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Why Niagara Falls Residents Need Professional Mold Damage Cleanup

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Man Looking At Mold Don't let mold damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330.

Niagara Falls Homes Deserve Mold Remediation Attention from SERVPRO

Once you suspect mold development anywhere in your Niagara Falls property, a sense of panic may arise. Rather than wiping or spraying down areas where you detect or spot mold colonies, hiring professionals to handle it safely and efficiently is the best route to take. Skilled technicians know best how to address mold infestation quickly so that you can bring your property back to pre-mold condition. This includes restoring indoor air quality (IAQ), so your family can breathe easily again. “Like it never even happened.”

Why Contact SERVPRO For Mold Damage In Niagara Falls?

Many area residents may not understand all that proper mold remediation involves. SERVPRO employs only highly-skilled and certified technicians to begin the containment and cleanup of suspected mold within your property. Our process usually follows these general guidelines:

  • Once we arrive, we begin a thorough assessment of all areas of suspected mold. 
  • Technicians wear PPE for safety, including full-body suits, respirators, etc.
  • Containment measures are initiated with plastic sheeting and negative air pressure to keep microscopic mold spores from migrating into unaffected areas of your home.
  • All unsalvageable contents and materials are carefully removed and disposed of.
  • Contents and surface cleaning begin with the help of vacuums, brushes, and HEPA filtration.

How Will I Be Able To Tell If I Have Mold In My Home?

What you may not realize is that mold is everywhere. Mold is in the air we breathe, inside homes and businesses, and on our clothing or hair. When the temperature, humidity levels, and organic materials create the ultimate environment for mold to thrive is when homeowners start to notice visible colonies or musty odors. If this sounds familiar, calling in trained mold remediation specialists will ensure your property gets the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval.

Are you concerned about mold damage in your home? Get in touch with us at SERVPRO of North Niagara County as soon as possible, and we can send a crew out for cleanup. You can reach us online to request help or by calling (716) 299-0330.

Become Familiar With Niagara Falls Fire Damage Remediation Services

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Burnt Counter And Pots Regardless of the room currently facing fire damage, one call to SERVPRO gets you the help you need to tackle the issues involved. Call 24/7.

What to Do About the Fire Damage in Your Niagara Falls Home 

In our homes, there are many potential sources of fire damage. However, a significant portion of homeowners finds themselves ill-prepared for when a fire strikes their property. Should a blaze break out on your property, you must seek professional help as soon as possible. 

Imagine that fire damage strikes your Niagara Falls home. You may wonder when you should make a phone call to a professional cleanup and restoration company. Ideally, you should make the call as soon as possible. 

Discoloration begins once objects begin to cool. Plastics can begin to yellow, making it a lot harder to remediate certain things. Ideally, fire damage should be addressed before an object has returned to its former temperature. Remediation does not become impossible once something has cooled; however, it is considerably easier for professionals like SERVPRO to treat damage before it cools.

Let's say the fire in your home was relatively small, and firefighting services were unnecessary. A candle left to its own devices on a bookshelf caused a small fire to some old journals. A fire extinguisher took care of the flames, but scorch marks and greasy soot stains remained behind the shelf. 

After receiving your call, SERVPRO could assemble a team of fire and smoke damage technicians to send to your home. Once we determine the type of smoke that has stained your shelf, our technicians can quickly get to work to ensure that your home can once again feel "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO uses lubricative house-made cleaning agents designed to lift the grime from whatever surface they are applied to and then break it down. While removing the stains and smoke damage from your shelf, our SERVPRO techs can set up an air scrubber to ensure no lingering smell is left behind. 

Should you need help with fire damage, never hesitate to call. Get in touch with SERVPRO of North Niagara County by dialing (716) 299-0330. We're always ready to help you.

What Do I Do if Flood Water Seeps into My Home?

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Clouds We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Call SERVPRO for Prompt Mitigation if Your Niagara Falls Home Suffers from Flood Damage

Weather can be unpredictable, so if you are faced with flash flooding, it might leave a substantial amount of water in your Niagara Falls basement. When this happens, your belongings can be destroyed, but you must also deal with water removal and cleanup. It is natural to worry about the best way to address flooding, but this is where trained flood mitigation technicians come to the rescue.

How Long Will It Take to Recover After a Flood Loss?

SERVPRO has the training and equipment necessary to help you address flood damage in Niagara Falls in a fast, efficient manner. Our team undergoes extensive training and uses IICRC techniques to help manage and work through flood loss events. We have crew chiefs available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and often can have a team on-site and ready to get to work in just a few hours. 

Is the Water in My Basement Hazardous?

Whenever excessive flooding happens around your property and water infiltrates your basement, it often contains debris, mud, and contaminated materials. As a homeowner, you have the choice of trying to address the water removal on your own or calling in the help of trained technicians. It is not recommended to treat potentially contaminated water with DIY methods as you could put yourself at risk. When you call SERVPRO for help with water removal, we come fully equipped with tools such as:

  • Extraction Equipment: Each of our trucks comes loaded with the necessary tools. Truck-mounted water extraction tools allow us to quickly remove hundreds to thousands of gallons of water. We also have powerful submersible pumps to help remove water from targeted spots with high water levels within your home.
  • Air Movers: Our team has a unique formula that allows us to strategically place industrial fans and high-speed air movers that increase airflow over your floors and furniture to help speed up moisture evaporation. We often reposition the air movers as needed to ensure efficiency.
  • Dehumidifiers: Industrial-strength dehumidifiers are vital for any water removal job we respond to. We have specialized dehumidifiers to help pull moisture from the air inside your home, thus lowering humidity levels. This allows us to keep your home safe from secondary water damage that can cause your flooring, walls, and furniture to warp. 

Can I Save Some of the Contents of My Flooded Basement?

Many items in your home with a hard surface can be recovered. Packout service allows us to move items to a staging area at our facility or in another area of your home. We can then work on cleaning and sanitizing all of these items safely until moving them back in at the end of the project. 

We understand how important it is for you to try and salvage whatever you can from your home after a flood event. We consider what the items are made from and how long they are saturated with water. Materials like drywall and pressboard are susceptible to immense damage with water penetration, just like other porous items within the space. Things like upholstery, carpets, carpet padding, and other fabrics can hold a great deal of water. Our skilled technicians work as quickly as possible to limit the amount of loss. Some items may be moved off-site for detailed cleaning, while things made with glass, ceramic, marble, or metal might be dried and disinfected.

How Do You Address Mold Growth?

Mold and mildew growth are common whenever water infiltration is involved. Our team ensures that proper cleaning and disinfection are part of your project so that we can inhibit dangerous mold growth, keeping your interior safe for you and your family. Some of the ways that SERVPRO works to slow down or inhibit the onset of mold include:

  •  The application of products to baseboards, walls, subfloors, and other organic materials known for microbe development and odors.
  •  The use of EPA-registered, broad-spectrum disinfectants that work on non-porous materials to thwart microbial contamination.
  •  Thorough wiping down all non-porous surfaces followed by complete disinfection
  •  The application of deodorizes to carpet fibers, carpet backs, and other materials helps limit odor onset.

We are Faster To Any Size Disaster at SERVPRO of North Niagara County, and you can reach us for emergency flood damage services at any time of day or night. With a phone call to (716) 299-0330, we set a team in motion to arrive at your home to begin the assessment as soon as possible.

How Water Damage Repair Benefits Niagara Falls Homes

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Hanging Sign: Call Us Today Call SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (000) 000-0000 for fast and efficient service.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Safeguards Niagara Falls Homes

A leaking roof should not be taken lightly, and quick mitigation should be taken immediately before your Niagara Falls property gets further damaged. Do not panic, though. With SERVPRO professionals, you can have the damage repaired rapidly. Our technicians have the experience and proper tools to get the situation under control.

SERVPRO helps prevent water damage at a Niagara Falls property from worsening by establishing where the water is coming from. A damaged roof or plumbing issues are a possible cause of water damage on your ceiling. For example, if the plumbing system is old, a corroded pipe could leak and lead to water damage.

Signs of water damage on the ceiling:

  • Discoloration or water spots
  • Sagging ceiling
  • Musty odor
  • Cracked or bubbling paint

An obvious sign of water damage is discoloration around the affected area. These yellow or brown stains often indicate a leak. Also, a damaged ceiling affects the paint as it might start to peel or crack. A lack of physical signs does not mean there is no water damage. If you notice a musty odor on your property, it may be a sign of water damage, and it might be from your ceiling.

How to Repair

The plasterboard is very porous and hence quickly absorbs water. Even though a general contractor can fix the minor damages in the form of cracks, severe ones like crumbling the material and sagging the ceiling require cutting and installing new drywall sheets. There is also the need for drying to ensure total moisture removal.

SERVPRO crews drill weep holes to free trapped water, then set air movers. Air movers help sweep moisture away from the surface, evaporating it into the air. Once the moisture is in the air, we set up dehumidifiers to dry it.

Other essential actions:

  • Fixing leaking pipes
  • Replacing damaged shingles
  • Priming and painting the ceiling

SERVPRO of North Niagara County helps restore home sections that have sustained water damage, including ceilings, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (716) 299-0330.

Niagara Falls Flooding Affects Cinder Blocks and Basements

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

niagara falls flowing When Niagara Falls floods your basement, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Repair

Who Can Fix my Basement Flooding?

Natural flooding can affect your Niagara Falls home quickly in the right conditions. Rising water around your structure can present immense pressure on elements like your foundation masonry units. Vulnerabilities that exist in the mortar joints or blockwork itself can quickly become exposed when hydro-static pressure forces water through these openings. Once water damage exists on the basement floor, it is vital to begin work on removing this threat as soon as possible. 

Because flood damage in Niagara Falls homes can be a widespread and devastating force, it is a situation that our SERVPRO team remains prepared to face all year round. When we first arrive at a flooded address, the chief objective is to begin extraction work to identify any considerable structural breaches that require repair or reconstruction. Extraction can involve multiple tools, but the standard machines and devices that our team chooses for natural flooding include: 

  • Submersible Pumps 
  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums 

What Repairs Can Prevent Flooding Again? 

A thorough inspection of the blockwork and other vulnerable points of your basement can identify where floodwater entered your home and if this continues to be a threat. In some situations, hydraulic cement can seal over smaller vulnerabilities, while more substantial breaches might require controlled demolition and reconstruction of foundation walls. Homeowners who experience flooding regularly might also consider the installation of diversion equipment such as sump pumps.

Addressing the pressing concerns of flood damage and preventing it in the future are two efforts that blend the restoration and reconstruction abilities of our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team. No matter how we can help, we are available 24/7 at (716) 304-2163.

Contact SERVPRO for Flood Cleanup Services in Niagara

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

floodwater in yard, fence and brick Groundwater from a storm can contaminate your Niagara property--Call SERVPRO for extraction

Is Niagara Floodwater Contaminated?

Spring storms, melting snow, and an overflowing river can lead to flooding in your Niagara home. After the initial shock, and you and your family are out of immediate danger, it is time to go about the task of removing the contaminated floodwater and dealing with the cleanup.

Many of My Belongings are Wet and Dirty, Should I Throw Them Away?

No, SERVPRO Technicians Assess Items to Determine Restorability

After flood damage in Niagara, it might be tempting to simply go through your home and dispose of damaged belongings such as furniture, textiles, documents, and books.  However, our restoration specialists have a process to assess the contents in your home. Depending on the severity of the damage, technicians may take affected items to a secure offsite storage facility where they clean, dry, and restore your items whenever possible.

What Building Materials Are Subject to Damage? How Are They Removed?

  • Everything from carpet to ceiling may suffer damage during a flood.
  • Technicians remove ruined building materials such as soaked drywall and carpet padding.
  • SERVPRO disposes of destroyed items according to local and state ordinances, so you do not need to worry about hauling yourself.

What Might Happen if I Do Not Deal with The Flooding Right Away?

  • Moisture may travel throughout the walls.
  • Strong, musty odors may develop.
  • Mold colonies may grow and flourish with excess moisture.
  • Slow mitigation results in further damage and expenses

After a flood, safely cleaning your home is also an important consideration. Flood water is considered contaminated water by the EPA, requiring disinfectant use and careful safety precautions such as wearing appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). As the homeowner, you may need to leave your home for safety purposes during some or all of the restoration process while technicians thoroughly sanitize your home.

For assistance 24/7, contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 304-2163.

Avoid Major Loss in Niagara Falls with Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

centrifugal fan blades SERVPRO inventories a vast array of fire damaging mitigation equipment to keep Niagara Fall's businesses in business

Niagara Falls Businesses Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Assistance

Any fire incident, big or small, can be crippling for your Niagara Falls business. Commercial properties call for specialized cleaning and restoration to get them back up and running after a fire. SERVPRO has large loss recovery teams to limit the cost and loss overall. When it comes to fire damage repair and restoration, we have all the right tools for the job and the trained technicians you can trust. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Just as we would address a residential project, structural cleaning and safety protocols are essential with any commercial fire damage restoration plan in Niagara Falls. SERVPRO gets to work fast after first responders deem your business safe for entry once the fire gets fully extinguished.

  • We address smoke and soot residue on all surfaces using carefully selected techniques.
  • Materials get categorized into two categories: washable and non-washable.

With non-washable materials, they cannot withstand cleaning with water-based agents. Our team uses dry cleaning methods to remove soiling from soot and smoke in these situations. Depending on the inventory, machinery, furnishings, and other items present within your commercial building, our team may select a combination of cleaning methods to help us get the best results.

Scalability is vital in any commercial fire restoration project

SERVPRO has a massive inventory of cleaning equipment and various tools housed in our warehouse. This allows us to adapt as needed depending on the size and scope of the commercial fire cleanup project. Some of the equipment we always have access to include:

  • Generators for backup power if there is no electricity at your facility
  • Truck-mounted extractors, submersible pumps, etc.
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Centrifugal air movers, industrial-grade fans, drying mats, etc.
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA technology, hydroxyl generators, ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, etc.

There is no commercial fire damage project that our team at SERVPRO of North Niagara County cannot handle. Get in touch with us for 24/7 cleanup and restoration by calling (716) 299-0330.

When Fire Damages Your Niagara Falls Home

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A burnt door and fire damage on the floor of a home. 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. We can recommend a reputable third party to repair the devices for expensive and necessary electronics.  

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) 299-0330 so that we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

For Niagara Falls Homeowners, SERVPRO Provides Expertise and Advanced Equipment to Mitigate Water Damage

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a small area of a home. SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Water Damage in Niagara Falls with Advanced Equipment.

How Air Movers Help to Dry Niagara Falls Homes after a Water Damage

While there are dozens of valuable pieces of equipment commonly used in the restoration of Niagara Falls homes after a water damage incident, few have the value of air movers. In both the design and the function of these tools, damaged areas of your home can effectively benefit from the evaporation collection by dehumidification equipment. Understanding how air movers can help your house can assist customers to appreciate their role in returning a property to a preloss condition.

No matter the severity or spread of water damage in Niagara Falls residences, the use of air movers are a common staple to the restoration and drying of these damaged areas. Air movers provide a focused blast of air directed at a specific damaged area. Their design and shape play a part in their overall effectiveness for removing moisture from carpeting, drywall, furniture, and other water-damaged materials in the household.

What Is an Air Mover?

This equipment gets explicitly designed to increase the speed evaporation takes place at the surface level. When combined with direct heat, the evaporation and removal of moisture can happen at a faster rate. The high-velocity air produced by an air mover can remove moisture from the surface of affected materials in a sweeping action for collection by running dehumidification equipment.

Fan Vs. Air Movers

In a rudimentary sense, both of these machines work similarly, though air movers can offer a faster velocity and output. We do not use house fans. The positioning of centrifugal air movers low to the ground, with their snouts strategically placed, increases their productivity in areas most commonly experiencing excess water and moisture concerns. Our SERVPRO team monitors the progress by taking moistures readings during the service and adjusts the flow to optimize the evaporation rate.

Mechanical Types of Air Movers

While there are several types of air movers available, our SERVPRO team typically utilizes the following ones. Centrifugal air movers are ideal for directing a powerful air blast at a targeted wet area of the house. Axial air movers can help to dry up broader surface areas without focusing too much on one specific area or surface.

These tools are a standard part of the water restoration arsenal arriving with our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team. We can utilize several of these high-velocity units simultaneously to make drying and restoration as efficient as possible. No matter how we can help, give our team a call at (716) 299-0330.

Where Is Mold Damage Common in Niagara Falls Homes?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold on a white wall SERVPRO of North Niagara County is prepared to help you take on your mold damage.

Certain Areas of Niagara Falls Properties Are Prone to Mold Damage

Mold is more of an expected disaster in many Niagara County homes than property owners realize. Moist conditions alone are enough to allow naturally-occurring spores to begin growing and destroying hosting materials. Several areas of your property can experience this damage, which is often indicated by effects like:

  • Physical spotting
  • Harsh odors
  • Structural deterioration
  • Wet surfaces

Attic Spaces

Severe weather can often impact the area, so mold damage in Niagara Falls attic spaces can be a common development. Once water penetrates sensitive roofing materials and enters the unfinished attic of many homes, this moisture lingers to create a widespread mold situation that often goes unnoticed until it migrates to living spaces below this upper floor. 


The lowest level of New York homes can often contend with groundwater infiltration and excessive moisture. Organic matter like wood framing and subflooring for the main level of the house becomes the target of mold colonization. 


Spills, overflows, showers, and countless other factors can frequently create moist conditions in the bathroom. Without adequate ventilation and drying of water damages and leaks, bathrooms can quickly become the initial infestation point for a spreading mold colony. 

Laundry Areas

The laundry area of your home can also be a common spot to experience mold and microbial development. Because of the heat of the drying process combined with the possibilities of moisture from steam, leaking pipes, or other outlets, conditions are often met to facilitate organisms on surfaces like drywall, baseboards, and ceiling materials.

No matter where mold develops in your home, we have experienced professionals ready to remediate this damage and protect the property as much as possible. We can respond quickly with effective antimicrobial solutions and more aggressive mold removal tactics where necessary. Give our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team a call today at (716) 299-0330.

Some Shortcuts to Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Niagara Falls

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded office with file cabinets floating around Regardless of how the damage started, team SERVPRO can help with remediation services. Our certified technicians are standing by for your call.

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."

Some Steps to Effective Flood Damage Remediation in Niagara

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with belongings floating everywhere When flooding overtakes your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and storm damage remediation.

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.

Effects Fire Damage Leaves in Niagara Falls Homes

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

a microwave that is on fire Whether the fire started in your kitchen or another room, quick action is required. Call SERVPRO to assess the situation and for cleanup services.

Professional Help from SERVPRO Tackle Any Fire Restoration Needs in Niagara Falls

Fire damage can manifest in different forms and is not due to the flames alone but a combination of heat and smoke. These can cause other issues that should be resolved quickly before causing further damage. The extent of fire damage in your Niagara Falls home depends largely on the intensity of the fire.

Before resolving the problems caused by fire damage in Niagara Falls homes, we need to evaluate the loss clearly and plan a correct response. Soot accumulation is one of the primary effects of a fire, and it triggers several others that might prove challenging to address. SERVPRO assists in resolving soot related damages like:

  • Odor
  • Stained fabric and upholstery
  • Paint discoloration
  • Flooring damage

Soot damages electronics

After a fire, some electronics might not power on, which can be traced back to soot accumulation. If the soot accumulation is light, it can short out electronics by bridging circuits. Thick soot accumulation provides an insulating cover on the components, thus making them prone to extreme overheating, eventually leading to premature failure. Our SERVPRO crew can clean loose soot residues from electronics by blowing regulated compressed air on the item before an authorized electronic service company services it.

Smoke also imbeds into the surface of other materials in the house resulting in early surface oxidation. Utensils may look hazy and lose their appeal. Fixtures, counters, cabinets, and walls covered in soot can form stains. The stains can be hard to remove or, if cleaned wrongly, might spread to other areas.

Soot cleaning methods

The indoor air quality might also be compromised after a fire incident. Turning off the AC helps prevent recirculation of contaminated air around the house. Running an air filtration device removes any particulate matter from the air.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County cleans properties to resolve fire damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (716) 299-0330.

Water Damage Assistance When You Need It in Niagara Falls

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded room Flooding can quickly cause water damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Niagara Falls Residents Look to SERVPRO for Water Damage Assistance

Frozen pipes that burst, an overflowing tub, storm damage, or toilet backups – while all these are different water emergencies, you still need the same result from any cleanup efforts. Not only is DIY a path that could cause you added stress, but you also run the risk of extensive costs from something getting handled the wrong way. SERVPRO is the one-stop answer you need in Niagara Falls not only for water removal services but also to address any required water damage repairs. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

For all your water damage needs in Niagara Falls, we have an extensive network of local contractors and builders to handle your project in a fraction of the time of any DIY. Because of this, we move seamlessly from extractions into water damage repair throughout all impacted zones of your property. Some of the actions you may see performed during your project include:

  • Disposal of all unsalvageable contents
  • Removal of saturated, ruined ceilings and walls
  • Taking out any glue-down carpet or loosened tiles
  • Extrication of deteriorated carpet and padding

After water cleanup efforts wrap up, our IICRC-certified technicians ensure all surfaces get thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. This readies your property for water damage repairs. New flooring or carpet gets installed, cabinets repaired, drywall replaced, and anything else that helps bring your property back to pre-water event condition. 

Moisture detection measures begin so that we ensure all hidden pockets are dried. We use moisture sensors and meters while our dehumidifiers and fans restore relative humidity (RH). Our odor control technicians (OCT) also tackle the job of proactively deodorizing to ensure no foul, musty odors linger.

There is no water damage incident too big or small for our crew at SERVPRO of North Niagara County. You can reach us online to request help or dial (716) 299-0330.

Why is SERVPRO the Answer When Niagara Falls Residents Have Mold Damage?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

"Mold Inspection" If you discover any sign of mold on your property, call the experts at SERVPRO. We will come take a look.

SERVPRO Acts Fast in Niagara Falls With Proven Mold Damage Restoration Methods

Many people think they can wipe away visible mold in their home or spray it with bleach. The truth is that spotting any mildew or black mold in your Niagara Falls property means you need to proceed with caution. It is better to hire skilled technicians who will arrive with a plan of action, which is where SERVPRO comes in. We make all the difference for any mold remediation and restoration needs you have, including minimizing damage.

Why do you need professional mold damage assistance in Niagara Falls? Because SERVPRO’s technicians understand the importance of locating and addressing the root of the problem that brought on the mold development in the first place. 

  • Within less than 72 hours of the issue developing, mold can begin colonizing throughout your home.
  • Damage to your building materials, contents, and even your structural elements become a concern if the mold infestation is not addressed.
  • SERVPRO arrives within hours of your initial contact to inspect and assess the areas where mold is suspected.
  • Our IICRC-certified technicians have all the experience and advanced equipment to facilitate mold mitigation while determining the cause of the issue. 
  • We work diligently on cleanup and restoration so that you can get your property back to normal again.

About Mold and Your HVAC System

The minute you suspect mold, we suggest turning off your HVAC system. There could be mold spores that will get transported into unaffected areas of your home. Our team not only knows how to put containment in place, but we also work to carefully clean and sanitize your ductwork and entry points.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County is the team you want in your corner if you have mold damage within your property. By calling (716) 299-0330, you can have our Green Fleet at your door and ready to get started within hours.

How Does Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Lewiston Work?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s 24/7 Fire Damage Response Saves Lewiston Businesses Time and Money

Did you know? Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the U.S. responds to a fire. This means fires occur every day, yet many people think they will never experience it themselves. 

What about commercial properties that sustain fire damage in Lewiston? Commercial fires can disrupt any business for weeks or months at a time. Due to the intricate nature of restoration processes and the potential for loss and cost, calling in skilled professionals from SERVPRO is the best way to get the results you need. You need fire restoration services immediately, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How SERVPRO Gets Started with Commercial Fire Cleanup

Depending on the severity and heat from the fire, there may be structural issues to address. We offer board-up and tarping to protect your business from the elements as restoration occurs. Our crew removes all debris and damaged contents, handles soot and smoke residue cleanup, and extracts any standing water.

Smoke and soot leave pungent odors after a fire that you will need to eradicate to get everything back to normal. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) set up air scrubbers with HEPA filtration, apply deodorants, and use thermal fogging equipment to get results as quickly as possible. 

What You Can Do After a Commercial Fire

Of course, the actions you take as a business owner right after the fire play a significant role in your restoration results. We suggest the following steps:

  • Contact your business' insurance company to inform them of the fire emergency that took place.
  • Document the damages as best you can.
  • Contact your accountant to discuss any expenses you need to maintain throughout the fire restoration and downtime.
  • Review inventory after understanding the damages to the structure itself.
  • Let SERVPRO handle all the debris removal, controlled demolition, and total restoration of your facility/offices/retail space, etc.

Call (716) 299-0330 if you require assistance with fire damage at your commercial property. SERVPRO of North Niagara County is available 24-hours a day!

What Unexpected Issues Accompany Flood Damage in Niagara Falls Homes?

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

two people standing in water boots in a flooded room Flooding can cause damage to the contents and structure of your home. SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 to remediate the flood damage.

SERVPRO Can Help You Mitigate Any Flood Damage Issue at Your Niagara Falls Property

Damage from water exposure is one of the expected outcomes after a flooding incident. However, a property can be affected in other ways, thus requiring significant work or unique resources to restore normalcy. The damages can depend on the intensity of the incident or the type of property. For instance, the gale force winds in a storm can overturn a mobile home or blow off the roof of a permanent structure in Niagara Falls.

Addressing the different problems of flood damage in Niagara Falls properties requires the right resources, whether skills or equipment. SERVPRO can readily provide such resources matching any scale of damage. 

Some damages you might not be prepared for during flooding include:

  • Structural collapse 
  • Damage from lightning 
  • Extreme contamination 

In most instances, the bright flashes of lighting and the loud cracks of thunder are harmless to properties. However, at times the surging power of lightning can travel through cables or antennas, damaging your electronic items. That risk, combined with the harmful effects of moisture exposure, can necessitate the replacement of many items in your house.

Structural collapse can manifest in different ways, including affecting the significant parts of the structure on individual items. Apart from shattered windows and blown roofs, ceilings can also collapse from the weight of trapped water. Our SERVPRO technicians use strategic approaches such as drilling weep holes to ease the pressure.

Contamination is also an issue since floodwaters contain traces of:

  • Raw sewage 
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Fuel oils

Another aspect you might not consider about contamination is the deterioration when water remains stagnant over time. Therefore, even actions like water extraction, which you might not associate with decontamination, help.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County deals with the expected and unexpected flood damage issues. You can reach us at (716) 299-0330 for assistance in resolving any problem, "Like it never even happened."

How to Cope With Fire Damage at Your Lewiston Home

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

the exterior of a fire damaged home with burnt wooden planks Has your home been affected by a recent fire? Team SERVPRO can help with effective fire damage remediation services. Call our certified team today.

SERVPRO Informs and Guides Lewiston Homeowners After Fire Damage

Although the effects of a fire are physical, considerable emotional turmoil is also involved during such incidents. If not properly managed, the emotional aspects can interfere with the restoration timelines for your Lewiston home or your satisfaction with the outcome.

Having sufficient information can help you cope with the fire damage at your Lewiston home. The first team that SERVPRO sends to a stricken property does a thorough inspection revealing essential information that aids restoration.

Useful information when dealing with fire damage includes:

  • Estimating completion timelines
  • Establishing the damage extent
  • Finding ways to limit secondary damage

Although quickly returning to normalcy is the ultimate goal after a fire incident, you should not expect immediate results. For most fires, restoration takes days or even weeks. Knowing this in advance can tone down your expectations, allowing you to cope. SERVPRO technicians can also take action to improve the usability of your house. For example, pre-cleaning some utility areas in the home and erecting barriers with plastic sheets, it is possible to remain in the house during restoration.

Fire can damage materials superficially, leaving soot deposits and slightly charred surfaces. It can also be extensive, leaving deeply burnt material remnants. For superficial damage, cleaning and refinishing materials take care of most problems. It can be faster and cheaper. In case of extensive damage, teardown and replacement of materials are necessary. Establishing salvageable and unsalvageable materials is also essential for sentimental reasons.

After a fire, properties are vulnerable to other damages. Identifying the issues that can lead to secondary damage at your property can help prevent or quickly resolve issues. 

Typical problems that cause secondary damage include:

  • Shattered windows
  • Roof openings
  • Moisture inside the house

SERVPRO of North Niagara County can help you take different actions to cope with fire damage. Call us at (716) 299-0330. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Unresolved Mold Damage Results in Your Niagara Falls Home

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room by the window Once you smell or notice a mold infestation, time is of the essence. Contact team SERVPRO to assess the situation and to remediate the mold damage.

SERVPRO Eases Mold Remediation in Niagara Falls Homes

If you have noticed mold signs in your Niagara Falls home, several ideas may run through your mind. You may consider resolving it through cleaning or applying chemicals. You can also choose to leave the contamination in place and hope it goes away on its own or maybe paint over the area. One simple guiding principle is considering what aspects of daily life the contamination affects.

One thing to note about mold damage in your Niagara Falls home is that it is a degenerative process that affects many materials, from fabrics to solid structures or contents. Therefore, leaving the contamination unaddressed is detrimental, and over time it can prevent you from enjoying many things you are used to in your house. SERVPRO helps simplify the restoration process, so you do not have to postpone restoration.

Some things that mold can prevent you from enjoying in your house include:

  • A great ambiance 
  • Good indoor air quality 
  • Strong fixtures and installations

One of the earliest signs of mold contamination is the dark spots, bubbling, and cracking paint that it leaves on surfaces. Therefore, the longer it goes unaddressed, the harder it becomes to retain the nicely finished veneers and trim around the house. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians do not use temporary fixes such as painting over surfaces since the mold continues growing below the surface.

Mold emits a musty smell. Also, disturbing surfaces can release loose debris from deteriorated materials and masses of mold spores into the air. These problems affect indoor air quality.

Another problem that mold might trigger is weakened fixtures and installations. Cabinets, ceilings, and other fixtures can collapse when exposed to mold over an extended period. SERVPRO provides comprehensive assistance to resolve such issues.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County ensures you do not have to wait after mold damage starts developing in your home. Call us at (716) 299-0330. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Condo Dwellers in Lewiston May Need Water Removal Services After a Leak in a Neighboring Unit

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded room in home Regardless of the way your property was impacted by water, call our experts for assistance with water cleanup.

Water Damage Can Happen in a Lewiston Condo Unit Without its Owner Realizing It

A water leak in a Lewiston building or other multi-family dwelling can cause damage to units adjacent to where the leak happened. A burst pipe, a broken washer or dishwasher, or plumbing can be behind water running through the carpet and soaking drywall. Standing water will often settle under cabinets and within wall cavities, causing damage quietly and creating a favorable environment for mold growth.

Water removal services in Lewiston for all affected living units are possible thanks to SERVPRO. Our staff is certified to work within the toughest conditions and is prepared to look for water damage lurking in unsuspected places. Throughout this process, when typically insurance is involved, our staff carefully documents every step, which serves as a helpful reference when filing claims and coordinating services.

Unless you have dealt with water damage before, you may not know exactly what water removal and remediation services entail. When a professional team like ours at SERVPRO handles these issues, we focus on water extraction, drying, and applying anti-microbial solutions to protect you from bacteria growth. Some of the equipment we use to achieve our goals include-

  • Water pumps of varying potency, which include submersible and truck-mounted

  • Air circulators, dehumidifiers, and extractors to encourage evaporation and restore humidity levels
  • Foggers to spray anti-microbial solutions and permeate each surface

Also important to our process is using EPA-approved cleaning solutions and advanced technology to measure humidity in the air as we strive to restore normal levels. Occasionally, excess humidity also leaves a musty odor behind, so we apply deodorizing techniques so your home feels and looks its best.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County is your number one resource when water damage happens in your home or an adjacent unit. Call us at (716) 99-0330 and let us work to leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Mitigation Services for a Niagara Falls Business May Include Move Out Services

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Niagara Falls Business Owners Can Count on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Running a business in Niagara Falls goes beyond customer service and a great product. It also includes watching your bottom line and making sound business decisions for the sake of being a sustainable business model. When a fire of any size strikes your business, mitigating your loss is a top priority, one that requires expert advice and attention. Developing a targeted action plan becomes easier when professional fire restoration technicians are involved.

In Niagara Falls, fire mitigation is possible thanks to SERVPRO and our certified crew of experts. Fire damage and smoke remediation become possible and time-effective when you call our 24/7 hotline and invite our staff to the fire-damaged space. Sorting through debris, cleaning soot, and coordinating repairs all fall within our scope of services.

When handling fire damage in a commercial setting, you should expect industrial-grade cleaning solutions as well as heavy-duty equipment capable of vacuuming ashes and dislodging residue thanks to agitation. We may soda blast or ice blast some surfaces to clean them in some instances. However, move-out services are just as important to protecting your business. In a nutshell, move-out services for fire damage mitigation include:

  • Packing and moving out equipment and furniture, including computers, artwork, documents
  • Documenting each item, its location in your business, and its location in the move-out location
  • Once the work is done, return each item to your place and place it again in their spot.

Minimizing further damage is essential for fire damage mitigation, and SERVPRO of North Niagara County places a great value on it. Call us at (716) 299-0330 when an emergency happens, and let our competent crew be your ally when disaster strikes. Our goal is to leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

Cold Snaps Lead to Extreme Water Damage Restoration Needs for Niagara Falls Homes

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Icicles hanging from roof Severe winter weather can lead to ice damming, frozen pipes and many other catastrophes. You want help from the experts! Call SERVPRO for assistance.

SERVPRO Provides Reliable Restoration Services for Niagara Falls When Winter Weather Leads to Disasters. 

With much of our service area abutting the Great White North, winter seasons in Niagara County are cold and snowy most of the time. Severe temperature drops and rapidly changing weather conditions can leave homes vulnerable to damages. 

What Types of Winter Damage Do Homes Experience? 

The winter months can introduce several threats, including frozen pipes and ice damming to Niagara Falls homes. Understanding how these conditions develop is important to protect your property from future threats. 

Frozen Pipes 

Freezing pipes are costly and destructive when the conditions are bad enough to cause a rupture or burst of the service line. 

Ice Damming 

Ice forming on the edge of a roof prevents snowmelt from finding the gutters. As the damming continues to build, more water can penetrate the roof and enter the attic space. 

How Can These Emergencies Be Prevented? 

Preventative measures can often be critical in protecting your home from significant harm during the worst of the winter season. Frozen pipes, for example, usually require better insulation on exposed fixtures and service lines. Ice damming can be directly prevented with heated cables, though evaluating attic insulation can save you money and prevent warm spots on the roof that unevenly melt during cold snaps. 

Is Professional Restoration Required? 

Even if you have successfully implemented some of the preventive and precautionary measures listed above, it is not complete protection against the damage that winter can cause. When pipes burst or flooding results, you can trust that our SERVPRO team will respond fast with effective mitigation like extraction and drying. 

Winter conditions can leave your home vulnerable to damage and destruction. Our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team can respond fast with experienced cleanup techniques and powerful restoration equipment like extractors and drying tools. We are Here to Help, just call (716) 299-0330.

Flash Floods Cause Damage To Your Lewiston property?

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro water sign Storm and flood damage mitigation is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the equipment and training for every size disaster.

SERVPRO Has The Storm Damage Restoration Services You Need.

Massive storms are usually the culprit for sudden flash floods or intensely heavy rainfall. The Niagara area is infamous for rainstorms during the late summer and fall. In fact, there are entire weeks of rainy weather, which is not always a good thing for local homeowners.

When it comes to flood damage in your Lewiston home, you need to find help right away. Fortunately, SERVPRO understands the weather patterns of the area, and we can help you remediate damages in your home. Our technicians can come at any time of day or night, and we use advanced technology for the job.

You may wonder how we can help you if the streets are flooded. This concern is a common issue we face, and we have built a system to do our best to get to you quickly. As preparative measures, we have pre-packed vehicles loaded with all of the equipment we need. Furthermore, we try our best to avoid flooded routes and have chainsaws to remove fallen trees. While we might not be able to get there as fast as we could in non-flooding weather, we still do our best to get to you as soon as possible, so do not wait to call!

In your home, to deal with flooding, we may use technological devices such as: 

  • Wet/dry vacuums
  • Floor drying mats
  • Extractors
  • Heaters
  • Dehumidifiers

Don't wait too long with flood damage in your home. Speak with SERVPRO of North Niagara County by calling (716) 299-0330. We are flood damage remediation experts. 

Newfane Fire Damage Restoration Services Near Me?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Supply Your Home With Local Newfane Fire Damage Restoration Services!

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire on your property is no easy task. Many people do not understand just how much damage a fire can leave behind. They imagine some char and ash and believe it is the extent of the issue. However, the results of fire are multilayered, and all layers must be addressed.

Here at SERVPRO, we can offer your home prompt Newfane fire damage restoration services. We have built our services around speed for several key reasons:  

  • We understand that waiting hours upon hours for help is emotionally exhausting. 
  • We know home damages only escalate as they sit. 
  • Remediations are best done as soon as possible to obtain the best outcome. 

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster is the motto we live by, and we know it benefits both our technicians and our customers. Kitchen fire damage is among the most common, and we have several pieces of advanced technology we can use to remediate those damages. We can use devices like: 

  • Air scrubbers with carbon filters for malodors and smoke 
  • Industrial cleaning agents made to tackle soot on a chemical level 
  • Wet/Dry Vacuums to remove ash and water from the scene 

Fire damage is often a big mess to clean up, but do not worry. Here at SERVPRO, we're cleanup and restoration experts. Your home is in good hands, and we want to get it back to you as soon as possible.

Fire damage waits for no one! Immediately contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County by dialing (716) 299-0330. We can help you fight the fire damage in your home! 

What Can I Do About the Water Damage in My Niagara Falls Home?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Provide Your Residence With Local Niagara Water Damage Restoration Services!

When you discover a disproportionate amount of water in your home, which should not be there, you might feel a sense of helplessness. Feeling overwhelmed is perfectly normal in any situation that catches you off guard. However, you don't need to go through this struggle alone.

When it comes to the water damage in your Niagara Falls home, indecision is a killer. Never wait too long to reach out for professional help, or you might find the problem only grows worse. Here are some issues that can occur if the excess moisture is left to its own devices too long: 

Out of this list, microbial growth is particularly troublesome because mold can cause health effects. Furthermore, mold only needs roughly 72 hours to become active and begin taking root in your home. To protect your home, it is best to address water damages as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO can use advanced technology explicitly designed to remove excess moisture as fast as possible when removing water damages inside your home. In a water-affected area, we can daisy-chain devices like dehumidifiers, axial fans, and air movers together to create an environment of evaporation. At SERVPRO, we want to make you feel "Like it never even happened," by the time we're finished with your home's remediation.

Never hesitate when faced with water damage. Call SERVPRO of North Niagara County by phoning (716) 299-0330. We can find a way to help you! 

Why Should Niagara Falls Residents Call for Skilled Mold Damage Restoration?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO HQ SIGNAGE SERVPRO provides mold remediation for our Niagara Falls neighbors

SERVPRO Can Handle Niagara Falls Area Attic Mold Remediation and Damage Repair When You Need It!

No two properties are alike, which makes this one of the many reasons you should think about calling in the assistance of trained mold specialists should you suspect colonization within your Niagara Falls home. Whether you require bathroom mold removal, you spot signs in your basement, or you smell musty odors in your attic, SERVPRO is the team that you want in your corner. Not only will we address the root cause of the issue, but we will also follow through with drying, black mold damage repairs, and more!

Why Use SERVPRO for Help with Mold Damage in Niagara Falls?

To start with, we are a locally owned and operated franchise offering quality and service you can count on. Some of the steps that we use when called for mold issues include:

  • Rapid response for your mold remediation needs – we are available 24/7!
  • Inspections and assessments to locate the mold and formulate a plan of action based on our findings.
  • Mold containment helps to keep the microscopic spores from moving throughout your property into unaffected zones. To do this, we will want to ensure your fan, heating, and cooling systems get turned off.
  • Air treatment with the help of powerful HEPA filtration for scrubbing the air and vacuums to address surface spores.
  • Mold damage repairs include the removal of infested and unsalvageable materials like insulation, drywall, carpeting, and more.
  • Restoration to pre-mold infestation condition so that your Niagara Falls home gets left Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Mold remediation and damage assistance with the help of SERVPRO of North Niagara County gets you the results you deserve. Why call us at (716) 299-0330? Because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Will a Move Out Be Necessary After Fire Damage Takes Place in a Lewiston Business?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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In Some Commercial Fire Damage Situations, Packing Up and Moving Out Inventory is Necessary for Lewiston Commercial Spaces

Budgets, downtime, employee safety – these are all things that might be on your mind when you have a fire at your Lewiston business. Whether the kitchen lounge had a fire or you had an issue with the wiring, the soot and smoke may bring about the need for items to get packed up and moved out so they can be cleaned or stored off-site. At SERVPRO, we provide zero-fuss pack-outs so that you can ensure your fire restoration project goes as smoothly as possible.

With any fire damage call we get in Lewiston, your commercial property must get cleaned to handle charred debris and soot and smoke remediation. SERVPRO can help with your move-out service, including:

  • Pack-Out/Move-Out – This allows components like documents, office furniture, and other equipment to get packed up and then moved to a secure location while restoration occurs.
  • Open Up Space – In cases where space is limited, a move-out opens it up so our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) can get to work.
  • Inventory SERVPRO ensures everything gets logged and monitored so that all items get accounted for throughout your restoration.

Of course, SERVPRO works to minimize damage whenever possible, which includes the help of controlled demolition. This allows us to remove charred materials to replace them with new materials to make it “Like it never even happened.” We also use various cleaning techniques to restore versus replace, allowing us to save inventory, money, and headaches.

Do you need assistance with your commercial fire damage insurance claim? Let SERVPRO of North Niagara County help! Reach us 24/7 for emergency response by calling (716) 299-033

How Can Niagara Falls Homeowners Handle Water Cleanup After Experiencing Burst Pipes?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Arrives Quickly at Your Door in Niagara Falls to Start Water Cleanup, Drying, and Restoration Efforts

Once the temperatures begin to drop, Niagara Falls residents are at risk of having burst pipes in their homes. SERVPRO often receives calls for basement flood restoration and other issues related to frigid temps and water-related incidents. It is essential to know that your piping could be at risk of freezing even if you take the time to ensure everything is well-insulated.

Should an issue arise, know that SERVPRO is available to make it “Like it never even happened,” with our rapid water cleanup in Niagara Falls.

  • What causes pipes to burst where I might need water cleanup in Niagara Falls? Even though freezing temperatures are the leading cause, there is more to the science. Water freezes and expands, which creates pressure. This pressure builds, and it can cause the pipe to crack or burst. Once the water in the line thaws and reaches the damaged area, the only place to go is out of the tube.
  • What do I do once a pipe bursts and I have water coming into my home? The best first step to take is to turn off the water supply to stop water from flowing in. Then, you need to contact SERVPRO to identify the issue and begin water removal services and drying as soon as possible.
  • Can I handle the water cleanup on my own without professional assistance? Failing to remove all moisture after a water emergency opens you up to secondary damage and the onset of mold and mildew. SERVPRO arrives with IICRC-certified technicians and an arsenal of equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers, extractors, and other tools and products to get the job done right the first time.

Call on SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 when you need professional water cleanup and restoration. We are available 24/7 to handle your emergency water recovery needs.

What Do Restorers Do During Water Cleanup In Niagara Falls Offices?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Call Now! SERVPRO commercial water restoration team is second to none. We use the latest technology and equipment for every job.

SERVPRO Manages Several Issues When Delivering Water Removal Services

Water leaks or other mishaps involving moisture create significant problems for a business. For your Niagara Falls office to resume normal operations, a comprehensive cleanup process is necessary. However, it may not be evident what the cleaning process involves.

The water cleanup in your Niagara Falls office is influenced by many factors, including the entry point of the water. For instance, a ceiling leak or a faulty sprinkler system spreads water over vast sections affecting structural areas and contents. Cleanup under such circumstances must address problems with everything from files to furniture. With help from SERVPRO, you do not have to worry about the specifics of the restoration process.

Professional cleaning can improve the outcome of different incidences, including:

Before starting the restoration, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected materials to determine whether they can halt deterioration. For example, we can help save important files or books by freezing them immediately on arrival at the loss site. Another protective step involves setting up dehumidifiers to regulate humidity levels in the office while performing the other cleanup processes.

The primary cleaning process may involve several techniques, including removing debris from the damaged ceilings or wall materials. We also extract water from the floors. In case there is a carpet, we can use advanced cleaning processes such as hot water extraction to eliminate traces of soiling, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Niagara County takes care of all aspects of water cleanup in business places. Call us at (716) 299-0330 for quick assistance.

What Steps Are Necessary To Eliminate Lingering Odors After Fire Damage In Lewiston Homes?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke from a fire Fire damage to your home is not a loss caused. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help and service you need.

SERVPRO Uses Several Deodorization Approaches during Fire Restoration for the Best Outcomes 

Fires, whether large or small, can leave your property smelling awful. Protein and fuel oil fires, in particular, leave a strong stench that is difficult to eliminate. One advantage of engaging professional fire damage restorers is the expertise they have in handling all aspects of the loss, including deodorization. 

Addressing odors left after fire damage in a Lewiston home is not a standardized procedure. Various factors, including using inappropriate chemical agents or processes, can interfere, ruining the outcome or lengthening the process beyond your expected timelines. SERVPRO has highly trained fire restoration technicians who combine various resources, including chemical agents and equipment, to eliminate unpleasant odors.

Dedicated deodorization effort is essential regardless of whether the goal is:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • House fire clean up

Ordinarily, deodorization is a finishing step done after completing cleaning and other restoration processes. However, our SERVPRO technicians incorporate odor control from the start of the restoration process by setting up hydroxyl or ozone generators. The equipment works by producing unstable oxygen molecules which chemically react with odor-causing molecules. 

Another useful strategy is mixing deodorizing agents with the cleaning solutions to take care of odors while removing regular soils. Water-based deodorizers readily mix with the cleaning solutions. Alternatively, they can be fogged onto surfaces with no risk of combustion. 

Other odor control solutions include:

  • Ventilation to force out the air removing all vapors and residues
  • Sealers to contain odors that remain after all other efforts
  • Injection systems for localized odor management

SERVPRO of North Niagara County can help you deal with odor or any other aspect of fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (716) 299-0330.

Is It Possible To Address Mold Damage In Niagara Falls Home Quickly?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Homeowners Achieve Practical Mold Removal Goals

Mold damage can progress silently in your home, affecting vast sections of your property before you discover the problem. One likely reason for this is because mold thrives in dark, moist areas, and minor leaks tend to develop in enclosed spaces such as the wall and ceiling cavities.

Addressing mold damage in your Niagara Falls homes under such circumstances is likely to take longer than you might expect. It takes removing all deteriorated materials, controlling microbial growth processes, and rebuilding or refinishing the affected areas. Each aspect of the restoration takes time, especially if handled by different people. SERVPRO offers homeowners the advantage of delivering the services as a package, thus expediting timelines, among other benefits.

The typical mold remediation services delivered by SERVPRO include:

  • Mold inspection
  • Black mold damage repairs
  • Mold Removal as much as possible

If dark mold patches appear on the surfaces of wall panels, ceiling tiles, or in the grooves of tiled floors, there is a need to demolish the area to reach any hidden growth below the surface. Our technicians proceed with such demolition watchfully to avoid causing unnecessary damage and to salvage useful materials such as structural supports. 

Some of the approaches that help minimize unnecessary damage include using:

  • Dry cleaning methods such as HEPA vacuuming to avoid adding new moisture
  • Advanced approaches such as soda blasting that ease cleanup and deodorize materials
  • Specialized cleaning equipment to remove mold in sensitive areas such as air ducts

On completing the cleaning and removal of deteriorated materials, our SERVPRO technicians apply antimicrobial agents to limit rapid microbial development in the restored areas.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County helps deliver acceptable results after mold damage affects your property. Call us at (716) 299-0330. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Flooding Against Lewiston Basement Building Materials Get Managed?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

equipment in warehouse Basement flooding is very dangerous if you don't know what to do. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs are trained for every phase of storm restoration.

With Specific Techniques, Restorers can Clean and Protect Common Lewiston Construction Materials. 

Flooding is a dangerous and damaging situation for the basement level of area homes. With many key structural components, flood damage must get resolved as quickly as possible. 

Block Walls for the Foundation

Block walls can often be the only line of defense against flood damage in Lewiston homes with natural flooding situations. Hydrostatic pressures against masonry can expose weaknesses and vulnerabilities, creating conditions where the block walls can begin filling with floodwater. Relieving the pressure and the trapped water involves drilling weep holes in the bottom course of blockwork to allow the fluid to drain and collection systems like our wet vacuums to remove it. 

Wood Framing of Main Floor Supports 

The basement level of the property often has fully exposed structural supports for the main floor of the house. OSB board and lumber used to make these joists and subflooring can become extremely damaged by the high moisture content. Without addressing conditions like standing water and higher relative humidity, secondary effects like mold growth are inevitable. 

Content Protection and Relocation 

Your personal belongings are another area where mitigation and quick action are required when flood damage exists. Spreading water can overwhelm contents and furniture, causing irreparable harm without relocation actions. Often moving the items to another safe area of the house can prevent this damage, but we also provide pack-out services for more intricate cleaning and restoration at our nearby SERVPRO facility. We can provide:

  • Cleaning
  • Disinfection
  • Deodorization
  • Drying

Flooding can be a difficult situation for many homes and businesses, making the need for immediate and experienced action critical. Our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team can help with mitigation and restoration services for post-flooding recovery 24/7. Give us a call today at (716) 299-0330.

How Currents Dictate Fire Damage in Niagara Falls Homes

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Smoke and fire damage restoration for your home can be very devastating. SERVPRO will have your home back to preloss condition in no time. Call now!

Understanding the Behavior of Fire can Help SERVPRO Professionals Provide Efficient Cleaning to Niagara Falls Properties.

No two-loss situations are identical, making the fire restoration and cleaning necessary change with each new recovery need. Identifying the type of fire damage that occurred can help us anticipate the smoke damage left behind and the appropriate cleaning measures necessary to overcome it. 

Types of Smoke Damage Possible in Fire-Damaged Homes

Fire damage in Niagara Falls homes can become affected by multiple variables, which ultimately impact the necessary cleaning or restoration approaches. Given the changes in the temperature and the tendencies of air to expand at violent rates in high-heat conditions, smoke damage can change along with the atmospheric conditions present during the fire. For example, driven smoke damage occurs in higher heat situations where the expansion of air blasts smoke residues to vertical surfaces. Horizontal surfaces are more heavily damaged by free-floating smoke present in lower-pressure conditions.

Cleaning Smoke-Damaged Surfaces

Because so many surfaces and contents can become damaged by migrating smoke damage, there are several possible approaches to removing these residues and soils. The faster that our professionals can eliminate smoke deposits, the less likely that irreparable harm like staining and erosion occurs. Some of the common cleaning and restoration approaches for removing smoke damage include:

With so many varying levels of fire and smoke damage, there are multiple needs that a home has after exposure. As leading fire restorers, our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team can help with the cleaning and deodorization that properties need to return to their original, pre-fire conditions. Give our experienced team a call today at (716) 299-0330.

How Can SERVPRO Regulate Humidity in Niagara Falls Homes After Water Damage?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Technician suited in PPE suit, setting up equipment Structural damage from water damage is no DIY project. SERVPRO trained techs are ready at a moment's notice for the help you need.

Efficient Water Removal and Cleanup Protects Niagara Falls Properties After Disasters.

Regardless of how water damage originates, the effect it can have on a house can be devastating. Without immediate interventions by our experienced restoration professionals, structural elements can pay a high cost for prolonged moisture exposure. 

Mitigation Solutions to Protect the Property 

With many considerations for effective water cleanup in Niagara Falls homes, mitigation is among the most critical processes to begin as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals respond fast to water damage emergencies, working to eliminate standing and trapped water with:

Importance of Managed Relative Humidity in the House

Maintaining a specific relative humidity rating in the household can benefit all of the drying processes and evaporation objectives of the SERVPRO restorers. In many ways, achieving the desired lower moisture content is as critical for the household as removing water from flooring or preventing the spread of that migrating surface water. There are several ways to regulate atmospheric moisture and relative humidity. 

How Can Humidity Get Controlled? 

Controlling the humidity in the house can be a critical element to preventing greater damages, and as such, there are multiple methods of maintaining ideal operating conditions. Ventilation is among the most common of these, which encourages lower humidity air from outside the home to come in and work to achieve a balance of moisture content. 

Cleaning up after water damage in area homes means providing efficient mitigation and restoration services. As leading water restoration specialists for the area, we have premier tools and equipment to help make mitigation faster and more cost-efficient. Our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team can help with nearly all water damage recovery needs following a disaster. Call us at (716) 299-0330.

What Should I Do About Burst Pipes in My Company's Lewiston Office?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe with water leaking from it When a pipe bursts in your office, water damage can quickly ensue and production stops. Contact our team for water cleanup and remediation services.

SERVPRO is available for water damage repairs in Lewiston

The main problem when a pipe breaks or something else happens that causes a water leak occurs inside your business' office is that the building is often unoccupied overnight. If your office has pipes burst overnight, then hundreds of gallons of H2O could pour into your structure before anyone notices you have a problem. 

When we conduct commercial water cleanup in Lewiston, we know that time is of the essence. The longer your building materials and contents stay wet, the more likely they are to get damaged. Mold can also grow on any organic materials inside your office if affected items stay wet for more than 48 hours. 

Therefore, to prevent black mold from growing, our SERVPRO technicians can conduct the following services immediately after you notice a water leak in your office:

  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fix Issues Caused by Burst Pipes
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Cleaning Up after a Sewer Backup

Whenever a disaster occurs at your business, we know that it is essential for your business to keep operating. Depending on the severity of the situation, the office may not be suitable for you to run your business until the water damage remediation work is completed. However, in many cases, we can conduct our water clean up operations while your office still functions so that no productivity is lost. 

If you ever arrive to work in the morning and step in a puddle of water, it is wise to call SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330.

Do You Need Flood Restoration in Niagara Falls After a Thunderstorm?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

lightning striking in the distance over a neighborhood Lightning and thunderstorms can cause storm and flood damage to your home. Contact our team 24/7 for more information.

SERVPRO can help you with water damage repairs at your Niagara Falls residence

It is quite common for Niagara County to see its fair share of brutal thunderstorms during the summertime. Many of the storms bring with them high-speed winds, and sometimes even hail. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III) statistics, about one in every 40 homes will suffer from damage related to wind or hail every year. 

Flood damage in Niagara Falls can also be caused by water building up outside and entering your home from the ground. Wind and hail can also break windows or damage roofs, creating holes for moisture to leak into your structure. Once our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your residence after receiving a call for emergency services for water damage, we can assist you in the following ways:

  • Fix a Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Conduct Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Damage Repairs

Anytime moisture from the outside enters your house, there is a possibility that it could be contaminated. If rainwater enters your building, it is considered a category two situation because the "grey" water could contain harmful bacteria, fungi, or viruses. If muddy water from the ground gets into your house, it is most likely contaminated, so it is considered "black" water, and we take the same steps we would for sewage cleanup.

If you ever have a window break or your roof starts leaking during a storm, the rain entering your house could cause extensive damage that is best left up to the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 after the storm strikes if you ever notice an issue.

Whom Can North Niagara County Residents and Businesses Count on for Professional Water Removal Services after Recent Flash Flooding?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

flooding on a street with SERVPRO imbedded message SERVPRO stands prepared to help our North Niagara County neighbors with stormwater removal and restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of North Niagara County responds with emergency services for water damage suffered in our beloved community

Following a weekend round of ground-saturating precipitation, torrential rains slammed Niagara County on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, prompting a state of emergency declaration and travel ban because of incredibly severe flash flooding. Although authorities lifted the travel ban Wednesday morning, residents and businesses throughout the county continue to struggle with storm-related flood restoration.

How Did Tuesday's Storm and Heavy Rain Impact Niagara County Properties?

Whether homeowners, apartment dwellers, or businesses, recent extreme weather patterns left few in SERVPRO of North Niagara County's service area unscathed by overland flooding and sanitary system backups. Our residents faced the challenges of water pouring inside their homes over land and pavement. Commercial property owners reported water lapping several feet up closed doors. More floodwaters forced their way inside through drains, filling and overflowing sinks, bathtubs, and toilets with contaminated water.

Will SERVPRO of North Niagara County Assist with My Storm and Flood Damage?

SERVPRO has highly trained and well-equipped crews ready to roll, delivering the following and more:

  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Sewage Cleanup

Your property's recovery from this week's disastrous flooding is our highest priority. Owner Chris Christodoulides and his dedicated team appreciate your patience as we review the calls received. We rely on our experienced workforce and a nationwide network of affiliated SERVPRO providers to scale our response during catastrophic events. Count on our commitment to each of our customers as we mobilize and leverage extensive flood damage restoration resources for all.

During this stressful and chaotic time, valued members of our community have confidence that SERVPRO of North Niagara County will make the devastation of storms and flooding "Like it never even happened." Call (716) 304-2163 immediately for premier water and flood damage recovery.

Do You Need Smoke Remediation in Your Niagara Falls Home?

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with debris and soot everywhere Kitchen fire? Team SERVPRO can help regardless of the extent. Contact our office for help if the situation happens in your home.

SERVPRO Can Provide Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Niagara Falls

Having a mishap while you are cooking that leads to a small house fire is surprisingly very common. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking equipment causes nearly half of home fires and is the leading cause of house fires and fire injuries. Two-thirds of the fires caused by cooking equipment start after food is ignited.

Even a small blaze can cause fire damage in your Niagara Falls home. Once the flames ignite, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can travel throughout your building. Smoke can leave behind soot residues on any surfaces that it touches. It can also penetrate deeply into porous materials and cause foul aromas to be present. 

According to the statistics, ranges or stovetops account for 61 percent of cooking fire incidents. And, nearly a third of reported home fires are caused by leaving cooking equipment unattended. If you ever suffer from a similar mishap, our SERVPRO technicians can provide the following services to bring your house back to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

  • Smoke Remediation
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • House Fire Clean Up

When working on any fire damaged homes, the first step we take is to inspect the entire structure for any smoke damage, issues created by heat, and unpleasant aromas. We then mitigate any potential hazards such as electrical or trip/fall dangers before work begins.

If you ever have an accident while cooking in your kitchen and the next thing you know, flames have ignited, call SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330.

What Challenges Exist in Efficient Water Removal for Niagara Falls Homes?

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

water damage on a ceiling Excess water in your home? Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation options. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Professionals Must Overcome Several Obstacles in Removing Water and Drying Niagara Falls Properties

Mitigation options like water removal require swift and deliberate action. Depending on the cause of water damage and the spread through the property, certain challenges can make extraction a challenge.

Moisture Migration to Seek Equilibrium

One of the obstacles to water removal in Niagara Falls homes and businesses is moisture migration through the building. Elements like pressure and humidity seek a balance between areas of the house, meaning that damp pockets travel through porous material as wet conditions seek dry conditions until an equilibrium is met. Understanding the path of moisture can help SERVPRO professionals address moving water.

Delamination and Flooring Damage

When flooring becomes directly impacted by spreading moisture and standing water, elements like the carpet can degrade and deteriorate. Delamination separates the individual layers of the carpet system from being one piece, which can require the carpets to get removed and replaced if the situation gets bad enough.

Efficient Drying Solutions for Area Homes

Thorough drying options vary considerably between properties as conditions can be unique. While air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers can make up a large portion of drying, we also rely on:

  • Positive pressure machines
  • Portable heaters
  • Low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers
  • Drying mats

As challenging as water removal services can be, our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team can quickly conduct these efforts despite obstacles. Give us a call anytime at (716) 299-0330.

Non-Invasive Mold Remediation Options for Niagara Falls Homes

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall near an electrical outlet Mold damage can persist with expert services. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to assess the situation and remediate any damages.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have a Fast Response to Provide Efficient Mold Removal for Niagara Falls Residences

While you might assume that mold remediation and cleaning can be an abrasive and overwhelming presence in your life, our SERVPRO team works to limit any disruptions or interruptions to your daily routines. We can apply several remediation tactics to remove colonies promptly with a fast response to mold growth scenarios. When controlled demolition and other aggressive tactics can be avoided when removing mold organisms, they are with surface cleaning strategies.

Cleaning Solutions and Mold Inhibiting Products

Antimicrobial products are often the heart of initial mold remediation for Niagara Falls properties. We have several surface cleaning products in our inventory, including proprietary cleaning substances like biocides that destroy microorganisms using hosting materials. These same chemicals provide a barrier for the surface, inhibiting mold growth moving forward.

What Are the Other Mold Remediation Options?

Wet cleaning and surface solvents and detergents can help resolve pressing mold growth concerns but do not always fully solve the problem. Despite the effectiveness of biocides and antimicrobial products, we have other non-invasive options that can help to resolve superficial and upper-surface-layer microbial colonization. Some of these include:

  • Sanding
  • Dry-Ice Blasting
  • Sponge Pressure Cleaning

When mold exists in your home, it is up to the experienced remediators of our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team to help. We are available 24/7 when you call (716) 299-0330.

How Does Water Damage Content Recovery Happen for Lewiston Stores?

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

a storage facility with boxes on shelves If your stockroom is affected by water damage, the cost can be high. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to quickly assess the situation.

Fast Mitigation for Damaged Items Can Prevent Irreparable Loss in Lewiston Businesses

Many area stores have their greatest investments tied to the business's inventory, so when situations like water damages threaten these items, it can be costlier to the company than the destruction to the building. Our experienced professionals can mitigate loss and offer on-site and off-site cleaning and restoration solutions.

Is On-Site Cleaning and Relocation Enough?

Water restoration for Lewiston stores often hinges on the actions taken to preserve and protect affected wares and stock. Careful cataloging of the inventory can help SERVPRO professionals keep track of individual items and begin segregating what can be cleaned and restored on-site against what might require more focused cleaning attention.

What Happens at Our Nearby SERVPRO Facility?

When your store stock is off-site and getting restored and cleaned, multiple practices could be taking place. In our care, your wares are treated with the utmost care and consideration, understanding that restoring and repairing these items are essential to making water damage incidents "Like it never even happened." At our SERVPRO facility, we can help with:

Despite how quickly our team can arrive for water restoration, it is often the efforts made with the store's stock that determines the efficiency of cleaning and recovery. Our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team is standing by at (716) 299-0330.

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

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for all size disasters. Flood damage mitigation is a specialty of ours.

Extraction Without Power in Flooded Niagara Falls Homes

After flood damage 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 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 various 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 it 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.


Another solution for many of the water damage 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 damage 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

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment waiting for action Fire damage restoration is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate services for your home.

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

Restoring your home after fire damage 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 damage 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 right team of professionals to help based on the information we can gather. Because we have an entire 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 limit continued odor catalysts.

Foul odors are a typical effect experienced after fire damages. 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 damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (719) 299-0330.

What Are The Most Crucial Steps During Water Cleanup In My Niagara Falls Home?

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Identify Priority Issues in Niagara Falls Properties When Delivering Water Removal Services

The cleanup process following a water intrusion incident is a lengthy one involving several steps, including the movement of items, the teardown of materials, and the removal of soils. Although it is crucial to complete all the steps, you should give some priority. 

Before starting water cleanup in Niagara Falls homes, proper planning is necessary to identify the higher priority issues. Our SERVPRO technicians perform walkthroughs before taking any steps. In many cases, the matters that demand the most attention include:   

  • Moisture management   
  • Prevention of material deterioration      
  • Identifying reversible damage

Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to accomplish the moisture management goal. On arrival at the affected property, we set up dehumidifiers to keep relative humidity levels below 60%. Spilled water constantly evaporates, driving increasing humidity levels. 

Our SERVPRO technicians take various readings using moisture sensors and thermal cameras to ascertain the building's wetness levels and thus determine the level and type of material deterioration. Steps such as move-outs and separation of materials can help prevent deterioration from extended moisture exposure or staining due to proximity to dissimilar materials. Following the right precedence helps improve the outcome for:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage repairs

SERVPRO of North Niagara County has sufficient experience handling water cleanup in homes. Call us at (716) 299-0330.

Do Business Premises in Lewiston Recover Quickly from Water Damage?

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in commercial property We restored this water damaged office to its preloss condition, and we can restore your business, too.

SERVPRO is a Commercial Water Damage Team for Local, Lewiston Businesses

Property damages can occur when structures or contents are directly exposed to liquid water. Large bodies of liquid water can also raise humidity levels in a structure which could lead to microbial growth. Neither of these situations is suitable for a business that has to look after its staff and customers.

SERVPRO can help restore your property if you notice or need help with:

In large properties, commercial water damage restoration in Lewiston may utilize industrial-level equipment. Sealing the property off to apply psychrometric controls through portable furnaces and direct expansion units can be especially effective for speeding up the drying procedure.

  • We can use wall cavity ventilating systems to address water migration issues in your business premises' structure-- injecti-dry devices.
  • A venting box fan is fitted with axial fans to displace and exchange more cubic feet of air than regular fans.
  • Temporarily removing furniture or fittings can aid with ventilation and drying procedures.

To protect your business, contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County for water damage assistance at (716) 299-0330.

How Quickly Does Mold Damage Spread Through a Niagara Falls Home?

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on walls and ceiling Mold can quickly grow in the right conditions. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your mold damage.

SERVPRO Can Limit Mold Damage in your Niagara Falls Home with Rapid Remediation

Mold spreads quickly, moving from region to region. A leak in the structural makeup of your home can lead to porous materials like insulation become infested. Insulation can provide the organic matter that microbial organisms need to thrive. Sometimes a mold inspection can reveal extensive mold damage throughout a home.

Our team is here to help with:

  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Mold inspection

If a mold damage inspection in your Niagara Falls home reveals that insulation has been infested, it is vital to remove these property materials. Attic and wall insulation is relatively inexpensive to replace, while technicians can access these areas without causing unnecessary damage to walls or barriers.

  • We use insulation removal vacuums (IRVs) that can speed up the process of removing drywall.
  • IRVs store insulation in double-sealed bags, preventing contaminated materials from spreading during disposal.
  • Technicians are experts at reinstalling clean drywall and insulation once mold remediation is complete.

We can provide expert mold remediation for your property. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330.

Is Flood Restoration in Niagara Falls Expensive?

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof Adverse weather conditions can cause flooding. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home.

SERVPRO in Niagara Falls Mitigates Losses from Flooding to Ensure Restoration is Cost-efficient for Our Customers

Niagara Falls has an almost mythic reputation when it comes to natural beauty and scenery. The American city in Niagara County houses one of the seven wonders of the natural world within its enormous State park. The region is also home to some of twentieth-century America's most important technological developments. The hydroelectric dams and power stations helped to catapult Niagara County to the forefront of manufacturing and development as businesses sought out cheaper electricity and power. Today, the charming city has reinvented itself as America's go-to holiday destination. While Niagara Falls remains front and center as a tourist attraction, there is a wealth of activities to do in both the city limits and the state park to keep guests returning each year.

The tourism at Niagara has expanded beyond the falls. Guests can take historical tours of the underground railway, which ferried people out of the US and into Canada during the abolition period. Fort Niagara is among the United States' oldest, with records of its existence dating back to the seventeenth century. For entertainment, Niagara's casino resorts are famous for group holidays. Simultaneously, a trip across the region's various wineries is a fun way to spend the afternoon away from the hikes and trails. Of course, some of the top attractions remain centered around the falls, with the Maid of the Mist boat tour, Helicopter tours, and whirlpool boats just some of the bookable adventures.

  • Devil's Hole State Park may not be as famous as its neighbor, but it is still a stunning and scary natural wonder. The trail leads through an old staircase that takes hikers directly to Niagara Rivers whirlpool section's mouth. These can also be enjoyed by boat, with Whirlpool tours running daily.
  • The unique climate surrounding Niagara has established it as a powerhouse in the wine-making world. The Niagara Wine Trail runs guests along the banks of Lake Ontario, where they can stop over at wineries and enjoy over twenty award-winning centers of excellence. Ice wine, in particular, is a favorite of the region.
  • With its striking rainbow stripes, Art Park has become a popular destination and is located just around the corner from Niagara in Lewiston. The outdoor concert venue has hosted luminaries such as Dolly Parton in the recent past and has a fantastic all-day festival atmosphere during the summer.

SERVPRO offers Emergency Services Water Damage Technicians to Residents of Niagara Falls and the Surrounding Area

Snow melts or adverse weather conditions can put your home at risk of flooding. SERVPRO aims to help the local community with

Emergency services generally cover the lion's share of work and are frequently committed to before an estimate. In flooded properties, it can be tough to accurately assess the extent of damage while there is an urgent need to quickly reduce standing water levels which can cause permanent harm to your home.

  • Technicians can enter the property to provide emergency lighting, power, and heating.
  • Using advanced pumping equipment, we can reduce standing water levels in the home quickly.
  • Working with an industrial hygienist is possible if the property becomes affected by infectious waste like sewage or sewer gases.

Mitigation is vital to reducing losses in a flooded property. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County for Niagara Falls at (716) 299-0330.

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)

SERVPRO fleet ready for action. SERVPRO has the technicians and experience to deal with any size flood damaged building. Call us 24/7 365 days a year.

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)

two people tasting wine together SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing what the tours have to offer!

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.

Remembrance for Tuscarora Heroes to Go Ahead in Lewiston on December 19th.

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

a picture of cusick, a tuscarora preacher It will be exciting to see the community celebrating on Portage Road at the Heroes Monument!

The Tuscarora Heroes 207th Anniversary Takes Place on Portage Road at the Heroes Monument.

The Tuscarora Heroes Monument commemorates a period of thanksgiving to the Tuscarora tribe from residents of Lewiston. In the early nineteenth century, a British attack endangered the lives of many Lewiston locals. Thanks to the bravery of the Tuscarora tribe, many of the local townspeople were able to escape. By using diversionary tactics, the Tuscarora heroes could delay the British attack in the face of a numerical disadvantage of 30 to 1. The memorial monument was unveiled in 2013 and depicted a woman's rescue with a child by Tuscarora men. The commission funding came from a combination of Niagara River Greenway and Niagara County, NY. 

  • The remembrance takes place at 8 am on December 19th at 100 Portage Road Memorial.
  •  Syros restaurant on nearby Cayuga street is serving breakfasts and brunches to all attendees.
  • Re-enactments of the scene occur periodically with a "flames through Lewiston" event that sees residents fleeing down Portage road to escape British attackers.

Riverine flow can rise during the winter months, causing flash flooding to residents. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 for assistance.

Water Intrusion Can Happen to Niagara Falls Residents at any Time of Year.

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from a white pipe Water damage can have both outside and inside causes. Contact our experienced team when facing excess water in your home.

SERVPRO is a Specialist Water Restoration Service for your Niagara Falls Home and Contents.

Niagara Falls is toward the West of New York State with a thriving tourist economy and a sister town in Ontario, Canada. The Niagara River strip, which spans two North American countries, is famous for its stunning scenery and immense natural beauty. In the early twentieth century, the county experienced an economic boom due to technological advances in hydroelectric power. On the US side of the river, or strait, is the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant built-in 1961. Across the river in Canada is the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant. Combined, these two plants generate 4.4 gigawatts of electrical power. Economic declines in the mid-twentieth century saw many local businesses relocate away from Niagara. The consistent migration of companies from the area is synonymous with other cities along the rust-belt.  Today, around 50,000 people live and work in Niagara Falls, with a large portion of the economy centered around tourism to Niagara Falls State Park on Prospect Street.

In the modern era, Niagara County is establishing itself as a premier destination for tourists worldwide. Niagara Falls State Park is among the country's oldest, while the climate ranges from snowy winters to hot, humid summers. The colder months are equally effective at attracting tourists when the Falls appear to freeze over, creating stunning ice structures. Prospect Point, an area of the State Park offering picturesque views of the falls, is busy throughout the year while other main attractions such as the wind caves continue to bring in tourism whatever the weather. As a tourist city, the Falls offers a range of luxury resorts for traveling guests. Some of these have jaw-dropping views over the Falls and across the river toward Canada, as well as bars, casinos, and restaurants.

  • The Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino is a 26 story vacation spot on 4th Street. It is the only AAA-rated resort in the county with 604 deluxe rooms. Guests can enjoy the Jacuzzi rooms, Swimming Pools, Spa, and ten unique dining locations within the complex. 
  • The Red Coach Inn is a landmark spot for views over the cascading waters of Niagara Falls, with some rooms just 500 yards away. The Tudor-styled hotel was first established in 1926 and was based on the Bell Inn. Businesses can book suites for conferences while the historic venue on Buffalo Avenue also hosts wedding ceremonies and reunions. 
  • Many of the region's hotels include attraction tickets and tours of the nearby scenery and Niagara Falls State Park. The hottest spots tend to be along Falls Boulevard or Buffalo Avenue, where guests are closest, and in some cases have rooms overlooking the world-famous waterfalls.

Sights and Sounds in Niagara Falls, NY

  • The central attraction of this region is the 400-acre state park that leads into the Falls. The park was designed by nineteenth-century landscaper and architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City. Activities within the park include a trip to Prospect Point for unrivaled views of this natural wonder and Hurricane Deck located in the Cave of Winds. Helicopter tours are also available for panoramic views of Niagara Falls. Fireworks displays are often held during national holidays.
  • Niagara County played an essential role in the early formation of America and the modern 20th century. The militaries of France, England, and the United States set up numerous lookout points in the area, making a trip to Old Fort Niagara well worth the visit. Given its vital role in the American Civil War, several reenactments occur at the Old Fort site throughout the year. The proximity to Canada also makes Niagara Falls a heritage site for the underground railways with a museum dedicated to the subject on Depot Avenue. 
  • The Riviera Theater and Performing Arts Center offers a range of contemporary performances and exhibitions, while a trip to Art Alley is full of murals. During the summer months, drama and music live performances are held at the Art Park in Lewiston. These outdoor events are played out directly over the gorge of Niagara Falls, making them an unforgettable experience. A trip just outside of the state park opens up a range of opportunities to sample local wines and craft brews from more comprehensive Niagara County.

Wet Materials in your Home Can Steadily Deteriorate or Cause Mold Growth, SERVPRO Can Help Mitigate Water Losses Efficiently. 

Water leaks in your home can permeate materials quickly. As water absorbs into materials or belongings, it can expand and attract microorganisms like viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Long-term water exposure to building materials like drywall can cause them to fall apart and become structurally unsound. SERVPRO is a professional restoration company in the Niagara Falls area that can quickly scope your property and put in an efficient drying solution. Most mitigation from water intrusion involves drying the property as soon as possible. Our technicians can then set to work, restoring, replacing, and returning your home to its preloss condition. 

  • We can mobilize industrial water extraction equipment and submersible electric pumps to remove high volumes of water from your home rapidly. Using a combination of desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers, we can reduce the likelihood of bacteria or mold outbreaks.
  • Our team is expert at identifying materials and the best solutions to clean them after water exposure. Restoration is typically cheaper and more time-efficient than the replacement of items exposed to water. Our specialty services include Esporta washing for clothes or textiles.
  • Treating a property after drying and cleaning can mitigate against the secondary losses associated with water intrusion. Our technicians can apply anti-microbial, bacterial, and odor counteractants to your home.
  • Using thermal imaging cameras and hygrometers, our technicians can accurately predict parts of the home where water may have migrated.

Water intrusion events can cause significant damage without professional intervention. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 now.

Lewiston Christmas Walk Weekender

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Santa Will Arrive in Lewiston at Academy Park

The annual Lewiston Christmas walk has something for everyone. Held every year in Dec, residents, and visitors can visit with Santa, see the animals at Hennepin Park petting zoo and enjoy the gorgeous decorated stores on center street.

The Historical Association coordinates the tour of homes and businesses on the same weekend. This tour is a fundraiser for the association to continue supporting the rich heritage of the town of Lewiston. It is an excellent opportunity to see inside some of the most beautiful and historic homes and businesses in the city.

Fast facts about the Christmas Walk

When -

  • Dec 7 and 8th Santa arrives by 11:30 at Academy Park in a helicopter
  • Petting Zoo at Hennepin Park
  • Enjoy the Christmas decorations and stores on Center street
  • Tour of Homes is held on the same weekend
  • Tickets are $25 and used to support local heritage projects

SERVPRO of North Niagara County provides mold remediation and odor control services to Lewiston commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (716) 299-0330. We are available 24/7to help with all mold remediation and odor control needs.

Visit Niagara Falls State Park

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Niagara Falls Let SERVPRO work their magic restoring your properties fire damages while you enjoy the magic of Niagara Falls. Call us at (716) 299-0330.

Free Event in Niagara Falls

The falls in Niagara Falls is one of the world's natural wonders and lies on the US – Canadian border. There are three waterfalls:

  • Horseshoe Falls – straddles the border
  • American Falls and
  • Bridal Veil Falls

The Niagara Falls State Park covers over 400 acres with stunning views of the falls and lush landscape to visit and stroll through. The park is the oldest park in North America and is visited by millions of people every year.

The park is organizing a stroll at the falls on Dec 4, 2020, from 10 am to 12 pm. The event is free and a great opportunity to experience the crisp air while visiting the falls and viewing the water flowing into the Niagara gorge. Masks are required for all visitors over two years of age.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County provides fire debris removal and restoration services to Niagara Falls Residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (716) 299-0330. We are available 24/7to help with all fire debris removal needs.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County Responds 24/7 to All Fire Emergencies

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles Our SERVPRO teams are ready and available to assist you with fire restoration in your home or business property at a moments notice.

Our SERVPRO Team can help with Fire Debris Cleanup, Odor Removal, and Restoration.

Niagara's region encompasses a large area, 1140 square miles, with 54% of the area consisting of rivers and lakes. The city of Niagara Falls is named after the falls and has a population of approximately 50,000, while the county has around 216,000 people. The Niagara River is part of the US – Canada border, the escarpment cliff that forms the falls, the Niagara whirlpool downstream from the falls, and the Niagara Gorge also downstream from the falls.

The city of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls State Park is close to the falls and brings thousands of visitors to the region. The city, originally incorporated in 1892, has evolved from a heavy industry-driven concentration facilitated by the availability of inexpensive hydro-electric power to today's tourist-focused economy driven by the falls. There are three waterfalls – The American Falls, The Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls on the river's Canadian side.

Must-See Activities in Niagara Falls, New York

There are many tourist venues to take advantage of while visiting the area and residents participating in "stay vacations." The phrase "stay vacation" has gained popularity recently and embodies residents taking a vacation in their city rather than traveling to other areas of the country or internationally. A few of the exciting things to see while in the area include:

  • Pine Avenue
  • The Niagara Falls State Park
  • Cave of Winds
  • Maid of the Mist
  • Whirlpool Rapids
  • Prospect Point Observation Tower
  • Niagara Discovery Center
  • Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
  • Aquarium of Niagara
  • Castellani Art Museum
  • Fort Niagara State Park
  • Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls
  • Excursions across Rainbow Bridge to Canadian Cities 
  • And many more…..

There is so much to do in the area; many visitors find themselves returning again and again. One of the favorite tourist attractions is the Niagara Falls State Park, open 365 days a year. It is also the oldest continuously operating state park in the United States. The park was incorporated in 1885 and remains a popular attraction today. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits. There are maps along with directions available from many nearby cities and towns. Also, visitors can download a walking tour app to their smartphone to assist in navigating around the park.

Every Season Offers Special Attractions in Niagara Falls

Wintertime transforms the falls with substantial ice buildups on the river above the falls and at the base of the falls. Ice can obscure the water cascading over the falls providing wonderful scenic pictures for those brave enough to stand the cold. Illumination of the falls occurs nightly from 5:00 pm until midnight. Millions of lights transform the falls into millions of fantastic colors that bounce off the ice creating a kaleidoscope of color.

Unsafe Seasonal Decorations Can Lead to House Fires in Niagara Falls

There are many things to see and do in Niagara Falls, however with winter approaching and the pandemic limiting many activities, we all are spending more time inside our homes. Recently a house fire started in a home and quickly engulfed two neighboring homes. Firefighters were unable to get the fire under control before the damage was done. Opportunities for small house fires abound unless we take precautions and follow safety guidelines as we go about our daily routines.

The local Niagara Falls Fire department offers guidelines on preventing fires and keeping your home safe for your family. These guidelines are even more critical, with many people working from home and spending more time in the kitchen. Fire prevention guidelines include:

  • Use LED candles in decorations – real candles can quickly start a fire
  • Keep items like corn stalks or bales of hay away from the front door or a fire source

Fire safety in the kitchen

  • Never leave oven mitts, towels, or trash on top of the stove
  • Keep towels well away from the oven door as you open and close the door
  • Use the new range safe knobs that are considered safe for children
  • Turn handles of frying pans and pots to the inside, so little hands cannot reach them

General Guidelines to follow

  • Purchase a fire extinguisher for your home with the designation, ABC
  • Install smoke alarms in sleeping areas and on all levels of your home
  • Test smoke alarms every month
  • Design and practice monthly your fire escape plan with your family

Remember to get out and call for help. The fire department can respond quickly and limit the damage if they arrive on the scene within minutes of the fire starting. Their fast response limits the damage from the fire as well as the collateral damage from fire retardant chemicals and water.  

How SERVPRO Can Help Residents Restore their Homes & Businesses After a Fire

Even a small fire can significantly disrupt daily activities for homeowners in Niagara Falls as well as businesses. There might not be much damage from the fire; however, a combination of the firemen's efforts to quell the fire and the smoke odors distributed through the home are more of a concern.

Many small fires are caused by cooking activities or spills on hot elements in the kitchen. Grease fires can damage kitchen cupboards and distribute smoke particles on surfaces in the kitchen and adjacent rooms. Our fire restoration technicians assess the damage from the fire, the fire retardants used by the fire department, and the distribution of smoke odors throughout the home or building, including the HVAC system.

SERVPRO technicians can remove odor sources such as items and building materials damaged by the fire to reduce odor sources. All surfaces are cleaned, and all portable items are washed and sanitized. Fabrics may be sent out for specialized cleaning. Depending on the amount of contamination, defogging equipment may also be recommended.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County provides fire restoration services to Niagara Falls residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (716) 299-0330. Our technicians are available 24/7 to help with all fire debris removal and restoration needs.

Does a Residence in Niagara Falls Need Cleanup if Only Rain Water Gets Inside?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water No matter the cause of the water damage in your home, call SERVPRO for any water removal and remediation efforts you need.

Fierce Winds can Force Rain into Walls in Niagara Falls Homes, Causing Extreme Damage.

Moisture left behind after a storm can cause severe deterioration to the interior side of your Niagara Falls home’s walls. Cleaning up floors helps with water, and homeowners are encouraged to take this proactive step. However, mops, buckets, and towels cannot sufficiently remove hidden water.

Detecting and removing water inside wall cavities before it can ruin the exterior can prevent the need for more extensive cleanup and demolition work later. Storm cleanup prevents permanent damage for Niagara Falls homeowners. Cracked window sills, gaps in between shingles, and badly aligned gutters can all help windy storms force water into your home’s shell. Not only is restoration work more expensive and avoidable, but it can also become a serious disruption. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs can help mitigate such consequences with infrared technology. With special cameras, we can “see” inside walls and locate damp areas.

Dampness from rain can damage different types of walls, starting in the interior cavity and spreading to

  • Drywall, weakening it, resulting in crumbling wall surfaces,
  • Plaster, allowing it to detach from its base in pieces of all sizes,
  • Wallpaper, causing bubbling centers and peeling seams.

Once we know where, if any, damp areas exist, we can dry these out and prevent damage that later requires more extensive cleanup. This is crucial if property owners want to protect their residence from preventable destruction. When walls disintegrate, mold can also become pervasive. SERVPRO can remediate such situations, containing affected areas within negative pressure enclosures. However, demolition can still create a mess, increasing the amount of time needed cleaning up before reconstruction takes place.

Available 24/7, SERVPRO of North Niagara County answers customer calls at (716) 299-0330 when you need us most. Flooding from heavy storms can leave your Barker, NY, Burt, NY, or Wilson, NY residence uninhabitable, but we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Does Fire Damage Restoration Include the Cleanup of Personal Property in Niagara Falls?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Call us at (716) 299-0330 as soon you need us and let us leave your property “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Restoration Technicians Clean the Structure and Personal Items After a Fire in a Niagara Falls Home

A fire in a Niagara Falls home can leave significant damage in its wake. Walls, columns, and other structural elements may be weaker, and your belongings may host significant levels of soot. The air in your house can also be questionable, and deciding where to start can be daunting. Because the chaos following a fire can be overwhelming, it is best to enlist a professional crew's help to help bring some order into your life.

In Niagara Falls, fire damage restoration plans are the foundation of every task our SERVPRO team undertakes to minimize your loss. By applying our deep understanding of the theory of fire and the latest techniques available to our industry, we can provide a comprehensive plan of action to return your house to normal as soon as possible. When you call our 24/7 hotline, we arrive at your home and take safety precautions to safeguard your health and your valuables, then proceed to set the stage for a successful restoration process.

What is the first step in a fire restoration project?

There may be competing priorities after a fire, but our SERVPRO crew knows that removing debris and charred objects is essential. Our staff focuses on safely removing ashes, soot, and any other items capable of expanding the damage by remaining in the home. Advantages of completing this first step may include:

    •    Minimizing the power of the odor left behind
    •    Opening the path to cleaning on-site elements
    •    Identification of items suitable for specialty cleaning solutions in an off-site location

Throughout the process, our SERVPRO of North Niagara County coordinates with you and insurance as appropriate in an attempt to create a seamless claim process for you. Call us at (716) 299-0330 as soon you need us and let us leave your property “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Niagara Falls Homeowners Preserve Hardwood Floors After Water Damage?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

water droplets leaking in bucket from ceiling, damaged roof Make sure to act quickly when water damage affects your hardwood floors. Contact our certified technicians to remediate the damage.

IICRC-Certified Restoration Technicians Can Perform Water Removal Services for Niagara Falls Homeowners

Many Niagara Falls homeowners enjoy the polish and longevity of hardwood floors in their residences. However, this long-lasting flooring solution still needs repairs and restoration every 10 to 30 years and requires immediate care after a pipe leak or other water damage situation. Without fast mitigation, moisture exposure can create permanent damages and lead to higher repair and replacement expenses.

SERVPRO technicians can provide water removal services for Niagara Falls homeowners, including drying and preservation of hardwood flooring when possible. This experienced team of restoration pros renders water damage mitigation per restoration industry standards as determined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

What Methods Can Homeowners Use to Protect Hardwood Floors from Water?

There are a variety of proactive measures homeowners can undertake to preserve their hardwood floors even before installation begins, including the following:

  • Inspect plumbing before installing wood floors. Plumbing leaks and burst pipes are among the most common causes of water-damaged hardwood flooring in Niagara Falls. Contact a licensed plumber to take a look at your plumbing and make any necessary repairs.
  • Clean floors carefully. Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping with conservative amounts of moisture regularly all go a long way toward preserving your hardwood flooring and minimizing issues with water, dirt, dust, and scratches.
  • Protect your floors with a strong sealant. A reliable sealant, like wax or polyurethane, provides an aesthetically pleasing finish that also protects your hardwood. While these sealants cannot ensure a completely waterproof surface, they can offer you extra time to clean up moisture that might otherwise damage your floorboards. Wax sealants only need to be reapplied on an annual basis, while a coat of polyurethane lasts approximately three to four years at a time.
  • Minimize contact with water as much as possible. Moisture, especially in high traffic areas of your home, can accumulate quickly from day-to-day use. Clean up spills as soon as possible, avoid leaving damp objects like shoes and towels on the floor, and set aside a designated area for wet items, particularly shoes and umbrellas.

However, even with meticulous care and attention, accidents and disasters can happen. Your local SERVPRO is ready to serve Niagara Falls properties with cleanup and restoration at any time of the day or night, including weekends and holidays.

When Do Hardwood Floors Require Refinishing Versus Replacement?

Refinishing is typically performed every 10 to 12 years. This process entails sanding down old sealants and damages to return the floor to a smooth, scratch-free condition. After sanding, a fresh coat of sealant is applied to protect the surface of your flooring.

Niagara Falls homeowners may notice the following signs that can indicate that it is time to consult with a hardwood flooring specialist about refinishing:

  • A lackluster shine.
  • Scratches and scuff marks from furniture and daily use.
  • An uneven finish.
  • Stains, and dirt buildup, especially in high-traffic areas.

Refinishing is generally a more cost-effective option than replacing planks. However, water damage can render planks too damaged for refinishing in some areas. Common hardwood flooring issues that may necessitate replacement include:

  • Excessive warping, cupping, cracking, or buckling of planks.
  • Microbial growth from prolonged moisture exposure.

If your hardwood flooring requires repairs, your local SERVPRO team can make the necessary fixes as well as extract excess moisture from your floors and subfloor.

Can SERVPRO Technicians Salvage Water-Damaged Hardwood Flooring?

SERVPRO professionals take cleanup and repair of hardwood flooring seriously. While hardwood is often salvageable after a water damage incident, special care is necessary to ensure that flooring returns to a standard moisture content without further damaging floorboards. Restoration technicians measure the moisture content of your hardwood with moisture sensors calibrated for wood flooring.

Structural drying technicians must take a plethora of factors into account when restoring hardwood floors, including the following:

  • Floorboards can facilitate microbial growth when the moisture content is above 20%. Mold proliferation risk can be addressed with EPA-registered biocides in tandem with structural drying equipment.
  • Vapor barrier sealants on your flooring, like polyurethane, can impact the efficacy of moisture removal equipment and may require partial or full removal to salvage your floors. Technicians consult with both you and your insurance adjuster about whether to remove sealants or facilitate airflow with tools like pin rollers.
  • Hardwood often needs drying both above and below the planks to remove moisture. Depending on the situation at hand, this strategy can eliminate the need to perforate or remove sealants.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County can mitigate damage quickly with service that shows We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (716) 299-0330 to have an emergency response team on your property within hours of your initial contact.

There Is Mold Damage In My Niagara Falls Car Shop – What Should I Do?

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall We also use air scrubbers, carbon filters, and sometimes fogging to deodorize your business and leave it Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Niagara Falls Shop Owners Are Unhappy With Mold Damage

Running a car shop takes planning and skill. As well as providing all the necessary equipment for car repairs, you need a team of staff you can rely on and a safe place for them to do their work.
Unfortunately, mold damage in Niagara Falls can affect any business. Mold is bad news for entrepreneurs, because:

• Mold can damage wood, drywall, and paper, playing havoc with both premises and contents
• Mold spreads quickly and can set up new colonies throughout your premises
• Mold smells terrible and can cause health effects

How do I know if my car shop has mold? There are several tell-tale signs to watch out for:
• Visible patches of black, gray, or brownish mold on walls, ceilings, or window and door frames
• Discoloration from moisture damage
• A moldy odor

What should I do if I suspect a mold problem?

Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold in your business. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! We have the equipment and training to remediate mold quickly and effectively.

The patches of mold you see are called the mycelium. Spores detach from the mycelium and drift throughout your business, looking for other places to grow. Time is of the essence, which is why it is essential to call us as soon as you suspect fungal growth.

How can SERVPRO help?
After we assess the situation, we will set up containment to discourage spores from spreading. We have a range of cleaning techniques and solutions in our repertoire, including powerful HEPA vacuums, scrubbing, ultrasonic cleaning, and baking soda blasting. Our technicians will choose the best options for your premises and get to work.

However, we do not stop after cleaning. We also use thermal imaging, moisture meters, and thermo-hygrometers to measure moisture in the air and behind walls. Our crew will set up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your shop and discourage further mold regrowth.

We also use air scrubbers, carbon filters, and sometimes fogging to deodorize your business and leave it Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. If you have mold in your business, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330.

Will Flood Water Ruin Our Basement?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" We understand how seriously flood water can impact your home. No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

To Help Inhibit Mold Growth and Structural Issues after Flood Damage to Your Niagara Falls Home, SERVPRO Arrives Fast with the Latest Restoration Methods.

A flooded basement is an event that brings worry and stress, which is never something that any Niagara Falls homeowner wants to deal with. When faced with a devastating storm, it is imperative that you address floodwater as soon as possible. The longer you allow standing water to fester in your basement, the more mildew and mold can multiply. Along with that, you face potentially harmful effects on your foundation, or moisture starts to migrate throughout other regions of the home. The best way to stop flood damage in its tracks is to call for help from trained water restoration technicians (WRT). 

Do I Need to Have Water Removal Right Away?

Waiting too long to address flood damage in Niagara Falls leads to many problems. Stagnant water in the home damages belongings and impacts structural integrity. Additionally, floodwater brings in a variety of contaminants and possible health effects from mold spores. Our team at SERVPRO works fast to halt the damage, which can save you a great deal of time and money.

Floodwater is a threat to the physical integrity of supporting structures of the home. This comes about due to the pressure and force of storm flooding, which includes:

  • Metal or wood framing may bend or sheer off
  • Doors, windows, and siding could begin to break or warp
  • Areas of your foundation may crack or begin to wash out

Along with the harmful deterioration of your home’s structural components, you also may experience harm to all of the porous materials located in your basement. The longer that you wait to start cleanup, your particleboard, insulation, ceiling tiles, drywall, and the framework takes on water. This leads to crumbling, warping, or total inability to restore using traditional methods.

Is Flood Water Contaminated?

There is a risk of contamination with any loss from a flood when storms bring water into your home. The surfaces and contents within your basement are subject to contaminants, but your indoor air quality also comes into question. Some of the various hazardous substances known to lurk in floodwater may include:

  • Mold, mildew, bacteria, and dangerous microbes
  • Human or animal waste, both of which must get treated as hazardous pathogens
  • Chemicals from various containers located outside the home or inside your basement, including oils, gasoline, fertilizers, cleaners, and more
  • Asbestos or lead that infiltrates from other surfaces or structures disturbed from floodwater or other activity throughout the cleanup process

What Does Flood Water Cleanup Entail?

All of our SERVPRO technicians are trained and certified via the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We work using best practices and the latest methods for securing your structure. We mitigate the damage, working to slow deterioration while preserving your interior. All debris and potentially biohazardous materials are promptly removed and properly disposed of. Our crew chief monitors a plan of action that allows us to extract water, clean up the zone, and disinfect all areas impacted by floodwater. We adjust our course as needed to ensure we reach our drying goals so that everything is left in preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

What Happens First?

After our Green Fleet arrives at your door, we assess the damage and begin securing your basement and the entire flood zone. We do this by:

  • Taping up any holes, tarping up or boarding up and broken windows
  • Bracing your home’s structure, which ensures safety for our crew as they work
  • Shutting off electricity and other utilities in the zone to eliminate shock or fire risks

SERVPRO slows damage in several ways. Initial assessment commences where our project manager or crew chief develops a detailed plan for water removal, cleaning, and restoration. Every project we get called to is unique, but common steps generally include:

  • Extraction of all water in the basement
  • Contaminated water containment, ensuring everything unsalvageable gets disposed of according to local guidelines 
  • Buffer placement to help when only partial flooding is present
  • Packout services to relocate belongings off-site for drying and cleaning
  • Plastic sheeting containment barriers in conjunction with air scrubbers to create negative pressure

Our technicians always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for their safety throughout the floodwater removal and cleanup. This step also helps eliminate the tracking of contamination and debris into unaffected areas of the home.

Can You Be Sure the Basement is Dry?

Along with removing water, cleaning all surfaces, and using EPA-registered antimicrobial agents for disinfection, we also use moisture monitoring tools to ensure your home is thoroughly dried. Thermal imaging cameras, moisture sensors, and moisture meters help us to locate hidden pockets of moisture to clear them up. We always reposition our heaters, dehumidifiers, and air movers until we obtain regular readings.

At SERVPRO of North Niagara County, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We can help with emergency flood damage services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (716) 299-0330, and we can send out a crew as soon as possible.

How Can I Restore my Wood Floors and Furniture After a Fire in Niagara Falls?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen burnt in fire At SERVPRO of North Niagara County, we take a comprehensive approach to your home's restoration.

A Fire Restoration Technician Can restore wood Floors and Furniture in your Niagara Falls Home

When a fire affects your Niagara Falls home, you may be at a loss in the next steps. Seeing your home in flames and then covered in soot can be quite overwhelming, but when you call an expert team, your fear should subside. Fire restoration technicians can explain the process in simple terms and explain what you should expect until your home is back to mint condition.

In Niagara Falls, your fire damage should be in our SERVPRO team's hands for the best results. Our expertise in the field and understanding of the theory of fire combine to make your restoration process as smooth as possible. We are uniquely equipped to handle all fire events with the latest equipment and techniques, which allows us to shine in our jobs.

Do I need to replace all wood items in my home?
Since wood is a naturally porous material, it is easy for soot and smells to permeate it. As a consequence, you may worry that cleaning agents will damage your floors and strip them of their beauty. Our team focuses on pre-testing any cleaning options in an inconspicuous area to determine the correct application for your particular case. Generally speaking, there are two types of wood surfaces our teams concentrate on; finished and unfinished. For finished surfaces covered with some sealer, we apply a cleaning solution and gently wipe the soot from it. Unfinished wood tends to absorb more residue and can stain easily, so we take this into account as we perform the cleanup process. Beyond cleaning, we focus on deodorizing your home by doing the following:

    •    Distributing odor pellets to counteract the smell
    •    Fogging with deodorizing solutions
    •    Incorporating a charcoal filter into your ventilation system to clean the air

At SERVPRO of North Niagara County, we take a comprehensive approach to your home's restoration. Call us at (716) 299-0330 whenever you need us and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

How Quickly Can You Have a Team Onsite to Help with Water Cleanup?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

"Need help?" We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Our SERVPRO Team of Technicians Will be on Onsite Immediately Following Your Call.

My business is closed due to leaking water that has spread across the entire office space. Our customers and employees had to be turned away due to safety concerns. So far, it is only the floor that is damaged and any items sitting directly on the floor. We cannot re-open. All the water must be removed, and everything must be dried. We need to recover from this catastrophe, or we may have to close permanently.

Our SERVPRO Niagara Falls team is available 24 hours and seven days a week. We can usually be on-site in less than four hours. Our first order of business is to ensure that it is safe to enter the premises. In situations where there is a concern about live electrical circuits, we arrange to turn off all electrical services. We use portable generators to run all of our equipment for water removal and drying activities. Our team works closely with yours to keep everyone safe.

Can You Recover and Salvage Waterlogged Materials?

Many materials can be removed and dried separately before being returned to your commercial property. Each item is evaluated. Those judged to be salvageable can be dried and staged at a separate location until the building is ready.

Materials such as wet drywall, wet insulation, laminated floors, padding, and often carpeting must be removed and replaced. Damp drywall can swell and lose structural integrity. Insulation becomes matted and loses insulation properties. Laminate flooring swells and lifts, causing permanent damage. Carpets absorb moisture and absorb dyes that often cannot be removed. 

We use blowers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture to normal levels. Repairs and restoration can move forward quickly.

Our objective is to return your commercial space to you as fast as possible. Our fast response limits the amount of water damage and reduces the time your business must remain closed.

Call SERVPRO of North Niagara County (716) 299-0330 to assist with your emergency water cleanup and restoration needs.

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Can the Pack-Out Process Restore Fire-Damaged Contents from My Lewiston Home?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO ozone machine SERVPRO Provides Pack-Outs, Warehouse Cleanup and Restoration of Contents, and even an Ozone Chamber to Eliminate Odors from Fabrics and Clothing

Protecting and restoring personal belongings after a fire can be a challenge, but with advanced tools and technology at our facility, our SERVPRO team can help.

Protecting your personal belongings can be an essential aspect of restoration and recovery for your Lewiston home after a fire loss. While other symptoms and effects can be overwhelming to address, often, homeowners recognize the need for professional restoration services from our SERVPRO team. During both the job scoping phase and emergency services and mitigation, we can take the necessary precautions to protect and restore damaged contents to reduce your overall loss. 

It is often ideal for content management to happen on-site with both relocation or service cleaning after fire damage in Lewiston homes or businesses. In more extreme cases, we can remove damaged content to our nearby facility focus cleaning and attention. Understanding what your belongings can undergo under our supervision can help put your mind at ease with relinquishing these possessions' responsibility to our qualified team. Often, the work done on fire-damaged belongings when they reach our warehouse includes several tools and machines:

  • Ultrasonic Submersion Tank 
  • ESPORTA Wash System 
  • Ozone Chamber 

How Do Smoke Residues Get Removed from Hard Surfaces?

In the care of our professionals at our warehouse, your personal belongings can receive thorough cleaning efforts. Using the appropriate equipment to address the immediate concerns can aid certain items with a pressing need for smoke residue removal. Soot can be a threatening presence on surfaces, making it critical to remove these particles adhered to contents as soon as possible. With hard surfaces and materials like ceramics or glass, the best approach for eliminating soot damage is the ultrasonic submersion tank. The technology behind this device is intricate, using vibration to generate millions of microscopic bubbles that explode 

Can Technicians Restore Fire-Damaged Fabrics and Soft Materials?

The ESPORTA Wash System is one of the advanced tools available to our technicians working to restore fire damaged contents in our SERVPRO facility. This machine can help to reduce the probability of permanent staining and odors. It is a gentler recovery option designed almost exclusively for softer materials like fabrics. Because soot and smoke residues can continue to be a threat for even these items in your house, it is crucial to have advanced technologies that can effectively and efficiently recover these possessions.

What Process Removes Odors from Your Belongings

Many practices can help with deodorization in your home after a fire loss incident, but recovering your contents affected by smoke and burning odors is a different obstacle. While many of these same tools can work in your house to neutralize odors trapped in specific materials, severely impacted items removed and sent to our facility require more direct odor elimination. Much like the recovery of your house, ozone generators can have a direct and efficient impact on neutralizing trapped scents and your personal belongings. Our chambers at the warehouse allow us to deodorize an entire room full of contents and items relocated from your house simultaneously. There are distinct advantages to choosing ozone chambers, despite the process being unsafe for living creatures directly exposed to while the chemical reaction takes place. Some of these include:

  • Happens While Other Restorative Processes Continue 
  • Addresses Multiple Contents Simultaneously
  • Is Safe to Use on Many Types of Materials 

What Happens Until Restoration Completes?

Among the greatest apprehensions for homeowners relinquishing their responsibility for their personal belongings to our trusted certified professionals is what becomes of their possessions until restoration completes in the house. Often the restoration process is longer than the time it takes to restore and recover individual items in our care at the warehouse. It then becomes a situation where our careful and meticulous data collection and inventory solutions maintain a constant awareness of the location of your items and their current conditions. While you wait for in house mitigation and restoration to end, you can depend on our team to offer:

  • Closely Monitored Inventory 
  • Climate-Controlled Warehouse Storage
  • Staging for Final Inspection Before Return

Addressing the primary concerns to your damaged contents after a fire loss can require an immediate evaluation from one item to the next. Between both on-site relocation and recovery or pack-out to our SERVPRO of North Niagara County warehouse, we have the techniques in advanced tools and technologies to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (716) 299-0330.

Why Do I Need to Use Air Movers and Not Regular Fans?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse with drying equipment Our water damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO's High-Velocity Air Movers Provide Targeted Airflow in Your Niagara Falls Home

While fans and HVAC systems may support proper ventilation as you dry out your Niagara Falls home, they do not promote adequate evaporation from surfaces. Time is of the essence during your home restoration. Otherwise, the impacted areas are subject to secondary damage. Professional air-movers allow for more thorough drying since they can target the surface directly. 

How Do Air Movers Remove Excess Water?

Air Movers Work in Conjunction with Extraction and Dehumidification Equipment

Water removal from your Niagara Falls house is a multi-tiered process. After our IICRC specialists vacuum away excess water with portable extraction equipment, they move on to air mover and dehumidifier use. Air movers help speed up the evaporation process. As the surface water evaporates, it saturates the air just above the surface, making the air movers essential in pushing the saturate away and replacing it with warm, dry air from the dehumidifiers.

How Many Air Movers Do I Need in My Home?

  • Technicians identify the class of water damage to decide the level of damage and the amount of required equipment.
  • It is essential to use enough air movers to facilitate consistent airflow across every wet surface.
  • Typically, technicians place one air mover per 150 to 300 square feet of the impacted area. 

Technicians balance the number of air movers with dehumidifiers since too few air movers slow the drying process, while too many air movers can cause secondary water damage. It is crucial that the air movers do not cause more evaporation than the dehumidification equipment can pull out at once. 

For assistance anytime day or night, contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County. Reach our emergency response team at (716) 299-0330. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How Can I Speed Up Water Removal Inside My Niagara Falls Business?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Call us at (716) 299-0330 to go over any concerns or to have a crew deployed to your business for emergency assessment.

Enlisting the Help of SERVPRO Water Removal Professionals Limits Damage to Your Niagara Falls Deli

When you run a deli and marketplace where water damage rips throughout several areas, the extent of the water loss can be immense. An event such as this calls for prompt attention by expert water restoration technicians (WRT) to bring your Niagara Falls business back to preloss condition. Whether a pipe burst or you had water overflowing from the bathroom, these types of cleaning jobs are never routine. Rather than trying to handle the cleanup on your own, you can trust that SERVPRO has the skills and equipment to provide you with high-quality service. In most scenarios, we can be at your location in as little as four hours because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Does SERVPRO Handle Water Removal and Drying?

When you call us for commercial water removal in Niagara Falls, there is a tight window for us to work before the onset of secondary damage to your deli. Rather than you taking the time to hire a selection of contractors on your own for each phase, we take care of every step for you for full restoration services. When you hire our team of skilled technicians, you can count on us for:

• Pack-out Services
• Water Extraction
• Debris Removal
• Drying
• Moisture Detection
• Controlled Demolition
• Cleaning, Deodorizing, and Sanitization

Why Should We Call SERVPRO?

To get quality results with water removal and restoration, you need trained experts on the job. Our team proudly carries a variety of certifications through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). What this does is prepare us to put together a plan of action featuring proven steps for mitigation, water removal, drying, and disinfection. Depending on the scale of your project and your needs, we adjust accordingly to ensure you get results fast.

Is There Anything I Should Do Until You Arrive?

When you have a water loss incident in your deli, there are certain things to avoid until our Green Fleet Arrives:

• If there are any chance electrical outlets or wires may have gotten wet, avoid all power sources.
• Is your deli in a leased space? If so, you should contact the property owner to inform them of the water loss event as soon as possible.
• You should know that initial drying efforts with consumer fans may cause secondary damage by circulating moisture droplets. We bring industrial-strength drying tools and dehumidifiers to pull air from surfaces while removing moisture from the air simultaneously.
• When faced with commercial water damage, never wait to call for help. Failing to initiate cleanup efforts may bring about structural issues or the onset of mold growth in as little as 48 hours after saturation.

Why and How Does Secondary Damage Develop?

Moisture left behind from improper water removal can bring the potential for costly secondary damage. This is why it is essential to look for hidden moisture pockets after water removal gets completed with pumps and extraction tools followed by drying measures. Water likes to migrate to dry spaces, so the use of professional moisture detection tools is the best way to locate any moisture left lurking around. When we are on the job, we use tools such as:

• Thermal imaging technology
• Moisture sensors
• Moisture meters

Because moisture is often undetectable to the naked eye, the use of advanced technology is a necessity. The faster that you have a crew on the scent to get to work, the easier it is to limit the loss due to secondary damage and the potential for mold and mildew growth.

We Leave Your Deli “Like it never even happened.”

Our team has had the pleasure of working on countless commercial water removal projects, so we understand the need for cleanliness and sanitation. We must leave the interior of your deli in the preloss condition so that your staff and customers enjoy it. Our skilled technicians have a broad range of EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaning agents so that we can be sure all surfaces get cleaned adequately so that everything is deodorized and sanitized. What this does is two-fold – it generates a clean result while also inhibiting the onset of foul, musty odors.

Can I Be Sure All Moisture is Gone?

As mentioned, we have a vast assortment of water detection tools at our disposal so that we can ensure all hidden moisture gets addressed. However, we also come back to your place of business to take readings, making sure that the relative humidity levels in the environment are right where they should be.

Do you have more questions about professional water removal and the proprietary methods that we have at SERVPRO of North Niagara County? Call us at (716) 299-0330 to go over any concerns or to have a crew deployed to your business for emergency assessment.

How Can I Recover a Flooded Basement?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Performs Efficient Flood Damage Recovery in High-Risk Areas. 

Why Does Basement Flooding Occur?

In Niagara Falls, the most common cause of the flooding is from rain and thunderstorms. Persistent rainfall can put a massive amount of stress on your home's drainage system and plumbing. Your sump pump, which is usually pushing rainwater away from subterranean areas of your home, can become overloaded. When there is too much water, the pump burns out, which can lead to significant flooding in your basement. SERVPRO can help mitigate losses by bringing high-pressure pumps to your property, which can pump water up and out of your basement.

What type of floodwater occurs from rainwater?

If your property suffers from flood damage in Niagara Falls, it is likely due to rainwater. Fortunately, rainwater classifies as one or two on the scale of water contamination. Unlike flash flooding, where there is a high risk of disease, rainwater flooding usually poses a lesser threat to your health. However, if you discover flooding in your property, it is essential to contact SERVPRO immediately. Large bodies of water can interact with pre-existing soiling in your home or degrade in a short time, requiring more aggressive restoration. 

What can I do to prevent rainwater flooding?

- Maintain gutters and internal plumbing in the house to avoid blockages

- Perform regular checks of your sump pump

- Store emergency power generators in case of an outage

Is it possible to use restorers in a power cut?

SERVPRO can bring portable generators to your property if there is a power outage in the area. Portable generators are not particularly efficient. However, the priority is to remove standing water quickly to reduce the likelihood of permanent damage or water degradation. We can perform these emergency services using portable generators before switching onto the mains for longer-term drying once the power returns.

Rainwater flooding can cause significant damage without timely intervention. Contact SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Niagara Falls, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of North Niagara County today at (716) 299-0330 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Can I Limit Loss After a Water Incident in My Niagara Falls Home?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

water pouring from living room ceiling into two bucket that woman is holding Water damage can catch you quite by surprise. Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Arrives at Your Niagara Falls Property to Get Started on Water Removal ASAP!

The faster that you act after a water incident in Niagara Falls, the higher the chance you have of limiting loss and salvaging your belongings in structural materials. Our team of skilled technicians at SERVPRO have all of the training necessary to facilitate the removal of water in your home so that it gets restored to preloss condition. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our team works to ensure your family gets back to normal as quickly as possible.

What Could I Have Done to Prevent this Water Emergency?

Jobs calling for professional water removal in Niagara Falls can come from a significant weather event, a substantial spill, or a burst pipe. Merely knowing the different ways that you can avoid or limit damage in the future is extremely helpful. This includes regular inspection and maintenance of your plumbing as well as your drainage system, roofing, and more.

Common Causes of Water Damage Within the Home:

  •   Leaving faucets running, or other human errors
  •   Burst pipes due to installation issues, age, or inadequate insulation in cold weather
  •   Appliance malfunction, such as washing machines, dishwashers, and hot water tanks
  •   Faulty sump pump equipment
  •   Substantial rainfall or faulty gutters
  •   Flash flooding, road overflow, and other natural events

If I Have a Water Emergency, What Should I Do?

Once you know that all of the people and pets living in your home are safe, you can then call your insurance provider and our team at SERVPRO. We send a water removal crew to your Niagara Falls location in as little as four hours so that we can begin the assessment phase of the process. If you can safely stop the flow of water in the loss zone, this is very helpful until we arrive. In some instances, you may be able to use old rags or towels, or close doors to help prevent water from migrating.

What Happens with Water Extraction?

Water in any area of your home can be a challenge, especially when it begins to migrate into dry areas. We bring industrial-strength extraction equipment with incredible lift and volume capacity to get the job done.

  •   The extraction equipment used depends on the type of water loss as well as the location in the home. 
  •   Many residences benefit from a combination of weighted extraction tools and light wand extractors. 
  •   If there is substantial water volume in any room or the basement of your home, we have high-powered truck-mounted extractors to pull up hundreds of gallons of water in a short time.

How Long Will the Water Removal Process Take?

Initial extraction is often wrapped up within 24 hours. However, a more considerable amount of standing water that measures over two inches in depth could take longer. Our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) come fully equipped with all of the best tools and technology to get the job done:

  •   Electric submersible pumps help remove copious amounts of water in a short time frame
  •   SERVPRO trucks have with sizable storage tanks that hold up to 100 gallons of wastewater 
  •   In some instances, water is pumped from the home for safe disposal locally

Do I Have to Worry About Mold Growth?

A boost in humidity and moisture brings about the potential for microbial growth. This is why our highly-trained technicians take the time to locate all areas where moisture might be hiding carefully. We have a variety of moisture detection tools to help us find spots where water migrated so that drying can be appropriately executed. Our team also applies EPA-approved antimicrobial products throughout the home during the cleaning process. This prevents any mold spores from moving through growth stages while we focus on the total drying of your interior.

What Tools Do You Use to Monitor Moisture?

We have a variety of moisture detection technology at our disposal, many of which get used together to help us expedite the drying process.

  •   Moisture Meters – For use on floors, ceilings, and walls.
  •   Borescopes – For use on wall cavities and other nooks and crannies that are difficult to reach.
  •   Moisture Sensors – To determine the moisture content in various materials.
  •   Thermal Imaging Cameras – Help assess areas where water may have migrated, including floor spaces and wall cavities. 
  •   Thermal Hygrometers – To measure relative humidity within the loss zone and nearby areas within the home.

Drying is crucial to ensuring your water removal project gets completed thoroughly. Our crew takes readings from a room far from the water loss zone and compares it with other spaces. This allows us to determine the natural humidity levels in your home to measure how effective our drying plan is. In some cases, more invasive methods like controlled demolition are necessary to ensure all areas are dry.

Never go it alone when you need help with water removal. Our friendly technicians at SERVPRO of North Niagara County can come out 24/7 for emergency service. Call us at (716) 299-0330 to deploy a team to your location to get started right away.

What is the Best Way to Get Water Out of My Niagara Falls Apartment?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water on parquet floor SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 can handle any size commercial water cleanup.

What affects one unit can affect several, SERVPRO can get the water out of your Niagara Falls apartment quickly

Because of the way apartments get constructed, sharing walls and ceilings with other units, when one structure gets affected, it can lead to loss within other residential areas within the property. It is vital to engage restoration services as fast as possible to lower the risk of having to replace different areas of the structure or contents that belong to tenants.

What Problems Arise From Water Damage in an Upstairs Apartment in Niagara Falls?
One of the biggest issues when it comes to commercial water cleanup in Niagara Falls apartment properties is tracking the migration path of the water. Frequently seen issues in apartments with water loss include:

    •    Soggy ceilings
    •    Buckled sheetrock
    •    Wet carpet
    •    Saturated furnishings from water coming through a ceiling?

Carpet Needs Special Handling For the Best Outcome
As long as the cleanup efforts begin rapidly after the initial water loss event and the water has not been allowed to degrade, the carpet most likely has restoration potential. The techs always know what type of carpet they are dealing with because they test the fibers, so the appropriate cleaning agents and methods get chosen. After water extraction, SERVPRO technicians may encounter problems on the carpet such as:

    •    Staining from varnish on furniture
    •    Water spots requiring removal
    •    Shrinkage and loss of adhesion of the backing
    •    Drying in Place Limits Disruptions to the Apartments
One thing may property owners have a concern with during mitigation for water loss is the upheaval of their tenants' lives. SERVPRO technicians carefully work around residents whenever possible and dry both structural elements and contents in place to limit the need to move out items.

SERVPRO of North Niagara County at (716) 299-0330 can handle any size commercial water cleanup. With their professional tools and advanced methods, the technicians can turn around the loss and restore a property to its preloss condition.

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Why SERVPRO Cleaning viruses

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

equipment and flood cut in a room SERVPRO understands that flood cuts mitigate storm damage in Niagra Falls

Research-Based Approach: Why SERVPRO Delivers High-Quality Virus Cleaning Results

Property owners desiring a deep clean for any reason in their North Niagara County homes do well to seek assistance from our trained and experienced professionals. A thorough spring cleaning can banish dirt, grime, dust, and germs from the surfaces and contents surrounding you and your loved ones. Everyone wants to create an environment that is fresh and healthy for themselves, their children, parents, and friends. Our confidence in our skills and tools are why we make this hope become a reality.

Training Makes All the Difference

With the wide variety of building materials used in modern construction, efficient ways for cleaning and applying disinfectant to viruses and other pathogens from Niagara Falls-region household surfaces is an evolving science. New challenges presented are why our technicians complete a series of rigorous courses offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to prepare as a premier resource for the community.

Why the IICRC?

The IICRC is the non-profit certifying body for international standards in the cleaning and restoration industries. They are committed to research-based and dynamic solutions to a broad range of cleaning challenges. Certification confers respect and an expectation of highest quality services, why SERVPRO managers and workers can ensure we employ the industry’s current best practices and stay current with innovations for our valued customers. We learn the principles and elements of cleaning and focus on adapting the essentials to any scenarios presented in your home. 

Coordination of Cleaning and Disinfection

The most successful outcomes follow proven procedures, why SERVPRO pairs thorough cleaning of surfaces and contents with follow-up treatment using EPA-registered disinfectants. Our project managers and technicians have significant experience with situations where biohazards, including infectious organisms, need management in a household setting. Mold growth, flooding and sewer backups, the latter posing human pathogen cleanup requirements, are some of the circumstances with which we are familiar.

Biohazard Abatement Competence

Our team also appreciates the enhancement of our knowledge base, why SERVPRO owners and employees take the opportunity to master specialized infection remediation protocols. We learn much during coursework concentrating on cleaning up trauma and crime scenes. Advanced coursework supports our ability to clean up and apply disinfectants to blood-borne pathogens safely and legally which may contain viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms.

Homeowners are looking today for trustworthy cleaning assistance, why SERVPRO of North Niagara County stands apart as a company and a community resource. Call us at (716) 299-0330 for an evaluation of your cleaning needs.

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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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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