Recent Posts

How Soot Damages Jamestown Structures and Belongings

9/21/2022 (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

9/21/2022 (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

9/21/2022 (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 because it can put residents at risk during the cleanup. 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.

What Jamestown Residents Can Do Before and After Storm Damage Hits

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

dripps Do you have damage by a Storm? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

SERVPRO Assists Jamestown Locals When Faced with the Challenges of Costly Storm Damage

Even though storms bring devastation, it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have a team like SERVPRO ready to deploy when you need water removal services and cleanup. Knowing who to call before a storm even hits the Jamestown area will help you mobilize faster and navigate each step with less stress on your shoulders.

These are some things that we want everyone in the area to know when faced with storm damage in Jamestown:

Safety After the Storm

Inspecting the damage after a storm will be on your mind, but you need to take care and keep safety in mind. Consider the following:

  • Always assume any downed lines are dangerous and energized. Stay 10ft or further from the lines, and make sure to contact the utility company and emergency services.
  • Look out for hazards, including exposed nails and broken glass.
  • If you must inspect your home’s damage at night, opt for a flashlight versus a candle or open flame. This eliminates potential hazards if there is a damaged gas line.

Select the Best Restoration Team

It is best if you hire a trustworthy contractor to handle all of your reconstruction work. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians who will come out to your home, provide tarping and board-up services, and begin the assessment. We go over any necessary work and explain every detail of the process. We also offer pack-out services and are happy to handle any insurance claim needs, including a detailed inventory of all losses. Any controlled demolition work and restoration get dealt with by skilled contractors to ensure your home is “Like it never even happened.” – General Contractor License #: CBC1256211.

Storm damage of any kind is no match for our expertise at SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean. Call us whenever you need us at (716) 338-4901.

We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Jamestown Home After A Flood

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van Our experts are ready 24/7 to restore your home after a flood, call us right away to prevent further damage.

Cleaning Up Kitchen Surfaces After Flooding in Jamestown Homes

Cleaning up after damaging flood losses in Jamestown homes begins with an understanding of the full spread and severity of these circumstances. Our professionals can see where penetration of wind-driven and runoff rain can enter the house from a compromised roof. Because we have a full division of licensed general contractors in-house, we can leave fewer stages of restoration and recovery in the hands of subcontractors or other tradespeople.

Debris and tree limbs both have the capability of puncturing or collapsing a portion of a roof during a severe weather event – leading to flooding damage in Jamestown homes. With clean water flooding scenarios, the path of migrating water damage must be established by our SERVPRO technicians when we first arrive at the residence. When water moves from the attic space into the kitchen, there are many potential threats that this could present, including the degradation of exposed materials like cabinets, counters, flooring, and appliances.

Addressing flood damage through the ceiling and into the kitchen area requires the removal of ceiling tile or drywall to drain water from the cavity. In most cases, any insulation found here must get removed as well. Floodwater can affect surfaces throughout the room in a direct way, especially the flooring and cabinetry. Cleaning these areas is vital to begin as soon as possible, but only after extraction and drying.

Residues and debris can come along with penetrating floodwater and affect exposed surfaces. Our SERVPRO professionals have premier cleaning agents and multiple techniques for recovering salvageable materials in-house. From wiping down walls with our potent cleaning products to resurfacing and refinishing wood cabinets and flooring, we can make losses in your kitchen “Like it never even happened.”

As troublesome as flooding can be for your property, we have the equipment and products to manage these disasters. Our contractors can work on emergency board-up and tarping for compromised roofs and dry out migrating water loss towards the kitchen. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Under 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 on 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 pre-damaged 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 develops 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 the 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."

Smoke Malodors Are a Threat to Jamestown Properties

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Soot In A Room After Fire Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Part Of The Fire Damage Restoration of Jamestown Homes Focuses On Smoke Odor Removal. 

Odors are a natural byproduct of combustion, and specific situations can leave these fire loss effects a formidable obstacle for restoration and recovery. Certain combustible materials produce more offensive smells than others, so each case in a household is unique for the deodorization needs. Some problematic materials for making smoke odor damage include:

  • Wood
  • Drywall
  • Plastics
  • Aerosols

How Widespread is the Smoke Damage?  

A pressing question for fire damage restoration in Jamestown homes is how widespread the smoke damage has become. Not only must our team address issues like soot residues on surfaces and aerosolized smoke solids, but the threats of odors are also a rapidly spreading condition. Smells travel far beyond the ignition point through pathways like the HVAC system and structural openings, making them more of a widespread threat to the household than other post-fire effects.

Will Malodors Dissipate Naturally? 

Many property owners mistakenly believe that smoke and fire malodors will naturally disappear without direct deodorization actions. While time can lessen the severity of these fire effects, deliberate actions taken with counteractant products and deodorization tools in our inventory can remove these threats entirely.

Can Odors Be a Recurring Problem? 

One of the concerns with smoke malodors is the possibility of recurrences. Porous materials that absorb smoke vapors and aerosolized particles can continually battle the changes in the size of pores in the material as temperatures change. Certain conditions renew smoke smells from former fire damage, so odor-sealing products applied before repainting can prevent this.

Odors are a struggle for property owners and can be one of the more challenging obstacles in restoring comfortable living conditions for house occupants. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team can help through all facets of fire and smoke damage cleanup for your home or business, and we are available 24/7 when you call (716) 338-4901.

We Can Help Prevent Flood Damage To Your Olean Home

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration Help Sign Should you have any disaster that needs cleanup, call us today at (716) 338-4901, and we can have a team on their way to you within hours.

Preventing Flood Damage To An Olean Rental Home

New York’s spring rains can leave plenty of street floods and groundswells that can easily infiltrate homes and soak carpets, furniture, and drywall with contaminated groundwater. The resultant damage to your home, if not addressed quickly, can leave you with more to worry about than wet carpet: mold, bacteria, and even structural damage to the subflooring, and more. The prospect of cleaning up such damage can be overwhelming to consider for anyone.

If you come home from work to find flood damage in your Olean rental property, our SERVPRO professionals are ready to go to your home and leave it looking “Like it never even happened.”

When ground flooding affects a carpet, removal is required to prevent further damage from contaminated water. If there happens to be flooring underneath your carpet that acts as a vapor barrier, such as laminate floors, it may have to be removed to dry the subflooring in your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can begin mitigation by removing water from surfaces with portable, back-mounted extractors. The extraction process is crucial to ensure that drying is done as efficiently as possible, and our technicians can monitor moisture levels on, in, and behind structures with infrared imaging, moisture sensors and meters, and more.

After the water has been extracted, drying in your living room entails setting up centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of surfaces and supply the area while the collected moisture is removed and humid air is replaced by warm, dry air. For drywall in your living room that has had significant exposure to water, flood cuts may be made to facilitate moisture removal. After drying walls, flooring, and furniture, we can clean your surfaces with an EPA-registered antimicrobial as an added protection from mold from contaminated water.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is just a phone call away 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. Should you have any disaster that needs cleanup, call us today at (716) 338-4901, and we can have a team on their way to you within hours.

Fire Damage In Your Jamestown Home

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

After Fire Damage The presence of hazardous soot and smoke residues throughout a home can be a substantial obstacle for homeowners to face.

Pre-Cleaning Practices for Fire-Damaged Jamestown Homes

While it is critical to begin restoration and cleaning in your Jamestown home, inappropriate cleaning tactics can result in more considerable damages, staining, and deterioration. Identifying the best approach is critical for the entire mitigation and restoration process, and pre-cleaning techniques can make a dramatic difference in these recovery tactics to reduce the overall loss in your home after a fire incident.

Because of how widespread and threatening fire damage in Jamestown homes can be, our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to establish containment and perimeters to reduce the spread of soot, smoke, odors, and other debris to new areas of the property. Residues that have come to rest on contents and exposed surfaces require pre-treatments and potent cleaning products to remove successfully.

Among the most common forms of pre-cleaning and preparation for intricate soot removal or smoke residue clearing is the use of dry vacuums. In many situations, debris settles on surfaces and can form a thick barrier between the open air and the surface of the hosting material. Vacuums can help to lift much of this debris away, leaving a much less formidable layer of soot residue to clean with other techniques. Agitative cleaning practices might also include brushing and compressed air to unseat a layer of soot residue.

Pre-treatments on thick residues can also prove beneficial when it is possible to restore the affected material. We have chemical agents that can work to emulsify oily soils and soot to rinse away with pressurized water or wiping, depending on the situation. When it is not possible to slow the progression of acidic soot down in your home, however, controlled demolition by our in-house residential contractors might be the only suitable solution remaining.

The presence of hazardous soot and smoke residues throughout a home can be a substantial obstacle for homeowners. With the experience and potent cleaning products available to our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team, we can make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (716) 338-4901.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Mold Removal Service in Jamestown

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Mold In Upper Corner Don't let mold take control of your property. Call SERVPRO today!

Professional Mold Removal in Jamestown Homes

Mold removal from your Jamestown home by trained and experienced professionals can help you restore the affected contents to the pre-damaged condition. The faster the SERVPRO techs can get to work, the better their chance to succeed in saving affected pieces of content. 

After analyzing the extent and scope of the damage, SERVPRO techs prepare a mold removal strategy for your Jamestown home. Effective remediation of contents from a mold-contaminated environment includes the following tasks:

  • Categorizing the contents based on their restorability
  • Determining cleaning requirements to decide whether to clean contents on-site or off-site
  • Determining whether some pieces of content require specialty cleaning (artwork or electronics)

Type of Mold Remediation Services

Depending on the damage, SERVPRO techs can offer the following three types of mold removal services:

  • Restoration Services: Items that techs can clean and restore to the preloss condition are restored. SERVPRO techs use various cleaning techniques to remove the contamination. Items can sometimes be taken off-site for cleaning but only after getting consent from the customer. Techs often restore semi-porous and non-porous things that don’t have extensive mold growth.   
  • Disposal Services: If the cost of cleaning outweighs the cost of replacement, SERVPRO techs consider disposing of the item. Techs always dispose of porous material with heavy contamination. We always dispose of materials according to the local rules and regulations. 
  • Preservation with Risk Assignment: If a particular item is irreplaceable, but the techs can’t eliminate the contamination, it can be preserved with appropriate risk assignment. 

SERVPRO techs stick to the IICRC S520 mold restoration guidelines throughout the procedure. 

If you need help with mold damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901.