to determine which area of your structure is wet and dry.  

It is important to choose the right company that will properly restore your home as well as communicate with the homeowner and the insurance company. SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County has been working with Canal Fulton homeowners for decades and has become a well know name throughout the county.  Please read some of our great reviews.

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on storm damage cleanup and restoration or call 330-497-4600.

Causes of Ice Dams to Your Roof in Massillion Ohio

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Diagram of an ice dam.

An ice dam is a mix of ice, water, snow and heat that leads to damage of your walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas. As the temperature lowers and it begins to snow is when an ice dam starts to form. As the snow covers the roof there is an off balance of heating amongst the roof. The top portion is above 32 degrees F while the lower portion is below 32 degrees F. This unbalanced leads to an ice ridge forming at the bottom edge of the roof and prevents snow and water from draining off the roof. This can cause major damage to your home.  

To prevent ice dams from damaging your home you can take a variety of types of immediate actions and long-term actions.

Immediate:

  • Roof rake

Similar to a broom a roof rake can be used to remove snow from your roof.

  • Make channels

Making channels along the roof can be done by either hosing with tap water or placing a panty hose with calcium chloride in the leg. Both will create a way for water to drain off the roof instead of through your ceiling.

  • Blow in cold air

If the water is leaking through your roof place a box fan at the leak. The cold air will freeze the water in a matter of minutes and the leak will be put on hold.

Long term:

  • Make ceiling airtight

An airtight house will prevent a warm air flow from reaching your attic.

  • Increase insulation

Added insulation will cut down on heat loss and keeps the heat where it belongs.

  • Ventilate

Ventilation if done in the proper way can cause an even circulation of cold air.

  • Cap the hatch

If you have an attic hatch or a whole house fan cover it with a weatherproof cap to keep heat inside your house.

If you do have ice dam damage call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at 330-497-4600 and we will restore and clean your property. It will be "Like it never even happened."

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Clogged gutters During Winter Months can be Hazardous to you Home in Canton, Ohio

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Northwest Stark County crews available 24/7/365!

So how often should you clean your gutters? It is recommended that you clean your gutters AT LEAST twice a year! SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County is called out to do water cleanup and/or mold mitigation in basements because of clogged gutters in the Canton, Ohio area. The reason we have gutters on your home is to guide the heavy rain to the downspouts and away from your home. When working properly gutters are very effective at doing their job. If a gutter gets clogged up by dust, leaves, dirt, and other outside debris, it can stop or slow the drainage off your roof, causing more damage than you may know.  

The importance of cleaning the gutters is to protect your roofs, siding and foundations to your home. Clogged gutters have a tendency to become over-weighted with slow moving water, soiled dirt, leaves, and ice (in the winter months).  If your gutters are clogged the water still needs to go somewhere, so it finds its way down the back of your siding causing the wood to rot and form mold. It can also flow over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time the water can crack the foundation and potentially resulting in water to your basement and usually foundation issues are not covered by insurance making it very costly to you.

Clogged gutters during the winter months can create many hazards. Ice can collect around the gutter discharge making for a slippage hazard in walkways. Ice can also back-up in a clogged gutter, causing ice build-up that fills the gutter and prevents proper flow of melting snow. This snow melt then turns to ice on the roof and continues to build ‘up’ with nowhere else to go. Built-up ice on the roof can cause leaking into the interior of the house as it starts to melt. Please be safe when cleaning out your gutters. If you do end up with water damage or mold to your home, please contact SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at 330-497-4600. We proudly offer 24-hour emergency service, and we are equipped to deal with any size disaster.

Flooding in Canton, Ohio?

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Canton home with water damage due to flooding in their basement.

Are you ready for when the heavy rains come?

Many times, throughout the year a flash flood watch or waring has been issued by the National Weather Service in Stark County, Ohio. A flash flood is extremely heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. When significant rainfall happens, it can produce 3-5 inches of water in a short amount of time.  When that amount of rain falls water begins to rise in rivers and streams and widespread flooding can occur. Flash flooding occurs very quickly and can happen anywhere.  People are usually caught off-guard and in certain areas the situation may become dangerous if they encounter high, fast moving water while traveling. If people are at their homes or businesses, the water may rise quickly and trap them. It can also cause damage to the property without having a chance to protect their property.  If your property does require storm damage restoration due to flooding, call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County for 24 Hour emergency services. 

What Type of Damage Can Cold-Weather Storms Cause?

8/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to Ohio commercial building after a severe storm hit the area

Cold-weather storms can cause just as much damage to your Jackson Township, Stark County, OH, building as thunderstorms or tornadoes. While a blizzard may not cause rain flooding, it can introduce other issues for your property:

• Burst pipe
• Collapsed roof
• Ice buildup

Your storm damage restoration professional may be able to go over other types of damage common in the winter months.

Plumbing Issues

When the temperatures drop below freezing, your pipes may be at risk for freezing up. This is especially true for any plumbing in exterior walls. If you don't heat your entire building, you may have an even higher risk of getting a frozen pipe somewhere on your property. When the liquid within the piping freezes, it expands. This can cause cracks to form, which can lead to leaks and floods.

Roofing Problems

Winter storms are often associated with high winds that can cause roof damage. If parts of your roofing system are torn off, it can expose the plumbing in your attic to the cold weather. This can lead to a burst pipe, but a damaged roof can invite other moisture into your space as well. For example, the weight of the snow on your roof can cause a collapse, which sends lots of snow into your building.

Ice buildup is another common roofing problem caused by winter storms. The snow accumulates on your roof. As the weather warms up, the snow at the peaks starts to melt first. Once the melt reaches the edges of the roof, it may start to freeze again. This cycle causes the formation of ice dams, which can lead to standing water in your commercial building.

Winter storms can be unkind to your commercial building in Jackson Township, Stark County, OH. Knowing that you may have to deal with a burst pipe or another source of flooding during the winter can help you prepare for the worst eventuality.

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How Landscaping Can Help Protect a Home From Flooding

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners think of landscape design as a way to improve the aesthetics of their property and enhance their enjoyment of the surrounding nature, but landscaping can also help protect a home from flooding. Outside flooding can destroy the lawn and garden around a house and increases the risk of water damage inside the home. These three tips can help you decrease your chances of flooding.

1. Make Sure Water Drains Away From the House

It’s important to check your downspout before the rain storm comes. Not only do you want to look for and repair any damages, but you should also ensure that water drains away from the house. In addition to the standard downspouts used in home construction, there are also ornamental rain drainage systems that can help direct the water even further away from the house. Diverting this water to a garden bed, or other porous surface, can also help prevent flooding.

2. Check That Rain Water Has Somewhere To Go

Outside flooding occurs when rain water does not have a clear path to a drainage source or when water cannot be absorbed into the ground around the house. As part of your landscaping, you can install other drainage sources such as sub-surface drains or catch basins. You could also install a dry streambed or a swale on a sloped surface to create a path for the water to flow away from the house.

3. Ensure That Your Mulch Can Withstand Heavy Rains

Lightweight mulch can easily float away in a rain storm. This mulch is harder to clean up after a storm, and during a storm it can clog drains and result in flooding. Using heavier mulch that stays in place may help avoid these problems.

While there may be no fool-proof way to avoid all outside flooding when the rains come to Jackson Township, OH these tips may help you minimize water damage and preserve your property. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on water damage. 

3 Quick Actions You Can Take To Protect a Storm-Damaged Roof

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Roof damage after a storm.

When powerful storms bear down on Jackson Township, OH high winds and heavy rain can cause considerable trouble around your home. Of all its parts, the roof can be the most vulnerable to sudden damage that may cause leaks and other problems. When this happens, it may be difficult to find a contractor right away; however, there are a few actions you can take instantly to lower the risk of further roof damage.

1. Seal a Broken Skylight

If a hailstorm caused damage to your roof’s skylight and you find it is leaking, you can shore up a cracked seal or broken glass with waterproof tape and a section of tarp. Seal the edges of the skylight with the tape or secure any shattered areas with a water-resistant section of tarp inside and out. This can be especially important for any insurance claims you make later, as homeowners are usually responsible for preventing further water leaks from taking place once roof damage occurs.

2. Cover Broken Shingles

If your roof sustains wind damage and you lose sections of shingling, this may also affect the flashing and building material underneath. Since this can result in a leaky roof and a wet attic, it is important that you give the area a quick fix. Cover the damaged areas with tough, water-resistant sections of tarp and secure them tightly. A storm damage and water mitigation company may be able to assist you if you are unable to access your roof safely.

3. Sudden Leaks

Storms commonly cause roof damage that results in sudden, rapid leaks. These can occur in almost any upstairs room and create water stains, sagging ceilings and other issues. Using heavy tarps and replacing damaged areas with temporary shingles or treating them with a waterproof sealant may help you reduce or stops leaks until a roofing contractor can be called.

When storms hammer Jackson Township, OH it can cause considerable roof damage to your home. Knowing how to mitigate the worst of it can help you prevent the need for costly and long-term repairs once the storms pass. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

Why Does Mold Smell So Bad?

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

An easy way to tell that mold growth has begun in your home in Jackson Township, OH, is the unmistakable musty odor mold produces. Any amount of flood water, even if it was not contaminated, can lead to mold and in many cases odors. When you smell this distinctive mustiness, do not hesitate to take action. You need to remove the mold itself as well as the odor promptly or else your home can become uninhabitable.


What Creates the Smell?


Mold can produce a number of different gasses, referred to as microbial volatile organic compounds. These MVOCs can be odorless, or they can also be musty. The fact that mold growth can be odorless and that it tends to happen in hidden places means it is vital to hire a mold remediation service right away so that professionals can inspect your home thoroughly.


Does Mold Produce Different Odors?


Different types of mold can emit different compounds, each of which with its own distinct odor. For example, mold can produce the following odors:

• 2-hexanone, which has an acetone-like smell
• 1-octen-3-ol, which smells meaty
• 1-butanol may smell similar to alcohol fermentation
• 3-octanone has a fatty, nutty aroma to it.

Ultimately, homeowners in City, State, need to take note of any odors out of the ordinary because a wide range of smells could indicate mold and mildew are present.


How Can You Get Rid of the Odor?


After a flood of any size, sewage loss and mold growth can foster an unpleasant aroma that permeates the entire abode. To rid your home of it, you must remove all damaged and wet materials from the premises. You need to make sure to get rid of everything dampened that cannot be dried or cleaned before beginning the repair process. If any amount of mold is left behind, it will simply grow back. Ventilate the area to promote airflow and deodorize using baking soda.

Visit SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com/ for more information about storm restoration.

Don’t Underestimate What Heavy Rains Can Do to Your Business

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Don’t Underestimate What Heavy Rains Can Do to Your Business

As a commercial property owner in Jackson Township, Ohio you likely have several concerns when storms and heavy rains occur. Weak roofs, leaky basements and flash floods can all damage your property. However, there is another type of damage you could experience that is far more harmful than any of those: a sewer backup into buildings during storms. This is a concern that some people are unaware of, but you can better protect your property by understanding the risks.

It’s the Most Toxic

Everything that is dumped down a drain or flushed down a toilet goes into sewage. Human waste, grease, chemicals and many other harmful substances run through your sewage system, making it incredibly toxic to humans. When sewage mixes with rain water and backs up into your business property, it contaminates not only everything it touches, but also the air. This unsanitary liquid is called “black water” by experts, and it’s the most dangerous type of water you can face.

Drying Isn’t Enough

When dealing with sewage water, the clean-up process is complex. Simply removing the water and drying out your belongings doesn’t take care of the contaminants that have now infested your property. While deodorizing may help with lingering unpleasant smells, fragrances won’t kill the germs and toxins that created the odors. That’s why there are sewer backup cleaning standards in place that must be followed before the property can be considered safe.

There Are Experts To Help You

Water restoration experts are trained in black water clean-up standards and have the equipment, supplies, and techniques necessary for the job. Qualified professionals can safely remove the water, dry and deodorize non-porous surfaces that can be saved, as well as treat the air. They can completely assess property damage and inform you of what’s required to make your building safe again. Most importantly, most restoration companies have 24-hour availability because they know it’s critical to act quickly in these situations.

Don’t be caught unaware or unprepared if you have a sewer backup after heavy rains. Awareness of what can happen, and who to turn to if it does, will help any commercial property owner in Jackson Township, Ohio get back to business safely and quickly.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on storm damage.

The Benefits of Professional Storm Damage Restoration

10/23/2017 (Permalink)


The Benefits of Professional Storm Damage Restoration

All of the hurricanes in the news lately have focused many homeowners on the subject of storm damage remediation. The flooding and wind damage resulting from these storms take a terrible toll on a house. Roof damage is an extremely common form of hurricane damage and can end up requiring extensive roof repair. Some people are also in the unfortunate situation of living in flood zones near rivers, and persistent rain storms can cause river flooding that can inundate basements and cause any flood pump you may have to work overtime. Then there is the approach of cold weather as winter gets ever closer and the attendant ice damage, frozen pipes and ice damming that occurs as a result of a fierce snowstorm.

As a homeowner, it is important to understand something about the process of storm remediation. It's also critical to understand that home restoration can be a complicated process depending on the extent of the storm damage especially if it involves roof repair, flood water, hail damage, ice damming, frozen pipes or other ice damage. Professional help is typically going to be required for storm restoration in general and water restoration in particular.

Home restoration professionals have the skills and equipment needed to complete a thorough storm restoration that brings a homeowners house back to the way it was before the storm. A house is one of the biggest investments most people will ever have, and a roof leak or flooding in the basement or other parts of the home from ground water or hurricane damage will cause additional damage over time if it's not handled promptly.

Flooding caused by a hurricane or by a local river flooding over its banks can inundate a home quickly. A water restoration professional has the flood pump equipment that can remove it quickly. They also have what's needed for mold and mildew removal and remediation, which is one of the lingering issues with flooding. They can then do air quality testing and moisture testing to ensure the air is clear and that the job is done. When you factor in having to buy a flood pump or two at a local home supply store and the myriad of other equipment needed to effect a complete home restoration, it can be far less expensive to hire a professional to do the storm remediation.

Wind damage is a particularly common type of hurricane damage and can also be prevalent after a blizzard. Damage to trees can occur, which may jeopardize a home. A professional home restoration company can remove any damaged trees too close to a home before they topple over and damage it. Ice damming is a pernicious form of ice damage that results when ice builds up at the base of a roof, generally in and around the gutters, that blocks the flow of water off the roof. This ice dam will cause roof damage that will likely result in a roof leak if it isn't handled quickly.

Many storm restoration companies include furniture, document and electronics restoration as part of a storm remediation. Flood water is equally destructive to the possessions in a home as it is to the home itself. Whether it's a result of ground water seeping into a basement or river flooding or a roof leak, there's few things as damaging as flood water getting into a home. Hardly any homeowners will have the knowledge and flood pump equipment that a water restoration and storm damage remediation expert will have to get a home back in shape.

One big benefit of going with a storm restoration contractor to handle hurricane damage, river flooding, ground water seepage, hail damage, wind damage or an ice dam is the value of your time. Even if some homeowners felt able to take on such a job themselves, it would probably take weeks to complete even a mildly extensive storm damage remediation, wind damage repair, or flood water restoration project. This time spent on storm damage remediation is time off work, which costs additional money to the homeowner. Additionally, a complete home restoration may involve tasks such as roof repair, fixing frozen pipes and handling an ice dam and any other ice damage as well as fixing hail damage. This means going up ladders to fix the roof leak, remove the ice dam and handling any other roof damage. Some people may not be physically up to that or might consider it too risky.

Roof repair and fixing frozen pipes are particularly tricky for a lay person to handle. Plumbing and roof damage repair are tasks best left to professionals when it comes to storm remediation. They are also adept at doing an inspection beforehand and locating issues such as hail damage and ice damming that will need rectifying. When a homeowner finds their house filled with flood water, whether it's flood water from a storm or ground water, they should do themselves a favor, and let a professional handle it.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on storm damage.

Professional Storm Damage Restoration Explained

9/27/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Storm Damage Restoration Explained

The weather can wreak the worst kinds of havoc on your home. After a severe storm has passed, you may be left to deal with an aftermath that has left your house damaged, dirty, and even unsafe in which to live.

Rather than face the prospect of cleaning up the house by yourself, you can get back to your normal life faster when you retain professional services for storm remediation. Roof repair and storm restoration contractors who specialize in home restoration including cleaning up ground water, river flooding, frozen pipes, ice damage, and more can transform your home from a devastating nightmare back into the cozy haven you intend it to be for you and your family.


Interior Restorations

The most pressing concern you may have after flooding, frozen pipes, ground water, and other types of storm damage has hit your house may center on restoring the inside of your residence. You cannot go back to living among fixtures that have been compromised or destroyed by an ice dam, flood water, a roof leak, river flooding, and other types of storm damage that occurs during heavy storms.

Attempting to use a flood pump for storm restoration yourself can be time consuming, physically draining, and downright dangerous. When you hire professional home restoration services, you get the fast and reliable help you need to deal with flooding emergencies from frozen pipes, ground water, river flooding, or even a devastating roof leak.

Whether the water has come into your house from hurricane damage or the act of a nearby river flooding and flowing out of its banks, it is no match for the services of a company that offers storm remediation. The contractors who come to your home to deal with the flood water can use equipment like a flood pump and other gear to take care of tasks like:

patching minor to major roof damage
removing flood water from carpeting, drapes, and other upholstered surfaces
cleaning residue left behind by hurricane damage
thaw frozen pipes and restore ice damage in your kitchen, bathroom, or elsewhere.


These flood pump and water restoration services as well as others that involve dealing with an ice dam or ice damming come standard with the contractors' professional storm restoration services. They let you effectively deal with the aftermath of flooding, roof damage, ice damage, hurricane damage, and other circumstances over which you had no control.


Exterior Services

Along with dealing with flooding inside of your home, you also may have to worry about any storm damage or hail damage that has been inflicted on the outside of your house as well. You might face cleaning up the aftermath of wind damage that includes roof damage, a noticeable roof leak, hail damage, and ground water that has led to flood water swamping your ditches and yard.

The home restoration and water restoration professionals can use their flood pump to dry out your yard. However, dealing with wind damage that makes roof repair necessary may require a different methods for storm remediation.

Dealing with the wind damage to your roof may require that the storm restoration contractors lay new shingles or tar paper to seal off a roof leak, for example. Other types of roof repair needed after significant roof damage can include hanging new gutters or cleaning out the entire gutter system. Hurricane damage as well as ice damming may invite this type of storm remediation.

Dealing with the wind damage or ice dam to your roof may require that the contractors lay new shingles or tar paper to seal off a roof leak, for example. Other types of roof repair needed after significant roof damage can include hanging new gutters or cleaning out the entire gutter system.


If you are not dealing with wind damage or hail damage but rather ice damming or an ice dam during the winter, you still may find it prudent to hire professional water restoration or home restoration services. Storm damage contractors who specialize in water restoration and home restoration are available year round and know what it takes to effectively handle all types of hail damage, ice damage, ice damming, and more.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com for more information on storm damage.

National Preparedness Month

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Don’t forget that September is National Preparedness Month!

Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month  (http://www.ready.gov) to highlight the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. This is good advice for everyone; but for business owners, being prepared to respond to the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters can literally mean the difference between staying in business and closing the doors forever. According to FEMA*, up to 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major disaster; just a couple of inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

SERVPRO of NW Stark County has a Preparedness planning tool that can help you know exactly who to call and what to do when disaster strikes. I will work with you on your individualized Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your facility, at no charge. This comprehensive document contains critical information about your building, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Having this information in hand helps you and SERVPRO to react to an unexpected event quickly and effectively, to help minimize business interruption. And, because disasters are unexpected, there is a Smartphone app and web version of the Program available to provide you with access to your ERP 24/7. Call SERVPRO of NW Stark County to set up an appointment to discuss this in more detail at 330-497-4600.

Tornado Loss Prevention Tips

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Tornado Loss Prevention Tips

The following steps are suggestions that homeowners should take before a tornado or other natural disaster occurs to assure speedy and hassle-free recovery.

The Insurance Information Institute has a web tool that makes conducting a home inventory a breeze. Now you can catalog your possessions online, room by room. Once completed, you can add items and photos.

Maintaining a comprehensive inventory will come in handy, should you need to file a claim or reevaluate the amount of insurance you carry. It's good for renters, too. Visit Know Your Stuff® to get started.

Home Coverage and Preparedness Tips

  • Tornado losses are most often covered by the "windstorm peril" under the homeowner's insurance policy.
  • Check with your homeowner insurance agency to assure adequate coverage is provided by the policy. Notify the insurance agency of any additions or improvements to the home.
  • Consider purchasing the replacement cost coverage endorsement for the home and its contents. It would give the option to rebuild or replace damaged property at current costs rather than depreciated values.
  • If you experience a storm-related loss to your home that is covered by your insurance, notify your insurer in a timely manner, as required by your policy.

Home Inventories Assist in Settling Claims

  • Videotape, photograph or compile a written inventory of your home and belongings.
  • Keep the inventory off premises in a bank safe deposit box. The inventory will provide a record for you and the insurance company, should a loss occur.
  • Update your inventory every time you move or every two to three years.

Written Inventory Tips

  • Go through each room of the home and list every item. Include the purchase date, price and model numbers.
  • Include professional, written appraisals of antiques, jewelry and other costly possessions.
  • Click here to download Ohio Insurance Institute’s Personal Property Inventory Form.

Video or Photo Inventory Tips

  • Pan the camera around the room to capture all items. Obtain close-ups of expensive items such as jewelry, china and furs.
  • Consider grouping items for easier inventory.
  • Narrate the video by noting purchase costs and dates. Include model and serial numbers for appliances and electronic devices.

Auto Coverage and Preparedness Tips

  • If there is threatening weather, shelter vehicles to prevent damage from winds, flying debris and hail.
  • Vehicles are protected under the "other than collision" (comprehensive) portion of an auto insurance policy, if damaged by windstorms or hail.

After the Loss - Insurance Tips

  • Photograph any damage and inventory losses. Photos will assist when settling claims.
  • Secure property from further damage or theft and save related receipts, since many insurers will reimburse for these expenses.
  • If required to seek temporary housing due to a covered loss such as a tornado, check your policy for "loss of use" coverage. Many policies cover such expenses up to a stated amount.

http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/tornadofacts.aspx

Flood Tips During Heavy Rains

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Tips During Heavy Rains

Flooding in the Jackson Township can be devastating to your home. Flood water is Black Water and not covered by insurance unless the homeowner has flood insurance. Flood insurance is usually only given if your home is next to a lake or river, or in a flood plain.

If you do not have flood insurance there could be immense costs to getting your home back to normal after flooding. Save yourselves some cost by doing these simple tips.

Here are some tips to help during a flood:

  • Sandbag Doors
  • Sandbag Window Wells
  • Move Furniture Upstairs
  • Block Furniture
  • Buy Ice and Place in Fridge

If your home is flooded call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County to have your home restored. SERVPRO can give you an estimate on the damage done to your home.

Watch vs. Warning: What's the Difference

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Watch vs Warning Storm Definition

With the severe weather season underway, now is a good time to go over the difference between tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. A WATCH means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, depending upon the specific type of watch issued. In the case of a tornado watch, this DOES NOT mean that a tornado has been seen or even indicated on radar...it just means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. Similarly, a severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are just conducive for the development of severe weather, and DOES NOT indicate that severe weather has been reported. While no immediate action on the part of the general public is required for the issuance of a watch, citizens should keep up to date on the current weather situation and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.

A WARNING, on the other hand, requires more immediate action and should be taken seriously. A severe thunderstorm warning indicates that severe weather is imminent in your area or is already occurring (based on either human observation or doppler radar). The term severe refers to hail greater than or equal to 1.00" in diameter and/or wind gusts that meet or exceed 58 mph. Although these storms can also be associated with dangerous cloud to ground lightning or heavy rainfall that is capable of causing flash flooding, neither of these two items serve as criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning being issued.

A tornado warning can be thought of as a very specific severe thunderstorm warning, and means that a tornado has been either spotted by a human observer or indicated by doppler radar to a severe thunderstorm warning, once a tornado warning is issued for your area, you should take cover immediately...as the likelihood of you being directly impacted by a tornado is at a heightened risk. With this knowledge of watches and warnings, you will be better prepared the next time severe weather threatens your area.

Information provided by Weatherworks, LLC.

Contact SERVPRO of NW Stark at 330-497-4600 for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile (ERP) Having a Free ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.  

Contact SERVPRO of NW Stark at 330-497-4600 to talk to professionals to learn more and be "ready for whatever happens."  Continue to follow this page this week as we share additional tips to keep you safe.

Storm Damage? Be Ready - Call SERVPRO of NW Stark County

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of NW Stark County if you have storm damage to your home.

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: 

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all disasters declared emergency by the President are weather related leading to around 500 deaths a year and nearly $15 billion in damage.  Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving lives of others.  

Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you, your business, and your family.  Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.  

Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important information and valuables in safe place.

Be an Example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or twitter.  Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.  

Contact SERVPRO of NW Stark County at 330-497-4600 for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile (ERP) Having a Free ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.  

Contact SERVPRO of NW Stark at 330-497-4600. professionals to learn more and be "ready for whatever happens."  Continue to follow this page this week as we share additional tips to keep you safe. 

Blog shared from SERVPRO of Muskegon

Fast Response to Stark County during Storms!

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Akron Crew Photo

SERVPRO ofNW Stark County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit in North East Ohio, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of NW Stark County - 330-497-4600