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Leaking Bathroom Pipes Can Cause Mold

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Leaking Bathroom Pipes Can Cause Mold Mold forming on painted drywall

One of the first signs that you may have mold damage in your home is continually detecting a musty odor. Catching the odor anywhere in your home is never a good thing, but it is particularly
unfortunate when you come across it in your bathroom. It usually indicates that there is a leak in your plumbing and it has caused a mold colony to grow. It is vital to deal with the mold in your
washroom as quickly as possible because it can cause health effects. Fortunately, there is qualified help close to your home that you can rely on.
Many people misunderstand the nature of mold spores and how they come to cause mold damage in your home. The truth is that mold spores are not entirely dangerous, and they are everywhere. You can never truly be completely rid of them. However, if they come in contact with moisture, they can rapidly grow and multiply. As they grow, they end up creating a mold colony that can damage the structure of your home.
SERVPRO understands that the longer that mold is in your home, the more damage it can do to the structure of it. We strive to arrive at your residence after your phone call as quickly as possible.
Once our technicians get there, we can begin the remediation right away.
The first thing that SERVPRO can do is section off the entrance to your bathroom and any vents
inside of it. Creating a quarantine allows us to agitate the mold without giving it the freedom to
spread to other parts of your home. As we investigate and find that the mold is building behind your sink, we can begin to disinfect the area and clean the mold from the surface of your walls.
While we work, our SERVPRO techs can set up an air scrubber that will remove odors and
impurities from the air. Not only does it neutralize the smell that mold creates, but it can also capture airborne mold spores. Once the mold has been cleaned away from your walls, we can use an antifungal spray to ensure regrowth is less likely. Finally, our technicians can make sure to remove any excess moisture from the area. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A
WEEK. LET US HELP YOU!  SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda, 716-694-9949.

Lingering Dampness After Storms Can Cause Mold

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Harsh winters can take their toll on the structural integrity of homes and businesses. Most often,
home and business owners do not even realize the full extent of damage that their home suffered
throughout the hardest of winter months until the temperatures return to favorable conditions and
snowfall gets replaced with steadier rains. Even worse, the unfortunate way that most people learn
about these vulnerable water penetration points in their roof or siding is when water can pour into
their houses unabated.
Unfortunately, by the time that you begin to recognize that something is amiss, flood waters have
damaged your property. With the far reaches of water damage, this is not something that even a
skilled homeowner can adequately handle on their own. There are risks associated with failing to
remove all the moisture and dampness common to flood damages, and the only way to ensure you
do is to hire professional restorers.
Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to your call and work to start removing the
present water in your home right away. From portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands to
gigantic pumps from our fleet, we have multiple options when it comes to removing the water
quickly. While extraction is a critical component of this restoration process, drying efforts hold an
equally valuable place in the procedure.
When it comes to ensuring that the affected areas of your home get thoroughly dried, several pieces
of equipment often get used. This process is so essential because lingering moisture and dampness
are natural breeding grounds for mold and microbial growth. Through devices like our SERVPRO
injectory system, cavities and hard to reach areas get the air they need to dry entirely.
As challenging as flooding in your home might be, especially when it comes from the attic space,
there is nothing that SERVPRO water restoration professionals cannot help you to overcome. We
can respond quickly with the tools and personnel to get the job done right. WE ARE HERE WHEN
YOU NEED US! Reach SERVPRO Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949.

Flooding And Water Removal In Home After Water Main Break

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding And Water Removal In Home After Water Main Break Pipe breaks and leaks happen very often

Significant water incidents which require extraction services and restoration in your Buffalo
home can happen with little warning. While many might attribute this kind of situation to flooding or
some other natural disaster, the truth is, something as simple as a water break on the main line running near your property could leave you with much water to contend with in your home. Many homeowners do not think about the water line intended to distribute potable water throughout the community. This buried line is just a connection between a water treatment facility and your residence, though when there is a break on this line, it could cause significant issues with homes near the issue. There are a few paths that lead to a need for water removal after a line rupture on the main water line servicing your street.
The first of these considerations is backflow incidents. While many meters offer a last-minute failsafe to prevent an influx in back pressure to your service lines, these designs are not always able to withstand significant force. With back pressure strong enough, water can get forced through your service lines at a pressure your indoor plumbing cannot contain. At a breach, you need SERVPRO water restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess quickly.
Another possibility is a flood-like incident from water pouring (or shooting) out of the ground and
running into your property. This sudden rush of high volumes of water can quickly overcome
vulnerabilities in your home's exterior and allow water to flow into lower levels unabated. This
problem persists until the municipality can reach the appropriate isolation valves to stop the supply
of water to the damaged section of the main line. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly in
these situations to help mitigate the damages your residence might experience.
As you can see, your home can experience significant water loss situations with no warning. Having the right professional assistance to help you clean up the mess and restore the damage once the water line gets repaired can save you time and irreparable disaster to structural components and contents of your home. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU WHENEVER YOU NEED US! CALL SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda AT 716-
694-9949.

MOLD

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD Mold growing on a basement wood wall.

In the 90’s mold became a news headline across the country. The strain of “Black” Mold, Stachybotrys, struck fear in the hearts of thousands of Americans.  Even though that hysteria has passed, it is no joking matter to have mold growing in your home.  It is true that mold spores are everywhere, but for mold to grow you have to have two things: 1) food; 2) dark moist conditions.  There is very little you can do to remove all “food” sources in a house, but you can eliminate the water factor.  When you have a water loss, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow. If you try to take care of it yourself, you run the risk of giving mold a chance to infiltrate your house.  Why would you do that when you can call SERVPRO® of Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949 and make sure your house is dry. 

Proudly Serving Buffalo for 45 Years!

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Proudly Serving Buffalo for 45 Years! SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949

Proudly Serving Buffalo

SERVPRO® is often recognized as a nation-wide leader in disaster restoration services but, it is important to note that SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda and all SERVPRO® locations are locally owned and operated. As a local business, we enjoy getting involved in our community; getting to know each other, engaging in community events, and of course, working with other business owners in our area when called upon. We know that working locally means our reputation is always on the line and for each and every job it is of the utmost importance for our team to maintain our great reputation, especially with our neighbors! We are family operated and have been in the business for 45 years!

In addition to our restoration services, we also provide carpet and upholstery cleaning!

SERVPRO® of Buffalo-Tonawanda is ready 24/7 365 to help, call us at 716-694-9949

Is Your Business Prepared For a Water Damage? Let SERVPRO help you with a PLAN.

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Business Prepared For a Water Damage?  Let SERVPRO help you with a PLAN. Let SERVPRO prepare a plan for your business.

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.

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.

Restoring Your Buffalo Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Buffalo Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Buffalo commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda

SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

New York has had its fair share of damaging storms, and Buffalo is no exception

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage New York has had its fair share of damaging storms, and Buffalo is no exception Hail Storm

New York has had its fair share of damaging storms, and Buffalo is no exception. Knowing what type of storm is coming is the best way to be prepared. Did you know there are 10 different storm types? This far north, most people think about winter storms when they think about storms. But in the summer months, it’s important to be prepared for effects of tropical storms, too.

SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda recognizes the importance of keeping homes or businesses safe before and after a storm.

10 common storms are:
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Flooding
  • Snow storm
  • Hail storm
  • Thunderstorm
  • Lightning storm
  • Tropical storms
  • Ice storms
  • Derecho storms

Not every geographic location in the United States will experience the same type of storms. You might not even know what that last one is (a Derecho storm is one giant storm made of several large storms). More commonly, Buffalo is likely to experience the effects of a tropical storm, even hundreds of miles from the Atlantic Coast.

Storm damage from hail or lightning are familiar, but not everyone is informed about the specific damage a hurricane can cause.

Because hurricanes have far reaching effects (Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states), it’s very important to be informed on the damage they cause. This blog in particular will focus on hurricane - whether you experience a hurricane’s immediate damage or the aftermath.

Common Storm Damage from Hurricanes1. Storm Surge

Storm surge directly affects the coast but can cause widespread damage. Storm surge occurs when wind drives water to the shore to the point that water piles up past the predicted tide level. The power of this water is so forceful that it can destroy structures and buildings.

2. Flooding

Floods from a hurricane are often caused directly by storm surge. The extra water from storm surge is pushed far inland since it has nowhere else to go. The heavy rainfall that accompanies a hurricane also contributes heavily to flooding. Hurricanes can cause rainfall as far as 100 miles from its landing point, causing widespread flooding. A tropical storm doesn’t even have to reach hurricane classification to cause heavy rain and floods.

3. Wind

Wind from hurricanes can reach speeds as fast as 74 - 155 miles per hour. These powerful winds can uproot trees, down power lines, and fling debris. This debris can cause even more damage as it flies around. Winds during a storm can also be so powerful as to lift the roof on a house. Tornadoes can even form within hurricanes.

Damage caused by these hurricane effects can be far-reaching and unexpected. Thus, it is vital to take cautions like stocking an emergency preparedness kit, adding storm-resistant features to your home, and heeding any official warnings ahead of a storm.

Cleanup and restoration after a storm can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda, the leading expert in storm damage restoration.

Mold In The Bathroom? SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda can help.

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In The Bathroom? SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda can help. SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda is ready to help!

One of the first signs that you may have mold damage in your home is continually detecting a musty odor. Catching the odor anywhere in your home is never a good thing, but it is particularly unfortunate when you come across it in your bathroom. It usually indicates that there is a leak in your plumbing and it has caused a mold colony to grow. It is vital to deal with the mold in your washroom as quickly as possible because it can cause health effects. Fortunately, there is qualified help close to your home that you can rely on. 
 
Many people misunderstand the nature of mold spores and how they come to cause mold in your Buffalo home. The truth is that mold spores are not dangerous and they are everywhere. You can never truly be completely rid of them. However, if they come into contact with moisture, they can rapidly grow and multiply. As they grow, they end up creating a mold colony that can damage the structure of your home. 
 
SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda understands that the longer that mold is in your home, the more damage it can do to the structure of it. We strive to arrive at your residence after your phone call as quickly as possible. Once our technicians get there, we can begin the remediation right away. 
 
The first thing that SERVPRO can do is section off the entrance to your bathroom and any vents inside of it. Creating a quarantine allows us to agitate the mold without giving it the freedom to spread to other parts of your home. As we investigate and find that the mold is building behind your sink, we can begin to disinfect the area and clean the mold from the surface of your walls. 
 
While we work, our SERVPRO techs can set up an air scrubber with a HEPA filter. Not only does it neutralize the smell that mold creates, but it can also capture airborne mold spores. Once the mold has been cleaned away from your walls, we can use an antifungal spray to ensure regrowth is less likely. Finally, our technicians can make sure to remove any excess moisture from the area. 
 
If you come across a musty smell in your home, do not delay. Call 716-694-9949 and contact SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda. We're open 24/7 and always ready to take your call. 

Flooding Preparedness in Buffalo

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flooding Preparedness in Buffalo At anytime it can happen. Be prepared!

The likelihood of flooding, even if you live in an area where excess water is unusual, has increased thanks to climate change. If there is a chance for rain, floods are possible.

A flood is defined as when two or more acres or properties are completely or partially submerged by water.

But if flooding happens, the legal definition might be the least of your worries. Instead, you will be worried about cleanup and restoration. Continue reading this blog for helpful information on how to prepare for a flood: no ark necessary.

###1. Electricity In the case of an emergency, you always need to have a generator on hand. It is impossible to know if power lines will still be working after a flood or if the usual electric resources will be available and working. Plenty of variables will determine the type of generator you need.

Don’t forget that water conducts electricity, and a flood means lots of excess water. When flooding is imminent, appliances should immediately be moved to higher ground.

###2. Risk Become familiar with the risk of flooding in your area, using FEMA or your local government’s website. You will be more prepared if you know when floods are likely and what causes them. For the Buffalo Tonawanda area, start here.

It’s also smart to purchase a weather radio and become adept at using it so that you will be forewarned of severe weather events that are on the way.

###3. Emergency Prep Is your emergency kit properly prepped for a flood? Your prep kit should include extra water since flooding can contaminate water sources, important documents sealed in waterproof storage, plus extra food supplies. For more information on how to pack an emergency kit, read this guide.

###4. Evacuation Planning for evacuation includes two steps. Start by researching your local government’s official evacuation plan. Then, create a personal evacuation plan with your family that includes emergency communication modes. Practice the evacuation route until everyone is familiar and comfortable with it.

Once the floor waters recede, you’ll want to have a plan in place for clean up. SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda is ready to help and make it like it never even happened.

When to Hire Professional Mold Remediation Services

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard When to Hire Professional Mold Remediation Services If mold is in your home, act now and call for professional remediation services. SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda is always ready to help.

What experienced homeowners - and even renters - know is that, no matter how clean your home is, mold is the number one enemy to the health of your house. It’s an unfortunate side effect of homeownership - but you don’t have to deal with it alone.

Sometimes, ridding your home of mold is an easy fix and just needs a little DIY cleanup. But othertimes, a professional touch is required for mold remediation.

Not sure if you can handle the mold yourself? Read on to learn more.

  1. Mold likes water

Mold is a common household pest because all it really needs to grow is water or humidity.

You probably know that this is why the bathroom is a favorite mold hangout - especially in tile creases or along the bottom of the shower liner.

But what about the other humid spaces in your home? A poorly ventilated attic or basement can also become mold hideouts. Be sure to check these spots regularly for mold growth or increase their ventilation.

  1. Mold likes to hide

Bathroom, basement, attic: check, check, check. But mold also likes to hide, which means there is another common culprit for mold growth: the walls.

In particular, mold likes to hide inside the walls. Especially inside porous walls like untreated drywall. If a mold colony goes unnoticed for too long and grows larger than 10 square feet, the infected wall section has to be cut out. If this is the case in your home, then it’s time for an expert.

  1. Mold likes to spread

Mold needs water to grow, but it only needs air to travel. Yes, mold spores travel through the air. Mold spores can also travel via water, animal fur, or fabric.

Unfortunately, many people have mold allergies that are agitated by airborne mold spores. Even for people without allergies, mold has been known to cause serious respiratory issues or even skin reactions. The health dangers of mold are one of the most important reasons for swift remediation services.

If mold is in your home, act now and call for professional remediation services. SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda is always ready to help.

 716-694-9949

Flooding within your home or business

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a home or business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure.  SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda understands how disruptive water damages can be for a family. Water leaks in a business can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues. 

Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process.  Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss.  Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill!  SERVPRO Professionals will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals cover the Buffalo and other surrounding areas.  We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened." We are here for you! Contact us at 716-694-9949

Mold Cleanup in NYS

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home or office? You could be at risk for mold growth - this topic is actually a lot more complex than you might think. So let the SERVPRO Professionals break it down a bit. 

"Last January 29th - Governor Andrew Cuomo signed NYS Senate Bill S3667D-2013 which will create Article 32 to the Labor Law. This article will establish the licensing of mold inspection, assessment, and remediation specialists and minimum work standards. According to the bill - the law goes (went into effect) 180 days of Jan 29th - which if calculated correctly would be July 28th 2015."

Now that this law is in effect - mold remediation specialists are required to have much more certification on their ends. The specifics about requirements to become a licensed assessor or remediator have been left to New York State Department Of Labor. But for homeowners, all you need to know is that any contractor that performs mold remediation/abatement services must be certified.

When should you hire a mold remediation company?

  • New York State has set fourth a guideline that whenever 10 sq ft or more of mold is found you should consult a mold remediation specialist.

Need a few more tips?

  • Request proof of pollution insurance
  • Request proof of workers compensation and liability insurance
  • Request employee and company certification.
  • Obtain a written contract for all work to be done and costs to be incurred.

Or you could just call our Team, our employees are certified mold remediators and stay up to date on all certifications and requirements set forth by New York State. Our team will continue to advance in mold remediation techniques as the industry advances each year.

Mold is a serious threat to home and office owners, so having professionals who know how to handle the job is crucial. We're just down the road. Give us a call and read on to learn more. SERVPRO Buffalo/Tonawanda, 716-694-9949

Storm Flooding

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is the number #1 weather related cause of death, with majority of those deaths caused by flash flooding. Flash flooding is when there is a large amount of rain that comes down within minutes or hours. Other causes can be heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or melt water from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields.

If flooding does occur in your area, please remember

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for current and forecasted conditions in your area.
  • If flooding begins in your area, go to higher ground immediately.
  • When driving, always be aware that the road bed under flood waters may be severely damaged. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember that it takes only two feet of water to carry away a vehicle, including pickups and SUVs.
  • When walking, do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Remember that it takes only six inches of rushing water to knock an adult off his feet.
  • If your vehicle stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground.
  • Be extra cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
  • These four words could save your life: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

When it comes to water damage from flooding, safety is the number one priority. When you can insure the safety of your family and conditions have improved, that is when to call in the professionals and assess damage. Our SERVPRO Team is Ready for Whatever Happens.

If flooding does occur in your area, listen to and adhere to weather alerts and warnings and know your risk!

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! SERVPRO Buffalo/Tonawanda, 716-694-9949

Drying out after water damage

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

A water disaster in your home, such as an overflowing toilet or bathtub, can cause damage to other parts of your home, especially if it happened in an upstairs bathroom. Your home is the most significant investment you have made, and you want to keep it looking great and in the best shape. When carpeting in your home becomes saturated from a leak or overflow, you have massive cleanup on your hands. 
 
It is essential when you have water damage that you seek the help of the professional staff at SERVPRO for water removal. Our certified restoration experts are trained to deal with these situations, and we waste no time in getting to your home to help you. There are also steps you can take to help lessen the damage from the water until we can get there to help. 
 
If you can, stop the water at its source and turn off electricity to the area. Do not walk on the carpeting while it is wet, and take small furnishings from the area or place aluminum foil under furniture legs. If possible, you should hang up draperies and take skirts on furniture and pin them, so they do not touch the wet floors. Do not attempt to use a shop vacuum or home vacuum to remove the water and avoid the temptation to turn on heating or fans since they can spread contamination if the event is sewage-related. 
 
When SERPVRO arrives, we assess the situation and the damage. We bring in extraction equipment to physically remove any freestanding water, such as truck-mounted pumps. Water is extracted from the carpeting padding, and any upholstery affected as well. If needed, the carpet and padding could be removed for proper drying. 
 
We also use drying and dehumidifying equipment which is of professional grade to dry the area and get the humidity levels in your home back to normal. We utilize specialized instruments to help find hidden pockets of water. Our techniques for drying and the right extraction help to lower the chance of secondary damage, mold mildew growth and lower costs. 
 
After your carpeting and home are dry, we place everything back where it was. We even work directly with you and your insurance company if necessary, so your insurance claim is processed correctly.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SERVPRO Buffalo/Tonawanda, 716-694-9949

Storm Damage Experts

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 
 
Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling. 
 
We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call 694-9949

Biohazard Cleanup

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda is fully trained and specialized in the cleaning and disposal of biohazard contents and affected materials. 

When it comes to a biohazard situation, protection is the name of the game. Protection for our employees, protection for the home or business owner and protection of the environment during the disposal process. We never know what type of call we might get so our crews are always ready with Tyvek suits, industrial-grade gloves and full face respirators.

An Buffalo resident knew to call the experts at SERVPRO of Buffalo/ Tonawanda, and that they would be able to properly clean his home with chemicals that cannot be purchased in your local hardware store for biohazard cleanup. We were able to restore his home back to it's original state and make it "Like it never even happened."

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call 694-9949.

Mold remediation

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda can inspect, assess and restore your property.

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is false, because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call us at 716-694-9949

Smoke and Soot Clean up in WNY

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Buffalo / Tonawanda , Amherst/Clarence and East Erie County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 716-694-9949

We are here for you : 24 hours/ 7 days a week

Mold Remediation

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

What You Should Know About Mold Remediation and Removal


Mold is found under the fungi classification. It is a soft green or at times grey growth which develops on objects or old food left for a lengthy period in warm, wet air. It can be found in outdoor and indoor places, thus, it is important for the indoor humidity to be kept below forty-five percent because a higher humidity supports the growth of this class of fungus. Floods and high humidity levels often lead to microbial growth and fungus. Microbial growth can be present in an area, but that does not classify it as mold. The most efficient method of controlling microbial growth is by the moderation of temperature. When the temperature is lowered, the rate of microbial growth decreases rapidly. 
Mold and mildew are two fungi that people often tend to confuse. Mildew appears to be powdery and white in color then later turns to brown, black or yellow. The other fungus seems fuzzy but can appear in similar colors as the mildew. Mildew damages crops while molds damage the structural foundations of homes. Both fungi are usually accompanied by a musty odor which can lead to more health issues. It likes to thrive in moisturized areas and grows quickly into colonies with water exposure. These colonies are responsible for the production of irritants and allergens that affect the health of people. 

For mitigation of molds to take place, all sources of moisture and water need to be addressed otherwise it may regrow. The first step is to remove all traces of moldy growth immediately. Five fundamental principles must be applied by homeowners and employers to ensure successful mitigation of this fungus. They should focus on the source and moisture removal, safety, contamination control and assessment. Proper mitigation is essential once the fungi is removed because areas must be monitored to prevent it from occurring again.

It is important to determine the party that will be in charge of the mold cleanup. An environmental hygienist can determine what treatment can be used for this fungus. These hygienists mitigate the problem by sealing off the affected areas with plastic sheets to stop dispersion of the spores. Fungus should be dealt with by the wearing a face mask with high filtration and neoprene gloves. Once the mold cleanup is finished, the air around it needs to be cleaned using air exchange and scrubbers. 

It is essential for the environmental hygienist to have a protective suit because harsh chemicals are used for the mold cleanup. Hard surfaces with moldy growth have to be scrubbed with water and detergent and left to dry completely. Porous materials like carpets and ceiling tiles need to be disposed of by the environmental hygienists if they get moldy. The crevices of these porous materials are prone to mold growth, and painting can only happen once the environmental hygienists complete the mold cleanup otherwise the paint peels off. The correct mitigation strategies need to be employed for effective cleanup.

We are here for you 24 hours/7 days a week! 716-694-9949

Storm Damage in WNY

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

What You Need to Know About Storm Damage Restoration

With rising global temperatures, different areas across the world have experienced devastating storms that leave vast tracts of land under water, millions of people displaced, and property worth billions destroyed. Recently, Puerto Rico experienced an apocalyptic storm, dubbed Hurricane Irma in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which dumped over 50 inches of rain in the eastern part of Texas USA.

However, it is not always that you will experience devastating storms with the magnitude of a hurricane Irma or Harvey, but you might experience smaller storms with minimal damage to your building. Storm damage rarely affects one building in a neighborhood, and so it is necessary to have a storm damage expert on speed dial for immediate repairs following a storm. A storm damage expert can help in the restoration of your residential as well as commercial buildings affected by the resulting losses.

Wind Damage

Storms are accompanied by strong winds that can cause severe wind damage including, roof damage and felling trees. Ensure that your storm damage expert can handle wind damage situations. They should be in a position to offer roof damage solutions and reinforce your buildings against the effects of wind damage in the future. Home restoration for wind damage is easier with a resourceful storm restoration expert.

River Flooding

In the wake of a storm, flooding is inevitable. If you live near a large mass of water, be sure that you will experience river flooding that can weaken the foundation of buildings. Flooding causes unimaginable havoc including disruption of transport routes and means of communications. River flooding also deposits garbage swept from up-river, and it is detrimental. Water restoration is the first step in the river flooding scenario. It is necessary to ensure you get a storm remediation. expert as a neighborhood to clean up the mess after the river recedes.

Ground Water

In the wake of a storm, the soil loses its ability to drain water, and you should have a storm remediation. expert to check the extent of ground water damage. It makes it hard for floods to flow, leaving it stagnant. This can be a breeding ground for disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes. For faster drainage of the ground water, invest in a flood pump to remove flood water from the basement and other rooms in your building. Consider a company that specializes in clean water restoration and follow it up with home restoration experts.

Hail Damage

One of the worst accompaniments of a storm is hail. News items are showing severe hail damage leading to a roof leak that gets worse over time. Following severe hail damage, most of the affected items will need replacement. It is necessary that you go through the insurance coverage on your property to ensure it includes hail damage, roof damage; otherwise, you will have a hefty repair bill for frozen pipes, roof damage, ice damage, ice damming, and flood pump hire.

Ice Damming and Ice Damage

The worst storms are those that come in winter. They leave residential and commercial buildings with severe ice damage and flooding from ice dam. A more severe scenario is having frozen pipes, which could mean that you will not have water. You could also get an ice dam forming on your roof, and it will prevent water from draining from your roof. The water that stagnates behind the dam can lead to a roof leak at first but get worse with time if you do not get the ice dam thawed. Only a storm remediation. expert can carry out roof repair to get rid of the ice dam. Frozen pipes because of ice damage can block all your pipes, leading to flooding because of a roof leak.

You can prevent ice damming before winter comes. Make sure to include plenty of ceiling insulation evenly to create a temperature exchanges between the underside of your roof and the inside of your rooms. This will ensure even melting of the ice preventing frozen pipes, a roof leak, which manifest as water stains on your ceilings. A storm remediation. expert can undertake the roof repair if ice damming catches you unawares. The roof repair needs to be handled immediately to avoid structural damage.

Hurricane Damage

In the recent past, there have been devastating hurricanes, most recently, Hurricane Irma and Harvey. Hurricane damage is more widespread; causing river flooding, stagnation of ground water and flood water, hail damage. The task of rectifying hurricane damage rests on the community, and this makes the process of home restoration an easier one. Due to the heavy rainfall, a flood pump is a necessary equipment to get rid of the flood water.

Home and storm Restoration

After the ground water recedes, home restoration should be the first step of storm restoration. Water restoration is the most important aspect of the home restoration process. This will prevent the spread of water borne diseases by providing clean water for essential use. A flood pump will ensure that all the flood water is drained away. Ensure to get an experienced roof repair expert for proper restoration work.

In conclusion, ensure that you have the sufficient building insurance, to cater for ice damming, storm damage, hurricane damage, storm restoration, as well as water restoration. Ensure that you have the number of a storm remediation. company with an excellent reputation.

We are here for you 24 hours/ 7 days a week! 716-694-9949

Memorial Day

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

 

With Memorial Day coming up, we know many of your are going to be grilling or sitting by a fire. It is very important to use all safety precautions to prevent your home catching on fire. SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy has trained crews to clean and restore fire damaged homes and contents. Our crew will work around the clock to restore your home and belongings back to original condition. We are available 24/7 for calls and services. SERVPRO understands how important and stressful it is to go through any sort of disaster. We assure you our crew will work hard to make it look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawabda, Amherst/Clarence and East Erie County wants to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Grilling Safety

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Warm spring days are upon us, and maybe you grill all year long or maybe you wait for these wonderful warm times of the year. Either way make sure you are following safety guidelines when firing up your grill so you can prevent a fire elsewhere. SERVPRO of Hayward wants you to have a safe summer!

Nearly 9,000 home fires a year involve grills, according to a National Fire Protection Association report. Of all the home fires involving grills, gas-fueled grills accounted for four out of five fires, while 16% involved charcoal or other solid-fueled grills.

A leak or break was the leading factor contributing to gas grill-related fires, according to the NFPA report.

  • Check the gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose, which will quickly reveal escaping gas by releasing bubbles.
  • If you smell or otherwise suspect a gas leak, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get a professional to service it before using it again. Call the fire department if the leak does not stop.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill immediately and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
  • Never turn on the gas when the lid is closed. The gas may build up inside, and when ignited, the lid could blow off and cause injuries or burns.
  • After cooking, make sure you completely close the valve on your gas grill.
  • Always store gas grills – and propane tanks – outside and away from your house.
  • The leading cause of structure fires from use of charcoal grills was leaving or placing an object that could burn too close to the grill, according to the NFPA study.
  • Charcoal grills can continue to remain hot for many hours after the flames extinguish. Avoid placing any burnable objects near the grill or moving the grill while the coals are hot. Keep combustible items that may be blown by the wind away from the grill.
  • Check for rust damage in metal grills, which may make it possible for charcoal to fall through onto surfaces below and cause a fire.
  • Purchase the proper starter fluid. Store out of reach from children and away from heat sources.
  • Do not add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited. Never use any other flammable or combustible liquid to get the fire started.
  • If the fire is too low, rekindle with dry kindling and more charcoal if needed. Avoid adding liquid fuel because it can cause a flash fire.
  • Do not leave the grill unattended.
  • SERVPRO is here to help you if you need us! 716-694-9949

Grilling Safety

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Warm spring days are upon us, and maybe you grill all year long or maybe you wait for these wonderful warm times of the year. Either way make sure you are following safety guidelines when firing up your grill so you can prevent a fire elsewhere. SERVPRO of Hayward wants you to have a safe summer!

Nearly 9,000 home fires a year involve grills, according to a National Fire Protection Association report. Of all the home fires involving grills, gas-fueled grills accounted for four out of five fires, while 16% involved charcoal or other solid-fueled grills.

A leak or break was the leading factor contributing to gas grill-related fires, according to the NFPA report.

  • Check the gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose, which will quickly reveal escaping gas by releasing bubbles.
  • If you smell or otherwise suspect a gas leak, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get a professional to service it before using it again. Call the fire department if the leak does not stop.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill immediately and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
  • Never turn on the gas when the lid is closed. The gas may build up inside, and when ignited, the lid could blow off and cause injuries or burns.
  • After cooking, make sure you completely close the valve on your gas grill.
  • Always store gas grills – and propane tanks – outside and away from your house.
  • The leading cause of structure fires from use of charcoal grills was leaving or placing an object that could burn too close to the grill, according to the NFPA study.
  • Charcoal grills can continue to remain hot for many hours after the flames extinguish. Avoid placing any burnable objects near the grill or moving the grill while the coals are hot. Keep combustible items that may be blown by the wind away from the grill.
  • Check for rust damage in metal grills, which may make it possible for charcoal to fall through onto surfaces below and cause a fire.
  • Purchase the proper starter fluid. Store out of reach from children and away from heat sources.
  • Do not add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited. Never use any other flammable or combustible liquid to get the fire started.
  • If the fire is too low, rekindle with dry kindling and more charcoal if needed. Avoid adding liquid fuel because it can cause a flash fire.
  • Do not leave the grill unattended.
  • SERVPRO is here to help you if you need us! 716-694-9949

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in BUFFALO, NY

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration in BUFFALO, NY When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities

716-694-9949

Carpet Cleaning

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Carpet Cleaning Carpet cleaning by SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949

How DIRTY are your carpets and floors?  Where your children play with their toys and lie down to watch their favorite cartoon.  Even the highest quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time.  IICRC states that 70% of soil in carpet is dry soil.  Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include:

- Regular vacuuming

- Spot removal

- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting

- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

- Using walk-off matts to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpets every 12 months.

So, If you need your carpets clean, make sure you call SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949.  When calling be sure to have the estimated room sizes so they can calculate a price for you.

24 SERVPRO RESPONSE TEAM

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 SERVPRO RESPONSE TEAM A wall injection unit use by SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda assisting with drying a school with fast, efficient and professional after a water damage.

SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

Here are some helpful tips:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

SERVPRO IS READY TO HELP

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO IS READY TO HELP A commercial property had a malfunction in the sprinkler system and SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda was READY to help in Buffalo, NY. 716-694-9949

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 716-694-9949

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of BUFFALO TONAWANDA has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA

SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Are you MOVING? Too much CLUTTER? SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda provides content removal.

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Are you MOVING? Too much CLUTTER? SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda provides content removal. Time to go through the basement.

Are you moving out or moving in?  You might have discovered that you have accumulated quite a bit of junk over the years.  The time has come to clean up the clutter.  Whatever the reason for cleaning up, SERVPRO of Buffalo - Tonawanda is here to help you.  We understand your time is valuable and you have better things to do.  Let SERVPRO do the dirty work for you so that you can finally reclaim your space.  After that we can go one step further and clean all the surfaces of the home.

Home Make Over?? Take the final step to truly transform your property by having SERVPRO of Buffalo - Tonawanda clean up your construction project.  Reduce STRESS and maximize the beauty of your property.

CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS. 716-694-9949

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Pipe Break Water Damage In Buffalo, New York: SERVPRO OF BUFFALO TONAWANDA TO THE RESCUE

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pipe Break Water Damage In Buffalo, New York: SERVPRO OF BUFFALO TONAWANDA TO THE RESCUE Pipe Break Water Damage In Buffalo, New York: SERVPRO OF BUFFALO TONAWANDA TO THE RESCUE

Winter is always so brutal and cold in Buffalo, NY. Some days we just want to stay in, sit by the fireplace and sip hot cocoa. The cold temperatures keep SERVPRO busy cleaning up pipe breaks in homes. It commonly happens when your heat low is to low or in an uninsulated  attic. The water damage from pipe breaks are quiet tricky for the homeowner to know where exactly the water traveled. You don’t always see water stains. The water can can run along a interior wire or pipe traveling to an area you might not be aware of. SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda IICRC certified technicians will check all possible affected areas with our high tech moisture detecting tools. We will map out the wet areas and make a decision if it can be dried in place or if we have to remove dry wall or plaster. Maybe factors contribute to that. How long has the water sat? How is the construction of the home?  What’s the age of the home? Certain building materials in older homes can contain asbestos. If that’s the case we will ask your insurance if there is coverage to have it tested for removal. Not all policy’s have asbestos testing coverage. After the decision of in place drying or removal. We stage our work area with protective tarps, perform the necessary work, clean, apply an antimicrobial if required and set up drying equipment. The drying can take anywhere from 2-5 days average. After 24-48 hours of drying, we will send a SERVPRO technician back to your home to moisture test all areas and will continue testing until it is dry per areas standards. Don’t try to handle a water damage on your own, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda for assistance.  716-694-9949

Storm Warning!

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Warning! Snow Storm in Buffalo

Storms can come upon us without much warning. Yes, we watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

An inspection of your home’s premises is a really good idea to conduct before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rains. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When’s the last time you took a look at your roof to see how things are looking up there? These are all great questions to ask yourself.

Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It might be a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition, so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Take time to inspect areas around your home and street and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.

Your family is very precious to you. In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.

The SERVPRO team of SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA has your back in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at 716-694-9949 or visit us on our website:

http://www.SERVPRObuffalotonawanda.com

Mold Remediation and Mold Removal

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation and Mold Removal Mold Discovered in an attic. SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA 716-694-9949

Mold is found under the fungi classification.  It can be a soft green, pink, black or at times a gray growth which develops on objects or old food left out for a lengthy period in warm, wet air.  It can be found in outdoor and indoor.  It is important for the indoor humidity to be kept below 45%. Floods and high humidity levels often lead to microbial growth and fungus. The most efficient method of controlling microbial growth is by moderation temperature. During a floor mold can start to form in 72 hours in perfect conditions.  When the temperature is lowered, the rate of microbial growth decreases rapidly.  Molds are usually accompanied by a musty odor which can lead to health issues in certain individuals.  These colonies are responsible for the production of irritants and allergens that affect the health of people. 

An environmental hygienist can determine what treatment can be used for mold remediation.  They will test all affected areas by taking samples of air and swab surfaces.  They design a specific protocol for SERVPRO to follow. SERVPRO utilizes air scrubbers to perform mold remediation under negative pressure, containment to isolate the affected areas, heap vacuuming and specialize cleaning and sealing.  Once the work is completed the environmental hygienist returns to perform post testing to ensure levels are within normal levels and your home is back to being safe.  Call SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA for your water damage and mold needs.

http://www.SERVPRObuffalotonawanda.com for more information on mold remediation.

Smoke, Soot Particles and Odors? You need SERVPRO

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke, Soot Particles and Odors? You need SERVPRO Kitchen fire

Fire damage to your home can be a traumatic experience for any homeowner.  Apart from the damage due to heat, fire can cause significant damage to your property and belongings due to smoke and soot.  The smoke particles can coat walls, ceilings, and almost any surface and cause permanent damage if not cleaned quickly and efficiently.

The particles in the smoke contain unburned carbon that can be very difficult to remove after a fire to your Williamsville home.  Not all soot particles are alike and it takes a multi-step process to eliminate them.  It is a job for the professionals who have years of training and expertise in fire damage restoration. 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949

GOT ODORS? SERVPRO of BUFFALO CAN HELP

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning GOT ODORS? SERVPRO of BUFFALO CAN HELP Hydroxyl Generator used by SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda in NY

The Titan 4000 Hydroxyl Generator is perfect for use on big restoration jobs affected by severe odors caused by fire damage, mold, cigarettes, pets and water damage . It produces no ozone, and is safe for use in occupied areas. The Titan 4000 treats up to 40,000 cubic feet.

If you or someone you know needs our specialty cleaning and deodorizing team to help make your home better give us a call at 716-694-9949 

We have the tools and training needed to make your home feel and smell like new again.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors.  Masking and other short cuts don't work when you your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. The science of identifying can be tricking.  Give us a call for a home inspection.

SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949

Commercial Water Damage

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Commercial Water Damage

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call (716) 694-9949.

Commercial Building Suffers From Fire and Water, SERVPRO of Buffalo to the rescue.

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Suffers From Fire and Water, SERVPRO of Buffalo to the rescue. A devastating fire with water damage to a commercial property requiring fast services. SERVPRO of Buffalo to the rescue.

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you have a fire emergency, call a SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949

This fire was caused by careless smoking from the apartment above. The fire department quickly responded but damage to the property was in the thousands. SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda rounded up our heroes and started emergency services. We worked quickly at restoring and cleaning the computers to move to their temporary location. The owner was very pleased with the quick service.

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SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949

Serving Western New York since 1972.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Sewage Cleanup and Restoration A sewage back up caused by heavy rains.

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Toilet Overflow or Sewer Backup? Call Today: SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949

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  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
  • Category 2: "Gray Water"
  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreatedCategory 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
  • Category 3: "Black Water"
  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backupWater contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service

School Fire in Buffalo, NY. SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA TO THE RESCUE.

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage School Fire in Buffalo, NY.  SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA TO THE RESCUE. School Fire in Buffalo, NY. Cleaning performed by SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA 716-694-9949

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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GOT MOLD IN BUFFALO, NY? SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA CAN HELP

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation GOT MOLD IN BUFFALO, NY?  SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA CAN HELP A water damage in BUFFALO, NY that was not properly taking care of leading to mold. SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA assisted with mold remediation.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO OF BUFFALO-TONAWANDA 716-694-9949

READY TO HELP

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage READY TO HELP SERVPRO technician responding to pipe break.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 716-694-9949

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of BUFFALO TONAWANDA has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA

SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of BUFFALO TONAWANDA provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Buffalo, Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Amherst

SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

Here are some helpful tips:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

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