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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.

Winter Storm Update for this Weekend

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

A street covered in snow during a winter storm Use extra caution on the roads during and after a winter storm

Storms on are on the horizon this weekend in Buffalo. Winter storms have been hitting us left and right it seems, and this weekend is no different. There’s a chance for precipitation on Friday that may freeze over in the night. Be especially cautious on the roads, because black ice will form right above the pavement, creating hazardous driving conditions. Saturday is predicated to have both rain and snow throughout the day. Another day to be careful for icy conditions. Monitor your sidewalks and driveways and make sure to salt them to avoid any ice forming. On Sunday, look for snow showers throughout the day and a flurry or two throughout the night. It’s important during these winter storms to use extra caution outside and while driving. Also be sure to keep your home safe by taking preventative measures to mitigate any storm damage. Pruning dead branches and salting your driveway are two great ways to prevent storm damage. If any storm damage occurs, SERVPRO has a highly trained team that can help you clean up any and all messes.

Water damage to commercial office building

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Faulty Sump pump in Buffalo business A faulty sump pump can cause your business many issues, give SERVPRO a call today.

When a sump pump fails in your business it can be devastating to your day to day operations. It can cause a decrease in sales, production and cause hazards for your employees in the work environment. some jobs are just to big to handle on your own, if this happens give SERVPRO of BUffalo/Tonawanda a call we can handle any commercial job. From small drain clean up, to broken or frozen pipes and faulty sump pumps. Let SERVPRO make it like it never happen. Give our offices a call and will can help in almost any situations and get your business back up and running. No one likes to loss money so when your business experiences a water loss give us a call our 24/7 service is always here to help. Call us today for your free estimate an consultation. We have many locations to serve our community.

SERVPRO Can Help Clean Your Business

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers dry a commercial business floor No mess is too big for SERVPRO

While SERVPRO specializes in fire and water restoration, we also offer many other services including commercial cleaning. Sometimes your business needs a good cleaning, beyond the usual cleanup. Unknown odors, stained carpets, and dust buildup are all problems SERVPRO is equipped to deal with. Our trained teams and custom equipment can help remove odors, deep clean carpets, flooring and much more. SERVPRO responds promptly and will make your workplace look its very best! Our crew is well equipped to handle a commercial cleaning of any size, big or small!

Other services include:

  • Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
  • Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
  • Carpet and Upholstery - Sewage
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Prevent Frozen Pipes at your Business

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

A pipe covered in ice Don't let frozen pipes slow down your business

The weather has been chillingly cold lately. It’s seasons like this winter that we must be proactive about preventing frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can be disastrous for your business and can bring the whole building to a standstill. Frozen pipes will rupture from the pressure buildup due to the ice blockage. It’s most important to check the insulation around your business, including attics, basements, and crawl spaces. An insulated building will keep the water in the pipes at a consistent temperature. Next, keep the thermostat the same temperature night and day. During extreme weather, drip water from your faucets, to keep water circulating. Make sure you have a backup source of power or heat to keep temperatures above freezing. These tips should help prevent water from freezing within your pipes during these cold months. If the worst does occur however, SERVPRO is actively ready to help clean up the mess and make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Can Restore Damaged Belongings

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

A home on fire SERVPRO can restore belongings from fire, water, or mold

Water and fire damage can damage much more than your home or businesses structure. It also can damage your belongings. SERVPRO is equipped to help restore your objects and contents that are damaged by water and fire. Restoration can save you money in the long run, rather than replacing everything that has been damaged. Some objects can’t be replaced and we at SERVPRO understand this. That is why we take great care to restore and clean. Our team can quickly move-out your objects from the fire or water, to our facility where they will be properly handled. Here, our specialized team decides the best method to restore each individual item and then cleans it. All objects are neatly wrapped in plastic and stored until the building restoration is complete. SERVPRO is well equipped to handle any type of object and restore it “Like it never even happened”.

Common Causes of Home Fires

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

A house on fire. It takes less than 5 minutes for an entire house to be engulfed in flames.

A disastrous house fire can start easily by misuse of heating equipment and household appliances. Here are some common causes of house fires and how to reduce risk.

  1. Although candles make a room smell good, they should never be left unattended. Always blow out a candle when leaving a room. Keep flammable objects away from the candle to avoid spreading the flame.
  2. Heating Equipment. Keep all objects clear of your heaters and vents. Curtains, blankets, and laundry can easily catch fire if they are too close.
  3. Be sure to smoke outside, if you smoke. A cigarette butt not properly put out can remain lit for hours!
  4. Electrical Equipment. Be aware of faulty or frayed wires on your appliances. Get them repaired as soon as possible, and unplug them and avoid using them. Overloading a power point can also cause an electrical fire, so be sure to check your adapters.

These are of course only some of the causes of house fires and other situations may put you at risk. It’s always good to check with your local fire marshal code to ensure your home is safe.

The Season of Freezing Rain

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles begin to form on a branch Be cautious of icicles falling from branches

The weather in Buffalo has been all over the place these past few weeks. Ranging from the high forties to the single digits in temperature. During times of unpredictable weather like this, it’s always a good idea to prepare for freezing rain. This occurs when the ground temperatures are freezing, but the air temperature is above freezing. Precipitation hits the ground and instantly freezes creating ice on the sidewalks and roads. During storms like these, it’s important to be extra cautious when walking outside and driving. This ice may also form across your roofline and drip to create icicles. Be careful avoiding any hanging ice above. To best prepare yourself for a freezing rain storm, be aware of the upcoming weather. This will allow you to plan your day accordingly and make informed decisions. You can also purchase salt for your driveway and sidewalks to help melt the ice. Be sure to take extra caution during storm times to ensure your safety and your neighbors. If your home or business is affected by freezing rain, SERVPRO has trained professionals who can assist you in cleaning up the damage!