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How Soot Damages Jamestown Structures and Belongings

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged home with siding burned off Fire damage to your Jamestown home is terrifying regardless of the time of day or night. No matter the time, SERVPRO is always Here to Help.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Services Remediate Jamestown Residential Fire Damage

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data indicates that US fire departments respond to an average of 346,800 home fires per year. Regardless of how big or small these disasters may be, Jamestown residents need fast-acting professionals to mitigate fire damage caused by soot, soils, debris, and fire suppression.

SERVPRO fire damage cleanup crews restore Jamestown homes around the clock with a comprehensive and structured process. Mitigation technicians are trained to render services per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols. 

The Far-reaching Effects of Smoke, Soot, and Fire Damage

Fire has a great deal of impact on structures and their contents:

  • Fire temperatures and oxygen levels and what substances are burned affect what types of soot stains and debris are left behind. Smoke particles spread quickly and settle on surfaces, including hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
  • As materials like inks, finishes, and paints burn, they can emit unpleasant-smelling volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can also affect indoor air quality.
  • Dry organic materials like wood and paper, are more likely to burn quickly in high-heat flames that leave behind a light, dry soot. Plastics, rubbers, oils, and other related materials typically burn slowly at low heat and can impart sticky soils that require more in-depth cleaning.
  • Cooking-related incidents, which account for 51% of residential building fires between 2017 and 2019 based on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) data, can leave behind hard-to-remove proteins from burnt meats and animal fats.

With these challenges in mind, homeowners may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of performing cleanup following a fire damaging event.. Fortunately, SERVPRO professionals are trained to treat these soils and remove debris. Even if HVAC systems were not visibly affected, technicians check ventilation systems for soot to ensure that smoke particles do not spread odors to other areas of an affected home.

SERVPRO Soot and Soil Mitigation Strategies for Residences

Restoration technicians can respond within hours of a homeowner’s call to inspect the affected property, formulate a mitigation strategy, and implement it, thereby mitigating the fire damage.  SERVPRO also performs rebuilding services and coordinates with insurance adjusters and property owners throughout mitigation. Homeowners typically do not have to wait for a claims adjuster to arrive before calling a restoration firm like SERVPRO for their fire mitigation needs.

  • Technicians can partially seal ventilation ducts and implement negative air pressure with HEPA-filter air scrubbers to maximize soot collection during cleanup. Lowered air pressure prevents smoke particles from rising and spreading to new surfaces instead of falling on the floor.
  • Technicians dry water damage from fire suppression, if present, before focusing on soot removal.
  • The lightest, driest soils are remediated with HEPA-filter vacuums, dry cleaning sponges, dust cloths, and EPA-registered antimicrobials before technicians move on to heavier damages.
  • Alkaline cleaners, ultrasonic cleaning, dry ice blasting, and hydroxyl or ozone generators may be deployed for heavy-duty cleanup needs for contents. This cleanup also mitigates odors in tandem with SERVPRO odor control.
  • Protein residues from cooking fires can be remediated with the help of specialized enzyme digesters that convert these greasy, odorous materials to a water-soluble substance that is easy to clean and deodorize.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is reachable at (716) 38-4901. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and available when homeowners need it most.

Determining the Age and Extent of Jamestown Water Damage

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

an employee carrying water damage equipment by a SERVPRO van Our team is quick to respond and begin the water damage mitigation process in your Jamestown home. If you have any questions, please call us any time.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Inspection and Mitigation Tools Save Jamestown Properties

One factor that can add significant challenges to Jamestown water cleanup for homeowners is the amount of time moisture has had to affect surfaces. Water penetrates surfaces in as little as several minutes and can enable mold growth that begins within the first day or two after exposure. Many water damage situations can go undetected for days or weeks if they occur behind walls or appliances. Fortunately, homeowners can take measures to inspect their property and potentially minimize damage.

Jamestown SERVPRO water damage remediation technicians provide homeowners with comprehensive cleanup and rebuilding services that return properties to a pre-disaster state with the help of EPA-registered biocides and commercial-grade tools. This firm is available 24/7 for home restoration services.

A Brief Guide to Inspecting Water Damaged Surfaces

Leaving water damage cleanup to trained restoration professionals keeps home occupants safe. That said, residents are encouraged to look for signs of water damage on their property. Various features can indicate:

  • Whether the damage is new or older
  • If damage has lasted long enough to leave behind noticeable mold growth or odors
  • Whether or not areas of the house that have previously encountered water damage need repairs to minimize the risk of further damages

Newer water damage is typically easy to distinguish from ongoing or older incidents. Surfaces may be freshly wet, but there are not likely to be many stains or odors resulting from bacteria unless the source is a sewage backup. Surfaces like unfinished wood and drywall may be wet but retain structural integrity. However, these materials grow mold, warp, and deteriorate from moisture over time. 

Older water damage, meanwhile, can have a multitude of sensory indicators. Stains from recurring damage create discolored rings that build up over time. Porous surfaces may be soft, crumbly, warped, or even mushy to the touch. Organic materials are much more likely to have mold if the damage has lasted two or more days. Paint might bubble or peel, and the drywall underneath is more likely to be fragile. Materials like concrete or brick might have chalky efflorescence from moisture. If materials in the damaged area show noticeable signs of deterioration, water damage has persisted for some time.

Regardless of when damage occurs, homeowners must mitigate it as soon as possible after detection.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Strategies Renew Damaged Structures

Whether the damage is new or old, SERVPRO tools and strategies obtained through IICRC-certified training can target and eliminate properties' excess moisture, contaminants, and debris. Professional moisture extraction tools for surfaces like carpeting and baseboards can minimize replacement needs for many situations. 

If the damage is older, technicians can identify and remove dangerous debris with the permission of property owners. Widespread damage to belongings from sources like burst pipes can be addressed with SERVPRO's pack-out service, which:

  • Allows technicians to pack belongings room by room 
  • Input information about contents into a digital database for easy sorting 
  • Stores contents in an approved SERVPRO warehouse for careful cleaning, drying, and restoration where possible
  • Provides homeowners quick, easy access to essential items at the warehouse after damage occurs

While contents are restored offsite, technicians can also implement on-site extraction, drying, sanitation, and controlled demolition of structural materials, flooring, and fixtures impacted by water. SERVPRO also renders odor control and rebuilding services for homes.

Property owners can call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean day and night for mitigation and restoration services. Contact the team for "Like it never even happened" cleanup at (716) 338-4901.

How Mold Damage Impacts HVAC in Jamestown Homes

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

an employee in PPE in a mold damaged home Our IICRC-certified technicians have the know-how and experience you are looking for when you find mold damage in your Jamestown home.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Can Restore Jamestown Properties 

An estimated 70% of homes worldwide have detectable amounts of mold. These spores exist in nearly all indoor and outdoor spaces and often travel through the air. Jamestown residents can take measures to minimize microbe populations in their homes. However, disasters can still occur that allow spores to increase and impact comfort and safety, particularly in its ventilation system.

Jamestown SERVPRO mold remediation technicians are trained to render thorough mitigation of spores and perform necessary services to return a property to a pre-damage state. While total mold removal is not possible to guarantee in any space, SERVPRO remediation techniques can eliminate the conditions that allow these microbes to spread.

Mold and its Effects on HVAC and Indoor Air Quality

HVAC systems are frequently vulnerable to microbial growth for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Leaks in or around ductwork can elevate humidity levels that help mold to grow
  • Vents that need cleaning may have dust, residues, and other organic materials for mold to settle into and feed upon
  • HVAC drainage failures or faulty dehumidification can also allow spores to spread due to the elevated humidity inside the property

If allowed to spread, mold spores can stick to a wide array of surfaces and break down organic materials by exuding digestive enzymes. On top of that, these microbial odors are unpleasant. They can spread easily when spore populations move through or settle inside a homeowner's ductwork. Many property owners are unlikely to have the tools necessary to mitigate microbes in these hard-to-reach areas fully.

While homeowners can pursue DIY remediation, it is not recommended. Without quality personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper sealing of ductwork and other openings in the home, mold spores can spread and settle on different surfaces to start growing once more.

SERVPRO Mold Mitigation Training Can Safely Restore Properties

SERVPRO staff, technicians, and even franchise owners undertake extensive training and education regarding a diverse array of restoration topics, including the following:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Mold Mitigation
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Multiple categories of disasters can overlap, especially when it comes to mold. After a home structure fire, fire suppression can accelerate spore growth if the moisture is not dried in less than 48 hours after saturation. A small supply line leak behind a homeowner's washing machine can allow mold to eat away at sheetrock, caulk, or tile grout behind the appliance.

With this in mind, SERVPRO is committed to offering continuous learning opportunities for technicians and staff to stay up-to-date on restoration industry best practices.

Franchise owners, meanwhile, take on a 15-day hands-on course at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility, including demonstrative restoration training at the facility's Training House, which allows for realistic simulations of residential disaster scenarios.

SERVPRO also provides credit and non-credit courses for staff and professionals in related industries. These courses cover restoration topics like fire and water damage, structural drying, and the restoration industry's relationship with mold. 

Residents can count on SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean to make it "Like it never even happened." Call (716) 338-4901 to kick-start the restoration process.

Commercial Fire Restoration in Jamestown Requires Help From Professionals

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Restoration in Jamestown

Running a business like a convenience store is daunting because of the many challenges, including managing employees and offering excellent customer service. The most overwhelming aspect of running such a business is dealing with an unexpected event like fire damage. 

A fire can be devastating to your business since it poses risks like charring, smoke, water, and odor damage. Fortunately, an experienced firm like SERVPRO can perform commercial fire restoration in your Jamestown convenience store. We offer a fast response and quick repair and can preserve the merchandise required for the business to continue. 

In a convenience store, the items that smoke touches can be rendered unsellable. The odor from the fire can also ruin merchandise. Our SERVPRO team can take these steps to restore your commercial property: 

  • Assessment and inspection
  • Taking the necessary precautions
  • Water extraction and drying 
  • Cleanup 
  • Reconstruction

Assessment and Inspection

We can assess and inspect the building. Our SERVPRO restorers can test all surfaces showing evidence of smoke residues. We can test vertical surfaces like walls, windows, doors, and door trim because smoke residues stick to such surfaces in many fire situations. We also consider if the smoke penetrated behind materials. 

Taking the Necessary Precautions

We can install a temporary fence around your convenience store to safeguard the building from vandalism, looting, and theft. Our SERVPRO crew can also use roof tarps if necessary. This can prevent the existing damage from worsening. 

Water Extraction and Drying 

Water damage resulting from the firefighting efforts is the other issue you must handle. We can use pumps to remove all excess water from your business premises. We can then dry the building using axial air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers

Cleanup

Soot is corrosive and can cause etching and tarnishing of the affected materials and objects. The cleanup process involves removing the ruined items and cleaning affected surfaces like floors, ceilings, and walls to eliminate soot.

Reconstruction

This can involve restoring damaged structures and contents or reconstructing the entire building. 

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is ready to assist you in handling the fire damage on your commercial property. Contact us at (716) 338-4901. 

We Have The Equipment And Expertise In Olean Water Cleanup

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

 Illuminated Contact Us Sign Our team is quick to respond and begin the mitigation process. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call any time day or night.

SERVPRO Helps with Unexpected Black Water Cleanup in Olean Home

When it comes to water cleanup, there are three categories of water damage, and each possesses unique requirements for thorough mitigation. Clean water generally is the least problematic in terms of potential contaminants. Gray water (sometimes referred to as "sullage") and black water have the potential to cause more damage because it is difficult to clean and restore porous items (such as carpet and padding, for example) to safe, sanitary standards for use in a home.

SERVPRO received a water cleanup request from an Olean homeowner returning from vacation to water pooled in the kitchen and an overpowering odor. Even though the water emanated from a "clean" source, the supply line into the refrigerator, because it had sat in the house for a minimum of two days, we needed to handle it as a black water level mitigation.

The kitchen and adjacent living room received the impact of the water. Our technicians wore protective clothing and extracted the water using portable pumps. The laminate floor and subfloor in the kitchen were a loss, as was the carpet, and padding in the living room required removal. The water wicked into the sheetrock in several areas. Our technicians performed flood cuts where we measured the highest water intruded into drywall and then removed the damaged wall material about six inches above the waterline. We then dried, sanitized, and got the water loss areas ready for repairs.

Because the homeowner's insurance covered sudden water loss events, our technicians worked closely with the adjuster from the homeowner's insurance company to stay within the restoration budget parameters while still accomplishing a thorough and complete cleanup of the water damage. Our goal is to take as much stress as possible off homeowners. We give detailed reports to both the adjuster and homeowner, so everyone is on the same page for the stage of remediation the property is in, from start to finish.

Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 when you need professional water cleanup for your property. Our team is available 24/7 to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

We Are Available 24/7 For Your Jamestown Water Damage Restoration Services

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Concrete We respond to water cleanup as soon as possible to prevent further damage. We have the necessary equipment, expertise and experience.

Five Things to Consider About the Restorability of Upholstered Furniture from Water Damage in Jamestown

Water damage of any source wreaks havoc on a home. Sheetrock warps, buckles, and tiles may delaminate from flooring and other problems. One aspect that surprises many property owners is that upholstered furniture is not automatically a loss when exposed to copious amounts of water because of our restoration techniques.

When SERVPRO answers a call to restore a home in Jamestown from water damage, we focus on the effort of restoring rather than the homeowner dealing with the burden and cost of replacing items affected by water. Some considerations determine whether or not upholstered furnishings require replacing.

Type of Furniture

The materials used to construct the furniture have a significant impact on restorability potential. Solid wood furniture fares better than composite wood furnishings, which are generally a loss due to warping and one side retaining water. In contrast, the laminated side creates a water vapor barrier.

Exposure

The time between the water spill and cleanup should be as short as possible to limit the potential for warping and cracking. The frame of most upholstered furniture is wood and can swell when wet. Fast-drying encourages a positive outcome for restoration.

Fabric Type

Dry clean only fabrics tend to spot easily and sometimes require our SERVPRO technicians to rewet entire cushions or fabric areas and dry as a whole to eliminate spotting.

Staining and Color Bleeding

Some materials have dyes that run when dampened, and furnishings with stained legs can ruin carpeting when the stain leeches into the wet carpet. SERVPRO technicians have several proprietary techniques to avoid this scenario.

Odors

Removal of odors can be determined by how quickly the furniture dries, and our technicians have methods and specialized equipment to eradicate foul scents left behind by water damage.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean has the equipment and experience to save many home furnishings from water damage. Contact us 24/7 at (716) 338-4901 and let us do the damage to your property and contents "Like it never even happened."

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

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians lined up for photo with SERVPRO Truck SERVPRO Says Let Our Highly Skilled Team Cleanup Fire Damaged Homes in Lakewood

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 clean-ups 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 more challenging than if you have glossy enamel paint or vinyl wall covers. Other factors, such as the temperature of the fire and the 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 successful cleaning results. We strongly suggest that you await our arrival. Soot clean-up can get very difficult, and our goal is to clean and restore and not replace soot-damaged walls. Homeowners can easily clean up sooty or greasy residues in a project requiring wallboard removal and replacement.

For most surfaces, the technicians use a low-alkalinity cleaner. Still, 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 sealed in pungent odors.

Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for assistance at (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.

We Get You Back In Business In Jamestown After A Water Loss

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Commercial Floor Our team is quick to respond and begin the mitigation process after you suffer water damage. We are available 24/7 to assist you with any size job.

What Do I Need to Address Flooded Floors in My Storage Warehouse?

Commercial Water Cleanup Is No Match for SERVPRO in Jamestown – Call Us for Prompt Service!

If heavy rains leave excessive water in your storage warehouse, prompt action is required to limit the amount of loss. Having items stored on shelves from floor to ceiling means cleaning up the water and working fast to remove moisture from the air. The professionals have the right tools and techniques to ensure rapid cleanup gets your warehouse back up and running sooner.

How does SERVPRO get my warehouse back to normal after flooding?

When you call SERVPRO for commercial water cleanup in Jamestown, you can access our team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We remove all standing water and prioritize the elimination of moisture to protect all of your contents, thus limiting the downtime you experience.

We know that your storage warehouse presents unique challenges, so we spring into action with measures like:

  • The removal of all standing water damage with truck-mounted pumps and professional-grade water extractors. Our team also checks for moisture pockets located under desks, cabinets, and shelving with moisture detection devices. 
  • Large air movers are put into place to help circulate air and powerful dehumidifiers that absorb moisture from the air. Our external truck-mount air movers help extract any moist air and replace it with the dry air outside.
  • Any paper products get thoroughly inspected by SERVPRO technicians, including damaged boxes and packaging. All items get inventoried to create a detailed record for inventory control and insurance claims.
  • With any floor to ceiling shelf units, we direct air movers under the bottom shelves. We adapt continuously to ensure drying is as effective as possible to return your storage warehouse to regular operations.

There is nothing like having SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean on your side when you need to address commercial water cleanup. Call us when you need us at (716) 338-4901, and we will deploy a team as quickly as possible.

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

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Worker with Car 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 improve 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 keep 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 to fall away from the surface of furniture, drapes, or other things helps with the overall cleaning process. SERVPRO uses two different 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; it 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.

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

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Utility Room After 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 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 reach 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 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 the contents and areas of your home with minimal impact on your life. When we can restore items at your house, for instance, we do. This approach saves us time and effort in moving it to our facility, as well as reducing 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 vacate your home for restoration, we can deploy our efficient and powerful ozone machines that can give real-time deodorization for fire-damaged areas of the property. Give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call today at (716) 338-4901.