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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)

Burnt house interior covered in soot after a fire Give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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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Hidden Leaks Lead to Water Damage in Historic Jamestown Homes

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee pulling out or putting equipment in a work van. SERVPRO wants you to know the water damage risks in your Jamestown home.

Don’t let leaks ruin your Jamestown home, we will help.

Many homes in Jamestown, like those in the Lakeview Avenue Historic District, are more than 100 years old. With most single-family houses in the area built between 1891 and 1930, a range of architectural styles and building materials exists throughout the neighborhood. 

Whether you live in the historic district or a modern gated community, hidden leaks can happen throughout your Jamestown home CAUSING WATER DAMAGE without your knowledge. From high water utility bills to health risks, a small leak can lead to big costs. Leaky pipes are hidden in walls or under floors, and they usually go unnoticed until water damage occurs. Signs to look for are crumbling ceilings, buckling floor tiles, and stains appearing on walls. If you notice any of these signs, SERVPRO’s team of knowledgeable restoration technicians can help you decide the most cost-effective way to mitigate the problem.

Renovations can be timely and expensive. Many homeowners tear out damp materials that may be salvageable. Before you decide how to take care of water damage, call SERVPRO, and let our professionals save you time and money. Our technicians are specialists in clean up and restoration. We are committed to restoring your property to its pre-damaged state, making you feel, “Like it never even happened.” 

Our team members perform a detailed scope of the water damage and use the results to determine necessary clean up and repairs. Equipped with sensors that detect the level of moisture in materials, our team members analyze the damage to determine if your walls, ceilings, and floors can be dried out, disinfected, and restored or if they need to be removed and replaced. We use state-of-the-art equipment like industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers that use both circulation and heat to remove moisture to dry out your space quickly and efficiently. Constant monitoring of the drying process ensures our techniques are working. 

The experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Jamestown / Orlean can find the source of your water damage and help you determine the best steps to take. Ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are always available to help resolve your water damage emergencies at (716) 338-4901. 

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Commercial Flood Damage Olean – CloudBurst Floods Office

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let flood damage stop your day at the office in Olean, let us help.

SERVPRO will have you back to work in your Olean office in no time.

Recently a localized storm blew through the area and flooded one of our client's offices. He mentioned that it felt like a cloud burst with so much water falling. In situations such as this, storm sewers cannot possibly deal with all of the water, and it floods local businesses. When he got to work the morning of the storm, the main floor had several inches of water covering the office floors, and all of the electrical connections had shorted out.

The client quickly called SERVPRO for help with his commercial office and the flood damage in Olean. The water receded quickly from the parking lot. However, there was still a great deal of water in the office. Many of his computers sitting on the floor were also damaged. We responded within the hour and after assessing the situation to make sure it was safe to enter, began removing equipment and desks to facilitate the water removal and drying process.

The carpet and underpad were placed directly on a cement pad. Potentially contaminated water flooded the carpet and underpad from the parking lot and storm sewers. We removed the carpet and underpad. The sheetrock on the walls absorbed moisture up to approximately fifteen inches from the floor. The sheetrock was cut away up to twenty-four inches to remove all potentially moisture-damaged material. The cement floor and walls were decontaminated and dried in preparation for new underpad and carpeting

SERVPRO also uses air movers to force air into challenging to get to areas. The high-speed air currents generated by the air movers pick up the remaining moisture drying the floor and walls quickly. The computers and other electronic equipment were referred to a third party by the client for repair.

New carpeting and underpad were installed along with repairs to the sheetrock on the walls. All of the desks, chairs and associated furniture were hand washed and dried. SERVPRO technicians returned the furniture to their designated spots.

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

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What is the Best Way to Restore Flood Damaged Property in Olean?

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration For Olean Businesses

With its location on I-86, Olean is a great layover spot for tourism and transportation. Area businesses support families on extended vacations to the nearby Allegany Forest and Lake Erie or truck drivers on an overnight stop. 

While the swelling lake doesn’t reach this far, extreme thunderstorms can still cause commercial flood damage in Olean motels. To repair or replace damaged property, SERVPRO response teams train to quickly remove water, dispose of non-restorable items, dry the structure, and restore property not severely damaged. 

Teams start by spraying the floodwater and nearby surfaces with an anti-bacterial agent to neutralize any contaminants. Then, they use pumps or smaller extraction devices to remove the water. Since the water contains solid particulates, WRTs (Water Damage Restoration Technicians) send the water directly into the nearest sewer access point. 

Water softens the glue as it soaks the carpets in the rooms and office areas. While this is a problem to solve if the water was clean, contaminated water means that SERVPRO cannot guarantee the safety of the carpet. Here, the softened glue makes it easier and faster to remove the carpets for disposal. After finishing with the carpets, the WRTs scrape the glue off the bare floors and clean them again with an anti-bacterial detergent. 

Simultaneously, other technicians remove all furniture from the flooded rooms and raise it off the ground.  They then clean and examine the furniture for damage, either on-site or at our facility. If wood items have a finish or veneer, WRTs set up a combination of air movers and fans to carefully dry and harden them again. If needed, team members also set up a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of the items to speed up the process. 

With the furniture out, other team members examine the drywall panels. If they have absorbed enough water to being crumbling, then the team remove and dispose of them immediately. For panels that only absorbed a small amount of water, WRTs use more air movers and fans to dry them in place carefully.

For SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, supporting our area businesses means supporting the entire community. We are here for every commercial facility locally and in Falconer, Frewsburg, and Lakewood. If your business has had a flood or other water intrusion, call (716) 338-4901 today to begin restoration. We are here to help you.

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Make Your Fire Damage Remediation Dreams a Reality with SERVPRO 

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can turn your kitchen into a disaster zone. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today for help.

Fire Damage Restoration For Olean Homes

Olean is in a great location to enjoy water sports on Lake Erie, but far enough away to miss much of the extreme weather that rolls off of it in the Fall and Winter. No home here, or anywhere in our state, is safe from a fire just because of where it rests. 

Most Olean fire damage does not mean the end of the home. Much of what SERVPRO technicians take care of is removing smoke residues, cleaning floors and carpets, and making repairs like replacing drywall and ceiling tiles. 

There are several dos and don’ts that any owner can take care of themselves. Getting these things done or avoiding them can help our restoration teams before they even arrive to begin work. First, the Dos:  

  • Have the name of your insurance company, phone number, and policy number ready. Every company has its list of what they repair or replace. Talking to their adjuster lets our technicians quickly record and dispose of everything not restorable.
  • Turn off the power if any of the outlets were compromised. You can do this at the breaker box or have your power company do it at their end. It allows our team members to look everywhere and tear out walls, floors, and ceilings without the concern of being electrocuted.

Now the Don’ts:  

  • Don’t walk through the house multiple times. Every step grinds ash and smoke residues into the carpets and floors, so staying off them makes restoration easier. If you want to look at a room often, go through the home once with your phone or a video camera. Better yet, let the insurance adjuster do that since she already knows to record everything for the company and how to avoid further damage.
  • Don’t demolish anything yourself. Tearing out a burned kitchen cabinet or throw out other damaged property is a normal reaction, but you need to avoid doing it since it might void something off the insurance company’s list. SERVPRO technicians train extensively to break down and remove items from home without spreading ash and smoke residues or causing other damage.

At SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, our goal is to help our neighbors here and in Lakewood, Falconer, Frewsburg return to a clean, safe home ready for living in once more. No matter how little or how much damage you think you might have in your home, call us at (716) 338-4901 today. We are here to help. 

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Natural Disasters, Water Spillage, Mold Remediation or Fire Cleanup in Your Jamestown Property? We Can Help--SERVPRO!

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Leaks, Mold Stains, Time to Restore and Replace Damaged Components of Your Jamestown Home? SERVPRO Provides a Total Restoration Package--Call Us

SERVPRO's Talent in Restoration, Services Your Jamestown Home Needs

We could tell you all about the sales and customer satisfaction awards we have received over the years for our services to Jamestown and its surrounding areas, but what you want to know about most, is who can quickly and confidently restore your damaged home after a disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO team has more than 50 years of experience in our senior management alone, allowing us to approach every loss incident knowledgeably and work efficiently to return it to preloss condition.

Mold Damage
Many elements set our remediation team apart, and this begins with our approaches to address mold damage in your Jamestown home. As a licensed mold remediator with the state of New York, we have both the credentials and the extensive training to know how to handle mold situations with a capable urgency. With our insistence on attracting the most promising staff to train as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, every customer gets the same thorough resolution.

One of the aspects that sets our SERVPRO team apart is our ability to offer wrap-around services to Jamestown residents contending with mold damage. This contention begins with effective remediation and continues through full rebuilds and reconstruction efforts as they might be necessary. We can seamlessly transition between our mitigation, containment, and remediation processes to full-scale build back with our team of contracting specialists.

We have an obligation to the homes and businesses throughout Jamestown and Olean to combine our growing expertise in mold remediation and recovery with the most effective tools and products in the industry. From soda and sandblasting to remove colonization to our elaborate inventory of air quality machines like negative air units and air scrubbers, no property has to contend with this harmful organism for long.

Fire Damage
Fire damage to Jamestown homes can happen swiftly and severely. From small kitchen flare-ups to substantial structure fire disasters that sweep through a property, addressing these concerns promptly can keep your family safe. We also know that the best way that we can save our customers time and money on the work their property needs is to transition quickly between necessary recovery efforts. We have a full-service fire recovery approach, even offering full-scale build back and reconstruction where it is necessary.

While even limited fire damages in your home require layers of cleanup and recovery to occur, the assessment of your Jamestown property and the mitigation for possible water damage much precede all other tasks. We can then focus our primary restoration services on addressing soot and smoke residues as well as persistent harsh odors that could have spread throughout the house. An inspection to areas like your HVAC system can help to determine the full extent of possible damage in the property.

Sometimes, fire losses become so intense that it becomes impossible not to replace certain materials and structural elements. We have a team of SERVPRO contracting specialists, accompanied to jobs by our in-house structural engineer, that can address all construction needs and renovation your Jamestown property requires. Even with these capabilities, we strive to restore compromised areas of your property before deciding to remove and replace them.

Water Damage
Our commitment to high-quality employees helps us to address water damage to Jamestown homes quickly and confidently under pressure. We know how quickly these situations can get out of control, allowing a continued deterioration of affected materials and contents without the appropriate mitigation techniques. With coursework in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), you never have to second guess the competency or experience of the technicians working to restore your property.

This division is among the most active of all of our recovery efforts throughout the year, so we keep our cutting-edge tools and machines stocked on ready trailers to mobilize quickly in the event of an emergency. Water damage can affect your residence in many ways, so we need to have the right tools for the specific effects found in the inspection of your Jamestown home. From wet-vacs with extraction wands to our powerful truck-mounted pumps, we can quickly remove standing water to prepare a property for drying efforts.

Drying the water damage is one of the chief priorities of our experienced SERVPRO professionals working in your Jamestown residence. With both our air movers and dehumidifiers to collect the vaporized moisture and saturation, we can meet our goals based on established moisture baselines to protect as many exposed construction materials and contents as possible.

Storm Damage
From damaging Nor’easters to severe crises in other seasons, our SERVPRO disaster relief team must stay ready to contend with storm damage to Jamestown properties at any time. With how substantially damaging weather events can become, and the likelihood of compromising several homes and businesses simultaneously, we rely on the swift actions of our Large Loss Recovery Team to help us offer all of our customers the same attention and practical mitigation efforts when every second counts.

Led by a director with more than four decades of experience in the construction trades, our contracting team can help to resolve structural breaches in Jamestown properties quickly. From board ups and tarping services, our general contracting mitigation solutions can prevent further exposure of floodwater and other compromising circumstances, allowing our full team of recovery specialists to begin efforts to extract, dry, and clean the damaged portions of the property.

It can be hazardous to wait even several hours for restoration work to begin in your Jamestown home, but our experienced IICRC-Certified technicians can help with full-spectrum restoration and reconstruction. We also have an experienced team of content management specialists that can work to quickly relocate personal belongings and items at risk for contamination, moisture damage, or ruin. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and with storm damage, this is more vital than ever.

We have a growing roster of well-educated and experienced technicians that make our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a popular choice when disaster strikes. If you need restoration services, trust in our professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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