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SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

After the incident and the authorities complete their investigation of the crime or trauma scene the process of decontamination, cleaning and restoration can begin. There are many instances whereas there is blood, body fluids or bio-hazardous contaminants that must be mitigated. Many times these fluids pose a significant health risk. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA guidelines and protocols calls to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first priority is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

• Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals

• Tear gas and pepper spray residues

• Fire extinguisher residue

• Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime scene Residues

From Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Blood borne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissues and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from an accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

 Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.   

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Grafitti Removal

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

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!

5 Simple Steps to prevent spread of smoke/soot damage

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Even in the wet season of spring, fires can occur. It is very common for property owners to reenter the building as soon as the fire is out to check on their furniture and other possessions. Here are 5 simple tips to limit further damage before SERVPRO arrives.

•Make sure everyone is safe and the fire is safely out before reentering the property.

•Limit movement inside to prevent soot particles from being embedded in upholstery and carpet.

•Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

•Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.

•Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

Unfortunately fires happen, but by keeping these tips in mind and the expert restoration by SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean your property will look “Like tt never even happened.”

What to do until help arrives with water damage in your home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Every so often there is a surprise of having water damage in your home. When this happens it is critical to not do anything to hurt yourself or cause more damage in your home. 

When you have a water loss the first thing to do is get a professional to come out an assess the situation. It is very important to recognize what is safe and not safe within the home. 

Do not lift or try to move wet materials. These can be very heavy and spread more damage within the home. 

Getting the home dry is critical to prevent secondary damages form happening. Most of the time if water sits for a few days, mold can start to form on the interior walls. This will then make the job more expensive  to mitigate. 

For any questions about handling a water, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean

Mold Damage in your business

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in your business Mold Remediation Job in Jamestown, NY

Mold damage in your business can be a serious time. Especially if it is bad enough to close the business and prevent it from operating. 

The first thing to do is get a qualified environmental hygienist onsite to test and determine what kind of mold or microbial growth you are dealing with. Once it is determined they will write a proper protocol for treatment. 

After that a mitigation company like SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean will be able to start the mitigation process and get the job completed from start to finish. It is important that any company you hire, documents photos and notes, before, during and after the job. Once the job is complete have them walk you though everything that was completed. 

If you have any questions about what to do with a mold loss, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Remediating Mold in your Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold in your Home Mold on furniture

If you find mold in your home it is important that you follow the proper schedule of treatment. After an environmental hygienist determines what kind of mold it is, the mitigation process can begin by a licensed mold remediation contractor.  

SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean is trained and qualified to handle any size mold loss from start to finish. We carefully follow each step recommended by the environmental hygienist to make sure everything is done correctly. 

SERVPRO makes sure each job is well documented by taking plenty of photos and notes. We make sure that each client understands the process from start to finish. If you have any questions or situations in where you need help, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We have team members that are qualified to help you. 

How the Professionals Restore Water Damaged Homes and Businesses

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

How the Professionals Restore Water Damaged Homes and Businesses

A pipe break, supply line break, dam break, hurricane, or other calamitous water-related event can happen at any time, putting much water in business offices and water in home spaces. This is disheartening after one has worked so hard to attain a home and fill it with belongings or created a thriving business and purchased a building for it. Picking through numerous items that are entirely destroyed can be emotionally distressing.

On top of all of the emotions, the work that lies ahead is too daunting a task for many owners to deal with. Draining and drying what is left of buildings and belongings can take a long time. By the time all of that water finally drains away or evaporates, there is major water damage to the flooded home or business.

What is needed for flood damage mitigation is efficient water cleanup and effective restoration to reverse the effects of water damage. This is best left to restoration company professionals whose service would ease the mind of people who have experienced a flooded home or business.

Determine Source of the Water

The first thing the restoration company professionals do in the process of damage mitigation is to find out where moisture or standing water in home areas and water in business offices came from. Quite often it comes from a pipe break or a supply line break. There’s no sense in starting the process of restoration if the source of the water problem isn’t fixed. Also, the work area is isolated in this way.

If the source is not a pipe break or a supply line break, the water could have come from a dam break or a natural disaster. Hurricanes have occurred often in recent months, leaving many people with a flooded home or business and no dry place to sleep, eat, and live.

Water Removal

Once the source of moisture or water has been determined and the work area has been isolated, the guys from the restoration company will do water cleanup using commercial pumping systems. Some companies can do heavy duty water cleanup, which is great news for people who have huge amounts of standing water to deal with.

Damage Assessment

Once the water cleanup is complete, the team will find out exactly what the flood damage from the pipe break, supply line break, or whatever is. Some things can withstand being submerged in water for a short time, while other things are utterly destroyed by the water damage. Damage will, of course, be worse if things have sat in standing water in home areas or standing water in business offices for days. A restoration company will assess the water damage to both the building and to belongings.

Damaged Item Removal

Contaminated and organic materials from a flooded home or office will be tossed first if they have been submerged too long. After 24 hours, particle board, plywood, drywall, casings, baseboards, and carpet will not survive. What survives the water in home areas and the water in business buildings will go to through a drying process.

Dry out What is Salvageable/Put Furniture Back

The building and the items thought to be salvageable are dried using high volume dehumidifiers, commercial air movers, and sometimes heat injectors. After the drying out process is complete, the restoration process is almost done. The furniture is put back into place, and trash is taken out.

Destroy Mold and Other Microorganisms

The water cleanup and drying were the biggest mitigation jobs, but the last thing the restoration company team will do toward flood damage mitigation is to destroy the mold and other microorganisms so that no pathogens can form. As much as is possible after flood damage has occurred, restoration is complete.
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Four Reasons to Pay for Professional Commercial Fire Restoration

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Four Reasons to Pay for Professional Commercial Fire Restoration

Unless you experienced a fire in the past, you probably have no idea of the effects that it can have on your building. The flames caused by an electrical fire or a utility room fire can climb higher and higher before spreading throughout the entire building. Even if the fire truck gets there in time for a firefighter to save the building and use a fire hose to protect other buildings from catching on fire, you'll still find yourself dealing with quite a bit of cleanup. Fire damage companies that specialize in commercial fire damage offer all the help needed to get your building back up and running again. If you think that you can handle the work yourself, check out the top four reasons to pay for fire restoration help.

Your Fire Sprinkler System and Water Damage

A good fire sprinkler system will have alarms that monitor various areas of the building for temperature changes that occur during a fire. As soon as it detects a temperature change, it will turn itself on and use water to take down the flames. That water can flow for hours until help arrives, which will leave you dealing with a significant amount of standing water as well as some flooded rooms. If you used fire suppression tools, you can hire fire restoration professionals to clean up the water damage and the suppression materials left behind.

Fire Truck Damage

When you see a fire truck or a firefighter outside of your building while it's on fire, you might thank your lucky stars that help arrived in the nick of time. Once that fire truck leaves though, you need to take a look at the damage that the fire hose and firefighters caused. A firefighter might use an ax to break down a door or smash through a window and use fire suppression materials to blanket a smaller fire. Hiring a commercial fire damage company to come out to your building for an inspection lets you know what they can do to remove those materials and clean up the debris and water left behind by fire suppression methods and a fire hose.

Safe Smoke Damage Removal

Whether you use your building as an office, a retail shop or anything in between, fire damage companies can help with the smoke damage cleanup and removal after an electrical fire. Event the smallest of fires can cause more damage than you could cleanup on your own with weeks of hard work. The smoke damage can leave behind a thick odor that makes you feel claustrophobic and wreaks havoc on your breathing. Commercial fire damage companies send their cleanup techs out with masks and other gear to help them stay safe while cleaning up your fire damage and soot damage.

Sooth Damage Cleaning Too

If you still aren't sure you should call for help after a utility room fire, think about how quickly and efficiently they can clean the soot damage caused by those flames. This type of fire damage includes more than just the thick build of soot that you see on your walls or on the floor. Soot damage can go so deep into the floors and walls that ever after cleaning your business, you still smell an intense smoky odor. It can mix with fire suppression methods and become even worse, and the soot can also spread because of the water produced by your fire sprinkler system.

Ask any firefighter what you should do after experiencing commercial fire damage, and you'll hear back that you should get some professional help. Soot damage and smoke damage are just some of the problems that you face after an electrical fire. A small utility room fire can set off a fire sprinkler system that puts out the flames but causes water damage, which worsens when combined with the water produced by a fire hose. The best fire restoration company can reset your fire sprinkler system and provide assistance after any type of fire, including a utility room fire or an electrical fire.
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Effective Storm Damage Restoration is Essential for Maintaining Property Value

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Effective Storm Damage Restoration is Essential for Maintaining Property Value

Professional home restoration services can be an essential asset for property owners who are seeking to protect their investment. Storm restoration needed to address wind damage or hail damage as well as effective water restoration services that may be required in the event that moisture is able to enter the home through frozen pipes or a roof leak can often be resources of great importance. Flooding, roof damage or ground water that is able to enter the home due to river flooding or hurricane damage can pose a significant risk to the market value of a home.

Wind, Hail and Debris

Even minor storm damage can pose a real problem, especially in situations where flood water or ice damage escape notice for any length of time. Access to a flood pump or professional roof repair services can be essential when it comes to ensuring successful storm remediation. From seasonal hurricanes to problems caused by an ice dam or ice damming, it always pays to seek out the best solutions for storm remediation. From repairing a simple roof leak to assessing the extent of hail damage and ice damage following a storm, addressing any roof damage promptly and without delay is always a smart move.

Water Damages

Ensuring effective water restoration and cleanup efforts are never a matter that should be left to chance. Flooding, the presence of ground water within the home or moisture that enters an internal environment due to a burst ice dam or frozen pipes may create no end of future problems. Whether flood water is caused by nearby river flooding, direct storm damage or hurricane damage or ice damming and frozen pipes, arranging for roof repair and storm restoration without delay may minimize the risk of a mold or mildew infestation. Access to heaters, dehumidifiers or a flood pump may be of critical importance for home restoration efforts needed to deal with wind damage or water damage.

Winter Storm Damage

While river flooding and hurricane damage is less likely to be a concern during the winter, colder weather and winter storm damage can still create serious problems. An ice dam or ice damming may do considerable harm to roofing installations, while frozen pipes and other types of ice damage may also require extensive storm remediation. Hail damage, snow accumulation and ice damage that may result in a roof leak can lead to extensive interior flooding. Arranging for storm restoration services, dealing with roof repair issues or utilizing a flood pump to ensure effective cleanup and water restoration within the home as quickly as possible can help to minimize the costs associated with winter storm remediation.

Roofing Installations and Property Value

Even minor roof damage or a roof leak can have a negative impact on property values. Addressing the home restoration efforts needed to deal with wind damage or hail damage can go a long ways towards ensuring flood water is not able to enter the home because of roof damage. While ground water seeping into the home or water restoration and home restoration efforts that may be required to respond to nearby river flooding are often significant concerns, flooding caused when a roof suffers from wind damage, an ice dam or ice damming may be just as serious when it comes to maintaining the resale value of a home.

Dealing With Hurricane Damage

Storm restoration and cleanup can be an even more important undertaking following a major storm. Hurricanes and tropical storms may require homeowners to seek out extensive roof repairs or deal with damaged caused by increased levels of ground water. Access to a flood pump as well as the other tools and resources that only an experienced professional may be able to provide is essential for ensuring that efforts to remove flood water from within the home are met with greater success.
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Restoring Your Erie County, PA and western NY Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Meet Our Crew!

Flooding and water damage events at Erie County, PA and western NY 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 Jamestown/Olean

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean 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.

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