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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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Our Fire Damage Professionals Will Repair And Restore Your Lakewood Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

If you need us, call today at (716) 338-4901.

Restoring Fire Damaged Property In Lakewood Homes

Quick access to the Southern Tier Expressway makes Lakewood a great location for travel, tourism, and raising a family. The drawbacks are the same as anywhere else, though when it comes to disasters like storms, floods, and fires.

For many homeowners in Lakewood, fire damage restoration is more about the loss of personal property, rather than the home itself. Insurance can replace four walls and a roof, even a bedroom set, but it cannot replace a dining room set handed down through three generations. It is one reason that SERVPRO trains its response team members as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians or FSRTs. Each learns six specific methods to clean and restore not only property but memories.

Dry Cleaning is the first and most common used method. FSRTs have the option to brush off or wipe down surfaces covered with soot left by the fire. Here, they use dry sponges, dusting cloths, and even feather dusters on surfaces like glass tables. For thicker layers of dry soot, they also have the option of using vacuums that also pick up larger particles.

Wet Cleaning involves wiping down surfaces with cloths or sponges, and either water or a cleaning agent to break up thicker, and stickier layers of soot. This method saturates any item that absorbs liquids.

FSRTs use the Spray and Wipe method for applying water or a cleaning agent to materials that become damaged with too much liquid. They can apply smaller amounts that can still break up soot layers. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians use this method with a white cloth.

The Foam Cleaning method uses less water for fabrics that might shrink or bleed color if they become too wet. Upholstered furniture, in particular, is at risk for both. FSRTs can use a pump-up sprayer or agitate foam from a bucket of cleaner by hand. To work the particles out of sofas or mattresses, they use a special brush designed for the purpose.

Abrasive Cleaning has two methods: an abrasive cleaner technicians work into a surface to break up layers, or an abrasive tool, steel wool pads, for example, to dig into the surface. FSRTs restrict using this method to surfaces like brick or rock.

Immersion Cleaning is exactly that. Technicians place the item into a tank of cleaning agent to soak and loosen the soot or other contaminants from the item. For heavily covered items, FSRTs also have the option to use ultrasonics to generate bubbles that force the agent through the item.

At SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, we use every method to return the contents of area homes and those in Falconer, Frewsburg, and Randolph to a clean, dry state. If you need us, call today at (716) 338-4901.

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

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

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 wrecks havoc on a home. Sheetrock warps and buckles, tiles may delaminate from flooring and a host of 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 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, and 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 while 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 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 determinate on 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 make the damage to your property and contents "Like it never even happened."

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Our Trained Technicians Have The Necessary Equipment To Restore Your Lake Erie Home Of Flood Damage

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our team has the resources to handle any type of storm damage. Whether it is water damage from rain or a fire from lighting, we are here to help!

SERVPRO - Remediating Flood Damage To Homes In Olean

There are few communities in the western half of our state better situated than Olean for water sports. Residents can have breakfast in their own home, spend an incredible day on the water, fishing, boating, water skiing, and more, then drive home just far enough away to avoid the tourist traffic and other issues.

Olean is still close enough though to deal with the flood damage in Lake Erie that can happen after a storm rolls in off the lake.  When it does happen, SERVPRO is ready. Each response team is highly trained and has access to both an extensive on-hand inventory of equipment and a nationwide network of equipment and personnel when the worst possible outcome turns into an event.

The team’s first step is to get the water out of the home. Since this is outside water, there is a risk from the soil, overflowing sewer systems, and more contaminants. Team members spray the water and nearby surfaces with an anti-bacterial agent to reduce the threat and then remove it using a commercial grade pump. They pump it back into the sewer if a drain is available. If not, it goes into a tank truck for delivery to a water treatment plant.

Next, SERVPRO teams dry the floors, walls, and any property that was under the water. To increase the natural evaporation process, they install exhaust fans to draw the damp air from inside the home to the outside and dehumidifiers to draw water directly from the air and nearby surfaces.

To directly dry property, technicians install air movers. They can direct these devices in any direction, including up walls toward the ceiling. By adjusting the speed and temperature of the airflow, technicians can dry everything from furniture to fragile drywall. Since this is outside flood damage, teams cannot guarantee the cleanliness of any carpets. After removing the water, the safest option is to dispose of them immediately rather than waste time and resources trying to clean them.

With other property, technicians wipe down or spray every surface with another anti-bacterial cleaner. Where necessary, team members use scrub brushes to work the cleaner into items like sofas or upholstered chairs.

For SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, the goal is to return every home to a clean, pre-flood condition. If you have had any water come through your home, contact our office immediately at (716) 338-4901 to schedule a service call. We are here for you.

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We Have The Equipment And Expertise In Olean Water Cleanup

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

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 worrisome 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 and required removal. The water wicked into the sheetrock in several areas, and our technicians performed flood cuts where we measure the highest water intruded into drywall and then removed the damaged wall material about six inches above the water line. 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 clean up of the water damage. Our goal is to take as much stress as possible off homeowners, and 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."

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We Can Help Prevent Flood Damage To Your Olean Home

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

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 any water in 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 or bacterial proliferation 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.

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We Are Equipped With The Necessary Tools To Handle Your Jamestown Flood Damage Restoration

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

We have the resources and team to handle any type of storm damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so don't hesitate to call anytime.

Protecting the Furniture of Your Jamestown Church in a Flood

Churches are frequent landmarks throughout Jamestown and provide a place of community, reverence, and hope. When disasters strike the area like widespread natural flooding, these structures are in the line of destruction the same as many homes and other businesses throughout our service area. With the considerable damage that high volumes of water can do, even before threats of contamination, dirt, mud, and debris, it is vital for property owners to seek out the experience and fast response of our highly-trained restoration team.

Flood damage can occur in stages throughout your Jamestown church, and addressing each of these factors requires specialized tools and training. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive experience in mitigation work to protect your property as much as possible when faced with the detrimental effects of flooding. We also have the appropriate education and equipment to address the threats to the contents of your church and can work to protect these items from oversaturation, potential contamination, and other threats that accompany flood disasters. We understand that religious artifacts can have special value.

While your church might not have the volume of contents and belongings in it that many homes might, there are plenty of items that require protection and fast removal to protect them from spreading water damage. Furniture and fixtures are among the most substantial investments that many churches make, striving to find plenty of comfortable seating for the congregation expected to grow. Water damage can compromise wooden legs and supports quickly, bloating and distorting these components. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster; we strive to preserve pews from water damage.

As is the case with all flooding situations, addressing standing water is the primary concern of our SERVPRO team. We have multiple extraction tools that can quickly remove pooling water and expose which elements require focused cleaning and disinfection after drying, and which items may require removal and replacement altogether.

We know that there are many phases to fully recovering any property after flood damage, and many people choose our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team for our expertise and experience during these traumatic times. Whenever your property gets faced with a disaster, you can reach our 24/7 rapid response team at (716) 338-4901

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Get the Most Out of Your Water Damage Remediation Company for Your Jamestown Home

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can turn your laundry room upside down. Contact SERVPRO today for your water damage remediation needs.

Washing Machine Drain Hoses Can Cause Water Damage in Your Jamestown Home

The drain hose on your washing machine is busted, so what now? Without a fix, water can quickly penetrate washroom floors and carpeting, potentially damaging sub flooring. Our professionals have the ability to limit water damage in your home and help prevent hazards such as rotting.

Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage in your Jamestown home, which is why we can respond to your calls 24 hours a day to quickly begin the mitigation process. Once dispatched, our IICRC, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certified professionals can rapidly arrive at your Jamestown home to begin mitigating water damage. Our techs start by inspecting your home to find the source of the leak. We can repair minor drainage hose issues, however, a plumber may be needed in cases of severe leaks. Once the source of water leakage has been plugged, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work extracting water from your home. Leaks from household appliances like washing machines are often minor and we can use industrial grade wet vacuums to clean up standing water.

Once water has been removed, we can begin searching for excess moisture in your home. Detecting the extent of moisture penetration in your carpeting and flooring is as easy as using moisture meters. If excess moisture is detected in your carpeting, we can use carpet tools to disengage carpet from the sub flooring. Once your house and carpeting has been dried, we can reattach and reseal your carpets. However, some carpeting may have to be discarded and replaced if it is severely water damaged.

To help ensure that your sub flooring is not at risk of rotting, we can deploy air movers to force water out of your floor. Dehumidifiers can also draw moisture out of the wood to quickly dry out your home.

If you have experienced a washing machine leak and need assistance, then contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901. We are available 24/7 and can immediately put you on track to getting your home back in order.

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Our Certified Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Jamestown Home After A Flood

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the necessary equipment, expertise and experience. Don't hesitate and call us right away.

Handling Flood Damage to Your Jamestown Residence Caused by Fallen Tree Branches

If you have lots of attractive mature, trees, you may deal with damage to your roof. The long, large branches could fall on your roof due to tree rot or strong winds during a heavy rainstorm, causing your attic to flood and water to begin dripping into the ceiling.

At that point, you’ve got a flood damage emergency and the potential for incurring thousands of dollars worth of damage. If you have flood damage to your Jamestown home, it is advisable to hire IICRC certified technicians from SERVPRO to assess the destruction and to know what you are up against. Our technicians can scope the damages and create a mitigation plan to restore your property to its preloss condition.

Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to manage the flood damage restoration project through to its completion. Our SERVPRO team can arrive at your home fast with the equipment to start extracting the water while our licensed contractors remove the tree and the limbs from against your property and fix the areas broken by the fallen branches.

We can use equipment like wet/dry vacuums to remove water from the attic floor. Sheetrock may complicate drying, and for that reason, we can demolish damaged sheetrock to make it easier to dry structural components in the attic area. Our technicians may also remove sheetrock to access areas within the attic. If there is insulation in the attic, replacing it is necessary.

If there is water in other areas of your home, we can dry exposed contents, materials and surfaces. We can set up air movers in the affected spaces to improve evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. Air movers introduce heated air at the surface levels and replace the saturated air with drier air to enhance evaporation. We can restore most of the wet contents and materials. Our goal is to provide fast recovery while minimizing the overall expense of flood damage restoration, often with minimal or no disruption of affected areas.

When a tree falls on your home, causing water to pool inside, SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can get your property back to normal quickly. We seek to make the damage appear “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (716) 338-4901 and leave the rest to our technicians.

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Our Skilled Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Jamestown Home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Call (716) 338-4901 as you realize the water is coming.

Why SERVPRO Is Your Resource For Flood Damage In Jamestown

If you take pride in digging yourself out of life’s difficulties, seeking professional help after flood waters rise in your Jamestown home might be hard to justify. The harm done to a property by flood waters is not minor nor easy to manage with a DIY approach. Scalable crews, IICRC training, appropriate and powerful equipment, and experience are just some of the reasons why we are positioned to manage flooding loss better than a homeowner alone.

Trying to do all the tasks necessary for safe and effective flood damage remediation in Jamestown as a solo effort is doomed to failure. The water must be removed fast, not dealt with bit by bit. Water that remains standing or soaked into structural components after 24 to 48 hours is likely to become a microbial breeding pool. If you believed that managing the flood on your own would save money, the challenges posed after mold takes hold makes it clear why our crews save you both time and expense.

The sheer quantity of water that sweeps through your home during overland flooding is overwhelming. We can have a multi-person crew on-site fast, with the commercial capacity equipment that provides answers to any questions concerning why SERVPRO can handle flooding better. Our managers swiftly categorize the water flowing in, ensuring that you and your family know to keep a healthy distance from grey or black water.

Contaminants in flood waters likely contain sewage, road and landscaping chemicals, and even disturbing items like dead animals. Appropriate containment and lawful disposal of the tainted water shields you from viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other harsh and toxic substances. We prepare for and take responsibility for this complex filthy water management scenario, a core reason why SERVPRO exists to help in our community.

Once the water is contained and discarded the drying phase commences. Why SERVPRO is the local industry leader is evident when you watch the skill with which our crews balance air movement, temperature, and humidity to draw trapped water out of structural components. Cleaning with properly matched products and disinfection with EPA-registered antimicrobials ensures a fresh and sanitized space, quite the transformation from the flooded chaos just hours before.

Once we complete your flood damage remediation, you will be sharing with friends and family why SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is the only choice. Call (716) 338-4901 as you realize the water is coming. We pledge to exceed your expectations.

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You Need A Fast Response Team In Olean And SERVPRO Is Your Answer

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

When your home is effected by flood damage you need someone you can rely on, SERVPRO is available 24/7. Call us right away.

Why SERVPRO Makes the Difference During Flood Damage Restoration in Olean

Whether from melting snowpack, heavy winds and rain, major plumbing breakdowns, appliance malfunctions, or other causes, large quantities of water pouring into your Olean home spell trouble. The disaster does not allow you much time to determine a course of action as water damage is immediate and relentless. Our training and experience demonstrate why we are the obvious choice when you seek a reliable and efficient water loss solution.

Flood damage in Olean needs a fast response. As the water rises inside your home both structural components and contents are at risk. Our team of IICRC-trained technicians is backed by a vast inventory of state of the art equipment that makes quick work of removing water and drying out walls, floors, and ceilings. We arrive with the workforce and the tools on board, awaiting a rapid assessment by our project manager before hitting the ground running. Speed and competence are why we deliver superior results.

Household goods, furnishings, clothing, personal property, and documents are also in danger when flooding occurs. Our pack-out service, using the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), creates a comprehensive inventory and tracks the articles as our production facility technicians evaluate, clean, dry, and refurbish your treasures. Our commitment to develop and implement the skills to restore all your property is why SERVPRO is the disaster recovery company to count on.

After we evacuate all the flood waters, using thermal devices and moisture meters to locate hidden caches of fluids, we move to drying mode. Flood cuts and other controlled demolition might be needed to release trapped water and improve airflow for drying. We clean and sanitize the affected areas and then determine what structural components need repair and restoration. Offering in-house rebuilding services is another example of why SERVPRO stands alone as a full-spectrum disaster restoration company. We have crews of experienced construction specialists and an embedded civil engineer on the team.

The capability to take your flood-damaged home from assessment to complete reconstruction is why SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is a unique resource in the region. Call us at (716) 338-4901 to schedule an immediate evaluation of your emergency.

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What Restaurant Owners Need To Know About Mold

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let mold damage invade your resturant.

Tips from SERVPRO about Mold Damage

If you run a restaurant in Olean, New York, you know how vital it is to keep mold growth at bay. If an inspector finds mold in your establishment, you could be hit with fines and even closures. If someone falls ill due to mold you neglected, you could even face a lawsuit. Keeping high humidity and water damage to a minimum can help. Furthermore, you can avoid mold problems by answering these questions:

• What makes mold in restaurants?
• Where will you likely find mold?
• What can you do to prevent mold?
• What should you do if you find mold?

Once you know these things, you can protect your business against this pesky fungus and all its negative effects.

What Makes Mold in Restaurants?

Mold is a notorious enemy of many restaurant owners, but what makes it so prevalent? Mold spores are everywhere, but they typically stay unseen and are not a nuisance. However, mold growth becomes a problem when high humidity takes over. Anyone who has worked even one shift in a restaurant knows that the kitchen is a hot, humid place in the middle of a rush. Combine the humidity and the dark corners in the restaurant, and you have a recipe for a mold problem.

Where Will You Likely Find Mold?

Check your restaurant’s basement, storage areas, and floors for mold. Furthermore, you may wish to check around any plumbing and in those often neglected corners of the kitchen. The darker and damper it is, the more likely mold will find a home there.

What Can You Do to Prevent Mold?

The best way to deal with mold is to stop it from infiltrating your restaurant in the first place. You can do this by conducting visual inspections regularly. Furthermore, you may want to install excellent ventilation systems. These systems can keep you from having the high humidity that makes mold an issue.

What Should You Do If You Find Mold?

Don’t try to tackle this problem yourself. A professional remediation service in Olean, New York, can take care of the mold growth correctly and get you back on track soon. Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean today for all your mold remediation needs at (716) 338-4901.

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If Water Has Damaged Your Drywall In Your Jamestown Home, Call Our Specialists!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean rapid response team is available 24/7 to restore the effects of a water loss incident to your home.

Responding To Saturated Drywall Quickly In Your Jamestown Home

When water loss incidents originate in the walls of your Jamestown home, drywall can quickly show the effects of this unexpected disaster. Within 24 hours, this drywall can become too overly saturated to get preserved through our restoration approaches, leaving no other option but flood cuts or entire removal of affected panels. To avoid what can sometimes be costly reconstruction efforts, even with our controlled demolition techniques, you should get our professionals working on water removal and drying as promptly as possible.

While you should work to shut off the valve supplying the service line of your home, this does not remove the water damage that has already begun to take hold. Our SERVPRO professionals have effective moisture detection and thermal imagery cameras to help us identify potential problem areas where moisture pockets have formed. These tools can direct our technicians to areas that require the most concentrated drying and extraction efforts, and where drywall has become most saturated by the water loss incident in your Jamestown home.

In the matter of a day, saturated sheetrock drywall can begin to erode and degrade. These effects cannot get reversed or restored once they have started. The only preservation of affected drywall occurs by our SERVPRO team working before the deadline gets reached where this material becomes unsalvageable. In these situations, we can employ our air movers, dehumidifiers, and injectidry system to remove moisture from the material and the wall cavity beyond it.

Beyond this deadline where drywall is no longer salvageable, our team must determine the extent of the damage to the material. We tape off the moisture line that separates dry material from the wet, saturated base towards the flooring. We can utilize controlled demolition techniques to remove this affected portion of drywall indicated by our flood cut line to make later reconstruction faster and more cost-effective.

Certain materials cannot withstand direct moisture exposure for long before they become too damaged to save. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean rapid response team is available 24/7 to restore the effects of a water loss incident to your home by calling (716) 338-4901.

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How to Safely Remove Floodwater From Your Jamestown Home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwater brings contaminants into your home. SERVPRO has the kmow-how to safely remove the water and restore your home.

Dealing with Contaminated Floodwater in Your Jamestown Home

Natural flooding exposes your Jamestown home to many potential hazards and health risks that make it unsafe for your family to remain in the property until restoration work has completed. With the unknown paths that floodwaters can take to reach your home, many potential contaminants could exist in this invading water that spreads bacteria and other harmful substances throughout the structure and contents of the house. Our professionals can help with fast response and effective cleanup practices.

As much as you might want to handle the assessment of the flood damage to your Jamestown home on your own, the risk for contamination is considerable with natural flooding, and it is inadvisable to do so. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with the full measure of our personal protective equipment to wear as we set up the machines for extraction. This step is a vital component to preparing your home for the debris removal and cleanup efforts that it requires.

Once extraction has completed throughout the exposed areas of your property, our estimator and project manager can begin an assessment of the damage and what exposed elements must get removed. With black water flooding, nearly all of the exposed materials and construction elements must get removed to eliminate the potential for continued spread of bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful contaminants to the occupants of the household.

We prepare your home for the reconstruction it requires following a disaster like this with effective debris removal. When we reach structural elements like studs and beams, we can work to disinfect and clean these components to prevent further demolition. We can also spray these areas with an antimicrobial solution to make them uninhabitable to mold growth, which can happen quickly in this moist environment.

While you cannot predict when flooding can occur to your home, you have options regarding the best choice to help you clean up the mess and restore your property. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean rapid response team can make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Water Damage Restoration In Jamestown

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

When you are faced with water damage from plumbing issues call our trained technicians right away. We are available 24/7 to help with any problems.

Finding Leaks Causing Damage in the Walls of Your Jamestown Home

Whenever plumbing issues arise like a leak or break in the pipes of your Jamestown home, you must work quickly to secure the right professional assistance to restore the damage. Much of your network of plumbing gets hidden behind walls, and therefore, it can be challenging to determine the precise source of the water loss occurring. Our rapid response team can help by arriving quickly with the tools to extract and dry out water saturation, as well as work quickly to identify the source of the damage and repair it.

Choosing the right professional restoration team to dry out and clean up your Jamestown home’s water damage is vital, as many of your options do not have the emergency response that our professionals do. We can dispatch production trucks and personnel to an address 24 hours a day, working to ensure that our effective mitigation tactics can begin right away to protect exposed elements and materials throughout your property. The SERVPRO professionals that arrive all have IICRC certifications as water restoration technicians, making the entire team prepared for their role in restoring your damaged home.

Identifying the source of the break is often as simple as using leak detection devices. These tools use auditory elements to cue where leaks formed behind the drywall, allowing us only to remove the portions of the wall necessary to access and repair the plumbing damages.

Drying out these wall cavities and exposed materials often involve many pieces of our advanced equipment beginning with our air movers. These high-velocity machines can force hot air into saturated materials and moist areas to begin rapidly drying exposed elements. LGR dehumidifiers can also work to drop moisture levels throughout the affected area quickly. For getting into wall cavities and eliminating the lingering dampness, our SERVPRO team can rely on our injecti-dry system.

There are many steps to restoring water damage in your home that must begin right away. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean professionals remain ready for any emergency you have to face. Give our experienced team a call 24/7 at (716) 338-4901.

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Trust SERVPRO To Help With Your Home Emergency Claims

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

It’s nice to know SERVPRO is there for you.

Trust SERVPRO To Help With Your Home Emergency Claims

As you go throughout your days, you may not think much about your insurance coverage or which company you would hire in the event of a disaster at home. But if something unfortunate happens and you need competent help, it’s nice to know SERVPRO is there for you. This trusted emergency cleanup and response company will not only handle the restoration dirty work, but the team can assist with insurance claims as well.

How They Work With Insurance Companies

Good insurance coverage will protect you from heavy losses following a disaster at your Jamestown, NY home that requires emergency response. When the insurance company and SERVPRO work together, you can expect a smooth and effective process while you recover from the incident.

  • Recommends restoration instead of replacement when possible.
  • Keeps a detailed inventory of losses.
  • Has convenient electronic claim services.
  • Experienced, highly qualified, professional

The Company Strives to Save Money in the Process

Following a flood or other disaster at a home, it may be impossible to salvage or repair much of anything. However, SERVPRO will do all in its power to ensure your home and belongings are restored. The company will pretest everything to evaluate what it can restore, thus saving money on the insurance claims process.

Inventory

To make a claim with the insurance company, it’s best to provide the agent with a detailed list of everything you lost in the disaster or everything that sustained damage. SERVPRO offers superior claim services by listing everything in an itemized, organized manner so the insurance company can get a full picture of the extent of the damages. This process can be done electronically for speed and efficiency purposes.

Professional Company

For a seamless process in making a disaster claim, you need a competent, multi-faceted restoration team on your side. This company will communicate with the insurance team to help ensure you get the coverage you need.

You don’t have to clean up after a disaster, and you shouldn’t have to work with the insurance company on your own either. SERVPRO can also work with you on claim services to give you the peace of mind that you’ll get the insurance benefits you expect.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (716) 338-4901

Handling a mold remediation project

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall in Jamestown home.

Handling a mold remediation project is a job for the experts. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean is trained and specializes in remediating any size mold jobs.

Handling a mold remediation project

The first thing to do when mold is discovered, is to get an environmental hygienist to come out and test the microbial growth. This will determine what kind of mold it is and the proper course for treatment.

After seeing mold jobs of all kinds, we have the experience and knowledge to handle any size situation. We are here to answer any questions you may have an assist you with your situation in your home or business.

If you have any questions about how to handle a mold remediation project, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. 

Four Ways to Prepare Your Business for Bad Weather

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Having a proper plan can keep your business safe

Preparing Your Business

When you are expecting bad weather such as a snow storm in Lakewood,NY , it might be tempting to carry on business as usual. However, this is rarely a good idea. Storms can create an unsafe environment for you and your workers, so you should make sure that you are properly prepared. Here are some ways to keep your business safe during bad weather.

1. Watch the News to Stay Informed

The first step in being prepared is to stay informed. If you don’t know what is happening, you can’t protect yourself or your business from it. You should make sure to watch the local news and weather reports when you are expecting a big rain or snow storm so you can plan accordingly.

2. Have a Bad Weather Policy

It is a good idea to create a policy for bad weather before you need it. That way you can ensure that all of your employees know what is expected of them in an emergency situation. Having a thorough bad weather policy that includes procedures for a variety of weather conditions will enable everyone to be on the same page. Be sure to include information on when workers will and will not be expected to come into work.

3. Create an Evacuation Plan In Case Of Emergency

If you have employees working during inclement weather, it is important to have an emergency evacuation plan in case things turn bad quickly. Have a designated escape route that you can use to get everyone to a safe area and make sure everyone is familiar with the plan.

4. Protect Your Building

If you are expecting a storm, you should take steps to protect your building as well as your workers. Focus on protecting against moisture by sealing doors and windows as well as keeping the temperature above freezing. If a pipe burst, it could flood the building and leave you needing water damage repairs.

While a snow storm might just seem like an inconvenience, it can easily turn dangerous. Having a proper plan can keep your business safe.

5 Ways To Upkeep a Commercial Roof

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Roof Damage in Jamestown, NY

Roof damage or deterioration can be very costly. In addition to the price of materials and labor for repairs or replacing a roof, this damage can also damage building materials and contents. Property owners can follow five simple steps to preserve the condition of a commercial roof.

5 steps to preserve your roof.

  1. Inspect the roof at least twice a year. Make sure you know about potential issues and all of your upkeep options to extend the life of a roof. Do this by having experts perform annual inspections. If you know what to look for, you can do at least one of these inspections yourself.
  2. Trim trees with overhanging branches. Reducing the number of branches and leaves that accumulate on the roof can help to keep drainage systems clear. Tree maintenance can also prevent heavy limbs from falling in the event of high winds or adverse weather conditions.
  3. Clear drainage systems regularly. Water that cannot drain may pool and work its way under roofing materials, resulting in leaks. Make sure that leaves and other debris are not blocking downspouts, drains, or gutters, and that drainage is routed away from the foundation.
  4. Regularly repair minor roofing issues. Extend the amount of time before a roof rebuild by addressing roof damage as soon as it occurs.
  5. Have your roof waterproofed. Waterproofing can help to prevent cracks and leaks. A roofing service can help you determine the right methods and materials for your property.

A regular maintenance schedule can help property owners address roof damage and wind damage in a timely manner. Keeping an eye on the condition of your roof can extend the life of this part of your building and prevent costly leaks. If a roof sustains damage or deteriorates to the point where the interior suffers water damage, property owners should contact a company in Jamestown, NY, that specializes in commercial damage restoration.

Four Things to Do After a Fire

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Don't be a victim of a fire in your Olean, NY home

What To Do After Fire

Being the victim of a fire in Olean,NY can be devastating. First the flames hit, then came the fire hoses, and now you are looking at your home and possessions with questions: what do I do now, who do I call and what is fire restoration. Here are four things to think about once you are faced with soot, smoke and damage cleaning.

1. Don't Spread the Debris

Try to minimize how much you move around the damaged areas once you return to your home. The more you move around your rooms, the more soot particles attach to your hands and shoes. When you move from a damaged room to an untouched room you can track the debris into a previously clean room.

2. Remove Damaged Items Safely

Start the fire restoration process by removing damaged items. Objects with soot or smoke damage, such as dishes, books and artwork, can be easily removed. However, some items can be harder to move because they've become water logged. Rugs, sofas and carpeting can be deceptively heavy and should be carefully withdrawn.

3. Get the Soot Out

Soot, the fine particulate matter that can land on every surface, needs to be completely removed to mitigate both its impact and potential for future damage. Flat surfaces are the most visible places for soot to land, but it can also end up on vertical blinds, light bulbs and porous air filters.

4. Don't Try to Wash It Away

Electrical appliances need to be assessed for damage before they get cleaned. Likewise, upholstery, woodwork and painted surfaces should be cleaned by professionals who know the right cleansers for each surface. You want to ensure that both fire and smoke damage are addressed during cleanup.

A fire can be a devastating catastrophe in Olean,NY if you don't know the fire restoration process. Following a few simple steps can make that process much easier.

3 Things You Should Know About Mold Growth in Kitchens

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere

Knowing Why Mold So Often Grows in Kitchens

Whether you notice mold in your fridge or bread mold, the presence of mold in your kitchen in Olean,NY can be frustrating. However, knowing more about why mold so often grows in kitchens can help you prevent mold in your own kitchen.

1. Mold Thrives in Humid Environments

Kitchens are often the perfect environment for mold growth due to frequent high levels of humidity. Many appliances in the kitchen use water, which can also increase the chance that mold will grow. Though it isn’t always possible to keep humidity low while cooking, using fans or opening windows to improve the airflow in the kitchen can help to lessen the likelihood that mold will grow.

2. Mold on Certain Foods Is Common

Seeing bread mold is not uncommon, though many people are unsure why mold grows on bread so often. In addition to needing water, mold also needs organic material to grow. Fungus growth can appear on a variety of foods, but mold on bread is particularly common because bread is often stored in warm environments, such as in breadboxes, and bread is a good source of food for mold.

3. Mold Can Grow in Cooler Environments

Though some people may believe they don’t have to worry about mold growing in cooler areas in their kitchen, mold can in fact grow in a wide variety of temperatures and environments. Fridge mold is one of the most common types of mold growth in kitchens. Though keeping your kitchen at a cooler temperature can help prevent mold in some instances, it’s also helpful to keep all surfaces, including inside the refrigerator, clean in order to prevent mold growth.

In combination with an understanding of where mold tends to grow and why, steps such as keeping your kitchen cool and dry, store food appropriately and keeping your kitchen clean can make it easier to prevent bread mold and other types of mold growth in your kitchen. However, if you need assistance with mold removal, it can help to contact mold remediation specialists.

5 Steps To Clean Your Personal Items After Water Damage

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a furniture of a Jamestown. NY home.

5 Steps To Clean Your Personal Items After Water Damage

Few things cause more destruction than water in a home, and your entire structure, along with many of your personal belongings, can be affected. The good news is that emergency restoration services are available to help you with the cleaning and drying process. If your home in Jamestown,NY , has suffered water damage, there are steps that can help you save furniture, clothing and other valuables while you wait for the professionals.


1. Safety First

Whether you are experiencing damage from a broken pipe or a natural disaster, standing water in the home can be contaminated and dangerous. Wear protective clothing and footwear to avoid exposure. Disconnect power if water is present near any electrical appliances.

2. Lower the Humidity

Mold and mildew thrive in damp conditions, and you can combat their growth by reducing humidity. Open all the doors and windows, and utilize fans and dehumidifiers to circulate air.

3. Move Items to Higher Ground

Relocate any movable objects, such as furniture, clothing, carpets and rugs, to a dry area. Rinse any items that are still wet with clean water, and gently wipe them free of dirt and debris. Dry cleaning for upholstery and fabrics may be necessary.

4. Care for Fragile Belongings

Pictures, books and documents should be handled with care. Try to avoid touching wet surfaces as much as you can, and allow items to air-dry if possible. You can place books and photographs in a freezer to avoid further deterioration until they can be professionally treated.

5. Preserving Antiques

When it comes to expensive antiques or other collectibles, consider the worth of each piece before deciding whether to care for it yourself or to take it to a professional. Items made of wood or leather will likely need to air dry naturally, as heat can cause further damage.

When you are dealing with water in the home, time is of the essence, so act quickly to clean and salvage your items while you wait for professional assistance.

3 Cleanup Processes for After a Business Property Fire

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Ozone machine may help clear away smoke odor from your Jamestown, NY business

3 Cleanup Processes for After a Business Property Fire

When cleaning up after a fire at your Jamestown,NY, business, getting everything fresh and repaired can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, your local fire restoration service can offer a number of solutions. From dry-cleaning for cloth items, to smoke odor removal, here are a few of the restoration techniques that your fire cleanup crew may use.

1. Options for Smoke Odor Removal

In many cases, it may be necessary to remove smoke odors from the property after a fire. Many professionals utilize an ozone machine for this process when cleaning the room itself. Items inside this area may be removed, cleaned, and placed in content storage until the damage to the building has been repaired.

2. Options for Cloth Items

For cloth items such as curtains, rugs, or clothing that may have been in the building at the time of the fire, dry-cleaning can be one possible solution for removing smoke damage. Other items may be washable in a cleaning solution.

3. Options for Solid Items

When it comes to content cleaning, it may be desirable to also wash items of a solid nature. These could be furniture pieces, electronics, or even office supplies. The method used will depend on the type of article. Electronic or mechanical devices should be serviced by a professional. Furniture, shelving or cabinet pieces can be washed with a cleaning solution. Some items may be freshened with a simple wipe down, while others may require dipping in the cleaner.

Fire restoration can involve several different cleaning techniques that vary with the damaged items. Dry-cleaning is often suitable for cloth articles, while dips or wiping solutions are used for solid pieces such as furniture. An ozone machine may help clear away smoke odor from the air. If you have any questions about the right method to clean a specific item, a professional can usually help.

Prevent a Disaster With Proper Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler maintenance is an easy thing to forget when most businesses will never experience a fire. Fire sprinklers on your Lakewood,NY, property need to be checked regularly in order to prevent a disaster. When sprinklers fail to turn on, the fire damage can be devastating. Follow these simple steps to ensure your sprinklers work well.

1. Make Sure the Water Is Turned On

It may seem obvious, but missing this step can be devastating. Confirm the water valves leading to your sprinklers are turned on. This step needs to be performed after all maintenance jobs involving water valves.

2. Do Not Paint Over the Sprinklers

Perhaps it is tempting to paint over fire sprinklers to help them blend into the décor. However, it is important to remember they are functional, not decorative. Paint can block water flow, thus preventing them from fulfilling their purpose.

3. Do Not Block the Sprinklers

Make sure you do not block sprinklers, especially when utilizing precious storage space. Sprinklers cannot do their job well if they are obstructed.

4. Check for Corrosion or Build-up

This sprinkler maintenance step is similar to not painting over the sprinkler system. Make sure to periodically check for corrosion or buildup so the sprinklers can work optimally.

5. Make Sure the Sprinkler Pipes Don’t Freeze

Saving money by turning the heat down in an empty building may seem like a practical choice. The problem is that wet pipes can freeze in cold temperatures, preventing the sprinklers from functioning properly. Keep your building warm enough to prevent freezing pipes.

6. Do Not Hang Things From Sprinklers

While it is tempting to hang items from sprinklers, remember that sprinklers are not meant to hold any kind of weight. Hanging things from sprinklers can cause them to bend or break, and a broken sprinkler is no help if there is a fire.

Keeping up with your fire sprinkler maintenance is just as important as fire prevention. Even with proper maintenance, accidents can still happen. When they do, your emergency restoration services partner can help get you back to work again.

What Causes Water Heater Noises?

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Opening the valve of your water heater in your Jamestown, NY home may stop the first two noises

Sediment is the most common cause of water heater noises. Find out more about this buildup, other components that can cause noises, and how to make a heater operate more quietly.

Sediment Buildup

Minerals precipitate out of heated water and form scale over time. Sediment usually consists of:

  • Sand
  • Calcite (calcium carbonate)
  • Magnesium

Buildup in the bottom of a water heater may crack or pop as water heats under a layer of sediment and forces its way up through deposits. This may result in overheating and will force a heater to work harder. Use a deliming solution or perform a water heater flush.

Valve Noises

Water makes a distinctive noise when forced through partially closed valves. Heater valves may make several different noises, including:

  • Screeching
  • Singing
  • Tapping
  • Ticking

Opening valves may stop the first two noises. The last two sounds are typically caused by check valves and heat traps near the top of the heater that prevent water from flowing in the wrong direction. A dialectric nipple may put a stop to these noises.

Pipe Hammering

Pipes make knocking noises for several reasons. These may include:

  • Heat
  • Sudden stoppages
  • Vibrations

Pipe vibrations can damage walls over time. Consider installing anti-hammer devices. If a pipe bursts, a homeowner should contact a water damage mitigation service.

Other Components

If an electric heating element works loose, this may result in a humming noise or vibrations. Check the position of the element and tighten the connection if necessary. Tankless heaters may click when the flow switch turns on or off or make other noises due to malfunctioning parts.

There are a number of ways to stop or reduce noises caused by almost any type of water heater. A homeowner can attempt to resolve the problem or contact an appliance repair professional. A leak can result in water damage at a residence in Jamestown, NY.

How To Make a Home Fire Escape Plan

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Practice your evacuation plan in your Olean, NY home

A fire escape plan should account for the layout of a home and the needs of the occupants. This guide to making an emergency escape plan draws attention to several factors you should consider. Planning ahead can promote the safety of every occupant in a household in Olean, NY.

Plan Evacuation Routes

A fire plan should have at least two evacuation routes from every room in a house. To develop this plan you should:

  • Work with an accurate floor plan
  • Practice using evacuation routes
  • Factor in the age and physical condition of occupants

If your home has two stories, you may want to invest in a non-combustible escape ladder. Keep hallways and other passages clear at all times.

Plan for Children

It is very important to account for children in a fire escape plan. In addition to child-appropriate evacuation routes, it is also a good idea to teach kids:

  • How to roll out of bed
  • Fire crawls
  • How to check doors

You may want to test a fire alarm during drills so that children will associate these safety measures with the sound. It is important that kids participate in drills.

Plan for Pets

A homeowner can take several measures to promote pet fire safety. It is a good idea to:

  • Post pet decals near the front entrance and exterior doors
  • Store pet records in a fire box
  • Practice evacuating with pets

A decal should indicate the number and type of pets in a household. A fire box can be easy to grab, but may also protect important documents if it is left behind.

The Red Cross provides further guidance on developing a fire escape plan. If a fire breaks out at your home in Olean, NY, contact the fire department as soon as possible. Once the fire is extinguished you should schedule a consultation with a fire damage restoration company.

3 Ways To Contain the Spread of Mold in Your Commercial Property

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage on wall in a Falconer,NY commercial property

As a business owner in Falconer,NY, you’ve presumably experienced various trials and tribulations concerning the care and maintenance of your building. However, some situations require more than your basic cleaning regimens, like the intrusion of black mold. This destructive entity can cause issues within your building, both to the infrastructure and with your employees or tenants, so taking quick action with mold cleanup is crucial for everyone involved. Here are three ways to contain the spread of mold damage and spores due to a moisture problem in your commercial property.

3 Ways to Contain the Spread of Mold Damage 

  1. Contact a professional cleaning crew to sterilize the building. While some tiny pockets of mold damage may seem easy to clean and wipe away, the reality is that spores can dig in and take root in the structure of a building, while microscopic spores can be spread easily through various means. Therefore, it’s important to hire an experienced team of trained mold remediation specialists who know exactly how to eradicate the problem and keep it contained more sustainably.

  2. Shut off the HVAC system until technicians arrive. Speaking of mold spores, one of the easiest ways for mold to spread in your building is via the ventilation airflow. Your HVAC system can blow black mold spores throughout the building, creating more hazardous areas in the process.

  3. If the damage is critical, shut off the water supply as well. Mold more often than not grows due to a moisture problem in a commercial property. Whether there’s a leak in the basement or attic, storm damage to a roof, or inefficient window or door sealing, shutting off the water supply and stopping the moisture from continuing is key to preventing more mold damage.

Your commercial property in Falconer,NY, often requires a period of more intense cleaning to keep it tidy, safe and under control. When you experience a black mold issue, taking quick action and eliminating its spread is vital to maintaining a clean environment for everyone.

Fire Damage Restoration Cost: Understanding the Estimation Process

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after fire in Olean,NY

Fire Damage Restoration

A commercial fire is devastating to a business owner, but the remediation process is overwhelming. To alleviate some of that stress, it is crucial to understand what goes into an initial estimate and the final cost of the restoration project.

1. Initial Clean Out

After fire damage, it is essential to clean out the area to prevent further damage. Many remediation specialists will come out to the property immediately to remove any excess water that has pooled in the building as well as any visible debris that can be discarded. If you choose to stay with the same company, these initial services will likely be added to the final restoration cost.

2. Evaluation and Assessment

While it is in your best interest to know the costs of rebuilding your business as quickly as possible, you may need to be patient. Before offering a complete financial estimate of the restoration work required to restore your business, a restoration service will likely send two individuals to your property.

  1. Restoration project manager: This individual is responsible for assessing any cleaning, deodorizing and moving requirements of your property.
  2. Reconstruction project manager: This individual is responsible for assessing any structural damage to your property.

  3. Security Considerations

After any major disaster, it is often necessary to secure the premises in more ways than one. Many times, after a fire has occurred, it may be vital to hire 24-hour live surveillance. These guards will ensure that your property is protected when restoration crews are not available, and these guards will be considered part of the restoration package provided by many reputable companies.

4. Restoration and Board Up Services

While every company will have a different methodology for evaluating and estimating restoration costs, most emergency fire remediation specialists in the Olean,NY, area will provide immediate assistance after a fire. The cost of the initial water removal and board up services will likely be rolled into the overall cost of the project.

Understanding the components of a fire restoration estimate can go a long way toward relieving owner stress and concern. However, the greatest stress reducer is the knowledge that restoration services exist.

How To Find the Right Shutters for Your Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your home in Portville, NY for storms

Type Of Shutters For Your Home

When storm season approaches, you want to make sure your home in Portville,NY, is ready to weather the high winds and potentially torrential flooding that often come with it. One way to do that is to fortify your windows with panels designed to shield them from the elements. Purchasing quality storm shutters for your whole house can range anywhere from $500 to $8000, depending on the type of shutter you buy. Here is a rundown of your options.

Plywood

Plywood is a temporary solution, as you would not want to board up your windows permanently. It, however, has several advantages:

  • Inexpensive (about $1 per square foot at most hardware stores)
  • Easy to find
  • Easy to install with a nail gun

Storm Panel

Storm panels are also only installed when high winds are an imminent threat. They are bolted to the window frame and then removed when the storm is over. Depending on their size, they cost $7-15 apiece.

Accordion

Accordion-style shutters are permanent fixtures to the house. They are typically made of polycarbonate or metal and stretch out manually from a folded position to protect the windows. They can cost anywhere from $15 to $25 per square foot.

Rolling

A rolling shutter is installed permanently in a box that is bolted above the window. A mechanism rolls it down when needed to provide not only storm protection but also privacy and insulation. A quality rolling shutter can run $20-30 per square foot.

Bahama

Bahama awnings protect windows from debris that gets tossed in a storm. They also serve as shade, which makes them well-suited to more tropical climates. They can cost $15-20 per square foot.

Colonial

As the name suggests, colonial shutters are popular with homeowners who have a specific design aesthetic in mind. They unlatch and unfold when needed and can cost $200-$500 per window.
High winds don't have to wreck your home. Storm remediation specialists recommend finding the right storm shutters to protect your windows.

Removing Dryer Lint From the Exhaust Area

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

If you recently noticed a lot of lint buildup in the dryer at your Lakewood,NY, home, the risk of a lint fire might have crossed your mind. It can be especially hazardous for lint to build up in the dryer’s exhaust area. Here are five steps to take if you want to rid your appliance’s exhaust section from lint and avoid a dryer fire.

1. Clean the Lint Filter

Before you do anything else, make sure to clean off the dryer’s lint filter. You will also want to do this every time you are about to run the machine. You can usually remove this lint with your hand, but you can also run the filter under water.

2. Unplug Your Dryer

Before you do any further work to prevent a lint fire, make sure the dryer equipment is unplugged. Forgetting to do so could cause a dangerous accident.

3. Access Exhaust Area

Take off the panel at the back of the dryer and remove the hose at the machine’s exhaust area. You can then reach the inside of your dryer and the exhaust section to clean out lint.

4. Clean Dryer Interior

Your next task is to clean the interior of the machine and the exhaust area. A cloth and a vacuum are the best tools to use.

5. Repeat Steps Yearly

To avoid an accident that leads to fire damage, you generally need to keep your dryer as lint-free as possible. Repeat the four steps above every six months.

Lint fire prevention can seem very challenging, but the five steps above should really help you to be prepared. As long as you remember to keep checking for lint and getting rid of it when you do find it, you will be in a better position to keep your Lakewood,NY, home free of dryer fires.

3 Situations That Call for Flood Coverage

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling damage from a roof leak in Olean,NY

Flooding can cause a great deal of damage to your commercial property, and your property insurance often doesn't cover it. If your building is in an area that is prone to flooding, you are required by law to have flood insurance, but it's a good idea even if it's not technically required where your business is located. You may think of a flood policy for your business in Olean,NY, as an extraneous expense, but if a situation arises where you need it, you'll be glad you purchased it.

Heavy Storms

When heavy storms strike, dropping a deluge more quickly than the area can handle, you may need a policy to pay for flood mitigation services. The property insurance in your commercial insurance package probably covers minor damage caused by a relatively small leak, such as:

  • Wet insulation in the attic
  • Water damage in walls from rain
  • Ceiling replacement from a roof leak

If the storm persists and causes floodwaters that seep into your building and cause major damage, your flood insurance typically covers those repairs.

Overflowing Bodies of Water

If your business is near a lake, stream or river, prolonged rains can cause a flood, and this can affect your property. If the overflow reaches your building, there's probably not going to be any way to stop if from breeching your lower floors and causing quite a bit of damage to your building's structure. A flood policy can cover the repairs needed to restore your building.

Dam Breaks

If a levee or dam breaks, the area around it will probably not be able to avoid flooding. This type of flood can be especially devastating because the water may just keep coming until the hole is repaired. If you live in an area that would be affected by such a catastrophe, flood coverage is generally a must.

No matter where your commercial property is located, it's a good idea to have flood insurance. It offers protection beyond what your property insurance covers, and it can be the fastest way to get your building repaired after a flood.

How To Fix a Flooded Basement

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded basemente in Jamestown,NY

Despite your insurance coverage, a basement flood may be a terrible thing that can leave homeowners in complete disarray. Thankfully, the cleanup process can be straightforward and manageable. Follow the steps below to restore and protect your home from current and future flood concerns.

1. Pause and Be Safe

While it may be instinct to rush into a flooded basement and salvage everything as quickly as you can, you may want to slow down and take in your surroundings. Floodwater presents both slip and fall and shock hazards. Before entering the damaged area, turn off the electricity and put on protective clothing, like rubber boots and gloves.

2. Drain and Tear Out

Cleanup from a basement flood often requires the removal of excess water and the tear out of drywall and insulation, depending on the extent of the damage. You can rent a variety of pumps, either submersible or above ground, to quickly remove water. When removing drywall and insulation, consider tearing away material at least 20 inches above the water line to prevent any mold growth.

3. Discard and Salvage

While many items may have sentimental value, be aware that porous objects like clothing and paper can carry bacteria and produce mold after a flood. Additionally, any appliances that were touched by the water may require inspection by a professional in Jamestown,NY, before further use. The main thing is to remove any sign of contamination.

4. Plan and Prepare

After a flood, you can install backflow valves, and sump pumps to help protect against basement flood reoccurrence. You may also want to inspect the grade of your landscaping as well to ensure that your homes drainage systems are in peak shape. Installation of preventative measures and routine maintenance can help prevent this type of disaster from happening again.

A basement flood can be a damaging and upsetting event. From the lost memories to the worrisome costs, a flood can be detrimental to homeowners. However, by following the above steps and preparing for potential future risks, homeowners can begin to ease even their worst concerns.

4 Reasons To Replace Polybutylene Pipes

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Poly pipe damage in Lakewood, NY

Polybutylene was a common pipe material from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. Poly pipes were preferred due to their affordability and ease of installation. Over time, however, antibacterial treatments such as chlorine and other oxidants cause this material to break down. Here are four reasons to replace poly pipes with polyvinyl chloride or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride.

  1. Most building codes forbid the installation of poly pipes. If you own commercial property in North America, there is a good chance that building codes in your region bar the installation of poly pipes. Choose another material such as PVC or CPVC to make sure the plumbing in your building is up to code.
  2. Poly pipes cannot be repaired. The Quest fittings designed for polybutylene pipes are no longer manufactured, as this pipe material is not considered safe. You may be able to use push fit or transition fittings for copper, CPVC, or PEX pipes with the same outside diameter, but you will not be able to repair poly pipes with the connectors designed for use with this piping material.
  3. Water treatment chemicals degrade poly pipes. Chlorine and other antibacterial treatments may wear down poly pipes over time. This can cause chemicals to leach out of the pipes into the water supply to your building and may also lead to more frequent leaks.
  4. Poly pipes may introduce chemicals into water. As suggested above, oxidants are known to make this material brittle. As these pipes crack or flake and become vulnerable at fittings, this may expose occupants of your building to chemicals.

It is a good idea to replace polybutylene pipes in your commercial property with new plumbing materials to prevent breaks, contamination, degrading, and leaks. If your property in Lakewood,NY sustains damage due to a pipe burst, leak, or from any other source, contact commercial water damage restoration specialists.

Commercial Duct Cleaning in Dunkirk

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Have your air ducts cleaned today!

Our crew is out in Dunkirk, NY doing some commercial duct cleaning. Having your air ducts deeply cleaned is very important because you want to make sure you're breathing the cleanest air possible in your home or office.

Indoor air pollution can affect your family or coworkers' health in the long run and create dust build up. Dirty air ducts are also more costly when it comes to your monthly energy bill. Fans have to work harder to pump air through the clogged ducts. Simply cleaning them makes the air flow more efficiently using less energy, which saves you money!

Whether your needs are commercial or residential, big or small, you can count on SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean to be there for your cleaning needs.

How To Avoid Space Heater Fires

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

A space heater can provide extra warmth. It can also save on heating bills by allowing you to set the thermostat in your home in Jamestown, NY, on low while still heating the specific rooms you are using to a comfortable temperature. A burned space heater doesn't help you, though. To avoid space heater fires, you need to follow a few simple tips.

Give It Space

The heating elements on a space heater give off an impressive amount of heat, but they can turn into a fire hazard quickly if they are crowded. There are several guidelines to make sure you have enough space around your heater:

  • Maintain radius of three feet from flammable objects
  • Don't use near combustible substances, such as gasoline
  • Keep children and pets away from heater
  • Set it on a level surface so it doesn't topple over

Turn It Off

To avoid having a burned space heater when you leave the room, remember to turn it off. Space heaters should never be left unattended while they are on, especially if you leave the house altogether. In fact, it's a good idea to unplug the heater when you are not at home. Keep an eye out for a frayed or otherwise damaged cord.

Space Heater Tips

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Keep It Clean!

Keep your space heater clean to minimize fire risk. Dust and other debris can turn a functioning space heater into an electric fireplace in a hurry. Replace filters regularly according to the manufacturer's recommendation so that dirt does not infiltrate the heating mechanism. Follow maintenance instructions so that it not only lasts a long time but also does not become a safety issue.

A burned space heater can turn convenience into a nightmare. By following these simple guidelines, you can increase your creature comforts while still keeping you and your family safe. To avoid having to call for fire cleanup with a restoration company, choose a space heater that is safe and use it safely.

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is ready for any damage that might happen in the Jamestown, NY, area. We're competent and certified for any fire damage, no matter how it started.

Basement Flooding Solutions

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm board up in a Olean, NY home

During storm season in Olean,NY , one of the most common areas of the home to flood is the basement. It has a few things working against it. It's below the flood line, and any flood from the house is likely to drain into it. Exterior cracks in the foundation below ground are harder to find and repair. If your basement floods, you need the proper equipment and probably help from flood mitigation experts to solve the problem.

Large Volume of Water

A large volume of water calls for quick extraction. While it's important to wait until the storm has passed and the flow of water into your home has stopped, you don't want to delay any longer than necessary. If you are pumping the water out yourself, there are a few things you may need:

  • Sump pump to remove water
  • Trash pump to remove water and debris
  • Industrial hose
  • Generator for power

Professionals typically pump water into a tank mounted inside their vehicle so that they can dispose of it safely in another location. If you do not have a safe place to pump the water, it may be useful to leave it up to technicians who have the equipment you lack.

Small Amount of Flooding

If you do not have standing water in your basement, or if you have already extracted it, you still need to dry out your basement after a flood. Even if surfaces are merely moist, mold growth can occur. Use a wet vacuum to leach water out of carpet or upholstery. You can also use a dehumidifier or set up large fans to dry out the area. Make sure that everything is dry so that your basement does not sustain further damage.

When your basement floods, it is a good idea to call professional cleaners to help fix it. They have the equipment needed to remedy the flooding and fix the damage.

I Found Mold in My Home! What Now?

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in a Jamestown, NY wall

If you are a Jamestown,NY, homeowner, you may have found a small amount of mold growth, and it may have you worried. What can you do about house mold of this nature? Read on for three steps that you can take so mold is no longer a pressing worry on your mind.

1. Don’t Panic!

Remember that mold is a completely normal part of the world you live in, and small amounts are always going to be present around you, both indoors and out. It is only when you find a significant amount that smells offensive or poses a threat to your property’s integrity that you want to call in some skilled assistance.

2. Turn off Your Air Conditioning

If there is even a chance that running your air conditioner system has become contaminated with mold, you are going to want to turn it off as soon as possible. Any mold growth in the unit could spread to the rest of your home if it is allowed to run after such an infestation.

3. Contact Mold Remediation Specialists

A mold remediation company in Jamestown,NY , can help once you have established that professional help is required to help you with house mold. If you think your mold has grown as a result of water buildup, it is especially helpful to contact a company with experience handling water damaged buildings. That way the technicians who arrive will understand how moisture buildup can lead to mold damaged areas, even small and hard-to-spot ones.

While any household dampness issue can cause you to get anxious, one that causes house mold that disrupts your life and threatens your valuable investment makes matters much tenser. Having an action plan in place and understanding that skilled workers are available to clean up even your small affected areas puts you on a path to a cleaner, sturdier home moving forward.

What To Consider in Your Fire Damage Claim

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can be tragic to your home or business, be prepared.

A building fire in Jamestown, NY, can be a financial disaster, but it’s often surprising how much a property can be damaged even if the fire is minimal. Fire damage is not just limited to flame. Structural and personal property damage may also come from one of the secondary aspects of a fire, such as:

• Heat
• Smoke
• Soot
• Water

Insurance Claims

Your insurance adjuster may need records of purchases, photos, and floorplans to help with the claim. You are already aware of the structural damage for your claim, but don’t forget about damage to contents as well. Any photos you have of the buildings contents and structure before the fire can be helpful with your claim.

You may not even be aware of some damage because you don’t see it. Consider electronics equipment and appliances that may have been damaged by smoke and water, even though they were spared from heat and fire. These require cleaning to prevent further damage. Acid from smoke can corrode electrical connections, and water can damage components.

Business Interruption

When you experience a building fire, you may have business losses, and your insurance may include coverage for these costs. These usually include the financial impact of not doing business, or additional costs that are needed to continue the business, such as:

• Revenues that you would otherwise have earned if it had not been for the fire loss
• Ongoing rent and utilities on a property that you can’t use due to fire damage
• Loss of production from being moved off your property or for a temporary relocation
• Loss of business because of employees that left as a result of the fire

Be prepared to provide a lot of documentation to a forensic accountant doing the legwork in assessing your losses.

Recovery Process

The professional fire mitigation company you work with will be helpful with cataloging your losses and providing information for your insurance claim. They are efficient and organized with the process, minimizing your headache by providing all your fire damage mitigation and restoration needs with just one company.

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What Should You Do If You Discover Water Leaking From Your Lights?

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaking from roofs can cause flooding in your home from a storm

When you come home, the last thing you want to see when you flick on the lights is water coming in through the ceiling and dripping from the light fixtures. Not only can an overhead flooding situation like this cause severe ceiling damage, water in a light could be a sign of potentially dangerous electrical damage.

Rule Out Emergency Services

Safety is always the No. 1 priority. Since water is a very efficient conductor of electricity, an overhead flooding situation that involves sparks or wet electrical equipment should be considered an emergency. Contact local emergency services and leave the residence immediately if you suspect any danger.

Protect Your Home

If it's not an emergency situation, complete the following steps to protect your home:

• Secure the flow of water at the source by closing the valves that supply water to the leaking appliance. If you’re not sure which valve to close, check for a main water valve that can shut off water to the entire home.

• If you notice water in a light or other electrical system, shut off the electrical power by flipping the main power switch to the circuit breaker. Remember, if you discover that the circuit breaker is wet or submerged, or if you are unsure, do not proceed. Instead, call emergency services.

• Once you or emergency personnel have secured both the water leak and electrical power, contact a qualified cleanup service that specializes in water damage and home restorations to prevent further harm from occurring.

Water and electricity don’t mix well. It is especially important to take precautions when attempting to manage a situation involving electricity and ceiling damage due to water intrusion. Nobody in Jamestown, NY, wants to find water in a light when they come home. Ensuring that you are preventing the original problem from getting worse is the best thing you can do before contacting restoration professionals.

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Mitigation Vs. Restoration: Key Steps and Differences

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

This basement flooded after a severe storm

Even minor incidents can inflict costly damage on your business and cause inconvenience and distress. Worst-case scenarios can destroy property and cause health and safety concerns. If your Jamestown, NY, business floods, you need to get a flood cleanup company involved as quickly as possible. Trained professionals will help with the mitigation and restoration process.

Initial Mitigation

Once you call a flood mitigation company to help with your flooding problem, the team will ensure the area isn’t posing health risks to you and your family. The specialists will do some preparation work before beginning the cleanup process.

• They’ll evaluate the extent of the damage.
• They’ll assess which areas of the building have been flooded.
• They’ll clear out damaged furniture and other items.

Water Removal

It’s essential to remove any standing water in a timely manner. The flood cleanup company will use wet vacuums and pumps to ensure there’s no standing water in your basement or other areas. Then, the team will use high-powered machines to extract any water that has saturated the carpet.

Dry it Out

Once the specialist has removed water, he or she will dry the affected area with industrial-grade equipment. The team will thoroughly dry the area as well as dehumidify it. This will help minimize the growth of mold or other materials.

Clean and Sanitize

The last mitigation step will entail making sure the area, furniture, and items are free of odor and ready for use once more. The specialist will use antimicrobial treatments for this step.

Restoration Efforts

The chief difference between mitigation and what a restoration company does is that in restoration, crews replace areas that received significant damage. The team may replace carpet or drywall in order to ensure safety and comfort in your business. Restoration can take make longer than mitigation, depending on how much the crews need to replace.

When a flood makes its way into your business, you need a flood cleanup company to help get your building back to normal. The best companies will mitigate and restore the damage.

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Three Ways To Prepare for Flooding From a Storm

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your belongings from flooding from a storm in Jamestown

A severe storm can occur at any time of the year. These storms can produce heavy rains, which may lead to flooding. In Jamestown, NY, this flooding can be devastating if flood water reaches the inside of your home. Being prepared in advance is critical to ensure the least amount of devastation. Here are three things you can do to make sure your home and your valuables are protected from a flood caused by a storm.

1. Familiarize yourself with your insurance policy. Understanding what type of insurance you have and what it covers – before a storm occurs – is critical. Regular homeowner’s insurance policies may not cover water damage from floods. Coverage for flooding must often be purchased in a separate flood policy obtained from the National Flood Insurance Program. If you need flood insurance, purchase it before the storm because it can take 30 days for coverage to start.

2. Be aware of the conditions in your area. Know when a flood is possible in your area. Most communities have an emergency alert system designed to notify residents of emergency conditions. You should also be aware of whether your home is in a flood-prone area.

3. Protect your items of value and important papers. To avoid damage from flood water, any items of value or important papers (i.e. insurance policies, birth certificates, property deeds, etc.) should be placed in containers that are watertight. If possible, these items should be placed at a level that is high enough to prevent them from floating away if you have a flooded building.

In the unfortunate event that a storm occurs and your home suffers damage from flood water, you may need the help of an experienced professional who specializes in water damage to clean up your home. Although a flood can be a devastating and destructive event, using the tips above to prepare your home, along with the assistance of a professional experienced in cleanup of storm damage, can make the recovery process less stressful.

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Get Smart About Smart Smoke Alarms

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your family with smoke alarms and test frequently to ensure your family is safe incase of a fire

People have been dreaming of home automation since The Jetsons appeared on television in the sixties. Homes in Jamestown, NY are finally getting smart now with cameras, thermostats, speakers and even smart lightbulbs. Did you know a smoke alarm can be smart too? Should you replace your current smoke detector with a smart device?


Smart devices are still using the same sensing technology that the old-fashioned devices use, which use either ionic or photoelectric. The smart part is that the device sends a notification to your phone whenever the alarm sounds. You will need wireless internet in your home for it to work, but here are some different device options for getting that notification on your phone:


* Install smart smoke detectors. If it's time to replace the devices in your home, consider replacing them with smart smoke detectors. Prices are coming down on these. Many models are still around $100 or more, but some are now around $40.


* Use smart batteries. This year, you can replace your smoke alarm's batter with a smart one that lasts for five years and sends you notifications. The smart battery is used in your current smoke alarm, pushing a notification to your phone whenever the alarm goes off. If the detector is solely battery powered, that smart little battery can also be used to hush the alarm. That doesn't work if the device is hardwired.


* Plug in a monitor. Instead of your nosey neighbor telling you when the alarm is going off, you can buy a monitor that plugs into an electrical outlet. This is a great option to get smart notification without replacing multiple smoke detectors in your home. Monitors listen for the frequency of another smoke alarm and send you a notification when that sound is detected.

When it comes to fire safety for your family, fire alarms are one of the most important ways to protect your family. If you do have a fire, thankfully a well-placed and well-maintained alarm will help your family get out fast and restoration specialists can help remedy any smoke and fire damage.

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Getting Rid of Mold Expediently

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Jamestown, New York

As a busy property manager, it is never good to find an outbreak of mold in one of your Jamestown, NY, buildings. You may be wondering how it got there, what you should do about it, and how long the mold removal will take. But what do you know about mold? Before you begin the removal process, here are a few things you should understand.

Mold Is All Around Us

Mold is everywhere. The goal of a remediation company is not to eliminate it but to bring its numbers down to healthy levels.

• Mold is found naturally in all environments.
• Mold is a type of fungus with thousands or more species.
• Not all mold is “black mold” or toxic mold.
• Areas of high humidity and dampness encourage mold growth.

Determine the Extent of the Problem

If you discover mold, you should determine how it got there. Here are some things to consider:

• Take note of where you find the mold.
• Look for roof leaks or other sources of water damage.
• Don’t attempt to clean it up yourself.
• Have it professionally tested.
• Contact a licensed mold removal company.

What a Professional Mold Remediation Specialist Can Do

Once you have called in a professional company, its technicians should examine the size and scope of the mold contamination. Then affected areas should be identified and treated using specialized products and equipment. The time it takes for mold remediation will depend on the amount that needs removal. In general, the remediation process will take three to seven days based on how much there is to eradicate. What you should get when you hire a company that specializes in mold removal in Jamestown, NY, are trained technicians who have the proper equipment for the job, who have extensive experience with the problem at hand, and who are up to date on the latest EPA guidelines.

If you have black mold or other fungi in your commercial building, call in the experts to remove it. Getting the job done in the most expedient manner should be the highest priority for both you and the professionals you hire.

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Don’t Wait To Replace Your Old, Leaky Toilet

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet Repair or replacement is important with a leaky toilet to reduce water damage to your home

Of all the upgrades you can make to your Jamestown, NY, home, replacing your toilet is probably not at the top of your list. However, if you’ve got a leaking toilet, this is not a project you can afford to put off. Sometimes the toilet repair is as simple as tightening loose bolts or replacing a water-supply tube, but in many cases a total replacement is necessary. Once you’ve determined the source of your leak and decided it’s time for a new toilet, follow these five steps to replace it.

1. Choose a replacement. Make the process as seamless as possible by having a brand new toilet purchased and ready to go before you get rid of the old one.

2. Dry out the leaking toilet. Turn off the water supply using the shutoff valve on the wall behind the toilet. Then clear the remaining water by giving it a flush. Make sure that the tank is completely empty by removing the lid and soaking up any remaining moisture.

3. Remove the old toilet. Disconnect the water-supply tube and detach the toilet from the floor by unscrewing the bolts. Lift the toilet by the bowl, gently rocking back and forth to break it loose from the floor seal. Once it’s free, place the toilet into an open garbage bag to prevent dripping as you haul it outside for disposal.

4. Prepare the surface. Plug the open floor drain with an old towel while you scrape off any remnants of wax or putty from the drain opening.

5. Install your new toilet. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully in order to avoid needing another toilet repair in the future.

Swapping out your old toilet may be simple, but if the underlying problem has been going on for a long time, you may have more extensive water damage than you realize. Contacting a restoration expert in Jamestown, NY, is the best way to ensure that you’re not dealing with the effects of a leaking toilet years down the road.

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Fire Sprinklers, Friend or Foe?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler inspections should be done regularly to ensure your business in Jamestown is safe incase of a fire

Fire sprinklers are your company’s best friend in Jamestown, NY, when it counts most. This wonderful invention protects your business and prevents it from going down in flames. But, what happens when the device malfunctions and causes water damage instead? When the sprayers accidentally cause flooding in your building, you are left wondering what to do next. Follow these four tips to quickly recover from this unfortunate occurrence:

1. Disconnect the Water Supply

As soon as possible, turn off the water supply to the building. The earlier the fire sprinklers stop spraying water, the faster the damage is contained. Remember, your safety is most important. If there is danger of electricity coming into contact with water, first turn off the main electricity to the building or wait until the specialists arrive.

2. Call a Water Restoration Company

After water damage occurs, it is essential to immediately contact a water restoration specialist. When the experts arrive, they assess the damage and make a plan for drying and restoring the space. Since the water came from a clean source, you do not need to worry about contamination if you act quickly.

3. Contact Your Insurance Agent

Most often, commercial property insurance covers loss and restoration from flooding. Have your insurance papers and contact information in an easily accessible place that is not susceptible to water.

4. Mitigate the Damage Until Help Arrives

While you are waiting for the specialists, increase ventilation in the building. Open windows to allow fresh air to flow freely through the space, or use air conditioning in the summer. If your building is more than one story, dry the top level first to prevent water leaks through the ceiling to the floor below. Mop and blot excess water from floors and furniture. Remove art and other valuable items to a dry location.

Fire sprinklers are the perfect way to avoid fire and smoke damage at your business in Jamestown, NY. However, a device glitch can leave you with flooding and water damage instead. Follow the above tips to quickly return your business to its preloss state.

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Black Water and Why It Matters

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Jamestown New York

When storms encroach on Jamestown, NY, water damage is a prevailing threat with immediate and long-term consequences. Not all water has the same impact, however, and when it comes to storms and flooding, black water is exceptional for the invasive effects it has on both property and patron. Considered highly contaminated, floodwater can devastate both property and air quality. Knowing the risks and how to handle a flood are key to protecting both your business and your people.

What Is Category 3 Water?

Category 3, or black water, is the worst classification of water damage. When aggressive storms bring outdoor water indoors, pesticides, fecal matter, and toxic organic materials are carried in, putting at risk the health of anyone in contact with the grossly unsanitary contents. Water in this category contains aggressive amounts of bacteria and microorganisms, alongside potentially pathogenic and toxigenic material. This contaminated water can flood your business during a storm a few ways:

• Sewage bursts
• Rain water
• Ground water
• Rising river, stream, and/or sea levels

When outdoor water has found its way inside your business, it is imperative to contact a professional cleanup company immediately to rectify the physical damage and prevent any biological threats.

Why a Professional Team?

Due to the biohazard of black water, a professional cleanup crew is required to handle the extraction process. Wearing masks to filter toxins and full protective gear, workers can handle the process of removing the water and purifying the air of threatening toxins. After extraction, any porous material touched by the contaminated water must be removed from the building, including carpet, drywall, and wood. These trained professionals can ensure your place of business is cleared of all contaminants from the flood and meets IICRC standards so that you may begin the process of restoration quickly and safely.

Storms and floods can be devastating when they hit Jamestown, NY. Contact a professional cleanup crew when water damage infiltrates your business to ensure safety for everything and everyone.

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Recovering From Smoke Damage From a Nearby Fire

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Help from SERVPRO after a fire nearby to remove your smoke damage

Damage from a fire to a commercial property lingers long after the fire has been extinguished. The destruction can even extend to adjacent properties that were not engulfed in flames. Although the property may not have water damage from the fire fighter’s hoses, drifting ash, smoke, and soot can wreak havoc and bring your business to a grinding halt. Luckily, smoke damage is often a covered loss. Recovering a commercial building from a nearby fire can be done quickly and safely with help from restoration specialists, who use special techniques to repair the damage left behind.

Determine What Items Are Likely To Be Damaged

Certain objects are susceptible to smoke and soot damage, including the following:

• Carpeting
• Walls
• Upholstery

The longer these objects are left uncleaned, the more likely they are to develop lingering odors of smoke. Your items may also need to undergo a sanitization process to become safe to use again.

Move Quickly To Get It Fixed

After a fire in Jamestown, NY, it is important to work quickly to repair damage. Getting a professional inspection of the smoke damage is often crucial to determine the correct treatment needed. Once an inspection has taken place, restoration specialists can formulate a plan to bring the property back to normal, using these tools such as industrial air scrubbers, fogging equipment, and ozone treatments, all of which are designed to give a deep smoke cleaning to the building.

Get Back to Business as Usual

Once your commercial building has been properly cleaned of smoke and sanitized, it is also important to restore the building to how it was before the fire. Services often include the following:

• Carpet reinstallation
• Drywall repairs
• Repainting walls

Smoke damage can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to last forever. Working with the right company after a fire can ease the burden of getting your business back on track.

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Have You Tried These Top Air Purifiers?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Air Filtration devices can be helpful for your commercial business

When buying an air filtration device for your Jamestown, NY, home, there are a number of factors to take into account. Those factors include cost, ease of use, filter efficiency, and air flow. You may need to choose one factor over another depending on how you plan to use your system, or you may be looking for an air purifier that combines high scores on all. So which air purifiers do the best in different categories?

Best for Cost Efficiency

When it comes to cost efficiency, the GermGuardian AC4825 won’t put you out of pocket at a smooth $100 and no more. While it’s one of the cheapest air purifiers on the market, how does it stack up on other factors?

• Middling on filter efficiency
• Very low rating on airflow
• Decent rating on ease of use

Overall, it’s a good starter filtration system but may have to be replaced fairly soon for a more high-end model.

Best for Filter Efficiency

For filter efficiency, you can’t do much better than the Amway Quixtar Atmosphere. It rates nearly perfect on filter performance – meaning you’ll clear the most particulates from the air, including mold spores that could become mold growth.

Best for Air Flow

The Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier hits a perfect score for air flow, allowing the most possible circulation to handle air filtration efficiently and neatly. However, it falls a little short in filter efficiency – meaning that it may need that air flow to capture more spores and other particulates on each pass.

Best All Around

For the best air purifier that combines cost efficiency and great performance, the Oransi Max is a great value for the dollar. At $479, it’s a good cost investment when it hits nearly perfect scores on all factors, including filter efficiency, air flow, and ease of use. You won’t get much better outside of commercial-grade air filtration devices.

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5 Tips To Prevent Space Heater Fires

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can keep you warm in the winter months but could also cause fires.

Space heaters are a great way to keep your home warm during cold winter months. However, incorrect use can lead to a burned space heater that causes fire and smoke damage. Here are some tips to keep your Jamestown, NY, home safe and warm despite frosty temps.

1. Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions

It may seem obvious, but the best place to start is by reading the manufacturer’s instructions—and following them. If your heater requires fuel, only use those that are manufacturer-recommended. Keep filters clean. Take a close look at warning labels.

2. Keep Some Distance

One of the leading causes of heater fires is proximity to flammable materials. Be sure to keep heaters at least 3 feet away from curtains, clothing and furniture. Don’t place them on rugs or carpet.
In addition, keep the heater clear of any walking paths or high-traffic areas in your home. This will help eliminate any tripping hazards and prevent anyone from knocking it over or brushing up against it.

3. Plug It Directly Into the Wall

Extension cords and power strips should not be used. To help avoid overheating, always plug the appliance directly into the wall outlet, and don’t run the cord under carpets or rugs. It is wise to inspect the cord for damage before each use.

4. Turn It Off

Always unplug and turn a heater off before you go to sleep or leave home. Space heaters should never be left unattended.

5. Install Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms should be installed near every bedroom and on every floor of your home. Make sure they work by testing them monthly. In the unfortunate event of a burned space heater, an alarm can help ensure that smoke cleanup is your biggest concern.

Space heaters are excellent appliances for keeping small spaces warm when it’s cold outside, but before you use one in your Jamestown, NY, home, safety should always come first. Remembering important safety tips will help you avoid a burned space heater and protect your life and home.

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Containing Mold to Avoid Cross Contamination

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Mold Remediation

Mold is a type of fungus that sends out unseen spores that are often the size of a particle of dust. Because of the miniscule size and weight of each speck, movement such as vibrations, air currents, and water vapors can quite easily spread the fungi throughout a building in Jamestown, NY. But anyone that walks by a patch of mold can also fall victim to the sneaky way the particles spread because once in the air, the microorganisms can attach itself to hair, clothing, and skin. The spores can then be transported to other rooms within the building. This is especially true when disrupting a colony during cleaning. Here are some ways to prevent cross contamination when cleaning mold clusters because once cross contamination occurs, mold cleanup can become a nightmare.

1. When removing items from the affected room, use airtight plastic bags. Even wet articles of clothing can spread spores when carried from one room to another.

2. Use a plastic sheet to separate the mold infected area from the rest of the building. Make sure the sheet is sealed over the doorway before cleanup begins.

3. Wear protective clothing and a filtration mask when cleaning mold contamination. Once the area is clean, remove all clothing while still in the room. Remember to discard in airtight bags.

4. Do not spray moldy areas with chemicals or power washers during mold cleanup. Any type of air disruption can send the spores flying and infect other surfaces within the room, including you.

5. Contact a professional mold remediation crew to test the area. Before the containment barrier comes down, an inspection for mold spores may be considered necessary to insure the fungi have been eliminated, and the area is safe to reopen.

Even small projects can cause serious cross contamination if mold cleanup is not handled properly. That is why commercial building owners often call in mold specialists to guarantee fungus removal is handled correctly. Once the mold is discovered, act quickly to prevent a widespread problem.

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3 Steps To Follow Immediately After a Pipe Break

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO for your pipe break emergency

Significant water damage can bring your bustling business to a screeching halt. The main factor that determines how quickly you recover and get back to business as usual is your response time when you discover bursting pipes. The faster you can stop the problem, the better off you will be. Here are three things you can do to expedite the cleanup process.

1. Shut Off the Water

When professional technicians arrive to fix a broken pipe in your building, they can work faster if they have less water to contend with. The first thing you do, therefore, when you discover water damage in Lakewood, NY, is shut the water off at the source. Turn off the main water valve so the pipe does not continue to leak. It is also a good idea to shut off electricity in the area, particularly if the water is close to any outlets or equipment.

2. Call Professionals

After you shut down the water supply to the bursting pipes, contact water remediation specialists. They can help by conducting a thorough assessment of the problem and beginning the repair process. This process is not something you want to delay. Every minute that your commercial property sustains water damage is a minute when bacteria can multiply and mold can settle and grow. Timely restoration helps prevent further damage.

3. Alert Insurance

Once you have an estimate of what it costs to repair the damage, you should call your insurance company. An agent can explain what your policy covers. The company can also send an adjuster to survey the damage and decide what your claim is worth.

Water damage in Lakewood, NY, is not something anyone would wish on themselves. You can minimize the damage to your commercial property from bursting pipes if you cut the water off at the source and make arrangements to resolve it and pay for the resolution as quickly as possible.

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3 Reasons You Need To Address Storm Damage Right Away

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage clean up can be a real chore

When a big storm rolls through Jamestown, NY, flood insurance adjusters can get really bogged down with work. It's always a good idea to call your insurance provider to start your claims process, but it may not be a good idea to put off addressing the damage done by the storm. There are a lot of reasons you should start making repairs as soon as you can get a residential storm damage remediation team scheduled.

1. Reduce Chances of More Flooding

Storms can cause all types of damage. Your roof may lose shingles, your home may lose siding, or your basement may flood. Your house can become more susceptible to flooding due to the damage. You need to fix any damage caused by a storm to ensure your home does not suffer from further storm and flood damage. If repairs aren't made, any rain can cause major problems.

2. Stop Mold Growth

If a storm causes flooding in your home, you need to address the water problems as soon as possible to make sure your home does not suffer from mold damage. Even if your home is affected by clean water, you could see mold problems start in 24 to 48 hours if the water isn’t taken care of properly. Your flood insurance may help cover the remediation costs, but it depends on your policy.

3. Avoid More Damage

Waiting to address storm damage until an adjuster can come to your house can leave your entire property at risk for more problems. High winds following a storm could rip off more shingles or siding. Damaged tree branches could crash down onto your car or house. Taking care of any issues as soon as possible can save you time and money in the future.

Many flood insurance policies require you to call in an insurance adjuster. However, you may want to start taking care of the damage before the adjuster can make it to your home. This is especially true if he or she has a full schedule.

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Know What Happens to Your Home’s Materials When They Get Wet

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Garage Water Damage in New York

Most people understand the noticeable damage to a home after a flood or pipe burst, but not many consider the underlying damage. Flooding of any kind, whether from a burst supply line, broken pipe, sewage backup or actual flood, can be severely damaging to a home’s structure. For instance, water damage can result in:

• Swelling wood
• Ineffective insulation
• Crumbling drywall
• Electrical issues
• Mold contamination

The Issues Posed by Water Damage

Water damage is much more destructive than many homeowners give it credit for. If not taken care of right away, moisture can eat away at your home’s structure over long period of time. For instance, when your home is invaded with water, the wood begins to swell. While swollen wood in and of itself is not an issue, it can create other issues throughout the home. You may discover that your doors don’t close without effort or that your door jambs are cracking. This is an indicator of pressure on your house’s frame. If too much pressure builds, it could impact the very foundation of your home.

In addition to swelling wood, water damage can render your insulation ineffective. Your home will become drafty, which is not only uncomfortable but also costly. If your insulation has been affected, chances are that your drywall has been impacted, too. It may start to crumble or become weak to the touch.

Another issue that may stem from past water damage is the electrical systems. You may discover that your circuits short every time you plug something in or that an outlet doesn’t work at all. Not only is this a pain, but it can also pose a fire hazard.

Finally, you may observe discoloration or a musty smell. If you notice either, your home is contaminated with mold.

From swelling wood to mold contamination, water can cause a significant amount of damage in a relatively short period of time. Don’t let your water damage get out of control; invest in water pipe repair and water restoration services in Olean, NY, right away.

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The Mold Is Dried Out – Will It Go Away on Its Own?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Jamestown NY Home

A recent moisture problem in your Jamestown, NY, home left you with unwelcome mold growth. You were quick to act and removed any standing water as quickly as possible. You also took the time to run dehumidifiers and fans to ensure your home's humidity returned to and remained at an acceptable level. With all of this work, is there really anything else you have to do? Won't the black mold simply die without the moisture it needs to thrive?

Unfortunately, this particular fungus is hardy and needs only the following to grow:

• Oxygen
• Moisture
• Warmth
• Food

With these four staples, mold can survive almost anywhere.

Dried-Out Mold Becomes Inactive

It is true that dried-out mold stops growing actively. Spores need moisture to multiply, so removing excess moisture can help you stop the spread of mold. However, any growth you have will stay exactly where it is. It does not dry up and vanish without a trace.

Dried-Out Mold Can Become Active

Once you have managed to remove excess moisture from the black mold, your worries are not over. If any sort of water, such as high humidity or a pipe leak, makes it to the fungus, you may have a reactivated patch of mold. This means it will start producing spores again at a normal pace and potentially spread to other parts of your home.

Dried-Out Mold Needs To Be Removed

The final step in the mold cleanup process should be the physical removal of the fungus. Without this step, you run the risk of encouraging mold growth in the future. Even inactive mold may send out occasional spores. If any of those land on a wet surface, the growth will kick into overdrive. To actually remove the fungus, you must clean nonporous surfaces that were contaminated and throw away porous materials.

Just because the moisture is gone doesn't mean the mold is. A residential mold remediation team can help you properly take care of black mold to help you make sure you don't have a recurring problem.

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Understanding What Black Water Is

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Jamestown

If your commercial building in Jamestown, NY, has recently been affected by flooding, you may be dealing with a lot of water damage restoration. As the storm damage cleanup crew works on your building, you may hear a lot of technical terms. If someone mentions black water in your building, what exactly does that mean? Water is considered black when at least one of the following situations are met:

* The water is highly contaminated.
* Flood water comes in contact with fecal matter.
* Wastewater from toilets enters your building.
* Untreated standing water starts to support microbial growth.

Now that you have a better understanding of what this contaminated water is, you may want to learn more about how you can bounce back from such damage.

Fast Response

After flooding, you need to react as quickly as possible. Getting the water out of your building can help reduce the structural damages. Also, if you're able to dry out and clean your furniture and equipment shortly after the incident occurs, you may have a greater chance of being able to keep many of your company's possessions. You may not be able to hold on to porous materials, especially when dealing with dirty flood water.

Professional Response

Because contaminated water can be dangerous, it is often a good idea to call in the experts as soon as possible. Trying to deal with this water damage on your own may not be a good idea because of the sewage, chemicals and microbes that are potentially in the water. Professionals will have the safety equipment needed to properly take care of the issue. Their equipment will also help them fix the problem faster.

Whenever you're dealing with water damage due to flooding, you need to be aware of the type of water you have in your commercial building. Clean, gray and black water each have their own potential problems and need to be taken care of in different ways.

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Have a Plan in Case of a Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

If a disaster strikes, you want to be ready for it with a contingency plan. A fire or flood, as well as many other possible disasters, could put you out of business. Ensure that your company is able to bounce back and resume operations in as short a time as possible.

Risks

There are many misfortunes your business might have to confront. Although you cannot plan for everything, here are some possible mishaps that you should plan for.

• Fire
• Flood
• Earthquake
• Hard drive failure
• Data theft
• Theft

Creating a Plan

The above risks are a sample of what your business might face. It is up to you to determine what risks are applicable to your particular industry and region of the world. This will give your contingency plan focus. Although you want to be prepared, you don’t want to waste time and money on things that are unlikely to happen.

Prepare an evacuation plan. Post it throughout the office. Your staff needs to know where to go, what routes to use to exit the building and when to make that call. Appoint department heads to ensure everyone is able to get out safely.

There needs to be a communication system in place. The contingency plan should detail the communication fan-out system. Who contacts whom? Update all email and phone numbers. Make sure contact lists are printed in case of a technology failure.

Update your on-site emergency kits and train your staff on them. If your business stores valuable data, take measures to protect it. Review your insurance policy and make sure it covers the disasters you find important.

Your contingency plan should lay out what is necessary to run your business at the base level. These are the absolute essentials for operating again. Make plans so that those resources are available as quickly as possible. Research alternate suppliers.

It is important to have a plan in case of an emergency. In the heat of things, it can be hard to make good decisions. A plan gives you something to rely on. You can even hire professionals in Lakewood, New York, to help you devise one.

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5 Tips for Staying Safe While Using Space Heaters

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can be a great way to stay cozy. During cold weather in Jameston, New York, they can help you to be more comfortable in your home, but they can also be a fire hazard. Luckily, if you keep a few simple safety tips in mind, you should be able to avoid dealing with a burned space heater.

1. Keep the Area Clear

One of the easiest ways a space heater fire can start is if there are flammable materials in contact with the heater. Keep anything flammable, especially items made from paper and fabric, well away from the heater.

2. Choose the Right Location

Anywhere that is too confined can create a perfect recipe for a burned space heater. Don’t put the heater beneath desks or other furniture. Instead, try to put the heater in an open area where it won’t come into contact with anything.

3. Pay Attention

It can be dangerous to leave space heaters unattended. You should never leave them turned on when you’re out of the room or away from home. If you’re paying attention to the heater, you should be able to stop problems before they turn into emergencies.

4. Use Safety Features

When shopping for a heater, you can try to find one that has an automatic shut-off feature. While you still should never leave the space heater unattended, it can be one more layer of safety.

5. Keep Filters Clean

Space heaters have filters that can become clogged with dust, pet hair, or other debris in the air. Clogged filters can cause the heater to overheat and ignite. Clean the filter regularly to help prevent any issues.

Fires can be dangerous and lead to extensive (as well as expensive) smoke cleanup. Don’t get stuck with a burned space heater. Being mindful of how and where you use your heater can help you to stay safe.

Visit for more information on fire at http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com.

3 Steps To Take After a Storm-Induced Sewer Backup

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In Jamestown, NY after rain water builds up, a sewer backup can become a problem. Sewer water is always considered black water because of the bacteria and pathogens it carries. When it backs into your home or floods your basement, what can you do about it? Here are three steps you should take.

1. Shut Down Power

Water and electricity should never mix. Even if you can’t spot any electrical outlets near the water, you don’t want to take any risks with it. Make sure the electricity is off before you enter the area and before you call any specialists to help you with the water removal. Safety should always come first.

2. Check the Gas

In cases of flooding, the pilot light on gas appliances may go out. In this situation, you may have gas emissions leaking into your home. If the light is out or if you smell gas, then you need to call a professional right away. Do not stay in the building if you have a gas leak.

3. Extract the Water

As soon as possible, you need to have the water extracted. Collected rain water after a sewer backup can cause mold growth in a short period of time. Usually mold starts growing in as little as 24 hours. Make sure you have the water removed as soon as you can, or else the damage may become more extensive. The less time your home is saturated with water, the more damage you’ll be able to avoid.

Flood damage can be devastating, and when there’s a sewer backup in your neighborhood, it can be stressful and frustrating. These three steps should help keep you calm and safe after the events of a flood. While you may not be able to control the weather or the sewer lines, you can control what happens once the storm passes.
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Flood Cleanup Checklist

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

You can leave it to a broken pipe to ruin your day. So, your residence was flooded and now it’s time to prepare the cleanup. This can be a daunting task to anyone, no matter if you have any experience with flood waters. Here’s a checklist of what you should do when it comes to taking care of your belongings after a water-in-home situation.

Carpets, Clothing and Rugs

Most of the time, the advice about carpets, clothing and rugs is to replace them. If it turns out that the rugs can be salvaged, spread them out outside. Here, you can hose them off and use carpet shampoo to clean them. This can be done using a broom to work in the detergent. Unless your carpet is made of wool, you can rinse it with a gallon of water and a couple tablespoons of liquid bleach. For clothing you hope to salvage, rely on dry cleaning to disinfect them.

Walls

If you look at your walls and see no signs of damage, you still want to take extra care with them. First, you should ensure that all the water in your property has been cleared out. If your walls aren’t dry, this is sure to lead to moisture problems down the road. If you have any mud or mold on the walls, then it’s time to clean them. In most cases, a formula of water and detergent can remove mold.

Flooring

When it comes to your floors, remember to check for buckling or warping. This could mean you need to get the floor replaced. Floors should be dried out completely and if salvageable, cleaned in much the same way as the walls.

Of course, as with any cleanup efforts, utilizing restoration specialists can also help. If you have a water-in-home situation in Jamestown, NY after a broken pipe, consider this list to better handle it. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Category 1 Water Does Not Mean Category 1 Water Damage

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Any broken pipe or supply line in commercial buildings in Olean, NY can lead to severe water damage. Experts in commercial restoration know that no two water damages are alike; a lot depends on the category of water involved. If you’re dealing with water damage due to category 1 water, you are exposed to sanitary water. Clean water does not pose substantial risk. What is category 1 water exactly, and what damage can it cause?

1. What Is Category 1 Water?

Category 1 water starts from a sanitary source. Examples for sanitary sources are faucets, toilet tanks, and drinking fountains.  Nevertheless, be advised that this water can turn into unsanitary water based on time and temperature. Just because it’s category 1 water doesn’t mean that it cannot cause extensive damage. Clean water can cause four types of water damage.

2. What Are the Main Types of Water Damage?

Class 1 is the easiest to deal with as only small amounts of water are involved. Absorption and evaporation are minimal issues. The damage is limited to one room or one specific area. Carpet is only slightly or not affected at all, and only materials with low porosity have absorbed water.

Class 2 damage is characterized by larger amounts of water and a higher evaporation rate. At least all the carpet in a room is affected and walls are soaked in water up to 24 inches. The structure and substructure have absorbed moisture.

Class 3 water damage means that enough water has filled the area to be evaporated into or absorbed by everything in the room. It’s not uncommon that the water comes from overhead. Walls, insulation, ceilings, carpets, and sub-floors are saturated.

Specialty drying situations fall into class 4. Enough time has passed for water to affect materials with low porosity, including brick and concrete.

Clean water might be sanitary but it can be responsible for extensive damage. As soon as you notice a broken pipe or supply line, it’s important to take action. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on commercial water damage.

Does Your Home Have Mold? Look Out for These 4 Signs

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Does Your Home Have Mold? Look Out for These 4 Signs

Mold growth can be harmful to your health and your home’s health, which is why it is imperative that you call in a Olean, NY mold remediation team at the first signs of a mold infestation. However, what if you don’t know if your home has mold? Is there a way to detect mold without calling in an indoor environmental specialist? While a mold test is the best and most accurate way to detect mold, these four signs may be a strong indication that your home is indeed infested:

Visible Growth

The most obvious sign of a mold infestation is visible growth. Like with most pests, what you see is not what you get. If you notice a patch of mold on your kitchen backsplash, on a ceiling or beneath the bathroom sink, chances are that your problem is deeper than what you can see.

Musty or Moldy Odor

Mold smells, period. Outside of the home, mold smells stale; on the inside, it smells musty and damp. If your home or any room in your home smells off—as in, it smells like a forest after a heavy rainfall—chances are that you have a mold problem and that it is time to call in your indoor environmental specialist.

Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can take on many forms, including flooding, burst pipes, sewage back up and a leaking roof. If your home has any of these issues, and if you have not taken measures to remedy them, you may have a mold problem.

Past Flooding

If your home was in a flood in the past, and if you did not have a water remediation team in to properly dry and clean up the damage, you may have a mold problem. The only way to ensure that your home is mold-free post-flood is to let the professionals deal with the situation.

If you notice any of the above four signs, you may have a mold problem. However, you should call in your Olean, NY indoor environmental specialist to perform a mold test just to be sure.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on mold.

Does My Insurance Cover Mold?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Does My Insurance Cover Mold?

When it comes to mold and fungus growth in homes in Jamestown, NY you know that it can quickly get out of control. If you have to work with a professional to get the mold removed, this can be a costly process. Because of this, you want to look into mold insurance or mold coverage to see if you can get some help with the expense.

Water Damage Coverage

Water damage is one of the most common causes of mold in a home. However, if this damage is due to maintenance issues, it may not be covered by your standard homeowner’s insurance policy. Such maintenance issues might include:

Repeat leaks
Landscaping drainage system problems
Condensation
Ongoing humidity issues
Continuous water seepage

If mold and fungus growth are related to the issues above, or those that are similar, your policy could exclude them. It is important to read the fine print when you are getting your policy to see what it covers.

Specified Peril Policies

If the mold in your home is due to a specified peril, it may be covered. However, you have to look at the listed perils on your policy and be able to absolutely prove and one of these is the cause. It is not always obvious what caused you to have a mold issue. This is why most policies do not end up covering mold and the issues that it can cause. It is often recommended that you look into a separate policy that might cover it. Remember that mold is a common issue and one that you want to have some coverage for.

Since most insurance policies either do not cover mold or they might have a cap in place, talk to your insurance adjuster or a SERVPRO representative to determine what your options are. This ensures that you make the right choices in getting the mold in your home taken care of. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on mold.

3 Tips for Storm Preparation

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

3 Tips for Storm Preparation

As a new storm approaches, the forecasters predict massive flooding. As the owner of a commercial property, what do you do next? Your business is your livelihood! To lose it could mean that you’ve lost everything. How do you make sure that you’re not someone who loses their entire business after one storm? You have to be willing and able to deal with flood water as it comes. Here are 3 ways that you can prepare for a storm.

1. Back up Data

When a flood hits, there is a possibility that it could take out all of your electronics. If you happen to lose your business computers or files in the flooded building, then you could lose everything. A lot of that data is irreplaceable. It’s important to either save your data on a computer offsite or to back everything up either on the internet or on a physical copy that you can keep safe.

2. Remove Items

Water damage can be extensive and costly. In fact, you could lose everything. Keep in mind that there are plenty of porous surfaces that cannot be cleaned. A lot of your furniture and personal items could be lost in a flood. It’s important that you remove or relocate them to higher ground, also. Ruined, wet furniture can grow mold and jeopardize your health.

3. Plan for Restoration

Don’t meet the storm without plans for restoration. Flood water should be thought about long before it comes into play. With a professional service, you can make quick plans after your business has been struck by the storm to fix all of the damage. You should start making restorations as soon as possible.

To forget about storm prep could end your business. As a part of your livelihood, you don’t want to do anything to lose it. While you may not be the cause of the flooding, you still have to be prepared to keep your Jamestown, NY business from going under because of flood water. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on storm damage.

SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

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

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

• Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals

• Tear gas and pepper spray residues

• Fire extinguisher residue

• Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime scene Residues

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

Blood borne Pathogens

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

Methamphetamine Labs

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

For more information on our biohazard services visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com/biohazard-cleaning.

Grafitti Removal

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Unattractive marks and stains can be left of your walls for many reasons. Whether they are a result of a vandal's graffiti, smoke from a building fire, or mold growth, it is important for your building to look clean and well cared for. That's where SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean comes in. You probably know us as your fire and flood damage specialists but our team can make quick work of removing any of these stains. As always we use the most cutting edge equipment to do the job properly and thoroughly. With our tough but gentle soda blasters, we can remove the staining and leave just the wall's finish behind. Some power washers can remove more than just the unwanted markings, and leave the wall looking even more damaged. The fact that ours is both tough and gentle makes it the perfect fit for any job. This photo shows us removing markings from a wall of a commercial structure. Graffiti and other markings can make your business look less than stellar to customers. It is important to make sure your property looks as great as the business done inside! Residential properties need the same tender loving care. Staining can make a house hard to sell because of how it looks and in the case of smoke stains, how it smells. So remember, don't just paint over those stains, call the experts at SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean to remove them completely!

5 Simple Steps to prevent spread of smoke/soot damage

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Mold Damage in your business

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Job in Jamestown, NY

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

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

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

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

Remediating Mold in your Home

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Mold on furniture

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

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

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

How the Professionals Restore Water Damaged Homes and Businesses

9/12/2017 (Permalink)


How the Professionals Restore Water Damaged Homes and Businesses

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

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

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

Determine Source of the Water

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

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

Water Removal

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

Damage Assessment

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

Damaged Item Removal

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

Dry out What is Salvageable/Put Furniture Back

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

Destroy Mold and Other Microorganisms

The water cleanup and drying were the biggest mitigation jobs, but the last thing the restoration company team will do toward flood damage mitigation is to destroy the mold and other microorganisms so that no pathogens can form. As much as is possible after flood damage has occurred, restoration is complete.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Four Reasons to Pay for Professional Commercial Fire Restoration

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Four Reasons to Pay for Professional Commercial Fire Restoration

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

Your Fire Sprinkler System and Water Damage

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

Fire Truck Damage

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

Safe Smoke Damage Removal

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

Sooth Damage Cleaning Too

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

Ask any firefighter what you should do after experiencing commercial fire damage, and you'll hear back that you should get some professional help. Soot damage and smoke damage are just some of the problems that you face after an electrical fire. A small utility room fire can set off a fire sprinkler system that puts out the flames but causes water damage, which worsens when combined with the water produced by a fire hose. The best fire restoration company can reset your fire sprinkler system and provide assistance after any type of fire, including a utility room fire or an electrical fire.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on fire damage.

Effective Storm Damage Restoration is Essential for Maintaining Property Value

9/12/2017 (Permalink)


Effective Storm Damage Restoration is Essential for Maintaining Property Value

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

Wind, Hail and Debris

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

Water Damages

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

Winter Storm Damage

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

Roofing Installations and Property Value

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

Dealing With Hurricane Damage

Storm restoration and cleanup can be an even more important undertaking following a major storm. Hurricanes and tropical storms may require homeowners to seek out extensive roof repairs or deal with damaged caused by increased levels of ground water. Access to a flood pump as well as the other tools and resources that only an experienced professional may be able to provide is essential for ensuring that efforts to remove flood water from within the home are met with greater success.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on storm damage.

Restoring Your Erie County, PA and western NY Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Meet Our Crew!

Flooding and water damage events at Erie County, PA and western NY commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

(716) 338-4901

Storm Crews Rolling Out

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, disasters don't wait until weekdays to strike. Luckily, the SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean crew is always ready to come to the rescue! You can count on us to completely restore your commercial or residential property. Whether your home incurred storm damage, your office flooded, or your store front suffered a fire, our crew will roll out in no time to meet your specific needs. Disasters are unpredictable and never happen conveniently but we're in the business of being ready for anything. In the event of property damage, give us a call, day or night, weekday or weekend, and you'll receive comforting and patient customer service. We'll assess the situation at hand and make sure to get your property back to normal in no time. 

When Storms hit Erie County and Western, NY

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SERVPRO ofJamestown/Olean specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit western NY and Erie County, PA, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (check them out here) that are strategically located throughout the United States. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (716) 338-4901

Tree Fall in Western NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

It's not every day that in rains in the kitchen! Unfortunately, this was the case for a home in Randolph, NY. During a heavy storm a tree fell on this property and caused major damage including a roof collapse. The house sat through the rest of the storm without the protection of a roof! Needless to say, the owners were very distraught. Luckily for them, our crew were on the scene quickly. First we had to completely dry the entire property and assess the flooding which could have led to further mold damage. After drying there was the main event... A complete restoration of the property! No matter the severity of the damage, SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is your storm damage expert! We even managed to reunite the owners with their lost cat! 

Labor Day Weekend Water Loss

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

How did you spend your Labor Day weekend? Hopefully having fun with loved ones. No matter what you were doing you probably were not worried about property damage. Unfortunately, for this commercial office in Warren, PA, disasters don't wait until after a holiday to strike. The property suffered serious damage do to a water loss. The water itself is damaging enough, but an event like this also has potential to lead to further mold damage. No property owner wants to spend their holiday weekend worrying about a mess of this magnitude. Luckily for them, SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is always ready to SERV 24/7! We want to make sure that your property looks better than ever and in this case, get your business back on track as quickly as possible no matter the time or day!

Theater Cleanup in Chautauqua, NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Although most of the damages to properties we enounter are a result of Mother Nature, sometimes they are the result of other people. Recently we had a cleanup job at a movie theater in Chautauqua, NY. What caused the mess? Turns out some mischievous kids got ahold of the fire extinguishers and sprayed them everywhere! Those darn rascals. Luckily for the owners of the theater, our crew cleaned up in a jiffy. This is a perfect example of how unpredictable property damage can come about no matter what the cause. However, one thing you can count on is that SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean will always be there to do a complete clean or restoration. The vandals will not be stealing the show at this theater! 

Mold Damage in Jamestown, NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Remediation job in Jamestown, NY

SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean specializes in handling mold remediation projects of any size. Our crew and team is equipped to handle any size mold loss in commercial and residential buildings. 

Many individuals have questions when it comes to mold projects. It is important to make sure that all of your questions are answered before, during and after any project. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean is very passionate about documenting each job from start to finish. 

We also make sure each of our crew members are trained and uniquely qualified to handled a mold remediation project. Safety is a big priority to us and we always follow the proper industry guidelines. 

If you have any questions on mold remediation, do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time at (716) 338-4901 or by visiting our website at http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com/ 

Commercial Water Loss in Jamestown, NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let this happen to your office! This first floor office in Jamestown, NY flooded after extreme heavy rain. In total there was about 2500 gallons inside, can you believe it! This is definitely not an ideal situation for any building, especially one where business is done. Luckily you can always count on SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean to get your business back on track the fastest. We know that these incidents are never planned for or expected but we are ready to help any day of the week 24/7. We got the call for this specific job at 9 pm and by 2 am all of the water had been extracted and equipment was installed to start the complete drying process. Time is of the essence, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean, you will not be disappointed. As always making it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

The smoke from this fire left severe damage to much of the furniture in the property. The smoke billowed and the soot covered everything in a think layer. When the damage is this bad it can be hard to imagine what a successful cleaning will look like. This picture perfectly depicts the difference that our crew made. Thanks to the speedy work of SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean this property damaged in a fire is starting to look "Like it never even happened." Our clients will be "seeing themselves" smiling at the complete restoration done by SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean! Also be sure to check out the general photo gallery page as well as the before/after section on our website SERVPROjamestownolean.com to see more images from this job and many others. 

Patio cleaning after a storm

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Our crew recently visited a property in  neighboring town, Bradford, PA that had deep-set dirt covering the outdoor patio. Dirt like this, that doesn't come off with most normal methods of cleaning, can be very frustrating for property owners. Luckily, this customer could count on us because our crew is always armed with top-of-the-line cleaning equipment. As you can see in the photo, this mess was not match for our high power pressure washer! We made quick work of the mess and as always, the property owner was thrilled with the result. SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean consistently impresses and surprises customers with how quickly and thoroughly the crew works. It's a simple combination of their skill and experience paired with the best technology available.  Let us put your mess "under pressure!"

Rescuing a cat after a storm

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Our team here at SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is honored to serve our customers as well as their furry loved ones. This is Puss in Boots. During a recent heavy storm that caused a tree to fall on a house, Puss in Boots ran for cover. After that, he was missing for 3 days, which worried his family. During our restoration the home owner asked if we could do everything possible to find Puss in Boots. Since we're always up for a challenge, of course, we accepted. As we were working on the basement of this grand old farm house who did we find hiding out of sight in the corner nook? You guessed it! Not only did this property owner get a complete restoration but also (probably more important to them) Puss in Boots! Great Job SERVPRO Jamestown/ Olean team!

Water Damage in Erie County

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (716) 338-4901

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What's behind your oven

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

When was the last time you did a deep clean of the kitchen? You probably mopped the floor and washed the sink but did you remembered that the space behind an oven is a prime spot for disgusting messes to accumulate? Homeowners tend to not bother cleaning behind their oven because it is a heavy object to move or are worried about messing with the gas line. This property in Chautauqua, NY had quite a bit of build up in that area. Luckily, our crew can tackle any mess! Sometimes even smaller messes can be stressful or overwhelming so if you go home to check behind that oven and feel overwhelmed with what you find you know who to call. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean are your experts in deep cleaning.

Cigarette Caused Smoke Damage

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Of course, cigarettes are harmful to our bodies but did you know that they can also be very damaging to our home? Aside from the obvious fire hazard (house fires frequently occur due to smoking indoors), smoking can also cause unattractive stains to walls and the ceiling. Smoke, in this case from cigarettes, discolor paint and wall paper and often leave an unappealing odor engrained in walls, furniture, and carpet. Unfortunately the smell and staining can be hard to remove without a complete deep clean. We recently visited a property with this problem. As you can see there was pretty severe staining on the wall as a result of the cigarette smoke. Luckily our crew are experts in deep cleaning so the wall was left looking as good as new. Check out our before/after photo gallery to see the results!

How to Quickly Recover from Water Damage

8/23/2017 (Permalink)


How to Quickly Recover from Water Damage

All it takes is one pipe break or supply line break for hundreds of gallons of water to come gushing into a room. Water in home and water in business situations need to be taken care of quickly as it can otherwise cause a lot of damage. When there is water damage, it's important to know how a restoration company can help.

Understand the Extent of the Problem

Often, home or business owners put off the problem. They don't see water in business or homes as a problem because they think that they can handle the restoration on their own. It's just a little water cleanup, right?

This is one of the biggest mistakes that can be made. A flooded home is a big problem. The water could be leaking into other areas. if the water cleanup isn't handled quickly, it can then lead to mold, mildew, and other problems. The restoration has to begin the moment the water is out of there.

The best way to handle the problem quickly is to understand that there is a big problem going on and to call a restoration company to come in and begin working on getting the problem under control.

Call for Help

Rather than working on mitigation and drying on one's own, the best thing to do is call a restoration company from the very beginning. They will be able to help with a flooded home or business. They have the advanced equipment to pump the water out.

If there was a supply line break or pipe break, obviously the problem needs to be addressed. The main water supply needs to be shut off so that water in home or water in business doesn't get worse. Then, a plumber will need to be called to start the mitigation process.

This means that a flooded home or business will likely need help in all sorts of different ways. If a supply line break or pipe break isn't taken care of properly, it's only a matter of time before there is more water damage.

Start Drying

Some items might need to be tossed right away because drying isn't going to fix them. They have suffered too much flood damage and cannot be saved. This could include paper documents, electronics, and even furniture. From there, professional drying techniques should be used when a company that specializes in restoration comes in.

Whether it's water in home or water in business, mitigation has to take place. Mitigation is known as the act of reducing the severity. If it is a supply line break or pipe break, it starts with getting the plumbing fixed. If it is because of a flood, then the flood damage isn't over until the weather clears up. However, flood damage can be reduced by moving things to higher ground and obtaining sand bags.

Let the Professionals Help

Homeowners and business owners should know when they need the help. A DIY approach is never a good idea when it comes to water in home or business because of all the ways that water damage can affect a property.

A professional restoration company will be able to use advanced equipment to identify all areas of a home or business where there is water. This includes in flooring, behind walls, and more. It makes it easier to conduct a thorough water cleanup so that a flooded home or business is taken care of properly.

The water cleanup will be part of the mitigation. From there, restoration will be scheduled to take care of all areas that have experienced significant water damage. Drywall, flooring, and more might need to be replaced, especially if the flood damage was significant.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Trust the Pros: How Fire Damage Restoration Works

8/23/2017 (Permalink)


Trust the Pros: How Fire Damage Restoration Works

Fire in a home or fire in a business establishment can be life changing, and not in a good way. Unbeknownst to those who have not experienced it, the fire cleanup can be just as frustrating as the fire damage itself. This is because there are myriad hidden and secondary problems that come along with fire damage restoration, regardless if it is fire damage in a home or commercial fire damage. Smoke damage, soot damage, and even smoke smells left behind by the blaze continue to plague homeowners and business owners for years if the fire damage restoration is not handled properly. A professional restoration company can relieve much of the stress involved in restoration of residential and commercial fire damage, by following tried and true methodical fire cleanup procedures.

The first step in fire damage restoration for a professional restoration company is to send out an inspection and assessment team. This team will observe the fire damage, and prioritize which problems need immediate attention and what fire damage was simply cosmetic. Commercial fire damage can be especially harsh on structures depending upon what materials the business had on hand, and the extent of the fire in the business establishment. The inspection and assessment experts from the restoration company will identify if the commercial fire damage will require specialized tools or methods to remove more advanced smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell.

If the restoration company determines it is necessary, the next step is typically referred to as board up. As the term implies, board up is where the restoration company will literally board up broken windows and doors caused by fire damage or fire crews putting out the inferno. The board up step is done early on in the process to prevent the outside element from causing additional damage to the property.

The next stage seems counter intuitive, as instead of dealing with fire cleanup it turns to water cleanup. As it turns out, smoke damage, soot damage, smoke smells and other types of fire damage are not the only mutilations to a structure during a fire. This is because fire crews utilize massive amounts of water to douse flames when there is a fire in a home or business. The large amount of water can cause the same damage to an establishment as a flood or burst pipe. Therefore, professionals ensure that standing water and excessive moisture are removed before proceeding with the fire cleanup.

Once the water cleanup is complete, the cleanup process turns to the smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smells left behind by the fire. Clean up teams are typically very experienced in identifying these types of damage, and are particularly careful in removing soot and smoke stains from everything. Smoke and fire are permeating, causing this particular task to be herculean for cleanup teams. Thus, many business and homeowners who experience a fire in a home or fire in a business turn to professionals to accomplish the chore.

After teams have removed all of the soot damage and smoke stains from the establishment, the next step in fire damage restoration is cleaning and repair of damage to the structure. This involves removing and disposing of all the debris created when a building endures a fire, and repairing or replacing key structural deficiencies caused by the fire. Fire can be extremely damaging to the structural integrity of a home, making this an exceptionally important step. No home or business owner would wish to go through the fire cleanup process only to have their establishment be condemned or collapse because of a previous fire.

When cleaning and repair of structural problems is complete teams enter the final step, restoration. Fire in a home and fire in a business are very damaging, and after the inferno stops home and business owners want to return to normalcy. Therefore, the final step of restoration includes replacing damaged cosmetic affects such as drywall, paint, carpeting, and etcetera which allows the home or business owner to have close to their original establishment back. When finished, the restoration from burned husk to home or business is complete, and the owner of the building can return to their life before the fire.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on fire damage.

The Proper Steps for Handling Mold Damage

8/23/2017 (Permalink)


The Proper Steps for Handling Mold Damage

One of the first things people ask when they suspect mold in the home or commercial mold damage is how they handle the mold removal process. Do they attempt to handle mold removal on their own or do they call a professional restoration company for mitigation and remediation in addition to mold removal? Unlike some at-home situations where home and business owners get to decide on their own whether to do it themselves or call the pros, the art of mold removal must be handled by a restoration company.

Without proper removal techniques, remediation, and mitigation, mold in the home and commercial mold damage are more likely to return and to cause far more expensive damage. It’s never safe to try DIY mold removal, though there are a few things home and business owners can do to help. If the mold growth is due to a flood, it’s imperative homeowners and business owners begin removing water from the building immediately. They can turn off the air and heat to prevent the additional spread of mold spores, and they can learn to recognize the signs of mold growth in plain sight as well as mold growth behind the walls.

Recognizing Mold Growth

Mold growth can occur visibly in any home or office, but mold growth behind the walls is very likely to occur without anyone noticing. Some of the most common commercial mold damage as well as mold in the home is caused by mold growth behind walls, and it’s often unnoticed until it’s too late. Most people report smelling a smelly odor with a slight musty scent. They use deodorization such as lighting candles and spraying air freshener, but they quickly realize deodorization isn’t getting rid of the smelly odor.

This is likely due to the fact that the smelly odor is from mold growth behind the walls. Deodorization is fine if it’s just to mask the smelly odor to make things more pleasant at home or work, but it’s not a solution. Additionally, without professional restoration, remediation, and mitigation, the smelly odor might not disappear. It requires professional deodorization to handle this.

Mold is a fungus, so the presence of any fungus or even mildew in a home or office is a sign of potential mold damage. Many home and business owners ignore mold damage because they assume mildew and fungus growth in certain rooms are normal. Mildew and fungus both need high humidity and moisture to thrive, which is the same thing mold needs. Commercial mold damage and mold in the home are both sometimes accompanied by the discovery of dry rot.

Dry rot is caused by moisture, and dry rot is an indication mold damage is an issue. It’s not a guarantee, but any home or business owner who notices dry rot should call a restoration company.

Helping with Mold Removal

No one should do it themselves, but they should call a restoration company. The best thing home and business owners can do if they find mold or mildew or fungus at home is leave it alone. They can clean up any water damage as quickly as possible, but it’s imperative they do not touch mold. It makes it spread faster, which could create further mold damage.

One more thing home and business owners must know is black mold is not the only problematic mold. Black mold is discussed commonly, and most people think they know all about black mold and what it means. The truth is that most mold is black mold, and it all comes with a different level of seriousness. This is why it’s best left to the professionals.

Calling for professional help handling mold is the only solution for business and homeowners who find mold damage. It’s not something anyone can or should attempt alone. It’s a problem that only becomes more serious and more expensive the longer it’s ignored. Remediation and mitigation cannot wait.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on mold.

Residential and Commercial Water Damage

7/27/2017 (Permalink)


Residential and Commercial Water Damage

Make no mistake, a water damage event, no matter how small it may be perceived to be, is a serious matter. Water damage that is allowed to sit can begin causing lasting damage to the property within 24 hours. After a week, a serious instance of water damage will very likely render the property uninhabitable, causing the total loss of the property's value.

Fortunately, there are proven and effective means of water damage restoration. We'll take a look at some of the ways in which a professional restoration company can ensure that a property will not sustain any lasting damage, no matter how severe the flood damage.

The United States is a land of lakes, rivers and some of the most extreme weather on the planet. For this reason, it has developed a robust flood damage mitigation industry, which ranks among the best in the world.

Water restoration has a proven, five-step process that has been developed over decades and that can raise the probability of total restoration of the property with flood damage to a near certainty.

The first step in mitigation of damage to a flooded home is to immediately call in a professional restoration company, as soon as there is a pipe break, supply line break or other flooding event. As in the case of attending to a trauma patient, the first couple hours are crucial. A flooded home that is immediately attended to has an almost 100 percent chance of successful mitigation of the damage. Delaying the mitigation efforts for more than about 24 hours begins to dramatically increase the likelihood of the home sustaining permanent damage.

No matter what, getting a professional restoration company on site and working on the problem as quickly as possible is the best move that a homeowner who has experienced a pipe break or a supply line break can do.

Once the team arrives to the flooded home, they will immediately begin the next step in the water cleanup process. This involves the assessment of the extent to which the water in the home or water in the business has permeated into the subflooring and structural elements of the property. The team will make use of technologically advanced instrumentation, in order to detect any hidden water or seepage points.

The next step in the water cleanup process is the full-scale removal of the water in the home or water in the business. The team will make use of heavy pumping systems and specialized vacuums that are capable of removing thousands of gallons per hour of water in the home or water in the business.

It is important that the owner of the flooded home never attempt to remove the water themselves. Only a team of professionals can fully remove the water in a home or water in a business on a time scale that will ensure no permanent damage is incurred.

The next phase of the water cleanup process is to begin drying the premises and its contents. The water cleanup team will make use of industrial-strength drying equipment, which is able to remove thousands of pounds of water from material and the atmosphere every hour.


At this point, the home's drying will be complete. The risk of damage to the structure will no longer be present. But the home and its contents must still be sanitized and cleansed. This is to remove any incipient mold formation. It will also get rid of all unpleasant smells.

A supply line break or a pipe break is a serious event. It can cause major damage to a property. But with the right team of professionals, a pipe break or supply line break doesn't need to break the bank.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Can Property Be Recovered after a Fire?

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Can Property Be Recovered after a Fire?

Property owners are usually devastated after a fire in a home or a fire in a business due to the loss of property. Smoke damage and soot damage settle into fabrics and surfaces minutes after a fire and can seem irredeemable. Water damage from firefighting can quickly flood any fire in a home or a fire in a business and cause even more of a headache for a property owner. Commercial fire damage can bankrupt businesses quickly. The smoke smell that lingers after a fire can be extremely irritating. However, the good news is that a restoration company specializing in fire damage restoration can recover much of the value of a property that has undergone a disaster.

A fire in a home or a fire in a business should immediately be put out by firefighters, but the water used in firefighting can often flood the entire property. It is important to call a restoration company immediately so that industrial water extractors as well as dehumidifiers can be employed to dry out the property. This will allow for further fire damage restoration to continue. Fire damage can be limited by firefighting, but the water must be removed quickly to prevent water damage. Disinfectants and antimicrobials will also be used by the fire cleanup team in order to prevent further damage by the growth of mold or fungus.

Fire damage can compromise locks, doors, and windows, so these properties should be boarded up quickly. Individuals are able to board up their own doors and windows, but it is generally considered to be safer to allow a professional to board up and entry points to a fire damaged property. Fire cleanup teams are experienced in boarding up these openings and can do so quickly and efficiently.

Fire cleanup will proceed after the property has been dried and boarded up. Much of the value of the property will be recovered from removing any debris from the premises. Commercial fire damage will especially call for the removal of debris using heavy machinery. Fire damage can cause large amounts of debris to accumulate and require special disposal by a licensed technician. Smoke damage and soot damage may also cause items to be unsalvageable and require disposal. Fire cleanup teams are familiar with the special regulations that are necessary to remove this debris. Personal items that need to be removed and evaluated for restoration will also be removed at this step so that the premises can be worked on directly. The property owners and the restoration company can discuss how and whether or not to restore individual items.

An odor control technician will usually be used to reduce any smoke smell that remains in the property. Using an air purifier, he or she will be able to clear out smoke smells from smoke damage and soot damage. This odor control can recover much of the value lost, especially from commercial fire damage. Getting rid of the smoke smell is something every restoration company specializes in. Commercial fire damage can cause odors that take a while to remove, but with the right equipment and the right licensed professional, any smoke smell can be removed.

Fire damage restoration can also include replacing paint, drywall, or rebuilding entire parts of the property. Some restoration companies will offer this service or provide the contact information for the appropriate contractors. This will allow for the property owner to rebuild and regain the value of their property. That way, a fire in a home or a fire in a business does not need to render the entire property unusable.

Although most individuals are confused and shocked when they experience their first fire, a restoration company has seen it all. They will be able to offer services depending on the kind of fire damage, soot damage, or smoke damage that may be occurred. Fire damage restoration can transform a damaged property back to its pre-fire status. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on fire damage.

Professional Mold Remediation for Your Residence

7/27/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Mold Remediation for Your Residence

Residential mold damage, or mold in home, can have devastating consequences if not properly addressed. Residential mold damage can cause permanent damage to a property and can result in serious consequences as well.

Because of the truly serious nature of mold damage, when this type of situation occurs, a home or business owner needs to access a reliable, reputable mold mitigation and remediation service. There are a number of key factors that must be considered when it comes to engaging the professional services of a mold damage restoration company.


A restoration company must be keenly aware of the health consequences of mold. A mitigation professional must have the experience and equipment necessary to minimize the risks associated with mold. A restoration company must also be trained in ensuring mold spores do not unnecessarily spread during the mold removal process.

An example of where a mold damage and mitigation professional must pay attention is in regard to black mold. Black mold is a significant issue in this day and age. If black mold is left unaddressed, or it is not removed in a proper manner, it can cause significant health issues. When considering engaging a mold removal and remediation service, you need to find out the level of experience when it comes to black mold and similar problems.

The Importance of a Thorough Inspection

If you are concerned about mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, there are some early telltale signs to note. If you have experienced water in your home or business, mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, may be an aftereffect. In addition, if you detect mildew or fungus in your residence of business, mold growth, particularly mold growth behind wall, may also be occurring.

You need to make haste to get a mold remediation professional to your residence. A mold mitigation professional will perform a multifaceted inspection of the premises. The inspection process will effectively identify mold growth, including mold growth behind wall. In addition, a mold removal pro will provide you with an accurate, reliable estimate of costs associated with mold damage mitigation.

Comprehensive Mold Damage Remediation

When seeking professional assistance for a mold issue in your home, you need to ensure that a specialist provides comprehensive services. A professional needs to be able to fully mitigate mold damage. In addition, a specialist must be able to address serious, associated issues like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization.

When it comes to comprehensive mitigation, including dealing with dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization, you need to inquire about the equipment used by a specialist. There can be some fairly significant disparities between the technologies employed by specialists when it comes to addressing problems like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization. In order for a residence to be returned to a fully usable condition, issues like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization must be completely addressed.

Reoccurrence of Mold

Because of the nature of mold spores, mold can rapidly redevelop. Therefore, you will want to make sure that a follow inspection occurs after the initial remediation process completes. This particularly is the case if fungus and mildew appears, or reappears, at the premises. As mentioned previously, fungus and mildew can be a warning side that mold exists. The presence of fungus of mildew after mold eradication can be indicative of an ongoing and unresolved water-related problem as well.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on mold.

Celebrating Memorial Day with American Heroes

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Veterans and heroes Terry Horner (left) and Jeff Bloomquist (right).

In the rare occurrence that we're not out on a restoration job we like to make the most of our free time. During this Memorial Day weekend we did just that! Jen and Bill of SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean were lucky enough to meet some true America heroes. Terry Horner (left) and Jeff Bloomquist (right) both served our country in the Vietnam war. Jeff is even a two time Iron Man Champion! Bill and Jen also met with Andy Burrows. Andy served in Iraq and Afganistan from 2004-2012. The Soldier's Circle at the Lakewood Cemetery, in  Jamestown, NY provided a very somber yet prideful atmosphere. Meeting these men inspired us to try to help others whenever possible. We are proud and feel lucky to be in a position in which we can help people in need.

Beautifying Jamestown, NY with Master Gardeners

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Bill and Jen with the Jamestown master gardeners

We feel lucky that, through our work, we get to meet many neighbors and community members. Being a part of the community is important so lately we have been actively taking part even outside of work. Recently, we had the pleasure of working with local master gardeners to help make Jamestown, NY even more beautiful. We learned a lot from these gardening experts and it meant so much to work on projects in our local area. Even though we are known to travel to meet even our farthest neighbor's needs, it always feels awesome to get active in our local community. We are lucky to do business in a truly beautiful area and helping it look even better through property restoration or even planting flowers inspires us to keep working hard.

Happy Easter!

3/27/2016 (Permalink)

Happy Easter from your friends at SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean

Happy Easter from SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean. We wish you and your family a very safe and happy Easter Sunday. Here at SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean we understand the importance of family gatherings. We understand that your property is more than just walls and a ceiling. It's your home, a place where you can get with loved ones and celebrate holidays. This mentality is with us in each job that we work on. Our crew won't simply clean a mess, we'll restore and make your space look like it always has before the damage occurred. Not just because it looks nicer that way, but because it's how you and your family, or coworkers know it to be. Now enjoy your Easter and remember who to call if you need a little help, from our family to yours.

Home & Recreation Expo

3/15/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean crew!

Please come out to the HOME & RECREATION EXPO

Friday, March 18th *  12noon-7pm

Saturday, March 19th * 9am-5pm

Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena

319 West 3rd Street

Jamestown, NY 14701

We really hope you can make it to the expo! It's a great opportunity to learn more about our franchise and meet us. We're often there for people like you in their time of need so come on by and find out why our customers trust us more than other services. Also, this expo is a great way for us to meet members of the community. The more we know about our neighbors the more we can help and be in the know when it comes to local problems. All in all it will be a positive experience no matter what so come by and see us. We can't wait! 

Fire Damage Restoration Before/After

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean "Like it Never Even Happened"

They say a picture is worth a thousand words the photo below definitely proves that. This dresser was severely discolored by smoke damage but thanks to the quick work from the experts at SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean it is on its way to looking "Like it never even happened!" The photo of this dresser illustrates just how damaging smoke can be. Fires are already bad enough but the deadly byproduct, smoke, can leave lasting stains and other general discoloration on walls and furniture. The image also depicts how thorough our crew's work is. We don't just get rid of the damage, we make sure it looks brand new. This is just one image from this particular job so be sure to check out our photo gallery page to see all of our work here and at many other properties!

"Spring Forward" with Water Safety Tips

3/13/2016 (Permalink)

It's time to "Spring Forward" and leave winter behind! Although spring showers may be great for the flowers getting ready to bloom, they can cause trouble for your property. Luckily, SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean is the local expert in handling any water damage.

Once a SERVPRO official learns of the damage, communication with the property owner and the SERVPRO crew immediately occurs in order to plan the quickest way to get the property looking "Like it Never Even Happened."

Before the SERVPRO crew arrives, here are a few simple tips you should keep in mind:

  • If the source of water is still leaking, identify the source and stop it if you can
  • If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, turn off the water at the source
  • If the water is coming through the roof or broken windows, try to cover them to prevent further damage
  • Move wet items to drier areas
  • Place aluminum foil coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Save damaged items and any parts you may need to replace - your claims representative may want to inspect them
  • Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors
  • To document the damage, make a list of the temporary repairs you make and take pictures
  • Make sure to save your receipts 
  • To report any water damage simply call (716) 338-4901 and for more safety tips and info about about your local SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean, visit our website

    2016

    12/31/2015 (Permalink)

    Happy 2016! We can't wait to see what this year has in store for us and our community. We're very excited to meet and be able to help as many people as we can. It seems as though every year is filled with unexpected events that shape who we are as people, as a business, and as a community member. Whether those events are positive or negative, our crew here at SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean are excited to be there for you. We love our local community but also travel in order to help even more property owners in their times of need. 2015 was awesome we're ready for any new challenges ahead. Today we just wish that you have a safe and Happy New Year from our family to yours.

    Happy Holidays

    12/21/2015 (Permalink)

    The holiday season is in full swing and we couldn't be more excited! Despite the cold and unpredictable weather this is a time for family and togetherness. We're very grateful to operate our new franchise in this beautiful area and even in the sleet and snow we appreciate all the local community has to offer. No one wants to think about property damage during the holidays but unfortunately those situations don't always wait until it's convenient for us to happen. However, you can rest assured that if any damage occurs from snow storms, extreme cold or other causes SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean are always here for you. We're your local property restoration experts! Our crew is ready to go, day or night, holiday or not. We want to make sure your property is back to normal and ready to host your family gathering. Happy holidays from our family to yours.

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