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Don't let your Buffalo home become infested with mold, act now!

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't let your Buffalo home become infested with mold, act now! Don't let your Buffalo home become infested with mold, act now!

How often do you move your dishwasher out to inspect behind it for possible water damage? Not to often, right. This photo illustrates what could be larking behind your appliances that had a small leak for a period of time. For most cases when a dishwasher begins to have a leak it will be a slow drip beneath or behind the unit causing the floor to become saturate, rotting or mold to develop. What to do when you discover a leak in your dishwasher that caused possible water damage? 

  • Turn off the source of the water
  • Turn off the power to the dishwasher
  • Contact a plumber 
  • Contact your insurance office to assess information about filing a claim or coverage. 

Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949

Commercial Water Damage In Buffalo, NY

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage In Buffalo, NY

Commercial water damage surprises Buffalo business owners every time it happens. Everyone knows that the sprinkler system is there to stop fire damage, but no one understands the damage that happens when it engages. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment to restore an office or a kitchen back to their original state.

Sprinklers soak everything, that is what they are supposed to do to prevent the spread of fire. Paper documents, cardboard storage boxes, and books quickly turn to a mush and must be thrown out. If the final condition is not an issue and the business owner needs to keep original contracts, we can preserve the legibility of our technicians can get them spread out on a dry surface. We use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the paper gently and while we cannot return the items to their original condition or look, we can preserve the image in many cases.

The item that usually catches the most damage next is the carpet. SERVPRO technicians use extraction wands to draw out water without damaging the nape of the carpet. If there is a carpet pad, we remove and dispose of it. Pads quickly deteriorate when they become wet, and they are cheaper to replace rather than attempt to restore. Once we remove the water, crew members use the air movers again to force warm, dry air across the surface to dry it out while preventing mold.

SERVPRO can make your life easier and get you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”
If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in Commercial Restoration, call SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949

Mold in your business

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings.

It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants, and in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
  • Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as dry wall or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your Belle Meade business, especially in areas that will experience moisture, such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitoring the humidity indoors in your  business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store.

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda for all your water or fire damage needs, or if you need assistance with mold prevention or remediation! We’re here for you! 716-694-9949.

Restoration after a fire.

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

We’re not going to kid you. Fire damage restoration is tough work. People call SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda frequently to ask for advice on how to clean up after a fire.  Here are seven of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration. 

Most people can put these tips into practice. But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill. Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.

  1. Remove Smoke Damage

With any fire you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean. Often, you’ll want to repaint, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.

  1. Limit Activity & Other Simple Fire Damage Restoration Steps

Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job (one example: Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.) Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants. Change your HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

  1. Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

Firefighters are great. They save many a live and many a home. But they do introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems. It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he’s clean up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew. And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents. The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

  1. Replace Carpets. Clean And Dry Your Floors

Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. You must address this. If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it. But you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

  1. Avoid Smearing Soot Into Clothing

Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Make sure you don’t smear the greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes into the wash. Often times dry cleaning is the best bet, and you should ask around local dry cleaners to see if any have experience with post-fire laundry. Removing smoke odor is another issue and we’ve covered it in another blog post.

  1. Scrub, Soak, And Cleaning Dishes

Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food. Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety. When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County also has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949

Frozen Pipe Prevention

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. Frozen Pipes can result in costly repairs to you as a home or business owner. The good news is there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing. Here are some tips for this winter.

Frozen Pipes Can Burst

Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves, because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding. There are ways to protect your pipes from freezing. These include:

Keep your house warm

If you are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on at your property. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions. The heat doesn’t have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were home but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit at all times is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.

Open Faucets

When temps hit the freezing level it is a good idea to allow faucets to drip. Allowing the faucet to be open like this will relieve pressure in the pipe. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. With the faucet open you avoid blockage in the pipes.

Insulation in key

Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the chances of freezing. This can be an easy solution for pipes that are exposed, but can get expensive if walls, floors or ceilings have to be opened in order to properly insulate the pipe. Additional insulation can also be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.

SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 716-694-9949.

Why Professional Water Removal Is More Effective Than Doing It Yourself.

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

After a water emergency that floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water extraction on their own instead of calling a professional.

If you're in need of water removal, you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run. Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removalis a smart move.

Professional water extraction works extremely well.
While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage, plus we'll get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level.

Many water emergenciesare hazardous.
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, expert attention to the problem is best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal. We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets.

It's important to consider mold and mildew.
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. While your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry, without proper water extraction and controlling humidity mold and mildew will thrive, cause off odors, and ruin your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it.

At SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us 24/7 at (716) 694-9949

The Water That You Do Not See Is The Biggest Risk.

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

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 serious problem that will affect your property. Our service technicians have the training and equipment to find and dry unseen water before secondary damage occurs. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage and expense during a fire or water damage event. 

When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to work, here are just a few of the tools our technicians use to do their job and restore your property.  

Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. 

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate reading, allowing technicians to monitor the drying process. 

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, technicians can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but  also to disinfect and deodorize. 

Ultra Low-Volume Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard to reach areas. 

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles. 

These are just a few pieces of the professional grade equipment that each SERVPRO technician is trained to use to help ensure your property is completely restored

Fire Damage

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

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Damage caused by fire is varied. Different surfaces, textures, and materials react in different ways to the extreme temperature which makes restoration a nuanced and complex job. Using the wrong cleaning materials can at best, spread soot and smoke residues. At worst, it can cause further damage and require expensive replacement. After a blaze has been contained, there is the added risk of secondary water damage.
Properties that have fallen victim to fire damage should be pre-tested before any work begins. A pretestcan be carried out by a qualified SERVPRO fire technician who can measure affected areas for smoke damage. Although, smoke damage is visible, there are many different types which depend on the materials that burned.
Wet smoke, for example, burns at a low temperature and comes from synthetic materials that could be in appliances, lampshades or fabrics. This smoke, produced from melting plastics, has a pungent smell leaving behind thick, oily markings on walls and ceilings. Dry smoke, on the other hand, comes from natural materials like wood and paper leaving behind a powdery soot like texture.
A SERVPRO technician can conduct a pre-test that looks for different types of smoke residue. A pretest allows us to decide on the correct method of restoration as well as products that we should use to restore your items to pre-fire standards. Using a combination of wet cleaning and dry cleaning allows us to provide a professional focus to each affected area and guarantee the best results.
A fire restoration service by SERVPRO is two-fold. The first is your contents which can be removed,
tested and restored. The second is the structure itself, which involves removing soot and smoke
residue from your walls, ceilings, and permanent fittings. We can restore your walls, so they are
ready for repainting, as well as your floors, windows and, where possible, fabrics.
The final step is to deodorize. Burning materials leave thick smells that are not cleanable with
regular fresheners. Our equipment neutralizes the odor particles rather than merely covering the
smell. This approach is especially important when tackling synthetics which can release toxins when
subjected to fire. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. CALL SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda, 716-694-9949.

Water Dry Out Services

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Buffalo has many options for consumers seeking quality products at a reasonable price. National
and local chains compete, and the customer wins. The large warehouse-type stores are just as
vulnerable as a smaller store boutique when suffering water damage and flooding if plumbing fails or
torrential rains overwhelm a flat roof’s drainage system. We have the crews and equipment to
respond to a significant water loss.
When water pours through your store, you need fast, and the water removal technicians of
SERVPRO Buffalo-Tonawanda are the ones that can do it. Even with much of the merchandise up
off the floor on steel shelving or pallets, the water must be evacuated for the safety of your staff and
your customers. With floors that extend hundreds of thousands of square feet, the removal task is
best left to professionals.
SERVPRO is a local business with a national network to fall back upon if the scale of a job requires
supplemental equipment and technicians. Sizeable commercial water losses need just as swift a
resolution as those affecting a smaller shop or office. Water that lingers in the property for more than
24 or 48 hours exposes your business to the risk of microbial infestation that might even damage
your inventory.
Our commercial loss team works with you to devise a plan where at least a portion of your business
remains open during the restoration. SERVPRO understands how devastating closing your doors
can be, particularly in the face of the robust competition of other Buffalo area companies engage in
to tempt your customers.
The water removal begins with pumps, moving vast amounts of water quickly out of all areas of your
store. As the water level dips below 2 inches, technicians switch out pumps for extractors. Your
flooring choice of poured concrete seems impervious to water, but it is a porous material that
benefits from rapid water extraction. The floor edges get targeted attention to prevent water from
wicking up the drywall or settling in the cells of cinder block construction.
This water emergency might lead to your development of an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP)
through SERVPRO in anticipation of future crises. The ERP allows us to collaborate in devising a
concise plan to help both our crews and you and your staff to plan for another loss.
SERVPRO Buffalo-Tonawanda is ready for your water removal challenge, regardless of the extent of
the damage. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. CALL 694-
9949.

Post Fire Cleanup Importance

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire damage incident, it is understandable for any homeowner to be stressed. Such traumatic
events disrupt your professional or personal lives, and there is need to work closely with a
restoration service provider as you work towards returning your Minneapolis property to its earlier
state. It all starts by identifying what is able to be restored, and performing emergency services to limit further
damage.
Cleaning is one of the services that our SERVPRO team offers when attending to fire damaged
property. One of our goals is to reduce the fire damage claims. Remember, if you do not act quickly,
you might end up with expensive options such as replacing restorable items and resurfacing parts of
your structure. We are going to look at some of the principles of cleaning that we use when restoring
your materials.
Starting from the location where the fire originated from, our SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect
the site. During the inspection, we identify the various kinds of residues, and this helps us to come
up with an effective cleaning method. The cleaning process we choose should remove the smoke
residues efficiently and not cause any damage to the surface.
There are four essential elements we take into consideration to suspend and remove the smoke
residues: : temperature, agitation, time and chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians understand
that chemical reactions increase as the temperature increases and thus we are keen to select an
appropriate degree of heat that corresponds well with our cleaning solution of choice. If we want to
dislodge smoke particles and distribute cleaning product on areas, we can use agitation. In this
process, we can use sonic vibrations, water and air pressure, brushes and towels.
Digesting, changing pH, oxidizing, dissolving, bleaching and emulsifying are some of the chemical
actions we take into consideration when cleaning your property. Depending on the action we desire,
we select a proper cleaning product. Time is also critical during restoration, and it is dependent on
the type of cleaning solutions we use and residues at the site.
At SERVPRO Buffalo-Tonawanda, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A
WEEK. LET US HELP YOU! We can be reached at 716-694-9949.