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Prioritize safety if severe storms are in the forecast

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather red sign with dark cloudy sky in background If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

When severe storms are possible in the area, prioritizing your safety is the best thing you can possibly do to prepare. In addition to receiving property damage, many people get injured or killed in storms every year—but by taking the proper precautions, you can significantly increase the likelihood that you will survive the storm unscathed.

Understanding the weather alert system, being prepared and well-stocked for emergencies at home and staying in touch with weather alerts are all measures you can take to increase your safety during a storm.

The Difference Between Watches and Warnings

When thunderstorms are a possibility, our area weather officials will release watches and warnings as it is appropriate to do so in order to keep the public informed. A severe weather watch is issued if the conditions point to a thunderstorm occurring—meaning one has not started yet, but there is a high possibility. For severe weather warnings, a thunderstorm has already moved into the area—meaning everyone should immediately seek shelter and listen for further information.

Household Emergency Preparedness

When a thunderstorm is possible, officials will generally alert people to stay in their homes and wait out the process, which means you should stock your house with everything you need. Not only should you have an emergency kit stocked with food, water and medical supplies, but you should also prepare for a power outage by having light sources and backup power sources stashed around the house. Additionally, have a plan for where to go in the home should things get serious—generally a hallway or bathtub is advised.

Have a Way to Tune Into Emergency Broadcasts

While many of us depend on our phones to receive updates online, this may not suffice when it comes to severe weather alerts. When batteries die or a storm upsets the cell reception network, it is important to have another way to receive these life-saving alerts, such as a NOAA Weather Radio that is powered without electricity just in case.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

How to stay safe in the aftermath of a flood

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has been involved in a flood, you are likely antsy to return to your household and begin the recovery process. If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

While acting quickly in the aftermath of a flood is advised in most cases, it is important to make sure that you are holding safety in the utmost regard as you do so. There are many hazards that can be lurking in and around floodwaters, which can cause injury or further damage if not heeded.

Here are the top ways to keep safety in mind following a flood:

Staying Safe and Returning Home Following a Flood

Avoid further safety hazards. In the aftermath of a flood, never return home without first checking with local authorities and making sure it is safe. Floodwaters can harbor many dangers, including contaminants, electrical currents and other hazards that can make recovery more difficult in the long term.

Air out the home. If severe weather has cleared out of the area, airing out your home by opening doors and windows is a great place to start. If your home has been closed up for several days following the flood, it is wise to enter in order to open windows and doors and then allow air to circulate for a bit before you begin the cleanup. Though mold can begin growing within the first 24 hours following water damage, having adequate airflow can prevent damage from worsening.

Document the damages. While cleaning up is generally homeowners’ No. 1 priority, it is important to first document the damages the flood has caused to your home. Even if you do not have flood insurance, there may be some damages you can file with your insurance company to help you recover.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. It is always wise to alert your insurance company regarding the damage as soon as possible so you can determine if you are eligible to file a claim for any of the damages. Once that is done, contact your restoration company in order to start the recovery process and prevent the damage from worsening. Untreated water damage can cause serious structural issues, so acting quickly is advised.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

SERVPRO is here for our community

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning and disinfecting Here at SERVPRO we are here for all your cleaning, sanitizing needs, please give us a call today 716-694-9949

In these unprecedented times SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda is here to help the community. Whether it's disinfecting residential homes or disinfecting  fleet cars for our boys in blue, we are always here to help. So many worries and concerns right now SERVPRO wants to put your mind at ease. If you are concerned about infection or just want a deep clean to your home, give us at SERVPRO a call. With over 47 years in the business we are here to help our community and keep our residences safe. We take pride in our community and are here to help you to do the same. We help our local police disinfect their vehicles for infection and pathogens they might come in contact with. Just one more way to give back to our community. So if you are in need of disinfecting/ sanitizing services please give us here at SERVPRO a call to schedule a quote for cleaning.

Tis the rainy season

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

A sump pump failure in Tonawanda When this customers sump pump failed it left 6 inches of water in their basement. They gave SERVPRO a call and within hours the water was extracted.

Well we all know April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. But in some cases it can also bring flooded basements and sump pump failures. This is common with heavy rain fall and can be devastating if not taken care of immediately. If this rainy season catches you off guard or is too much for your sump pump to handle, give us at SERVPRO a call. We can come to your home, extract the standing water from both carpet and hard surfaces such as concrete or tile. We can also set up drying equipment to speed up the drying process to help avoid any microbial growth. We can also spray an antimicrobial spray to prevent any mold from growing due to a water loss. With three locations locally owned to serve our community, here at SERVPRO we are only a call away. Serving the Buffalo/Tonawanda area for over 47 years.

SERVPRO is part of the community

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Give us a call at any of our 3 locations With 3 locations to serve our community we are always here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Family owned and operated since 1972, we have outlasted all our competition. We are the longest trusted water and fire restoration company around. SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened." When it comes to water, fire and mold issues, our technicians are highly trained on what to do. LLCRC certified, NY mold certified and NY lead certified, we have a long standing history in the community. With 3 franchises to serve you we are available 24/7 for any of your water or fire restoration needs. With these unprecedented times in front of us , us here at SERVPRO want you to know we are here and in your corner. So if you have any mitigation or restoration that need to be done to your home due to fire or water damage, please give us a call at any of our 3 locations around WNY . We are here to serve our community. #SERVPROSTRONG

SERVPRO is here to help our essential workers.

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Community is what's important At SERVPRO community is very important to us. Without our community there is no us. Let's all work together to curve the spread of Covid-19.

This is definitely a strange and unforeseen time we our experiencing here in Buffalo as well as all over the country. Here at SERVPRO we are open and ready to serve our community. Being locally owned and operated for over 47 years we have been a staple in this community for quite some time. We would like to remind everyone, please keep your distance from one another. Wash your hands frequently and for at least two minutes each time to prevent the spread of germs. Please remember we are all going through cabin fever being confined to our homes, away from our family and friends, but the more we can do individually to stop the curve will help us as a whole. This community is one of the strongest around lets keep it that way. SERVPRO is here to help and only a phone call away. Please stay safe and stay strong.

Windy weather here in Buffalo.

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

When wind causes damage to your home give SERPRO a call After a storm it can be devastating trying to clean up the mess. Give us here at SERVPRO a call for all your mitigation needs.

With the approaching storm that has already dropped significant rain fall,  we here at SERVPRO want you to be prepared. With high winds and rain , come power outages and sump pump failures. Here at SERVPRO we know you have enough to worry about right now and are here to help! The winds are scheduled to reach up to 60 MPH and with that comes falling trees , flooded basements and stress that our community just doesn't need right now. With social distancing and covid19 we are taking every precaution possible to keep you and your family safe, if you find yourself needing our services.So if you find yourself in need of water mitigation or clean up after this wind storm that is scheduled to last until at least tomorrow morning, give SERVPRO a call, we are here to make it like it never happened. Call us at our Buffalo/Tonawanda location at 716-694-9949

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda, 716-694-9949

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Being Prepared for Fires at Your Business | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

a green exit sign surrounded by flames For business owners, preparing for fires in the workplace is not something to take lightly.

Commercial fires are extremely common and can have a big impact on your livelihood, as well as the safety of your staff.

By increasing your preparedness measures, you can be sure you are doing everything you can to prevent a fire from starting and to stay safe if one does.

By being honest with yourself about your likely risks, checking your equipment regularly, and helping your staff be educated and prepared, you can easily reduce the risks of a fire at your workplace. Here are some of the top workplace fire preparedness tips to help you get started:

Fire Preparedness in the Workplace

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Businesses have fire codes they must follow, set forth by the National Fire Protection Association. It is important to make sure you are up to code as an essential first step for fire preparedness and make sure you keep up with scheduled inspections to ensure your equipment is working properly.

Identify your specific risks. Every building has some level of fire risk, but certain businesses have specific qualities that might lead to a heightened danger level. Consider anything such as hazardous chemicals, cooking equipment or heavy machinery that might contribute to your risk so you can be better prepared for safety surrounding it.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. In the event of a fire, officials estimate you only have around two minutes to evacuate the building. Making sure your staff has several options for exits and practices a quick escape from the building before a fire starts will reduce panic in case a real fire occurs.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Meeting with staff regularly to review fire safety tips will make sure that new hires, those who work irregular schedules and everyone else on the premises is aware of and prepared for the fire risks in the building. Be sure everyone knows what to do when the fire alarm sounds, where extinguishers are located and any other tips specific to your building that should be noted.

If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 247 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.

Fridged temps cause broken pipes.

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are a hassel and a headache When pipes freeze it can cause severe damage to your home and belongings. Be prepared and proactive to avoid this costly issues.

With the thermometer dipping into the teens the probability of frozen and broken pipes is super high. The fridged cold caused the water in your pipes to expand and crack or break causing water damage in your home.  When pipes crack or break it can cause massive damage to your home and belongings and in this kind of weather it can lead to further problems. It's always wise in this weather to follow a few helpful tips to avoid any costly damage to your home due to the cold temperature. First tip would be to leave your water drip just a little. This will keep the water flowing instead of just sitting in the pipes. Second, try to keep your heat between 62 and above. If you keep the heat in your home above 62 it will help to keep the pipes in your walls warm and help avoid freezing and cracking. You can also use heat blankets to wrap around your pipes to keep them from freezing. We are due for a warm up next week so that also brings flooding to the area. It is wise to make sure any sump pumps are working properly to avoid any back ups or flooding.