Recent Water Damage Posts

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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