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What are the Methods of Restoring a Home after Fire?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle Call SERVPRO after you experience a fire incident, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Combines Principles and Elements of Fire Damage Restoration to Return your Niagara Falls Home to its Pre-loss Condition

Taking an organized approach to fire restoration can increase the efficiency of the task at hand. The principles of restoration primarily rely on pre-testing materials in the first phase of restoration. The elements of restoration are the techniques used to return those materials to their preloss condition. 

The correct method of fire damage restoration in your Niagara Falls home is a combination of principles and elements. Identifying types of smoke residue, then selecting the proper cleaning process for that particular residue. Cleaning elements rely on chemical action, temperature, and agitation techniques using the technician's expertise and advanced equipment.

  • Fire restoration is challenging due to the many factors involved in smoke residues, including heat, oxygen, moisture, and gas.
  • No two fires are the same, so technicians must adopt a tailored approach based on information gathered during the pre-testing phase.
  • Using a complete range of cleaning elements is the most efficient way to restore property with smoke or odor issues.

Fire restoration is an expert job. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County for fire damage restoration at (716) 299-0330.

What Services are Available for Flood Impact on a Home's Exterior Walls?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Home flooded Regardless of the way that your home was flooded, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

SERVPRO Operate Flood Damage Restoration Services for Niagara Falls Residents

Exterior walls can be adversely affected by flood water intrusion. These are typically a challenge to dry adequately once water migrates into the cavity. One of the core reasons for slow drying times is the insulation within walls that can absorb moisture quickly while simultaneously restricting airflow and ventilation. 

When flood damage occurs in your Niagara Falls home, it causes significant disruption to your everyday life. Demolishing an exterior wall can further disrupt your situation, which is why, despite it being a quick-drying solution, SERVPRO often opts to dry the cavity through other means. It is essential to avoid condensation within exterior walls as this can cause lasting damage. 

  • Drilling holes in the top and bottom of exterior walls is vital to ensuring airflow, ventilation, and cavity drying.
  • Injecti-dry systems can push warm air to enhance drying
  • Technicians use heating and monitoring equipment to prevent the walls from reaching dew point and suffering condensation damage
  • SERVPRO works hard to reduce inconvenience by drying exterior walls rather than demolishing them altogether. 

Exterior walls require expertise to dry efficiently. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County for flood damage restoration at (716) 299-0330.

Can Water Bring Bacteria into the Home?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment When water damage is left untreated, mold growth quickly occurs. Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage.

SERVPRO Can Return your Lewiston Home to a Sanitary State after Water Leaks

Lewiston is a Northeastern historic town in New York State. The region is widely renowned for its outstanding natural beauty with the Niagara River and its falls, a wonder of the natural world. The relatively small population of 16,262 residents makes for a reasonably close-knit community. However, regular tourism from outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the nearby Niagara State Park ensures that the local economy remains robust despite a steady decline in manufacturing industries across the county.

The historical village of Lewiston is named after former New York governor Morgan Lewis who fought in the American Revolutionary War and is a signatory for the Declaration of Independence. Today, the small village remains one of the most affluent areas in the region. The Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant is one of the few surviving hydroelectric power centers that use Niagara River's currents to generate power. Lewiston is also home to the independent publishing house the Edwin Mellen Press has been in circulation for half a century. 

  • The Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park is a 172-acre state park that hosts regular outdoor live entertainment and music events throughout the year. During the summer season, the non-profit Artpark programming attracts over 150,000 people.
  • The Niagara Power Project is an interactive tourist attraction and education exhibit designed to teach people about hydroelectric power's history and role. The visitors center provides a control room simulator allowing visitors to experience the day-to-day running of a hydroelectric power plant.
  • On Swann Road is the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, built in 1965. The stunning structure has over twelve acres of the surrounding ground and was conferred as a Basilica by then Pope Paul VI. The site is a regular pilgrimage nationally and globally.

SERVPRO Can Protect your Lewiston Home from the Damaging Effects of Water Intrusion

All water contains microbes. These microbes could include potentially unsanitary or unhealthy microorganisms like bacterias and viruses. When water intrudes into an indoor environment, it is likely to make that environment unsanitary. SERVPRO can clean and dry your property thoroughly to return it to a preloss condition. Often the critical factor in preventing long-term secondary damages from water intrusion is to completely dry the property. SERVPRO can mobilize industrial drying equipment for both open and closed areas of the home. By regularly monitoring and drying the property our technicians can reduce future claim expenses. 

  • Antimicrobial chemicals can be applied to textiles, floorboards, and cavities in the home to prevent the buildup through stages of viruses, fungi, or bacteria.
  • Using air-movers combined with dehumidifiers, our technicians can thoroughly dry property and reduce microbial growth rates as well as control vapor damage. 
  • Crew chiefs conduct a complete walkthrough with residents to explain services completed and outcomes. 

Water intrusion can make a home environment unsafe. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County for water damage cleanup at (716) 299-0330.

Can a Sagging Ceiling Get Fixed in Niagara Falls Through Commercial Water Cleanup?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs are Available 24/7 for Commercial Water Cleanup and Restoration in Niagara Falls

The water damage that happens in a business property can be far worse than in a residential location as many buildings get closed on the weekends and during holidays. If a pipe breaks, floodwater enters, or the sprinkler system malfunctions, the water can sit and degrade for 24 to 48 hours before the cleanup begins, and that is enough time for harmful bacteria to start to grow.

In the case of commercial water cleanup in a Niagara Falls business that waited to begin. Numerous issues can hamper the potential for saving building materials and articles within the property, such as deteriorated sheetrock that wicked water like a buckled walls or a sagging ceiling can pose a danger and requires removal. SERVPRO technicians have the comprehensive training and equipment to handle these challenges safely, including: 

  • Controlled demolition as needed
  • Water extraction services of any size
  • Restoration of as much of the possessions as possible
  • Humidity control when needed to discourage mold before the application of antimicrobial cleaning agents

SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 supports the local Niagara Falls community with any size commercial water cleanup needed.

Is It Possible for a Niagara Falls Home to Have Unseen Mold Damage?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling Mold will spread 24 to 48 hours. Call the IICRC certified technicians of SERVPRO for the mold remediation services needed.

SERVPRO Techs Have Extensive Training for Handling Mold Damage

It is not unusual for mold to establish colonies and spread for an extended period before any visible signs. There are, however, small signals that an infestation is present. 

Mold damage in a Niagara Falls property is always a symptom of another issue that needs addressing. To survive, mold needs interior humidity levels to remain over 50%, temperatures at least in the 70s, and something organic to consume, such as sheetrock or wood. Typical reasons include leaks, poor ventilation, and the aftereffects of flood damage. Once it invades the home, it will not stop until remediated. SERVPRO techs use various types of equipment to pinpoint the actual size of the mold infestation.

Reducing the ability for the spores to spread throughout the home is paramount. Once the worksite gets defined, the techs use methods such as:

  • Physical barriers 
  • Negative air chambers
  • Specialized air filtration equipment that traps airborne spores in the HEPA filters

SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 brings years of experience and the latest professional equipment to the remediation of mold damage in local Niagara Falls homes. 

SERVPRO Handles Flooded Basement Cleanup in Niagara Falls Properties

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged basement SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians and equipment for any size storm restoration job.

Local Niagara Falls Residents Trust SERVPRO With Their Flood Damage Restoration Needs

The city of Niagara Falls is no stranger to wet conditions, but heavy rains recently highlighted the need for an extensive overhaul of the sewer system. The city council voted and approved a $3.5 million contract to revamp the sewer and drainage system over three years. 

Locally heavy rains have caused the sewer to become overwhelmed, and the result is water backing up into basements through the common entry points of 

  • Floor drains
  • Toilets
  • Showers

The scheduled work entails a complete rehab and switching to a trenchless drainage system for wastewater that will be more reliable when heavy rains come calling. 

The current system was found to be failing as the state of disrepair allowed groundwater to enter. The high level of infiltration put the sewer system at risk for failure, and before wide-scale property damage occurred, the city devised a plan of action. Best of all, the repairs slated to get done can get accomplished without the need to dig up the ground or open the sewers, which means there is zero impact on residents in terms of disruption to their yards, construction equipment, or service levels. 

The project will seal up the infiltration sources, and a benefit of this action is that the amount of water flowing through the siphon and pump stations will automatically get reduced, which lowers the risk of sewer overflows that cause basement flooding in the area. 

What is the Best Way to Save Possessions in a Flooded Basement in Niagara Falls

When floodwater enters a basement, even a finished basement still has a concrete substrate under the carpet or floating flooring, and there is nothing for the water to do but collect and spread. 

A flooded basement in Niagara Falls poses a challenge for cleanup. While floodwater tends to recede as rapidly as it enters a home on the upper level, this is a much slower process in a basement. In a finished basement, the water wicks into the sheetrock and quickly seeps under the flooring. In an unfinished area, the water pools and needs fast action to limit damage to the structure. When this appears to be the issue, the techs use their moisture detection equipment to pinpoint the migration path and determine the number of building materials that require removal. 

Removal of Items For Cleaning

In many homes, the basement and attic space tend to become a catch-all for things that are useful but not in use. SERVPRO technicians work in an organized fashion to remove items that may have the potential for reuse by cleaning to a staging area outside the worksite. 

Benefits of a Move-Out

When many undamaged articles need storage during the mitigation, the techs can perform a move-out and store them securely either at the SERVPRO facility or another storage area. This action is beneficial because: 

  • It ensures the other items in the home remain undamaged
  • The homeowner gets a list of the items taken and the location in the basement 
  • SERVPRO moves the items back into the home when the decontamination and restoration services complete

SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 has the equipment to handle a flooded basement in Niagara Fall and make the water damage, "Like it never even happened."

Wine tours and Tasting Run from February in Niagara Falls

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Niagara Falls Regional Tours Offer Guests a Chance to Learn About the Process of Producing New World Wines.

The Niagara Falls County region is among one of the fastest wine-growing areas in the US. Supplemented by the region's unique climate and soil, these new world wines are gaining popularity both at home and abroad. The touring service allows guests to meet the wine-makers, tour the vineyards, and enjoy four reputable wineries' tasting rooms. Tour guides provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of wine while catering the sample selections to your taste. The total time it takes to visit the four wineries is around five hours, with guests traveling by minibus from the winery to winery. Stop offs include the stunning Lake Ontario and other sites of natural beauty and meeting the owners of the wineries. Gift purchases are available throughout the tour directly from the vineyards to ensure that guests can take a bottle home with them at the end. 

  • Wine tours take place from 4 pm and typically end around 9 pm
  • Social distancing measures and controlled group sizes are in place
  • Tailor your tasting experience from each winery and enjoy snacks alongside glasses

Smoke and soot can harm your indoor air quality. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 for assistance.

Tour the Stunning Niagara Falls From Both America and Canada

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

a bunch of people on a ferry in niagara falls It will be exciting to see the sights on this Niagara Falls tour!

Over the Falls Tours Runs One-day Tours of the Niagara Falls Across Two Countries

This February, Over the Falls boat tours runs a one-day excursion that allows passengers to experience this wonder of the world from both sides. The tour sets off from the American side, including a short trip through the Cave of Winds via the Maid of the Mist ferry. Guests then experience the Canadian Niagara Falls, including the stunning horseshoe drop, which offers the largest waterfall in Northern America. Different sights on the guided tours include the Hurricane Deck, the Skylon Tower, and Three Sisters Island. Currently, tours are running through the winter period, providing a fantastic opportunity to see the natural wonder in the snow. However, social distancing and COVID safety protocols apply. 

  • Bookings are refundable up to twenty-four-hours in advance of any booked tours.
  • Queue jumping is available for many attractions, including the Hurricane Deck and the Maid of the Mist boat tour.
  • Group sizes are restricted to ten people to ensure the safety of all passengers.

A wet property can quickly become moldy or unsafe to inhabit. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 for emergency water repair.

Premiere Restoration Services in the Niagara Falls Region Can Recover Losses After Flooding

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

damaged home roof with sign that reads storm damage When storm damage hits your area, make sure to contact team SERVPRO. We are here 24/7 to answer you emergency calls.

SERVPRO of Niagara Falls Assists with the Cleanup and Securing of a Property Ravaged by Storm Floods

The Niagara Falls region is a city along the Northeast Coast with a population of 50,593 residents. Twinned with the Ontario city of the same name, the dividing block between these two North American countries is the vast Niagara River, which stretches for 36 miles along the eastern coastal shelf. The most well-known aspect of Niagara is the cascading waterfall, which is dubbed a wonder of the natural world. The 50-meter vertical drop carries the highest flow rates of water anywhere in North America. During the nineteenth century, enormous canals and dams harnessed the hydroelectric power from the American Falls. These power stations provided cheap, renewable electricity, which attracted many manufacturing businesses that were attaining vast amounts of wealth from the industrial revolution. With the assistance of financial powerhouses like the Vanderbilts and JP Morgan, hydroelectric dams provided electricity to towns and businesses over twenty miles away from Niagara Falls. During the 1960s, the government regulated power plants to prevent unnecessary harm, erosion, and damage to the site.

The business center that was Niagara Falls began to decline in the mid-twentieth century. A high profile dam collapse of the Schoellkopf Power Plant and a chemical waste disaster in the eighties pushed president Jimmy Carter to declare the first state of emergency for non-natural causes. As energy became cheaper across the United States, the popularity among businesses and factories of Niagara Falls dwindled. The period of urban decline has since been followed up by a burgeoning tourist economy that sees approximately thirty million people visit the falls every year. A wellspring of hotels and casinos have taken the place of industrial factories. In contrast, the preservation of the surrounding natural landscape has a reputation as one of the most diverse and beautiful in the world. Visitors to the Niagara State Park can explore hundreds of hiking trails, ski on the nearby mountains, or enjoy some of the excellent camping grounds and log cabins in Niagara County. 

  • Niagara Falls County provides a range of ski slopes with over 18 miles of snow for visitors to slalom, speed ski, or enjoy cross-country. The three main resorts in this region are the Kissing Bridge with 142 meters of elevation, the Buffalo Ski Club, and the small practice slope the Ridge. All alternatives include training courses and ski lifts for the descent with prices starting at $50.00
  • The Maid of the Mist is the region's oldest cruise company, which ferries passengers to the American Falls' base. The company began as far back as 1846, running day and night tours for passengers that include light refreshments and occasional live music or entertainment. The company's name is a reference to Native American Folklore as a mythical being that shepherded passengers over the edge of the falls.
  • The Prospect Point Observation Tower is located in the Niagara Falls State Park with driving access or a hiking trail to reach the region. Prospect Point offers the clearest views over the American Falls and is frequently used as a spot for wedding proposals, marriages, and other events. The 282-foot tower was initially built in 1963 with railway access to the upper deck.

Tourist attractions and other things to do in Niagara Falls

Since the mid-sixties, Niagara County has pushed to be a premier destination for visitors, with much of the local economy relying on tourism. The region offers excellent outdoor experiences, restaurants, hotels, and hostels for visitors to enjoy during their stay. Several guided tours of old power stations are a fantastic way to get in touch with this diverse landscape's history and heritage. 

  • Adventure tours set off through the Cave of Winds behind the American Falls and allow visitors to stand underneath sections of the waterfall wearing waterproof ponchos. The daily tours provide reservations so that guests can avoid queues and include a trip to the Hurricane Deck and a voyage on the legendary Maid of the Mist.
  • Outdoor adventures are seasonal, with different options for visitors throughout the year. Welcome in the spring with hiking, shooting, and birding. The summer encourages visitors to take boats onto the Niagara River and enjoy camping.  The fall offers fishing opportunities, while the winter months are a season for ice skating, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
  • There are several hotels set up nearby the American Falls, with some even overlooking the natural wonder. The Hilton Doubletree resort and the Econo Lodge both stand out as vacation rooms that allow guests to have a fifteen-minute walk into the National State Park. Other top options include the Niagara Riverside Resort and the historic Red Coach Inn. 

SERVPRO Helps Niagara Falls Residents to Recover their Home and Possessions after Violent Weather Events or Flooding

Adverse weather events can result in high winds or heavy rainfall, causing damage to your property. The impact of these events is likely to be traumatic, which is why most residents use professional restoration services to return their homes to a preloss condition. SERVPRO is a licensed storm recovery service that can enter a flooded home, secure it against further damage, and perform restoration of contents. One of the core aspects of mitigation is conducting complete drying. Our technicians can analyze your building's assembly layers from drywall through to wooden framing and wall cavities for signs of water migration. Using advanced structural drying equipment, we can circulate air into these areas to dry the home correctly. Some materials may break apart after exposure to liquid water. Production technicians can remove and reinstall segments of drywall to return your home to a preloss state. 

  • Advanced structural drying (ASD) technicians are qualified to assess and restore the building assembly. Using adapted air-movers or injectidry systems, we can ensure that secondary losses are kept to a minimum. 
  • Thermal imaging cameras and Borescopes are useful for monitoring and assessing a building assembly condition after flooding. By keeping track of water migration, we can control losses.
  • Thermal hygrometers measure the relative humidity. Vapor damage can lead to cracking or discoloration of wallpaper and paintwork. By deploying dehumidifiers in the space, we can prevent vapor from causing harm to your home. 

A flooding event requires expertise to restore correctly. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 now.

The Lockport Winter Market is a Great Chance to Get Delicious Local Produce from the Niagara Falls Region.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

a mother and her child holding baskets of fruits and vegtables SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the products at the Lockport Winter Market!

On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month From December 25th, Niagara Falls Residents Can Shop for Locally-sourced Food, Wine, and Craft Beers.

The Lockport Winter Market is an indoor trading space for local farmers and producers to sell products directly to Niagara Falls residents. The markets run from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday at South St. Harrison Place. The typical vendors include farm-grown fruit, vegetable, honey, and artisan cheeses, craft spirits, and coffee. If you are interested in joining as a vendor, you can contact the Lockport Winter Market through their website. Social distancing guidelines are in-place throughout the market and adapt depending on the threat level in Niagara County. 

  • Online orders are available for the store to pick up for shielding residents or otherwise unlikely to attend the market in person. 
  • Online markets run from Thursday Through to Sunday and can be collected the following Saturday when the market opens.
  • Details of vendors can be found on the website, with some traders only selling online or in person.

Getting rid of large bodies of water can be tricky without professional equipment and training. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330.