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Residential and Commercial Water Damage

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Residential and Commercial Water Damage

Make no mistake, a water damage event, no matter how small it may be perceived to be, is a serious matter. Water damage that is allowed to sit can begin causing lasting damage to the property within 24 hours. After a week, a serious instance of water damage will very likely render the property uninhabitable, causing the total loss of the property's value.

Fortunately, there are proven and effective means of water damage restoration. We'll take a look at some of the ways in which a professional restoration company can ensure that a property will not sustain any lasting damage, no matter how severe the flood damage.

The United States is a land of lakes, rivers and some of the most extreme weather on the planet. For this reason, it has developed a robust flood damage mitigation industry, which ranks among the best in the world.

Water restoration has a proven, five-step process that has been developed over decades and that can raise the probability of total restoration of the property with flood damage to a near certainty.

The first step in mitigation of damage to a flooded home is to immediately call in a professional restoration company, as soon as there is a pipe break, supply line break or other flooding event. As in the case of attending to a trauma patient, the first couple hours are crucial. A flooded home that is immediately attended to has an almost 100 percent chance of successful mitigation of the damage. Delaying the mitigation efforts for more than about 24 hours begins to dramatically increase the likelihood of the home sustaining permanent damage.

No matter what, getting a professional restoration company on site and working on the problem as quickly as possible is the best move that a homeowner who has experienced a pipe break or a supply line break can do.

Once the team arrives to the flooded home, they will immediately begin the next step in the water cleanup process. This involves the assessment of the extent to which the water in the home or water in the business has permeated into the subflooring and structural elements of the property. The team will make use of technologically advanced instrumentation, in order to detect any hidden water or seepage points.

The next step in the water cleanup process is the full-scale removal of the water in the home or water in the business. The team will make use of heavy pumping systems and specialized vacuums that are capable of removing thousands of gallons per hour of water in the home or water in the business.

It is important that the owner of the flooded home never attempt to remove the water themselves. Only a team of professionals can fully remove the water in a home or water in a business on a time scale that will ensure no permanent damage is incurred.

The next phase of the water cleanup process is to begin drying the premises and its contents. The water cleanup team will make use of industrial-strength drying equipment, which is able to remove thousands of pounds of water from material and the atmosphere every hour.

At this point, the home's drying will be complete. The risk of damage to the structure will no longer be present. But the home and its contents must still be sanitized and cleansed. This is to remove any incipient mold formation. It will also get rid of all unpleasant smells.

A supply line break or a pipe break is a serious event. It can cause major damage to a property. But with the right team of professionals, a pipe break or supply line break doesn't need to break the bank.
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Can Property Be Recovered after a Fire?

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Can Property Be Recovered after a Fire?

Property owners are usually devastated after a fire in a home or a fire in a business due to the loss of property. Smoke damage and soot damage settle into fabrics and surfaces minutes after a fire and can seem irredeemable. Water damage from firefighting can quickly flood any fire in a home or a fire in a business and cause even more of a headache for a property owner. Commercial fire damage can bankrupt businesses quickly. The smoke smell that lingers after a fire can be extremely irritating. However, the good news is that a restoration company specializing in fire damage restoration can recover much of the value of a property that has undergone a disaster.

A fire in a home or a fire in a business should immediately be put out by firefighters, but the water used in firefighting can often flood the entire property. It is important to call a restoration company immediately so that industrial water extractors as well as dehumidifiers can be employed to dry out the property. This will allow for further fire damage restoration to continue. Fire damage can be limited by firefighting, but the water must be removed quickly to prevent water damage. Disinfectants and antimicrobials will also be used by the fire cleanup team in order to prevent further damage by the growth of mold or fungus.

Fire damage can compromise locks, doors, and windows, so these properties should be boarded up quickly. Individuals are able to board up their own doors and windows, but it is generally considered to be safer to allow a professional to board up and entry points to a fire damaged property. Fire cleanup teams are experienced in boarding up these openings and can do so quickly and efficiently.

Fire cleanup will proceed after the property has been dried and boarded up. Much of the value of the property will be recovered from removing any debris from the premises. Commercial fire damage will especially call for the removal of debris using heavy machinery. Fire damage can cause large amounts of debris to accumulate and require special disposal by a licensed technician. Smoke damage and soot damage may also cause items to be unsalvageable and require disposal. Fire cleanup teams are familiar with the special regulations that are necessary to remove this debris. Personal items that need to be removed and evaluated for restoration will also be removed at this step so that the premises can be worked on directly. The property owners and the restoration company can discuss how and whether or not to restore individual items.

An odor control technician will usually be used to reduce any smoke smell that remains in the property. Using an air purifier, he or she will be able to clear out smoke smells from smoke damage and soot damage. This odor control can recover much of the value lost, especially from commercial fire damage. Getting rid of the smoke smell is something every restoration company specializes in. Commercial fire damage can cause odors that take a while to remove, but with the right equipment and the right licensed professional, any smoke smell can be removed.

Fire damage restoration can also include replacing paint, drywall, or rebuilding entire parts of the property. Some restoration companies will offer this service or provide the contact information for the appropriate contractors. This will allow for the property owner to rebuild and regain the value of their property. That way, a fire in a home or a fire in a business does not need to render the entire property unusable.

Although most individuals are confused and shocked when they experience their first fire, a restoration company has seen it all. They will be able to offer services depending on the kind of fire damage, soot damage, or smoke damage that may be occurred. Fire damage restoration can transform a damaged property back to its pre-fire status. Visit for more information on fire damage.

Professional Mold Remediation for Your Residence

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Mold Remediation for Your Residence

Residential mold damage, or mold in home, can have devastating consequences if not properly addressed. Residential mold damage can cause permanent damage to a property and can result in serious consequences as well.

Because of the truly serious nature of mold damage, when this type of situation occurs, a home or business owner needs to access a reliable, reputable mold mitigation and remediation service. There are a number of key factors that must be considered when it comes to engaging the professional services of a mold damage restoration company.

A restoration company must be keenly aware of the health consequences of mold. A mitigation professional must have the experience and equipment necessary to minimize the risks associated with mold. A restoration company must also be trained in ensuring mold spores do not unnecessarily spread during the mold removal process.

An example of where a mold damage and mitigation professional must pay attention is in regard to black mold. Black mold is a significant issue in this day and age. If black mold is left unaddressed, or it is not removed in a proper manner, it can cause significant health issues. When considering engaging a mold removal and remediation service, you need to find out the level of experience when it comes to black mold and similar problems.

The Importance of a Thorough Inspection

If you are concerned about mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, there are some early telltale signs to note. If you have experienced water in your home or business, mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, may be an aftereffect. In addition, if you detect mildew or fungus in your residence of business, mold growth, particularly mold growth behind wall, may also be occurring.

You need to make haste to get a mold remediation professional to your residence. A mold mitigation professional will perform a multifaceted inspection of the premises. The inspection process will effectively identify mold growth, including mold growth behind wall. In addition, a mold removal pro will provide you with an accurate, reliable estimate of costs associated with mold damage mitigation.

Comprehensive Mold Damage Remediation

When seeking professional assistance for a mold issue in your home, you need to ensure that a specialist provides comprehensive services. A professional needs to be able to fully mitigate mold damage. In addition, a specialist must be able to address serious, associated issues like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization.

When it comes to comprehensive mitigation, including dealing with dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization, you need to inquire about the equipment used by a specialist. There can be some fairly significant disparities between the technologies employed by specialists when it comes to addressing problems like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization. In order for a residence to be returned to a fully usable condition, issues like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization must be completely addressed.

Reoccurrence of Mold

Because of the nature of mold spores, mold can rapidly redevelop. Therefore, you will want to make sure that a follow inspection occurs after the initial remediation process completes. This particularly is the case if fungus and mildew appears, or reappears, at the premises. As mentioned previously, fungus and mildew can be a warning side that mold exists. The presence of fungus of mildew after mold eradication can be indicative of an ongoing and unresolved water-related problem as well.
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Water Loss in Jamestown, NY

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss in Jamestown, NY Water loss due to flooding in Jamestown, NY

Don't let this happen to your office! This first floor office in Jamestown, NY flooded after extreme heavy rain. In total there was about 2500 gallons inside, can you believe it! This is definitely not an ideal situation for any building, especially one where business is done. Luckily you can always count on SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean to get your business back on track the fastest. We know that these incidents are never planned for or expected but we are ready to help any day of the week 24/7. We got the call for this specific job at 9 pm and by 2 am all of the water had been extracted and equipment was installed to start the complete drying process. Time is of the essence, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean, you will not be disappointed. As always making it "Like it never even happened."

Theater Cleanup

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Theater Cleanup Movie theater in Chautauqua, NY

Although most of the damages to properties we enounter are a result of Mother Nature, sometimes they are the result of other people. Recently we had a cleanup job at a movie theater in Chautauqua, NY. What caused the mess? Turns out some mischievous kids got ahold of the fire extinguishers and sprayed them everywhere! Those darn rascals. Luckily for the owners of the theater, our crew cleaned up in a jiffy. This is a perfect example of how unpredictable property damage can come about no matter what the cause. However, one thing you can count on is that SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean will always be there to do a complete clean or restoration. The vandals will not be stealing the show at this theater! 

Grafitti Removal

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Grafitti Removal Our crew with soda blasters.

Unattractive marks and stains can be left of your walls for many reasons. Whether they are a result of a vandal's graffiti, smoke from a building fire, or mold growth, it is important for your building to look clean and well cared for. That's where SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean comes in. You probably know us as your fire and flood damage specialists but our team can make quick work of removing any of these stains. As always we use the most cutting edge equipment to do the job properly and thoroughly. With our tough but gentle soda blasters, we can remove the staining and leave just the wall's finish behind. Some power washers can remove more than just the unwanted markings, and leave the wall looking even more damaged. The fact that ours is both tough and gentle makes it the perfect fit for any job. This photo shows us removing markings from a wall of a commercial structure. Graffiti and other markings can make your business look less than stellar to customers. It is important to make sure your property looks as great as the business done inside! Residential properties need the same tender loving care. Staining can make a house hard to sell because of how it looks and in the case of smoke stains, how it smells. So remember, don't just paint over those stains, call the experts at SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean to remove them completely!

Commercial Duct Cleaning in Dunkirk, NY

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Duct Cleaning in Dunkirk, NY Our crew in Dunkirk, NY giving the ducts a deep clean.

Our crew is out in Dunkirk, NY doing some commercial duct cleaning. Having your air ducts deeply cleaned is very important because you want to make sure you're breathing the cleanest air possible in your home or office. Indoor air pollution can affect your family or coworkers' health in the long run and create dust build up. Dirty air ducts are also more costly when it comes to your monthly energy bill. Fans have to work harder to pump air through the clogged ducts. Simply cleaning them makes the air flow more efficiently using less energy, which saves you money! Whether your needs are commercial or residential, big or small, you can count on SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean to be there for your cleaning needs.

What's behind your oven?

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning What's behind your oven? Dirt buildup at a cleaning job in Chautaqua, NY.

When was the last time you did a deep clean of the kitchen? You probably mopped the floor and washed the sink but did you remembered that the space behind an oven is a prime spot for disgusting messes to accumulate? Homeowners tend to not bother cleaning behind their oven because it is a heavy object to move or are worried about messing with the gas line. This property in Chautauqua, NY had quite a bit of build up in that area. Luckily, our crew can tackle any mess! Sometimes even smaller messes can be stressful or overwhelming so if you go home to check behind that oven and feel overwhelmed with what you find you know who to call. SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean are your experts in deep cleaning.

Cigarette-caused smoke damage

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cigarette-caused smoke damage Smoke stained wall before the cleaning

Of course, cigarettes are harmful to our bodies but did you know that they can also be very damaging to our home? Aside from the obvious fire hazard (house fires frequently occur due to smoking indoors), smoking can also cause unattractive stains to walls and the ceiling. Smoke, in this case from cigarettes, discolor paint and wall paper and often leave an unappealing odor engrained in walls, furniture, and carpet. Unfortunately the smell and staining can be hard to remove without a complete deep clean. We recently visited a property with this problem. As you can see there was pretty severe staining on the wall as a result of the cigarette smoke. Luckily our crew are experts in deep cleaning so the wall was left looking as good as new. Check out our before/after photo gallery to see the results!

Put your the dirt on your patio "under pressure"

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Put your the dirt on your patio "under pressure" Before/after photo of the pressure washing clean.

Our crew recently visited a property in  neighboring town, Bradford, PA that had deep-set dirt covering the outdoor patio. Dirt like this, that doesn't come off with most normal methods of cleaning, can be very frustrating for property owners. Luckily, this customer could count on us because our crew is always armed with top-of-the-line cleaning equipment. As you can see in the photo, this mess was not match for our high power pressure washer! We made quick work of the mess and as always, the property owner was thrilled with the result. SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean consistently impresses and surprises customers with how quickly and thoroughly the crew works. It's a simple combination of their skill and experience paired with the best technology available.  Let us put your mess "under pressure!"