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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)

SERVPRO vehicles SERVPRO teams are ready to tackle your mold damage in your commercial business property. Call us right away at (716) 299-0330 for assistance.

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.”

Water Damage Mitigation Services In Niagara Falls?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak If you require water damage mitigation services, call for help today!

SERVPRO Can Help You Remediate the Water Damage in Your Niagara Falls Home!

Visualize a scenario where your Niagara Falls home suffers water damage. You might picture a burst pipe or a leaking appliance causing water to spread throughout your home. Unfortunately, these situations do happen, and many homes face accidents, both catastrophic and diminutive.

A calm reaction is genuinely the best defense you can have when dealing with water damage in your Niagara Falls home. Immediately reaching out for help can reduce wait times and help reduce the chances of the damage inside your home becoming permanent. Here at SERVPRO, we vow to "respond quickly when you have a water emergency."

Recently, SERVPRO helped a local home that ended up "flooded due to a toilet tank overflow while the owner was away." Unfortunately, something as small as a water supply line can be the culprit of significant damages. As soon as we arrived, our SERVPRO techs "extracted the standing water and [then] set up drying equipment."

When so much water spreads throughout the entire home, the job becomes more complicated. We have to do a lot more than merely removing the water, setting up drying equipment, and then checking for appropriate moisture levels. Whenever water sits for a significant period, flood cuts and floor-removal usually become a factor.

In the local home, the busted water supply line put "half of an inch of water throughout the whole home." Once we removed the standing water with advanced technological devices such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors, we packed up the entire home. We relocated their belongings to one of our facilities, where they could be treated.

Flood cuts are done to ensure that mold growth does not occur and save as much material as possible. For as little as half an inch, our flood cuts can be "two-foot" in height. Throughout the home, our technicians can remove carpeting, flooring, and toe-kicks. We can detach cabinetry from the walls and check the framing for damages. Here at SERVPRO, it is our job to inspect every inch of your home to ensure that you can go back to living your life, “Like it never even happened.” No matter the damages, we can help you, like we helped this local home.

If you require water damage mitigation services, call for help today! Speak with SERVPRO of North Niagara County by dialing (716) 299-0330. We're always available to help you.

Who Can Help to Protect My Home after a Storm, Fire, Water, or Mold Damaging Event?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

graphic of hurrifane, fire, flood damage to a house Whether a Storm, Fire, Water Leak or Mold Infestation Attacks Your Niagara Falls Area Property--SERVPRO Can Cleanup, Restore, and Rebuild!

SERVPRO Offers Many Cleanup and Restoration Services for the Greater Niagara Falls Area

The majesty of Niagara Falls’ main attraction draws tourists from all over the world. While the water might be beautiful to watch cascading off a rock face, water in your home can be another story entirely. Addressing disasters that affect your home and business is the centerpiece of our restoration team, and we can offer fast and efficient solutions when they matter the most. From prompt extraction to fire debris removal, our response is quick and confident to save customers time and money on the recovery that their property requires after an emergency.

Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Water damaging incidents top the list of our most common callouts, meaning that these situations are what our SERVPRO professionals must stay most prepared to face. With dozens of reasons that water emergencies can befall your Niagara Falls home, many have turned to our SERVPRO team for an efficient extraction response. By arriving quickly after you call, our professionals can deploy water removal equipment and preliminary drying tools to make the spread of damage throughout your home less devastating.

In addition to the water cleanup and drying that your Niagara Falls home might need, our technicians must also often work our restoration around steep temperature drops. Cold snaps can lead to burst pipes and other water loss hazards, but it can also slow the evaporation of moisture and water trapped in structural elements like flooring and wallboard. We can establish a drying zone upon arrival that helps to improve the efficiency of evaporation with the use of portable electric heaters.

Air movers are the foundation of drying water losses in area homes. Because of how widespread water effects can become after a disaster, multiple units might need to get used simultaneously. We can daisy-chain several air movers together to minimize outlet usage and to improve the output of heated air in vulnerable points of your Niagara Falls home.

Storm and Floodwater Extraction Plus

There is no mistaking the powerful storms that can affect the area throughout the year. From summer rainfall and fierce winds that can threaten many of the hotels and accommodations throughout the city to heavy snowfall that can lay on roofs and cause collapses, storm losses can thoroughly damage Niagara Falls properties. Many shoreline cities like Lewiston are also susceptible to these powerful storms making landfall. 

How you react to storm losses can make the difference in how much of your Niagara Falls home or business can get salvaged and restored after a disaster. Reaching out to our SERVPRO team as soon as possible can get both our experienced restoration technicians and our in-house residential contractors on the way to help. Our contractors can offer both temporary solutions like board up and tarping services as well as full reconstruction where necessary.

Flooding is always a concern with structural damage after a storm loss, so along with qualified contractors, we send our experienced technicians to help your Niagara Falls property as well. We arrive with efficient extraction tools like gas-powered trash pumps and fierce drying tools and other related items like our centrifugal air movers, desiccant dehumidifiers, and potent disinfection products.

Mold Remediation Done Right!

While it might be impossible to remove all of the mold spores in your home, as these exist in every environment naturally, we can work to provide real-time filtration and remediation of your Niagara Falls property. Mold colonies can spread rapidly, meaning that nearly every area of your home could be at risk when the colony begins moving from its original location to new organic materials.

Remediation can involve numerous approaches happening simultaneously. Some situations involve surface treatments that can remove spotting and early-state mold growth. The application of antimicrobial agents in these circumstances can often remove the pressing threats. Other conditions might have our remediation teams utilizing controlled demolition tactics to remove active colonization and keep this threatening organism from moving farther throughout your Niagara Falls residence.

Among the final steps that our SERVPRO team might take mitigation of mold damage in Niagara Falls homes is deodorization. With potent products and effective delivery systems like thermal foggers, we can do more than ever to make it “Like it never even happened.” The same goes for long-term dry solutions for your residence. With a positioning on Lake Ontario and other substantial bodies of water, moisture content and humidity are persistent threats to most structures. Installing permanent dehumidifiers or helping to address continued moisture penetration concerns can help to prevent recurrences of mold damage moving forward.

Fire Debris Removal, Odor Control, and Build Back Is Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice

From the time that you first recognize a fire emergency is underway in your Niagara Falls home, you should be thinking about restoration. The longer that you wait to get vital emergency services started like fire debris removal and content management, the more destructive these disasters can be to both your home and your belongings. We have a fast response to fire losses 24/7, so you can be assured that you always have qualified and highly trained technicians (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) accredited mobilizing quickly when you need it.

Content management and controlled demolition are two of the earliest mitigation tasks that our SERVPRO professionals can offer when arriving at your damaged Niagara Falls residence. On an item-by-item basis, our technicians catalog losses and determine the best solutions to restore salvageable belongings from the damaged areas of your house. Controlled demolition seeks to prevent structural concerns from getting worse, or from compromised materials collapsing on our working crew or occupants of the property. Only removing the damaged portions makes reconstruction go faster and cost less in the long run.

Cleaning and deodorization are vital elements of every fire loss recovery, and these processes involve many of our cutting-edge tools, including:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Ozone generators
  • Soda/media blasting equipment
  • Water-based solvents

Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, our professionals can reduce the spread and severity of fire loss effects in many conditions with a prompt, confident response. No matter when fire damage occurs in your Niagara Falls home, we can help you get back to preloss condition.

Disasters can strike at any time. Choose the team that is ready to help you when you need it. Give our SERVPRO of North Niagara County team a call today at (716) 299-0330.

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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How Can I Remove Standing Water in My Niagara Falls Basement?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water dripping down a concrete wall. Unexpected water damage from a flood can be hard to wrap your head around. Call SERVPRO we can help you through the storm.

Unexpected flooding in the basement of your home can be a threatening presence, so it is vital to remove this water and its effects as quickly as possible. 

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 block work 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 block work and other vulnerable points of your basement can identify where flood water 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 that 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 for 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) 299-0330.

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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My Home Flooded, What Do I Do First?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Niagara Falls spillway, beautiful If you feel like Niagara Falls has flooded your home--Call SERVPRO for extraction, drying, and restoration.

Contact SERVPRO For Restoration and Cleanup Services in Niagara

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) 299-0330.

Should I Worry about Minor Fire Damage in My Niagara Falls Home?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

charred ceiling of fire damaged house If fire damage occurs on your property, make sure to properly remediate the damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Here's What No One Tells You About Water Damage in Niagara Falls

Some fires do not spread and engulf large areas of a home in Niagara Falls. Some fires never spread out and only involve a small area. However, the interior of walls can hide some damage from view and keep you from realizing how much damage exists. Other types of damage that you can see might not seem severe but still pose risks to your family’s safety.

How can I tell if hidden fire damage exists?

Most homeowners do not own the equipment needed to perform inspections, in their residence in Niagara Falls to locate fire damage. SERVPRO technicians carry equipment that lets them see inside hidden areas like a wall’s interior. One of our services is performing a no-cost inspection, during which we can rule out or confirm hidden damage.

What kind of damage might exist inside walls or other places after a fire?

Even if the exterior surface seems only cosmetically damaged (bubbled or flaked paint), we might find brittle wooden beams, electrical wiring with melted sections, or even waterlogged areas from putting out a smaller fire. Each of these can occur by themselves or along with other types of damage.

If an inspection determines that fire damage exists, what can we do?

SERVPRO can schedule a time for the work to begin, and also give you a timeline of how long we expect such work to take. We understand that an accurate explanation of the entire process, even though it is a small project, can help minimize the disruption your family experiences.

What will SERVPRO do about hidden fire damage?

Depending on the severity of the fire damage we find, our building crew might need to remove some of the structural components in the affected area. We can make repairs more easily this way. We always explain to our customers exactly what we intend to do, as well as any options that might reduce the costs of the work.

After even a smaller fire, calling SERVPRO of North Niagara County helps you protect your Lewiston, NY or Newfane, NY property from fire damage. Our services number, (716) 299-0330, is answered 24/7.


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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.

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

4/16/2020 (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 also have to 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. All of our team goes through extensive training and use IICRC techniques to help manage and work through flood loss events of all kinds. We have crew chiefs that are 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 come loaded with the tools that we need. Truck-mounted water extraction tools allow us to remove hundreds to thousands of gallons of water quickly. We also have powerful submersible pumps to help us remove water from targeted spots with high levels of water 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 that we respond to. We have specialized dehumidifiers to help us 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?

A lot of the items in your home with a hard surface can be recovered. Packout service allows us to move items to a staging area, either 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 take into consideration 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 that may be moved off-site for detailed cleaning, while things made with glass, ceramic, marble, or metal, might be dried and then 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 that are 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 of all non-porous surfaces followed by complete disinfection.
  •   The application of deodorizes to carpet fibers, carpet backs, and other materials that help to 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.

Become Familiar With Niagara Falls Fire Damage Remediation Services

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen 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 find themselves ill-prepared for when a fire strikes their property. Should a blaze break out on your property, you must reach out for 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, and it can become 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 rather small, and firefighting services were not necessary. 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 on 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, which are designed to lift the grime from whatever surface they are applied to and then break it down. While we remove 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) 869-1463. We're always ready to help you. 

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

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water, Water, Water Everywhere!

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

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

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

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

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

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When Leaking Dishwashers Cause Water Damage in Niagara Falls

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

Addressing Kitchen Water Damage in a Niagara Falls Home 

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

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

Working Quickly to Minimize Damage

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

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

SERVPRO Cleans Your Kitchen

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

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

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

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Commercial Water Damage Recovery In Niagara Falls

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some Steps to Effective Flood Damage Remediation in Niagara

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

Reducing Saturation with Quick Demo in Niagara Falls Homes

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

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

Reducing Saturation 

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

Efficient Drying 

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

Easier Access 

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

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

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When Fire Damages Your Niagara Falls Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

Addressing Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Niagara Falls Home 

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

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

Smoke Infiltrates More Areas Than Flames 

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

Smoke Brings on Long-Term Damage 

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

Smoke Odors Can Be Tough to Remove 

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Gives Tips For Drying Water Damaged Walls in Niagara Falls

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

Effective Wall Drying Techniques for Niagara Falls Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

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Some Shortcuts to Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Niagara Falls

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

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

Extended Weekend Brings Commercial Water Damage to Niagara Falls Office Building

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

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

Water Removal

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

Common Actions During Cleanup

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

Special Handling for Equipment 

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

Typical Outcomes with Cement Slab

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

Post Mitigation

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

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

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

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Choosing a Method to Determine Drying Goals 

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

The Dry Standard 

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

Normal Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) 

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

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

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

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Extraction Without Power in Flooded Niagara Falls Homes

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

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

Truck-Mount Pumps

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

Gas-Powered Trash Pumps

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

Generators 

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

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

Fire Debris Removal and Deodorization of Niagara Falls Homes

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Image of a snail-shaped air mover green SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Water Damage in Niagara Falls with Advanced Equipment

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

While there are dozens of valuable pieces of equipment commonly used in the restoration of Niagara Falls homes after a water loss 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.

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