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Call SERVPRO for Professional Cleanup and Restoration after Your Lakewood Property Suffers a Fire Loss

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire, Soot, and Odors in a Lakewood Home! What to Do?

Fires leave behind a great deal of damage, even if it was just a small, quickly-contained blaze within your home. As a homeowner, you may wish to do some of the cleanups on your own but may need to contact professionals for help if you run into a problem such as soot-stained walls or lingering offensive odors.

If your Lakewood Home incurs fire damage, contacting the trained restoration specialists at SERVPRO may save you both time and finances. We have prompt service, proven experience dealing with fire damage, and state of the art equipment and industry-leading formulated cleaners like our Orange-based products to make it "Like it never even happened."

After you remove damaged items from your home, you may find that besides a lingering smell, you have stained walls. Soot is the black residue left behind from a fire. Instincts may tell you to wipe the soot away with a wet rag or sponge. If you had a high-oxygen fire in your home, this action smears the soot and creates more damage. If your walls are porous, wet cleaning can soak the soot into the walls creating further damage. If you have textured walls removing the black residue may be tougher than if you have glossy enamel paint or vinyl wall covers. Other factors, such as the temperature of the fire and age of the surfaces in your home, determine how easily you can clean soot off the walls.

While you are waiting for the SERVPRO technicians to arrive, WE STRONGLY recommend that you do NOT begin cleaning the walls on your own. By using a dry sponge, the process is just as important as the tools and detergents to attain success cleaning results. We strongly suggest that you await our arrival. Soot cleanup can get very difficult, and our goal is to clean and restore and not replace soot-damaged walls. Homeowners can easily make a clean up of sooty or greasy residues into a project requiring wallboard removal and replacement.

For most surfaces, the technicians use a low-alkalinity cleaner, but if the residue is greasy, they use a high-alkalinity cleaner. Every circumstance and fire is different and treated accordingly by choosing the correct cleaning method and cleaners. In extreme cases, the walls may be repainted as a cover to the stains, and also to seal in pungent odors.

Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for assistance (716) 338-4901. We are available 24/7 to assist. We quickly respond to any home restoration needs. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Flood Damage Olean – Using the Right Equipment Delivers Results

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

Four SERVPRO vehicles parked in a parking lot. Flood damage in Olean ? Don’t worry SERVPRO will get your business back to better than normal in no time.

SERVPRO has the equipment your Olean business needs for flood damage.

Commercial buildings depend on being open for business. Schools, churches, rental buildings, manufacturing, and retail businesses all depend on being available to their clientele. Business owners may lose revenue, customers, or impact the public if the business is closed. School boards must remain closed until the flood damage is cleaned up, affecting hundreds of families and the companies where the parents work.

SERVPRO understands how important it is to respond to commercial flood damage events in Olean regardless of the magnitude and the extent of the damage. We respond in less than four hours on a 24/7 basis, assess the situation and deploy the right equipment and qualified technicians to manage the flood damage, and restore your premises, "Like it never even happened."

Extraction Equipment

The first order of business is to make sure that the work environment is safe from contamination and an accident perspective. We do not want your employees, clients, and our staff injured or sickened by hazardous items in the flooded area. SERVPRO removes debris, and broken windows, doors or wall punctures to be boarded up to protect the building from further damage.

Water extraction units are brought in to remove standing water. These units range from truck-mounted pumps to weighted water extractors and portable extractors to reach hard to get at areas. Air movers and dehumidifiers are brought in as needed to completely dry the space, including carpeting, fabrics, and walls.

Inspection Equipment 

SERVPRO also uses a variety of inspection devices to make sure there are no spots left with water or high moisture levels that can lead to structural damage or mold growth. These devices include moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and thermos-hygrometers. Each device has a specific application and is called upon by our technical experts to make sure no moisture hot spots are remaining.

Flood cuts in walls may be required to root out water or moisture hot spots identified by these devices. Removing the moisture now eliminates future issues such as mold growth, which can impact the health of your employees and clients.

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lakewood, Falconer. Frewsburg, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss How To Clean Your Concrete Basement Flooring After A Water Damage Incident In Lakewood

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Concrete Basement Flooring After Lakewood Water Damage

Concrete flooring common to Lakewood basements can be a challenge to dry and clean. As concrete is considered to be a ‘low evaporative material,’ all drying processes should be expected to be more complex and difficult to accomplish. While water does not easily damage concrete surfaces, failure to dry out this region can lead to persistent moisture concerns in the basement of your house. Cleaning up the concrete to prevent staining or residual films after water loss incidents should happen as soon as drying has gotten primarily under control.
 
Water cleanup for Lakewood homes, especially on concrete flooring in the basement level, must happen as quickly as possible. Like every affected material, prolonged water loss exposure can lead to worsening conditions like the facilitation of mold growth. Drying up a concrete slab requires the use of temperature regulating equipment and specialty drying equipment. In some situations, drying specific types of concrete flooring can leave a chalky calcium deposit along the walking surface that must get cleaned after drying has neared completion.
 
Pressure washing is a method that can get used for cleaning off smaller areas of damaged concrete, but this also can potentially cause problems. As powerful as these units can be, lengthy cleaning processes can leave excess water and moisture in the same problem areas you have just dried. Our SERVPRO team can closely monitor the penetration of newly introduced water to prevent overexposure.
 
Most often, wet cleaning is the standard approach for clearing off lingering deposits, and also addressing potential microbes or fungal colonies. For these scrubbing processes, our SERVPRO cleaning professionals can introduce any one of several potent cleaning products. We can soak cleaning towels in a surface cleaner and scrub away dirt, sediment, microbes, and effervescence.
 
As challenging as cleaning surfaces like concrete might be in the less adequately ventilated basement of your home, our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team can help. We have experience and industry-leading equipment and products that can make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our experts a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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A Few Tips to Help You Deal With Commercial Flood Damage in Olean

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

open sign in store window Our goal is to keep or quickly get your store doors OPEN after a flooding disaster. Call SERVPRO right away for effective results!

Emergency Reconstruction Services for Flooded Olean Shops

Flooding can become a much more damaging and threatening ordeal without the appropriate sealing of structural breaches to the building housing your Olean store. Often roof damage can be a quick path to a flooded structure, and fast reactions to this situation can prevent more considerable damage inside your shop. Our storm response team features water restoration professionals as well as a team of licensed general contractors that can offer a comprehensive approach to get your business back up and running right quickly.

It is our business to get you back in business, and flood damage to Olean shops can make this a challenging feat. Our different divisions of trained professionals must work together to reduce the severity and spread of flood loss in your store. When our team arrives with our construction specialists, we can begin the temporary repairs your building needs while our SERVPRO management begins cataloging current loss and earmarking your inventory for safer storage in our nearby facility or a safe location on-site.

While extraction and drying efforts are vital to the restoration of flood loss scenarios, our contractors also play a critical role in this process as well. The contractors of our team are led by our construction manager, who has more than 40 years of experience in the building trades. We also boast an in-house civil engineer, which helps us to reconstruct areas more efficiently and in compliance with specific codes and regulations for commercial structures in the state of New York.

Temporary construction solutions occurring immediately can help our SERVPRO team to begin effective mitigation tactics that can protect the carpeting in your main showroom, the wood of the counters and display tables throughout the building, and prevent clothing on the racks and shelving from becoming damaged by later-developing microbial threats.

We understand that flooding scenarios can threaten your business, and we work around the clock to keep your doors open and to protect your investments in your stock and inventory. Give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call anytime at (716) 338-4901.

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Prevent Further Water Damage In Your Lakewood Home By Hiring Experts

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees standing in front on a SERVPRO vehicle. Don’t let water intrusion take over your Lakewood home, let SERVPRO help.

We know the lengths it is going to take for your Lakewood water damage.

Water intrusion incidents are a major contributor to property damage. Some damage might be faint, such as stains, but accumulated moisture can cause mold growth in affected areas or lead to the deterioration of walls, floors, and wooden support structures. Excess water may also cause unforeseen destructive processes like rusting metal, peeling paint, and electrical issues. SERVPRO can help you restore your property after a water loss.

With our competent technicians and advanced water extraction equipment, we can handle any magnitude of water damage in your Lakewood home. We can assess the damage to determine the right strategies to fix the situation. The severity of water loss incidents differs depending on the type and amount of water and the level of contamination involved. 

You may deal with a moderate or small amount of clean or gray water in your residence on your own if you have the right tools and take proper precautions. However, if a large amount of water has pooled in your home or moisture has gotten too hard-to-reach areas, the destruction can be beyond your ability to repair. For instance, if water has pooled on one of the upper floors of your home, it may seep through the floor and ruin the ceiling below. 

We understand the construction of wall and floor assemblies and can, therefore, make educated decisions about drying and restoration. Understanding how a structure is built enables our technicians to inspect, remove bulk water, and dry the affected materials effectively. When water flows through a wall, ceiling, and wall materials, it also passes through a ceiling, floor, and wall assembly, which is a group of materials that make up a system. An interior wall system could contain an assemblage of framing and drywall, while an exterior wall system may contain framing, drywall, exterior sheathing, and framing. Our SERVPRO team can inspect your home and document all materials that could be damp. We can check for moisture using: 

Penetrating moisture meters - They have pins that penetrate a surface to give a visual display of moisture readings. They operate on the principle of electrical conductivity by penetrating the material we are testing. 

Non-penetrating moisture meters - These devices use radio frequency emissions, conductivity, or capacitance to detect moisture in a substance. They do not cause surface damage to the materials that restorers are testing. 

Our technicians can dry your home thoroughly using equipment like centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Professional restoration ensures the removal of all moisture from a building. 

After a water loss incident in your home, acting swiftly can prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can help you fix the destruction to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (716) 338-4901 for prompt restoration. 

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Pre-cleaning of Soot Deposits Increases the Success of Subsequent Cleaning Efforts in Olean Residences

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

A female SERVPRO employee walking with equipment around a SERVPRO vehicle. SERVPRO has the right techniques to kick fire and soot right out of your Olean home

Knowing what needs to be done for your Olean fire damage.

Cleaning twice is not a regular habit for most homeowners in Olean. For SERVPRO technicians, many situations warrant this approach. Pre-cleaning, instead of increasing the amount of time involved in restoring your property, can decrease the period we must work on your home. 

Inside an Olean residence with smoke and soot damage, pre-cleaning can significantly increase the effectiveness of general cleaning methods. Removing the bulk of soils like soot can help increase the power of cleansers while decreasing the amount of soiling that needs removing. 

For example, some drier, powdery soot types create a weak static electricity charge when adhering to certain painted surfaces, including walls and ceilings. Direct cleaning with a sponge takes longer because of the static electricity. Pre-cleaning by vacuuming the dry soot away from the surface makes the dry sponge we use later much more effective at cleaning the walls. 

When we pre-clean by vacuuming soot from chrome and other metals, carpets, and other items, staining and corrosion decrease noticeably. Pre-cleaning Formica, marble, and fiberglass surfaces with a dry cleaning sponge keeps cross-contamination involving soot and oily residues from the smoke to a minimum. We often do this in areas of the home our customer wishes to occupy while we restore another area with extensive fire or heavier smoke and soot damage.

Agitating soot so that it falls away from the surface of furniture, drapes, or other things helps with the overall cleaning process. SERVPRO uses two other methods to pre-clean items. These are compressed air and brushing. For more delicate items, we use compressed air to force dry soot out of small motors and other tiny spaces. Brushing works well for textured surfaces like brick and stucco walls. 

Pre-cleaning the surfaces of soot and oils can reveal bubbling and other damage that might have gone unnoticed until later. Knowing about such damage helps us in the restoration process. 

We want to make your home, “Like it never even happened.” Knowing what needs replacing and what items should respond well to cleaning helps our building and reconstruction crew provide excellent services. 

Replacing only those items with damage, as well as knowing as early as possible about these items, helps keep total recovery costs low and reasonable for our customers. Eliminating delays caused by unexpected supply and material needs keeps us on schedule and reduces the time your family remains inconvenienced.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides specialized services tailored to the homeowners' needs across Lakewood and Falconer. Call us at (716) 338-4901 for a swift response after fire, smoke, or soot affects your property.

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Don't Just Sit There! Start the Mold Damage Remediation Process in Olean With SERVPRO Right Now

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

mold under lavender wall paper Make haste to call SERVPRO after finding mold damage in your home. Our certified team with remediate and help prevent a recurrence.

Why SERVPRO Can Help You Defeat Recurrent Mold Damage Issues in Olean

If mold starts developing in your property, it can recur despite your best efforts to remove it costing money and causing anguish. Defeating mold takes several steps, performed together and in time to counter microbial development. It also requires a combination of skills to remove existing colonies and neutralize spores to hinder further development. Choosing a team with IICRC certified applied microbial remediation technicians like SERVPRO could help simplify the process.

Killing Spores

Spores are central to the process of microbial development. Successful remediation of mold damage in your Olean property must, therefore, include actions that kill spores. Our SERVPRO technicians use cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties to stop microbial development. We also use disinfectants such as phenols, alcohol, or chlorine to destroy a wide variety of microbes. We can also use sporicides, which control bacterial and fungal spores effectively. 

Cleansing Infested Surfaces

Cleaning all materials infested by mold colonies is essential to deal with the problem and restore preloss physical appearance. Such cleaning might require different approaches depending on the level of infestation. Our SERVPRO technicians HEPA vacuum surfaces to remove loose mold debris and excess spores before damp wiping. Sometimes we also use specialized techniques such as soda blasting to clean mold-infested surfaces. The sodium bicarbonate used in the process helps in many ways, including killing spores and deodorizing the affected area removing the musty odor associated with mold.

Safe Demolition of Moldy Areas

In many cases, the bulk of mold colonies develop out of site in subfloors, wall cavities, behind sinks and other hidden areas. Controlled demolition is essential to reach such areas and remove the offending mold and any porous materials affected by the infestation. Our SERVPRO technicians are aware of the risks of releasing loose mold debris into the air when tearing down affected areas. We use plastic zipper bags to isolate the affected area from the rest of the house. We also run negative air machines in the areas we demolish limiting chances of spreading debris.

Mold causes different inconveniences, so swiftly eliminating it is desirable. Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 to help. We work hard to address all aspects of the infestation, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Discuss How We Use Ozone To Restore Your Jamestown Home

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

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How We Use Ozone To Treat Smoke Damage In Jamestown

Deodorization is a fundamental step for nearly every fire loss recovery that our professionals address throughout Jamestown. Whether it is a massive structure fire that can compromise a building’s integrity to kitchen flare-ups that do not spread their effects beyond this immediate dining area, smoke odors are the universal effects professional restorers must combat. Our team has multiple strategies for removing odors, and one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal for on-site and off-site deodorization is ozone machines and chambers.

Ozone is an active deodorization agent, and it can help our team to manage fire damage in Jamestown homes quickly. As much as these conditions can spread throughout a residence, a prompt deployment of this deodorization equipment can reduce the permeation of materials and these effects reaching unaffected areas of the house. Ozone generators do not get used without risk and warnings, however. Their efficiency in a home comes at the cost of health risks and hazards to people and pets exposed to the chemical reactions. Our SERVPRO team has the appropriate personal protective equipment to safely utilize this equipment and to safely shut it down to continue other restoration efforts.

On-Site
We strive to recover contents and areas of your home at minimal impact to your life. When we can restore items at your house, for instance, we do. This approach not only saves us time and effort of moving it to our facility, but it reduces the time in returning these items to their original positions. These smaller units that arrive with the Green Fleet produce ozone which bonds with odor molecules by generating an additional oxygen molecule in the atmosphere.

Our SERVPRO Facility
This same technology fuels the ozone chamber at our facility nearby. When items must get packed-out from a fire-damaged home, they get taken to our warehouse for cleaning and deodorization. We can group many items, including furniture and other contents to deodorize entire lots. Our ozone room can provide a controlled environment to undertake widespread odor removal tactics.

Our team needs to provide our customers with expectation-exceeding service. When you are already vacating your home for restoration, we can deploy our efficient and powerful ozone machines that can provide real-time deodorization for fire-damaged areas of the property. Give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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We Discuss Remediation Steps Needed To Clean Up Flood Damage In Your Jamestown Store

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Remediation Steps Needed To Clean Up Commercial Flood Damage In A Jamestown Area Retail Store

Intense storms during the fall can cause a deluge of rain and flooding to overtake retail stores and shops in Jamestown. We consider the water that comes inside to be Category 3, which is the worst level of contamination possible. Specific remediation steps must take place for your store to re-open after this kind of disaster.

One of the initial steps we take when remediating a retail setting in Jamestown of storm or flood damage involves putting safety precautions into place. Employees of SERVPRO and those of our customers have a right to safe working conditions. During Category 3 remediation, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that makes the interior setting less hazardous. Other safety precautions involving electrical wiring, gas lines, and debris are crucial to our safety.

Decreasing the ability of cross-contamination from happening is another vital aspect of protecting SERVPRO specialists as they perform remediation services. We address the issue of contamination with both disinfection methods and containment chambers. The first makes picking up and transferring contaminants from surfaces less likely to happen. Chambers use negative air pressure to help contain any dislodged contaminants, as these can rest deeper inside materials.

Cleaning up and carrying out the restoration process starts with removing remaining water. When pumping water out of basements, we do so in stages. This allows us to check for changes to your foundation that might occur if the ground outside is overly saturated and places too much pressure on the foundation's walls.

We actively work on reducing the humidity in the air, as this is a crucial part of drying the structure. As long as water vapor stays above normal levels, the structure can develop problems with secondary water damage. As long as contaminants remain in the area, we need to combine dehumidification efforts and negative pressure containment. However, until the level of contaminants dips down to normal, we refrain from using air movers because we want to avoid transferring any microbes from one area to another.

We also bag up debris from both the flood and also any damaged materials. This can require cutting and pulling sections of materials away from walls. We also collect furnishings and any salvageable inventory for cleaning and restoration at our facility. In some buildings, enclosed spaces can keep floodwater trapped. Our building services crew works with us in opening these areas up in a manner that makes rebuilding them possible.

Just before finishing, we clean the area with a disinfectant and remove any bagged waste for disposal. We decontaminate our PPE and equipment. Then we do a final check to ensure we have not missed anything.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean wants to help you recover after a flood or damaging storm so you can re-open as quickly as possible. Retail shop owners in Lakewood, Falconer, and Frewsburg can contact us by calling (716) 338-4901 whenever an emergency arises. We are here, 24/7, year-round, including weekends and all holidays.

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Steps SERVPRO Takes to Ensure Quality Fire Damage Restoration in Olean

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van with man and woman standing beside it Each of our team members arrives in a vehicle fully stocked with equipment to restore your home. We do the job right the first time.

How We Ensure Quality of Our Fire Damage Restorations in Olean

With the help of a certified restoration company like SERVPRO, fire damages can become painless to work through. We train our technicians to provide expert service and handle a wide range of variables at once, but even our most veteran technicians sometimes make mistakes. Thus, we have established an extensive process to help make sure that every last bit of damage in your home receives the attention it deserves.

Quality Control Inspection

As we wrap up fire damage restorations in Olean, our production manager examines every inch of the building to identify signs of damage left behind. The production manager is a veteran SERVPRO employee whose task is coordinating and observing the actions of our crews on all of our projects. If they identify any potential problems in the area, these get logged into our system, and our technicians return to fix them through all available means. Typically, the production manager finds several minor problems, but it is infrequent for us to identify any large-scale issues at this stage.

Customer Walk-Through

Once the production manager feels that our fire damage restoration is complete, they schedule an appointment with you to conduct a joint walk-through of your home. During this walk-through, you can identify any areas or objects that you feel may require additional attention. We record all of these problems individually and work through them until you are satisfied with the results. We never close the project without your direct approval and signature - this helps us to ensure quality and completion for every job we take.

Follow-Up Calls

Even though we try to be as thorough as possible in our final inspections, we may still miss damaged items in your home. To ensue that we have done our job thoroughly, we place one or more follow-up calls to make certain that you are completely content with our work. Furthermore, if you ever find additional signs of damage after the project closes, please contact us. We would be more than happy to rectify the issue.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides 24/7 coverage of fire, water, and mold emergencies for local homeowners. Call us at (716) 338-4901 for our emergency services or a quote.

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