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Commercial Flood Damage Olean – Using the Right Equipment Delivers Results

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Extraction Equipment

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

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

Inspection Equipment 

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

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

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

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

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

Emergency Reconstruction Services for Flooded Olean Shops

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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 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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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.

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!

Four Reasons to Pay for Professional Commercial Fire Restoration

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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

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! 

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."