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

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other odor control solutions include:

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

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

How Currents Dictate Fire Damage in Niagara Falls Homes 

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

Types of Smoke Damage Possible in Fire-Damaged Homes

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

Cleaning Smoke-Damaged Surfaces

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

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

Do You Need Smoke Remediation in Your Niagara Falls Home?

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire Debris Removal and Deodorization of Niagara Falls Homes

5/20/2021 (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 fire damage begins with removing the immediate threats that exist in Niagara Falls residences after these disasters. Most of the insurance plans that homeowners acquire feature a degree of fire damage protection. At a bare minimum, this includes the coverage for debris removal and limited cleaning. As a preferred vendor in Niagara County for restoration and recovery, we have established relationships with insurance companies to make this claims process as efficient as possible.

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

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

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

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

What are the Methods of Restoring a Home after Fire?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Wine tours and Tasting Run from February in Niagara Falls

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Visit Niagara Falls State Park

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

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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.”

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

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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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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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When Fire Damages Your Niagara Falls Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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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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