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Wondering How to Succeed with Water Damage Remediation in Niagara? Read This!

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring Whether you have carpeting, hardwood or other type of flooring, contact SERVPRO for water removal before warping and buckling can occur.

Water, Water, Water Everywhere!

In Niagara, water is not new to any of us. Regardless of the season, we are either dealing with frozen water, melting water, or rain. As aware as we are of this precious liquid, we may not be ready for it to come into our homes and disrupt our lives. Part of being a homeowner is identifying potential threats to our home and keeping it safe. However, when a dishwasher or washing machine leaks all over your floor, you may not be ready to face all the consequences of having standing water in your home.  

To help you address water damage in your Niagara home, SERVPRO is here to help. Turning off the water source and repairing the issue can be the most natural part of the restoration process. The challenge is often removing the excess water and curtailing the damage it causes. Everything from your flooring, furniture, and even the walls and structure of your home can become a big problem if their humidity level and moisture are not under control following a water incident. Thankfully, our team relies on industry-specific measuring tools and technology to inform us of potential threats and guide us as we thwart them.

Flooring is one of the areas most affected by water damage. If you have carpeting, delamination is a possibility. In this process, the front and back of the carpet separate due to the water. Stains are also standard, and extended water exposure can only aggravate the issue. Deciding whether to restore or replace the carpet is an important decision, but our SERVPRO team guides you through it and helps you weigh the costs and benefits of taking such a step.

Homeowners with other types of floors, such as hardwood, have different needs than those with carpets. Excess moisture can cause buckling in your floors, which is not always catastrophic. Our SERVPRO technicians use a myriad of techniques to leverage state-of-the-art technology to extract water at a rate suitable for the recovery of your floors. Heaters, air circulators, and drying chambers are all essential in achieving success. As a homeowner, you can trust our expertise to apply technology for the benefit of your home.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County is in our community helping homeowners every day. Call us at (716) 299-0330 and let our staff work with you to mitigate your losses. Together we will do our best to leave your home "Like it never even happened." 

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When Leaking Dishwashers Cause Water Damage in Niagara Falls

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen becoming submerged in water because leaking appliances and pipes under sink Inspect the area around your dishwasher often for signs of leaks, and should you see water damage, call SERVPRO!

Addressing Kitchen Water Damage in a Niagara Falls Home 

Dishwashers are a staple for many homeowners. However, without some regular maintenance, it can be easy to be blindsided by sudden mechanical or parts failures. A damaged supply line or cracked gasket leaves plenty of room for gallons of water to gush out all over your kitchen floor. Even if you mop up the water yourself, this moisture exposure can delaminate tiles and even seep into subfloors.  

If your Niagara Falls home requires water damage cleanup from an experienced team, SERVPRO technicians are always ready to assist you. This team's emergency-response availability saves both the structure and contents of your home through swift and direct action. New York residents who are in touch with the area and the community's needs so that they can more readily address disasters comprise your local SERVPRO.  

Working Quickly to Minimize Damage

Water damage needs very little time to do long-term damages to a structure.  

  • Within minutes of exposure, porous surfaces and structural materials absorb copious amounts of water. Paper goods and documents swell and warp quickly.
  • Within the first 24 hours of exposure, drywall starts softening and breaking down, metals tarnish, and furniture swells and cracks from excessive warping. Odors may appear.  
  • Within the first two to seven days after exposure, mold and mildew can proliferate. Essential structural materials like doors, studs, and windows can warp while metals corrode. 
  • After more than a week, you can expect much higher replacement and repair costs due to saturation and microbial contamination.  

SERVPRO Cleans Your Kitchen

If a dishwasher's broken gasket has allowed large amounts of water to spill on the floor and seep into nearby carpeting, SERVPRO technicians can remove any remaining loose water with mops, squeegees, and rovers for carpet.  

Technicians can check vinyl flooring and nearby carpeting for delamination, which may mean these materials require removal. Delaminated vinyl floor tiles are more cost-effective to replace than repair. Carpet weakens after water exposure, but it can often be salvaged with thorough extraction and careful drying if it has not separated from the pad underneath. 

SERVPRO of North Niagara County can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (716) 299-0330 for cleanup that you can count on any time of the day or night. 

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Commercial Water Damage Recovery In Niagara Falls

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Partner with us to devise a plan that allows business, as usual, to continue by calling (716) 299-0330.

Ways to Make Commercial Water Damage Recovery More Business Friendly in Niagara Falls

You understand that the actions our disaster mitigation and remediation team take can interfere with normal operations when we respond to a water loss in Niagara Falls. Nevertheless, it is still anxiety-provoking to realize you might need temporarily to scale back or close. If your business relies on the seasonal tourist trade, it can be downright scary to think you might not be able to sell goods or provide services for a time.

Remain Engaged with Customers
When contacting us for help with water damage in Niagara Falls, let us know upfront how your business works. We want to plan for the mitigation and remediation mindfully, offering you a chance to continue to connect with your customer base during the recovery. Statistics bear out that roughly 50 percent of businesses that choose to close even for a short time after a disaster find it hard to reopen successfully.

Timing and Containment Strategies
In some circumstances, our SERVPRO crew can schedule necessary water extraction and drying tasks during less busy times. We also can use containment to isolate the damaged spaces of your business premises, allowing you to operate out of unaffected areas. Containment involves using physical barriers like heavy-duty 1.6 ml polyethylene to define the workspace, preventing the airborne and other debris from drifting into customer service areas during our water removal, cleaning, and disinfecting activities.

Increasing the Effectiveness of Structural Drying
Creating smaller containment areas also increases the efficacy of drying methods. SERVPRO takes advantage of the confined space to increase the speed of structural drying. Creating the optimum balance among temperature, air movement, and dehumidification is more likely when the space involved is minimized. In a commercial building that can feature vast spaces, smaller project areas can bring the tasks needing completion down to a manageable size.

Our pledge to business owners relying on our services is that SERVPRO of North Niagara County will work efficiently and diligently to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Partner with us to devise a plan that allows business, as usual, to continue by calling (716) 299-0330.

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Some Steps to Effective Flood Damage Remediation in Niagara

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

flooded yellow road sign Regardless how overwhelming the flood damage situation in your home may seem, contact SERVPRO immediately for water removal and remediation efforts.

Reducing Saturation with Quick Demo in Niagara Falls Homes

When water loss and flood loss scenarios have affected your Niagara Falls home, a valuable approach is implementing quick decisions designed to protect more of the structural elements and contents of the house. Our SERVPRO professionals have emergency services, many of which involve working to begin extraction and recovery efforts as quickly as possible to reduce the migration of floodwater through the property and into currently unexposed structural elements and construction materials.

Structural repairs and drying decisions all play a role in recovering flood damage to Niagara Falls homes before the proper mitigation steps have begun. Reducing the customer's total loss makes these preliminary steps worthwhile, though real-time choices must get made regarding where controlled demolition might be necessary. The right decisions about demolition can help to reduce saturation, enable faster drying, and allow for more effective protection and cleaning of structural framework.

Reducing Saturation 

Whether it is a flood loss or substantial water loss incident inside your house, reducing the migration of the damage can be critical for limiting insurmountable loss. Controlled demolition by our team of in-house contractors can prevent wet surface materials from migrating moisture into the rest of the full assembly of construction layers for flooring, walls, ceilings, and other areas.

Efficient Drying 

While our SERVPRO team has multiple cutting-edge tools for efficient drying, removing overly saturated materials that were not capable of restoration can reduce the moisture and humidity levels, allowing for a faster drying process.

Easier Access 

Removing specific materials might not always mean they are unsalvageable, however. In some situations, drywall gets removed to give our technicians access to structural cavities for effective drying. Because drywall is less costly to replace than the structural framework, it is then vital to gain fast access to these damp areas to begin disinfection and drying.

No matter how a flood loss situation originates, our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team can respond quickly with our emergency services to help. Through quick-drying decisions and controlled demolition options, we can work to save our customers money in a trying time. Give us a call today at (716) 299-0330.

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When Fire Damages Your Niagara Falls Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged foyer House fires are traumatizing. Let SERVPRO remove some of the stress and restore your home.

Addressing Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Niagara Falls Home 

Once you experience a fire in your home, there is more than the burnt remains from the flames that are cause for concern. In many cases, the smoke can leave lingering damage that needs addressing appropriately. Instead of trying to tackle a do-it-yourself project, calling the professionals at SERVPRO gets you the results that you need, fast. 

If you need help addressing fire damage in Niagara Falls, there are several ways that we can help at SERVPRO. Here are just a sampling of the reasons why addressing smoke and soot are so important: 

Smoke Infiltrates More Areas Than Flames 

Even the smallest fire contained in a confined space puts out smoke that spreads out to other areas. Smoke travels, carrying soot as well as other contaminants. Choose professionals to help with smoke and soot removal throughout your home regardless of the span of the flames. 

Smoke Brings on Long-Term Damage 

Fire damage in the home might be evident to the naked eye, but smoke damage can linger and remain undetected. Particles from soot and smoke can get into your electronics, causing the hardware and metal to corrode. SERVPRO technicians address your devices, televisions, computers, and other electronics and either clean using specialized methods or suggest a replacement. For expensive and necessary electronics, we can recommend a reputable third party to repair the devices.  

Smoke Odors Can Be Tough to Remove 

Foul odors from a fire can remain present throughout your home for a long time. Even if you try to clean it on your own, the harsh residue and remaining particles are hard to eliminate. Porous materials like your walls, carpeting, and upholstery need careful cleaning to remove all stubborn contaminants. 

SERVPRO technicians employ the use of a wide range of products and equipment to rid your home of smoke orders after a fire loss. With water-based thermal fog deodorizers, the tiny particle-sized fog gets into small crevices and cracks to neutralize tough odors. By using deodorant granules or pellets, odors are absorbed safely and effectively. When we come in to do an assessment, you can count on our team to put together the best course of action for quality, long-lasting results. 

Call us at SERVPRO of North Niagara County when you need help with fire damage restoration. You can reach us at 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (716) 229-0330 so that we can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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SERVPRO Gives Tips For Drying Water Damaged Walls in Niagara Falls

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged baseboards and floors Water damage is a common occurrence in homes. Just a little water can ruin walls. SERVPRO has the know how to fix the damage.

Effective Wall Drying Techniques for Niagara Falls Homes 

Because of our growing knowledge of rapidly changing industry standards, equipment, and practices, we are well prepared for the needs of your Niagara Falls home after a water loss. We can work to slow or entirely stop the migration of water throughout the property with our initial arrival, establishing clear drying zones for moisture removal over the days following our first visit. 

Structural cavities and wallboard are among the most challenging materials and elements to dry and restore, leading to many critical decisions during the restoration of water damage in Niagara Falls homes. Although the project manager and estimator determine many of the initial choices during the scoping phase, we must also continually monitor changes in water migration and newly saturated materials to determine the best course of action when recovering a water-damaged residence. 

Drying walls and similar materials typically come down to three potential practices that might need to get implemented to protect either the sheetrock or structural cavities and framework beyond this wall layer. Additional demolition beyond what occurred in the pre-mitigation phase might be necessary, for example. It is also possible that cavity injections with positive or negative pressure systems can now benefit the drying process. Lastly, addressing vapor barriers can be another challenge that changes regularly, and our technicians must vigilantly monitor when these barriers exist and should be perforated. 

While balancing the presence of air movers and dehumidifiers is also a vital practice, there are numerous points throughout the drying process that these machines must get moved to new locations. This practice continues to provide constant removal of moisture from affected surfaces and prevents water damage to materials and contents from over-drying. 

There are many ways that we can maximize the drying of wall materials in your home. Through the appropriate placement of drying tools to more intricate practices like injecting structural cavities and perforating vapor barriers, we can reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction. Give our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team a call today at (716) 299-0330. 

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Some Shortcuts to Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Niagara Falls

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

burst blue pipe with water leaking Combat a burst pipe in your commercial business with a quick call to our knowledgeable technicians at SERVPRO. Call immediately for best results.

Extended Weekend Brings Commercial Water Damage to Niagara Falls Office Building

Long weekends are great except when commercial water damage is occurring, and no one finds out for a couple of days. The longer the facility has exposure to moisture, the higher the potential for more loss.

When a pipe burst in a building affected the ground floor with commercial water damage in a Niagara Falls office, the property owner contacted SERVPRO immediately. The techs arrive with all the equipment they need to start and finish a complete restoration from water loss, so there are as few delays as possible. 

Water Removal

The techs needed to remove the water in the offices and used portable pumps to extract the water. The glue-down carpeting delaminated due to prolonged exposure and required removal so the techs could ensure the slab floor dried completely. Although water did not wick into the sheetrock, they removed the rubber baseboards for easier access along the floor line. 

Common Actions During Cleanup

SERVPRO techs removed equipment with restoration potential from the loss area. Large furnishings such as a conference room table and chairs can get dried in place raised on blocks to limit disruptions to the office during mitigation. 

Special Handling for Equipment 

Office electronics such as copiers, servers, and computer equipment with water exposure should have an inspection before reuse due to the danger of shock. SERVPRO techs can arrange for a qualified professional to determine if the machine is safe for use. 

Typical Outcomes with Cement Slab

Concrete is somewhat porous and absorbs water. SERVPRO technicians use advanced equipment to determine the moisture content levels to determine when the floor is dry and ready for the installation of carpet for the office. 

Post Mitigation

After the water loss efforts complete, it is standard procedure for the crew chief to walk the property owner or adjuster through and give an overview of the actions taken to ensure that everyone is on the same page for the restoration services provided. 

SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 handles any size commercial water damage with their experience and advanced equipment to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Uses Custom Drying Plans for Each Water Loss Incident in Niagara Falls

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked inside of storage facility This is just some of the equipment at our disposal to remove water damage from your home. We are always available and ready for your call.

Customized Drying Goals Necessary to Resolve Niagara Falls Water Damage -- Why SERVPRO Emphasizes Moisture Monitoring 

When assessing a water loss in Niagara Falls, the focus sharpens when our managers consider how to dry out your home appropriately. Following aggressive water extraction, our highly qualified employees gather data that helps set drying goals for all affected spaces. It might come as a surprise, but no generalized mark for residential drying exists. “Dry” is a relative term, meaning different things in different areas of the country and home to home. This flexibility is why we take precise moisture measurements before setting your drying goal. 

Choosing a Method to Determine Drying Goals 

When responding to water damage in Niagara Falls, our project manager determines whether to use one of two generally accepted approaches toward achieving appropriate drying. One method is called the dry standard. The other uses average equilibrium moisture content (EMC). Both of these techniques require skilled technicians to measure and monitor the moisture in your home, why our certified professionals are well suited to the tasks. 

The Dry Standard 

If we determine to use the dry standard, our crew members gather information on appropriate drying marks by testing building materials in unaffected areas of your home and codifying the readings. The data recorded becomes the drying goal for the wet structures and contents in spaces damaged by the water loss. As we employ various extraction and drying strategies, we periodically take moisture readings, why SERVPRO maintains an inventory of sensitive meters and probes and data recording sheets. When the building materials or fixtures regain the moisture levels found elsewhere in your home, the “dry standard,” we wind down the drying phase.  

Normal Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) 

A less personalized approach but still research-based uses the EMC. Our team takes moisture content readings of dry materials in everyday situations. If your home was extensively water damaged, it might be challenging to establish the “dry standard” as the water loss somewhat compromises all spaces. Using the EMC of a dry carpet or hardwood floor based on dry materials measured in your geographical area provides a reasonable baseline, why SERVPRO opts for this technique when needed. Again, when the periodic monitoring of decreasing moisture levels in your home shows the achieving of EMC, drying efforts can cease.  

Drying cannot be assumed. It must be measured why SERVPRO of North Niagara County takes moisture monitoring seriously. Call us at (716) 299-0330 to engage our team of drying experts to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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Niagara Falls Flooding? Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks in front of facility SERVPRO Powers Floodwater Extraction from Niagara Falls Properties

Extraction Without Power in Flooded Niagara Falls Homes

After flood loss incidents, without the express involvement of competent electricians, it is customary to sever the power to Niagara Falls structures until these potential hazards can get successfully identified. In many scenarios, our SERVPRO professionals must lower the standing water level beneath electrical outlets and other live points of the system to prevent shock hazards when the power gets restored. Extraction without available electricity might seem complicated, but we have several tools up to the task.

Overcoming flood damage in Niagara Falls homes begins with assessing the full extent of this damage and scoping out the work to get done. Because we have so many extraction tools available to our professionals, choosing the right equipment can be the difference in days’ worth of drying and recovery time. We have three primary approaches regarding extraction and eventual drying without active electricity when our team first arrives.

Truck-Mount Pumps

Truck-mount options are engine-driven pump systems that offer a powerful suction of the standing water. Depending on the circumstances, we can store the water in the tank truck for removal in a different area, or we can discharge into sanitary sewer lines.

Gas-Powered Trash Pumps

While not as portable as electric submersible pumps traditionally used for removing standing water from houses, gas-powered trash pumps can offer a consistent removal of water from the damaged area. With a larger intake, these units can move solids floating in the floodwater. Often these units must get placed outside to allow for proper ventilation of the exhaust from the engine.

Generators 

Another solution for many of the water loss situations that our SERVPRO team provides is the portable generator. These offer consistent power to run machines like electric sump pumps, wet vacuums, and drying units.

Losing power after a flood loss situation is more common than you might think. Our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team has several strategies to overcome this potential setback and still provide consistent water removal for maximum drying efficiency. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us at (716) 299-0330.

Fire Debris Removal and Deodorization of Niagara Falls Homes

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire damage in your Niagara Falls home can take over, let us be there to assist.

Restoring your home after a fire loss incident begins with removing the immediate threats that exist in Niagara Falls residences after these disasters. Most of the insurance plans that homeowners acquire feature a degree of fire loss protection. At a bare minimum, this includes the coverage for debris removal and limited cleaning. As a preferred vendor in Niagara County for restoration and recovery, we have established relationships with insurance companies to make this claims process as efficient as possible.

Meeting the demands of the insurance providers is only part of beginning the work for fire damage in Niagara Falls homes. From the first notice of loss (FNOL), where our customers notify our emergency line about the damage to their property, we are putting together the appropriate team of professionals to help based on the information we can gather. Because we have a full division of licensed general contractors, we can offer another level of care and recovery of your damaged property.

Fire debris removal is often more intricate than homeowners might initially believe. Despite a working knowledge of the problem areas and the ability to shovel out ash and remnants from the flooring, homes can be unsafe to enter immediately following a fire without the appropriate personal protective equipment. Controlled demolition techniques can also select severely damaged portions of construction materials for removal to aid in this debris reduction and also limit continued odor catalysts.

Foul odors are a typical effect experienced after fire losses. Smoke effects can spread quickly throughout a damaged residence and penetrate porous materials, contents, and fabrics. Deodorizing these areas can mostly happen in-house with sophisticated tools like our thermal fogging equipment. This machine heats deodorizing compounds in a vapor, which can neutralize odor molecules trapped in materials and concentrated throughout the property.

Fire debris removal and deodorization are two of the emergency services that we can offer your home after a fire disaster. No matter how severe these conditions might be, you can count on the experience and cutting-edge equipment and products available to our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team. Let us make fire loss “Like it never even happened,” by calling (719) 299-0330.

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