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Mold Damage Remediation in Jamestown Calls for Professional Assistance

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Mold on Ceiling Don’t let mold overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean.

SERVPRO Can Perform Mold Remediation in Your Jamestown House

The sight of mold developing in any house can send a chill up any homeowner’s spine. It is not only visually off-putting but also structurally calamitous. When it has become visible to an onlooker, it has matured and started growing, which means it can colonize your entire house if given a chance. 

Any wise person cannot sit back and watch this destructive drama. The right course of action is contacting individuals with the knowledge, experience, and means of properly handling the mold damage in your Jamestown property so that the house survives.

You do not have much to worry about, SERVPRO is just a phone call away. We have been in the business for some time, which has given us relevant experience and familiarity with the laws and standards for the safe and efficient remediation of mold infestations. Some of the qualities that set us aside are:

  • Our trained technicians are always updated on the latest procedures and policies for sanitary and safe mold remediation processes.
  • A thorough approach in assessment to ensure no problem goes unnoticed, the origin of the mold, and how it spread.
  • We have current certifications and licensing by public authorities.
  • We promise a quick response time for all our customers.

Since the cause of mold is high moisture content, our SERVPRO technicians can use equipment like moisture meters to find the source of the issue. 

We also conduct a thorough inspection, enabling us to draw the most efficient mold remediation strategy for your specific condition. This helps our SERVPRO team remediate the mold hidden in such areas as wall cavities, cabinets, attics, or A/C systems. The testing also informs us of the type and amount of mold in the house.

Over the years, SERVPRO has learned that one of the effective strategies in mold remediation involves the physical removal of the fungus, which we accomplish via containment, removal of affected materials, and treatment of the affected area.

For quick mold remediation services in Jamestown, contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Effects Water Damage Might do to Your Jamestown Property

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Moisture Reader Call your local professionals at SERVPRO to ensure your property is dry and sanitary.

Many Different Materials Can Sustain Water Damage

Water damage can happen inside any house across Jamestown. Since water often makes no noise, leaks and drips can continue for lengthy periods. Rain that seeps inside through cracks in your basement can seem harmless.

However, SERVPRO wants homeowners to know that water damage inside their Jamestown homes can steadily worsen unless they take corrective steps to correct it. Water can adversely affect many building materials, including some you might think are indestructible by water.

Along with softer materials like drywall, other things that your home contains can get damaged by water, including concrete, stone, and your home's electrical system.

Poured concrete walls and those made of cemented cinder blocks can become cracked from the immense pressure coming from the saturated ground surrounding the exterior of your basement. Water found here can make those cracked areas wider and longer, letting even more moisture inside. While a specialty company handles any concrete pouring or other measures, we can apply antimicrobial agents and install a dehumidifier to control any microbial populations in the vicinity.

Stone can disintegrate, although very slowly. Some varieties, like sandstone, can wear down rapidly enough that it becomes visible. If your chimney has leaks, rain can trickle down and cause problems during freezing weather. It can also lead to mold growth. We can repair any roof leaks and recommend affordable, experienced repair technicians when a chimney likewise requires repairs.

Lighting your home, heating it, and producing hot water requires electricity. The kitchen also uses a significant portion of your family's electric use. Your kitchen and any bathrooms have running water that can sustain leaks or broken pipes, especially in the winter. A combination of water with wiring can cause shorting out of fuses or even a fire. We can resolve the situation with the water's source and then repair any deficits in the electrical system.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean knows how to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (716) 338-4901 for prompt and professional services.

SERVPRO Provides Reliable Water Restoration Services in Jamestown

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall in the Corner Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24/7!

Combating Water Damage from HVAC on Jamestown Premises

There are many possible causes of water damage in commercial buildings, one being an improperly maintained HVAC unit. The HVAC system is an invaluable part of any retail space as it controls the quality and temperature of the air in buildings. However, a damaged HVAC system can lead to extensive water damage over time. Common causes of HVAC moisture damage include frozen evaporator coils, clogged drains, and improperly connected pipes.

Rapid water restoration in Jamestown businesses premises is vital to minimize the loss. If the cleanup process does not start immediately, water begins to evaporate. The air absorbs the evaporated water redistributing the moisture to hygroscopic materials such as ceiling tiles and drywall. The result is secondary damage that can intensely increase the claims from the insurer. SERVPRO understands you want to stay open and works around your schedule, helping you keep your downtime to a minimum.

Some examples of secondary damage include:

  • Mold infestation
  • Hardwood floors begin to buckle
  • Sheetrock and plaster sag and crack
  • Vinyl loosens from the floor

Drying Structural Components After Moisture Damage

You can expect varying damage depending on where the unit is located. Ground-floor systems ruin flooring materials, carpets, and drywall, while second-story units can leak, causing ceiling damage. It can lead to replacing flooring and drywall, an expensive prospect that SERVPRO professionals strive to prevent.

Proper restoration steps:

  • Extract
  • Remove
  • Evaporate and dehumidify
  • Disinfect

We use commercial-grade pumps and vacuums to extract water from the floor, carpet, and furniture. Wood framing, drywall, and subfloors become saturated with moisture and should be dried quickly to minimize mold growth. SERVPRO professionals typically use industrial air movers, which are much more powerful, speeding up the evaporation process. However, evaporation increases humidity levels, so it is vital to remove air moisture. For such, our crews set up industrial dehumidifiers.

With trained and certified professionals, SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides timely and efficient water restoration to business owners. Call us at (716) 338-4901 to quickly dry out your premises. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Puff Backs and Fire Damage in Jamestown

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

wood panels with soot from a puff back SERVPRO says to maintain your furnaces and fireplaces to prevent puff backs or fire damage. Keep your Jamestown home bright and clean.

SERVPRO Equipment Can Help Restore Fire Damage

Fireplaces and wood burners can be wonderful in the winter months. But without regular maintenance, open hearths can cause accidents. Blockages in the flue or chimney can result in a furnace puff back that spits ash and can fill a room with smoke. While puff backs pose a limited fire risk, they can lead to significant smoke and odor damage. The impact of damages is usually found close to the hearth but may affect the surrounding wall and parts of the ceiling directly above the furnace. If non-organic fuels were used, smoke residues could be greasy and difficult to remove.

SERVPRO technicians can help with the following:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke and odor removal
  • Fire debris removal

We are a fire damage restoration service in Jamestown that can help with furnace puff backs and smoke & odor removal. One of the challenges we face in restoring puff backs is the different materials of a hearth. Some may be constructed from masonry, others from treated woods and iron. Each material can respond differently to smoke, odor, and temperature, which makes treatment of the damages unique in every case.

Many hearths and wood burner surrounds are constructed with masonry. Masonry can absorb water, suffer discoloration with chemical action and break apart under excessive brushing or scraping. Our solution is to use blasting equipment to remove stubborn smoke residues. Blasters are agitative equipment that fires thousands of tiny, granular materials directly onto a surface. The speed and volume help to dislodge any stubborn soot and remove the upper layers of the treated surface.

  • Blasting equipment uses compressed air to generate the necessary pressure for restoring surfaces.
  • Light blasting can incorporate air, ice, and salt to reduce surface damage, while sand or grit are used for heavy soil and charring.
  • Pressurized water can remove dry soot or smoke residues from walls for external parts of the home.

To get expert restoration advice and guidance, contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for fire damage at (716) 338-4901.

What Jamestown Residents Can Do Before and After Storm Damage Hits

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Assists Jamestown Locals When Faced with the Challenges of Costly Storm Damage

Even though storms bring devastation, it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have a team like SERVPRO ready to deploy when you need water removal services and cleanup. Knowing who to call before a storm even hits the Jamestown area will help you mobilize faster and navigate each step with less stress on your shoulders.

These are some things that we want everyone in the area to know when faced with storm damage in Jamestown:

Safety After the Storm

Inspecting the damage after a storm will be on your mind, but you need to take care and keep safety in mind. Consider the following:

  • Always assume any downed lines are dangerous and energized. Stay 10ft or further from the lines, and make sure to contact the utility company and emergency services.
  • Look out for hazards, including exposed nails and broken glass.
  • If you must inspect your home’s damage at night, opt for a flashlight versus a candle or open flame. This eliminates potential hazards if there is a damaged gas line.

Select the Best Restoration Team

It is best if you hire a trustworthy contractor to handle all of your reconstruction work. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians who will come out to your home, provide tarping and board-up services, and begin the assessment. We go over any necessary work and explain every detail of the process. We also offer pack-out services and are happy to handle any insurance claim needs, including a detailed inventory of all losses. Any controlled demolition work and restoration get dealt with by skilled contractors to ensure your home is “Like it never even happened.” – General Contractor License #: CBC1256211.

Storm damage of any kind is no match for our expertise at SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean. Call us whenever you need us at (716) 338-4901.

We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Jamestown Home After A Flood

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van Our experts are ready 24/7 to restore your home after a flood, call us right away to prevent further damage.

Cleaning Up Kitchen Surfaces After Flooding in Jamestown Homes

Cleaning up after damaging flood losses in Jamestown homes begins with an understanding of the full spread and severity of these circumstances. Our professionals can see where penetration of wind-driven and runoff rain can enter the house from a compromised roof. Because we have a full division of licensed general contractors in-house, we can leave fewer stages of restoration and recovery in the hands of subcontractors or other tradespeople.

Debris and tree limbs both have the capability of puncturing or collapsing a portion of a roof during a severe weather event – leading to flooding damage in Jamestown homes. With clean water flooding scenarios, the path of migrating water damage must be established by our SERVPRO technicians when we first arrive at the residence. When water moves from the attic space into the kitchen, there are many potential threats that this could present, including the degradation of exposed materials like cabinets, counters, flooring, and appliances.

Addressing flood damage through the ceiling and into the kitchen area requires the removal of ceiling tile or drywall to drain water from the cavity. In most cases, any insulation found here must get removed as well. Floodwater can affect surfaces throughout the room in a direct way, especially the flooring and cabinetry. Cleaning these areas is vital to begin as soon as possible, but only after extraction and drying.

Residues and debris can come along with penetrating floodwater and affect exposed surfaces. Our SERVPRO professionals have premier cleaning agents and multiple techniques for recovering salvageable materials in-house. From wiping down walls with our potent cleaning products to resurfacing and refinishing wood cabinets and flooring, we can make losses in your kitchen “Like it never even happened.”

As troublesome as flooding can be for your property, we have the equipment and products to manage these disasters. Our contractors can work on emergency board-up and tarping for compromised roofs and dry out migrating water loss towards the kitchen. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call today at (716) 338-4901.

Don't Just Sit There! Start the Mold Damage Remediation Process in Olean With SERVPRO Right Now

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Under Wall Paper Make haste to call SERVPRO after finding mold damage in your home. Our certified team with remediate and help prevent a recurrence.

Why SERVPRO Can Help You Defeat Recurrent Mold Damage Issues in Olean

If mold starts developing on your property, it can recur despite your best efforts to remove it, costing money and causing anguish. Defeating mold takes several steps, performed together and in time to counter microbial development. It also requires a combination of skills to remove existing colonies and neutralize spores to hinder further development. Choosing a team with IICRC-certified applied microbial remediation technicians like SERVPRO could help simplify the process.

Killing Spores

Spores are central to the process of microbial development. Successful remediation of mold damage in your Olean property must, therefore, include actions that kill spores. Our SERVPRO technicians use cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties to stop microbial development. We also use disinfectants such as phenols, alcohol, or chlorine to destroy a wide variety of microbes. We can also use sporicides, which control bacterial and fungal spores effectively. 

Cleansing Infested Surfaces

Cleaning all materials infested by mold colonies is essential to deal with the problem and restore pre-damaged physical appearance. Such cleaning might require different approaches depending on the level of infestation. Our SERVPRO technicians HEPA vacuum surfaces to remove loose mold debris and excess spores before damp wiping. Sometimes we also use specialized techniques such as soda blasting to clean mold-infested surfaces. The sodium bicarbonate used in the process helps in many ways, including killing spores and deodorizing the affected area removing the musty odor associated with mold.

Safe Demolition of Moldy Areas

In many cases, the bulk of mold colonies develops out of site in subfloors, wall cavities, behind sinks, and other hidden areas. Controlled demolition is essential to reach such areas and remove the offending mold and any porous materials affected by the infestation. Our SERVPRO technicians are aware of the risks of releasing loose mold debris into the air when tearing down affected areas. We use plastic zipper bags to isolate the affected area from the rest of the house. We also run negative air machines in the areas we demolish, limiting the chances of spreading debris.

Mold causes different inconveniences, so swiftly eliminating it is desirable. Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 to help. We work hard to address all aspects of the infestation "Like it never even happened."

Smoke Malodors Are a Threat to Jamestown Properties

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Soot In A Room After Fire Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Part Of The Fire Damage Restoration of Jamestown Homes Focuses On Smoke Odor Removal. 

Odors are a natural byproduct of combustion, and specific situations can leave these fire loss effects a formidable obstacle for restoration and recovery. Certain combustible materials produce more offensive smells than others, so each case in a household is unique for the deodorization needs. Some problematic materials for making smoke odor damage include:

  • Wood
  • Drywall
  • Plastics
  • Aerosols

How Widespread is the Smoke Damage?  

A pressing question for fire damage restoration in Jamestown homes is how widespread the smoke damage has become. Not only must our team address issues like soot residues on surfaces and aerosolized smoke solids, but the threats of odors are also a rapidly spreading condition. Smells travel far beyond the ignition point through pathways like the HVAC system and structural openings, making them more of a widespread threat to the household than other post-fire effects.

Will Malodors Dissipate Naturally? 

Many property owners mistakenly believe that smoke and fire malodors will naturally disappear without direct deodorization actions. While time can lessen the severity of these fire effects, deliberate actions taken with counteractant products and deodorization tools in our inventory can remove these threats entirely.

Can Odors Be a Recurring Problem? 

One of the concerns with smoke malodors is the possibility of recurrences. Porous materials that absorb smoke vapors and aerosolized particles can continually battle the changes in the size of pores in the material as temperatures change. Certain conditions renew smoke smells from former fire damage, so odor-sealing products applied before repainting can prevent this.

Odors are a struggle for property owners and can be one of the more challenging obstacles in restoring comfortable living conditions for house occupants. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team can help through all facets of fire and smoke damage cleanup for your home or business, and we are available 24/7 when you call (716) 338-4901.

We Can Help Prevent Flood Damage To Your Olean Home

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration Help Sign Should you have any disaster that needs cleanup, call us today at (716) 338-4901, and we can have a team on their way to you within hours.

Preventing Flood Damage To An Olean Rental Home

New York’s spring rains can leave plenty of street floods and groundswells that can easily infiltrate homes and soak carpets, furniture, and drywall with contaminated groundwater. The resultant damage to your home, if not addressed quickly, can leave you with more to worry about than wet carpet: mold, bacteria, and even structural damage to the subflooring, and more. The prospect of cleaning up such damage can be overwhelming to consider for anyone.

If you come home from work to find flood damage in your Olean rental property, our SERVPRO professionals are ready to go to your home and leave it looking “Like it never even happened.”

When ground flooding affects a carpet, removal is required to prevent further damage from contaminated water. If there happens to be flooring underneath your carpet that acts as a vapor barrier, such as laminate floors, it may have to be removed to dry the subflooring in your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can begin mitigation by removing water from surfaces with portable, back-mounted extractors. The extraction process is crucial to ensure that drying is done as efficiently as possible, and our technicians can monitor moisture levels on, in, and behind structures with infrared imaging, moisture sensors and meters, and more.

After the water has been extracted, drying in your living room entails setting up centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of surfaces and supply the area while the collected moisture is removed and humid air is replaced by warm, dry air. For drywall in your living room that has had significant exposure to water, flood cuts may be made to facilitate moisture removal. After drying walls, flooring, and furniture, we can clean your surfaces with an EPA-registered antimicrobial as an added protection from mold from contaminated water.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is just a phone call away 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. Should you have any disaster that needs cleanup, call us today at (716) 338-4901, and we can have a team on their way to you within hours.

Fire Damage In Your Jamestown Home

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

After Fire Damage The presence of hazardous soot and smoke residues throughout a home can be a substantial obstacle for homeowners to face.

Pre-Cleaning Practices for Fire-Damaged Jamestown Homes

While it is critical to begin restoration and cleaning in your Jamestown home, inappropriate cleaning tactics can result in more considerable damages, staining, and deterioration. Identifying the best approach is critical for the entire mitigation and restoration process, and pre-cleaning techniques can make a dramatic difference in these recovery tactics to reduce the overall loss in your home after a fire incident.

Because of how widespread and threatening fire damage in Jamestown homes can be, our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to establish containment and perimeters to reduce the spread of soot, smoke, odors, and other debris to new areas of the property. Residues that have come to rest on contents and exposed surfaces require pre-treatments and potent cleaning products to remove successfully.

Among the most common forms of pre-cleaning and preparation for intricate soot removal or smoke residue clearing is the use of dry vacuums. In many situations, debris settles on surfaces and can form a thick barrier between the open air and the surface of the hosting material. Vacuums can help to lift much of this debris away, leaving a much less formidable layer of soot residue to clean with other techniques. Agitative cleaning practices might also include brushing and compressed air to unseat a layer of soot residue.

Pre-treatments on thick residues can also prove beneficial when it is possible to restore the affected material. We have chemical agents that can work to emulsify oily soils and soot to rinse away with pressurized water or wiping, depending on the situation. When it is not possible to slow the progression of acidic soot down in your home, however, controlled demolition by our in-house residential contractors might be the only suitable solution remaining.

The presence of hazardous soot and smoke residues throughout a home can be a substantial obstacle for homeowners. With the experience and potent cleaning products available to our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team, we can make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (716) 338-4901.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Mold Removal Service in Jamestown

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Mold In Upper Corner Don't let mold take control of your property. Call SERVPRO today!

Professional Mold Removal in Jamestown Homes

Mold removal from your Jamestown home by trained and experienced professionals can help you restore the affected contents to the pre-damaged condition. The faster the SERVPRO techs can get to work, the better their chance to succeed in saving affected pieces of content. 

After analyzing the extent and scope of the damage, SERVPRO techs prepare a mold removal strategy for your Jamestown home. Effective remediation of contents from a mold-contaminated environment includes the following tasks:

  • Categorizing the contents based on their restorability
  • Determining cleaning requirements to decide whether to clean contents on-site or off-site
  • Determining whether some pieces of content require specialty cleaning (artwork or electronics)

Type of Mold Remediation Services

Depending on the damage, SERVPRO techs can offer the following three types of mold removal services:

  • Restoration Services: Items that techs can clean and restore to the preloss condition are restored. SERVPRO techs use various cleaning techniques to remove the contamination. Items can sometimes be taken off-site for cleaning but only after getting consent from the customer. Techs often restore semi-porous and non-porous things that don’t have extensive mold growth.   
  • Disposal Services: If the cost of cleaning outweighs the cost of replacement, SERVPRO techs consider disposing of the item. Techs always dispose of porous material with heavy contamination. We always dispose of materials according to the local rules and regulations. 
  • Preservation with Risk Assignment: If a particular item is irreplaceable, but the techs can’t eliminate the contamination, it can be preserved with appropriate risk assignment. 

SERVPRO techs stick to the IICRC S520 mold restoration guidelines throughout the procedure. 

If you need help with mold damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901.  

You Need Professionals for Commercial Water Cleanup in Jamestown

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Drying a Convention If you find yourself in need of assistance with water damage remediation, call SERVPRO.

Commercial Water Cleanup in Jamestown is Easier With SERVPRO

Even though commercial buildings have many differences when it comes to building materials used and their plumbing system, all of them have a risk of experiencing water damage. Water intrusion can result from damaged pipes, faulty HVAC systems, and roof leaks. If unnoticed, the damage can spread and even lead to mold growth. 

Water damage might cause your commercial property’s value to plummet quickly and lead to wasted time and revenue loss if you do not take swift action. SERVPRO is ready to perform commercial water cleanup on your Jamestown property. We can ensure that your building does not undergo additional damage and reopens as soon as possible. Some steps we can take to bring things back to normal include: 

  • Inspection
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidifying 
  • Contents’ restoration
  • Odor removal


Our team can use moisture meters to locate the exact points of water seepage. We can insect everything valuable to you. We can also preserve supplies or stock required for normal operations. We also know how to handle fragile items like electronics, legal documents, and heirlooms. 

Water Extraction

To safeguard the materials in your property from further damage and prevent interruption of the flow of profit, our SERVPRO team can extract all the water using vacuums or truck-mounted pumps, depending on the volume of water.

Drying and Dehumidifying

We can use structural cavity drying equipment to dry your building and dehumidifiers to restore the humidity to its normal levels. Our SERVPRO team can use desiccant dehumidifiers to dry damp materials safely and efficiently by extracting moisture from the air around them into desiccant solids purposely designed to absorb all the water. 

Content’s Restoration

We can use ultrasonic technology, an effective mechanism for cleaning and restoring contents. It cleans contents through agitation without using heavy solvents that can ruin the items. 

Odor Removal

Our SERVPRO technicians can eliminate odors using masking agents, industrial-grade deodorizers, and pairing agents which bind to odor particles, creating an easy-cleaning substance. 

Prevent excess damage and the usage of too many resources following commercial water damage by contacting SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for help at (716) 338- 4901. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Can Be Done to Repair My Burnt Sections of Drywall During Fire Restoration in Jamestown?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Allow SERVPRO to assess your home after a fire. We can quickly determine what can be repaired and what needs to be replaced.

SERVPRO Can Restore Burnt Drywall Inside your Jamestown Home Through Cleaning Procedures

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians work on a project where drywall got negatively affected, we inspect it to see if we can repair it or if it has to be removed and replaced. If the charring on your drywall is more profound than the surface, we can remove the drywall and then inspect the wooden studs underneath.

Can you save my drywall if it is not burnt deeply?

During some fire restoration projects in Jamestown, we can save your drywall if the charring is only on the surface of the material using the following methods:

  • Dry Cleaning: If your drywall is bare or does not have a painted glossy surface, then dry cleaning methods can work well to remove soot and surface charring. For light soot residues, we can sometimes use a feather duster or dry rag to remove them from the surfaces.
  • Wet Cleaning: Painted sections of drywall can often be cleaned using water-based detergents. Moderate residues can best be removed using a general surface cleaner. Greasy soils and heavy soots can be expelled by implementing a heavy-duty, high-alkaline product.
  • Abrasive Blasting: In some situations, spots that adhere well to the surfaces of your drywall get removed best using abrasive techniques. Sandblasting is not used too much for drywall because it can take off too much of the material. Therefore, soda blasting proves to be an effective method because it does not take much of the surface while it removes the soot.
  • Sanding: Some surfaces may get ruined if abrasive blasting methods get implemented. Sanding can be an excellent alternative because our technicians have more control in removing the soot using a hand sander and fine sandpaper.
  • Sealing: If the soot residues cannot be removed from your walls by cleaning or abrasive methods, we can spray sealant paint on the affected areas that trap any foul odors.

Burnt drywall can cause foul odors to linger all over your house in Lakewood or Frewsburg. For professional assistance after a fire starts on your property, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901.

Where Can Jamestown Homeowners Get Professional Restoration After a Flood?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Repairing your home after flood damage is a challenging task. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

To Remediate the Effects of Floods, Jamestown Homeowners Call SERVPRO

How Is a Flood Different from Water Spilled Out of a Split Pipe?

Floodwater comes from outside the residence, bringing in a bit of everything it flowed over before finding its way inside a Jamestown home. This is contaminated water, and SERVPRO divides it into Category 2, significant contamination, and Category 3, far more intense. Category 1 is what comes out of a pipe and is considered sanitary or clean.

What Actions Do SERVPRO Response Teams Take First?

After they determine the flood damage water category, our Jamestown teams ensure everyone that might enter the home has the proper protective gear. Next they isolate any areas not flooded and set up air filtration to ensure that contaminated particles in the damp air are properly directed outside while bringing in clean, dry air.

What Actions Response Teams Take Next?

SERVPRO teams next perform three key tasks to begin restoring area homes:

  • Extract Water and Remove Bulk Debris – Team members use pumps to draw off water and begin removing the debris either washed into the home or created by the water-soaking property until it cannot be restored. After removing bulk water and debris, they use smaller extractors to lift water out of carpets and between floorboards. 
  • Lower Humidity – Team members next add dehumidifiers to the air filtration to remove excess moisture from the air to help increase evaporation. This helps to draw out more contaminants and provides a more comfortable environment.
  • Demolish and Remove Remaining Debris – Carpets cannot be restored, so teams remove them along with other large items such as drywall panels. 

To schedule a service call with SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean or to learn more about what we can do to restore your home after a flood, contact us at (716) 338-4901. We are here to help return it to a safe, clean condition.

Commercial Fire Restoration in Jamestown Requires Help From Professionals

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Having an issue with flood damage in yourJamestown property. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

Trust SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Restoration in Jamestown

Running a business like a convenience store is daunting because of the many challenges, including managing employees and offering excellent customer service. The most overwhelming aspect of running such a business is dealing with an unexpected event like fire damage. 

A fire can be devastating to your business since it poses risks like charring, smoke, water, and odor damage. Fortunately, an experienced firm like SERVPRO can perform commercial fire restoration in your Jamestown convenience store. We offer a fast response and quick repair and can preserve the merchandise required for the business to continue. 

In a convenience store, the items that smoke touches can be rendered unsellable. The odor from the fire can also ruin merchandise. Our SERVPRO team can take these steps to restore your commercial property: 

  • Assessment and inspection
  • Taking the necessary precautions
  • Water extraction and drying 
  • Cleanup 
  • Reconstruction

Assessment and Inspection

We can assess and inspect the building. Our SERVPRO restorers can test all surfaces showing evidence of smoke residues. We can test vertical surfaces like walls, windows, doors, and door trim because smoke residues stick to such surfaces in many fire situations. We also consider if the smoke penetrated behind materials. 

Taking the Necessary Precautions

We can install a temporary fence around your convenience store to safeguard the building from vandalism, looting, and theft. Our SERVPRO crew can also use roof tarps if necessary. This can prevent the existing damage from worsening. 

Water Extraction and Drying 

Water damage resulting from the firefighting efforts is the other issue you must handle. We can use pumps to remove all excess water from your business premises. We can then dry the building using axial air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers


Soot is corrosive and can cause etching and tarnishing of the affected materials and objects. The cleanup process involves removing the ruined items and cleaning affected surfaces like floors, ceilings, and walls to eliminate soot.


This can involve restoring damaged structures and contents or reconstructing the entire building. 

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is ready to assist you in handling the fire damage on your commercial property. Contact us at (716) 338-4901. 

We Have The Equipment And Expertise In Olean Water Cleanup

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

 Illuminated Contact Us Sign Our team is quick to respond and begin the mitigation process. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call any time day or night.

SERVPRO Helps with Unexpected Black Water Cleanup in Olean Home

When it comes to water cleanup, there are three categories of water damage, and each possesses unique requirements for thorough mitigation. Clean water generally is the least problematic in terms of potential contaminants. Gray water (sometimes referred to as "sullage") and black water have the potential to cause more damage because it is difficult to clean and restore porous items (such as carpet and padding, for example) to safe, sanitary standards for use in a home.

SERVPRO received a water cleanup request from an Olean homeowner returning from vacation to water pooled in the kitchen and an overpowering odor. Even though the water emanated from a "clean" source, the supply line into the refrigerator, because it had sat in the house for a minimum of two days, we needed to handle it as a black water level mitigation.

The kitchen and adjacent living room received the impact of the water. Our technicians wore protective clothing and extracted the water using portable pumps. The laminate floor and subfloor in the kitchen were a loss, as was the carpet, and padding in the living room required removal. The water wicked into the sheetrock in several areas. Our technicians performed flood cuts where we measured the highest water intruded into drywall and then removed the damaged wall material about six inches above the waterline. We then dried, sanitized, and got the water loss areas ready for repairs.

Because the homeowner's insurance covered sudden water loss events, our technicians worked closely with the adjuster from the homeowner's insurance company to stay within the restoration budget parameters while still accomplishing a thorough and complete cleanup of the water damage. Our goal is to take as much stress as possible off homeowners. We give detailed reports to both the adjuster and homeowner, so everyone is on the same page for the stage of remediation the property is in, from start to finish.

Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 when you need professional water cleanup for your property. Our team is available 24/7 to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

We Are Available 24/7 For Your Jamestown Water Damage Restoration Services

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Concrete We respond to water cleanup as soon as possible to prevent further damage. We have the necessary equipment, expertise and experience.

Five Things to Consider About the Restorability of Upholstered Furniture from Water Damage in Jamestown

Water damage of any source wreaks havoc on a home. Sheetrock warps, buckles, and tiles may delaminate from flooring and other problems. One aspect that surprises many property owners is that upholstered furniture is not automatically a loss when exposed to copious amounts of water because of our restoration techniques.

When SERVPRO answers a call to restore a home in Jamestown from water damage, we focus on the effort of restoring rather than the homeowner dealing with the burden and cost of replacing items affected by water. Some considerations determine whether or not upholstered furnishings require replacing.

Type of Furniture

The materials used to construct the furniture have a significant impact on restorability potential. Solid wood furniture fares better than composite wood furnishings, which are generally a loss due to warping and one side retaining water. In contrast, the laminated side creates a water vapor barrier.


The time between the water spill and cleanup should be as short as possible to limit the potential for warping and cracking. The frame of most upholstered furniture is wood and can swell when wet. Fast-drying encourages a positive outcome for restoration.

Fabric Type

Dry clean only fabrics tend to spot easily and sometimes require our SERVPRO technicians to rewet entire cushions or fabric areas and dry as a whole to eliminate spotting.

Staining and Color Bleeding

Some materials have dyes that run when dampened, and furnishings with stained legs can ruin carpeting when the stain leeches into the wet carpet. SERVPRO technicians have several proprietary techniques to avoid this scenario.


Removal of odors can be determined by how quickly the furniture dries, and our technicians have methods and specialized equipment to eradicate foul scents left behind by water damage.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean has the equipment and experience to save many home furnishings from water damage. Contact us 24/7 at (716) 338-4901 and let us do the damage to your property and contents "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO for Professional Cleanup and Restoration after Your Lakewood Property Suffers a Fire Loss

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians lined up for photo with SERVPRO Truck SERVPRO Says Let Our Highly Skilled Team Cleanup Fire Damaged Homes in Lakewood

Fire, Soot, and Odors in a Lakewood Home! What to Do?

Fires leave behind a great deal of damage, even if it was just a small, quickly-contained blaze within your home. As a homeowner, you may wish to do some clean-ups on your own but may need to contact professionals for help if you run into a problem, such as soot-stained walls or lingering offensive odors.

If your Lakewood Home incurs fire damage, contacting the trained restoration specialists at SERVPRO may save you both time and finances. We have prompt service, proven experience dealing with fire damage, and state-of-the-art equipment and industry-leading formulated cleaners like our Orange-based products to make it "Like it never even happened."

After you remove damaged items from your home, you may find that besides a lingering smell, you have stained walls. Soot is the black residue left behind from a fire. Instincts may tell you to wipe the soot away with a wet rag or sponge. If you had a high-oxygen fire in your home, this action smears the soot and creates more damage. If your walls are porous, wet cleaning can soak the soot into the walls creating further damage. If you have textured walls removing the black residue may be more challenging than if you have glossy enamel paint or vinyl wall covers. Other factors, such as the temperature of the fire and the age of the surfaces in your home, determine how easily you can clean soot off the walls.

While you are waiting for the SERVPRO technicians to arrive, WE STRONGLY recommend that you do NOT begin cleaning the walls on your own. By using a dry sponge, the process is just as important as the tools and detergents to attain successful cleaning results. We strongly suggest that you await our arrival. Soot clean-up can get very difficult, and our goal is to clean and restore and not replace soot-damaged walls. Homeowners can easily clean up sooty or greasy residues in a project requiring wallboard removal and replacement.

For most surfaces, the technicians use a low-alkalinity cleaner. Still, if the residue is greasy, they use a high-alkalinity cleaner. Every circumstance and fire is different and treated accordingly by choosing the correct cleaning method and cleaners. In extreme cases, the walls may be repainted as a cover to the stains and sealed in pungent odors.

Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for assistance at (716) 338-4901. We are available 24/7 to assist. We quickly respond to any home restoration needs. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Get You Back In Business In Jamestown After A Water Loss

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Commercial Floor Our team is quick to respond and begin the mitigation process after you suffer water damage. We are available 24/7 to assist you with any size job.

What Do I Need to Address Flooded Floors in My Storage Warehouse?

Commercial Water Cleanup Is No Match for SERVPRO in Jamestown – Call Us for Prompt Service!

If heavy rains leave excessive water in your storage warehouse, prompt action is required to limit the amount of loss. Having items stored on shelves from floor to ceiling means cleaning up the water and working fast to remove moisture from the air. The professionals have the right tools and techniques to ensure rapid cleanup gets your warehouse back up and running sooner.

How does SERVPRO get my warehouse back to normal after flooding?

When you call SERVPRO for commercial water cleanup in Jamestown, you can access our team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We remove all standing water and prioritize the elimination of moisture to protect all of your contents, thus limiting the downtime you experience.

We know that your storage warehouse presents unique challenges, so we spring into action with measures like:

  • The removal of all standing water damage with truck-mounted pumps and professional-grade water extractors. Our team also checks for moisture pockets located under desks, cabinets, and shelving with moisture detection devices. 
  • Large air movers are put into place to help circulate air and powerful dehumidifiers that absorb moisture from the air. Our external truck-mount air movers help extract any moist air and replace it with the dry air outside.
  • Any paper products get thoroughly inspected by SERVPRO technicians, including damaged boxes and packaging. All items get inventoried to create a detailed record for inventory control and insurance claims.
  • With any floor to ceiling shelf units, we direct air movers under the bottom shelves. We adapt continuously to ensure drying is as effective as possible to return your storage warehouse to regular operations.

There is nothing like having SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean on your side when you need to address commercial water cleanup. Call us when you need us at (716) 338-4901, and we will deploy a team as quickly as possible.

Pre-cleaning of Soot Deposits Increases the Success of Subsequent Cleaning Efforts in Olean Residences

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Worker with Car SERVPRO has the right techniques to kick fire and soot right out of your Olean home.

Knowing What Needs to be Done For Your Olean Fire Damage.

Cleaning twice is not a regular habit for most homeowners in Olean. For SERVPRO technicians, many situations warrant this approach. Pre-cleaning, instead of increasing the amount of time involved in restoring your property, can decrease the period we must work on your home. 

Inside an Olean residence with smoke and soot damage, pre-cleaning can significantly increase the effectiveness of general cleaning methods. Removing the bulk of soils like soot can help improve the power of cleansers while decreasing the amount of soiling that needs removing. 

For example, some drier, powdery soot types create a weak static electricity charge when adhering to certain painted surfaces, including walls and ceilings. Direct cleaning with a sponge takes longer because of the static electricity. Pre-cleaning by vacuuming the dry soot away from the surface makes the dry sponge we use later much more effective at cleaning the walls. 

When we pre-clean by vacuuming soot from chrome and other metals, carpets, and other items, staining and corrosion decrease noticeably. Pre-cleaning Formica, marble, and fiberglass surfaces with a dry cleaning sponge keep cross-contamination involving soot and oily residues from the smoke to a minimum. We often do this in areas of the home our customer wishes to occupy while we restore another area with extensive fire or heavier smoke and soot damage.

Agitating soot to fall away from the surface of furniture, drapes, or other things helps with the overall cleaning process. SERVPRO uses two different methods to pre-clean items. These are compressed air and brushing. For more delicate items, we use compressed air to force dry soot out of small motors and other tiny spaces. Brushing works well for textured surfaces like brick and stucco walls. 

Pre-cleaning the surfaces of soot and oils can reveal bubbling and other damage that might have gone unnoticed until later. Knowing about such damage helps us in the restoration process. 

We want to make your home "Like it never even happened." Knowing what needs replacing and what items should respond well to cleaning helps our building and reconstruction crew provide excellent services. 

Replacing only those items with damage, as well as knowing as early as possible about these items, helps keep total recovery costs low and reasonable for our customers. Eliminating delays caused by unexpected supply and material needs keeps us on schedule; it reduces the time your family remains inconvenienced.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides specialized services tailored to the homeowners' needs across Lakewood and Falconer. Call us at (716) 338-4901 for a swift response after fire, smoke, or soot affects your property.

Our Experts Discuss How We Use Ozone To Restore Your Jamestown Home

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Utility Room After Fire Give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call today at (716) 338-4901.

How We Use Ozone To Treat Smoke Damage In Jamestown

Deodorization is a fundamental step for nearly every fire loss recovery that our professionals address throughout Jamestown. Whether it is a massive structure fire that can compromise a building’s integrity to kitchen flare-ups that do not spread their effects beyond this immediate dining area, smoke odors are the universal effects professional restorers must combat. Our team has multiple strategies for removing odors, and one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal for on-site and off-site deodorization is ozone machines and chambers.

Ozone is an active deodorization agent, and it can help our team manage fire damage in Jamestown homes quickly. As much as these conditions can spread throughout a residence, a prompt deployment of this deodorization equipment can reduce the permeation of materials and reach unaffected areas of the house. Ozone generators do not get used without risk and warnings, however. Their efficiency in a home comes at the cost of health risks and hazards to people and pets exposed to chemical reactions. Our SERVPRO team has the appropriate personal protective equipment to safely utilize this equipment and to safely shut it down to continue other restoration efforts.


We strive to recover the contents and areas of your home with minimal impact on your life. When we can restore items at your house, for instance, we do. This approach saves us time and effort in moving it to our facility, as well as reducing the time in returning these items to their original positions. These smaller units that arrive with the Green Fleet produce ozone which bonds with odor molecules by generating an additional oxygen molecule in the atmosphere.

Our SERVPRO Facility

This same technology fuels the ozone chamber at our facility nearby. When items must get packed out from a fire-damaged home, they get taken to our warehouse for cleaning and deodorization. We can group many items, including furniture and other contents, to deodorize entire lots. Our ozone room can provide a controlled environment to undertake widespread odor removal tactics.

Our team needs to provide our customers with expectation-exceeding service. When you vacate your home for restoration, we can deploy our efficient and powerful ozone machines that can give real-time deodorization for fire-damaged areas of the property. Give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call today at (716) 338-4901.

How to Handle Commercial Flood Damage in a Jamestown University

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Handshake Agreement In Commercial Building We make it “Like it never even happened.” We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fix Commercial Flood Damage in a Jamestown University With SERVPRO’S Expertise

Flooding is one of the disaster scenarios that can occur in a university. Universities consist of various kinds of buildings used for different purposes. Therefore, the dangers of flood damage in such an institution are varied.

The type of damage in an office or library could differ from that in lecture halls or the gym. That’s why you need SERVPRO’s services because we can perform commercial flood damage repair in the Jamestown institution properly regardless of its size or scope.

Serious health risks can be present since flood water often contains contaminants like pesticides, bacteria, and sewage. Our SERVPRO team can help you to return the learning institution to normal by taking the following measures:

Extracting Standing Floodwater 

Our technicians can use truck-mounted extractors to remove the floodwater. These extractors are stable for large buildings or commercial properties because they provide a more powerful vacuum than portable extractors. They run off the work vehicle’s fuel, meaning that they are suitable when flooding has cut off electrical power.

Drying Wet Materials and Surfaces

Walls could trap moisture that may lead to microbial issues. SERVPRO has equipment effective for drying moisture trapped inside enclosed areas. For instance, we can use air movers to introduce airflow at the surface level, replacing the highly saturated air with drier air to improve evaporation. We can also position dehumidifiers to deliver dry, warm air in the affected areas.


We can apply EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants like Microban, Benefect, and Sporicidin on affected surfaces to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Removing Odors

The odors that come with flooding can linger long after restorers have completed the repairs. Our SERVPRO team can use ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to dispense solvent-based and water-based deodorizers into the affected buildings. The foggers generate tiny particles that penetrate most areas where odor particles hide.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is ready to assist you in tackling commercial flood damage. Call us any time at (716) 338-4901.

How Does Water Damage Mitigation Work for Olean Ceiling Leaks?

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs on job site, with equipment ready to go. Water damage may wreck havoc to your home. SERVPRO water damage mitigation specialists in Olean use the latest technology and equipment for every job.

Olean SERVPRO Restoration Pros Implement 24/7 Ceiling Water Damage Mitigation

Household water damage in Jamestown and other areas of the United States can wreak havoc on structural materials as well as home water bills. Ceiling damage, in particular, can prove difficult for homeowners to address, and gallons of water can quickly cause the drywall to sag and crumble. Ceiling leaks can impact home carpet, pad, and subflooring without fast-responding cleanup.

SERVPRO water damage mitigation services can preserve Olean homes after a disaster by extracting water from floors and ceilings, drying affected structures and contents, and performing necessary building repairs to protect the residence from further damage. To remediate a pre-ceiling leak condition, professional mitigation also addresses microbial contamination concerns and water damage odors.

Remediating Ceiling Water Damage and Leaks on Carpet

Ceiling water leaks can be remediated with care from SERVPRO certified water cleanup crew members.

  • Drywall ceilings that are sagging may necessitate weep holes to drain water before cutting out unsalvageable structural materials. This controlled demolition process allows structural drying technicians to examine ceiling joists and insulation for signs of needing water damage extraction
  • Techs can apply EPA-registered biocides during the cleanup process to remediate odor-causing microbes
  • SERVPRO’s structural drying equipment, which includes air movers and dehumidifiers, are positioned based on the extent of the damage and the drying plan crafted during the inspection
  • Wet areas of carpet can be dried with carpet wand extractors and temporarily pulled up, if needed, for drying with air movement and dehumidification
  • After drying the ceiling cavity and affected structures and contents below, SERVPRO techs can install new drywall and perform other necessary restoration tasks

Homeowners can reach SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for mitigation that looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”

Can Fire Restoration Remove Soot from Jamestown Carpets and Fabrics?

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

room with blackened ceiling from fire damage SERVPRO is Here to Help after your home experiences fire damage.

Fire Restoration from Jamestown SERVPRO Techs Mitigates Soils on Drapes, Carpets, and More

Porous surfaces pose one of the biggest challenges for home fire damage cleanup. Even with careful mitigation by knowledgeable homeowners, consumer-grade deodorization might not prove sufficient for eliminating fire damage odors in a Jamestown property.

Jamestown SERVPRO fire restoration technicians deploy tried-and-true odor control methods implemented per the restoration industry guidelines crafted by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This process includes specific techniques for restoring carpeting, upholstery, drapes, and other fibers impacted by smoke damage.

Performing Successful Fire Damage Odor Control for Curtains and Other Fibers

When it comes to restoration for curtains and other fibers:

  • SERVPRO can deploy dry cleaning machines or hot water extractors for drapes. Technicians inspect the fabric before cleaning to determine how the fabric type, condition, and extent of damage would respond to restoration. Techs also examine curtain rods and other drapery fixtures to clean them. EPA-registered wet cleaning solutions tailored to the curtain rod material are typically sufficient for this purpose.
  • Since smoke tends to cling to surfaces as it rises, carpeting is often restorable after fire damage. Heat damage can permanently alter fibers, however. Fallen smoke particles can typically be removed from carpet fibers with hot water extraction and HEPA filter vacuums.
  • Upholstery, unlike carpet, is less likely to be made of synthetic fibers, which means that furniture requires more specialized treatment based on the fibers present. Pre-cleaning methods prevent soot from penetrating fabrics further. Vacuuming and dry solvent cleaning are best for most light to moderate fire soils on upholstery. It may be possible to remove soot stains from colorfast fibers with chlorine bleach-based salvage cleaning.

Homeowners seeking “Like it never even happened,” service can call (716) 338-4901 for restoration from SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean.

What Extractors Are Best for Commercial Water Damage Cleanup in Jamestown?

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green fleet ready for action. SERVPRO provides the best commercial damage restoration services in Jamestown. We have the manpower and equipment for every size disaster.

Jamestown SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup Techs Preserve Commercial Facilities After Disaster

Water damage can impact a business when property owners least expect it. Many of these unfortunate disasters happen off the clock. A 1/8" leak in a pipe can expel as much as 250 gallons of water in a month.

Commercial water damage cleanup services from Jamestown SERVPRO professionals can stop further damage and return business facilities to a pre-disaster state. Crew members' access to a plethora of industrial-grade equipment, including portable and truck-mounted extractors, maximizes flexibility and availability for restoration tasks for commercial property owners.

Benefits of Truck Extractors Versus Portable Extractors for Commercial Water Cleanup

While both types of extractors possess pros and cons for various water damage situations, and some cases may call for both types of extraction units, SERVPRO considers a variety of factors when deciding on a primary extraction method.

  • Truck-mounted units can hold dozens of gallons more wastewater than their portable counterparts. They can heat up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit for sanitation purposes. However, the mounting style limits mobility to an extent. Truck extractors also tend to clean carpet more quickly than a portable unit. They also have stronger suction capabilities.
  • Portable units, while packing less power, possess a great deal more flexibility than a truck mount. While made for use at long distances, truck extractor hoses start losing suction power at approximately 150 feet, which can prove challenging for buildings with water damage on higher floors. Portable extractors also require less accommodation from a business than a truck mount. These units also allow businesses with sensitive materials on sites, such as banks or law offices, to keep their doors securely closed, which is not feasible with a truck extractor.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides "Like it never even happened," quality commercial restoration when property owners call (716) 338-4901.

Tips for Performing Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Jamestown

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door; blaze also seen under door Smoke and soot byproducts can spread throughout your home after a fire and settle on the furniture, ceiling, and walls, among other surfaces.

SERVPRO Can Help You to Perform Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Jamestown

After putting out a fire, homeowners may not give much thought to the effects of soot and smoke. However, you should be worried about it because it can cause as much damage as the fire itself. Smoke and soot byproducts can spread throughout your home after a fire and settle on the furniture, ceiling, and walls, among other surfaces. They can cause tarnishing and the etching of affected materials.

Efficient fire and smoke cleanup in your Jamestown residence from a company like SERVPRO can prevent the corrosion of metals. Soot residue is acidic, and it can ruin metal pipes, doorknobs, and kitchen appliances. Soot can also get pulled through registers and air vents to flow throughout the HVAC system. If left there, soot residues may corrode the air ducts, leading to system failure or increasing fire risk. Our SERVPRO crew can inspect the HVAC system to check for residues. We can also take the following actions to restore your property:

Our SERVPRO team can use different air movers to generate an airflow velocity from 1,000 to 3,000 cubic feet of air per minute. We use this air movement for general ventilation to remove fumes, odors, and vapors from a building. Air movers perform several deodorization functions, and we commonly use them to ventilate a house after thermal fogging.

Thermal foggers vaporize petroleum-based or solvent-based deodorizers to generate a fog or smoke of minute particles. The particles that thermal foggers create range in size from as small as half a micron to as large as 25 microns. The particles make a fog, which appears like the smoke a fire produces, enabling the deodorizers to interact more effectively with odor-causing residues.

Our SERVPRO technicians can exchange the air in a building that has been thermal-fogged for deodorization needs forty times using air movers to ensure the complete removal of all residues and vapors.

When you need fire and smoke cleanup services, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Homeowners Handle Water Damage in Jamestown?

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment inside of SERVPRO storage facility Our SERVPRO team is equipped for fast, effective water damage remediation. Call us today!

They Should Hire SERVPRO to Help them Perform Water Damage Repair in Jamestown

Water that flows from clean sources like clean water supply lines in faucets, washing machines, dishwashers does not pose a human health threat right away. However, delaying restoration can lead to issues like mold infestation, which can cause health effects. If you take restoration actions quickly, you can restore the structures and contents of your residence to their previous conditions.

SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment required to handle water damage in your Jamestown residence. Our technicians understand the stresses involved in handling water damage. We can support you to make water damage repair less stressful by taking the following steps:

  • Infrared thermal imaging to detect trapped moisture
  • Water extraction
  • Cleaning and decontamination of affected structures and contents
  • Structural drying
  • Infrared imaging

Our SERVPRO team can use infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. When we start the water removal project, these cameras quickly evaluate the moisture extent. They indicate how water traveled through a building and moisture that restorers might not have discovered. When the project ends, infrared cameras prove the restorers completed drying successfully.

Water Extraction

We can use carpet wands to extract water from carpets. This heavy equipment connects to a carpet extractor and extracts water effectively. Carpet wands are suitable for removing water from glue down carpeting and removing residual water from the surfaces of carpeting after restorers have used a stationary tool.

Cleaning and Decontaminating Affected Structures and Contents

Microbes can grow in water the longer it remains standing. Our SERVPRO technicians can use antimicrobial agents like fungistats to prevent the development of microbes or to limit or stop their growth.

Structural Drying

Our SERVPRO team can use axial air movers, which move larger air volumes than centrifugal air movers, to expedite the evaporation rate. They deliver lower pressure at high volume and cover larger areas of affected materials. We also use dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is a well-established water restoration firm that can help you bring things back to normal. Call us any time at (716) 338-4901.

How Can Homeowners Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Olean?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

visible smoke and soot damage on wall of fire damaged room After a fire, smoke and soot can linger. SERVPRO has the tools for complete fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Offers Effective Fire Damage Repair Services in Olean

A fire can devastate your home. Thankfully, if you work with the right restoration service, you can safeguard your home’s property. SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated fire restoration firm with the expertise to return your residence to its preloss state quickly.

We have a great reputation in our area and can perform effective fire damage restoration in your Olean residence. Our skilled crews can tackle the smoke, soot, and water damage to prevent the further spread of destruction. Our SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) perform testing to determine three factors, namely:

  • Where the smoke residues are situated.
  • If it is possible to clean the residues.
  • If the damages or residues were preexisting or occurred because of the recent event.

After a fire, smoke and soot can linger. Soot can adhere to surfaces and discolor them without emergency pre-cleaning. Some materials which are highly susceptible to soot damage include plastics, metals, wood, and grout. Soot particles are small, and they can meander into crevices and remain unseen. Soot residues may contain various acids since sulfides, chlorides, and smoke mix with moisture or humidity in the air to form acids. Acidic residues can cause corrosion or discoloration if they remain on materials over time. When smoke residues adhere to surfaces, our SERVPRO team can use agitation to dislodge the soils from the surfaces it attaches. Some methods we use to agitate during cleaning include:

  • Air pressure
  • Water pressure
  • Scrubbing
  • Rotating brushes
  • Sand sandblasting

After the fire and smoke damage, your home may also have foul odors. Our SERVPRO team can use hydroxyl generators to remove the bad smells. These generators produce oxidizing agents that break odor molecules apart. They create reactive super-oxide ions and hydroxyl molecules that effectively oxidize contaminants into harmless water and carbon dioxide. Hydroxyls also perform a gentler cleaning and do not require wait times to enter a treated building.

Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 when you need fire damage cleanup services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Professional Water Mitigation Gets the Job Done Right the First Time in Olean

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking through ceiling tiles Regardless whether the water damage affects your home from above or below, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our certified team right away for results.

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Water Mitigation to Save Time and Money for Olean Residents

Water removal services are only one facet of a water damage project. When it comes to SERVPRO, we work to provide detailed water mitigation to help our Olean customers save money overall. The faster we can get in to start mitigating the water damage, the quicker we can restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is Water Mitigation in Olean?

Water mitigation is the initial step in any water damage project. Acting quickly to mitigate the damage prevents secondary damage and mold from setting in. This process involves:

  • Inspection/assessment of your property
  • Water extraction
  • Structural drying
  • Property stabilization
  • Site cleanup

SERVPRO has a Green Fleet of vehicles equipped with the latest tools to help us provide fast, efficient water removal and drying for all commercial and residential customers. Some of the equipment used frequently with emergency services water damage calls include:

  • Extractors – These tools are made to remove water from flooring and clean upholstery and carpets after water damage. We use both truck-mounted and portable extractors depending on the situation and level of standing water present. Truck-mounted extractors are a bit more powerful than portable models, and they are made in water removal and restorative cleaning situations.
  • Dehumidifiers – Excellent for removing water vapors from interior air while speeding up the drying process. 
  • Deodorizing Equipment – Once we thoroughly dry and clean your interior, we apply professional deodorizers to treat foul, musty odors.

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is available 24-hours a day when you need water mitigation service! Get in touch by calling us at (716) 338-4901 to deploy a team of our highly-trained technicians to your door within hours. You can also request help online!

Don’t Let Storm Damage Impact Your Jamestown Home – Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

a fallen over tree crushing a roof of a house When storm damage affects your home, quick action is necessary to prevent any additional damage. Call our SERVPRO team immediately for storm cleanup.

Skilled Technicians Help Restore Your Jamestown Property When You Need Prompt Storm Cleanup

When storms arise in Jamestown and the surrounding areas, many homeowners think they can immediately tell there is an issue with their roofs. However, this is not always the case. With storm season, you could end up with a leaking roof from storms and other issues that must get addressed. Even if you cannot see the damage from the ground, there could be hidden moisture getting in that will wreak havoc on your structural materials and interior walls. Calling in skilled technicians gets you moisture detection, storm damage repair, and restoration as soon as possible.

Without prompt, thorough storm cleanup in Jamestown, you could have damage developing a long time after the initial weather event. This is another reason it is best to have your roof inspected regularly.

SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians ready to look at your Jamestown property after storm damage occurs to identify potential issues before they get worse. Some of the causes of storm damage that call for moisture detection and restoration may include:

  • Hail
  • Severe Wind
  • Sleet, Snow, and Ice
  • Heavy Rains
  • Fallen Trees

SERVPRO wants all customers in the area to know some steps to follow after a storm:

  • Carefully assess your home for damage
  • Contact your homeowner’s insurance provider
  • Avoid additional damage wherever possible
  • Remain cautious of any downed wires
  • Contact our restoration team to mobilize our Green Fleet

There could be areas where moisture got in during the storm that remain undetectable to the untrained eye. SERVPRO inspects windows for holes, broken panes, cracks, and damaged frames. We also use moisture detection tools to locate any hidden moisture behind walls, under ceiling tiles, etc.

Storm cleanup is never a task that you have to handle independently. Utilize our manpower and experience at SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean by calling (716) 338-4901 when you require assistance.

What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Water Damage Repairs During the Winter in Jamestown?

12/26/2021 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of a power line When frozen pipes cause water damage, team SERVPRO can help. Call our certified team 24/7 for effective water removal and cleanup services.

SERVPRO Is Available to Conduct Emergency Services for Water Damage in Jamestown

It is always a wise idea to take steps to winterize your home during the fall season. Many people know to unhook hoses and sprinkler systems to ensure that ice does not make its way into your water lines. Insulating certain pipes and turning your thermostat up to 55 degrees Fahrenheit during cold nights are important steps. 

Frozen pipes and ice damming in Jamestown are two of the most common sources of water damage during the fall and winter months. Both of these incidents can cause moisture to leak into the interior of your home. Once your building materials and contents get wet, it is wise to seek out the help of a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. We can offer the following services to help you if a disaster strikes:

If you happen to get frozen pipes or have an ice dam form on your roof, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the severity of the problems. The issues can worsen if a water leak is left untreated for too long. For example, if you know your pipes burst due to a freeze, you can start by turning off your main water valve. 

If you notice an ice dam has formed on your roof, you can take a box fan into the attic and point it towards the underside of the roof, where you can see water leaking. The cold air will freeze the water and stop the leak. Another method is to melt the ice on the roof by placing pantyhose filled with a calcium chloride ice melter onto your roof so that it crosses the ice dam and hangs over the gutter. 

If you ever notice you have a water leak in the wintertime, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901.

How Can Olean Homeowners Jump-Start Storm Damage Cleanup?

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

tile and floor damage from sewage backup Count on SERVPRO to quickly remove contaminated sewage from a flooding in Olean and repair the flooring and other building elements

SERVPRO Storm Damage Cleanup Offers Fast-Acting Debris and Water Removal

Water damage from weather-related complications does not require severe weather to occur. All it takes is a bit of roof damage, leaky windows, or clogged gutters to turn a normal rainy day into a soaking wet mess in a homeowner’s living room. Worse still, this moisture can allow mold growth to perpetuate in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

Storm damage cleanup performed by Olean SERVPRO technicians can mitigate weather-related disasters quickly and safely. This crew can also address microbial growth resulting from moisture exposure, preventing it from causing health effects.

SERVPRO Storm Water Removal Saves Homes

SERVPRO build-back services and temporary measures to address storm-related water damage include:

  • Roof tarping
  • Board-ups
  • Temporary fencing
  • Temporary warehouse space for home contents
  • Portable power sources

Regardless of the water damage source, these measures prevent further damage and allow technicians to continue their work even when power outages occur.

Suppose a ceiling leak from a storm occurs in an Olean living room. In that case, SERVPRO techs can tarp the roof, carefully cut out waterlogged sheetrock, and extract moisture from ceiling joists and carpeting below with portable extraction units. Techs can pull up the carpet to check the subfloor beneath and dry it with air movers and dehumidifiers, if necessary.

SERVPRO mitigates microbial growth during the process with careful application of EPA-registered, OSHA-approved biocides, which can also lessen odors from water damage. Techs can install new drywall and re-seam carpet after mitigation.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean restores properties to a “Like it never even happened” condition. Property owners can reach the team at (716) 338-4901.

When Should Jamestown Businesses Call for Water Restoration Services?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

servpro sales vehicle parked When the SERVPRO rep arrives at your Jamestown business--your water damage will be mitigated--pronto?

Jamestown SERVPRO Professionals Render Emergency-Response Commercial Water Restoration 24/7

Commercial spaces in Jamestown can quickly fall victim to water damage from a variety of sources. Making the necessary repairs to mitigate water damage can be time-consuming and costly without professional assistance performed to code.

Jamestown water restoration technicians at SERVPRO respond to commercial water damage calls at any time of the day or night, including weekends and holidays, to lessen downtime and potential structural and property damages from water. SERVPRO also renders rebuilding services like installing new carpet, repairing damaged drywall, replacing ceiling tiles, and drying important documents and other assets affected by water.

SERVPRO Water Restoration and Build-Back Services for Commercial Spaces

Property owners seeking to prevent water damage before it occurs should watch out for:

  • Leaky plumbing from pinhole leaks, damaged fittings, or pressure or temperature changes that can freeze or burst pipes. One of the biggest telltale signs of leaky plumbing is a musty odor and elevated humidity
  • Sprinkler system leaks can also create water damage in commercial facilities, particularly in ceilings and on floors
  • Damaged roofing can invite water into a property that can cause ceiling leaks and a thriving environment for mold growth
  • Damaged window seals can also invite in excess water that can damage wood, drywall, and other structural materials in the facility

SERVPRO services extend beyond extracting drying water damage. Technicians also render odor control, HVAC cleanup, and sanitation with EPA-registered biocides to address water damage odors, mold growth, and air quality concerns.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can demonstrate the qualities that ensure that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for business owners who call (716) 338-4901.

Can Jamestown Homeowners Safely Perform Basement Flood Removal?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Jamestown SERVPRO Professionals Render Flood Removal Services to Keep Property Owners Safe

Flood damage can be distressing enough on its own, and other factors, like clogged gutters or sump pump failures, can exacerbate the potential damage. This damage can quickly impact a home’s structural integrity and indoor air quality without fast action from licensed flood removal professionals.

SERVPRO’s flood removal services for Jamestown homes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Highly-trained restoration technicians render debris removal and water extraction tasks to sanitation with EPA-registered biocides and rebuilding services for damaged structures.

Safety Measures for Homeowners and Technicians After Flooding

After a basement flood, particularly one that leaves behind standing water, homeowners are advised to:

  • Contact insurers to start the claims filing process as soon as possible while making sure to document the damage with photos and video
  • Call utility providers about safely shutting off electricity
  • Use sandbags and other flood prevention tools to minimize the amount of water coming into the property
  • Avoid contact with floodwater, which typically contains waste, bacteria, chemical runoff, and other potential contaminants

In the event of sump pump failures and other circumstances that worsen basement floods, SERVPRO professionals can use gas-powered sump pumps on standing water at least two inches deep in tandem with truck-mounted extractors and portable, back-mounted extraction units. Performing thorough water removal before drying structures with air movers and dehumidifiers is crucial for achieving timely restoration. Waterlogged sheetrock is cut away approximately 12 to 18 inches above the water line to prepare the basement for new drywall installation.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can be reached at (716) 338-4901 to render restoration services that make homes look and feel “Like it never even happened.”

Can Controlled Demolition Be Avoided for Mold-Damaged Jamestown Homes?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Fast Mold Remediation can Help to Reduce the Need for Demolition and Repairs for Jamestown Properties.

Demolition and reconstruction of your home or business after a situation like a mold growth can seem invasive and overwhelming. With the immediate response of our SERVPRO team, we can reduce much of this need when possible by implementing effective remediation solutions quickly.

Mold Inspections Assess the Damage

Among the first steps, our team must complete when starting mold remediation in Jamestown homes is to assess the scope of the present damage. Mold inspections conducted by our specialists seek to identify several problem areas and conditions that require our intervention and assistance, such as:

  • Structural damage
  • Odors
  • Deterioration
  • Where containment is needed
  • The severity of mold colonization

Surface Treatment and Mold Prevention

Using antimicrobial and sporicidal products have two unique and beneficial purposes in mold-damaged homes. The first and most helpful is eliminating light mold damage where spotting has started for hosting elements. In addition, applying these products to undamaged surfaces nearby acts as a mold inhibiting agent to keep spores from spreading.

Aggressive Cleaning of Damaged Building Materials

While surface treatment solutions are favored whenever possible, more aggressive and abrasive cleaning measures are sometimes necessary to penetrate beyond what the eye can see. Soda blasting and sponge pressure cleaning introduce high-pressure blasts of air mixed with a specific medium to remove the entire hyphae of a mold organism seated in exposed elements without ruining the hosting material.

We do have a general contractor license to help should controlled demolition be inevitable. As experienced remediators, we work fast to protect as much of your property as possible after mold damage occurs. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team can help remediate colonies and clean affected areas. Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

What Professional Soot Removal Solutions Are Efficient for Olean Homes?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke from a fire Smoke and soot damage from a fire is no DIY project. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the equipment for any size disaster.

We Work Quickly to Overcome Soot and Smoke Residues after Olean Housefires.

When fires occur in local homes, property owners seek the most efficient and cost-effective ways to get back to pre-fire conditions. Often, the needs of your house vary significantly from other fire loss scenarios, so it is vital to take the necessary time to inspect the grounds and determine the best means of overcoming soot and smoke threats in the house where they exist.

Air Filtration and Debris Removal Services

One way to make fire and smoke cleanup in Olean homes less overwhelming and formidable is to implement some mitigation strategies when we first arrive. One of the ways that we can reduce the presence of soot and smoke threats is through air filtration equipment. Using HEPA 500 air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, we can trap airborne contaminants and minimize the impact of these solids on residues and odors. 

Surface Cleaning Where Possible

Smoke residue removal involves a combination of methods depending on the composition of the soil deposits. While dry cleaning efforts with chem sponges provide the easiest path to clearing soot damage, this is not always possible. Many surface cleaning options feature our potent alkaline cleansers and emulsification products to loosen deposits and allow for faster cleaning and removal.

Abrasive Cleaning Tactics to Remove Stubborn Soot

Surface treatment might be effective when mild wet and dry cleaning options are needed, but sometimes more direct and aggressive cleaning measures are necessary to overcome thicker residues and soil deposits. Some of these methods include:

  • Dry ice pellet blasting
  • Soda blasting
  • Sponge pressure cleaning

Cleaning up soot and smoke residues becomes an involved process incorporating many of our most advanced restoration practices. To avoid controlled demolition and build-back wherever possible, our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team is ready to get to work when fire damages threaten your home. Give us a call at (716) 338-4901.

Do Extraction Devices Work Better for Jamestown Homes Than Mops and Towels?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech setting up equipment Towels and mops are not the answer for water damage restoration. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in all phases of water damage mitigation.

Professional Extraction and Restoration of Jamestown Homes are More Efficient and Thorough.

Water restoration services rely on efficient solutions that manage threats to properties entirely and efficiently. We have many tools and technologies allowing us to effectively remove water damage and map restoration and repair plans to make it "Like it never even happened."

Deep Extraction Needs

Water cleanup for Jamestown homes is often necessary after damaging incidents like burst pipes or appliance failures. In these situations, we are preparing for several inches of standing water. As leading restoration professionals, we arrive with countless tools for fast extraction and drying solutions. Some of the deep extraction tools possible to use in your home include:

Removing Surface Water Concerns

Minor pooling concerns and wet surface materials are still an obstacle after deep extraction is completed. Eliminating this threat to your home and its building materials involves a combination of shallow extraction tools and equipment designed to promote efficient evaporative dryings like air movers and dehumidifiers.

Thorough Drying and Monitoring

Drying the property after a water loss incident can be a significant undertaking. DIY approaches lack the focus that professional evaporative drying can create, including monitoring the progress of drying practices. With moisture meters and thermal imagery, we can track the migration of water throughout the property and eliminate damp pockets and caches where the humidity or moisture levels exceed the normal range.

Cleaning up after a water damage event can be taxing and overwhelming, especially when you cannot be certain that you have done enough to protect your property and its contents. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team has efficient and thorough drying and cleanup solutions to help damaged homes. Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

Is Storm Damage Cleanup in Olean a Professional Job?

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Olean Understands that Storm Damage Cleanup Can Be Overwhelming. We Have Experts that Can Help

Floodwater intrusion can particularly damage residential properties since it often brings debris, dirt, and grime into the home environment. It is not uncommon for raw sewage to be present in floodwaters as localized sewage networks overflow in the surrounding area. The contamination present in floodwater is extremely dangerous, and homeowners should avoid becoming exposed to the present pathogens. Repairing your home following a flood event can be a time-consuming process, with it taking several months for some materials to become completely dry. Trusting a local service can help with:

  • Flood damage repair
  • Blackwater removal
  • Flood debris disposal

Carrying out storm damage cleanup for Olean residents requires experience and organization. SERVPRO crew chiefs can organize a workforce efficiently as well as providing administrative assistance through organizing the delivery of dumpsters for debris or transporting wastewater away from the property and into a designated facility. Some methods of cleanup may be simple, with technicians using shovels and thick gloves to remove silt, waste, glass, and wood debris from home. Other methods may employ more complex measures such as sanitizing the property or establishing clean rooms for materials. When damages are widespread, our crew chiefs can temporarily store possessions while restoration or reconstruction is underway. 

  • Our storage facilities are clean, organized, and climate-controlled to ensure your belongings are safe from harm.
  • While packing up a home, crew chiefs maintain and update a digital inventory of goods being moved to warehouses. 
  • Using our digital inventory, we can return your possessions to the areas of the home that they belong to once restoration is complete. 

Storms can cause extensive property damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for storm damage cleanup at (716) 338-4901.

When is Mold Damage Remediation Necessary for my Jamestown Home?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling that dropped Mold remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. Our IICRC certified technicians have the know-how and experience you are looking for.

Jamestown Residents Should Enlist Mold Damage Remediation Professionals like SERVPRO Immediately After Discovering Microbial Growth

One of the core questions facing homeowners is what is mold and how damaging can it be for my home? The simple answer is that mold is a microorganism. Like any organism, it requires water, food, and temperature to grow and reproduce. Mold also digests its food supply to provide the energy it needs to grow and multiply. In a home environment, that food supply is often some or all of the building's assembly. Prime areas for fungi are porous organic materials such as drywall, but it can also affect and digest textiles like carpeting or even woods which we see in cases of dry rot. Noticing the presence of mold in your home is enough to justify professional:

  • Mold remediation services
  • Mold Removal 
  • Black mold assessment

Before performing mold damage remediation in your Jamestown home, technicians must first establish the source, and extent, of mold growth. Sometimes the surface appearance of mold can be a much more extensive mold network that runs through the cavities of the home. For this reason, it is not unusual for mold assessments to involve the temporary removal of parts of the house. These actions typically allow remediators to check floor cavities or other recesses in the home that may harbor mold. Dealing with these areas of the property is essential to ensuring that mold does not return once the remediation process is complete. 

  • Establishing temperature controls in the property can be necessary to slow down mold's growth cycle and allow technicians to remove it efficiently. 
  • Disposal of mold-infested materials must be treated as a biohazard and contained within double-sealed polyethylene bags. 
  • Antimicrobial chemicals, usually dispersed through hand-sprays, can further help slow the growth of mold while remediation is underway. 

Using professional remediators can protect the structure and safety of your home. Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for mold damage remediation at (716) 338-4901.

Can Rainfall in Jamestown Lead to Flood Damage?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

tree falling into home from a storm Storms cause extreme damage. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job. Storm damage restoration is a job for us.

Persistent Rainfall Can Cause Flood Damage in Jamestown. Contact SERVPRO for Emergency Assistance

Periods of heavy and consistent rainfall usually brought about during the stormy season can put additional pressure on your home. Damage to a roof caused by winds, for example, could lead to flooding of the upper levels of your home as torrential rain pours into the cavities. SERVPRO has a local team of qualified professionals that can help to assess, mitigate and restore your home following a flooding. We have extensive experience working with residential architecture in the area, as well as a proven track record for emergency situations such as:

Upper-level flood damage in Jamestown can create dangers in your home. Not only is there a risk of slipping on wet floors, the ceilings themselves may become compromised by excessive waterlogging. For technicians, one possible fix is to drain the ceiling cavities by removing surface layers of the building assembly. These layers can usually be reinstalled relatively cheaply using new materials; however, drying the cavity before applying new materials is essential to avoiding long-term water damage issues. Attic spaces, in particular, can be tough to reach due to restricted access limiting standard equipment such as pumps or extraction units. SERVPRO can often deploy portable extractors in these circumstances to maintain an efficient drying procedure. 

  • Portable extraction units have an in-built storage tank that can hold over thirty gallons of water. 
  • Wand fittings are used in combination with these extractors to allow access to smaller areas of a loft. 
  • Portable extractors use the same components as truck-mounted extractors, which include vacuums, heating elements, and the ability to disperse antimicrobial chemicals. 

Storms can have dire consequences for your home. Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for flood damage assistance at (716) 338-4901 now.

Why Do Jamestown Residents Need Professional Water Restoration Services?

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Big or Small, SERVPRO Helps Jamestown Homeowners Fast with Proven Water Restoration Methods After a Water Emergency

If you are handy around your property, you may feel as though you are equipped to handle a water emergency like a spill or burst pipes. However, you could be leaving moisture behind within your Jamestown home that leads to secondary damage or mold growth. Why call SERVPRO for water removal services? Because we use industrial-grade equipment and proven methods for successful water extraction, drying, and moisture detection. All of our efforts make it, so your home is “Like it never even happened.”

Water Restoration in Jamestown - Water Mitigation Means Following Water Migration

Many homeowners may forget that saving some money by going DIY might seem like a good idea, but you more than likely miss areas where water migrated in your Jamestown home. Professionals mitigate damage during water clean by looking at all locations where water may have traveled and moisture gets trapped. Some areas SERVPRO looks at will include:

In some cases, there will be tight spaces or hidden areas where it seems impossible to reach. However, we may perform controlled demolition like flood cuts or use boreholes to access these points. Our Injectidry system or positive/negative pressure systems are highly efficient for drying complex spaces, including small spaces behind walls.

Why Would Pack Out Services Be Required?

If you have many contents in the water-loss zone, it might be best to pack them up and move them off-site for storage carefully. Our team logs all items and packs them, so there is a detailed inventory of everything coming and going. Once the water restoration is complete, everything gets moved back into its original places.

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is ready and able to handle your water restoration needs. Give us a call at (716) 338-4901, and we can have a crew at your door as soon as possible.

Flash Flood Damage? Call the Pros to Your Jamestown Property!

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

flash flood sign Flash floods are very hard to handle. Call SERVPRO for all the storm damage restoration your property needs.

Hiring SERVPRO for Flood Damage Mitigation After a Recent Jamestown Storm Gets Results

Not only is a flash flood scary, but this result from heavy Jamestown rainstorms also brings the potential for immense damage. The lower levels of your home flood with contaminated water, and tremendous basement flooding can be a nightmare to try cleaning with DIY methods. Not only does DIY leave you open for mold growth and structural damage, but the chances are good that your wet/dry vacuum will not be able to keep up. SERVPRO arrives within hours of your call to initiate assessment, cleaning, and drying techniques to restore your property to pre-flood condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Understanding the Steps for Flood Damage Cleanup in Jamestown

Ensuring that you, your family, and any pets are safe and sound should be the first order of business. You can then call our team to have IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) deployed to your home. We arrive fast so that our crew chief can take a look, which allows us to select all of the best tools and methods for your unique situation. Some of the emergency services water damage steps in Jamestown that we take may include:

  • Water removal services with the help of debris-capable truck-mounted extractors and submersible pumps.
  • Containment and content protection eliminates tracking and prevents extended damage.
  • Drying techniques involving air scrubbers to pull contaminants from the air, dehumidifiers to restore relative humidity (RH), and moisture detection tools ensure no area goes unaddressed.
  • Thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of all surfaces exposed to floodwater
  • Controlled demolition, as needed, to repair or replace unsalvageable, saturated materials.

Each water clean-up job comes with its own set of challenges, and our crew knows how to adjust as we work to achieve our goals faster. When you require flood damage assistance after a storm in your area, contact SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean by calling (716) 338-4901.

Why are Professional Fire Restoration Methods Best in Olean?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

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The Advanced Fire Restoration Techniques SERVPRO Brings to Olean Residents Gets Top-Level Results Faster Than DIY!

Whether you have one room of your Olean home ravaged by a fire in multiple areas, you have a feeling of worry and stress while realizing that fire clean-up needs to begin. Because you already have so much on your shoulders, letting a team of skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) from SERVPRO do the work is an excellent choice. We have the proven methods, we are locally owned, and our team cares about getting your family back to their routine "Like it never even happened."

Fire restoration in Olean, when handled by our certified technicians, helps you to know that all areas of your home will be in great hands. We take the time to inspect structural elements for safety, monitor indoor air quality (IAQ), and work meticulously to ensure no foul odors linger or that moisture gets left behind from the first responders extinguishing the flames.

During the fire and smoke damage cleaning process, our team may use a variety of techniques. Often, the project will call for a combination of most or all of the following methods:

  • Dry cleaning with brushes, vacuums, clothes, etc.
  • Wet cleaning with sponges, mild cleansing agents, emulsions, etc.
  • Agitation
  • Immersion

Of course, harsh odors from soot and smoke residue will become a significant factor in our restoration process. All odors must get addressed and eliminated so you are not left with a reminder of the blaze. While mitigation and surface cleaning helps with odor control, we have a variety of other equipment and products that help us get incredible results, including:

  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Odor neutralizing pellets
  • Thermal fogging machines
  • Ozone generators
  • Hydroxyl generators

While we hope the time never comes when you need to call us, we are here 24/7 for fire restoration and smoke remediation. Call SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean at (716) 338-4901 for emergency response.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Extraction Services to Large Commercial Buildings in Olean?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Water damage emergency in your commercial building is a job for SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment on every job.

Can SERVPRO Respond On Weekends in Olean for Water Extraction Emergencies?

Leaking water can cause an emergency in Olean commercial buildings at any time of the day or night. Whether at night, on weekends, or in the middle of the day, water leaking into your building can disrupt operations, cause closures and cause delay deliveries to customers and your facility.

SERVPRO provides water extraction services to commercial buildings in Olean 24/7, and we respond in less than 4 hours from your call. We can assemble our emergency team to respond on weekends, during the night or day to meet your emergency. Our SERVPRO franchise is also part of a large national franchise and can call on these franchise teams to assist in large commercial emergencies to minimize your downtime.

We can deploy large truck-mounted water extraction pumps and vacuums to remove large quantities of water. Our weighted water extractors can remove water from all types of flooring materials. We use vacuum wands to reach under furniture, storage areas, and cavities to remove excess water and moisture.

SERVPRO can help your company return to normal operations quickly. We provide:

  • Emergency services water removal
  • Large scale air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your commercial space
  • Response on weekends and evenings in addition to daytime emergencies

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for mold removal in Jamestown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (716) 338-4901.

SERVPRO Assesses Water Restoration Requirements in Jamestown Water Leaks

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside job site. Water leaks in your home are no easy task to handle. SERVPRO has trained technicians for every size of the disaster. Call now for the help you need.

Can SERVPRO Repair all of the Water Restoration Requirements in my Jamestown Home?

Water leaks almost always occur at the worst times. And water can cause a great deal of immediate damage as well as ongoing damage if moisture is left to linger in hidden cavities, under carpets, or inside walls. The structural materials may be compromised as they absorb water, and lingering humidity is perfect for mold spores to settle and create a mold colony.

SERVPRO provides complete water cleanup and water restoration to Jamestown residents whenever they experience water in their homes from a leak, overflowing sink, or a broken window. Our first task is always to assess the situation. We are looking for:

  • Safety issues – slippery conditions, electrical hazards, structural hazards, and more.
  • Source of the water – has the water source been controlled
  • Water location – visible water and water that may be under flooring, inside cupboards, and inside wall cavities

After our initial assessment is complete, a SERVPRO team lead reviews the situation with our clients. They then begin deploying the necessary equipment to remove the water and dry the home and contents.

Structural materials that the water has damaged may also need to be repaired. Our general contractor license allows us to offer the client complete repair services, including replacing damaged building materials, plumbing, and electrical systems.

We offer:

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for water restoration in Jamestown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (716) 338-4901.

Can SERVPRO Complete Mold Removal in an Entire Building in Jamestown?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician with equipment in hand Mold remediation for a commercial building is a job for none other than SERVPRO. Our technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of the job

Does SERVPRO Offer Restoration After Mold Removal in Jamestown Buildings?

Mold contamination in a commercial building in Jamestown can cause significant operations problems for many businesses. Employees and customers may report a strong odor when they enter your building or perhaps from specific areas of your structure. Mold can cause health effects, so building managers must address the mold problem as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO provides mold removal services to companies and businesses in Jamestown. We remove all mold-contaminated materials, clean porous materials, clean dust, and settled mold spores, and we dry the structure to prevent further mold growth.

Mold needs moisture, food, and warmth to grow. Our technicians inspect your building and identify the source of the moisture. All contaminated porous materials are carefully removed to avoid further contamination and spread of spores. Non-porous materials that cannot be cleaned are bagged and removed from the building for disposal. 

SERVPRO provides additional services that many building managers appreciate:

  • Clean all surfaces from the top of the structure to the bottom to remove all mold spores
  • Dry the area where moisture caused the initial mold contamination
  • Repair and reconstruction of a structure damaged by mold infestations

We respond within 4 hours of your call, and we focus on returning your companies operations to normal as fast as possible. Every day your building is closed represents lost revenues and employees out of work.

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for mold removal in Jamestown and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (716) 338-4901.

Get the Most Out of Your Water Damage Remediation Company for Your Jamestown Home

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Washing machine with leaking hose Any leak in your home can lead to water damage. Call on SERVPRO for assistance with water removal and remediation efforts right away.

Washing Machine Drain Hoses Can Cause Water Damage

The drain hose on your washing machine is busted, so what now? Without a fix, water can quickly penetrate washroom floors and carpeting, potentially damaging the subflooring. Our professionals can limit water damage in your home and help prevent hazards such as rotting.

When it comes to water damage in your Jamestown home, time is of the essence, which is why we can respond to your calls 24 hours a day to begin the mitigation process quickly. Once dispatched, our IICRC, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certified professionals can rapidly arrive at your Jamestown home to begin mitigating water damage. Our techs start by inspecting your home to find the source of the leak. We can repair minor drainage hose issues; however, a plumber may be needed in cases of severe leaks. Once the source of a water leak has been plugged, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work extracting water from your home. Leaks from household appliances like washing machines are often minor, and we can use industrial-grade wet vacuums to clean up standing water.

Water Clean Up in Jamestown

Once the water is removed, we can start searching for excess moisture in your home. Detecting the extent of moisture penetration in your carpeting and flooring is as easy as using moisture meters. If excess moisture is detected in your carpeting, we can use carpet tools to disengage carpet from the subflooring. Once your house and carpeting have been dried, we can reattach and reseal your carpets. However, some carpeting may have to be discarded and replaced if it is severely water damaged.

To help ensure that your sub-flooring is not at risk of rotting, we can deploy air movers to force water out of your floor. Dehumidifiers can also draw moisture out of the wood to quickly dry out your home.

If you have experienced a washing machine leak and need assistance, contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901. We are available 24/7 and can immediately put you on track to getting your home back in order.

Steps SERVPRO Takes to Ensure Quality Fire Damage Restoration in Olean

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle A fire in your home can be very stressful. Let our skilled fire remediation specialists help get your house back to feeling like a home again.

How We Ensure Quality of Our Fire Damage Restorations

With the help of a certified restoration company like SERVPRO, fire damages can become painless to work through. We train our technicians to provide expert service and handle a wide range of variables at once, but even our most veteran technicians sometimes make mistakes. Thus, we have established an extensive process to help ensure that every last bit of damage to your home receives the attention it deserves.

Quality Control Inspection of Fire Damage

As we wrap up fire damage restorations in Olean, our production manager examines every inch of the building to identify the damage left behind. The production manager is a veteran SERVPRO employee whose task is coordinating and observing the actions of our crews on all of our projects. If they identify any potential problems in the area, they get logged into our system, and our technicians return to fix them through all available means. Typically, the production manager finds several minor problems, but it is infrequent to identify any large-scale issues at this stage.

Customer Walk-Through

Once the production manager feels that our fire damage restoration is complete, they schedule an appointment with you to conduct a joint walk-through of your home. During this walk-through, you can identify any areas or objects that you feel may require additional attention. We record all of these problems individually and work through them until you are satisfied with the results. We never close the project without your direct approval and signature - this helps us ensure quality and completion for every job we take.

Follow-Up Calls After Fire Damage Restoration

Even though we try to be as thorough as possible in our final inspections, we may still miss damaged items in your home. To ensure that we have done our job thoroughly, we place one or more follow-up calls to ensure complete satisfaction with our work. Furthermore, if you ever find additional signs of damage after the project closes, please contact us. We would be more than happy to rectify the issue.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides 24/7 coverage of fire, water, and mold emergencies for local homeowners. Call us at (716) 338-4901 for our emergency services or a quote.

Water Cleanup from Jamestown Hotel Furniture

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO has state of the art equipment for any water catastrophe in your Jamestown business property.

Attention to Detail Helps us Handle Jamestown Hotel Water Cleanup With Ease

Water damage in a hotel can cause a financial loss in multiple ways. SERVPRO’s business-oriented damage mitigation services help save money on restorations and return rooms to service faster.

One of the primary sources of financial loss for a hotel needing water cleanup in Jamestown is damage to furnishings. Without adequate care, furniture may be damaged beyond repair, forcing costly replacements. Part of our strategy involves an emphasis on proper care for every piece of furniture the water touches. We use penetrating or infrared moisture detection devices to identify objects containing traces of water, even if they appear dry. This helps to stop the spread of mold and eliminate problems before they start.

We can restore most upholstery to the condition it was in before the disaster. We pay attention to detail, drying buttons and zippers beforehand to avoid rusting and oxidation. We use our experience to promote the fastest drying conditions, separating wet and dry components of the furniture and promoting ideal conditions in the local environment. SERVPRO technicians have performed these interventions many times. We may successfully clean up water from:

  • Ceiling Leaks
  • Burst Pipes
  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Flood Restoration

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean maintains 24-hour readiness to respond to emerging disasters in the local area. Contact us at (716) 338-4901 for our services or a quote.

Make Your Fire Damage Remediation Dreams a Reality with SERVPRO

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering everything If fire damage affects your home, you need to be ready to act quickly. Stay safe and contact SERVPRO after the fire fighters leave.

Fire Damage Restoration For Olean Homes

Olean is in a great location to enjoy water sports on Lake Erie, but far enough away to miss much of the extreme weather that rolls off of it in the Fall and Winter. No home here, or anywhere in our state, is safe from a fire just because of where it rests.

Most Olean fire damage does not mean the end of the home. Much of what SERVPRO technicians take care of is removing smoke residues, cleaning floors and carpets, and making repairs like replacing drywall and ceiling tiles.

There are several dos and don’ts that any owner can take care of themselves. Getting these things done or avoiding them can help our restoration teams before they even arrive to begin work.

First, the Do’s of Fire Damage Restoration:  

Have the name of your insurance company, phone number, and policy number ready. Every company has its list of what they repair or replace. Talking to their adjuster lets our technicians quickly record and dispose of everything not restorable.

Turn off the power if any of the outlets were compromised. You can do this at the breaker box or have your power company do it at their end. It allows our team members to look everywhere and tear out walls, floors, and ceilings without the concern of being electrocuted.

Now the Don’ts of Fire Damage Restoration: 

Don’t walk through the house multiple times. Every step grinds ash and smoke residues into the carpets and floors, so staying off them makes restoration easier. If you want to look at a room often, go through the home once with your phone or a video camera. Better yet, let the insurance adjuster do that since she already knows to record everything for the company and avoid further damage.

Don’t demolish anything yourself. Tearing out a burned kitchen cabinet or throw out other damaged property is a normal reaction, but you need to avoid doing it since it might void something off the insurance company’s list. SERVPRO technicians train extensively to break down and remove items from home without spreading ash and smoke residues or causing other damage.

At SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, our goal is to help our neighbors here and in Olean, Jamestown, and Lakewood return to a clean, safe home ready for living in once more. No matter how little or how much damage you think you might have in your home, call us at (716) 338-4901 today. We are Here to Help.

Our Fire Damage Professionals Repair And Restore Your Jamestown Home

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with a burned roof Does recent fire damage have you feeling anxious? Contact our experienced team for fire damage remediation services right away.

Restoring Fire Damaged Property In Jamestown Homes

Quick access to the Southern Tier Expressway makes Jamestown an excellent location for travel, tourism, and raising a family. The drawbacks are the same as anywhere else, though when it comes to disasters like storms, floods, and fires.

For many homeowners in Jamestown, fire damage restoration is more about the destruction of personal property rather than the home itself. Insurance can replace four walls and a roof, even a bedroom set, but it cannot replace a dining room set handed down through three generations. It is one reason that SERVPRO trains its response team members as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs). Each learns six specific methods to clean and restore not only property but memories.

Dry Cleaning Soot Damage

Dry Cleaning is the first and most commonly used method. FSRTs have the option to brush off or wipe down surfaces covered with soot left by the fire. Here, they use dry sponges, dusting cloths, and even feather dusters on surfaces like glass tables. For thicker layers of dry soot, they also can use vacuums that also pick up larger particles.

Wet Cleaning Soot Damage

Wet Cleaning involves wiping down surfaces with cloths or sponges, water, or cleaning agents to break up thicker and stickier layers of soot. This method saturates any item that absorbs liquids.

Spray and Wipe Method to Clean Soot Damage

FSRTs use the Spray and Wipe method for applying water or a cleaning agent to materials that become damaged with too much liquid. They can apply smaller amounts that can still break up soot layers. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians use this method with a white cloth.

Foam Cleaning Soot Damage

The Foam Cleaning method uses less water for fabrics that might shrink or bleed color if they become too wet. Upholstered furniture, in particular, is at risk for both. FSRTs can use a pump-up sprayer or agitate foam from a bucket of cleaner by hand. They use a special brush designed to work the particles out of sofas or mattresses.

Abrasive Cleaning for Soot Damage

Abrasive Cleaning has two methods: an abrasive cleaner technicians work into a surface to break up layers, or an abrasive tool, steel wool pads, for example, to dig into the surface. FSRTs restrict using this method on surfaces like brick or rock.

Immersion Cleaning for Soot Damage

Immersion Cleaning is precisely that. Technicians place the item into a tank of cleaning agents to soak and loosen the soot or other contaminants from the item. For heavily covered items, FSRTs also can use ultrasonics to generate bubbles that force the agent through the item.

At SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, we use every method to return the contents of area homes and those in Jamestown, Olean, and Lakewood to a clean, dry state. If you need us, call today at (716) 338-4901.

SERVPRO Keeps Jamestown Businesses Safe after Flood Damage

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded street with a partially submerged sign that says flood Commercial flooding can be a recipe for disaster. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for effective flood damage remediation services.

Jamestown Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration of Their Establishments

Flood damage to your Jamestown commercial space can put a lot of financial strain on your business. SERVPRO's water damage restoration experts can help you save valuable time during restoration and get your business up and running as soon as possible. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Contaminated water is a major area of concern during flood damage restoration of your Jamestown commercial property. If not addressed properly, the contamination can spread quickly, causing secondary damage and even health effects to people working in the space. 

SERVPRO Uses Safe and Effective Chemical Decontamination Agents during Flood Restoration in Jamestown

Microbes such as bacteria and fungi are commonly found in floodwater. SERVPRO experts use chemical agents called antimicrobials during the water cleanup of your Jamestown property. Some of the agents we typically use are-

  • Phenolics: A broad-spectrum antimicrobial effect on bacteria, fungi, and even viruses commonly used during flood restoration. Many synthetic phenolics also have odor-countering properties as well. 
  • Quaternary Compounds (Quats): Most common type of antimicrobial used during water damage remediation. Quats are also broad-spectrum and have a pleasant smell. These compounds don't lose their activity with time in contrast to phenolics. 
  • Chlorines: Strong oxidizing agents that kill a wide variety of microbes. Chlorines, however, have a strong odor and are hence used rarely. 
  • Botanicals: Antimicrobial agents of natural origin containing thyme oil, thymol, or citric acid. As these are natural compounds and not synthetic, they are eco-friendly. 

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for round-the-clock assistance.

Water Restoration Saves Property and Contents in Jamestown Homes

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We come prepared with the equipment your home needs after water damages occur.

SERVPRO Performs Water Removal Services 24/7 in Jamestown

Flash floods, water heater malfunctions, and burst pipes when homeowners are away are among the top ways the most devastating types of water damage occurs within local properties. 

Water restoration in Jamestown homes can begin anytime the residents need it because SERVPRO technicians are available with their emergency services water damage cleanup 24-hours a day.  This availability alone can make the difference in building materials and articles in the home getting restored or disposed of, elevating the cost of the damage in terms of insurance costs. 

SERVPRO Equipment Makes the Difference in Jamestown Water Clean Up

There are several devices that SERVPRO technicians rely on during water damage mitigation. Upon arrival, the production manager for the team often uses moisture meters to determine if any residual water is underneath flooring or behind walls. Moisture meters are beneficial for use on carpet and padding. This preliminary action also picks the target area for the restoration services. Other detection equipment that techs rely on regularly:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Thermo-Hygrometer
  • Manometer

When the technicians spend time scoping a home with damage from a water incident, mapping out the actual area requires extraction and drying. This enables SERVPRO techs to perform restoration services with the confidence that no moisture gets left behind.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 proudly supports the local Jamestown community with Faster to Any Size Disaster water restoration services needed to get homeowners back to normal.

SERVPRO Brings Professional Fire Damage Cleanup to Every Olean Job

5/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire truck Call SERVPRO immediately after the fire truck drives away to ensure a speedy and efficient remediation process.

Olean Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for House Fire Clean UP

Many homeowners assume after a house fire, the only option is to throw anything apparent smoke damage away and bite the bullet for the cost. However, professional fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup can make a huge difference in the number of articles and building materials thought lost to the fire.

SERVPRO's cleaning and restoration services can handle any size fire damage in Olean properties. Also, outsourcing the house fire clean up task to a professional company can normally reduce the cost of the overall fire damage claim by lowering the number of articles that require replacement. This is always the most expensive option in terms of looking at a fire claim from the viewpoint of an insurance adjuster since both costly and inexpensive items get disposed of in the same fashion. Resurfacing is another high dollar option and means the home needs the following:

  • Walls and ceilings require repainting
  • Upholstered furnishings need recovering
  • Wood home contents necessitate refinishing

SERVPRO's technicians have extensive training for all types of smoke damage cleanup and removal, and cleaning articles negate the need for replacement, lessening the cost of the fire. 

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 is available 24/7 for any kind of fire damage in Olean properties. SERVPRO's certified technicians are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Brings Years of Experience to Jamestown Commercial Mold Damage Restorations

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in PPE If you find mold on your property, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO for mold remediation services right away.

Commercial Mold Remediation in Jamestown Gets Professional Help from SERVPRO

One of the best-known people to hail from Jamestown was the actress Lucille Ball, born in 1911. The family moved to Michigan and New Jersey as her father got transferred with his company. However, when Lucy was three years old, her father died of typhoid fever at age 27, and her mother returned with Lucy and her brother to Jamestown to be near family. 

Lucy took acting lessons at the same drama school attended by Bette Davis and later found minor success as a minor character in a string of movies. Her big break came when she won a role in the musical film, ‘Too Many Girls,’ where she also met the man who would become her future husband, Desi Arnaz, who played one of her character's bodyguards in the movie. In 1948, Lucy was asked to develop a ditzy housewife character she portrayed on a radio show into a television show. She came up with her most famous show, ‘I Love Lucy.’ She made a difference throughout her career, notably: 

  • Ball became the first woman to run a production company in 1960
  • She overruled the board and greenlighted the filming of a proposed series, ‘Star Trek’
  • ‘I Love Lucy' was the first TV show to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience

When Lucy passed away in 1989, she was cremated and initially buried in the Hollywood Hills cemetery. In 2002, her children had her urn moved to the family plot in Jamestown by her mother and grandmother.

Visiting the Lucy and Desi Museum in Jamestown

The "first couple of comedy" has its dedicated museum in Jamestown. The attraction is open seven days a week and honors Lucy and Desi's legacy behind with their original comedy. There are replicas of sets from the ‘I Love Lucy’ show, Ball's various awards, along with costumes worn by both Lucy and Desi. The museum also features rare memorabilia and much more. 

Lucy gets remembered on her birthday every year in Jamestown with a gathering of fans. On  August 6, 2011, which would have been Lucy's 100th birthday, nearly 1000 Lucille Ball lookalikes gathered to set a Guinness World Record for the most lookalikes in one place at a single time. 

SERVPRO Handles Commercial Mold Damage in Jamestown Properties

Mold is always a serious issue when it affects a structure, but never more so when it is present in a commercial property. A business can have its revenue stream grind to a halt during remediation, and if the company waits, the problem can worsen and ruin stock and expensive equipment that needs replacement. 

When SERVPRO takes on commercial mold damage in Jamestown properties, the technicians concentrate on making the property safe for operations and moving out and cleaning items affected by the mold infestation. The initial inspection can help business owners avoid costly replacement of stock and equipment and lessen the time the business needs to remain closed during the mold remediation process. Additional actions that benefit the client during mitigation include:

  • Inspection of the property and contents
  • Remediation performed by certified mold specialists
  • Knowledge and training to handle black mold safely

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 is ready to help local Jamestown properties with any size mold damage cleanup needed. The trained technicians have the equipment and professional solutions to make the mold infestation, "Like it never even happened."

Looking for Jamestown Kitchen Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech grabbing equipment Smoke remediation service is top-notch by SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for the job.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Eliminates Stains and Odors

Among the one in 20 homes that files a claim each year, one in 350 files a claim related to fire damage. Fortunately, when disaster strikes in your Jamestown home’s kitchen, fire damage restoration can begin quickly.

SERVPRO helps Jamestown homeowners receive fire damage restoration from trained technicians to minimize property damage and optimize repair and replacement savings for both structures and contents.

SERVPRO’s Smoke Remediation Techniques

SERVPRO offers fire damage restoration for Jamestown homes, focusing on remediation and repair when possible to preserve structures and contents.

Smoke remediation is a crucial part of Jamestown fire damage restoration:

  • Loose, dry soot deposits are removed first to prevent the spread of dry soot through ventilation systems
  • Such items as Crumbly Cleaner, dry cleaning sponges, and HEPA filter vacuums
  • Negative air pressure can be established to prevent airborne particles from migrating to other rooms
  • Heavy charring on wood fixtures, such as cabinets and wall studs, may require abrasion cleaning

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for emergency fire damage restoration services at (716) 338-4901.

Looking for Jamestown Water Damage Cleanup and Remediation?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher leaking water Water damage in a home is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size water restoration service needed.

SERVPRO Water Cleanup is Proactive and Restorative

Whether a bathtub overflow, a pipe leak, or a cracked dishwasher door gasket is the cause, water cleanup for Jamestown homeowners can be challenging without professional assistance.

SERVPRO offers water cleanup for Jamestown properties that begins within hours of initial contact. Technicians are trained to perform water damage remediation per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

SERVPRO Detects Water Damage from Burst Pipes

SERVPRO technicians utilize water cleanup techniques for Jamestown property owners that include:

  • Moisture measurement of surfaces and the air with calibrated sensors, meters, and thermal imaging cameras
  • Temperature-sensing cameras examine wall cavities and hard-to-reach areas for changes in temperature indicative of water damage
  • Remediation is performed with extraction tools, EPA-registered sanitation solutions, and a multitude of water damage odor control strategies
  • Ceiling leaks from water damage can be addressed by removing unsalvageable drywall, extracting moisture, and drying wall cavities
  • Demolished structures can be repaired and replaced during the rebuilding process

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean performs Jamestown water cleanup services when property owners call (716) 338-4901.

What Can Mold Specialists Do for Mold-Damaged Olean Homes?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage in office Mold remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified for any size job needed.

Mold remediation of Olean homes requires experienced professionals and premier products.

Mold damage is not uncommon to Olean homes and businesses in our service area, especially following severe weather events, flooding, and other moisture concerns. We have mold specialists capable of addressing remediation to black mold damage repairs. With our extensive experience in this field and continued training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we are a top choice for:

  • Mold remediation
  • Basement mold remediation
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold
  • Black mold
  • Mold specialists

The Value of Mold Inspections for Olean Homes 

Determining the appropriate actions to take after mold damage in Olean homes falls to the skilled professionals leading our technicians like our project management and crew chiefs. These certified experts and mold specialists conduct thorough mold inspections on the property to determine the extent of the mold damage and what processes are necessary to restore it. This inspection can also identify damaged contents and relocate them when possible to avoid irreparable damage while remediation gets underway.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Black Mold? 

Removing active colonies is not a one-size-fits-all solution for area homes and businesses. Bathroom mold removal, for example, seeks to remove as much of the surface mold and active colonization as possible without demolition. As it stands, there are times where a degree of controlled demolition is unavoidable after mold damage. With multiple strategies for remediation of mold damage, choosing the right approach can save customers time and money on the property's restoration. Some of the options available include:

  • Surface sanding
  • Media blasting/aggressive cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning with antimicrobial products
  • Controlled demolition

Can Mold Specialists Deodorize Olean Homes After Mold Damage? 

One of the challenging aspects of mold damage, especially with basement mold remediation, is a lingering odor. Our professionals must overcome musty smells that active colonies emitted, which can exist long after the bulk of remediation work completes. Effective deodorization of the mold damage by our professionals involves several practices and products. With black mold odors, lessening the severity is a critical first action to take. We utilize counteractant products in our inventory like beads and granules to absorb foul scents. Deodorization follows after with premier tools such as:

  • HEPA Air Scrubbers
  • Thermal/ULV Foggers
  • Hydroxyl Generators

Can SERVPRO Help with Black Mold Damage Repairs? 

When you consider the destructive nature of developing mold colonies and their ability to deteriorate exposed structural elements, repairs and reconstruction are often necessary after black mold damage forms. With a general contractor license, we can provide multiple services to prevent further mold damage and destruction in your home, beginning with direct remediation practices like a controlled demolition to repairs and build back to resolve moisture penetration concerns.

Because of how quickly situations like mold damage can get out of control in area homes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team to respond quickly. You can reach our experienced mold specialists 24/7 at (716) 338-4901.

Should Homeowners Do Their Own Water Damage Cleanup?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Flood cuts in wall. Water damage is no DIY project. Call the pros at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed for your property.

Using a professional water cleanup company in Jamestown is a better option.

You may think cleaning up a simple water intrusion yourself would not be difficult, especially if you own a shop vac. In most cases, it is not the best option. There are many reasons you should use a professional company like SERVPRO for water damage.

Benefits of Professional Water Damage Services

There are excellent reasons to use a qualified water cleanup service in Jamestown. These include:

  • Safety – Safety should never be short-changed. Certified specialists understand what safety concerns need to be addressed when dealing with water. 
  • Insurance Company – If handled by a professional company, your insurance may cover the cost. 
  • Efficiency – SERVPRO teams perform an initial scope and then get right to it. Fast mitigation is crucial to prevent secondary damage. 
  • Industrial Equipment – Household flooding requires heavy-duty equipment. Homeowners cannot work as efficiently as professionals can. 

DIY cleanup takes a long time, and the more the water sits, the more damage it can do. Moisture travels and can end up in hidden locations that homeowners cannot see. SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for professional water cleanup in Jamestown.

Are Floodwaters a Risk to Jamestown Homes?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Storm damage is no DIY task. Call SERVPRO for the water restoration services needed for your property. We are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO understands the risk of biohazardous water and mitigates the flood damage

Jamestown, NY is known as the “Furniture Capital of the World” and “The Pearl City.” It is not a big town, but there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in the area. There are comfortable Airbnbs you can book if you are visiting. If you are local and have never been to some of these attractions, why not check them out?

Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum

It may be blustery outside, but you can get in from the cold at this interesting museum. If you are an “I Love Lucy” fan, you are in for a treat. Established in 1996, it is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. Visitors can see all kinds of memorabilia on display. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and 11 AM – 4 PM on Sundays.

Fenton History Center

Adjacent to the Fenton Mansion, this attraction is a research center. Their goal is to preserve the history of Jamestown and Chautauqua County, connecting the past with the present. The Fenton Mansion was built in 1863, and visitors can experience the look and feel of a Victorian home. The museum has exhibits dedicated to the Civil War and Underground Railroad. The underground railroad played an essential role in the history of Jamestown. One of the newest exhibits, “Made in Jamestown: How Furniture Built a City,” outlines the furniture industry that led to the city being known as “The Furniture Capital of the World.” 

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

Roger Tory Peterson is famous for his beautiful studies of nature. His love for and study of plants and animals worldwide has allowed us to know much about nature. The institute has exhibits, active projects, and archives of his work. If you are a lover of nature, it is something you will not want to miss. The RTP Institute is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Sunday hours are 1 PM – 5 PM. They are closed Mondays and holidays.

Allen Park

If getting outside is what you enjoy, then a day at Allen Park is a perfect choice. You can enjoy:

  • Soccer fields
  • Exercise course
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • A sliding hill
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic areas

The sliding hill allows you to enjoy the park even in this snowy weather. Local bands perform each weekend when the weather permits. The park is open all year, so everyone can enjoy getting out and getting active no matter the season.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Services in Jamestown

Even in winter, flooding can be a concern. Heavy snowfalls followed by higher temperatures or rain can cause flash flooding. Certified professionals in dealing with biohazards should mitigate flood damage in Jamestown.

Why are Biohazards a Concern?

Floodwater is considered blackwater, which means it is highly contaminated. When water enters a home due to a storm, it becomes a health hazard due to many things that may be in the water. This includes:

  • Bacteria and pathogens such as tetanus
  • Debris and dirt
  • Chemicals from factories
  • Dead animals and insects
  • Hospital waste

Because of the danger, this poses, you want professionals such as SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean to mitigate the flood damage. We are IICRC certified and understand the risks. Contact us at (716) 338-4901 and let us help restore your home to preloss condition if possible.

Coastal Flooding Can Wreak Havoc Even During the Winter

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. When a storm strikes. SERVPRO is the team needed for the job. Their techs are IICRC certified for any size disaster.

SERVPRO specializes in flood cleanup in Olean year-round

The Olean Times Herald reported on Feb 3, 2021, that a Nor’easter sent crashing waves into coastal homes all along the shorelines from New Jersey up to Maine. Seacoast flooding has increased over the last decade due to rising sea levels. 

What Can Homeowners Do to Be Better Prepared?

Anyone who lives where there is a possibility of flooding needs to be prepared for it. When you are ready for a disaster, as much as you can be, there is no need to panic. Here are tips that can help you handle a flood that requires flood cleanup in Olean

  • Make sure you have the correct flood insurance
  • Have an emergency plan that outlines where your family meets
  • High-risk areas should elevate the electric panel, appliances, and furnace
  • Install check valves to floodwater from backing into drains
  • Protect basement walls with a waterproof sealant
  • Coastline homes may want to consider barriers

Once a flood hits and your family is safe, contact your insurance company. Then call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean immediately at (716) 338-4901. The sooner our crews begin emergency mitigation, the better. Never try to do flood cleanup on your own. The water is highly contaminated and biohazard. Our technicians are trained to handle troublesome situations like this and can do so safely.

Jamestown Homeowner Has Damp Wall Behind Kitchen Cabinet

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro vehicles and equipment outside of home Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for water loss mitigation.

SERVPRO technicians can find the source and provide water damage mitigation

When you notice there is moisture under your sink cabinet, something is causing the problem. It could be a pipe with a leak or a leaky faucet, but the source needs to be found.

When a water intrusion occurs under the sink, it can damage the floorboard, the wall behind it, and the cabinet itself. SERVPRO can provide water damage mitigation in Jamestown. We can remove the moisture and restore the elements. Our team utilizes several techniques to determine moisture levels. These include:

  • Moisture meters
  • Moisture probes
  • Infrared cameras

Once the technicians know what the extent of the problem is, they get busy extracting the water. Once that is done, the floor, walls, and cabinets are dried. We use various tools depending on the situation. These include:

  • Light wands
  • Squeegees
  • Pumps
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers

For professional water damage mitigation in Jamestown, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901. You can depend on us to leave your home, “Like it never even happened,” whenever possible.

Can My Olean Workshop Sheetrock be Saved?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked in plaza If you need a company you can trust, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean today for any of your water or fire damage remediation needs.

SERVPRO can mitigate fire damage in commercial facilities

If your workshop has smoke damage from a minor fire, you may think all you need is a quick cleanup. If the walls are made from sheetrock, wiping them down, and repainting can seem the easiest way to go and inexpensive. This can cause more problems.

Smoke can cause extensive damage, and you should use professional fire damage services in Olean. When our team arrives, we begin right away:

  • Inspect the walls and ceilings
  • Check the type of smoke residues present
  • Clean impacted areas
  • Deodorize the facility
  • Repair and restore needed areas and elements

Sealants May Be Needed

In specific incidences, particulates can become embedded into the sheetrock. When that happens, basic cleaning may not be enough. In this case, our technicians can use sealants. Sealants encapsulate the foul odors with a method that covers the smells. Once that is done, the sheetrock is ready to be primed and painted.

Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for commercial fire damage service in Olean. Our business helps keep your business up and running.

Homeowners Should Not Attempt to Cleanup Floodwaters in Jamestown

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home You can rely on the professionals of SERVPRO completely for effective flood damage remediation after a flood disaster.

SERVPRO can mitigate flood damage in impacted Jamestown Homes 

James Prendergast, the founder of Jamestown, was an early settler who had the foresight to buy large land plots. It began with a 3,500-acre purchase of the current Chautauqua County. That transaction took place in 1806. As he explored the Jamestown area, he saw the potential and, in 1808, purchased 1,000 acres in that location. The first building in the town was a log cabin built by Prendergast and John Blowers, an employee. Soon another log cabin followed, and then several mills and a dam. 

The Town Expands

The city of Jamestown soon began to grow. In 1827 it was large enough to be incorporated as a village. A night watch was established in 1855 to watch for fires. With many of the city's buildings made from wood, a fire could mean catastrophe for the entire town. Other important events include:

  •   The first mayor, Oscar F. Price, was elected in 1886.
  •   In 1886, James Murray became the first Chief of Police with a force of 6 men.
  •   Jamestown Electric Light and Power Company began in 1887.
  •   WCS was founded in 1887.
  •   Jamestown Woolen Spinning Co. was established in 1888.
  •   The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church laid their cornerstone in 1888.
  •   The American Aristotype Co. was established.
  •   The first trolley car came in 1890.
  •   Chautauqua Worsted Mill was established in 1892.
  •   In 1893, the first ice cream store opened.

Into the 20th Century

The 20th century saw increased industrial growth. In 1900 the Furniture Index was first published, Tinkham Brothers began their business, and the Hall Textile Corporation was put in place. The city purchased a water system in 1903. The same year J.P. Danielson Tool Company was formed. Another tool company, Crescent Tool Company, was founded in 1907. This company was the maker of the famous crescent wrench.  In 1918 the Emerson Glass Company began making glass. The Blackstone Corporation, which made automobile components and washing machines, was a powerful economic force in the city for most of the 20th century.

Famous for its Furniture

Jamestown was home to several furniture companies and was known as the “Furniture Capital of the World.” People from all over the United States would attend the furniture expositions. These events took place in the Furniture Mart. The building remains today and is home to various offices. 

Music Arrives & A Star is Born

As Jamestown flourished, more entertainment outlets began to open up. In 1908 the Jamestown Symphony Orchestra and the Music Study Club began. On August 6, 1911, Lucille Ball was born at 69 Stewart St. 

Historic Landmarks

Today Jamestown features some interesting landmarks. Residents and visitors can enjoy visiting:

  •   The Fenton History Center – located in the Reuben Fenton Mansion
  •   Lucille Ball-Desi Arnez Center
  •   Jamestown Gateway Train Station
  •   National comedy Center
  •   Robert H. Jackson Center
  •   Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Services to Jamestown

The number of storms and the severity has increased over the past year. With storms, hurricanes, and torrential rain comes flooding. Flash flooding causes contaminated waters to pour into homes. The best thing you can do when this happens, once things have calmed down, is call in the professionals at SERVPRO.

We have extraction and drying equipment to mitigate the flooding damage

  • truck-mount pumps
  • portable wet vacs with wands
  • centrifugal air movers
  • dehumidifiers 

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides flood damage mitigation to impacted Jamestown homes. Contact us at (716) 338-4901 and leave the cleanup to us.

Don’t Miss Annual Doors Open Jamestown

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Building "Museum" Explore local attractions and museums in Jamestown on Saturday, January 16th, for the Annual Doors Open Jamestown event.

The Local Jamestown Museums Invite You to the Upcoming Annual Doors Open Event

Whether you are looking for a day out of the house or you want to spend some time learning with friends and family, there are plenty of incredible museums in Jamestown. This January, you have the unique opportunity to experience all that they have to offer with the Annual Doors Open Jamestown event. During this time, you can enjoy free admission at the local attractions and museums throughout the city. This is your chance to surround yourself in nature, art, comedy, and history. Additionally, many of the local retail shops and eateries will be offering special discounts to patrons. 

  • Date: Saturday, January 16th, 2021
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Various locations throughout Greater Jamestown, New York
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean wants all residents to have incredible experiences at various attractions for Annual Doors Open Jamestown. Why call on us when you need help with flood damage? We know that flooding and storms happen at a moment’s notice, which is why we have crews on standby to respond fast. When you call us at (716) 338-4901, we can dispatch a team within hours to help with water extraction and full-scale restoration.

Carry-Out Crafts for Olean Residents

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

Family crafting Be sure to grab your craft kit from Olean Public Library On December 21st.

Olean Public Library is Offering Carry-Out Crafts for Fun Holiday Inspired Décor

Taking time to enjoy the holidays is even better when you have fun crafts to tackle with your family. On December 21st, the Carry-Out Crafts event at Olean Public Library involves a cute Reindeer Antlers design. Each week, families can stop by and pick up a craft kit that they can take home to put together while making memories. With the need for safe social distancing, this is the perfect way to celebrate the season. It is recommended that you call ahead of time to reserve your craft kit to ensure enough supplies.

  • Date: Monday, December 21st, 2020
  • Time: Available during operating hours, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Location: Olean Public Library, 134 North 2nd Street, Olean, NY
  • Cost: Free

The Olean community deserves to have great ways to enjoy the season, and our team here at SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is proud to support the local library for events like this. Why call on SERVPRO when you require restoration services? We are available for rapid water damage cleanup so that you can cut down on the cost of your overall project. Call us at (716) 338-4901, and we will send out a skilled crew of technicians right away to get to work.

Fire Restoration is Not a DIY Project – Call in Skilled Technicians to Restore Your Jamestown Home

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked outside of home Leave your fire damage for the professionals. SERVPRO will restore your property back to its original state. We are faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean Ensures Dependable Results When Returning Your Jamestown Interior to Pre-Loss Condition

There is something special about visiting a town with a rich history and a lot of heart. Jamestown, New York, is a place where you will not only find exciting facts and stories that have gotten built upon throughout the years, but there is also a strong sense of community. Located in the southwestern portion of New York State, this area is looked at as the hub of Chautauqua County. 

In terms of geography, you will find the Allegheny National Forest heading south and to the north is Lake Erie. As far as population, roughly 29,000 people were living in this city in 2019, which has been noted as the most significant population center within the county. With Chautauqua Lake nearby, it has become a bountiful freshwater resource often used by naturalists, fisherman, and boaters alike. 

Understanding Jamestown – The Pearl City

A man named James Predergast first realized the potential for the region along the upper portion of Chautauqua Lake during a visit in 1806. He had later returned in 1811 and started to clear a bit of land to begin developing a family settlement. By the end of 1811, he had constructed the first sawmill and dam in the area, now known as the BPU Light Plant Facility. 

After about two years of Predergast’s stake in the region, other settlers started to come into the new area to take advantage of all available opportunities. A blacksmith shop began operating in 1812, which was followed by a smaller wood furniture business founded by Phineas Palmiter. He became known for being a world-renowned furniture builder that catapulted Jamestown within the industry.

While the land was being cleared for small industrial and agricultural purposes, the forests were often used as money-makers. Because hardwood remained too expensive for transportation and too heavy to float the streams, it got burned instead. As this happened, the ash leached, obtaining lye and “pearl ash” – this was an essential component for the manufacturing of glass products. Once the mid-1820s arrived, Jamestown had become one of the largest hubs in North America for pearl ash production. Due to this distinction, Jamestown, New York, then became known by the name “The Pearl City.”

Jamestown, NY, Moving Into the 20th Century

The Tinkham Brothers established a furniture business during 1900, which ran alongside the formation of Hall Textile Corporation and the publishing of the Furniture Index. Jamestown purchased a water system in 1903 around the same time that J.P. Danielson Tool, Co. was established. The excavation for Jamestown General Hospital began in 1910, which is a structure still standing today. 

The Emerson Glass Company was founded in 1917, which was the same year Company E set out for guard duty. Moving into 1918, Jamestown Corp. began to make airplane propellers. In that same year, a steamship named the City Of Pittsburg also sank while coming into the boat landing. 

Never a Shortage of Things to See and Do When Visiting the City of Jamestown

Jamestown, New York, is well known for being a diverse city both in commercial establishments and industry. However, there are also plenty of recreational and cultural opportunities for both guests and residents alike. Some of the top attractions that are must-see include:

Fenton History Center – As a valuable cultural establishment in Jamestown, the Fenton History Center operates as a research center adjacent to Fenton Mansion. You will find opportunities for bus tours and guided excursions by appointment, while walk-ins are welcome to go on a self-guided museum tour during operating hours. 

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum – When it comes to comedy, Lucy and Desi are two well-known names in the industry. This museum was established in 1996 to preserve the legacy of Lucy, who was a Jamestown native, and her husband, Desi Arnaz. Within this establishment, you can view photographs, awards, memorabilia, and more.

Allen Park – Many people in and around the Jamestown, New York, area love to spend some time at Allen Park. This is a great place to visit if you would like to bring the kids to the playground, and you will find plenty of picnic tables and grills if you want to make a day of it. Other amenities at this facility include a bandshell, sliding hill for winter fun, an exercise course, a youth baseball field, tennis courts, a basketball court, and soccer fields. 

In addition to various attractions, you also have popular eateries to explore, such as:

  • Gialy’s
  • Pearl City Hops
  • La Cucina Della Nonna
  • The Pub
  • Phil-N-Cindy’s Lunch
  • Landmark Restaurant

Fire is Devastating for Your Family, So It is Best to Call Skilled Technicians to Your Jamestown Home for Detailed Cleanup and Fire Restoration Efforts

It is normal to feel a broad range of emotions after a fire, including shock, stress, and sadness. Having a team on your side to ensure your Jamestown home gets restored to pre-fire condition is best during this emotional time. SERVPRO arrives fast, and we enter to begin assessment right after the local first responders deem it safe to do so. From there, we formulate a course of action to limit the amount of secondary damage while salvaging whatever possible. 

Why call us for fire restoration in Jamestown? At SERVPRO, you can count on us for:

  • We arrive on-site within hours of your call
  • Our team is made up of skilled IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT)
  • The Green Fleet of vehicles come fully equipped with the latest equipment and EPA-registered products for cleaning
  • Professional, reliable, controlled demolition to replace any unsalvageable building materials 
  • Detailed cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitization to eliminate foul odors from soot and smoke residue

There is no project too big or small for our qualified team at SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean. Whether you have a small kitchen fire or a large-scale place, we have fire restoration methods and techniques that are tops in the industry. When you need rapid results, call us at (716) 338-4901 to have a crew deployed to your property to get to work fast!

Flood Damage Leads to Extensive, Costly Repairs to your Jamestown Property if Not Addressed Quickly

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

A group of SERVPRO workers standing in front of a truck. You can count on our SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean team to knock out your flood damage.

Once a Storm Ravages Your Jamestown Home, Count on SERVPRO to Handle Flood Damage Restoration and Cleaning

Nestled in the heart of Chautauqua County in New York state, Jamestown is a city that is bold and bustling, yet steeped in tradition. After the 2010 U.S. Census was taken, this city had a population of 31,146, which is the largest population throughout the county. In terms of location, you will find Jamestown right between the Allegheny National Forest and stunning Lake Erie. 

Jamestown is also known for some notable people from the region, including Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, actress/comedian Lucille Ball, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant. 

Jamestown, NY – Also Known as Furniture Capital of the World

Once touted “Furniture Capital of the World, Jamestown was a location that people would visit from across the nation to stop at Furniture Mart. This is a building still standing within the city, yet now houses a variety of company offices. The furniture reference is also primarily due to various furniture expositions previously held in the area throughout the years. Although the industry has long left Jamestown, this sleepy little town still celebrates this portion of its rich history.

Museums, Culture, and Historical Jamestown Points of Interest

Whether you are in the area to visit, for business, or to put down roots, Jamestown has something for everyone. In addition to being a renowned destination for fishing and sailing along Chautauqua Lake, some prominent points of interest in the region include:

  • The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History – This facility celebrates the legacy and life of Roger Tory Peterson by promoting and fostering the study and teachings of nature. This culminates in greater responsibility and appreciation of the world around us by continuing to enhance our knowledge.
  • The Jamestown Gateway Train Station – This historic train station was listed in 2003 as part of the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Jamestown at 211-217 West Second Street.
  • The National Comedy Center – Located adjacent to the train station, the comedy center includes a museum and hosts regular events and gatherings for comedians throughout the local area and beyond.
  • The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center – This attraction is dedicated to Lucille Ball, who is the city’s best-known daughter. 
  • The Audubon Center – Here, you will find Liberty, the local bald eagle, which calls this 600-acre nature sanctuary home. Visitors will enjoy hiking paths and about five miles of observation trails to explore.

In addition to the above attractions, Jamestown, NY, is also part of the mainline for the Pennsylvania and Western New York Railroad, which is known for providing freight service. Until the 1970s, there used to be only four railroad companies that worked and traveled throughout the city. 

Dining, Entertainment, and Nightlife in Jamestown

Whether you want to spend a night out on the town or a day shopping with friends, this is an area that has plenty of options. Some of the top stops that are always good for making memories include:

  • Landmark Restaurant: When you want various impeccably crafted dishes with an American cuisine twist, the Landmark Restaurant located on West 4th Street is the place to go. Some favorites on the menu include craft beer and cocktails, seafood dishes, hand-cut steaks, and memorable appetizers.
  • Forte: Well-known for unique cocktails and friendly staff, Forte is a great place to go for date night or some time out with friends. Not only is takeout available, but you can also have your meal at the bar while enjoying the inviting atmosphere.
  • Lena’s Pizza Parlor: When you want something quick and delicious, this is the place to go for everything from pizza and wings to fresh salads and fried foods. 
  • The Pub: Every once in a while, you need to have a local spot that feels like home. The Pub is a little bar and grill that has been operating for many years, which means that the locals can attest to the great food and fantastic staff.

Overall, Jamestown, NY, offers diverse cultural attractions along with plenty of rural and recreational opportunities. With the local ski resorts, nature preserves, golf courses, and the various water sports that you can take part in on the lake, there is never a shortage of things to do. You also have a great history, including two well-known historic districts in the city and plenty of significant architectural buildings to explore. Due to the location within New York, you are also never that far from other notable cities, including Cleveland, Pittsburg, Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto. 

When Flood Damage After a Storm Becomes Apparent in Your Jamestown Home, the Team at SERVPRO is Here to Assist!

A storm can bring with it a lot of destruction, including roof damage and flooding. If you have suffered from flooding in your Jamestown home after a recent storm, the cleanup can become overwhelming. Rather than taking on this task by yourself with DIY methods, hiring IICRC-certified technicians for the cleanup will give you rapid results on a professional level. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, and we are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

If you encounter flood damage in Jamestown, you could have a broad range of contaminants that made their way into your home. Once we arrive at your property, we assess the damage and take note of the contamination levels of the water. Some of the elements that floodwaters may harbor include:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Molds
  • Waterborne Pathogens
  • Chemicals
  • Vermin
  • Fecal Matter, and more

Rapid water extraction limits the exposure to harmful organisms and potential slip and fall hazards within the flood zone. We feature a highly-trained crew to give you the peace of mind you need to know that the job gets handled right the first time.

Due to the nature of flooding and the potential hazards, hiring SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean ensures prompt, high-quality results. You can count on us to clean up your flood damage, including controlled demolition, to restore your interior to make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (716) 338-4901 when you need us, and we will dispatch a crew to your location as soon as possible.

The Santa Claus Lane Parade in Downtown Olean, NY

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Santa and reindeer flying in the sky. Santa is on his way, come out and join the Santa Claus Lane Parade in Downtown Olean.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town and All Olean, NY, Residents are Invited to Join the Fun!

Everyone deserves a bit of holiday cheer this year more than ever. At the end of November, Santa and Mrs. Claus and their friends will be coming to town, and this marks the perfect opportunity for Olean families to get out and enjoy the festivities. The Santa Claus Lane Parade will be going through downtown Olean, followed by the official illumination of the lights throughout the town. Refreshments will be available for purchase – all in attendance will be asked to adhere to local social distancing guidelines for health safety purposes.

  • Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location: Downtown Olean, New York
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean loves to support local events like the Santa Claus Lane Parade through downtown. Why call us when you need help with water removal? We have a team comprised of IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) ready to get the job done quickly and efficiently. To have a crew deployed to your property to start water extraction, call us at (716) 338-4901. It is important to us that your interior is left just “Like it never even happened.”

Jamestown Welcomes Julmarknad – the Swedish Christmas Market

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Two people looking a decorations. Looking for shopping adventures before the holidays? Go check out Julmarknad Swedish Christmas Market.

If You Have Not Experienced a Swedish Christmas Market, this Julmarknad Event in Jamestown, NY is a Must-Do!

When you think about the holiday season, you probably think of craft fairs, local shopping, and feel-good activities. The Julmarknad Swedish Christmas Market has all of these things and more all wrapped into one incredible event, which is taking place at Jamestown Community College. At this year’s Swedish Christmas Market, you will have access to Christmas food sampling, live entertainment, door prices, interactive workshops, and over 15 incredible vendors for unique goods and gift ideas. There will also be additional sites throughout Jamestown offering samples and open houses throughout the day.

  • Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Where: Jamestown Community College at 525 Falconer Street in Jamestown, NY
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean believes that the holidays are a time to come together with other locals to enjoy rich traditions and gatherings, such as the Swedish Christmas Market. If you find that you need help within your home detecting and treating mold, you can contact us for a mold inspection. You can reach our certified and trained technicians by calling (716) 338-4901 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit the National Comedy Center in Jamestown

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in driveway Just like Jamestown loves Lucy, SERVPRO loves Jamestown. We look forward to seeing you at the National Comedy Center.

Add the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum to Your Jamestown Tour

Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, New York and together with Desi Arnaz became one of America's most beloved comedy couples, affectionately known as The First Couple of Comedy. The city built the National Comedy Center near the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum. Visitors can book a tour of the comedy center and also receive tickets to visit the museum. While at the museum, visitors can enjoy:

  • Replica sets of their TV home
  • View Lucille Ball's Emmy Awards
  • Costumes
  • Rare Memorabilia and more

At the National Comedy Center, visitors learn about how the nation's comedy developed, try stand-up comedy, and follow comic greats. Guests should plan on two to three hours at the center and another two hours at the museum. Tours run daily Thursday through Monday.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean provides floodwater extraction and restoration services to Jamestown residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (716) 338-4901. We are available 24/7to help with all flood restoration needs.

What if a Fire Breaks Out Overnight?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

A home with a fire blazing in the night. Fire damage to your home is terrifying regardless of the time of day or night. No matter the time SERVPRO is always here to help you Jamestown.

24-Hour Fire Damage Restoration is Available – Call SERVPRO to Have a Crew Sent to Your Jamestown Home

It is essential that you ensure you and your family are safe once you experience a fire in your Jamestown home. To give you additional peace of mind at this time, know that SERVPRO has you covered when it comes to all cleanup and restoration of your home. We have fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) on our team that helps you to ensure everything gets restored to pre-fire conditions. We are available around the clock, seven days a week, and we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Hiring us to handle your restoration gets you proven on-site cleaning methods along with industrial-grade equipment and skilled controlled demolition services.

Can You Clean All My Belongings?

The idea of losing any of your personal belongings to fire damage in Jamestown is devastating. While a house fire is sometimes unavoidable, we work fast to salvage whatever possible. Our IICRC-certified technicians have the right training to handle our advanced technology to restore rather than replace whenever possible.

In many situations, our team can clean your fire-damaged contents on-site. However, there may be times when we have to remove them using our pack-out services for detailed cleaning off-site. We often bring items to our warehouse to handle extensive soot, smoke, odors, and damage. 

Taking a closer look at cleaning, we have a wide variety of strategies that allow our technicians to remove soiling and odors from your household contents, such as:

  • Chemical Agents – Emulsion often gets used when trying to eliminate stubborn residues. The chemical agents that we have in our arsenal work by protecting the surface while facilitating the removal of smoke and soot residue using pressurized water. 
  • Agitation – For loosening soil buildup on surfaces, our team will sometimes use varying degrees of agitation. Methods involving dusting or steel wool work in terms of light, medium, or heavy agitation.
  • Deodorizers – Smoke damage often goes beyond the zone where the fire took place. We utilize a broad range of EPA-registered products for odor removal along with advanced equipment to help neutralize odorous particles, including thermal fogging machines, hydroxyl machinery, air scrubbers, and ozone generators.

There is Moisture Left from Putting Out the Flames, Now What?

When handling the fire damage, full restoration measures must also include moisture control and water removal. Mold, odors, and moisture are common culprits for secondary damage. These elements not only make the process more time consuming but also costly and pose potential health threats. SERVPRO enlists the help of our moisture detection technology to locate and eradicate any areas of hidden moisture. 

Important points to keep in mind:

  • Mold spores multiply rapidly within just 24 to 72 hours after moisture levels increase within your Jamestown home.
  • While every household contains some mold spores, and they remain dormant until the ultimate conditions arise. Once materials get soaked from the water or chemicals used to douse flames, they become a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
  • SERVPRO takes time to go through each area surrounding the loss zone to locate moisture, including spaces behind baseboards, under your flooring, and behind walls.
  • Once all areas are dry and thoroughly cleaned, we apply EPA-certified antimicrobial solutions to inhibit mold growth.

Will All Traces of Smoke Get Eliminated?

Smoke odors after a fire become an understandable worry of most homeowners. Any smoke or soot left behind turns into a constant reminder of the event while also leading to further damage due to corrosion and discoloration of some surface areas. When smoke particles make their way into your ductwork, you run the risk of foul odors sprouting up whenever your heating or cooling gets used. SERVPRO technicians sometimes use special sealants and techniques to treat your HVAC system so that this does not happen. 

Whenever particles are present yet invisible to the naked eye, our team formulates a multi-layer deodorization approach. We use chemical deodorants with our thermal fogging equipment to bind to odor molecules for easier removal. Air scrubber technology is also convenient for pulling particulates from the air to filter through the onboard HEPA filter.

What About Structural Concerns?

When you have a house fire, it is natural to become concerned about structural integrity. Our crew enters the home and begins inspecting all structural elements to ensure structural integrity and safety. For any areas that call for further attention, we use controlled demolition and stabilization measures to bring your home back to preloss condition. Some of the areas that we address beyond structural concerns include:

  • Drywall removal
  • Carpet repair and installation
  • Flooring repair or replacement
  • HVAC services
  • Plumbing 
  • Board-up and tarping
  • Painting, and more

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is available 24 hours a day to ensure you have the reliable fire damage restoration you need. Call (716) 338-4901 to have a crew deployed to your location!

What are the Necessary Steps to Restore the Damage Following a Grease Fire in a Restaurant?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Empty restaurant, ready for diners Don't let a kitchen fire close your restaurant. Call SERVPRO!

Protein Residue can be Challenging to Remove. Calling a Team of Professional Fire Restoration Technicians Makes the Work More Efficient 

It is not unusual for a Jamestown restaurant kitchen to catch on fire. With food always on the burners and ovens, it is almost a matter of time before an accident occurs, and a grease fire erupts. Regardless of the staff's quick response with a fire extinguisher or the rapid arrival of firefighters, the odds are that soot and smoke travel fast throughout the kitchen and into the main dining area. Before you set up to clean the residue on your own, let a reputable crew of fire restoration technicians tailor a plan for your needs.  

Restaurant owners in Jamestown can leave fire damage restoration to our SERVPRO team. We understand that reopening and resuming normal operations is essential to your livelihood and work diligently to reduce the time you remain closed to your patrons. Whenever possible, our crew isolates the affected area and prevents damage in other restaurant areas. We coordinate with authorities and guidelines specific to the restaurant industry, so your eatery is running as soon as possible. 

What makes a protein fire hard to clean up?

Protein such as meat and poultry leave a distinguished type of residue behind. The thick and yellowish stain is tough to remove, as is the strong odor lingering in the air. When our SERVPRO fire restoration crew arrives, we consider the chemical composition of whatever burned and the nature of the cleaning surfaces.   

Fixtures in your restaurant made of natural elements such as wood require a different treatment than those made of vinyl, for example. Our extensive training prepares us to care for both. The following steps are essential to our success in restoring your place: 

  • Pre-treatment of affected areas to prevent damage caused by abrasive cleaners
  • HEPA vacuuming and sponge drying to loosed soot and make it easier to remove
  • Use of odor removal techniques such as air scrubbers and thermal foggers 

At SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean, we take a comprehensive approach to fire restoration. When you call us at (716) 338-4901, you can count on us addressing each aspect of fire damage in our work. Like you, we want your restaurant to feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Who Should I call if there's a Musty Smell in my Olean Home?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing in property Call us at (716) 338-4901 whenever you need us and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Musty Smells in your Olean Home can Signal a Water Leak, Call a Water Restoration Technician for Help

Whether you are moving into a new home in Olean or have lived in the same place for years, you need to be alert to any changes in your environment. If you suddenly detect a musty smell and think there may be water a water leak or accumulation behind your walls, you are probably right. Rather than guess where the source of the problem is, call a reputable water restoration team.

Homeowners in Olean in need of water cleanup and restoration services can call SERVPRO for access to the knowledge and expertise of our team. Regardless of the size of your emergency, our team is ready to handle it by applying the latest industry best practices to restore your home while mitigating the damage. As soon as it is safe for us to enter your home, we arrive and set up protection barriers to prevent cross-contamination into other rooms. Our goal is to mitigate your loss and be as efficient as possible in returning your home to mint condition.

Why is moisture a danger to my home?

Some humidity is part of your home's environment, but it can cause trouble when that average level changes. Excess moisture in the air can cause your floors to cup, your laminate flooring to delaminate, and your walls to show discoloration. Although consequences sound esthetic, they indicate that the area is suitable for bacteria to multiply and become a threat to your health. To restore humidity levels, our SERVPRO team can take some of the following actions:

• Use infrared and thermal imaging to identify areas with excessive moisture, even those hiding behind cabinets and under your floors
• Use Injectidry technology to move warm air through your wall cavities and accelerate the evaporation of excess moisture
• Inspect your ventilation system and apply cleaning solutions as appropriate to avoid the spread of bacteria throughout your home

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is at your service for restoration services, big or small. Call us at (716) 338-4901 whenever you need us and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Residents Prevent Bathroom Water Damage?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Inside view of bathroom; vanity, toilet, and tub Inspect your bathroom often for signs of water damage.

Jamestown Homeowners Do Not Want to Deal with Potentially Costly Water Damage  

The bathroom is often one of the most challenging rooms to keep clean in your Jamestown home – especially if you have children! The floors can get slippery, and it is all too easy to splash water around. 

Water damage to Jamestown bathrooms can be costly and inconvenient. Imagine the hassle if you need to replace the bath or sink, for example. It is far better to prevent water damage if you can. 

What are the risks of water damage in the bathroom? 

If left untreated, water damage can cause: 

  • Warping or staining of the floor coverings
  • Mold growth in damp areas, which can then spread to the rest of your home
  • Swelling or bubbling drywall
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Damaged seals around the tub or sink  

How can I prevent water damage? 

There are several tasks you can perform to prevent water damage. SERVPRO recommends:  

  • Mop up all spills immediately, including wet footprints on the floor and splashes from enthusiastic children
  • Keep seals intact – repair or replace cracked tiles and degraded grout as soon as you notice them
  • Only flush toilet paper in the toilet, as other items can cause blockages that lead to water damage
  • Use bathmats and shower curtains to help protect against spills and splashes, and replace them when they look worn
  • Use the exhaust fan when showering or taking a bath, and use a dehumidifier to keep your bathroom drier 

SERVPRO suggests carrying out regular examinations of all fittings and fixtures to check for pooling or dripping water. You might also consider replacing older fixtures if they are showing signs of wear and tear. Newer toilets and faucets are more water-efficient too. 

What are some water damage signs? 

Watch for the following signs:  

  • Water stains on the walls or ceiling
  • Mold colonies growing anywhere in the bathroom
  • Peeling wallpaper, bubbling drywall, or soft areas on the walls (run your hands over the walls to check)
  • Toilets running or failing to fill correctly
  • A damp odor 

If you see signs of water damage, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean immediately. We are available 24 hours, and we are Faster To Any Size Disaster. It is better to contact us sooner rather than later to prevent further damage. 

How does SERVPRO detect water damage?  

We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Restoration, and Cleaning Certification standards, which means they are experts in water damage remediation theory and practice. 

Our visit begins with assessing the water damage in your bathroom, which does not mean just looking at the damage. Our teams use a range of equipment to measure moisture levels in your bathroom. For example, we use both penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters to test the moisture level of materials, and we use thermo-hygrometers to measure humidity levels in the air.  

We use infrared imaging to look inside walls and behind baseboards, letting us track moisture movement throughout the structure and assess how deep the damage goes. 

Why is moisture testing necessary in the bathroom? 

Visual information alone does not give reliable data. Moisture testing tells us the precise situation and shows us potential hidden sources of moisture. Having exact data to hand means we can draw up the best drying plan for the case and deal with hidden damp areas. Because we can be more thorough, we can better prevent further damage and lower the risk of fungal growth. 

What happens next? 

We will tell you about our drying plan and ensure you are happy with it. If there is already fungal growth due to water damage, we will set up containment around the bathroom to prevent spores from escaping.  

The first step is to mop up any standing water and deal with any sanitation issues (for example, if the toilet is overflowing.) Our team will let you know which items in the bathroom are salvageable and which are not.   

Your bathroom may need some structural repairs, such as replacing tiles or grout, or removing and replacing water-damaged drywall or wallpaper. SERVPRO will either carry out repairs or, if necessary, bring in specialist contractors. We supervise contractors to ensure they treat your bathroom with the same care and attention they would like in their own homes.  

Drying is an essential part of water damage remediation. We can bring in dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans to reduce moisture levels in the air and help dry your bathroom more swiftly.   

Before we leave, we will deodorize your bathroom so that it smells clean and fresh.  

For help with water damage in your bathroom, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901.

How Do Restoration Technicians Dry Large Commercial Spaces Efficiently?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse with drying equipment SERVPRO has state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property. We work quickly to get you back to business as usual. Call us today.

SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Restoration Technicians in Jamestown Perform Regular Monitoring of Drying Process to Ensure Minimum Business Interruption.

What is monitoring during the restoration process?

No two water emergencies are the same. For Jamestown businesses, it is not uncommon to have unique architecture or open-plan spaces. These larger spaces can counteract conventional drying methods and may require a tailored approach. Once demolition, water extraction, and cleaning processes are complete, SERVPRO technicians can set up drying equipment in the property. Drying out residual moisture takes significantly longer than pumping or extracting. However, it is essential to ensure that your business premises do not suffer secondary issues like mold growth. Technicians frequently monitor the drying process to optimize drying conditions on your premises.

What are the principles of dry monitoring?

- Inspect, observe and document areas of the property

- Consider and apply potential changes by repositioning equipment

- Adjust the drying system by bringing in or removing equipment

What equipment is used for monitoring?

Monitoring equipment for commercial water damage restoration in your Jamestown business relies on specific detection devices. This equipment may include hygrometers, sensors, or moisture meters. Usually, our technicians combine these readings with initial impressions and experience. Checking that dehumidifiers are pulling enough moisture out of the air is one example of monitoring. If the results could be improved, we could deploy more dehumidifiers or remove air-movers from the environment to speed up drying times. Repositioning equipment may also be sufficient to dry walls or other areas.

When is the restoration complete?

- Once drying equipment is removed from the property

- After a Crew chief conducts a final walkthrough with you to explain work done

- When you the premises manager sign a certificate of satisfaction

Re-opening your business quickly and minimizing your potential loss of revenue depends upon efficient drying methods. Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901.

My Den in Olean Caught on Fire – Can It Be Restored?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Home with fire damage Our fire damage experts can have your home back to its original state, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Knowledge and Training to Help You Decide What Gets Restored.

Olean is the entertainment, financial, business, and transportation center of Cattaraugus County in New York. There are thousands of homes inside the city, and anyone could be impacted by fire at any moment. When that happens, our technicians can mitigate the damage and restore the residence to preloss condition. 

 Can My Paneling Be Saved?

 A den is typically office and personal space, often for men. You decorate it and make it as comfortable as you can. It may have mementos, books, and expensive furniture. It’s one of your favorite rooms in the house. You even had a fireplace put in to add to the cozy atmosphere. Then one afternoon, a spark from the fireplace lands on a stack of papers. The papers ignite and then catch the drapes. Thankfully you are near and grab the fire extinguisher, and the fire damage in your Olean den is contained. 

Soot and smoke damage can spread quickly beyond the room where the blaze occurred. Your walls are paneled and have smoke damage and possible charring. The entire content of the room has smoke residue. SERVPRO has fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) that can do a scope of your home and determine, alongside you and your insurance adjuster (if present), what can be repaired and restored. The type of paneling, and the material composition, has an impact on whether or not it needs disposed of and replaced. Paneling that may be salvageable includes:

  • Decorative 
  • Acoustic
  • Utility
  • Tileboard

It may not be cost-effective to restore your paneling, but if it is something that holds special value to you may wish for restoration. Slight charring and smoke residue are what technicians often deal with in this situation. Because of the ridges that are a characteristic of paneling, the soils can be challenging to clean. Chemical sponges may use, and vacuuming can lift the soot off. Acoustic paneling can be cleaned with peroxide active cleaning. Soda blasting may work as well as spraying and wiping with specific agents.

Draperies & Carpeting

Draperies may be salvageable, but there are many factors involved. The type of smoke residue on them makes a difference as different ones require different cleaning methods. To determine the best cleaning method, our SERVPRO techs check the type of fiber, dye stability, and backing material. Pre-existing problems such as age, weakened fibers and loose seams add to the situation. Dry cleaning and hot water extraction are methods often used for restoring drapes.

Since heat rises, carpets and flooring may be the least affected, especially with contained fires. The type of carpet and the fibers involved determine which cleaning method is appropriate. If the heat damage has changed the texture of the carpet, the damage is irreversible. As the soot settles, it can bond with the carpet fibers darkening your rugs. Cleaning doesn’t always remove that discoloration.

My Desk Has Minor Damage

A desk is often the focal point of a den. It was carefully chosen and may be an heirloom. The good news is that hardwood furniture is something that has a good track record of being saved. The type of finish and the intensity of the fire damage affect the outcome.  Unfinished wood is porous and quickly absorbs moisture, odors, and smoke film. The safest method for cleaning your desk may be dry cleaning. Finished furniture such as desks have unfinished areas such as on the bottom and inside the drawers. Wet cleaning can be used on certain types of finishes and may be required for moderate levels of residue. Semi-refinishing is a solution to restoration if needed. Other items in your den that it is possible to restore are:

  • Documents, books and photographs
  • Personal items and mementos
  • Clothing that was in the room
  • File cabinets
  • Upholstered furniture

Fire Damage and Restoration Services

SERVPRO is a comprehensive water and fire damage restoration company. Whether the blaze that affected your home was small and contained or more extensive requiring firefighter intervention, we can provide emergency mitigation within hours. Our Green Team is available around the clock. Disaster does not wait for a convenient time, and we understand that. Because of this, we work seven days a week, including holidays. We have homes and family, too, and can relate to how even a minor disaster can reshape your world. 

Our purpose is to clean and restore your den, so when you walk back in, it is, “Like it never even happened.” We have been restoring homes in the Olean and Jamestown area for years. Our satisfied customers can attest to our commitment to restoring your home. Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for professional fire damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Local Water Removal Services Near Me?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" We understand the need for continuing business as usual during restoration efforts. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO of Jamestown Can Provide Your Property With Water Restoration Services!

Finding a property that you own flooded and in need of water removal services is a complicated process for even the most experienced businessman. Having to close your doors temporarily means a loss in foot traffic and the chance for loyal customers to seek business elsewhere. When you are the owner of a restaurant or other retail store, locking your doors for multiple days is a massive hit to your revenue. 

For these reasons, we here at SERVPRO of Jamestown take water removal very seriously. Visualize a scenario where you are reaching the end of the night, cleaning your establishment, but then feel a trickle of water from the ceiling. In moments, that trickle turns into a downpour as a pipe running through your ceiling bursts. The situation may feel overwhelming, but the first step, and perhaps the most important one, is to call for help right away. If it is possible, always try to shut off the source of the water to limit flooding.

Can SERVPRO Really Help Me Whenever I Need It? 

We pride ourselves on the fact that we’re available for you whenever you need us. Our technicians can: 

  • Work during the night
  • Help you on the weekend
  • Help you solve whatever issues arise due to the water in your restaurant

We understand that you own and run a business and we want to help you get it back open as quickly as possible. 

What Can You Do to Remove the Water Quickly? 

We understand you may be concerned about the kitchen appliances on your property being exposed to water for too long. Water can cause rust, and it can cause electrical issues. To remove it as fast as possible, we can:

  • Use portable pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors to remove the water as fast as possible
  • Clean up any mess made from the water and discard any damaged food items
  • Disinfect your kitchen and set up drying equipment to ensure the water does not cause damage 

Our primary concern is to ensure there is no excess moisture on your property. By using infrared cameras and moisture meters, we can be thorough in our remediation process and return your restaurant to you, “Like it never even happened.” 

If you worry your business needs water removal services, get help now! Dial (716) 338-4901 to speak with SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean. We are open 24/7 and can take your call whenever you need our help. 

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How Can I Recover Quickly From a Devastating House Fire?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Firemen spraying a house fire Let us help you get your Jamestown home back in order after a fire devastation. We are always available to help you.

Jamestown Area Fire Damage Restoration Companies, Like SERVPRO, Can Help You Overcome the Effects of a House Fire Fast.

Annually, particularly during the winter, Jamestown is the site of numerous house fires. These often result from home heating mishaps, clogged chimneys, and heater malfunctions. Regardless of a fire’s cause, services like SERVPRO can help.

There are several things SERVPRO, a Jamestown Fire Damage Restoration service, does to rapidly return your residence to its pre-fire condition. These measures work to restore your home’s structural integrity, remove destructive residues from its surfaces, return its aesthetically-pleasing appearances, and eliminate foul fire-related odors. Some of the procedures our experienced technicians take to remediate your fire-damaged home are:

Using high-velocity box fans to rapidly ventilate your house

Employing high-tech air scrubbers to eliminate odorous airborne particles

Counteracting foul odors with Vaportek devices and ozone gas generators

Sanitizing HVAC ducts with innovative cleaning systems

Injecting deodorants into odorous carpets and upholstery with injection devices

Using state-of-the-art foggers to neutralize unpleasant smells in hard-to-access places

Once completed, these actions often restore your residence’s pre-fire appearances and smell. Many times, they also save your prized furnishings and other possessions.

What Can SERVPRO Successfully Restore?

SERVPRO has a long track record of returning homes and their contents to pre-fire condition. We are skilled in cleaning and remediating all types of materials in various areas of your residence. Our technicians have successfully restored ceilings, attic rafters, walls, and floors. They have also renewed different kinds of flooring and upholstered furnishings made of a wide array of fabrics. Additionally, we have remediated HVAC systems and saved many highly valuable items like business records, Persian rugs, and priceless paintings. Whatever your home has, our professionals likely have extensive experience in restoring.

Considering all this, if your home is ever damaged by a fire, call SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean at (716) 338-4901 for assistance.

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Who Do I Call For Local Fire Damage Restoration Services?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher and flame You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO of Jamestown Can Provide Fire Damage Restoration Services to Your Home!

Unfortunately, many Jamestown homes can experience fire damage. Many people envision a fire on their property as a catastrophic event, but in reality, many are small and quite easy to put out and remediate. Despite this, here at SERVPRO, we believe professional services should be available for you no matter the scale of the damages on your property. Always remember, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Getting professional Jamestown fire damage restoration services to your home should be as easy as a phone call. Here at SERVPRO, we want to provide you with swift and excellent service, so you can get back to enjoying your home, as it should be. Imagine a scenario where an evening cooking session went wrong and caused a small fire in your apartment. Calling for help right away could do more for your home than you may think. Rapid removal of burned elements greatly reduces the negative impact of persistent odors and degradation of contents.

Does Getting Help Immediately Really Make a Difference? 

We're not exaggerating when we say that water, mold, flood, and fire damages are time-sensitive for best case recovery. Several problems could be avoided and resolved if you called for immediate help, such as: 

  • Pungent odors
  • Staining and yellowing of furniture, plastics, and cupboards
  • Scattered debris and ash 

Fires leave behind a mess after they burn. Don't burden yourself with the responsibility of cleaning them up. Our IICRC-certified (Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) technicians can remediate the damages so you can focus on your life. 

How Do Your Technicians Remove the Smell of Fire? 

Depending on what burned in your home, flames have a way of leaving behind unpleasant malodors. To help remove them, our technicians can: 

  • Take a technological approach by using devices such as hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters to trap scent-causing particles 
  • Thermal foggers if needed to recombine malodorous particles into neutral, non-smelling compounds
  • Use elbow grease and homemade cleaning agents, to reduce smoke residue and the foul odors that go with it
  • Use priming paints to lock in unpleasant smells 

In reality, our SERVPRO technicians use all approaches that are appropriate to reducing odor in your home after a fire. 

What About the Mess From My Fire Extinguisher? 

Many apartments have special fire extinguishing systems designed to drop a fine powder on flames. While the powder does an excellent job snuffing out a blaze, it can cause quite a mess. Our technicians can: 

  • Use vacuums to remove a vast majority of the powder from around your kitchen
  • Remove your cabinetry, to ensure the dust is cleaned and not gathering in cracks and under toe kicks
  • Use special attachments to clean up powder in hard to reach places 

Here at SERVPRO, we strive to make you feel like we have your back. You can sit back and relax while our technicians handle the mess and the damage. It's our goal to return your home to its preloss state, so you can return to a home that feels, "Like it never even happened."

What About Damaged Materials? What Do You Do With Them? 

Our technicians can quickly demolish any structures beyond saving in your home to keep time on our side. We can start by: 

  • Bagging up damaged drywall and bringing to the curbside, for city disposal
  • Cleaning up any debris and garbage from the sight of the fire, so we can get to structure damage as quickly as possible 
  • For extreme cases, we can hire disposal services to bring a dumpster to your home so that we can dispose of all the damaged materials at once

It is rare for our technicians to need to gut out a home entirely, but it is not unheard of. No matter the severity of the fire, our technicians can help you get your home on the path to recovery. Cleaning up the mess is just the first step to mitigating the damages inside. 

When it comes to fire damage inside of your home, remember that fast action makes a difference for the outcome. Never wait when disaster strikes your home. It is often more cost-effective to fix the problem immediately and helps your home maintain its longevity.  

Do not wait to get help when your home really needs it. Speak with a representative of SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean by dialing the number (716) 338-4901. No matter the time or the day of the week, our technicians are ready to help you in your time of need. 

How Should I Cleanup a Leak While I Wait for Professional Assistance in Jamestown?

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

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While You Wait in Your Jamestown Home There Are Some Things You Can Do

A leak in your Jamestown kitchen requires quick action. It is essential first to stop the leak, make sure that the water does not come into contact with electrical outlets. After your home is safe and free from hazards, it is helpful to wipe up excess water with old rags to help mitigate further damage.

What if Water Got Behind My Cabinets?

SERVPRO Uses Air Moving Equipment and Hoses to Direct Air Behind Your Cabinets.
Water cleanup in Jamestown is not always straightforward, especially when moisture hides underneath your cabinets or in the wall. Our SERVPRO specialists use air movers with hose attachments to direct airflow to the appropriate spot. If your cabinets are backless, technicians often dry the wall and flooring without drilling holes. If your cabinets have backings, technicians may need to drill small, restorable holes to access the wall behind them

What if There is Still Moisture in My Walls after Technicians Extract the Water?

    •    Technicians may choose to drill small holes at the top of your wall to facilitate ventilation if prolonged exposure to moisture or walls is not adequately drying.
    •    Understand that the drying process may require several steps before your structure is dry.
    •    Drying requires dehumidification along with the high-velocity air moving equipment use.
    •    Technicians may spray biocide under the cabinets in the toe-kick area to keep mold growth at bay.

Technicians consider your specific losses and create a restoration plan to bring your home to preloss condition. They find things like vapor barriers such as wood finishing products that coat your cabinets and address them quickly to make each impacted material or area is treated.

For 24/7 assistance dealing with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Prevent Damage to the Metal Framing Inside My Warehouse After a Water Leak?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

warehouse We know the steps to get your Jamestown Warehouse back from water damage. Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

For Commercial Water Damage Repair in Your Jamestown Warehouse Call SERVPRO

If a pipe breaks on the upper level of your warehouse in Jamestown, H2O could pour out and drench your building from the source of the leak down to lower levels of the building. It is also possible that moisture will find its way inside your wall cavities.

How can you tell if water got inside my warehouse's walls?

Initial Inspection- Before our SERVPRO technicians begin conducting commercial water damage repair inside your Jamestown warehouse, we inspect your entire building to calculate how severe the problems are and where the moisture traveled. Even though metal framing is uncommon in residential structures, commercial buildings often have light gauge steel pieces for the studs, tracks, and headers. The metal framing structures have bottom sill plates that make up the wall, window, and door headers. These sill plates are either "C" or "U" shaped channels that can hold water if the moisture comes down from above. We can assess whether or not there is water sitting on the plates by removing the baseboard, window, or door trim and drilling a hole in the drywall.

Restorability- The metal framework is very sturdy and resilient to moisture for the most part. The metal framing can be restored even if the source of your water leak was a sink or sewer line containing contaminated water. If the water is classified as a category two or three, meaning that it could be contaminated, then the metal frame pieces can be cleaned and decontaminated. However, if moisture stays sitting on top of any of your bottom sill plates, then mold could grow on the backside of your drywall, or the metal could rust over time.

Extraction- If standing water is present inside your wall cavities, then we can attach 3/8" tubing to an extractor to pull out the moisture.

If you ever need help drying out your wall cavities after suffering from a leak in your warehouse, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 24/7.

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What’s the Fastest Way to Dry Out a Commercial Building?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians with drying equipment 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.

When water damage affects your Jamestown municipal building, our SERVPRO team can help with efficient extraction and drying solutions. 

With the higher volume of traffic that you can expect in the municipal buildings of Jamestown, it is vital to resolve pressing disasters that compromise functionality as soon as possible. Water losses are among the most common threats that could occur to these structures, as multiple sources could lead to these damaging effects. From a burst service line to a broken fire suppression system, widespread water damage can happen quickly when pooling liquid spreads to adjacent rooms and areas.

No matter how severe water damage in Jamestown structures might be, a fast response is always desirable. Our team of technicians and contractors can work together to meet the most pressing needs of the building when we first arrive and establish containment of the damaged areas. Identifying the fastest methods of drying out the structure occurs during the initial inspection and assessment of the property by our SERVPRO project manager, crew chief, and the board responsible for the upkeep of the municipal building.

How Can Job Scoping Help with Efficient Restoration? 

An evaluation of the property before our mitigation services begin can be a wise decision. This preliminary look at the damaged areas of the structure ensures that all parties involved are aware of the condition of the building and the necessary actions to return it to the preloss state. This assessment dictates the required equipment, the personnel needed, and even the work from our team of licensed contractors. The advantages of job scoping include learning the following:

  • Extent of Loss – It is the primary focus of this job scoping to identify the current condition of the building and what areas of the structure are still usable and can get protected from migrating effects.
  • Damaged Contents – Furniture, equipment, and documents can all be in the path of moving water and become irreparably damaged without direct intervention by our SERVPRO professionals. Our team assesses affected contents on an item-by-item basis.
  • Pre-Existing Conditions – Knowing what faults existed in the structure before the water loss can help to center our technicians on the restoration actions needed to address only the issues generated by the current water emergency. 
  • Path of Migrating Water – Using sophisticated detection devices in the inspection, we can discover not only where the damage originated, but also its path and concentration through the rest of the building. With marble and stone flooring, water can move quickly in search of sensitive materials that can absorb it, such as carpeting in office spaces and drywall.

What Tools Make for Efficient Extraction? 

Because there are several areas of the municipal building where absorption might not occur immediately, extraction can play a vital role in the restoration and recovery of the structure. Multiple water removal units can work in these settings, and much of this choice depends on the severity of the pooling and where in the building the water exists. Some of the options for extraction include:

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Submersible Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps

How Can I Dry the Building Quickly After Water Removal? 

There is an immense pressure as a city structure to immediately resolve water damage concerns and get the facility back to top form. Through containment strategies and around-the-clock restoration techniques, our SERVPRO professionals can help to get back to running at full capacity. When it comes to drying the structure or specific contents, several tools are ideal for this:

  • Axial Air Movers – Air movers are the foundational tool in drying out damaged materials and environments. Unlike the centrifugal models that our team can use, axial air movers work to reduce the moisture content in a broad area rather than targeting a specific portion of material.
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers – Several dehumidifiers can help regulate humidity levels and moisture content in the environment where drying occurs. Our trailered desiccant unit allows for much more substantial production output, exhausting heated, dry air into multiple points while steadily drawing out moisture from the building.
  • Freeze Drying – Hard copies of records and documents can be found in most of the city building offices, making water loss incidents even more damaging when these documents become involved. With our freeze-drying technology, we can restore these items to their original condition on-site. 

There are multiple steps involved in getting your municipal building up and running again after a water loss incident. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team can help with experienced technicians and efficient equipment. Give us a call anytime at (716) 338-4901.

A Small Fire Has Affected Part of My Home. Can I Perform the Cleanup Myself?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

outside of fire damaged house; windows boarded We can board windows and tarp the roof to protect the structure after a fire to prevent secondary damage.

It Is Advisable to Involve Restoration Professionals to Prevent More Fire Damage in Your Jamestown Home

The fire incident might seem small but can cause costly damages if not handled on time by an expert. The smoke odor can persist in the affected area, and the soot can discolor surfaces in your Jamestown property.

Should I contact my insurance company or restoration experts first?

After the firefighters put out the destructive flames, it is counter-intuitive to call anyone else before talking to your insurance company. However, it is essential to contact SERVPRO technicians to handle the fire damage in your Jamestown home. When a fire happens, it causes both primary and secondary damage. Quickly calling a restoration company can help reduce secondary damage, such as:

  • Smoke odor
  • Residue from soot and smoke which can imbed in materials
  • Water damage resulting from firefighting efforts.

Can you work with my insurance company?

When the insurance adjuster gets to the affected area to inspect the damage, our technicians can work closely together with the professional. We remain objective and help our customers to document the destruction to make it easier for them to file their claims.

How secure is my property during restoration?

The restoration process may take a few days, depending on the magnitude of damage. During this time, severe weather such as heavy rainfall can ruin valuables in your property. Therefore, our technicians board up all openings using plywood. If the fire damaged your roof, we could tarp it.

How do you clean soot and smoke residues on surfaces?

At SERVPRO, we have advanced products that can clean soot and smoke residues on various surfaces. Some materials and surfaces in your property cannot withstand aggressive agitation or direct application of cleaning products. We clean these surfaces safely by using products that absorb the soot and smoke residues from the materials. Our technicians can use a solvent spotter mixed with stain absorption powder, which is absorbent enough to remove residues from porous surfaces such as:

  • Upholstery and fabrics
  • Carpets
  • Draperies
  • Marble

We apply the mixture, a thin slurry pastes on the affected surface, and allow it to dry. That provides the product with ample time to absorb the residues before we vacuum off the dirt.

After a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901. We have the expertise to restore your property to its preloss condition quickly. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.     

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Do I Have a Water Leak in My Jamestown Home?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

a torn out wall with leaking pipes and a bucket of water Water damage can structurally affect your home even if it can't be seen. Contact SERVPRO to mitigate the situation.

Water Losses Can be Destructive and Challenging to Restore if Not Met Early, Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Help With Thorough Inspections and Restoration Approaches

As destructive as water losses in Jamestown can often be, they are not often as easily identified as you might believe. Sometimes homeowners might not even recognize that they have a steady leak in their house until they get their water utility bill to see an increase in usage beyond normal parameters. The trouble is, though water service employees might be able to tell you when it is likely your home has a leak, your water meter does not divulge where this problem might exist.

With most of the plumbing in the house buried in walls and structural cavities, the need for water cleanup in Jamestown homes is not always visible on the surface. Identifying the leaks in your house can require more advanced tools and equipment than you have at your disposal, so many have turned to our SERVPRO team to help locate plumbing breaches and repair the damage before the situation gets more out of control.

How Do I Tell If I Have a Leak?

You might be among the many homeowners that are not going to leap at the opportunity to spend their money on plumbing companies or our restoration teams in Jamestown without reason. While a higher bill might not immediately convince you of a persistent leak or broken fixture, there are some other indicators that leaking has occurred in an area over an extended period. These include:

  • Water Stains – Water from your pipes has minerals and even additives to make it safe and sanitary for your consumption. When this water passes through porous materials, it can leave residues of these minerals behind. Iron and manganese are among the most noticeable of water stains, though any discoloration should be a point of concern.
  • Soft or Sagging Materials – If ceiling materials or wall surfaces are soft to the touch, you might have found a substantial moisture pocket. A short time beyond noticing soft materials, these areas have typically become heavily saturated to the point where they begin to sag or bloat. 
  • Mold Growth – One of the earliest indications that microbial threats have taken root are spots that form on the surface of materials like wood flooring, supports, or drywall. If you notice mold growth, you have an issue with moisture content.  

Can SERVPRO Find the Leak to Fix It?

Entrusting your home to the capable hands of our SERVPRO team is not always an easy decision. However, it can help you to locate the leak more efficiently and immediately work to repair the present damages. Plumbing breaks do not improve on their own or reseal themselves, so our team needs to locate where these problems exist, open up the wall for access, and get to replacing or repairing the damaged portions of the pipe. We can utilize several strategies to minimize the demolition in your home however possible, and these include:

  • Surface Moisture Meters – To identify the concentration of moisture pockets beyond the top of materials like drywall, wood flooring, and ceiling tiles, we can utilize moisture meters. These tools measure the severity of moisture concerns, helping to pinpoint the area where breaks have occurred. 
  • Thermal Imagery – With the use of infrared imagery, we can identify temperature differences that can often indicate the presence of water beyond surface materials. This science can often help diagnose where drying should begin and where drywall must be removed to access damaged plumbing. 
  • In-House Licensed Residential Contractors – Experience counts when it comes to actions like controlled demolition. You want the discarding of materials to be as minimal as possible, as this saves both time and money when it comes to rebuilding and repairs. 

When is Controlled Demolition Necessary?

While it has gotten established that this demolition is needed for your home to access the damaged portions of plumbing, other conditions can also indicate that materials have become too severely damaged to salvage. These include:

How Soon Can Reconstruction Begin?

The benefit of choosing our SERVPRO team is that you have the full measure of qualified restoration specialists and reconstruction contractors on the same roster. We can seamlessly transition after mitigation to the rebuilding and repair of your home so things can get back to normal more quickly.

Cleaning up after a water loss incident, including the demolition and rebuilding, is not something most homeowners can handle on their own. Let our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (716) 338-4901.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Jamestown, 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 Jamestown / Olean today at (716) 338-4901 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.

Whom Can I Call For Flood Damage Services in Jamestown?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help You With Your Flood Damage Remediation Needs in Jamestown

Finding flood damage in your Jamestown home is the last thing any homeowner would want to deal with. Spring tends to bring rain, and it can bring a lot of it, quite suddenly. Imagine a situation where the river near your home begins to get dangerously full. With just a bit more rain, it overflows and then floods the garage attached to your home.

No matter how the flood damage came to your Jamestown home, you need to get help immediately. Excess water can lead to many problems inside of your home, and leaving it for long periods can only cause more. When flooding strikes, get help from a restoration company like SERVPRO.

What Could Happen if I Leave the Water in my Garage for a Few Days?

Leaving water damage to its own devices can only cause other problems for your home. Should the water in your garage sit, it can:
    •    Cause calcium deposits to rise in the concrete foundation
    •    Soak into the wooden framework of your home and cause swelling
    •    Nourish mold spores and allow them to grow into a colony

Allowing moisture levels in your home to rise and leaving standing water to its own devices in your home can only cause further damages. To avoid further expenses, seek out help immediately.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remediate my Garage?

Our skilled specialists are highly trained and certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) To remediate your garage, we can:
    •    Unbox any soaked belongings, dry them, and repack them into fresh storage boxes
    •    Remove any wet furniture and bring it to our facility for drying
    •    Use advanced technological devices to clean up the standing water and reduce moisture levels

Our skilled technicians have many years of combined experience and can help you remediate the damages in your home as swiftly as possible.

If your home needs flood damage restoration, call for help today. Dial (716) 338-4901 to speak with SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean. We're open 24/7 and ready to assist you.

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How Do I Clean the Floor After a Major Water Spill in Jamestown?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

wet ceiling caused by water damage Water damage is a serious problem that can cause major problems if not handled properly. Contact SERVPRO to help mediate the damage.

SERVPRO can help you complete the Water cleanup Exercise in Jamestown Fast

The floor in a house becomes a central collection point for water, soils, debris, and other substances during a water spill. Although cleaning may seem straightforward, formulating the right plan is crucial to help guarantee a positive outcome and prevent secondary problems. A cleaning plan is all about the goal that the exercise should achieve.

What goals are typically achieved through floor cleanup in Jamestown?

  • Stain removal or prevention
  • Preventing water intrusion into subfloors
  • Halting further deterioration of the floor materials

Although the ultimate objective for cleaning is to remove all soiling and foreign materials, returning the home to its standard conditions, factors like the floor materials, the amount of water spilled, and whether the loss involves clean or grey water influence the steps taken. Our SERVPRO technicians help by evaluating the loss site to identify the main issues.

How do different goals affect the cleaning process?

In case the water affects an area like the living room where you have wall-to-wall carpets, the cleaning process should remove or prevent stain formation. Carpets also tend to develop bad smells or other forms of physical deterioration, such as backing separation. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize the removal of standing water and stains before performing general cleaning of the area, thus addressing all problems. 

Water spills on hardwood floors can present several problems including

  • Cracking
  • Swelling
  • Dark water spots
  • Soft spots

Fast water extraction and controlled drying help address most of the physical deterioration problems. Our crews use wet vacuums with squeegee wands to expedite water removal and set up drying chambers to control the drying process. We also take other precautions such as avoiding abrasive methods or highly alkaline cleaning products to prevent scratching or dulling of the wooden finish.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can help clean up your home after a water spill. Call us (716) 338-4901, we make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How Fast Should I Work to Get Professional Restoration After a Flood?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

"We are here to help" You can contact our professionals 24/7.We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your property.

Flooding Can Cause Substantial Structural and Content Damage to Your Jamestown Home, But We Respond 24/7 When Disasters Strike.

Flooding is a situation that homeowners cannot adequately prepare for, and with many affected homeowners in Jamestown without adequate insurance coverage for the restoration, you need a team dedicated to making it as cost-effective as possible. This saving starts with fast response when you need it. By beginning mitigation efforts right away, more of your property and its contents can get protected.

A timely response is everything when managing rapidly migrating flood damage in Jamestown homes like yours. We can work to acquire information about your disaster over the initial phone call that you make to our staffed emergency line. The more pertinent details that we can gather from the start, the better prepared we are for the severity of the situation when our technicians roll out from our facility.

How Can I Help Until Professionals Arrive? 

There is not an extensive list of actions that you can take safely when flooding has occurred. In its earliest stages, it is still possible to perform a handful of tasks while you wait for our SERVPRO team to arrive. While we have our emergency services that we can provide, including both extraction and controlled demolition, you can help to make restoration faster and more direct with:

  • Content Relocation 

Your belongings in the house are often one of your first and primary priorities when flooding occurs, as much of your possessions are irreplaceable. A practical action that homeowners can take is to remove the most valuable of these items along with you when possible and relocate other potentially exposed contents to an unaffected area of the house. 

  • Assessing the Situation

You know your home better than anyone, so you can tell when things do not look, smell, or feel as they normally should. We often utilize this input from our customers to better gauge where more work and attention might be necessary.

  • Cataloging Damages 

Keeping track of your ruined belongings and what structural elements have become overly saturated and damaged by migrating flood water can save our project manager time in assessing the property. You can also note pre-existing conditions or damages to the house so that these do not get included in the estimate.

How Do I Know SERVPRO Will Arrive Quickly? 

Saying We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster is a catchy slogan, but it is also a bar that we have set for every technician and representative of our team. We have many techniques to ensure that we get to emergency flooding situations within hours of the initial call to our emergency line. We can ensure a prompt response with:

  • 24/7 Staffed Emergency Line 

When you have an emergency, something is calming about speaking to a real person who can help to direct you in what you can do to help your home now and reassure you that you have help on the way. 

  • Stocked Production Vehicles 

Water losses are among the most common callouts that our professionals address throughout the year, and many of these same tools used in the extraction and drying of water losses are necessary to mitigate flooding. With production vehicles stocked with powerful extraction tools, specialty drying equipment, and cleaning products, we waste little time at the warehouse preparing to roll out.

  • Experienced Professionals 

Experience can make a difference in how efficient restoration and recovery efforts occur. Because our team has seen many flood damage situations, we have a better idea of the situations to expect and the best setups and equipment placement to maximize production.

What Are the Most Efficient Flood Removal Tools? 

Extraction is always a vital element of flood loss recovery, even when standing water is not present. Absorption into carpeting and wood plank flooring can make pooling water not a concern, but the same degree of water damage exists. Removing water and moisture from both the surface and inside of the exposed materials involves several advanced extraction tools in our SERVPRO inventory, including:

Is Reconstruction Necessary After All Floods? 

Of all the loss incidents that our team responds to, flooding is one of the situations that most often requires some degree of controlled demolition and build back. From storm damages to your home that can allow water to penetrate from the roof to natural flooding that pours into lower levels like your basement or crawlspace, exposed materials can either begin structurally compromised or require removal from suspected contamination. We have an in-house team of licensed residential contractors that can help to make this need a seamless transition from mitigation and restoration phases.

Post-flood recovery can be a challenge for homeowners that are unsure of what needs to happen to restore their property. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can help with a fast response that can show you the steps to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

Some Ways to Avoid Water Damage Remediation Problems in Jamestown

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Considerations for Water Damage Cleaning in Jamestown Homes

As vital as cleaning might be for your Jamestown home after a water loss incident, careful considerations and precautions must get taken before this work can begin in full measure. By taking this extra time and effort early on, our SERVPRO team can more readily protect your belongings, install structural elements, and even lessen the impact on the family in the house.

With dozens of products, pieces of equipment, and strategies for water cleanup in Jamestown homes, the term can indicate many different practices. For this reason, cleaning technicians on our team are among the most highly trained and informed. Products and equipment can change regularly, and these professionals must know the best applications, where these approaches are more damaging, and the expected results. Before any water loss cleaning can begin, our mitigation team must address moisture damage.

Using surface meters and penetrating hygrometers, our SERVPRO professionals can locate moisture pockets and address them with multiple tools. Once the area has gotten thoroughly dried and readied for cleaning, we can determine the best approaches. Cleaning hardwood flooring residues, for example, have a much different product and practice than removing soiling from carpets in an adjacent room. Some precautionary tactics can ensure we achieve the desired results with cleaning.


Much like many strong cleaners, it is a good idea to choose a portion of the wall or surface that people cannot see to test the reaction of the cleaning agent. If it does not stain or mar the surface or fabric, then it is safe to use throughout the rest of the house for these similar surfaces.

Visual Assessments 

Taking a closer look at the affected material can help to indicate the likelihood of withstanding many of the most abrasive cleaning methods that our team uses. Soda blasting and sanding are effective means of removing stubborn residues and microbial threats, but many surfaces cannot withstand that aggressive cleaning practice.

In-House Obstacles

While working around a family for the drying process can be challenging enough, post-drying cleaning can be another obstacle. Property occupants limit available cleaning agents that can get used, many of which have a harsh odor.

Cleaning up after a water loss incident is a staple to the full-service restoration that our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team provides. However we can help, give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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Understanding the Risks of Entering a House with Flood Damage in Jamestown

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Our Highly Trained Crews can Help After Flood Damage

Floodwater is noticeably dirty and often carries visible pieces of garbage, organic matter like tree branches, and other debris. Dissolved chemicals and liquids might include acids, oils, and pesticides. The residual mess can harbor pathogens long after floodwaters leave your residence, adding to the health risks now in existence inside your Jamestown property. Drying out your home and replacing damaged items must happen only after the elimination of such risks.

Contamination is not the only risk that residents face when entering their property in Jamestown after flood damage occurs. Weakened floors can collapse, as can ceilings in basements if they contain floodwater. The weight of people and water can warp flooring tiles and crumpled carpeting, thus creating trip hazards. Waterlogged walls made of drywall or covered in plaster can also collapse sideways. Electrical hazards exist throughout a property after even a minor flood, including cords, appliances, outlets, and inside walls.

We rely on our building specialists to handle drywall tear-outs, carpet and tile removal, electrical testing, and repairs. Also, clearing out the main drain line and ensuring the sump pump works correctly, as we work on removing soil and silt dumped into corners and closets. 

When we finish clearing a floor of debris, we rinse it with clean running water. While we do not power wash it, it has a similar effect of removing the finer sediments that our shovels and squeegees did not remove. Then we can apply a disinfectant that kills any leftover pathogens.

Once we have cleared floors of debris and we have removed contaminated materials like drywall, we can start drying out the house for you. Our building crew works to ensure that the house’s frame remains not only stable but also strong. Reinforcements might need to occur throughout your home, before the installation of new drywall but after drying takes place. 

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean understands the precise steps that must take place to bring your house back to normal, safe living conditions. Call (716) 241-2930, 24-hours a day, year-round, to speak with someone who understands how to make a difficult situation manageable.

Water Damage In Jamestown

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Hire Our Water Damage Experts In Jamestown

Water leaks, no matter what the cause can be devastating for the family. Often water spreads throughout the floor where the leak occurs, into other rooms, and walls if it is a high capacity leak lasting several hours. Imagine coming home to find inches of water on your floors, soaking through everything. This is when you need a fast response, experts who know how to mitigate the damage and who can take control.

SERVPRO has been providing water damage removal services in Jamestown and surrounding areas for many years. We have qualified technicians on staff who are trained in water removal and drying techniques. We respond in less than 4 hours on a 24 / 7 basis, assess the situation, and immediately deploy the appropriate equipment and staff to minimize the damage from the water. We can also work closely with your insurance adjuster and insurance company as needed.

Why You Should Hire the Experts
Many clients feel that all that is needed is to mop up the visible water on the floors, vacuum up water from carpeting using a shop vac and let the rest of the moisture evaporate as the house dries out. Don't take a chance with microbial growth in areas that do not dry quickly, and the subsequent mold infestations that can affect your health. Warm damp conditions are perfect environments for mold spores to multiply.

SERVPRO can deploy water extractors to remove every last ounce of water from hard surfaces as well as carpeted floors. We check for pockets of water and moisture inside cavities that are difficult to access. Often water and moisture find their way inside walls, which can cause the drywall to swell and deform, leaving an unsightly mess. We use moisture meters to check these areas. If needed, we drill holes in the walls to remove water and blow dry air into the wall to thoroughly dry the area.

SERVPRO always assesses the situation, discusses our plan with our client and your insurance company. We immediately get to work, since a fast response and action reduces the total cost and damage.

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve St Bonaventure, Portville, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Jamestown After A Water Loss

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves in our warehouse housing our restoration equipment We have the state of the art equipment ready to restore your property after a water loss, call us 24/7 and we will act fast to prevent further damage.

Monitoring Outcomes and Making Adjustments during Water Damage Restoration in your Jamestown Home

Water Damage Jamestown

Water restoration is an exact science. When leaking pipes or faulty appliances begin to affect your home, the initial reaction is to remove excess moisture from the immediate vicinity. We generally use powerful extraction equipment or pumps to get rid of as much moisture in as little time as possible. These equipment transport gallons of water at a time and can significantly reduce the problems associated with water migration or degradation. However, many aspects of water restoration center on proper drying of the structure or contents, which prevents microbial growth, discoloration, and malodor.

Controlling water damage in your Jamestown home means making sure that the structure itself is thoroughly dry. Failure to do so can lead to expensive restoration or replacement costs further down the line. Many water damage emergencies that SERVPRO restore can take several days to return to a preloss condition. During these days, water restoration technicians can place drying equipment like air movers or dehumidifiers to draw moisture from materials, floor, or indoor air. We make sure your home is getting the attention it needs by conducting monitoring every twenty-four-hours during the drying procedure.

Monitoring is an essential method that tells us how effective our drying methods are in any given situation. There are three primary measuring tools that we use to determine how effective our drying outcomes are once the equipment is set-up. These tools include a hygrometer for measuring humidity, probing, and non-probing moisture meters to gain moisture content readings of different contents or materials in the unaffected area.

Sometimes low temperatures can have an impact on the effectiveness of dehumidification equipment. Refrigerant dehumidifiers, for example, are most efficient at removing moisture in temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees. If a SERVPRO technician sees low readings from dehumidification equipment, we may decide to introduce heaters or otherwise raise the temperature to speed up drying times. Monitoring allows us to provide an accurate roadmap of a restoration, which we allow us to communicate realistic timeframes and outcomes to keep you in the loop throughout.

Restoration is a scientific procedure that regularly requires assessment and adjustment. For comprehensive water restorers, contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901.

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How Professionals Clean Hardwood Floors After Fire Damage in Jamestown

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Wood Floors After Fire Damage in Jamestown Homes 

There is no mistaking the value that wood floors can add to your Jamestown home, but they can also be one of the first materials substantially damaged during a structure fire. Depending on the severity of the disaster, the impact on this flooring can vary significantly. In addition to smoke, soot, and structural degradation, wood flooring is also susceptible to water absorption when firefighting techniques get used to extinguish the blaze. 

Apart from acidic soot coming to rest on the surface of wood flooring, other fire damage in Jamestown homes can also pose immediate concerns. Smoke odors can penetrate even low porosity woods like maple and oak when higher temperatures expand the existing pores in the wood plank and trap the smoke inside when it cools. Addressing odors is one of the final steps in the recovery of this flooring; however, as soot residues and potential water saturation can physically harm the material and force tear-out and reconstruction. 

Water mitigation is often part of the initial tasks that fire restorers must perform when reaching the fire-damaged structure. Many of our technicians have water restoration (WRT) certifications as well as Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) to address the full spectrum of restoration concerns in a fire loss incident. The cellulose in wood flooring can allow fast water absorption, meaning that our technicians must prioritize drying with air movers, dehumidifiers, and even drying mats if necessary. 

Residues can be a challenge for our SERVPRO team on finished wood floors, as many of our most potent cleaning agents can damage the look of the planks. Neutral PH cleaners can help to reduce these harmful effects while providing the same ultimate effect. In more extreme cases where damage has moved beyond the finished surface, sanding and stripping can resolve the immediate smoke and soot effects, and the floor can get refinished by our competent team of in-house general contractors. 

Wood flooring can get severely damaged during a fire loss incident, but our experienced SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean professionals can help. Contact us 24/7 by calling (716) 338-4901. 

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Call Us If Your Jamestown Home Experiences A Flood

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage.

When Flood Damage Happens in Your Jamestown Home

Statistically, there is a one-in-three chance that a structure in New York will have flood damage happen during the period of a 30-year mortgage. Common causes are flash floods due to heavy rains, hurricanes, and snowmelt.

While there are some things, homeowners in Jamestown can do to avoid flood damage, such as making sure the grade on their property directs water away rather than toward the home. Also, the installation of additional drainage is another course of action that helps inhibit water damage to the residence. Flooding is not one-hundred percent avoidable.

The technicians have the equipment for professional-level water removal, and that includes using their state-of-the-art equipment to locate the migration paths of floodwater as well as extract it. Because of their training for all types of loss, the techs also know how to proactively treat the property to avoid mold and odors as a secondary issue from the flood loss.

Professional Water Extraction and Drying
The equipment used for extraction is dependent upon the amount of water the techs are cleaning up. They primarily use portable pumps for fast removal. If the water is more than a couple of inches deep, they have submersible pumps that allow them to deal with large amounts of water. Drying the property is meant to bring the indoor humidity down quickly to avoid mold and additional damage.

Common Tactic for Flood Loss in a Home
Even a half-an-inch of water in a home can leave substantial damage behind. It has the potential to wick into sheetrock, requiring removal to halt the damage to the wall as well as open up the wall cavity for drying. SERVPRO technicians cleanly cut away damage building materials so it can undergo repairs easily after wiping and cleaning the property.

Prepping the Home for Repairs and Reconstruction
After damage from flooding in the home, it is common for some areas to have the sheetrock removed down to the studs, and in some cases, tile delaminates and loses its grip, which requires removal.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage. They have the advanced equipment and expertise to turn the loss around and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Jamestown Flood Damage Restoration Needs

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A boarded up set of windows in a home After a severe storm our experts responded right away to protect the interior of this home from more potential storm damage.

Flood Damage Jamestown – Managing Microbial Growth

Floodwaters pick up all sorts of contamination, such as microbes, fuel, bacteria, viruses, E.coli, and many more contaminants. Even homes flooded due to broken windows, holes punched in the roof from wind, and airborne items, can be contaminated by microbes, mold, and mildew. Homeowners must take special precautions to avoid infection and sickness caused by these contaminants.

SERVPRO provides flood damage recovery services in Jamestown and surrounding areas. Our people are trained to process contaminated sites while protecting our clients as well as our employees. We take these situations very seriously. We want to ensure that no one becomes ill from touching contaminated materials after flooding.

Minimizing Opportunities for the Growth of Microbes

Microbes and mold are in the air around us. Under normal conditions, most people can deal with limited exposure to these microbes and mold without experiencing any ill effects. Flooding introduces moisture into areas of your home that are usually dry. Temperatures in buildings are generally kept near the ideal levels for the growth of microbes, e.g., 68 to 86 F. Microbes also need a food source that is readily available in flooded homes. Also, there are natural materials such as indoor dirt, structures, natural fibers, and more.

We train our SERVPRO technicians to recognize these conditions and take the appropriate precautions to protect your family and employees. We also ensure that undamaged areas of the building are further protected to avoid spreading contamination further. Removing debris, moisture, and cleaning contaminated items, as well as drying the area quickly, dramatically reduces the opportunity for microbial infestations to grow.

We are available on a 24 / 7 basis to respond quickly to all flood damage events. Rapid response minimizes the initial damage and prevents secondary damage to other areas of your home or building. SERVPRO can respond within four hours or less to your call.

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve St Bonaventure, Salamanca, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are The Leader In Jamestown Water Damage Restoration

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Our new green equipment on the shelves in the warehouse We have state of the art drying equipment ready to restore your home after a water damage disaster. We are available 24/7 so call us day or night.

Preventing Future Problems When Fixing Water Damage Incidents in Jamestown

Many problems are apparent after water leaks or other related incidents. The common ones include wet materials, stains, and other forms of soiling. Apart from the primary damages, there might be secondary issues such as mold, warping, rotting, and other forms of deterioration, including bad odor. When dealing with water damage, SERVPRO strives to solve both current and future problems.

Microbial growth can happen in all water damage incidents in Jamestown if the conditions are right. Microbial growth mostly manifests in the form of mold patches on various surfaces, including wood and concrete. Given time, the mold infestation can penetrate beyond the surface by eating into organic materials. Our SERVPRO technicians work hard to limit the time materials are exposed to wetness since time is a primary factor in mold development. We also apply antimicrobial agents on different surfaces after extraction and cleaning actions. For example, after extracting water from carpets, we use antimicrobial agents on the carpet backing and the floor surface to inhibit microbial growth.

During water damage incidents, some of the water can be readily accessed, especially when it stagnates on surfaces or is absorbed into materials that do not inhibit drying. However, some filters into cavities and other hidden crevices within the property. If left unaddressed, such moisture leads to deterioration of materials. For instance, frames and other structural supports can rot compromising their structural integrity. Our SERVPRO technicians open up hidden areas, including walls and subfloors, to remove or dry wet materials, eliminating future problems.

A bad odor may develop after water damage. Although its impact may be minor compared to the other issues, odor issues make property uncomfortable to occupants. Deodorization steps such as misting affected areas with a deodorizer using a ULV fogger helps control bad smells. We allow the product to soak into materials for at least two to four hours before ventilating the area.

A simple water loss incident can lead to many future problems. Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Jamestown After A Flood

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A flood cut along the wall in this home after a flood The insulation and materials got wet and then contaminated with mold after a flood in this home. We arrived right away and provided a flood cut.

Controlling the Spread of Contamination in a Flood Damaged Jamestown Property

The dirty nature of floodwater involves much more than just soils invading your home. Microbes of all kinds also get pushed into your Jamestown property. We must remove the majority of these microbes as early as possible to protect both people and your property from harm. Unavoidable activities, such as walking across a floor or moving equipment, can spread contamination. We use specific measures to counter the spread of contamination effectively.

Removing debris saturated with contaminated water can also spread contamination within your house in Jamestown during flood damage mitigation. However, we must do this as quickly as possible. We use double bags to contain wet carpets and other damaged materials better. Our technicians carry out foreign debris in bags, as well as in large buckets, after using shovels and rakes to clean your floors.

Plastic sheeting helps contain contaminants that might travel with the help of air currents. Cutting drywall and tearing away ruined sections from the framework can send dust and other pollutants into the air. Building a temporary containment system around the area first can minimize the number of particles that spread to other areas of the house. We use both negative pressure and HEPA filtration to make such systems even more efficient.

Other situations call for the removal of materials to open up spaces so we can decontaminate the interior area. Stairwells can hold flood water and allow it to migrate to other areas of your property for months after a flood. We remove as little as possible to allow us access to dry out and disinfect the interior.

Similarly, we build decontamination chambers that allow us to clean up our clothing, shoes, and equipment before moving them into previously cleaned areas of your home. Decontaminating involves the use of disinfectant sprays, bagging up personal protective equipment (PPE), and changing filters. Other chambers help us cleanup items so your family can use them again, without needing to box them up for cleaning at our facility. These are typically items that your family needs as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is always ready to mitigate flood damage in a manner that steadily reduces the level of contamination within your residence. We want to restore your home in Lakewood, Falconer, or Frewsburg to pre-flood condition, “Like it never even happened.” Call our 24-hour number, (716) 338-4901.

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Commercial Flood Damage Olean – Using the Right Equipment Delivers Results

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

Four SERVPRO vehicles parked in a parking lot. Flood damage in Olean ? Don’t worry SERVPRO will get your business back to better than normal in no time.

SERVPRO has the equipment your Olean business needs for flood damage.

Commercial buildings depend on being open for business. Schools, churches, rental buildings, manufacturing, and retail businesses all depend on being available to their clientele. Business owners may lose revenue, customers, or impact the public if the business is closed. School boards must remain closed until the flood damage is cleaned up, affecting hundreds of families and the companies where the parents work.

SERVPRO understands how important it is to respond to commercial flood damage events in Olean regardless of the magnitude and the extent of the damage. We respond in less than four hours on a 24/7 basis, assess the situation and deploy the right equipment and qualified technicians to manage the flood damage, and restore your premises, "Like it never even happened."

Extraction Equipment

The first order of business is to make sure that the work environment is safe from contamination and an accident perspective. We do not want your employees, clients, and our staff injured or sickened by hazardous items in the flooded area. SERVPRO removes debris, and broken windows, doors or wall punctures to be boarded up to protect the building from further damage.

Water extraction units are brought in to remove standing water. These units range from truck-mounted pumps to weighted water extractors and portable extractors to reach hard to get at areas. Air movers and dehumidifiers are brought in as needed to completely dry the space, including carpeting, fabrics, and walls.

Inspection Equipment 

SERVPRO also uses a variety of inspection devices to make sure there are no spots left with water or high moisture levels that can lead to structural damage or mold growth. These devices include moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and thermos-hygrometers. Each device has a specific application and is called upon by our technical experts to make sure no moisture hot spots are remaining.

Flood cuts in walls may be required to root out water or moisture hot spots identified by these devices. Removing the moisture now eliminates future issues such as mold growth, which can impact the health of your employees and clients.

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lakewood, Falconer. Frewsburg, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss How To Clean Your Concrete Basement Flooring After A Water Damage Incident In Lakewood

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Concrete Basement Flooring After Lakewood Water Damage

Concrete flooring common to Lakewood basements can be a challenge to dry and clean. As concrete is considered to be a ‘low evaporative material,’ all drying processes should be expected to be more complex and difficult to accomplish. While water does not easily damage concrete surfaces, failure to dry out this region can lead to persistent moisture concerns in the basement of your house. Cleaning up the concrete to prevent staining or residual films after water loss incidents should happen as soon as drying has gotten primarily under control.
Water cleanup for Lakewood homes, especially on concrete flooring in the basement level, must happen as quickly as possible. Like every affected material, prolonged water loss exposure can lead to worsening conditions like the facilitation of mold growth. Drying up a concrete slab requires the use of temperature regulating equipment and specialty drying equipment. In some situations, drying specific types of concrete flooring can leave a chalky calcium deposit along the walking surface that must get cleaned after drying has neared completion.
Pressure washing is a method that can get used for cleaning off smaller areas of damaged concrete, but this also can potentially cause problems. As powerful as these units can be, lengthy cleaning processes can leave excess water and moisture in the same problem areas you have just dried. Our SERVPRO team can closely monitor the penetration of newly introduced water to prevent overexposure.
Most often, wet cleaning is the standard approach for clearing off lingering deposits, and also addressing potential microbes or fungal colonies. For these scrubbing processes, our SERVPRO cleaning professionals can introduce any one of several potent cleaning products. We can soak cleaning towels in a surface cleaner and scrub away dirt, sediment, microbes, and effervescence.
As challenging as cleaning surfaces like concrete might be in the less adequately ventilated basement of your home, our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team can help. We have experience and industry-leading equipment and products that can make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our experts a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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A Few Tips to Help You Deal With Commercial Flood Damage in Olean

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Emergency Reconstruction Services for Flooded Olean Shops

Flooding can become a much more damaging and threatening ordeal without the appropriate sealing of structural breaches to the building housing your Olean store. Often roof damage can be a quick path to a flooded structure, and fast reactions to this situation can prevent more considerable damage inside your shop. Our storm response team features water restoration professionals as well as a team of licensed general contractors that can offer a comprehensive approach to get your business back up and running right quickly.

It is our business to get you back in business, and flood damage to Olean shops can make this a challenging feat. Our different divisions of trained professionals must work together to reduce the severity and spread of flood loss in your store. When our team arrives with our construction specialists, we can begin the temporary repairs your building needs while our SERVPRO management begins cataloging current loss and earmarking your inventory for safer storage in our nearby facility or a safe location on-site.

While extraction and drying efforts are vital to the restoration of flood loss scenarios, our contractors also play a critical role in this process as well. The contractors of our team are led by our construction manager, who has more than 40 years of experience in the building trades. We also boast an in-house civil engineer, which helps us to reconstruct areas more efficiently and in compliance with specific codes and regulations for commercial structures in the state of New York.

Temporary construction solutions occurring immediately can help our SERVPRO team to begin effective mitigation tactics that can protect the carpeting in your main showroom, the wood of the counters and display tables throughout the building, and prevent clothing on the racks and shelving from becoming damaged by later-developing microbial threats.

We understand that flooding scenarios can threaten your business, and we work around the clock to keep your doors open and to protect your investments in your stock and inventory. Give our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a call anytime at (716) 338-4901.

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Prevent Further Water Damage In Your Lakewood Home By Hiring Experts

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

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We know the lengths it is going to take for your Lakewood water damage.

Water intrusion incidents are a major contributor to property damage. Some damage might be faint, such as stains, but accumulated moisture can cause mold growth in affected areas or lead to the deterioration of walls, floors, and wooden support structures. Excess water may also cause unforeseen destructive processes like rusting metal, peeling paint, and electrical issues. SERVPRO can help you restore your property after a water loss.

With our competent technicians and advanced water extraction equipment, we can handle any magnitude of water damage in your Lakewood home. We can assess the damage to determine the right strategies to fix the situation. The severity of water loss incidents differs depending on the type and amount of water and the level of contamination involved. 

You may deal with a moderate or small amount of clean or gray water in your residence on your own if you have the right tools and take proper precautions. However, if a large amount of water has pooled in your home or moisture has gotten too hard-to-reach areas, the destruction can be beyond your ability to repair. For instance, if water has pooled on one of the upper floors of your home, it may seep through the floor and ruin the ceiling below. 

We understand the construction of wall and floor assemblies and can, therefore, make educated decisions about drying and restoration. Understanding how a structure is built enables our technicians to inspect, remove bulk water, and dry the affected materials effectively. When water flows through a wall, ceiling, and wall materials, it also passes through a ceiling, floor, and wall assembly, which is a group of materials that make up a system. An interior wall system could contain an assemblage of framing and drywall, while an exterior wall system may contain framing, drywall, exterior sheathing, and framing. Our SERVPRO team can inspect your home and document all materials that could be damp. We can check for moisture using: 

Penetrating moisture meters - They have pins that penetrate a surface to give a visual display of moisture readings. They operate on the principle of electrical conductivity by penetrating the material we are testing. 

Non-penetrating moisture meters - These devices use radio frequency emissions, conductivity, or capacitance to detect moisture in a substance. They do not cause surface damage to the materials that restorers are testing. 

Our technicians can dry your home thoroughly using equipment like centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Professional restoration ensures the removal of all moisture from a building. 

After a water loss incident in your home, acting swiftly can prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can help you fix the destruction to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (716) 338-4901 for prompt restoration. 

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We Discuss Remediation Steps Needed To Clean Up Flood Damage In Your Jamestown Store

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Remediation Steps Needed To Clean Up Commercial Flood Damage In A Jamestown Area Retail Store

Intense storms during the fall can cause a deluge of rain and flooding to overtake retail stores and shops in Jamestown. We consider the water that comes inside to be Category 3, which is the worst level of contamination possible. Specific remediation steps must take place for your store to re-open after this kind of disaster.

One of the initial steps we take when remediating a retail setting in Jamestown of storm or flood damage involves putting safety precautions into place. Employees of SERVPRO and those of our customers have a right to safe working conditions. During Category 3 remediation, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that makes the interior setting less hazardous. Other safety precautions involving electrical wiring, gas lines, and debris are crucial to our safety.

Decreasing the ability of cross-contamination from happening is another vital aspect of protecting SERVPRO specialists as they perform remediation services. We address the issue of contamination with both disinfection methods and containment chambers. The first makes picking up and transferring contaminants from surfaces less likely to happen. Chambers use negative air pressure to help contain any dislodged contaminants, as these can rest deeper inside materials.

Cleaning up and carrying out the restoration process starts with removing remaining water. When pumping water out of basements, we do so in stages. This allows us to check for changes to your foundation that might occur if the ground outside is overly saturated and places too much pressure on the foundation's walls.

We actively work on reducing the humidity in the air, as this is a crucial part of drying the structure. As long as water vapor stays above normal levels, the structure can develop problems with secondary water damage. As long as contaminants remain in the area, we need to combine dehumidification efforts and negative pressure containment. However, until the level of contaminants dips down to normal, we refrain from using air movers because we want to avoid transferring any microbes from one area to another.

We also bag up debris from both the flood and also any damaged materials. This can require cutting and pulling sections of materials away from walls. We also collect furnishings and any salvageable inventory for cleaning and restoration at our facility. In some buildings, enclosed spaces can keep floodwater trapped. Our building services crew works with us in opening these areas up in a manner that makes rebuilding them possible.

Just before finishing, we clean the area with a disinfectant and remove any bagged waste for disposal. We decontaminate our PPE and equipment. Then we do a final check to ensure we have not missed anything.

SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean wants to help you recover after a flood or damaging storm so you can re-open as quickly as possible. Retail shop owners in Lakewood, Falconer, and Frewsburg can contact us by calling (716) 338-4901 whenever an emergency arises. We are here, 24/7, year-round, including weekends and all holidays.

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Hidden Leaks Lead to Water Damage in Historic Jamestown Homes

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Don’t let leaks ruin your Jamestown home, we will help.

Many homes in Jamestown, like those in the Lakeview Avenue Historic District, are more than 100 years old. With most single-family houses in the area built between 1891 and 1930, a range of architectural styles and building materials exists throughout the neighborhood. 

Whether you live in the historic district or a modern gated community, hidden leaks can happen throughout your Jamestown home CAUSING WATER DAMAGE without your knowledge. From high water utility bills to health risks, a small leak can lead to big costs. Leaky pipes are hidden in walls or under floors, and they usually go unnoticed until water damage occurs. Signs to look for are crumbling ceilings, buckling floor tiles, and stains appearing on walls. If you notice any of these signs, SERVPRO’s team of knowledgeable restoration technicians can help you decide the most cost-effective way to mitigate the problem.

Renovations can be timely and expensive. Many homeowners tear out damp materials that may be salvageable. Before you decide how to take care of water damage, call SERVPRO, and let our professionals save you time and money. Our technicians are specialists in clean up and restoration. We are committed to restoring your property to its pre-damaged state, making you feel, “Like it never even happened.” 

Our team members perform a detailed scope of the water damage and use the results to determine necessary clean up and repairs. Equipped with sensors that detect the level of moisture in materials, our team members analyze the damage to determine if your walls, ceilings, and floors can be dried out, disinfected, and restored or if they need to be removed and replaced. We use state-of-the-art equipment like industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers that use both circulation and heat to remove moisture to dry out your space quickly and efficiently. Constant monitoring of the drying process ensures our techniques are working. 

The experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Jamestown / Orlean can find the source of your water damage and help you determine the best steps to take. Ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are always available to help resolve your water damage emergencies at (716) 338-4901. 

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Commercial Flood Damage Olean – CloudBurst Floods Office

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let flood damage stop your day at the office in Olean, let us help.

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Recently a localized storm blew through the area and flooded one of our client's offices. He mentioned that it felt like a cloud burst with so much water falling. In situations such as this, storm sewers cannot possibly deal with all of the water, and it floods local businesses. When he got to work the morning of the storm, the main floor had several inches of water covering the office floors, and all of the electrical connections had shorted out.

The client quickly called SERVPRO for help with his commercial office and the flood damage in Olean. The water receded quickly from the parking lot. However, there was still a great deal of water in the office. Many of his computers sitting on the floor were also damaged. We responded within the hour and after assessing the situation to make sure it was safe to enter, began removing equipment and desks to facilitate the water removal and drying process.

The carpet and underpad were placed directly on a cement pad. Potentially contaminated water flooded the carpet and underpad from the parking lot and storm sewers. We removed the carpet and underpad. The sheetrock on the walls absorbed moisture up to approximately fifteen inches from the floor. The sheetrock was cut away up to twenty-four inches to remove all potentially moisture-damaged material. The cement floor and walls were decontaminated and dried in preparation for new underpad and carpeting

SERVPRO also uses air movers to force air into challenging to get to areas. The high-speed air currents generated by the air movers pick up the remaining moisture drying the floor and walls quickly. The computers and other electronic equipment were referred to a third party by the client for repair.

New carpeting and underpad were installed along with repairs to the sheetrock on the walls. All of the desks, chairs and associated furniture were hand washed and dried. SERVPRO technicians returned the furniture to their designated spots.

Call SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean at (716) 338-4901 for 24/7 service. We serve Lakewood, Falconer, Frewsburg, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Restore Flood Damaged Property in Olean?

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration For Olean Businesses

With its location on I-86, Olean is a great layover spot for tourism and transportation. Area businesses support families on extended vacations to the nearby Allegany Forest and Lake Erie or truck drivers on an overnight stop. 

While the swelling lake doesn’t reach this far, extreme thunderstorms can still cause commercial flood damage in Olean motels. To repair or replace damaged property, SERVPRO response teams train to quickly remove water, dispose of non-restorable items, dry the structure, and restore property not severely damaged. 

Teams start by spraying the floodwater and nearby surfaces with an anti-bacterial agent to neutralize any contaminants. Then, they use pumps or smaller extraction devices to remove the water. Since the water contains solid particulates, WRTs (Water Damage Restoration Technicians) send the water directly into the nearest sewer access point. 

Water softens the glue as it soaks the carpets in the rooms and office areas. While this is a problem to solve if the water was clean, contaminated water means that SERVPRO cannot guarantee the safety of the carpet. Here, the softened glue makes it easier and faster to remove the carpets for disposal. After finishing with the carpets, the WRTs scrape the glue off the bare floors and clean them again with an anti-bacterial detergent. 

Simultaneously, other technicians remove all furniture from the flooded rooms and raise it off the ground.  They then clean and examine the furniture for damage, either on-site or at our facility. If wood items have a finish or veneer, WRTs set up a combination of air movers and fans to carefully dry and harden them again. If needed, team members also set up a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of the items to speed up the process. 

With the furniture out, other team members examine the drywall panels. If they have absorbed enough water to being crumbling, then the team remove and dispose of them immediately. For panels that only absorbed a small amount of water, WRTs use more air movers and fans to dry them in place carefully.

For SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, supporting our area businesses means supporting the entire community. We are here for every commercial facility locally and in Falconer, Frewsburg, and Lakewood. If your business has had a flood or other water intrusion, call (716) 338-4901 today to begin restoration. We are here to help you.

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Natural Disasters, Water Spillage, Mold Remediation or Fire Cleanup in Your Jamestown Property? We Can Help--SERVPRO!

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Leaks, Mold Stains, Time to Restore and Replace Damaged Components of Your Jamestown Home? SERVPRO Provides a Total Restoration Package--Call Us

SERVPRO's Talent in Restoration, Services Your Jamestown Home Needs

We could tell you all about the sales and customer satisfaction awards we have received over the years for our services to Jamestown and its surrounding areas, but what you want to know about most, is who can quickly and confidently restore your damaged home after a disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO team has more than 50 years of experience in our senior management alone, allowing us to approach every loss incident knowledgeably and work efficiently to return it to preloss condition.

Mold Damage
Many elements set our remediation team apart, and this begins with our approaches to address mold damage in your Jamestown home. As a licensed mold remediator with the state of New York, we have both the credentials and the extensive training to know how to handle mold situations with a capable urgency. With our insistence on attracting the most promising staff to train as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, every customer gets the same thorough resolution.

One of the aspects that sets our SERVPRO team apart is our ability to offer wrap-around services to Jamestown residents contending with mold damage. This contention begins with effective remediation and continues through full rebuilds and reconstruction efforts as they might be necessary. We can seamlessly transition between our mitigation, containment, and remediation processes to full-scale build back with our team of contracting specialists.

We have an obligation to the homes and businesses throughout Jamestown and Olean to combine our growing expertise in mold remediation and recovery with the most effective tools and products in the industry. From soda and sandblasting to remove colonization to our elaborate inventory of air quality machines like negative air units and air scrubbers, no property has to contend with this harmful organism for long.

Fire Damage
Fire damage to Jamestown homes can happen swiftly and severely. From small kitchen flare-ups to substantial structure fire disasters that sweep through a property, addressing these concerns promptly can keep your family safe. We also know that the best way that we can save our customers time and money on the work their property needs is to transition quickly between necessary recovery efforts. We have a full-service fire recovery approach, even offering full-scale build back and reconstruction where it is necessary.

While even limited fire damages in your home require layers of cleanup and recovery to occur, the assessment of your Jamestown property and the mitigation for possible water damage much precede all other tasks. We can then focus our primary restoration services on addressing soot and smoke residues as well as persistent harsh odors that could have spread throughout the house. An inspection to areas like your HVAC system can help to determine the full extent of possible damage in the property.

Sometimes, fire losses become so intense that it becomes impossible not to replace certain materials and structural elements. We have a team of SERVPRO contracting specialists, accompanied to jobs by our in-house structural engineer, that can address all construction needs and renovation your Jamestown property requires. Even with these capabilities, we strive to restore compromised areas of your property before deciding to remove and replace them.

Water Damage
Our commitment to high-quality employees helps us to address water damage to Jamestown homes quickly and confidently under pressure. We know how quickly these situations can get out of control, allowing a continued deterioration of affected materials and contents without the appropriate mitigation techniques. With coursework in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), you never have to second guess the competency or experience of the technicians working to restore your property.

This division is among the most active of all of our recovery efforts throughout the year, so we keep our cutting-edge tools and machines stocked on ready trailers to mobilize quickly in the event of an emergency. Water damage can affect your residence in many ways, so we need to have the right tools for the specific effects found in the inspection of your Jamestown home. From wet-vacs with extraction wands to our powerful truck-mounted pumps, we can quickly remove standing water to prepare a property for drying efforts.

Drying the water damage is one of the chief priorities of our experienced SERVPRO professionals working in your Jamestown residence. With both our air movers and dehumidifiers to collect the vaporized moisture and saturation, we can meet our goals based on established moisture baselines to protect as many exposed construction materials and contents as possible.

Storm Damage
From damaging Nor’easters to severe crises in other seasons, our SERVPRO disaster relief team must stay ready to contend with storm damage to Jamestown properties at any time. With how substantially damaging weather events can become, and the likelihood of compromising several homes and businesses simultaneously, we rely on the swift actions of our Large Loss Recovery Team to help us offer all of our customers the same attention and practical mitigation efforts when every second counts.

Led by a director with more than four decades of experience in the construction trades, our contracting team can help to resolve structural breaches in Jamestown properties quickly. From board ups and tarping services, our general contracting mitigation solutions can prevent further exposure of floodwater and other compromising circumstances, allowing our full team of recovery specialists to begin efforts to extract, dry, and clean the damaged portions of the property.

It can be hazardous to wait even several hours for restoration work to begin in your Jamestown home, but our experienced IICRC-Certified technicians can help with full-spectrum restoration and reconstruction. We also have an experienced team of content management specialists that can work to quickly relocate personal belongings and items at risk for contamination, moisture damage, or ruin. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and with storm damage, this is more vital than ever.

We have a growing roster of well-educated and experienced technicians that make our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team a popular choice when disaster strikes. If you need restoration services, trust in our professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.


Our Trained Technicians Have The Necessary Equipment To Restore Your Lake Erie Home Of Flood Damage

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our team has the resources to handle any type of storm damage. Whether it is water damage from rain or a fire from lighting, we are here to help!

SERVPRO - Remediating Flood Damage To Homes In Olean

There are few communities in the western half of our state better situated than Olean for water sports. Residents can have breakfast in their own home, spend an incredible day on the water, fishing, boating, water skiing, and more, then drive home just far enough away to avoid the tourist traffic and other issues.

Olean is still close enough though to deal with the flood damage in Lake Erie that can happen after a storm rolls in off the lake.  When it does happen, SERVPRO is ready. Each response team is highly trained and has access to both an extensive on-hand inventory of equipment and a nationwide network of equipment and personnel when the worst possible outcome turns into an event.

The team’s first step is to get the water out of the home. Since this is outside water, there is a risk from the soil, overflowing sewer systems, and more contaminants. Team members spray the water and nearby surfaces with an anti-bacterial agent to reduce the threat and then remove it using a commercial grade pump. They pump it back into the sewer if a drain is available. If not, it goes into a tank truck for delivery to a water treatment plant.

Next, SERVPRO teams dry the floors, walls, and any property that was under the water. To increase the natural evaporation process, they install exhaust fans to draw the damp air from inside the home to the outside and dehumidifiers to draw water directly from the air and nearby surfaces.

To directly dry property, technicians install air movers. They can direct these devices in any direction, including up walls toward the ceiling. By adjusting the speed and temperature of the airflow, technicians can dry everything from furniture to fragile drywall. Since this is outside flood damage, teams cannot guarantee the cleanliness of any carpets. After removing the water, the safest option is to dispose of them immediately rather than waste time and resources trying to clean them.

With other property, technicians wipe down or spray every surface with another anti-bacterial cleaner. Where necessary, team members use scrub brushes to work the cleaner into items like sofas or upholstered chairs.

For SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, the goal is to return every home to a clean, pre-flood condition. If you have had any water come through your home, contact our office immediately at (716) 338-4901 to schedule a service call. We are here for you.

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We Are Equipped With The Necessary Tools To Handle Your Jamestown Flood Damage Restoration

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

We have the resources and team to handle any type of storm damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so don't hesitate to call anytime.

Protecting the Furniture of Your Jamestown Church in a Flood

Churches are frequent landmarks throughout Jamestown and provide a place of community, reverence, and hope. When disasters strike the area like widespread natural flooding, these structures are in the line of destruction the same as many homes and other businesses throughout our service area. With the considerable damage that high volumes of water can do, even before threats of contamination, dirt, mud, and debris, it is vital for property owners to seek out the experience and fast response of our highly-trained restoration team.

Flood damage can occur in stages throughout your Jamestown church, and addressing each of these factors requires specialized tools and training. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive experience in mitigation work to protect your property as much as possible when faced with the detrimental effects of flooding. We also have the appropriate education and equipment to address the threats to the contents of your church and can work to protect these items from oversaturation, potential contamination, and other threats that accompany flood disasters. We understand that religious artifacts can have special value.

While your church might not have the volume of contents and belongings in it that many homes might, there are plenty of items that require protection and fast removal to protect them from spreading water damage. Furniture and fixtures are among the most substantial investments that many churches make, striving to find plenty of comfortable seating for the congregation expected to grow. Water damage can compromise wooden legs and supports quickly, bloating and distorting these components. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster; we strive to preserve pews from water damage.

As is the case with all flooding situations, addressing standing water is the primary concern of our SERVPRO team. We have multiple extraction tools that can quickly remove pooling water and expose which elements require focused cleaning and disinfection after drying, and which items may require removal and replacement altogether.

We know that there are many phases to fully recovering any property after flood damage, and many people choose our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean team for our expertise and experience during these traumatic times. Whenever your property gets faced with a disaster, you can reach our 24/7 rapid response team at (716) 338-4901

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Our Certified Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Jamestown Home After A Flood

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the necessary equipment, expertise and experience. Don't hesitate and call us right away.

Handling Flood Damage to Your Jamestown Residence Caused by Fallen Tree Branches

If you have lots of attractive mature, trees, you may deal with damage to your roof. The long, large branches could fall on your roof due to tree rot or strong winds during a heavy rainstorm, causing your attic to flood and water to begin dripping into the ceiling.

At that point, you’ve got a flood damage emergency and the potential for incurring thousands of dollars worth of damage. If you have flood damage to your Jamestown home, it is advisable to hire IICRC certified technicians from SERVPRO to assess the destruction and to know what you are up against. Our technicians can scope the damages and create a mitigation plan to restore your property to its preloss condition.

Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to manage the flood damage restoration project through to its completion. Our SERVPRO team can arrive at your home fast with the equipment to start extracting the water while our licensed contractors remove the tree and the limbs from against your property and fix the areas broken by the fallen branches.

We can use equipment like wet/dry vacuums to remove water from the attic floor. Sheetrock may complicate drying, and for that reason, we can demolish damaged sheetrock to make it easier to dry structural components in the attic area. Our technicians may also remove sheetrock to access areas within the attic. If there is insulation in the attic, replacing it is necessary.

If there is water in other areas of your home, we can dry exposed contents, materials and surfaces. We can set up air movers in the affected spaces to improve evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. Air movers introduce heated air at the surface levels and replace the saturated air with drier air to enhance evaporation. We can restore most of the wet contents and materials. Our goal is to provide fast recovery while minimizing the overall expense of flood damage restoration, often with minimal or no disruption of affected areas.

When a tree falls on your home, causing water to pool inside, SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean can get your property back to normal quickly. We seek to make the damage appear “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (716) 338-4901 and leave the rest to our technicians.

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Our Skilled Flood Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Jamestown Home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Call (716) 338-4901 as you realize the water is coming.

Why SERVPRO Is Your Resource For Flood Damage In Jamestown

If you take pride in digging yourself out of life’s difficulties, seeking professional help after flood waters rise in your Jamestown home might be hard to justify. The harm done to a property by flood waters is not minor nor easy to manage with a DIY approach. Scalable crews, IICRC training, appropriate and powerful equipment, and experience are just some of the reasons why we are positioned to manage flooding loss better than a homeowner alone.

Trying to do all the tasks necessary for safe and effective flood damage remediation in Jamestown as a solo effort is doomed to failure. The water must be removed fast, not dealt with bit by bit. Water that remains standing or soaked into structural components after 24 to 48 hours is likely to become a microbial breeding pool. If you believed that managing the flood on your own would save money, the challenges posed after mold takes hold makes it clear why our crews save you both time and expense.

The sheer quantity of water that sweeps through your home during overland flooding is overwhelming. We can have a multi-person crew on-site fast, with the commercial capacity equipment that provides answers to any questions concerning why SERVPRO can handle flooding better. Our managers swiftly categorize the water flowing in, ensuring that you and your family know to keep a healthy distance from grey or black water.

Contaminants in flood waters likely contain sewage, road and landscaping chemicals, and even disturbing items like dead animals. Appropriate containment and lawful disposal of the tainted water shields you from viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other harsh and toxic substances. We prepare for and take responsibility for this complex filthy water management scenario, a core reason why SERVPRO exists to help in our community.

Once the water is contained and discarded the drying phase commences. Why SERVPRO is the local industry leader is evident when you watch the skill with which our crews balance air movement, temperature, and humidity to draw trapped water out of structural components. Cleaning with properly matched products and disinfection with EPA-registered antimicrobials ensures a fresh and sanitized space, quite the transformation from the flooded chaos just hours before.

Once we complete your flood damage remediation, you will be sharing with friends and family why SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is the only choice. Call (716) 338-4901 as you realize the water is coming. We pledge to exceed your expectations.

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You Need A Fast Response Team In Olean And SERVPRO Is Your Answer

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

When your home is effected by flood damage you need someone you can rely on, SERVPRO is available 24/7. Call us right away.

Why SERVPRO Makes the Difference During Flood Damage Restoration in Olean

Whether from melting snowpack, heavy winds and rain, major plumbing breakdowns, appliance malfunctions, or other causes, large quantities of water pouring into your Olean home spell trouble. The disaster does not allow you much time to determine a course of action as water damage is immediate and relentless. Our training and experience demonstrate why we are the obvious choice when you seek a reliable and efficient water loss solution.

Flood damage in Olean needs a fast response. As the water rises inside your home both structural components and contents are at risk. Our team of IICRC-trained technicians is backed by a vast inventory of state of the art equipment that makes quick work of removing water and drying out walls, floors, and ceilings. We arrive with the workforce and the tools on board, awaiting a rapid assessment by our project manager before hitting the ground running. Speed and competence are why we deliver superior results.

Household goods, furnishings, clothing, personal property, and documents are also in danger when flooding occurs. Our pack-out service, using the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), creates a comprehensive inventory and tracks the articles as our production facility technicians evaluate, clean, dry, and refurbish your treasures. Our commitment to develop and implement the skills to restore all your property is why SERVPRO is the disaster recovery company to count on.

After we evacuate all the flood waters, using thermal devices and moisture meters to locate hidden caches of fluids, we move to drying mode. Flood cuts and other controlled demolition might be needed to release trapped water and improve airflow for drying. We clean and sanitize the affected areas and then determine what structural components need repair and restoration. Offering in-house rebuilding services is another example of why SERVPRO stands alone as a full-spectrum disaster restoration company. We have crews of experienced construction specialists and an embedded civil engineer on the team.

The capability to take your flood-damaged home from assessment to complete reconstruction is why SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean is a unique resource in the region. Call us at (716) 338-4901 to schedule an immediate evaluation of your emergency.

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What Restaurant Owners Need To Know About Mold

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let mold damage invade your resturant.

Tips from SERVPRO about Mold Damage

If you run a restaurant in Olean, New York, you know how vital it is to keep mold growth at bay. If an inspector finds mold in your establishment, you could be hit with fines and even closures. If someone falls ill due to mold you neglected, you could even face a lawsuit. Keeping high humidity and water damage to a minimum can help. Furthermore, you can avoid mold problems by answering these questions:

• What makes mold in restaurants?
• Where will you likely find mold?
• What can you do to prevent mold?
• What should you do if you find mold?

Once you know these things, you can protect your business against this pesky fungus and all its negative effects.

What Makes Mold in Restaurants?

Mold is a notorious enemy of many restaurant owners, but what makes it so prevalent? Mold spores are everywhere, but they typically stay unseen and are not a nuisance. However, mold growth becomes a problem when high humidity takes over. Anyone who has worked even one shift in a restaurant knows that the kitchen is a hot, humid place in the middle of a rush. Combine the humidity and the dark corners in the restaurant, and you have a recipe for a mold problem.

Where Will You Likely Find Mold?

Check your restaurant’s basement, storage areas, and floors for mold. Furthermore, you may wish to check around any plumbing and in those often neglected corners of the kitchen. The darker and damper it is, the more likely mold will find a home there.

What Can You Do to Prevent Mold?

The best way to deal with mold is to stop it from infiltrating your restaurant in the first place. You can do this by conducting visual inspections regularly. Furthermore, you may want to install excellent ventilation systems. These systems can keep you from having the high humidity that makes mold an issue.

What Should You Do If You Find Mold?

Don’t try to tackle this problem yourself. A professional remediation service in Olean, New York, can take care of the mold growth correctly and get you back on track soon. Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean today for all your mold remediation needs at (716) 338-4901.

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If Water Has Damaged Your Drywall In Your Jamestown Home, Call Our Specialists!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean rapid response team is available 24/7 to restore the effects of a water loss incident to your home.

Responding To Saturated Drywall Quickly In Your Jamestown Home

When water loss incidents originate in the walls of your Jamestown home, drywall can quickly show the effects of this unexpected disaster. Within 24 hours, this drywall can become too overly saturated to get preserved through our restoration approaches, leaving no other option but flood cuts or entire removal of affected panels. To avoid what can sometimes be costly reconstruction efforts, even with our controlled demolition techniques, you should get our professionals working on water removal and drying as promptly as possible.

While you should work to shut off the valve supplying the service line of your home, this does not remove the water damage that has already begun to take hold. Our SERVPRO professionals have effective moisture detection and thermal imagery cameras to help us identify potential problem areas where moisture pockets have formed. These tools can direct our technicians to areas that require the most concentrated drying and extraction efforts, and where drywall has become most saturated by the water loss incident in your Jamestown home.

In the matter of a day, saturated sheetrock drywall can begin to erode and degrade. These effects cannot get reversed or restored once they have started. The only preservation of affected drywall occurs by our SERVPRO team working before the deadline gets reached where this material becomes unsalvageable. In these situations, we can employ our air movers, dehumidifiers, and injectidry system to remove moisture from the material and the wall cavity beyond it.

Beyond this deadline where drywall is no longer salvageable, our team must determine the extent of the damage to the material. We tape off the moisture line that separates dry material from the wet, saturated base towards the flooring. We can utilize controlled demolition techniques to remove this affected portion of drywall indicated by our flood cut line to make later reconstruction faster and more cost-effective.

Certain materials cannot withstand direct moisture exposure for long before they become too damaged to save. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean rapid response team is available 24/7 to restore the effects of a water loss incident to your home by calling (716) 338-4901.

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How to Safely Remove Floodwater From Your Jamestown Home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwater brings contaminants into your home. SERVPRO has the kmow-how to safely remove the water and restore your home.

Dealing with Contaminated Floodwater in Your Jamestown Home

Natural flooding exposes your Jamestown home to many potential hazards and health risks that make it unsafe for your family to remain in the property until restoration work has completed. With the unknown paths that floodwaters can take to reach your home, many potential contaminants could exist in this invading water that spreads bacteria and other harmful substances throughout the structure and contents of the house. Our professionals can help with fast response and effective cleanup practices.

As much as you might want to handle the assessment of the flood damage to your Jamestown home on your own, the risk for contamination is considerable with natural flooding, and it is inadvisable to do so. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with the full measure of our personal protective equipment to wear as we set up the machines for extraction. This step is a vital component to preparing your home for the debris removal and cleanup efforts that it requires.

Once extraction has completed throughout the exposed areas of your property, our estimator and project manager can begin an assessment of the damage and what exposed elements must get removed. With black water flooding, nearly all of the exposed materials and construction elements must get removed to eliminate the potential for continued spread of bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful contaminants to the occupants of the household.

We prepare your home for the reconstruction it requires following a disaster like this with effective debris removal. When we reach structural elements like studs and beams, we can work to disinfect and clean these components to prevent further demolition. We can also spray these areas with an antimicrobial solution to make them uninhabitable to mold growth, which can happen quickly in this moist environment.

While you cannot predict when flooding can occur to your home, you have options regarding the best choice to help you clean up the mess and restore your property. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean rapid response team can make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (716) 338-4901.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Water Damage Restoration In Jamestown

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

When you are faced with water damage from plumbing issues call our trained technicians right away. We are available 24/7 to help with any problems.

Finding Leaks Causing Damage in the Walls of Your Jamestown Home

Whenever plumbing issues arise like a leak or break in the pipes of your Jamestown home, you must work quickly to secure the right professional assistance to restore the damage. Much of your network of plumbing gets hidden behind walls, and therefore, it can be challenging to determine the precise source of the water loss occurring. Our rapid response team can help by arriving quickly with the tools to extract and dry out water saturation, as well as work quickly to identify the source of the damage and repair it.

Choosing the right professional restoration team to dry out and clean up your Jamestown home’s water damage is vital, as many of your options do not have the emergency response that our professionals do. We can dispatch production trucks and personnel to an address 24 hours a day, working to ensure that our effective mitigation tactics can begin right away to protect exposed elements and materials throughout your property. The SERVPRO professionals that arrive all have IICRC certifications as water restoration technicians, making the entire team prepared for their role in restoring your damaged home.

Identifying the source of the break is often as simple as using leak detection devices. These tools use auditory elements to cue where leaks formed behind the drywall, allowing us only to remove the portions of the wall necessary to access and repair the plumbing damages.

Drying out these wall cavities and exposed materials often involve many pieces of our advanced equipment beginning with our air movers. These high-velocity machines can force hot air into saturated materials and moist areas to begin rapidly drying exposed elements. LGR dehumidifiers can also work to drop moisture levels throughout the affected area quickly. For getting into wall cavities and eliminating the lingering dampness, our SERVPRO team can rely on our injecti-dry system.

There are many steps to restoring water damage in your home that must begin right away. Our SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean professionals remain ready for any emergency you have to face. Give our experienced team a call 24/7 at (716) 338-4901.

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Trust SERVPRO To Help With Your Home Emergency Claims

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

It’s nice to know SERVPRO is there for you.

Trust SERVPRO To Help With Your Home Emergency Claims

As you go throughout your days, you may not think much about your insurance coverage or which company you would hire in the event of a disaster at home. But if something unfortunate happens and you need competent help, it’s nice to know SERVPRO is there for you. This trusted emergency cleanup and response company will not only handle the restoration dirty work, but the team can assist with insurance claims as well.

How They Work With Insurance Companies

Good insurance coverage will protect you from heavy losses following a disaster at your Jamestown, NY home that requires emergency response. When the insurance company and SERVPRO work together, you can expect a smooth and effective process while you recover from the incident.

  • Recommends restoration instead of replacement when possible.
  • Keeps a detailed inventory of losses.
  • Has convenient electronic claim services.
  • Experienced, highly qualified, professional

The Company Strives to Save Money in the Process

Following a flood or other disaster at a home, it may be impossible to salvage or repair much of anything. However, SERVPRO will do all in its power to ensure your home and belongings are restored. The company will pretest everything to evaluate what it can restore, thus saving money on the insurance claims process.


To make a claim with the insurance company, it’s best to provide the agent with a detailed list of everything you lost in the disaster or everything that sustained damage. SERVPRO offers superior claim services by listing everything in an itemized, organized manner so the insurance company can get a full picture of the extent of the damages. This process can be done electronically for speed and efficiency purposes.

Professional Company

For a seamless process in making a disaster claim, you need a competent, multi-faceted restoration team on your side. This company will communicate with the insurance team to help ensure you get the coverage you need.

You don’t have to clean up after a disaster, and you shouldn’t have to work with the insurance company on your own either. SERVPRO can also work with you on claim services to give you the peace of mind that you’ll get the insurance benefits you expect.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (716) 338-4901

Handling a mold remediation project

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall in Jamestown home.

Handling a mold remediation project is a job for the experts. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean is trained and specializes in remediating any size mold jobs.

Handling a mold remediation project

The first thing to do when mold is discovered, is to get an environmental hygienist to come out and test the microbial growth. This will determine what kind of mold it is and the proper course for treatment.

After seeing mold jobs of all kinds, we have the experience and knowledge to handle any size situation. We are here to answer any questions you may have an assist you with your situation in your home or business.

If you have any questions about how to handle a mold remediation project, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. 

Four Ways to Prepare Your Business for Bad Weather

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Having a proper plan can keep your business safe

Preparing Your Business

When you are expecting bad weather such as a snow storm in Lakewood,NY , it might be tempting to carry on business as usual. However, this is rarely a good idea. Storms can create an unsafe environment for you and your workers, so you should make sure that you are properly prepared. Here are some ways to keep your business safe during bad weather.

1. Watch the News to Stay Informed

The first step in being prepared is to stay informed. If you don’t know what is happening, you can’t protect yourself or your business from it. You should make sure to watch the local news and weather reports when you are expecting a big rain or snow storm so you can plan accordingly.

2. Have a Bad Weather Policy

It is a good idea to create a policy for bad weather before you need it. That way you can ensure that all of your employees know what is expected of them in an emergency situation. Having a thorough bad weather policy that includes procedures for a variety of weather conditions will enable everyone to be on the same page. Be sure to include information on when workers will and will not be expected to come into work.

3. Create an Evacuation Plan In Case Of Emergency

If you have employees working during inclement weather, it is important to have an emergency evacuation plan in case things turn bad quickly. Have a designated escape route that you can use to get everyone to a safe area and make sure everyone is familiar with the plan.

4. Protect Your Building

If you are expecting a storm, you should take steps to protect your building as well as your workers. Focus on protecting against moisture by sealing doors and windows as well as keeping the temperature above freezing. If a pipe burst, it could flood the building and leave you needing water damage repairs.

While a snow storm might just seem like an inconvenience, it can easily turn dangerous. Having a proper plan can keep your business safe.

5 Ways To Upkeep a Commercial Roof

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Roof Damage in Jamestown, NY

Roof damage or deterioration can be very costly. In addition to the price of materials and labor for repairs or replacing a roof, this damage can also damage building materials and contents. Property owners can follow five simple steps to preserve the condition of a commercial roof.

5 steps to preserve your roof.

  1. Inspect the roof at least twice a year. Make sure you know about potential issues and all of your upkeep options to extend the life of a roof. Do this by having experts perform annual inspections. If you know what to look for, you can do at least one of these inspections yourself.
  2. Trim trees with overhanging branches. Reducing the number of branches and leaves that accumulate on the roof can help to keep drainage systems clear. Tree maintenance can also prevent heavy limbs from falling in the event of high winds or adverse weather conditions.
  3. Clear drainage systems regularly. Water that cannot drain may pool and work its way under roofing materials, resulting in leaks. Make sure that leaves and other debris are not blocking downspouts, drains, or gutters, and that drainage is routed away from the foundation.
  4. Regularly repair minor roofing issues. Extend the amount of time before a roof rebuild by addressing roof damage as soon as it occurs.
  5. Have your roof waterproofed. Waterproofing can help to prevent cracks and leaks. A roofing service can help you determine the right methods and materials for your property.

A regular maintenance schedule can help property owners address roof damage and wind damage in a timely manner. Keeping an eye on the condition of your roof can extend the life of this part of your building and prevent costly leaks. If a roof sustains damage or deteriorates to the point where the interior suffers water damage, property owners should contact a company in Jamestown, NY, that specializes in commercial damage restoration.

Four Things to Do After a Fire

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Don't be a victim of a fire in your Olean, NY home

What To Do After Fire

Being the victim of a fire in Olean,NY can be devastating. First the flames hit, then came the fire hoses, and now you are looking at your home and possessions with questions: what do I do now, who do I call and what is fire restoration. Here are four things to think about once you are faced with soot, smoke and damage cleaning.

1. Don't Spread the Debris

Try to minimize how much you move around the damaged areas once you return to your home. The more you move around your rooms, the more soot particles attach to your hands and shoes. When you move from a damaged room to an untouched room you can track the debris into a previously clean room.

2. Remove Damaged Items Safely

Start the fire restoration process by removing damaged items. Objects with soot or smoke damage, such as dishes, books and artwork, can be easily removed. However, some items can be harder to move because they've become water logged. Rugs, sofas and carpeting can be deceptively heavy and should be carefully withdrawn.

3. Get the Soot Out

Soot, the fine particulate matter that can land on every surface, needs to be completely removed to mitigate both its impact and potential for future damage. Flat surfaces are the most visible places for soot to land, but it can also end up on vertical blinds, light bulbs and porous air filters.

4. Don't Try to Wash It Away

Electrical appliances need to be assessed for damage before they get cleaned. Likewise, upholstery, woodwork and painted surfaces should be cleaned by professionals who know the right cleansers for each surface. You want to ensure that both fire and smoke damage are addressed during cleanup.

A fire can be a devastating catastrophe in Olean,NY if you don't know the fire restoration process. Following a few simple steps can make that process much easier.

3 Things You Should Know About Mold Growth in Kitchens

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere

Knowing Why Mold So Often Grows in Kitchens

Whether you notice mold in your fridge or bread mold, the presence of mold in your kitchen in Olean,NY can be frustrating. However, knowing more about why mold so often grows in kitchens can help you prevent mold in your own kitchen.

1. Mold Thrives in Humid Environments

Kitchens are often the perfect environment for mold growth due to frequent high levels of humidity. Many appliances in the kitchen use water, which can also increase the chance that mold will grow. Though it isn’t always possible to keep humidity low while cooking, using fans or opening windows to improve the airflow in the kitchen can help to lessen the likelihood that mold will grow.

2. Mold on Certain Foods Is Common

Seeing bread mold is not uncommon, though many people are unsure why mold grows on bread so often. In addition to needing water, mold also needs organic material to grow. Fungus growth can appear on a variety of foods, but mold on bread is particularly common because bread is often stored in warm environments, such as in breadboxes, and bread is a good source of food for mold.

3. Mold Can Grow in Cooler Environments

Though some people may believe they don’t have to worry about mold growing in cooler areas in their kitchen, mold can in fact grow in a wide variety of temperatures and environments. Fridge mold is one of the most common types of mold growth in kitchens. Though keeping your kitchen at a cooler temperature can help prevent mold in some instances, it’s also helpful to keep all surfaces, including inside the refrigerator, clean in order to prevent mold growth.

In combination with an understanding of where mold tends to grow and why, steps such as keeping your kitchen cool and dry, store food appropriately and keeping your kitchen clean can make it easier to prevent bread mold and other types of mold growth in your kitchen. However, if you need assistance with mold removal, it can help to contact mold remediation specialists.

5 Steps To Clean Your Personal Items After Water Damage

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a furniture of a Jamestown. NY home.

5 Steps To Clean Your Personal Items After Water Damage

Few things cause more destruction than water in a home, and your entire structure, along with many of your personal belongings, can be affected. The good news is that emergency restoration services are available to help you with the cleaning and drying process. If your home in Jamestown,NY , has suffered water damage, there are steps that can help you save furniture, clothing and other valuables while you wait for the professionals.

1. Safety First

Whether you are experiencing damage from a broken pipe or a natural disaster, standing water in the home can be contaminated and dangerous. Wear protective clothing and footwear to avoid exposure. Disconnect power if water is present near any electrical appliances.

2. Lower the Humidity

Mold and mildew thrive in damp conditions, and you can combat their growth by reducing humidity. Open all the doors and windows, and utilize fans and dehumidifiers to circulate air.

3. Move Items to Higher Ground

Relocate any movable objects, such as furniture, clothing, carpets and rugs, to a dry area. Rinse any items that are still wet with clean water, and gently wipe them free of dirt and debris. Dry cleaning for upholstery and fabrics may be necessary.

4. Care for Fragile Belongings

Pictures, books and documents should be handled with care. Try to avoid touching wet surfaces as much as you can, and allow items to air-dry if possible. You can place books and photographs in a freezer to avoid further deterioration until they can be professionally treated.

5. Preserving Antiques

When it comes to expensive antiques or other collectibles, consider the worth of each piece before deciding whether to care for it yourself or to take it to a professional. Items made of wood or leather will likely need to air dry naturally, as heat can cause further damage.

When you are dealing with water in the home, time is of the essence, so act quickly to clean and salvage your items while you wait for professional assistance.

3 Cleanup Processes for After a Business Property Fire

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Ozone machine may help clear away smoke odor from your Jamestown, NY business

3 Cleanup Processes for After a Business Property Fire

When cleaning up after a fire at your Jamestown,NY, business, getting everything fresh and repaired can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, your local fire restoration service can offer a number of solutions. From dry-cleaning for cloth items, to smoke odor removal, here are a few of the restoration techniques that your fire cleanup crew may use.

1. Options for Smoke Odor Removal

In many cases, it may be necessary to remove smoke odors from the property after a fire. Many professionals utilize an ozone machine for this process when cleaning the room itself. Items inside this area may be removed, cleaned, and placed in content storage until the damage to the building has been repaired.

2. Options for Cloth Items

For cloth items such as curtains, rugs, or clothing that may have been in the building at the time of the fire, dry-cleaning can be one possible solution for removing smoke damage. Other items may be washable in a cleaning solution.

3. Options for Solid Items

When it comes to content cleaning, it may be desirable to also wash items of a solid nature. These could be furniture pieces, electronics, or even office supplies. The method used will depend on the type of article. Electronic or mechanical devices should be serviced by a professional. Furniture, shelving or cabinet pieces can be washed with a cleaning solution. Some items may be freshened with a simple wipe down, while others may require dipping in the cleaner.

Fire restoration can involve several different cleaning techniques that vary with the damaged items. Dry-cleaning is often suitable for cloth articles, while dips or wiping solutions are used for solid pieces such as furniture. An ozone machine may help clear away smoke odor from the air. If you have any questions about the right method to clean a specific item, a professional can usually help.

Prevent a Disaster With Proper Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler maintenance is an easy thing to forget when most businesses will never experience a fire. Fire sprinklers on your Lakewood,NY, property need to be checked regularly in order to prevent a disaster. When sprinklers fail to turn on, the fire damage can be devastating. Follow these simple steps to ensure your sprinklers work well.

1. Make Sure the Water Is Turned On

It may seem obvious, but missing this step can be devastating. Confirm the water valves leading to your sprinklers are turned on. This step needs to be performed after all maintenance jobs involving water valves.

2. Do Not Paint Over the Sprinklers

Perhaps it is tempting to paint over fire sprinklers to help them blend into the décor. However, it is important to remember they are functional, not decorative. Paint can block water flow, thus preventing them from fulfilling their purpose.

3. Do Not Block the Sprinklers

Make sure you do not block sprinklers, especially when utilizing precious storage space. Sprinklers cannot do their job well if they are obstructed.

4. Check for Corrosion or Build-up

This sprinkler maintenance step is similar to not painting over the sprinkler system. Make sure to periodically check for corrosion or buildup so the sprinklers can work optimally.

5. Make Sure the Sprinkler Pipes Don’t Freeze

Saving money by turning the heat down in an empty building may seem like a practical choice. The problem is that wet pipes can freeze in cold temperatures, preventing the sprinklers from functioning properly. Keep your building warm enough to prevent freezing pipes.

6. Do Not Hang Things From Sprinklers

While it is tempting to hang items from sprinklers, remember that sprinklers are not meant to hold any kind of weight. Hanging things from sprinklers can cause them to bend or break, and a broken sprinkler is no help if there is a fire.

Keeping up with your fire sprinkler maintenance is just as important as fire prevention. Even with proper maintenance, accidents can still happen. When they do, your emergency restoration services partner can help get you back to work again.

What Causes Water Heater Noises?

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Opening the valve of your water heater in your Jamestown, NY home may stop the first two noises

Sediment is the most common cause of water heater noises. Find out more about this buildup, other components that can cause noises, and how to make a heater operate more quietly.

Sediment Buildup

Minerals precipitate out of heated water and form scale over time. Sediment usually consists of:

  • Sand
  • Calcite (calcium carbonate)
  • Magnesium

Buildup in the bottom of a water heater may crack or pop as water heats under a layer of sediment and forces its way up through deposits. This may result in overheating and will force a heater to work harder. Use a deliming solution or perform a water heater flush.

Valve Noises

Water makes a distinctive noise when forced through partially closed valves. Heater valves may make several different noises, including:

  • Screeching
  • Singing
  • Tapping
  • Ticking

Opening valves may stop the first two noises. The last two sounds are typically caused by check valves and heat traps near the top of the heater that prevent water from flowing in the wrong direction. A dialectric nipple may put a stop to these noises.

Pipe Hammering

Pipes make knocking noises for several reasons. These may include:

  • Heat
  • Sudden stoppages
  • Vibrations

Pipe vibrations can damage walls over time. Consider installing anti-hammer devices. If a pipe bursts, a homeowner should contact a water damage mitigation service.

Other Components

If an electric heating element works loose, this may result in a humming noise or vibrations. Check the position of the element and tighten the connection if necessary. Tankless heaters may click when the flow switch turns on or off or make other noises due to malfunctioning parts.

There are a number of ways to stop or reduce noises caused by almost any type of water heater. A homeowner can attempt to resolve the problem or contact an appliance repair professional. A leak can result in water damage at a residence in Jamestown, NY.

How To Make a Home Fire Escape Plan

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Practice your evacuation plan in your Olean, NY home

A fire escape plan should account for the layout of a home and the needs of the occupants. This guide to making an emergency escape plan draws attention to several factors you should consider. Planning ahead can promote the safety of every occupant in a household in Olean, NY.

Plan Evacuation Routes

A fire plan should have at least two evacuation routes from every room in a house. To develop this plan you should:

  • Work with an accurate floor plan
  • Practice using evacuation routes
  • Factor in the age and physical condition of occupants

If your home has two stories, you may want to invest in a non-combustible escape ladder. Keep hallways and other passages clear at all times.

Plan for Children

It is very important to account for children in a fire escape plan. In addition to child-appropriate evacuation routes, it is also a good idea to teach kids:

  • How to roll out of bed
  • Fire crawls
  • How to check doors

You may want to test a fire alarm during drills so that children will associate these safety measures with the sound. It is important that kids participate in drills.

Plan for Pets

A homeowner can take several measures to promote pet fire safety. It is a good idea to:

  • Post pet decals near the front entrance and exterior doors
  • Store pet records in a fire box
  • Practice evacuating with pets

A decal should indicate the number and type of pets in a household. A fire box can be easy to grab, but may also protect important documents if it is left behind.

The Red Cross provides further guidance on developing a fire escape plan. If a fire breaks out at your home in Olean, NY, contact the fire department as soon as possible. Once the fire is extinguished you should schedule a consultation with a fire damage restoration company.

3 Ways To Contain the Spread of Mold in Your Commercial Property

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage on wall in a Falconer,NY commercial property

As a business owner in Falconer,NY, you’ve presumably experienced various trials and tribulations concerning the care and maintenance of your building. However, some situations require more than your basic cleaning regimens, like the intrusion of black mold. This destructive entity can cause issues within your building, both to the infrastructure and with your employees or tenants, so taking quick action with mold cleanup is crucial for everyone involved. Here are three ways to contain the spread of mold damage and spores due to a moisture problem in your commercial property.

3 Ways to Contain the Spread of Mold Damage 

  1. Contact a professional cleaning crew to sterilize the building. While some tiny pockets of mold damage may seem easy to clean and wipe away, the reality is that spores can dig in and take root in the structure of a building, while microscopic spores can be spread easily through various means. Therefore, it’s important to hire an experienced team of trained mold remediation specialists who know exactly how to eradicate the problem and keep it contained more sustainably.

  2. Shut off the HVAC system until technicians arrive. Speaking of mold spores, one of the easiest ways for mold to spread in your building is via the ventilation airflow. Your HVAC system can blow black mold spores throughout the building, creating more hazardous areas in the process.

  3. If the damage is critical, shut off the water supply as well. Mold more often than not grows due to a moisture problem in a commercial property. Whether there’s a leak in the basement or attic, storm damage to a roof, or inefficient window or door sealing, shutting off the water supply and stopping the moisture from continuing is key to preventing more mold damage.

Your commercial property in Falconer,NY, often requires a period of more intense cleaning to keep it tidy, safe and under control. When you experience a black mold issue, taking quick action and eliminating its spread is vital to maintaining a clean environment for everyone.

Fire Damage Restoration Cost: Understanding the Estimation Process

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after fire in Olean,NY

Fire Damage Restoration

A commercial fire is devastating to a business owner, but the remediation process is overwhelming. To alleviate some of that stress, it is crucial to understand what goes into an initial estimate and the final cost of the restoration project.

1. Initial Clean Out

After fire damage, it is essential to clean out the area to prevent further damage. Many remediation specialists will come out to the property immediately to remove any excess water that has pooled in the building as well as any visible debris that can be discarded. If you choose to stay with the same company, these initial services will likely be added to the final restoration cost.

2. Evaluation and Assessment

While it is in your best interest to know the costs of rebuilding your business as quickly as possible, you may need to be patient. Before offering a complete financial estimate of the restoration work required to restore your business, a restoration service will likely send two individuals to your property.

  1. Restoration project manager: This individual is responsible for assessing any cleaning, deodorizing and moving requirements of your property.
  2. Reconstruction project manager: This individual is responsible for assessing any structural damage to your property.

  3. Security Considerations

After any major disaster, it is often necessary to secure the premises in more ways than one. Many times, after a fire has occurred, it may be vital to hire 24-hour live surveillance. These guards will ensure that your property is protected when restoration crews are not available, and these guards will be considered part of the restoration package provided by many reputable companies.

4. Restoration and Board Up Services

While every company will have a different methodology for evaluating and estimating restoration costs, most emergency fire remediation specialists in the Olean,NY, area will provide immediate assistance after a fire. The cost of the initial water removal and board up services will likely be rolled into the overall cost of the project.

Understanding the components of a fire restoration estimate can go a long way toward relieving owner stress and concern. However, the greatest stress reducer is the knowledge that restoration services exist.

How To Find the Right Shutters for Your Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your home in Portville, NY for storms

Type Of Shutters For Your Home

When storm season approaches, you want to make sure your home in Portville,NY, is ready to weather the high winds and potentially torrential flooding that often come with it. One way to do that is to fortify your windows with panels designed to shield them from the elements. Purchasing quality storm shutters for your whole house can range anywhere from $500 to $8000, depending on the type of shutter you buy. Here is a rundown of your options.


Plywood is a temporary solution, as you would not want to board up your windows permanently. It, however, has several advantages:

  • Inexpensive (about $1 per square foot at most hardware stores)
  • Easy to find
  • Easy to install with a nail gun

Storm Panel

Storm panels are also only installed when high winds are an imminent threat. They are bolted to the window frame and then removed when the storm is over. Depending on their size, they cost $7-15 apiece.


Accordion-style shutters are permanent fixtures to the house. They are typically made of polycarbonate or metal and stretch out manually from a folded position to protect the windows. They can cost anywhere from $15 to $25 per square foot.


A rolling shutter is installed permanently in a box that is bolted above the window. A mechanism rolls it down when needed to provide not only storm protection but also privacy and insulation. A quality rolling shutter can run $20-30 per square foot.


Bahama awnings protect windows from debris that gets tossed in a storm. They also serve as shade, which makes them well-suited to more tropical climates. They can cost $15-20 per square foot.


As the name suggests, colonial shutters are popular with homeowners who have a specific design aesthetic in mind. They unlatch and unfold when needed and can cost $200-$500 per window.
High winds don't have to wreck your home. Storm remediation specialists recommend finding the right storm shutters to protect your windows.

Removing Dryer Lint From the Exhaust Area

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

If you recently noticed a lot of lint buildup in the dryer at your Lakewood,NY, home, the risk of a lint fire might have crossed your mind. It can be especially hazardous for lint to build up in the dryer’s exhaust area. Here are five steps to take if you want to rid your appliance’s exhaust section from lint and avoid a dryer fire.

1. Clean the Lint Filter

Before you do anything else, make sure to clean off the dryer’s lint filter. You will also want to do this every time you are about to run the machine. You can usually remove this lint with your hand, but you can also run the filter under water.

2. Unplug Your Dryer

Before you do any further work to prevent a lint fire, make sure the dryer equipment is unplugged. Forgetting to do so could cause a dangerous accident.

3. Access Exhaust Area

Take off the panel at the back of the dryer and remove the hose at the machine’s exhaust area. You can then reach the inside of your dryer and the exhaust section to clean out lint.

4. Clean Dryer Interior

Your next task is to clean the interior of the machine and the exhaust area. A cloth and a vacuum are the best tools to use.

5. Repeat Steps Yearly

To avoid an accident that leads to fire damage, you generally need to keep your dryer as lint-free as possible. Repeat the four steps above every six months.

Lint fire prevention can seem very challenging, but the five steps above should really help you to be prepared. As long as you remember to keep checking for lint and getting rid of it when you do find it, you will be in a better position to keep your Lakewood,NY, home free of dryer fires.

3 Situations That Call for Flood Coverage

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling damage from a roof leak in Olean,NY

Flooding can cause a great deal of damage to your commercial property, and your property insurance often doesn't cover it. If your building is in an area that is prone to flooding, you are required by law to have flood insurance, but it's a good idea even if it's not technically required where your business is located. You may think of a flood policy for your business in Olean,NY, as an extraneous expense, but if a situation arises where you need it, you'll be glad you purchased it.

Heavy Storms

When heavy storms strike, dropping a deluge more quickly than the area can handle, you may need a policy to pay for flood mitigation services. The property insurance in your commercial insurance package probably covers minor damage caused by a relatively small leak, such as:

  • Wet insulation in the attic
  • Water damage in walls from rain
  • Ceiling replacement from a roof leak

If the storm persists and causes floodwaters that seep into your building and cause major damage, your flood insurance typically covers those repairs.

Overflowing Bodies of Water

If your business is near a lake, stream or river, prolonged rains can cause a flood, and this can affect your property. If the overflow reaches your building, there's probably not going to be any way to stop if from breeching your lower floors and causing quite a bit of damage to your building's structure. A flood policy can cover the repairs needed to restore your building.

Dam Breaks

If a levee or dam breaks, the area around it will probably not be able to avoid flooding. This type of flood can be especially devastating because the water may just keep coming until the hole is repaired. If you live in an area that would be affected by such a catastrophe, flood coverage is generally a must.

No matter where your commercial property is located, it's a good idea to have flood insurance. It offers protection beyond what your property insurance covers, and it can be the fastest way to get your building repaired after a flood.

How To Fix a Flooded Basement

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded basemente in Jamestown,NY

Despite your insurance coverage, a basement flood may be a terrible thing that can leave homeowners in complete disarray. Thankfully, the cleanup process can be straightforward and manageable. Follow the steps below to restore and protect your home from current and future flood concerns.

1. Pause and Be Safe

While it may be instinct to rush into a flooded basement and salvage everything as quickly as you can, you may want to slow down and take in your surroundings. Floodwater presents both slip and fall and shock hazards. Before entering the damaged area, turn off the electricity and put on protective clothing, like rubber boots and gloves.

2. Drain and Tear Out

Cleanup from a basement flood often requires the removal of excess water and the tear out of drywall and insulation, depending on the extent of the damage. You can rent a variety of pumps, either submersible or above ground, to quickly remove water. When removing drywall and insulation, consider tearing away material at least 20 inches above the water line to prevent any mold growth.

3. Discard and Salvage

While many items may have sentimental value, be aware that porous objects like clothing and paper can carry bacteria and produce mold after a flood. Additionally, any appliances that were touched by the water may require inspection by a professional in Jamestown,NY, before further use. The main thing is to remove any sign of contamination.

4. Plan and Prepare

After a flood, you can install backflow valves, and sump pumps to help protect against basement flood reoccurrence. You may also want to inspect the grade of your landscaping as well to ensure that your homes drainage systems are in peak shape. Installation of preventative measures and routine maintenance can help prevent this type of disaster from happening again.

A basement flood can be a damaging and upsetting event. From the lost memories to the worrisome costs, a flood can be detrimental to homeowners. However, by following the above steps and preparing for potential future risks, homeowners can begin to ease even their worst concerns.

4 Reasons To Replace Polybutylene Pipes

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

blue pipe damaged Poly pipe damage in Lakewood, NY

Polybutylene was a common pipe material from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. Poly pipes were preferred due to their affordability and ease of installation. Over time, however, antibacterial treatments such as chlorine and other oxidants cause this material to break down. Here are four reasons to replace poly pipes with polyvinyl chloride or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride.

  1. Most building codes forbid the installation of poly pipes. If you own commercial property in North America, there is a good chance that building codes in your region bar the installation of poly pipes. Choose another material such as PVC or CPVC to make sure the plumbing in your building is up to code.
  2. Poly pipes cannot be repaired. The Quest fittings designed for polybutylene pipes are no longer manufactured, as this pipe material is not considered safe. You may be able to use push fit or transition fittings for copper, CPVC, or PEX pipes with the same outside diameter, but you will not be able to repair poly pipes with the connectors designed for use with this piping material.
  3. Water treatment chemicals degrade poly pipes. Chlorine and other antibacterial treatments may wear down poly pipes over time. This can cause chemicals to leach out of the pipes into the water supply to your building and may also lead to more frequent leaks.
  4. Poly pipes may introduce chemicals into water. As suggested above, oxidants are known to make this material brittle. As these pipes crack or flake and become vulnerable at fittings, this may expose occupants of your building to chemicals.

It is a good idea to replace polybutylene pipes in your commercial property with new plumbing materials to prevent breaks, contamination, degrading, and leaks. If your property in Lakewood,NY sustains damage due to a pipe burst, leak, or from any other source, contact commercial water damage restoration specialists.

Commercial Duct Cleaning in Dunkirk

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Have your air ducts cleaned today!

Our crew is out in Dunkirk, NY doing some commercial duct cleaning. Having your air ducts deeply cleaned is very important because you want to make sure you're breathing the cleanest air possible in your home or office.

Indoor air pollution can affect your family or coworkers' health in the long run and create dust build up. Dirty air ducts are also more costly when it comes to your monthly energy bill. Fans have to work harder to pump air through the clogged ducts. Simply cleaning them makes the air flow more efficiently using less energy, which saves you money!

Whether your needs are commercial or residential, big or small, you can count on SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean to be there for your cleaning needs.

How To Avoid Space Heater Fires

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

A space heater can provide extra warmth. It can also save on heating bills by allowing you to set the thermostat in your home in Jamestown, NY, on low while still heating the specific rooms you are using to a comfortable temperature. A burned space heater doesn't help you, though. To avoid space heater fires, you need to follow a few simple tips.

Give It Space

The heating elements on a space heater give off an impressive amount of heat, but they can turn into a fire hazard quickly if they are crowded. There are several guidelines to make sure you have enough space around your heater:

  • Maintain radius of three feet from flammable objects
  • Don't use near combustible substances, such as gasoline
  • Keep children and pets away from heater
  • Set it on a level surface so it doesn't topple over

Turn It Off

To avoid having a burned space heater when you leave the room, remember to turn it off. Space heaters should never be left unattended while they are on, especially if you leave the house altogether. In fact, it's a good idea to unplug the heater when you are not at home. Keep an eye out for a frayed or otherwise damaged cord.

Space Heater Tips

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Keep It Clean!

Keep your space heater clean to minimize fire risk. Dust and other debris can turn a functioning space heater into an electric fireplace in a hurry. Replace filters regularly according to the manufacturer's recommendation so that dirt does not infiltrate the heating mechanism. Follow maintenance instructions so that it not only lasts a long time but also does not become a safety issue.

A burned space heater can turn convenience into a nightmare. By following these simple guidelines, you can increase your creature comforts while still keeping you and your family safe. To avoid having to call for fire cleanup with a restoration company, choose a space heater that is safe and use it safely.

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is ready for any damage that might happen in the Jamestown, NY, area. We're competent and certified for any fire damage, no matter how it started.

Basement Flooding Solutions

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm board up in a Olean, NY home

During storm season in Olean,NY , one of the most common areas of the home to flood is the basement. It has a few things working against it. It's below the flood line, and any flood from the house is likely to drain into it. Exterior cracks in the foundation below ground are harder to find and repair. If your basement floods, you need the proper equipment and probably help from flood mitigation experts to solve the problem.

Large Volume of Water

A large volume of water calls for quick extraction. While it's important to wait until the storm has passed and the flow of water into your home has stopped, you don't want to delay any longer than necessary. If you are pumping the water out yourself, there are a few things you may need:

  • Sump pump to remove water
  • Trash pump to remove water and debris
  • Industrial hose
  • Generator for power

Professionals typically pump water into a tank mounted inside their vehicle so that they can dispose of it safely in another location. If you do not have a safe place to pump the water, it may be useful to leave it up to technicians who have the equipment you lack.

Small Amount of Flooding

If you do not have standing water in your basement, or if you have already extracted it, you still need to dry out your basement after a flood. Even if surfaces are merely moist, mold growth can occur. Use a wet vacuum to leach water out of carpet or upholstery. You can also use a dehumidifier or set up large fans to dry out the area. Make sure that everything is dry so that your basement does not sustain further damage.

When your basement floods, it is a good idea to call professional cleaners to help fix it. They have the equipment needed to remedy the flooding and fix the damage.

I Found Mold in My Home! What Now?

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in a Jamestown, NY wall

If you are a Jamestown,NY, homeowner, you may have found a small amount of mold growth, and it may have you worried. What can you do about house mold of this nature? Read on for three steps that you can take so mold is no longer a pressing worry on your mind.

1. Don’t Panic!

Remember that mold is a completely normal part of the world you live in, and small amounts are always going to be present around you, both indoors and out. It is only when you find a significant amount that smells offensive or poses a threat to your property’s integrity that you want to call in some skilled assistance.

2. Turn off Your Air Conditioning

If there is even a chance that running your air conditioner system has become contaminated with mold, you are going to want to turn it off as soon as possible. Any mold growth in the unit could spread to the rest of your home if it is allowed to run after such an infestation.

3. Contact Mold Remediation Specialists

A mold remediation company in Jamestown,NY , can help once you have established that professional help is required to help you with house mold. If you think your mold has grown as a result of water buildup, it is especially helpful to contact a company with experience handling water damaged buildings. That way the technicians who arrive will understand how moisture buildup can lead to mold damaged areas, even small and hard-to-spot ones.

While any household dampness issue can cause you to get anxious, one that causes house mold that disrupts your life and threatens your valuable investment makes matters much tenser. Having an action plan in place and understanding that skilled workers are available to clean up even your small affected areas puts you on a path to a cleaner, sturdier home moving forward.

What To Consider in Your Fire Damage Claim

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can be tragic to your home or business, be prepared.

A building fire in Jamestown, NY, can be a financial disaster, but it’s often surprising how much a property can be damaged even if the fire is minimal. Fire damage is not just limited to flame. Structural and personal property damage may also come from one of the secondary aspects of a fire, such as:

• Heat
• Smoke
• Soot
• Water

Insurance Claims

Your insurance adjuster may need records of purchases, photos, and floorplans to help with the claim. You are already aware of the structural damage for your claim, but don’t forget about damage to contents as well. Any photos you have of the buildings contents and structure before the fire can be helpful with your claim.

You may not even be aware of some damage because you don’t see it. Consider electronics equipment and appliances that may have been damaged by smoke and water, even though they were spared from heat and fire. These require cleaning to prevent further damage. Acid from smoke can corrode electrical connections, and water can damage components.

Business Interruption

When you experience a building fire, you may have business losses, and your insurance may include coverage for these costs. These usually include the financial impact of not doing business, or additional costs that are needed to continue the business, such as:

• Revenues that you would otherwise have earned if it had not been for the fire loss
• Ongoing rent and utilities on a property that you can’t use due to fire damage
• Loss of production from being moved off your property or for a temporary relocation
• Loss of business because of employees that left as a result of the fire

Be prepared to provide a lot of documentation to a forensic accountant doing the legwork in assessing your losses.

Recovery Process

The professional fire mitigation company you work with will be helpful with cataloging your losses and providing information for your insurance claim. They are efficient and organized with the process, minimizing your headache by providing all your fire damage mitigation and restoration needs with just one company.

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What Should You Do If You Discover Water Leaking From Your Lights?

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaking from roofs can cause flooding in your home from a storm

When you come home, the last thing you want to see when you flick on the lights is water coming in through the ceiling and dripping from the light fixtures. Not only can an overhead flooding situation like this cause severe ceiling damage, water in a light could be a sign of potentially dangerous electrical damage.

Rule Out Emergency Services

Safety is always the No. 1 priority. Since water is a very efficient conductor of electricity, an overhead flooding situation that involves sparks or wet electrical equipment should be considered an emergency. Contact local emergency services and leave the residence immediately if you suspect any danger.

Protect Your Home

If it's not an emergency situation, complete the following steps to protect your home:

• Secure the flow of water at the source by closing the valves that supply water to the leaking appliance. If you’re not sure which valve to close, check for a main water valve that can shut off water to the entire home.

• If you notice water in a light or other electrical system, shut off the electrical power by flipping the main power switch to the circuit breaker. Remember, if you discover that the circuit breaker is wet or submerged, or if you are unsure, do not proceed. Instead, call emergency services.

• Once you or emergency personnel have secured both the water leak and electrical power, contact a qualified cleanup service that specializes in water damage and home restorations to prevent further harm from occurring.

Water and electricity don’t mix well. It is especially important to take precautions when attempting to manage a situation involving electricity and ceiling damage due to water intrusion. Nobody in Jamestown, NY, wants to find water in a light when they come home. Ensuring that you are preventing the original problem from getting worse is the best thing you can do before contacting restoration professionals.

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Mitigation Vs. Restoration: Key Steps and Differences

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

This basement flooded after a severe storm

Even minor incidents can inflict costly damage on your business and cause inconvenience and distress. Worst-case scenarios can destroy property and cause health and safety concerns. If your Jamestown, NY, business floods, you need to get a flood cleanup company involved as quickly as possible. Trained professionals will help with the mitigation and restoration process.

Initial Mitigation

Once you call a flood mitigation company to help with your flooding problem, the team will ensure the area isn’t posing health risks to you and your family. The specialists will do some preparation work before beginning the cleanup process.

• They’ll evaluate the extent of the damage.
• They’ll assess which areas of the building have been flooded.
• They’ll clear out damaged furniture and other items.

Water Removal

It’s essential to remove any standing water in a timely manner. The flood cleanup company will use wet vacuums and pumps to ensure there’s no standing water in your basement or other areas. Then, the team will use high-powered machines to extract any water that has saturated the carpet.

Dry it Out

Once the specialist has removed water, he or she will dry the affected area with industrial-grade equipment. The team will thoroughly dry the area as well as dehumidify it. This will help minimize the growth of mold or other materials.

Clean and Sanitize

The last mitigation step will entail making sure the area, furniture, and items are free of odor and ready for use once more. The specialist will use antimicrobial treatments for this step.

Restoration Efforts

The chief difference between mitigation and what a restoration company does is that in restoration, crews replace areas that received significant damage. The team may replace carpet or drywall in order to ensure safety and comfort in your business. Restoration can take make longer than mitigation, depending on how much the crews need to replace.

When a flood makes its way into your business, you need a flood cleanup company to help get your building back to normal. The best companies will mitigate and restore the damage.

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Three Ways To Prepare for Flooding From a Storm

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your belongings from flooding from a storm in Jamestown

A severe storm can occur at any time of the year. These storms can produce heavy rains, which may lead to flooding. In Jamestown, NY, this flooding can be devastating if flood water reaches the inside of your home. Being prepared in advance is critical to ensure the least amount of devastation. Here are three things you can do to make sure your home and your valuables are protected from a flood caused by a storm.

1. Familiarize yourself with your insurance policy. Understanding what type of insurance you have and what it covers – before a storm occurs – is critical. Regular homeowner’s insurance policies may not cover water damage from floods. Coverage for flooding must often be purchased in a separate flood policy obtained from the National Flood Insurance Program. If you need flood insurance, purchase it before the storm because it can take 30 days for coverage to start.

2. Be aware of the conditions in your area. Know when a flood is possible in your area. Most communities have an emergency alert system designed to notify residents of emergency conditions. You should also be aware of whether your home is in a flood-prone area.

3. Protect your items of value and important papers. To avoid damage from flood water, any items of value or important papers (i.e. insurance policies, birth certificates, property deeds, etc.) should be placed in containers that are watertight. If possible, these items should be placed at a level that is high enough to prevent them from floating away if you have a flooded building.

In the unfortunate event that a storm occurs and your home suffers damage from flood water, you may need the help of an experienced professional who specializes in water damage to clean up your home. Although a flood can be a devastating and destructive event, using the tips above to prepare your home, along with the assistance of a professional experienced in cleanup of storm damage, can make the recovery process less stressful.

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Get Smart About Smart Smoke Alarms

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your family with smoke alarms and test frequently to ensure your family is safe incase of a fire

People have been dreaming of home automation since The Jetsons appeared on television in the sixties. Homes in Jamestown, NY are finally getting smart now with cameras, thermostats, speakers and even smart lightbulbs. Did you know a smoke alarm can be smart too? Should you replace your current smoke detector with a smart device?

Smart devices are still using the same sensing technology that the old-fashioned devices use, which use either ionic or photoelectric. The smart part is that the device sends a notification to your phone whenever the alarm sounds. You will need wireless internet in your home for it to work, but here are some different device options for getting that notification on your phone:

* Install smart smoke detectors. If it's time to replace the devices in your home, consider replacing them with smart smoke detectors. Prices are coming down on these. Many models are still around $100 or more, but some are now around $40.

* Use smart batteries. This year, you can replace your smoke alarm's batter with a smart one that lasts for five years and sends you notifications. The smart battery is used in your current smoke alarm, pushing a notification to your phone whenever the alarm goes off. If the detector is solely battery powered, that smart little battery can also be used to hush the alarm. That doesn't work if the device is hardwired.

* Plug in a monitor. Instead of your nosey neighbor telling you when the alarm is going off, you can buy a monitor that plugs into an electrical outlet. This is a great option to get smart notification without replacing multiple smoke detectors in your home. Monitors listen for the frequency of another smoke alarm and send you a notification when that sound is detected.

When it comes to fire safety for your family, fire alarms are one of the most important ways to protect your family. If you do have a fire, thankfully a well-placed and well-maintained alarm will help your family get out fast and restoration specialists can help remedy any smoke and fire damage.

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Getting Rid of Mold Expediently

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Jamestown, New York

As a busy property manager, it is never good to find an outbreak of mold in one of your Jamestown, NY, buildings. You may be wondering how it got there, what you should do about it, and how long the mold removal will take. But what do you know about mold? Before you begin the removal process, here are a few things you should understand.

Mold Is All Around Us

Mold is everywhere. The goal of a remediation company is not to eliminate it but to bring its numbers down to healthy levels.

• Mold is found naturally in all environments.
• Mold is a type of fungus with thousands or more species.
• Not all mold is “black mold” or toxic mold.
• Areas of high humidity and dampness encourage mold growth.

Determine the Extent of the Problem

If you discover mold, you should determine how it got there. Here are some things to consider:

• Take note of where you find the mold.
• Look for roof leaks or other sources of water damage.
• Don’t attempt to clean it up yourself.
• Have it professionally tested.
• Contact a licensed mold removal company.

What a Professional Mold Remediation Specialist Can Do

Once you have called in a professional company, its technicians should examine the size and scope of the mold contamination. Then affected areas should be identified and treated using specialized products and equipment. The time it takes for mold remediation will depend on the amount that needs removal. In general, the remediation process will take three to seven days based on how much there is to eradicate. What you should get when you hire a company that specializes in mold removal in Jamestown, NY, are trained technicians who have the proper equipment for the job, who have extensive experience with the problem at hand, and who are up to date on the latest EPA guidelines.

If you have black mold or other fungi in your commercial building, call in the experts to remove it. Getting the job done in the most expedient manner should be the highest priority for both you and the professionals you hire.

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Don’t Wait To Replace Your Old, Leaky Toilet

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet Repair or replacement is important with a leaky toilet to reduce water damage to your home

Of all the upgrades you can make to your Jamestown, NY, home, replacing your toilet is probably not at the top of your list. However, if you’ve got a leaking toilet, this is not a project you can afford to put off. Sometimes the toilet repair is as simple as tightening loose bolts or replacing a water-supply tube, but in many cases a total replacement is necessary. Once you’ve determined the source of your leak and decided it’s time for a new toilet, follow these five steps to replace it.

1. Choose a replacement. Make the process as seamless as possible by having a brand new toilet purchased and ready to go before you get rid of the old one.

2. Dry out the leaking toilet. Turn off the water supply using the shutoff valve on the wall behind the toilet. Then clear the remaining water by giving it a flush. Make sure that the tank is completely empty by removing the lid and soaking up any remaining moisture.

3. Remove the old toilet. Disconnect the water-supply tube and detach the toilet from the floor by unscrewing the bolts. Lift the toilet by the bowl, gently rocking back and forth to break it loose from the floor seal. Once it’s free, place the toilet into an open garbage bag to prevent dripping as you haul it outside for disposal.

4. Prepare the surface. Plug the open floor drain with an old towel while you scrape off any remnants of wax or putty from the drain opening.

5. Install your new toilet. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully in order to avoid needing another toilet repair in the future.

Swapping out your old toilet may be simple, but if the underlying problem has been going on for a long time, you may have more extensive water damage than you realize. Contacting a restoration expert in Jamestown, NY, is the best way to ensure that you’re not dealing with the effects of a leaking toilet years down the road.

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Fire Sprinklers, Friend or Foe?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler inspections should be done regularly to ensure your business in Jamestown is safe incase of a fire

Fire sprinklers are your company’s best friend in Jamestown, NY, when it counts most. This wonderful invention protects your business and prevents it from going down in flames. But, what happens when the device malfunctions and causes water damage instead? When the sprayers accidentally cause flooding in your building, you are left wondering what to do next. Follow these four tips to quickly recover from this unfortunate occurrence:

1. Disconnect the Water Supply

As soon as possible, turn off the water supply to the building. The earlier the fire sprinklers stop spraying water, the faster the damage is contained. Remember, your safety is most important. If there is danger of electricity coming into contact with water, first turn off the main electricity to the building or wait until the specialists arrive.

2. Call a Water Restoration Company

After water damage occurs, it is essential to immediately contact a water restoration specialist. When the experts arrive, they assess the damage and make a plan for drying and restoring the space. Since the water came from a clean source, you do not need to worry about contamination if you act quickly.

3. Contact Your Insurance Agent

Most often, commercial property insurance covers loss and restoration from flooding. Have your insurance papers and contact information in an easily accessible place that is not susceptible to water.

4. Mitigate the Damage Until Help Arrives

While you are waiting for the specialists, increase ventilation in the building. Open windows to allow fresh air to flow freely through the space, or use air conditioning in the summer. If your building is more than one story, dry the top level first to prevent water leaks through the ceiling to the floor below. Mop and blot excess water from floors and furniture. Remove art and other valuable items to a dry location.

Fire sprinklers are the perfect way to avoid fire and smoke damage at your business in Jamestown, NY. However, a device glitch can leave you with flooding and water damage instead. Follow the above tips to quickly return your business to its preloss state.

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Black Water and Why It Matters

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Jamestown New York

When storms encroach on Jamestown, NY, water damage is a prevailing threat with immediate and long-term consequences. Not all water has the same impact, however, and when it comes to storms and flooding, black water is exceptional for the invasive effects it has on both property and patron. Considered highly contaminated, floodwater can devastate both property and air quality. Knowing the risks and how to handle a flood are key to protecting both your business and your people.

What Is Category 3 Water?

Category 3, or black water, is the worst classification of water damage. When aggressive storms bring outdoor water indoors, pesticides, fecal matter, and toxic organic materials are carried in, putting at risk the health of anyone in contact with the grossly unsanitary contents. Water in this category contains aggressive amounts of bacteria and microorganisms, alongside potentially pathogenic and toxigenic material. This contaminated water can flood your business during a storm a few ways:

• Sewage bursts
• Rain water
• Ground water
• Rising river, stream, and/or sea levels

When outdoor water has found its way inside your business, it is imperative to contact a professional cleanup company immediately to rectify the physical damage and prevent any biological threats.

Why a Professional Team?

Due to the biohazard of black water, a professional cleanup crew is required to handle the extraction process. Wearing masks to filter toxins and full protective gear, workers can handle the process of removing the water and purifying the air of threatening toxins. After extraction, any porous material touched by the contaminated water must be removed from the building, including carpet, drywall, and wood. These trained professionals can ensure your place of business is cleared of all contaminants from the flood and meets IICRC standards so that you may begin the process of restoration quickly and safely.

Storms and floods can be devastating when they hit Jamestown, NY. Contact a professional cleanup crew when water damage infiltrates your business to ensure safety for everything and everyone.

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Recovering From Smoke Damage From a Nearby Fire

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Help from SERVPRO after a fire nearby to remove your smoke damage

Damage from a fire to a commercial property lingers long after the fire has been extinguished. The destruction can even extend to adjacent properties that were not engulfed in flames. Although the property may not have water damage from the fire fighter’s hoses, drifting ash, smoke, and soot can wreak havoc and bring your business to a grinding halt. Luckily, smoke damage is often a covered loss. Recovering a commercial building from a nearby fire can be done quickly and safely with help from restoration specialists, who use special techniques to repair the damage left behind.

Determine What Items Are Likely To Be Damaged

Certain objects are susceptible to smoke and soot damage, including the following:

• Carpeting
• Walls
• Upholstery

The longer these objects are left uncleaned, the more likely they are to develop lingering odors of smoke. Your items may also need to undergo a sanitization process to become safe to use again.

Move Quickly To Get It Fixed

After a fire in Jamestown, NY, it is important to work quickly to repair damage. Getting a professional inspection of the smoke damage is often crucial to determine the correct treatment needed. Once an inspection has taken place, restoration specialists can formulate a plan to bring the property back to normal, using these tools such as industrial air scrubbers, fogging equipment, and ozone treatments, all of which are designed to give a deep smoke cleaning to the building.

Get Back to Business as Usual

Once your commercial building has been properly cleaned of smoke and sanitized, it is also important to restore the building to how it was before the fire. Services often include the following:

• Carpet reinstallation
• Drywall repairs
• Repainting walls

Smoke damage can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to last forever. Working with the right company after a fire can ease the burden of getting your business back on track.

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Have You Tried These Top Air Purifiers?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Air Filtration devices can be helpful for your commercial business

When buying an air filtration device for your Jamestown, NY, home, there are a number of factors to take into account. Those factors include cost, ease of use, filter efficiency, and air flow. You may need to choose one factor over another depending on how you plan to use your system, or you may be looking for an air purifier that combines high scores on all. So which air purifiers do the best in different categories?

Best for Cost Efficiency

When it comes to cost efficiency, the GermGuardian AC4825 won’t put you out of pocket at a smooth $100 and no more. While it’s one of the cheapest air purifiers on the market, how does it stack up on other factors?

• Middling on filter efficiency
• Very low rating on airflow
• Decent rating on ease of use

Overall, it’s a good starter filtration system but may have to be replaced fairly soon for a more high-end model.

Best for Filter Efficiency

For filter efficiency, you can’t do much better than the Amway Quixtar Atmosphere. It rates nearly perfect on filter performance – meaning you’ll clear the most particulates from the air, including mold spores that could become mold growth.

Best for Air Flow

The Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier hits a perfect score for air flow, allowing the most possible circulation to handle air filtration efficiently and neatly. However, it falls a little short in filter efficiency – meaning that it may need that air flow to capture more spores and other particulates on each pass.

Best All Around

For the best air purifier that combines cost efficiency and great performance, the Oransi Max is a great value for the dollar. At $479, it’s a good cost investment when it hits nearly perfect scores on all factors, including filter efficiency, air flow, and ease of use. You won’t get much better outside of commercial-grade air filtration devices.

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5 Tips To Prevent Space Heater Fires

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can keep you warm in the winter months but could also cause fires.

Space heaters are a great way to keep your home warm during cold winter months. However, incorrect use can lead to a burned space heater that causes fire and smoke damage. Here are some tips to keep your Jamestown, NY, home safe and warm despite frosty temps.

1. Read the Manufacturer’s Instructions

It may seem obvious, but the best place to start is by reading the manufacturer’s instructions—and following them. If your heater requires fuel, only use those that are manufacturer-recommended. Keep filters clean. Take a close look at warning labels.

2. Keep Some Distance

One of the leading causes of heater fires is proximity to flammable materials. Be sure to keep heaters at least 3 feet away from curtains, clothing and furniture. Don’t place them on rugs or carpet.
In addition, keep the heater clear of any walking paths or high-traffic areas in your home. This will help eliminate any tripping hazards and prevent anyone from knocking it over or brushing up against it.

3. Plug It Directly Into the Wall

Extension cords and power strips should not be used. To help avoid overheating, always plug the appliance directly into the wall outlet, and don’t run the cord under carpets or rugs. It is wise to inspect the cord for damage before each use.

4. Turn It Off

Always unplug and turn a heater off before you go to sleep or leave home. Space heaters should never be left unattended.

5. Install Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms should be installed near every bedroom and on every floor of your home. Make sure they work by testing them monthly. In the unfortunate event of a burned space heater, an alarm can help ensure that smoke cleanup is your biggest concern.

Space heaters are excellent appliances for keeping small spaces warm when it’s cold outside, but before you use one in your Jamestown, NY, home, safety should always come first. Remembering important safety tips will help you avoid a burned space heater and protect your life and home.

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Containing Mold to Avoid Cross Contamination

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Mold Remediation

Mold is a type of fungus that sends out unseen spores that are often the size of a particle of dust. Because of the miniscule size and weight of each speck, movement such as vibrations, air currents, and water vapors can quite easily spread the fungi throughout a building in Jamestown, NY. But anyone that walks by a patch of mold can also fall victim to the sneaky way the particles spread because once in the air, the microorganisms can attach itself to hair, clothing, and skin. The spores can then be transported to other rooms within the building. This is especially true when disrupting a colony during cleaning. Here are some ways to prevent cross contamination when cleaning mold clusters because once cross contamination occurs, mold cleanup can become a nightmare.

1. When removing items from the affected room, use airtight plastic bags. Even wet articles of clothing can spread spores when carried from one room to another.

2. Use a plastic sheet to separate the mold infected area from the rest of the building. Make sure the sheet is sealed over the doorway before cleanup begins.

3. Wear protective clothing and a filtration mask when cleaning mold contamination. Once the area is clean, remove all clothing while still in the room. Remember to discard in airtight bags.

4. Do not spray moldy areas with chemicals or power washers during mold cleanup. Any type of air disruption can send the spores flying and infect other surfaces within the room, including you.

5. Contact a professional mold remediation crew to test the area. Before the containment barrier comes down, an inspection for mold spores may be considered necessary to insure the fungi have been eliminated, and the area is safe to reopen.

Even small projects can cause serious cross contamination if mold cleanup is not handled properly. That is why commercial building owners often call in mold specialists to guarantee fungus removal is handled correctly. Once the mold is discovered, act quickly to prevent a widespread problem.

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3 Steps To Follow Immediately After a Pipe Break

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO for your pipe break emergency

Significant water damage can bring your bustling business to a screeching halt. The main factor that determines how quickly you recover and get back to business as usual is your response time when you discover bursting pipes. The faster you can stop the problem, the better off you will be. Here are three things you can do to expedite the cleanup process.

1. Shut Off the Water

When professional technicians arrive to fix a broken pipe in your building, they can work faster if they have less water to contend with. The first thing you do, therefore, when you discover water damage in Lakewood, NY, is shut the water off at the source. Turn off the main water valve so the pipe does not continue to leak. It is also a good idea to shut off electricity in the area, particularly if the water is close to any outlets or equipment.

2. Call Professionals

After you shut down the water supply to the bursting pipes, contact water remediation specialists. They can help by conducting a thorough assessment of the problem and beginning the repair process. This process is not something you want to delay. Every minute that your commercial property sustains water damage is a minute when bacteria can multiply and mold can settle and grow. Timely restoration helps prevent further damage.

3. Alert Insurance

Once you have an estimate of what it costs to repair the damage, you should call your insurance company. An agent can explain what your policy covers. The company can also send an adjuster to survey the damage and decide what your claim is worth.

Water damage in Lakewood, NY, is not something anyone would wish on themselves. You can minimize the damage to your commercial property from bursting pipes if you cut the water off at the source and make arrangements to resolve it and pay for the resolution as quickly as possible.

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3 Reasons You Need To Address Storm Damage Right Away

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage clean up can be a real chore

When a big storm rolls through Jamestown, NY, flood insurance adjusters can get really bogged down with work. It's always a good idea to call your insurance provider to start your claims process, but it may not be a good idea to put off addressing the damage done by the storm. There are a lot of reasons you should start making repairs as soon as you can get a residential storm damage remediation team scheduled.

1. Reduce Chances of More Flooding

Storms can cause all types of damage. Your roof may lose shingles, your home may lose siding, or your basement may flood. Your house can become more susceptible to flooding due to the damage. You need to fix any damage caused by a storm to ensure your home does not suffer from further storm and flood damage. If repairs aren't made, any rain can cause major problems.

2. Stop Mold Growth

If a storm causes flooding in your home, you need to address the water problems as soon as possible to make sure your home does not suffer from mold damage. Even if your home is affected by clean water, you could see mold problems start in 24 to 48 hours if the water isn’t taken care of properly. Your flood insurance may help cover the remediation costs, but it depends on your policy.

3. Avoid More Damage

Waiting to address storm damage until an adjuster can come to your house can leave your entire property at risk for more problems. High winds following a storm could rip off more shingles or siding. Damaged tree branches could crash down onto your car or house. Taking care of any issues as soon as possible can save you time and money in the future.

Many flood insurance policies require you to call in an insurance adjuster. However, you may want to start taking care of the damage before the adjuster can make it to your home. This is especially true if he or she has a full schedule.

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Know What Happens to Your Home’s Materials When They Get Wet

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Garage Water Damage in New York

Most people understand the noticeable damage to a home after a flood or pipe burst, but not many consider the underlying damage. Flooding of any kind, whether from a burst supply line, broken pipe, sewage backup or actual flood, can be severely damaging to a home’s structure. For instance, water damage can result in:

• Swelling wood
• Ineffective insulation
• Crumbling drywall
• Electrical issues
• Mold contamination

The Issues Posed by Water Damage

Water damage is much more destructive than many homeowners give it credit for. If not taken care of right away, moisture can eat away at your home’s structure over long period of time. For instance, when your home is invaded with water, the wood begins to swell. While swollen wood in and of itself is not an issue, it can create other issues throughout the home. You may discover that your doors don’t close without effort or that your door jambs are cracking. This is an indicator of pressure on your house’s frame. If too much pressure builds, it could impact the very foundation of your home.

In addition to swelling wood, water damage can render your insulation ineffective. Your home will become drafty, which is not only uncomfortable but also costly. If your insulation has been affected, chances are that your drywall has been impacted, too. It may start to crumble or become weak to the touch.

Another issue that may stem from past water damage is the electrical systems. You may discover that your circuits short every time you plug something in or that an outlet doesn’t work at all. Not only is this a pain, but it can also pose a fire hazard.

Finally, you may observe discoloration or a musty smell. If you notice either, your home is contaminated with mold.

From swelling wood to mold contamination, water can cause a significant amount of damage in a relatively short period of time. Don’t let your water damage get out of control; invest in water pipe repair and water restoration services in Olean, NY, right away.

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Understanding What Black Water Is

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Jamestown

If your commercial building in Jamestown, NY, has recently been affected by flooding, you may be dealing with a lot of water damage restoration. As the storm damage cleanup crew works on your building, you may hear a lot of technical terms. If someone mentions black water in your building, what exactly does that mean? Water is considered black when at least one of the following situations are met:

* The water is highly contaminated.
* Flood water comes in contact with fecal matter.
* Wastewater from toilets enters your building.
* Untreated standing water starts to support microbial growth.

Now that you have a better understanding of what this contaminated water is, you may want to learn more about how you can bounce back from such damage.

Fast Response

After flooding, you need to react as quickly as possible. Getting the water out of your building can help reduce the structural damages. Also, if you're able to dry out and clean your furniture and equipment shortly after the incident occurs, you may have a greater chance of being able to keep many of your company's possessions. You may not be able to hold on to porous materials, especially when dealing with dirty flood water.

Professional Response

Because contaminated water can be dangerous, it is often a good idea to call in the experts as soon as possible. Trying to deal with this water damage on your own may not be a good idea because of the sewage, chemicals and microbes that are potentially in the water. Professionals will have the safety equipment needed to properly take care of the issue. Their equipment will also help them fix the problem faster.

Whenever you're dealing with water damage due to flooding, you need to be aware of the type of water you have in your commercial building. Clean, gray and black water each have their own potential problems and need to be taken care of in different ways.

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Have a Plan in Case of a Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

If a disaster strikes, you want to be ready for it with a contingency plan. A fire or flood, as well as many other possible disasters, could put you out of business. Ensure that your company is able to bounce back and resume operations in as short a time as possible.


There are many misfortunes your business might have to confront. Although you cannot plan for everything, here are some possible mishaps that you should plan for.

• Fire
• Flood
• Earthquake
• Hard drive failure
• Data theft
• Theft

Creating a Plan

The above risks are a sample of what your business might face. It is up to you to determine what risks are applicable to your particular industry and region of the world. This will give your contingency plan focus. Although you want to be prepared, you don’t want to waste time and money on things that are unlikely to happen.

Prepare an evacuation plan. Post it throughout the office. Your staff needs to know where to go, what routes to use to exit the building and when to make that call. Appoint department heads to ensure everyone is able to get out safely.

There needs to be a communication system in place. The contingency plan should detail the communication fan-out system. Who contacts whom? Update all email and phone numbers. Make sure contact lists are printed in case of a technology failure.

Update your on-site emergency kits and train your staff on them. If your business stores valuable data, take measures to protect it. Review your insurance policy and make sure it covers the disasters you find important.

Your contingency plan should lay out what is necessary to run your business at the base level. These are the absolute essentials for operating again. Make plans so that those resources are available as quickly as possible. Research alternate suppliers.

It is important to have a plan in case of an emergency. In the heat of things, it can be hard to make good decisions. A plan gives you something to rely on. You can even hire professionals in Lakewood, New York, to help you devise one.

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5 Tips for Staying Safe While Using Space Heaters

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can be a great way to stay cozy. During cold weather in Jameston, New York, they can help you to be more comfortable in your home, but they can also be a fire hazard. Luckily, if you keep a few simple safety tips in mind, you should be able to avoid dealing with a burned space heater.

1. Keep the Area Clear

One of the easiest ways a space heater fire can start is if there are flammable materials in contact with the heater. Keep anything flammable, especially items made from paper and fabric, well away from the heater.

2. Choose the Right Location

Anywhere that is too confined can create a perfect recipe for a burned space heater. Don’t put the heater beneath desks or other furniture. Instead, try to put the heater in an open area where it won’t come into contact with anything.

3. Pay Attention

It can be dangerous to leave space heaters unattended. You should never leave them turned on when you’re out of the room or away from home. If you’re paying attention to the heater, you should be able to stop problems before they turn into emergencies.

4. Use Safety Features

When shopping for a heater, you can try to find one that has an automatic shut-off feature. While you still should never leave the space heater unattended, it can be one more layer of safety.

5. Keep Filters Clean

Space heaters have filters that can become clogged with dust, pet hair, or other debris in the air. Clogged filters can cause the heater to overheat and ignite. Clean the filter regularly to help prevent any issues.

Fires can be dangerous and lead to extensive (as well as expensive) smoke cleanup. Don’t get stuck with a burned space heater. Being mindful of how and where you use your heater can help you to stay safe.

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3 Steps To Take After a Storm-Induced Sewer Backup

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

In Jamestown, NY after rain water builds up, a sewer backup can become a problem. Sewer water is always considered black water because of the bacteria and pathogens it carries. When it backs into your home or floods your basement, what can you do about it? Here are three steps you should take.

1. Shut Down Power

Water and electricity should never mix. Even if you can’t spot any electrical outlets near the water, you don’t want to take any risks with it. Make sure the electricity is off before you enter the area and before you call any specialists to help you with the water removal. Safety should always come first.

2. Check the Gas

In cases of flooding, the pilot light on gas appliances may go out. In this situation, you may have gas emissions leaking into your home. If the light is out or if you smell gas, then you need to call a professional right away. Do not stay in the building if you have a gas leak.

3. Extract the Water

As soon as possible, you need to have the water extracted. Collected rain water after a sewer backup can cause mold growth in a short period of time. Usually mold starts growing in as little as 24 hours. Make sure you have the water removed as soon as you can, or else the damage may become more extensive. The less time your home is saturated with water, the more damage you’ll be able to avoid.

Flood damage can be devastating, and when there’s a sewer backup in your neighborhood, it can be stressful and frustrating. These three steps should help keep you calm and safe after the events of a flood. While you may not be able to control the weather or the sewer lines, you can control what happens once the storm passes.
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Flood Cleanup Checklist

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

You can leave it to a broken pipe to ruin your day. So, your residence was flooded and now it’s time to prepare the cleanup. This can be a daunting task to anyone, no matter if you have any experience with flood waters. Here’s a checklist of what you should do when it comes to taking care of your belongings after a water-in-home situation.

Carpets, Clothing and Rugs

Most of the time, the advice about carpets, clothing and rugs is to replace them. If it turns out that the rugs can be salvaged, spread them out outside. Here, you can hose them off and use carpet shampoo to clean them. This can be done using a broom to work in the detergent. Unless your carpet is made of wool, you can rinse it with a gallon of water and a couple tablespoons of liquid bleach. For clothing you hope to salvage, rely on dry cleaning to disinfect them.


If you look at your walls and see no signs of damage, you still want to take extra care with them. First, you should ensure that all the water in your property has been cleared out. If your walls aren’t dry, this is sure to lead to moisture problems down the road. If you have any mud or mold on the walls, then it’s time to clean them. In most cases, a formula of water and detergent can remove mold.


When it comes to your floors, remember to check for buckling or warping. This could mean you need to get the floor replaced. Floors should be dried out completely and if salvageable, cleaned in much the same way as the walls.

Of course, as with any cleanup efforts, utilizing restoration specialists can also help. If you have a water-in-home situation in Jamestown, NY after a broken pipe, consider this list to better handle it. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Category 1 Water Does Not Mean Category 1 Water Damage

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Any broken pipe or supply line in commercial buildings in Olean, NY can lead to severe water damage. Experts in commercial restoration know that no two water damages are alike; a lot depends on the category of water involved. If you’re dealing with water damage due to category 1 water, you are exposed to sanitary water. Clean water does not pose substantial risk. What is category 1 water exactly, and what damage can it cause?

1. What Is Category 1 Water?

Category 1 water starts from a sanitary source. Examples for sanitary sources are faucets, toilet tanks, and drinking fountains.  Nevertheless, be advised that this water can turn into unsanitary water based on time and temperature. Just because it’s category 1 water doesn’t mean that it cannot cause extensive damage. Clean water can cause four types of water damage.

2. What Are the Main Types of Water Damage?

Class 1 is the easiest to deal with as only small amounts of water are involved. Absorption and evaporation are minimal issues. The damage is limited to one room or one specific area. Carpet is only slightly or not affected at all, and only materials with low porosity have absorbed water.

Class 2 damage is characterized by larger amounts of water and a higher evaporation rate. At least all the carpet in a room is affected and walls are soaked in water up to 24 inches. The structure and substructure have absorbed moisture.

Class 3 water damage means that enough water has filled the area to be evaporated into or absorbed by everything in the room. It’s not uncommon that the water comes from overhead. Walls, insulation, ceilings, carpets, and sub-floors are saturated.

Specialty drying situations fall into class 4. Enough time has passed for water to affect materials with low porosity, including brick and concrete.

Clean water might be sanitary but it can be responsible for extensive damage. As soon as you notice a broken pipe or supply line, it’s important to take action. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on commercial water damage.

Does Your Home Have Mold? Look Out for These 4 Signs

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Does Your Home Have Mold? Look Out for These 4 Signs

Mold growth can be harmful to your health and your home’s health, which is why it is imperative that you call in a Olean, NY mold remediation team at the first signs of a mold infestation. However, what if you don’t know if your home has mold? Is there a way to detect mold without calling in an indoor environmental specialist? While a mold test is the best and most accurate way to detect mold, these four signs may be a strong indication that your home is indeed infested:

Visible Growth

The most obvious sign of a mold infestation is visible growth. Like with most pests, what you see is not what you get. If you notice a patch of mold on your kitchen backsplash, on a ceiling or beneath the bathroom sink, chances are that your problem is deeper than what you can see.

Musty or Moldy Odor

Mold smells, period. Outside of the home, mold smells stale; on the inside, it smells musty and damp. If your home or any room in your home smells off—as in, it smells like a forest after a heavy rainfall—chances are that you have a mold problem and that it is time to call in your indoor environmental specialist.

Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can take on many forms, including flooding, burst pipes, sewage back up and a leaking roof. If your home has any of these issues, and if you have not taken measures to remedy them, you may have a mold problem.

Past Flooding

If your home was in a flood in the past, and if you did not have a water remediation team in to properly dry and clean up the damage, you may have a mold problem. The only way to ensure that your home is mold-free post-flood is to let the professionals deal with the situation.

If you notice any of the above four signs, you may have a mold problem. However, you should call in your Olean, NY indoor environmental specialist to perform a mold test just to be sure.
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Does My Insurance Cover Mold?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Does My Insurance Cover Mold?

When it comes to mold and fungus growth in homes in Jamestown, NY you know that it can quickly get out of control. If you have to work with a professional to get the mold removed, this can be a costly process. Because of this, you want to look into mold insurance or mold coverage to see if you can get some help with the expense.

Water Damage Coverage

Water damage is one of the most common causes of mold in a home. However, if this damage is due to maintenance issues, it may not be covered by your standard homeowner’s insurance policy. Such maintenance issues might include:

Repeat leaks
Landscaping drainage system problems
Ongoing humidity issues
Continuous water seepage

If mold and fungus growth are related to the issues above, or those that are similar, your policy could exclude them. It is important to read the fine print when you are getting your policy to see what it covers.

Specified Peril Policies

If the mold in your home is due to a specified peril, it may be covered. However, you have to look at the listed perils on your policy and be able to absolutely prove and one of these is the cause. It is not always obvious what caused you to have a mold issue. This is why most policies do not end up covering mold and the issues that it can cause. It is often recommended that you look into a separate policy that might cover it. Remember that mold is a common issue and one that you want to have some coverage for.

Since most insurance policies either do not cover mold or they might have a cap in place, talk to your insurance adjuster or a SERVPRO representative to determine what your options are. This ensures that you make the right choices in getting the mold in your home taken care of. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on mold.

3 Tips for Storm Preparation

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

3 Tips for Storm Preparation

As a new storm approaches, the forecasters predict massive flooding. As the owner of a commercial property, what do you do next? Your business is your livelihood! To lose it could mean that you’ve lost everything. How do you make sure that you’re not someone who loses their entire business after one storm? You have to be willing and able to deal with flood water as it comes. Here are 3 ways that you can prepare for a storm.

1. Back up Data

When a flood hits, there is a possibility that it could take out all of your electronics. If you happen to lose your business computers or files in the flooded building, then you could lose everything. A lot of that data is irreplaceable. It’s important to either save your data on a computer offsite or to back everything up either on the internet or on a physical copy that you can keep safe.

2. Remove Items

Water damage can be extensive and costly. In fact, you could lose everything. Keep in mind that there are plenty of porous surfaces that cannot be cleaned. A lot of your furniture and personal items could be lost in a flood. It’s important that you remove or relocate them to higher ground, also. Ruined, wet furniture can grow mold and jeopardize your health.

3. Plan for Restoration

Don’t meet the storm without plans for restoration. Flood water should be thought about long before it comes into play. With a professional service, you can make quick plans after your business has been struck by the storm to fix all of the damage. You should start making restorations as soon as possible.

To forget about storm prep could end your business. As a part of your livelihood, you don’t want to do anything to lose it. While you may not be the cause of the flooding, you still have to be prepared to keep your Jamestown, NY business from going under because of flood water. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on storm damage.

SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

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Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

After the incident and the authorities complete their investigation of the crime or trauma scene the process of decontamination, cleaning and restoration can begin. There are many instances whereas there is blood, body fluids or bio-hazardous contaminants that must be mitigated. Many times these fluids pose a significant health risk. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA guidelines and protocols calls to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first priority is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

• Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals

• Tear gas and pepper spray residues

• Fire extinguisher residue

• Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime scene Residues

From Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Blood borne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissues and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from an accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

 Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.   

For more information on our biohazard services visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com/biohazard-cleaning.

Grafitti Removal

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Unattractive marks and stains can be left of your walls for many reasons. Whether they are a result of a vandal's graffiti, smoke from a building fire, or mold growth, it is important for your building to look clean and well cared for. That's where SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean comes in. You probably know us as your fire and flood damage specialists but our team can make quick work of removing any of these stains. As always we use the most cutting edge equipment to do the job properly and thoroughly. With our tough but gentle soda blasters, we can remove the staining and leave just the wall's finish behind. Some power washers can remove more than just the unwanted markings, and leave the wall looking even more damaged. The fact that ours is both tough and gentle makes it the perfect fit for any job. This photo shows us removing markings from a wall of a commercial structure. Graffiti and other markings can make your business look less than stellar to customers. It is important to make sure your property looks as great as the business done inside! Residential properties need the same tender loving care. Staining can make a house hard to sell because of how it looks and in the case of smoke stains, how it smells. So remember, don't just paint over those stains, call the experts at SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean to remove them completely!

5 Simple Steps to prevent spread of smoke/soot damage

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Even in the wet season of spring, fires can occur. It is very common for property owners to reenter the building as soon as the fire is out to check on their furniture and other possessions. Here are 5 simple tips to limit further damage before SERVPRO arrives.

•Make sure everyone is safe and the fire is safely out before reentering the property.

•Limit movement inside to prevent soot particles from being embedded in upholstery and carpet.

•Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

•Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.

•Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

Unfortunately fires happen, but by keeping these tips in mind and the expert restoration by SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean your property will look “Like tt never even happened.”

What to do until help arrives with water damage in your home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Every so often there is a surprise of having water damage in your home. When this happens it is critical to not do anything to hurt yourself or cause more damage in your home. 

When you have a water loss the first thing to do is get a professional to come out an assess the situation. It is very important to recognize what is safe and not safe within the home. 

Do not lift or try to move wet materials. These can be very heavy and spread more damage within the home. 

Getting the home dry is critical to prevent secondary damages form happening. Most of the time if water sits for a few days, mold can start to form on the interior walls. This will then make the job more expensive  to mitigate. 

For any questions about handling a water, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean

Mold Damage in your business

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Job in Jamestown, NY

Mold damage in your business can be a serious time. Especially if it is bad enough to close the business and prevent it from operating. 

The first thing to do is get a qualified environmental hygienist onsite to test and determine what kind of mold or microbial growth you are dealing with. Once it is determined they will write a proper protocol for treatment. 

After that a mitigation company like SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean will be able to start the mitigation process and get the job completed from start to finish. It is important that any company you hire, documents photos and notes, before, during and after the job. Once the job is complete have them walk you though everything that was completed. 

If you have any questions about what to do with a mold loss, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Remediating Mold in your Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold on furniture

If you find mold in your home it is important that you follow the proper schedule of treatment. After an environmental hygienist determines what kind of mold it is, the mitigation process can begin by a licensed mold remediation contractor.  

SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean is trained and qualified to handle any size mold loss from start to finish. We carefully follow each step recommended by the environmental hygienist to make sure everything is done correctly. 

SERVPRO makes sure each job is well documented by taking plenty of photos and notes. We make sure that each client understands the process from start to finish. If you have any questions or situations in where you need help, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We have team members that are qualified to help you. 

How the Professionals Restore Water Damaged Homes and Businesses

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

How the Professionals Restore Water Damaged Homes and Businesses

A pipe break, supply line break, dam break, hurricane, or other calamitous water-related event can happen at any time, putting much water in business offices and water in home spaces. This is disheartening after one has worked so hard to attain a home and fill it with belongings or created a thriving business and purchased a building for it. Picking through numerous items that are entirely destroyed can be emotionally distressing.

On top of all of the emotions, the work that lies ahead is too daunting a task for many owners to deal with. Draining and drying what is left of buildings and belongings can take a long time. By the time all of that water finally drains away or evaporates, there is major water damage to the flooded home or business.

What is needed for flood damage mitigation is efficient water cleanup and effective restoration to reverse the effects of water damage. This is best left to restoration company professionals whose service would ease the mind of people who have experienced a flooded home or business.

Determine Source of the Water

The first thing the restoration company professionals do in the process of damage mitigation is to find out where moisture or standing water in home areas and water in business offices came from. Quite often it comes from a pipe break or a supply line break. There’s no sense in starting the process of restoration if the source of the water problem isn’t fixed. Also, the work area is isolated in this way.

If the source is not a pipe break or a supply line break, the water could have come from a dam break or a natural disaster. Hurricanes have occurred often in recent months, leaving many people with a flooded home or business and no dry place to sleep, eat, and live.

Water Removal

Once the source of moisture or water has been determined and the work area has been isolated, the guys from the restoration company will do water cleanup using commercial pumping systems. Some companies can do heavy duty water cleanup, which is great news for people who have huge amounts of standing water to deal with.

Damage Assessment

Once the water cleanup is complete, the team will find out exactly what the flood damage from the pipe break, supply line break, or whatever is. Some things can withstand being submerged in water for a short time, while other things are utterly destroyed by the water damage. Damage will, of course, be worse if things have sat in standing water in home areas or standing water in business offices for days. A restoration company will assess the water damage to both the building and to belongings.

Damaged Item Removal

Contaminated and organic materials from a flooded home or office will be tossed first if they have been submerged too long. After 24 hours, particle board, plywood, drywall, casings, baseboards, and carpet will not survive. What survives the water in home areas and the water in business buildings will go to through a drying process.

Dry out What is Salvageable/Put Furniture Back

The building and the items thought to be salvageable are dried using high volume dehumidifiers, commercial air movers, and sometimes heat injectors. After the drying out process is complete, the restoration process is almost done. The furniture is put back into place, and trash is taken out.

Destroy Mold and Other Microorganisms

The water cleanup and drying were the biggest mitigation jobs, but the last thing the restoration company team will do toward flood damage mitigation is to destroy the mold and other microorganisms so that no pathogens can form. As much as is possible after flood damage has occurred, restoration is complete.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Four Reasons to Pay for Professional Commercial Fire Restoration

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Four Reasons to Pay for Professional Commercial Fire Restoration

Unless you experienced a fire in the past, you probably have no idea of the effects that it can have on your building. The flames caused by an electrical fire or a utility room fire can climb higher and higher before spreading throughout the entire building. Even if the fire truck gets there in time for a firefighter to save the building and use a fire hose to protect other buildings from catching on fire, you'll still find yourself dealing with quite a bit of cleanup. Fire damage companies that specialize in commercial fire damage offer all the help needed to get your building back up and running again. If you think that you can handle the work yourself, check out the top four reasons to pay for fire restoration help.

Your Fire Sprinkler System and Water Damage

A good fire sprinkler system will have alarms that monitor various areas of the building for temperature changes that occur during a fire. As soon as it detects a temperature change, it will turn itself on and use water to take down the flames. That water can flow for hours until help arrives, which will leave you dealing with a significant amount of standing water as well as some flooded rooms. If you used fire suppression tools, you can hire fire restoration professionals to clean up the water damage and the suppression materials left behind.

Fire Truck Damage

When you see a fire truck or a firefighter outside of your building while it's on fire, you might thank your lucky stars that help arrived in the nick of time. Once that fire truck leaves though, you need to take a look at the damage that the fire hose and firefighters caused. A firefighter might use an ax to break down a door or smash through a window and use fire suppression materials to blanket a smaller fire. Hiring a commercial fire damage company to come out to your building for an inspection lets you know what they can do to remove those materials and clean up the debris and water left behind by fire suppression methods and a fire hose.

Safe Smoke Damage Removal

Whether you use your building as an office, a retail shop or anything in between, fire damage companies can help with the smoke damage cleanup and removal after an electrical fire. Event the smallest of fires can cause more damage than you could cleanup on your own with weeks of hard work. The smoke damage can leave behind a thick odor that makes you feel claustrophobic and wreaks havoc on your breathing. Commercial fire damage companies send their cleanup techs out with masks and other gear to help them stay safe while cleaning up your fire damage and soot damage.

Sooth Damage Cleaning Too

If you still aren't sure you should call for help after a utility room fire, think about how quickly and efficiently they can clean the soot damage caused by those flames. This type of fire damage includes more than just the thick build of soot that you see on your walls or on the floor. Soot damage can go so deep into the floors and walls that ever after cleaning your business, you still smell an intense smoky odor. It can mix with fire suppression methods and become even worse, and the soot can also spread because of the water produced by your fire sprinkler system.

Ask any firefighter what you should do after experiencing commercial fire damage, and you'll hear back that you should get some professional help. Soot damage and smoke damage are just some of the problems that you face after an electrical fire. A small utility room fire can set off a fire sprinkler system that puts out the flames but causes water damage, which worsens when combined with the water produced by a fire hose. The best fire restoration company can reset your fire sprinkler system and provide assistance after any type of fire, including a utility room fire or an electrical fire.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on fire damage.

Effective Storm Damage Restoration is Essential for Maintaining Property Value

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Effective Storm Damage Restoration is Essential for Maintaining Property Value

Professional home restoration services can be an essential asset for property owners who are seeking to protect their investment. Storm restoration needed to address wind damage or hail damage as well as effective water restoration services that may be required in the event that moisture is able to enter the home through frozen pipes or a roof leak can often be resources of great importance. Flooding, roof damage or ground water that is able to enter the home due to river flooding or hurricane damage can pose a significant risk to the market value of a home.

Wind, Hail and Debris

Even minor storm damage can pose a real problem, especially in situations where flood water or ice damage escape notice for any length of time. Access to a flood pump or professional roof repair services can be essential when it comes to ensuring successful storm remediation. From seasonal hurricanes to problems caused by an ice dam or ice damming, it always pays to seek out the best solutions for storm remediation. From repairing a simple roof leak to assessing the extent of hail damage and ice damage following a storm, addressing any roof damage promptly and without delay is always a smart move.

Water Damages

Ensuring effective water restoration and cleanup efforts are never a matter that should be left to chance. Flooding, the presence of ground water within the home or moisture that enters an internal environment due to a burst ice dam or frozen pipes may create no end of future problems. Whether flood water is caused by nearby river flooding, direct storm damage or hurricane damage or ice damming and frozen pipes, arranging for roof repair and storm restoration without delay may minimize the risk of a mold or mildew infestation. Access to heaters, dehumidifiers or a flood pump may be of critical importance for home restoration efforts needed to deal with wind damage or water damage.

Winter Storm Damage

While river flooding and hurricane damage is less likely to be a concern during the winter, colder weather and winter storm damage can still create serious problems. An ice dam or ice damming may do considerable harm to roofing installations, while frozen pipes and other types of ice damage may also require extensive storm remediation. Hail damage, snow accumulation and ice damage that may result in a roof leak can lead to extensive interior flooding. Arranging for storm restoration services, dealing with roof repair issues or utilizing a flood pump to ensure effective cleanup and water restoration within the home as quickly as possible can help to minimize the costs associated with winter storm remediation.

Roofing Installations and Property Value

Even minor roof damage or a roof leak can have a negative impact on property values. Addressing the home restoration efforts needed to deal with wind damage or hail damage can go a long ways towards ensuring flood water is not able to enter the home because of roof damage. While ground water seeping into the home or water restoration and home restoration efforts that may be required to respond to nearby river flooding are often significant concerns, flooding caused when a roof suffers from wind damage, an ice dam or ice damming may be just as serious when it comes to maintaining the resale value of a home.

Dealing With Hurricane Damage

Storm restoration and cleanup can be an even more important undertaking following a major storm. Hurricanes and tropical storms may require homeowners to seek out extensive roof repairs or deal with damaged caused by increased levels of ground water. Access to a flood pump as well as the other tools and resources that only an experienced professional may be able to provide is essential for ensuring that efforts to remove flood water from within the home are met with greater success.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on storm damage.

Restoring Your Erie County, PA and western NY Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Meet Our Crew!

Flooding and water damage events at Erie County, PA and western NY commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

(716) 338-4901

Storm Crews Rolling Out

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, disasters don't wait until weekdays to strike. Luckily, the SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean crew is always ready to come to the rescue! You can count on us to completely restore your commercial or residential property. Whether your home incurred storm damage, your office flooded, or your store front suffered a fire, our crew will roll out in no time to meet your specific needs. Disasters are unpredictable and never happen conveniently but we're in the business of being ready for anything. In the event of property damage, give us a call, day or night, weekday or weekend, and you'll receive comforting and patient customer service. We'll assess the situation at hand and make sure to get your property back to normal in no time. 

When Storms hit Erie County and Western, NY

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SERVPRO ofJamestown/Olean specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit western NY and Erie County, PA, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (check them out here) that are strategically located throughout the United States. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (716) 338-4901

Tree Fall in Western NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

It's not every day that in rains in the kitchen! Unfortunately, this was the case for a home in Randolph, NY. During a heavy storm a tree fell on this property and caused major damage including a roof collapse. The house sat through the rest of the storm without the protection of a roof! Needless to say, the owners were very distraught. Luckily for them, our crew were on the scene quickly. First we had to completely dry the entire property and assess the flooding which could have led to further mold damage. After drying there was the main event... A complete restoration of the property! No matter the severity of the damage, SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is your storm damage expert! We even managed to reunite the owners with their lost cat! 

Labor Day Weekend Water Loss

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

How did you spend your Labor Day weekend? Hopefully having fun with loved ones. No matter what you were doing you probably were not worried about property damage. Unfortunately, for this commercial office in Warren, PA, disasters don't wait until after a holiday to strike. The property suffered serious damage do to a water loss. The water itself is damaging enough, but an event like this also has potential to lead to further mold damage. No property owner wants to spend their holiday weekend worrying about a mess of this magnitude. Luckily for them, SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is always ready to SERV 24/7! We want to make sure that your property looks better than ever and in this case, get your business back on track as quickly as possible no matter the time or day!

Theater Cleanup in Chautauqua, NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Although most of the damages to properties we enounter are a result of Mother Nature, sometimes they are the result of other people. Recently we had a cleanup job at a movie theater in Chautauqua, NY. What caused the mess? Turns out some mischievous kids got ahold of the fire extinguishers and sprayed them everywhere! Those darn rascals. Luckily for the owners of the theater, our crew cleaned up in a jiffy. This is a perfect example of how unpredictable property damage can come about no matter what the cause. However, one thing you can count on is that SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean will always be there to do a complete clean or restoration. The vandals will not be stealing the show at this theater! 

Mold Damage in Jamestown, NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Remediation job in Jamestown, NY

SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean specializes in handling mold remediation projects of any size. Our crew and team is equipped to handle any size mold loss in commercial and residential buildings. 

Many individuals have questions when it comes to mold projects. It is important to make sure that all of your questions are answered before, during and after any project. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean is very passionate about documenting each job from start to finish. 

We also make sure each of our crew members are trained and uniquely qualified to handled a mold remediation project. Safety is a big priority to us and we always follow the proper industry guidelines. 

If you have any questions on mold remediation, do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time at (716) 338-4901 or by visiting our website at http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com/ 

Commercial Water Loss in Jamestown, NY

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let this happen to your office! This first floor office in Jamestown, NY flooded after extreme heavy rain. In total there was about 2500 gallons inside, can you believe it! This is definitely not an ideal situation for any building, especially one where business is done. Luckily you can always count on SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean to get your business back on track the fastest. We know that these incidents are never planned for or expected but we are ready to help any day of the week 24/7. We got the call for this specific job at 9 pm and by 2 am all of the water had been extracted and equipment was installed to start the complete drying process. Time is of the essence, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean, you will not be disappointed. As always making it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

The smoke from this fire left severe damage to much of the furniture in the property. The smoke billowed and the soot covered everything in a think layer. When the damage is this bad it can be hard to imagine what a successful cleaning will look like. This picture perfectly depicts the difference that our crew made. Thanks to the speedy work of SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean this property damaged in a fire is starting to look "Like it never even happened." Our clients will be "seeing themselves" smiling at the complete restoration done by SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean! Also be sure to check out the general photo gallery page as well as the before/after section on our website SERVPROjamestownolean.com to see more images from this job and many others. 

Patio cleaning after a storm

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Our crew recently visited a property in  neighboring town, Bradford, PA that had deep-set dirt covering the outdoor patio. Dirt like this, that doesn't come off with most normal methods of cleaning, can be very frustrating for property owners. Luckily, this customer could count on us because our crew is always armed with top-of-the-line cleaning equipment. As you can see in the photo, this mess was not match for our high power pressure washer! We made quick work of the mess and as always, the property owner was thrilled with the result. SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean consistently impresses and surprises customers with how quickly and thoroughly the crew works. It's a simple combination of their skill and experience paired with the best technology available.  Let us put your mess "under pressure!"

Rescuing a cat after a storm

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Our team here at SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is honored to serve our customers as well as their furry loved ones. This is Puss in Boots. During a recent heavy storm that caused a tree to fall on a house, Puss in Boots ran for cover. After that, he was missing for 3 days, which worried his family. During our restoration the home owner asked if we could do everything possible to find Puss in Boots. Since we're always up for a challenge, of course, we accepted. As we were working on the basement of this grand old farm house who did we find hiding out of sight in the corner nook? You guessed it! Not only did this property owner get a complete restoration but also (probably more important to them) Puss in Boots! Great Job SERVPRO Jamestown/ Olean team!

Water Damage in Erie County

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (716) 338-4901

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean

SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What's behind your oven

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

When was the last time you did a deep clean of the kitchen? You probably mopped the floor and washed the sink but did you remembered that the space behind an oven is a prime spot for disgusting messes to accumulate? Homeowners tend to not bother cleaning behind their oven because it is a heavy object to move or are worried about messing with the gas line. This property in Chautauqua, NY had quite a bit of build up in that area. Luckily, our crew can tackle any mess! Sometimes even smaller messes can be stressful or overwhelming so if you go home to check behind that oven and feel overwhelmed with what you find you know who to call. SERVPRO of Jamestown/ Olean are your experts in deep cleaning.

Cigarette Caused Smoke Damage

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Of course, cigarettes are harmful to our bodies but did you know that they can also be very damaging to our home? Aside from the obvious fire hazard (house fires frequently occur due to smoking indoors), smoking can also cause unattractive stains to walls and the ceiling. Smoke, in this case from cigarettes, discolor paint and wall paper and often leave an unappealing odor engrained in walls, furniture, and carpet. Unfortunately the smell and staining can be hard to remove without a complete deep clean. We recently visited a property with this problem. As you can see there was pretty severe staining on the wall as a result of the cigarette smoke. Luckily our crew are experts in deep cleaning so the wall was left looking as good as new. Check out our before/after photo gallery to see the results!

How to Quickly Recover from Water Damage

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

How to Quickly Recover from Water Damage

All it takes is one pipe break or supply line break for hundreds of gallons of water to come gushing into a room. Water in home and water in business situations need to be taken care of quickly as it can otherwise cause a lot of damage. When there is water damage, it's important to know how a restoration company can help.

Understand the Extent of the Problem

Often, home or business owners put off the problem. They don't see water in business or homes as a problem because they think that they can handle the restoration on their own. It's just a little water cleanup, right?

This is one of the biggest mistakes that can be made. A flooded home is a big problem. The water could be leaking into other areas. if the water cleanup isn't handled quickly, it can then lead to mold, mildew, and other problems. The restoration has to begin the moment the water is out of there.

The best way to handle the problem quickly is to understand that there is a big problem going on and to call a restoration company to come in and begin working on getting the problem under control.

Call for Help

Rather than working on mitigation and drying on one's own, the best thing to do is call a restoration company from the very beginning. They will be able to help with a flooded home or business. They have the advanced equipment to pump the water out.

If there was a supply line break or pipe break, obviously the problem needs to be addressed. The main water supply needs to be shut off so that water in home or water in business doesn't get worse. Then, a plumber will need to be called to start the mitigation process.

This means that a flooded home or business will likely need help in all sorts of different ways. If a supply line break or pipe break isn't taken care of properly, it's only a matter of time before there is more water damage.

Start Drying

Some items might need to be tossed right away because drying isn't going to fix them. They have suffered too much flood damage and cannot be saved. This could include paper documents, electronics, and even furniture. From there, professional drying techniques should be used when a company that specializes in restoration comes in.

Whether it's water in home or water in business, mitigation has to take place. Mitigation is known as the act of reducing the severity. If it is a supply line break or pipe break, it starts with getting the plumbing fixed. If it is because of a flood, then the flood damage isn't over until the weather clears up. However, flood damage can be reduced by moving things to higher ground and obtaining sand bags.

Let the Professionals Help

Homeowners and business owners should know when they need the help. A DIY approach is never a good idea when it comes to water in home or business because of all the ways that water damage can affect a property.

A professional restoration company will be able to use advanced equipment to identify all areas of a home or business where there is water. This includes in flooring, behind walls, and more. It makes it easier to conduct a thorough water cleanup so that a flooded home or business is taken care of properly.

The water cleanup will be part of the mitigation. From there, restoration will be scheduled to take care of all areas that have experienced significant water damage. Drywall, flooring, and more might need to be replaced, especially if the flood damage was significant.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Trust the Pros: How Fire Damage Restoration Works

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Trust the Pros: How Fire Damage Restoration Works

Fire in a home or fire in a business establishment can be life changing, and not in a good way. Unbeknownst to those who have not experienced it, the fire cleanup can be just as frustrating as the fire damage itself. This is because there are myriad hidden and secondary problems that come along with fire damage restoration, regardless if it is fire damage in a home or commercial fire damage. Smoke damage, soot damage, and even smoke smells left behind by the blaze continue to plague homeowners and business owners for years if the fire damage restoration is not handled properly. A professional restoration company can relieve much of the stress involved in restoration of residential and commercial fire damage, by following tried and true methodical fire cleanup procedures.

The first step in fire damage restoration for a professional restoration company is to send out an inspection and assessment team. This team will observe the fire damage, and prioritize which problems need immediate attention and what fire damage was simply cosmetic. Commercial fire damage can be especially harsh on structures depending upon what materials the business had on hand, and the extent of the fire in the business establishment. The inspection and assessment experts from the restoration company will identify if the commercial fire damage will require specialized tools or methods to remove more advanced smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell.

If the restoration company determines it is necessary, the next step is typically referred to as board up. As the term implies, board up is where the restoration company will literally board up broken windows and doors caused by fire damage or fire crews putting out the inferno. The board up step is done early on in the process to prevent the outside element from causing additional damage to the property.

The next stage seems counter intuitive, as instead of dealing with fire cleanup it turns to water cleanup. As it turns out, smoke damage, soot damage, smoke smells and other types of fire damage are not the only mutilations to a structure during a fire. This is because fire crews utilize massive amounts of water to douse flames when there is a fire in a home or business. The large amount of water can cause the same damage to an establishment as a flood or burst pipe. Therefore, professionals ensure that standing water and excessive moisture are removed before proceeding with the fire cleanup.

Once the water cleanup is complete, the cleanup process turns to the smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smells left behind by the fire. Clean up teams are typically very experienced in identifying these types of damage, and are particularly careful in removing soot and smoke stains from everything. Smoke and fire are permeating, causing this particular task to be herculean for cleanup teams. Thus, many business and homeowners who experience a fire in a home or fire in a business turn to professionals to accomplish the chore.

After teams have removed all of the soot damage and smoke stains from the establishment, the next step in fire damage restoration is cleaning and repair of damage to the structure. This involves removing and disposing of all the debris created when a building endures a fire, and repairing or replacing key structural deficiencies caused by the fire. Fire can be extremely damaging to the structural integrity of a home, making this an exceptionally important step. No home or business owner would wish to go through the fire cleanup process only to have their establishment be condemned or collapse because of a previous fire.

When cleaning and repair of structural problems is complete teams enter the final step, restoration. Fire in a home and fire in a business are very damaging, and after the inferno stops home and business owners want to return to normalcy. Therefore, the final step of restoration includes replacing damaged cosmetic affects such as drywall, paint, carpeting, and etcetera which allows the home or business owner to have close to their original establishment back. When finished, the restoration from burned husk to home or business is complete, and the owner of the building can return to their life before the fire.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on fire damage.

The Proper Steps for Handling Mold Damage

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

The Proper Steps for Handling Mold Damage

One of the first things people ask when they suspect mold in the home or commercial mold damage is how they handle the mold removal process. Do they attempt to handle mold removal on their own or do they call a professional restoration company for mitigation and remediation in addition to mold removal? Unlike some at-home situations where home and business owners get to decide on their own whether to do it themselves or call the pros, the art of mold removal must be handled by a restoration company.

Without proper removal techniques, remediation, and mitigation, mold in the home and commercial mold damage are more likely to return and to cause far more expensive damage. It’s never safe to try DIY mold removal, though there are a few things home and business owners can do to help. If the mold growth is due to a flood, it’s imperative homeowners and business owners begin removing water from the building immediately. They can turn off the air and heat to prevent the additional spread of mold spores, and they can learn to recognize the signs of mold growth in plain sight as well as mold growth behind the walls.

Recognizing Mold Growth

Mold growth can occur visibly in any home or office, but mold growth behind the walls is very likely to occur without anyone noticing. Some of the most common commercial mold damage as well as mold in the home is caused by mold growth behind walls, and it’s often unnoticed until it’s too late. Most people report smelling a smelly odor with a slight musty scent. They use deodorization such as lighting candles and spraying air freshener, but they quickly realize deodorization isn’t getting rid of the smelly odor.

This is likely due to the fact that the smelly odor is from mold growth behind the walls. Deodorization is fine if it’s just to mask the smelly odor to make things more pleasant at home or work, but it’s not a solution. Additionally, without professional restoration, remediation, and mitigation, the smelly odor might not disappear. It requires professional deodorization to handle this.

Mold is a fungus, so the presence of any fungus or even mildew in a home or office is a sign of potential mold damage. Many home and business owners ignore mold damage because they assume mildew and fungus growth in certain rooms are normal. Mildew and fungus both need high humidity and moisture to thrive, which is the same thing mold needs. Commercial mold damage and mold in the home are both sometimes accompanied by the discovery of dry rot.

Dry rot is caused by moisture, and dry rot is an indication mold damage is an issue. It’s not a guarantee, but any home or business owner who notices dry rot should call a restoration company.

Helping with Mold Removal

No one should do it themselves, but they should call a restoration company. The best thing home and business owners can do if they find mold or mildew or fungus at home is leave it alone. They can clean up any water damage as quickly as possible, but it’s imperative they do not touch mold. It makes it spread faster, which could create further mold damage.

One more thing home and business owners must know is black mold is not the only problematic mold. Black mold is discussed commonly, and most people think they know all about black mold and what it means. The truth is that most mold is black mold, and it all comes with a different level of seriousness. This is why it’s best left to the professionals.

Calling for professional help handling mold is the only solution for business and homeowners who find mold damage. It’s not something anyone can or should attempt alone. It’s a problem that only becomes more serious and more expensive the longer it’s ignored. Remediation and mitigation cannot wait.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on mold.

Residential and Commercial Water Damage

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Residential and Commercial Water Damage

Make no mistake, a water damage event, no matter how small it may be perceived to be, is a serious matter. Water damage that is allowed to sit can begin causing lasting damage to the property within 24 hours. After a week, a serious instance of water damage will very likely render the property uninhabitable, causing the total loss of the property's value.

Fortunately, there are proven and effective means of water damage restoration. We'll take a look at some of the ways in which a professional restoration company can ensure that a property will not sustain any lasting damage, no matter how severe the flood damage.

The United States is a land of lakes, rivers and some of the most extreme weather on the planet. For this reason, it has developed a robust flood damage mitigation industry, which ranks among the best in the world.

Water restoration has a proven, five-step process that has been developed over decades and that can raise the probability of total restoration of the property with flood damage to a near certainty.

The first step in mitigation of damage to a flooded home is to immediately call in a professional restoration company, as soon as there is a pipe break, supply line break or other flooding event. As in the case of attending to a trauma patient, the first couple hours are crucial. A flooded home that is immediately attended to has an almost 100 percent chance of successful mitigation of the damage. Delaying the mitigation efforts for more than about 24 hours begins to dramatically increase the likelihood of the home sustaining permanent damage.

No matter what, getting a professional restoration company on site and working on the problem as quickly as possible is the best move that a homeowner who has experienced a pipe break or a supply line break can do.

Once the team arrives to the flooded home, they will immediately begin the next step in the water cleanup process. This involves the assessment of the extent to which the water in the home or water in the business has permeated into the subflooring and structural elements of the property. The team will make use of technologically advanced instrumentation, in order to detect any hidden water or seepage points.

The next step in the water cleanup process is the full-scale removal of the water in the home or water in the business. The team will make use of heavy pumping systems and specialized vacuums that are capable of removing thousands of gallons per hour of water in the home or water in the business.

It is important that the owner of the flooded home never attempt to remove the water themselves. Only a team of professionals can fully remove the water in a home or water in a business on a time scale that will ensure no permanent damage is incurred.

The next phase of the water cleanup process is to begin drying the premises and its contents. The water cleanup team will make use of industrial-strength drying equipment, which is able to remove thousands of pounds of water from material and the atmosphere every hour.

At this point, the home's drying will be complete. The risk of damage to the structure will no longer be present. But the home and its contents must still be sanitized and cleansed. This is to remove any incipient mold formation. It will also get rid of all unpleasant smells.

A supply line break or a pipe break is a serious event. It can cause major damage to a property. But with the right team of professionals, a pipe break or supply line break doesn't need to break the bank.
Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on water damage.

Can Property Be Recovered after a Fire?

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Can Property Be Recovered after a Fire?

Property owners are usually devastated after a fire in a home or a fire in a business due to the loss of property. Smoke damage and soot damage settle into fabrics and surfaces minutes after a fire and can seem irredeemable. Water damage from firefighting can quickly flood any fire in a home or a fire in a business and cause even more of a headache for a property owner. Commercial fire damage can bankrupt businesses quickly. The smoke smell that lingers after a fire can be extremely irritating. However, the good news is that a restoration company specializing in fire damage restoration can recover much of the value of a property that has undergone a disaster.

A fire in a home or a fire in a business should immediately be put out by firefighters, but the water used in firefighting can often flood the entire property. It is important to call a restoration company immediately so that industrial water extractors as well as dehumidifiers can be employed to dry out the property. This will allow for further fire damage restoration to continue. Fire damage can be limited by firefighting, but the water must be removed quickly to prevent water damage. Disinfectants and antimicrobials will also be used by the fire cleanup team in order to prevent further damage by the growth of mold or fungus.

Fire damage can compromise locks, doors, and windows, so these properties should be boarded up quickly. Individuals are able to board up their own doors and windows, but it is generally considered to be safer to allow a professional to board up and entry points to a fire damaged property. Fire cleanup teams are experienced in boarding up these openings and can do so quickly and efficiently.

Fire cleanup will proceed after the property has been dried and boarded up. Much of the value of the property will be recovered from removing any debris from the premises. Commercial fire damage will especially call for the removal of debris using heavy machinery. Fire damage can cause large amounts of debris to accumulate and require special disposal by a licensed technician. Smoke damage and soot damage may also cause items to be unsalvageable and require disposal. Fire cleanup teams are familiar with the special regulations that are necessary to remove this debris. Personal items that need to be removed and evaluated for restoration will also be removed at this step so that the premises can be worked on directly. The property owners and the restoration company can discuss how and whether or not to restore individual items.

An odor control technician will usually be used to reduce any smoke smell that remains in the property. Using an air purifier, he or she will be able to clear out smoke smells from smoke damage and soot damage. This odor control can recover much of the value lost, especially from commercial fire damage. Getting rid of the smoke smell is something every restoration company specializes in. Commercial fire damage can cause odors that take a while to remove, but with the right equipment and the right licensed professional, any smoke smell can be removed.

Fire damage restoration can also include replacing paint, drywall, or rebuilding entire parts of the property. Some restoration companies will offer this service or provide the contact information for the appropriate contractors. This will allow for the property owner to rebuild and regain the value of their property. That way, a fire in a home or a fire in a business does not need to render the entire property unusable.

Although most individuals are confused and shocked when they experience their first fire, a restoration company has seen it all. They will be able to offer services depending on the kind of fire damage, soot damage, or smoke damage that may be occurred. Fire damage restoration can transform a damaged property back to its pre-fire status. Visit http://www.SERVPROjamestownolean.com for more information on fire damage.

Professional Mold Remediation for Your Residence

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Mold Remediation for Your Residence

Residential mold damage, or mold in home, can have devastating consequences if not properly addressed. Residential mold damage can cause permanent damage to a property and can result in serious consequences as well.

Because of the truly serious nature of mold damage, when this type of situation occurs, a home or business owner needs to access a reliable, reputable mold mitigation and remediation service. There are a number of key factors that must be considered when it comes to engaging the professional services of a mold damage restoration company.

A restoration company must be keenly aware of the health consequences of mold. A mitigation professional must have the experience and equipment necessary to minimize the risks associated with mold. A restoration company must also be trained in ensuring mold spores do not unnecessarily spread during the mold removal process.

An example of where a mold damage and mitigation professional must pay attention is in regard to black mold. Black mold is a significant issue in this day and age. If black mold is left unaddressed, or it is not removed in a proper manner, it can cause significant health issues. When considering engaging a mold removal and remediation service, you need to find out the level of experience when it comes to black mold and similar problems.

The Importance of a Thorough Inspection

If you are concerned about mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, there are some early telltale signs to note. If you have experienced water in your home or business, mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, may be an aftereffect. In addition, if you detect mildew or fungus in your residence of business, mold growth, particularly mold growth behind wall, may also be occurring.

You need to make haste to get a mold remediation professional to your residence. A mold mitigation professional will perform a multifaceted inspection of the premises. The inspection process will effectively identify mold growth, including mold growth behind wall. In addition, a mold removal pro will provide you with an accurate, reliable estimate of costs associated with mold damage mitigation.

Comprehensive Mold Damage Remediation

When seeking professional assistance for a mold issue in your home, you need to ensure that a specialist provides comprehensive services. A professional needs to be able to fully mitigate mold damage. In addition, a specialist must be able to address serious, associated issues like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization.

When it comes to comprehensive mitigation, including dealing with dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization, you need to inquire about the equipment used by a specialist. There can be some fairly significant disparities between the technologies employed by specialists when it comes to addressing problems like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization. In order for a residence to be returned to a fully usable condition, issues like dry rot, smelly odor, and deodorization must be completely addressed.

Reoccurrence of Mold

Because of the nature of mold spores, mold can rapidly redevelop. Therefore, you will want to make sure that a follow inspection occurs after the initial remediation process completes. This particularly is the case if fungus and mildew appears, or reappears, at the premises. As mentioned previously, fungus and mildew can be a warning side that mold exists. The presence of fungus of mildew after mold eradication can be indicative of an ongoing and unresolved water-related problem as well.
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Celebrating Memorial Day with American Heroes

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Veterans and heroes Terry Horner (left) and Jeff Bloomquist (right).

In the rare occurrence that we're not out on a restoration job we like to make the most of our free time. During this Memorial Day weekend we did just that! Jen and Bill of SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean were lucky enough to meet some true America heroes. Terry Horner (left) and Jeff Bloomquist (right) both served our country in the Vietnam war. Jeff is even a two time Iron Man Champion! Bill and Jen also met with Andy Burrows. Andy served in Iraq and Afganistan from 2004-2012. The Soldier's Circle at the Lakewood Cemetery, in  Jamestown, NY provided a very somber yet prideful atmosphere. Meeting these men inspired us to try to help others whenever possible. We are proud and feel lucky to be in a position in which we can help people in need.

Beautifying Jamestown, NY with Master Gardeners

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Bill and Jen with the Jamestown master gardeners

We feel lucky that, through our work, we get to meet many neighbors and community members. Being a part of the community is important so lately we have been actively taking part even outside of work. Recently, we had the pleasure of working with local master gardeners to help make Jamestown, NY even more beautiful. We learned a lot from these gardening experts and it meant so much to work on projects in our local area. Even though we are known to travel to meet even our farthest neighbor's needs, it always feels awesome to get active in our local community. We are lucky to do business in a truly beautiful area and helping it look even better through property restoration or even planting flowers inspires us to keep working hard.

Happy Easter!

3/27/2016 (Permalink)

Happy Easter from your friends at SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean

Happy Easter from SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean. We wish you and your family a very safe and happy Easter Sunday. Here at SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean we understand the importance of family gatherings. We understand that your property is more than just walls and a ceiling. It's your home, a place where you can get with loved ones and celebrate holidays. This mentality is with us in each job that we work on. Our crew won't simply clean a mess, we'll restore and make your space look like it always has before the damage occurred. Not just because it looks nicer that way, but because it's how you and your family, or coworkers know it to be. Now enjoy your Easter and remember who to call if you need a little help, from our family to yours.

Home & Recreation Expo

3/15/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean crew!

Please come out to the HOME & RECREATION EXPO

Friday, March 18th *  12noon-7pm

Saturday, March 19th * 9am-5pm

Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena

319 West 3rd Street

Jamestown, NY 14701

We really hope you can make it to the expo! It's a great opportunity to learn more about our franchise and meet us. We're often there for people like you in their time of need so come on by and find out why our customers trust us more than other services. Also, this expo is a great way for us to meet members of the community. The more we know about our neighbors the more we can help and be in the know when it comes to local problems. All in all it will be a positive experience no matter what so come by and see us. We can't wait! 

Fire Damage Restoration Before/After

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean "Like it Never Even Happened"

They say a picture is worth a thousand words the photo below definitely proves that. This dresser was severely discolored by smoke damage but thanks to the quick work from the experts at SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean it is on its way to looking "Like it never even happened!" The photo of this dresser illustrates just how damaging smoke can be. Fires are already bad enough but the deadly byproduct, smoke, can leave lasting stains and other general discoloration on walls and furniture. The image also depicts how thorough our crew's work is. We don't just get rid of the damage, we make sure it looks brand new. This is just one image from this particular job so be sure to check out our photo gallery page to see all of our work here and at many other properties!

"Spring Forward" with Water Safety Tips

3/13/2016 (Permalink)

It's time to "Spring Forward" and leave winter behind! Although spring showers may be great for the flowers getting ready to bloom, they can cause trouble for your property. Luckily, SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean is the local expert in handling any water damage.

Once a SERVPRO official learns of the damage, communication with the property owner and the SERVPRO crew immediately occurs in order to plan the quickest way to get the property looking "Like it Never Even Happened."

Before the SERVPRO crew arrives, here are a few simple tips you should keep in mind:

  • If the source of water is still leaking, identify the source and stop it if you can
  • If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, turn off the water at the source
  • If the water is coming through the roof or broken windows, try to cover them to prevent further damage
  • Move wet items to drier areas
  • Place aluminum foil coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Save damaged items and any parts you may need to replace - your claims representative may want to inspect them
  • Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors
  • To document the damage, make a list of the temporary repairs you make and take pictures
  • Make sure to save your receipts 
  • To report any water damage simply call (716) 338-4901 and for more safety tips and info about about your local SERVPRO Jamestown/Olean, visit our website


    12/31/2015 (Permalink)

    Happy 2016! We can't wait to see what this year has in store for us and our community. We're very excited to meet and be able to help as many people as we can. It seems as though every year is filled with unexpected events that shape who we are as people, as a business, and as a community member. Whether those events are positive or negative, our crew here at SERVPRO of Jamestown Olean are excited to be there for you. We love our local community but also travel in order to help even more property owners in their times of need. 2015 was awesome we're ready for any new challenges ahead. Today we just wish that you have a safe and Happy New Year from our family to yours.

    Happy Holidays

    12/21/2015 (Permalink)

    The holiday season is in full swing and we couldn't be more excited! Despite the cold and unpredictable weather this is a time for family and togetherness. We're very grateful to operate our new franchise in this beautiful area and even in the sleet and snow we appreciate all the local community has to offer. No one wants to think about property damage during the holidays but unfortunately those situations don't always wait until it's convenient for us to happen. However, you can rest assured that if any damage occurs from snow storms, extreme cold or other causes SERVPRO of Jamestown/Olean are always here for you. We're your local property restoration experts! Our crew is ready to go, day or night, holiday or not. We want to make sure your property is back to normal and ready to host your family gathering. Happy holidays from our family to yours.


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