Disaster Damage Cleanup and Restoration


Bowers Construction responds rapidly when you and your loved ones have faced a natural disaster. From devastating floods to tornadoes or snow storms, these disasters cause millions of dollars of damage each year to homes and businesses. We are on guard day and night, establishing a sense of security in such a stressful time. Also, our documentation process ensures your claim is handled smoothly on both our end and your insurance’s. Our dedicated staff is here to help with a range of projects, involving emergency board-ups or broken pipes using the most advanced equipment.

  • Flood Damage
  • Rain Damage
  • Snow Damage
  • Wind Damage
  • Lightning Damage
  • Mudslides
  • And anything else nature brings your way

Bowers Construction Guarantees:

  • Integrity on price and scope
  • Seamless facilitation of insurance claims process
  • Complete restoration to pre-loss condition
  • Prevent future mold problems and structural damage
  • 100% satisfaction with the end result


At J. Bowers Construction, we know how important your belongings are to you and your family. We strive to rescue and restore as many of them as possible, back to their pre-loss condition. We also realize, when it comes to your possessions, time is vital. Whether cleaned on-site or packed out and cleaned later in a controlled environment, skilled J. Bowers Construction technicians are able to clean, sanitize and deodorize most household contents that might have appeared unsalvageable at first glance. All contents are photo documented and inventoried in our claims management software, ensuring that all of your valuables are safe guarded.

Wind Damage Cleanup & Roof Repairs


Storms can pose a myriad of problems from a homeowner, whether it’s from wind, water or even ice. These situations can range from mild to severe, and problems such as trees through your roof or debris through your windows calls for immediate attention. We at J. Bowers Construction specialize in all types of areas like tree removal, tarp-overs, structural repairs and total reconstruction. After our team assesses the damage, we’ll create an action plan and restore your property and life back to its pre-loss condition.

J Bowers Construction Since 1959 Has the Experience of Providing Aid, Cleanup, And Restoration Services Throughout Northeastern Ohio.

Trust your home or business to the most experienced team of technicians in Northeastern Ohio. By continuously investing in the latest and highest quality disaster cleanup technology, training and specialty equipment, J. Bowers Construction has the ability to restore any residential or commercial property after a fire disaster.

Depending on the type of disaster, our Certified Restorers will assess the damage, evaluate all affected areas, and determine what steps need to be taken to restore your home back to its original state. Our CRs will outline the best course of action for you and begin remediation and restoration immediately to get your life back to normal.

Ohio Disaster Recovery Tips

Our team of experts will be there soon. Your health and safety are our main priorities. While you wait for help to arrive, follow these tips to keep you protected while facilitating a more rapid recovery:

Do’s And Don’ts


  • Once you are allowed back on the premises, check your insurance policy and get in touch with an agent for information on how to proceed with your claim.
  • Turn off gas, water, and electricity when confronted with a flooded basement.
  • If possible, take photographs of damaged items and property for your insurance claim.
  • Contact the appropriate professionals immediately if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, or sewer lines.
  • Throw away food that has come in contact with the elements, including flood water and ash.
  • Remove any valuable items to a safe place.
  • Contact a disaster cleanup and restoration company immediately. Wet carpeting, furniture, bedding, and any other items holding moisture or water inside the building can develop mold within 24 to 48 hours.

Do Not…

  • Re-enter your home before checking for structural damage.
  • If the fire department turns off your utilities (water, electricity, and gas) before they leave, it means they are unsafe to use. Do not try to turn them back on by yourself as this could be very dangerous and cause further damage to your home.
  • Attempt to clean carpet and drapes. In many cases they will have to be removed. Drying without decontaminating does not remove mold spores.
  • Turn on anything with an electric current if you smell natural gas, including telephone or light switches. Any small spark can cause a fire.
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water or ash.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. Electrical appliances will need to be cleaned and checked.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings sag from retained water.
  • Send textiles to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke and odor into the textiles.

Help With Claims

Understanding the Claim Process

For people experiencing a disaster for the first time, navigating through your insurance company’s claims process can be cumbersome. For more than 57 years, J. Bowers Construction has worked closely with property owners and insurance companies to complete the process quickly and efficiently. J. Bowers Construction offers the following five step guide to help simplify submitting and working through your claim:

  • Step 1: Submit your claim
  • You can submit your claim through your insurance agent and often through a select representative of your insurance provider. Typically you may submit your claim in several different ways, including over the telephone or over the internet. In most cases, you will talk to your agent who then provides you with direction and, in some cases, submits the claim on your behalf.
  • Step 2: Property adjuster assigned
  • Following the submission and filing of a claim, your insurance company will assign a property adjuster to assess your claim. While this is the most common scenario, your insurance company’s claims process may differ. The assigned property adjuster will usually meet you at your home or property to inspect the damage and then move forward with settling the claim.
  • Step 3: Look into your insurance policy
  • Understanding your insurance policy is a vital step to the process. One of the items often overlooked within a property policy is the necessity and responsibility of the property owner to prevent further damage to the property. With that said, it becomes the home owner’s responsibility to communicate with your insurance carrier, and if necessary, submit a claim without delay. Staying in your home may be unsafe, resulting in additional costs for food, lodging, etc. You will need to keep track of all associated expenses, as you may need to submit receipts as part of the claim for reimbursement.
  • Step 4: J. Bowers Construction takes it from here
  • Understand that in most cases, it takes time for your insurance company to process and settle the claim after submission. Several factors contribute to the length of processing time. Some claims may take as little as days, and others take months to go through from beginning to end.
  • Regardless of time frame, J. Bowers Construction acts quickly to minimize the impact on your home and family. We work with your insurance provider on every aspect of your claim to save time and expedite the repair process. Our goal is to return your property to pre-loss condition as soon as possible.
  • Step 5: The work is finished – what’s next?
  • Since 1959 J. Bowers Construction has the experience of working with insurance providers and homeowners. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding claims. Call us at 800-289-9050 or send us your contact information for a call back.
  • Ultimately, your insurance provider may hold you responsible for paying your deductible, usually collected by the selected contractor before work begins. Familiarize yourself with your policy to ensure you pay the proper deductible, if required.
  • J. Bowers Construction has over 57 years of experience working with insurance providers and homeowners. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding claims. Call us at 800-289-9050 or send us your contact information for a call back.

Ohio Disaster Services Preparedness

Our team of experts will be there soon. Your health and safety are our main priorities. Download your own “Family Emergency Plan” at  http://ready.ohio.gov/ While you wait for help to arrive, follow these tips to keep you protected while facilitating a more rapid recovery:


  • Discuss preparedness with your family
  • Identify an out-of-state contact in case you are separated. Long-distance calls may work when local calls do not
  • Teach children how and when to call 911 Post emergency contact numbers near phones in your home
  • Teach children how to use a cell phone


  • Determine two escape routes from each room in your home
  • Pick three places to meet – One right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, pick a location in your neighborhood if your property isn’t safe and a regional meeting place if you can’t return home

Make A Plan


  • Water will keep you alive. If you have enough water, you can live on half of your normal food intake. Make sure to store at least one gallon of water per person per day. Store enough water to last two weeks
  • People in hot environments, children, people who are ill and nursing mothers should store more
  • Rotate your water supply every six months
  • Other sources of water in your home: water heater, ice cubes, pipes and toilet tank (not the bowl)


Unlike water, food can be rationed. Store at least a three- to five-day supply of non-perishable food in a dry place where the temperature is not above 70 degrees.

Select foods that require little or no preparation, water or refrigeration. Select foods that are high in calories, nutritious, compact and lightweight. Choose foods your family will eat.

Suggestions: Canned juices, canned milk, ready-to-eat foods, high-energy foods, vitamins.

Emergency Sanitation

If sewer lines break in an earthquake, where do you go to the bathroom? That can be a scary thought. See what we’re talking about when we say “disruption?”

  • Here are supplies you can have on hand if the toilet isn’t working:
  • Medium-sized plastic bucket with a tight lid
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties (heavy duty)
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Towelettes
  • Shovel

If sewer lines are broken and your toilet bowl is usable, place a garbage bag inside the bowl.

Or build a makeshift toilet:

  • Line a medium-sized bucket with a garbage bag
  • Make a toilet seat out of two boards placed parallel to each other across the bucket or use an old toilet seat
  • After each use, pour a disinfectant, such as bleach, into the container
  • Cover the container tightly when not in use
  • Waste disposal
  • Bury garbage and human waste to avoid the spread of disease by rats and insects
  • Dig a pit 2 to 3 feet deep and at least 50 feet downhill or away from any well, spring or water supply

Special Needs

People with disabilities or access and functional needs, or their families, need to take extra precautions when preparing for a disaster. Plan for a buddy who can help with evacuations in case a usual caregiver is unable to help. Join the Special Needs Registry and update your information if you move.

Extra supplies may include:

  • Prescription medications
  • A record of their doses and frequency taken
  • Prosthetic devices
  • List of medical devices, styles and serial numbers
  • Extra eye glasses and prescription
  • Extra oxygen
  • Extra pillows bedding
  • Medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • Backup power supply or generators for heat or air conditioning
  • Extra wheelchair batteries
  • Hearing aids, batteries


Pets are an important member of your family. Plan for them, as well. Remember that emergency shelters typically do not allow animals. Only service animals are allowed in shelters.

But you should know safe places to keep your pets if you have to evacuate with them. Where are hotels and motels outside of your area that accept pets? What friends or family members could keep them for you? Which boarding facilities, veterinarians or shelters could be used?


Your water heater can be a critical source of water in an emergency, but only if it’s still standing. Go to your home improvement store of choice and buy the metal straps to secure the water heater to nearby studs.

A falling water heater can break gas lines and water lines or spill your precious water.

Gas Meter

If you have natural gas coming into your home, it’s easy to turn off, but not so much for turning it back on. Only qualified people should turn gas back on.

When you should shut off your gas meter:

  • You smell natural gas
  • You hear gas leaking
  • There is a fire (unless shutting off the gas would jeopardize your safety)
  • If you need to shut off the gas, use a wrench to turn the valve a quarter turn in either direction
  • Take some time to become familiar with which utilities enter your home and where they can be shut off. As you practice emergency plans, locate and map the gas, water and electricity mains. During family drills, go through the movements, but do not practice shutting off gas lines

Get Help Now

In a disaster situation, time works against recovery. Once a disaster has occurred, the destructive elements of corrosion begin. A fast response time minimizes damage, as well as the risk of mold or mildew developing over time, and maximizes the opportunity for 100% restoration.


  1. In case of any emergency that may endanger you or those around you, make sure to get everyone to safety and call 911.
  2. Contact your insurance company and get a handle on the details of your policy.
  3. Call a disaster recovery company like J. Bowers Construction.

Since 1959, J. Bowers Construction has become the largest and most capable disaster restoration service company in Ohio, offering 24/7 emergency residential and commercial response and cleanup for the following:

  • Water Damage and Floods
  • Fire and Smoke Damage
  • Natural Disasters
  • Electronics Decontamination
  • Data Recovery

By continuously investing in the latest and highest quality disaster cleanup technology, training and specialty equipment, J. Bowers Construction is able to restore any residential or commercial property from water, fire, mold and natural disasters. We care about Ohio families and businesses, which is why J. Bowers Construction takes the time to restore pictures, books, data, film and any electronic device or machinery found within your home. Restoration, when appropriate, can save as much as 85% over replacement cost. We strive to restore, rather than replace to cut costs and preserve your personal possessions.

Contact J. Bowers Construction for emergency response anytime, day or night. Reach us by phone at 800-289-9050 or fill out our contact form and we will call you back. J. Bowers Construction works with all major insurance companies.

Northeast Ohio’s Commercial Natural Disaster Cleanup Specialist

Disasters resulting from natural causes happen all the time. Some of the reasons for commercial building damage include, but are not limited to:

  • Rain
  • Wind damage
  • Hail
  • Mud slides

If Mother Nature throws you or surrounding area business a curve ball, your top priority will be to minimize your down time and get back in the game as quickly as possible: that’s where the experienced professionals at J. Bowers Construction come in. We have been performing cleanup, mitigation, and restoration services for all sizes of commercial buildings for over 57 years: we are a local Akron company with a national reputation for excellence. J. Bowers Construction has the latest equipment and certified manpower necessary to handle any size job, and we will respond to your emergency in as little as 60 minutes, 24/7/365.

At J. Bowers Construction we believe that all commercial businesses should have a response plan in place in case of natural disaster; we therefore offer two disaster preparation services to help you be ready:

Complimentary Emergency Pre-Planning Services

Our team of experts will come visit your facility and help you develop a disaster immediate response plan ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE. Here’s how it works:

  • We will come on site at your convenience and tour your facility
  • During the tour, we will conduct an ongoing survey of the building’s most vulnerable areas should disaster strike
  • We will work with you to prioritize areas where water extraction should be performed first (IT rooms, etc.) to minimize loss
  • We will determine how to best stage temporary power sources during cleanup and mitigation
  • We will store our emergency response plan for your business in our database so that it will be readily available should it ever be needed

Emergency Response Priority Program (ERPP)

This unique program is only offered by J. Bowers Construction and is available to most commercial customers. It offers many benefits such as:

  • The program is free
  • “Priority Customer” receives preferential treatment over those that are not on the program
  • If a “Priority Customer” calls during an extremely busy period (as might be expected following a natural disaster), they will be placed at the top of the list or queue regardless of the order the call comes in, for the next available service unit and crew.
  • Benefits also include a dedicated toll free phone number and a live operator 24/7 to handle calls 365 days a year.

Contact Us

When disaster strikes, knowing you have professional help can bring you peace of mind. Acting quickly is the key to preventing damage from worsening or putting your family’s health at risk. J. Bowers Construction is a disaster recovery company specializing in emergency restoration services in Akron/Canton, including water removal and restoration, fire damage clean up, and mold remediation for residential and commercial properties. Please call us anytime at (800) 289-9050 for an evaluation to get your property safely on the road to restoration.

Phone: (800) 289-9050

Address: 3113 Mogadore Rd. Akron, OH 44312