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We Discuss How To Clean Your Concrete Basement Flooring After A Water Damage Incident In Lakewood

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Concrete Basement Flooring After Lakewood Water Damage

Concrete flooring common to Lakewood basements can be a challenge to dry and clean. As concrete is considered to be a ‘low evaporative material,’ all drying processes should be expected to be more complex and difficult to accomplish. While water does not easily damage concrete surfaces, failure to dry out this region can lead to persistent moisture concerns in the basement of your house. Cleaning up the concrete to prevent staining or residual films after water loss incidents should happen as soon as drying has gotten primarily under control.
Water cleanup for Lakewood homes, especially on concrete flooring in the basement level, must happen as quickly as possible. Like every affected material, prolonged water loss exposure can lead to worsening conditions like the facilitation of mold growth. Drying up a concrete slab requires the use of temperature regulating equipment and specialty drying equipment. In some situations, drying specific types of concrete flooring can leave a chalky calcium deposit along the walking surface that must get cleaned after drying has neared completion.
Pressure washing is a method that can get used for cleaning off smaller areas of damaged concrete, but this also can potentially cause problems. As powerful as these units can be, lengthy cleaning processes can leave excess water and moisture in the same problem areas you have just dried. Our SERVPRO team can closely monitor the penetration of newly introduced water to prevent overexposure.
Most often, wet cleaning is the standard approach for clearing off lingering deposits, and also addressing potential microbes or fungal colonies. For these scrubbing processes, our SERVPRO cleaning professionals can introduce any one of several potent cleaning products. We can soak cleaning towels in a surface cleaner and scrub away dirt, sediment, microbes, and effervescence.
As challenging as cleaning surfaces like concrete might be in the less adequately ventilated basement of your home, our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team can help. We have experience and industry-leading equipment and products that can make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our experts a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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Prevent Further Water Damage In Your Lakewood Home By Hiring Experts

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees standing in front on a SERVPRO vehicle. Don’t let water intrusion take over your Lakewood home, let SERVPRO help.

We know the lengths it is going to take for your Lakewood water damage.

Water intrusion incidents are a major contributor to property damage. Some damage might be faint, such as stains, but accumulated moisture can cause mold growth in affected areas or lead to the deterioration of walls, floors, and wooden support structures. Excess water may also cause unforeseen destructive processes like rusting metal, peeling paint, and electrical issues. SERVPRO can help you restore your property after a water loss.

With our competent technicians and advanced water extraction equipment, we can handle any magnitude of water damage in your Lakewood home. We can assess the damage to determine the right strategies to fix the situation. The severity of water loss incidents differs depending on the type and amount of water and the level of contamination involved. 

You may deal with a moderate or small amount of clean or gray water in your residence on your own if you have the right tools and take proper precautions. However, if a large amount of water has pooled in your home or moisture has gotten too hard-to-reach areas, the destruction can be beyond your ability to repair. For instance, if water has pooled on one of the upper floors of your home, it may seep through the floor and ruin the ceiling below. 

We understand the construction of wall and floor assemblies and can, therefore, make educated decisions about drying and restoration. Understanding how a structure is built enables our technicians to inspect, remove bulk water, and dry the affected materials effectively. When water flows through a wall, ceiling, and wall materials, it also passes through a ceiling, floor, and wall assembly, which is a group of materials that make up a system. An interior wall system could contain an assemblage of framing and drywall, while an exterior wall system may contain framing, drywall, exterior sheathing, and framing. Our SERVPRO team can inspect your home and document all materials that could be damp. We can check for moisture using: 

Penetrating moisture meters - They have pins that penetrate a surface to give a visual display of moisture readings. They operate on the principle of electrical conductivity by penetrating the material we are testing. 

Non-penetrating moisture meters - These devices use radio frequency emissions, conductivity, or capacitance to detect moisture in a substance. They do not cause surface damage to the materials that restorers are testing. 

Our technicians can dry your home thoroughly using equipment like centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Professional restoration ensures the removal of all moisture from a building. 

After a water loss incident in your home, acting swiftly can prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can help you fix the destruction to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (716) 338-4901 for prompt restoration. 

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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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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.


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.


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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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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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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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.

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 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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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.


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.


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 for more information on water damage.

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

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.
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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!

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.

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.
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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.
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"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