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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.

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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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.

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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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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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.