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

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Operate Flood Damage Restoration Services for Niagara Falls Residents

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

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

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

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

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

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Techs Have Extensive Training for Handling Mold Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Tourist attractions and other things to do in Niagara Falls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 Can I Recover a Flooded Basement?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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

Why Does Basement Flooding Occur?

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

What type of floodwater occurs from rainwater?

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

What can I do to prevent rainwater flooding?

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

- Perform regular checks of your sump pump

- Store emergency power generators in case of an outage

Is it possible to use restorers in a power cut?

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

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

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

Let us help you get back to business

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

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

Extensive training and specialized products

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

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

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

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

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

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

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

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

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

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.

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.

When Leaking Dishwashers Cause Water Damage in Niagara Falls

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

Addressing Kitchen Water Damage in a Niagara Falls Home 

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

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

Working Quickly to Minimize Damage

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

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

SERVPRO Cleans Your Kitchen

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

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

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

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

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked inside of storage facility This is just some of the equipment at our disposal to remove water damage from your home. We are always available and ready for your call.

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

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

Choosing a Method to Determine Drying Goals 

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

The Dry Standard 

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

Normal Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) 

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

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

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