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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services Available 24 Hours

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Air purification equipment is setup in a hotel room. Call SERVPRO when fire damage repair is needed in your commercial property. Available 24 hours, everyday!

SERVPRO should be called when fire damage to commercial property is beyond what your regular janitorial crew can handle. SERVPRO can provide immediate restoration and cleaning services so your commercial property can be back in full operation as soon as possible. We are aware that a fire can cause serious damage to commercial properties.

Our team is the area's most experienced fire damage cleanup and restoration company. We have a large network of franchises that allows us to scale up production quickly for large commercial projects. This allows us to be the best choice for commercial properties like shopping centers, sports venues, restaurants, shops, hotels and multi-family buildings. Our team is quick to respond and provides outstanding service as soon as we arrive on your property. Our project managers are skilled in assessing your property thoroughly and providing you with a quick estimate to repair it. Once approved, we will work directly to property owners, managers & insurance providers, providing daily updates and communication as the restoration progresses.

There are many factors to consider when a property is damaged by fire. Before you can start restoration, it is necessary to first inspect the source of the damage. The structure also needs to be safe to enter. This is the area most likely to be affected by fire. This area isn't necessarily the easiest to clean. Cleaning the property will require more work and more time from our team. Soot cleanup is an extremely labor-intensive task. We have the ability to scale up labor and equipment to accommodate this scenario.

Call us immediately if you have suffered damage from fire to commercial property. We are available 24/7 to assist you.

Commercial Restoration Services You Can Count On

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tractor trailers & trucks lined up in a parking lot. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga can provide large scale disaster management and clean up services. Call us for more information.

Scalability is a huge factor in the disaster restoration world... especially when you own or manage commercial properties. This is why commercial property owners call Team Luzzi when their properties are damaged by water, fire, mold, storms, biohazards or other disasters. Our ability to quickly scale up our operations to meet the needs of the moment are second to none, we can and provided labor and equipment needed to manage and restore large commercial properties after major disasters.

Our network of franchises work together to provide a cohesive response when we are called up to stop property damage and begin the clean-up and restoration process. Our project managers are adept to accurately estimate all labor and equipment needs upon arrival. They will also provide quality, upfront and transparent estimates while working with your insurance provider every step of the way.

Our labor-ready workforce is available to work around the clock and we will provide multiple shifts of labor, working through the night, if it will prevent further damage to the property and reduce the overall time and costs to restore your property.

We will also provide the equipment needed for proper commercial property dehumidification, air moving and air purification, so your commercial property is ready for reconstruction. Our working knowledge of your property and the damage that has occurred will allow us to provide and accurate estimate to provide the reconstruction services you need quickly! Our reconstruction team is made up of veteran industry professionals ready to take on your project and provide top-quality, guaranteed craftsmanship in each and every project.

Commercial Property Damage After Storms

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Image of a hurricane from space. SERVPRO Storm restoration services are available 24/7/365. Call us when you need help!

The 2022 hurricane season will be here in a few short days. Colorado State University researchers predict an above-average Atlantic season that will see at least 19 named storms of which at least 9 will reach hurricane status. The forecasters also predict that as many as four hurricanes will be a category 3 or higher storm. Our SERVPRO Franchises can be found along the most vulnerable coastal areas in New York & New England. Our team has been involved in helping to restore property damaged by every major storm in our area over the last decade. After major storms, our services were even called in to help with restoration efforts beyond our own territories in Houston, Florida & Louisiana.

What are the best way to respond to storms?

  • We respond quickly to your damages and communicate with you daily to keep you informed.
  • We offer labor-ready workers, who are ready to move quickly and work in multiple shifts (if needed). This allows us to provide the best clean-up and restorations possible.
  • We provide dehumidification and air moving equipment.
  • We can quickly and accurately provide a quotation for your reconstruction work once the restoration is complete. SERVPRO's craftsmanship guarantee ensures that we provide a skilled, experienced team of construction workers.

Please contact us whenever you require our services. Although we are available before, following and during storms, it is best to call us BEFORE in order to create your free ERP (Emergency Readiness Profile) for your commercial property. This allows us to quickly access information about your property that we deem important in the event of a hurricane.

Commercial Fire Restoration Services You Can Count On

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning hanging lamps after a fire. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is available 24/7/365 when fire damages your commercial or residential property. Call us when you need help!

A disaster restoration team with experience in commercial fire damage restoration is essential. They must be able to scale up operations quickly without compromising quality. Team Luzzi is one the most extensive and experienced SERVPRO Franchise Owner groups in the country. Our franchises span across 80,000 square miles including some of the most densely populated areas like New York City and around Boston, MA. We have restored commercial properties damaged by fire in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, New York & New Jersey.

We will quickly assess the damage to your commercial property and provide immediate board-up services or tarp coverage services if necessary. This will prevent further damage to your building and allow us to move the items inside the building to a safer location. The assigned commercial project manager will coordinate the appropriate workforce for your property. We will work multiple shifts if necessary to remove smoke and soot from the property. Because we want to be able to fully recover items in a building as soon as possible, we move fast. We are also prepared to deal with water damage, which is common after a fire has been extinguished. We can perform multiple services at once.

After restoration is completed, your project manager will give you a free estimate for reconstruction services. Our experienced team can offer full-scale construction services for commercial applications.

Call us immediately if you have suffered fire damage to your commercial property. Team Luzzi will ensure that you are back on track as quickly as possible by providing transparent oversight and top quality disaster restoration management.

Commercial Construction Services When You Need Them Most

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Construction manager is overseeing a worksite. SERVPRO of Easter Niagara County offers commercial construction services, call us today.

SERVPRO is the company that you call when your commercial or private property has been damaged by water damage, fire or mold. Because we are one the most respected disaster restoration companies in the country, our reputation for quality and reliability has been built. We are also a full-service construction company that can restore your property or rebuild it as required. We integrate disaster restoration, repair and completion seamlessly.

This applies to commercial and residential properties alike. We provide large scale construction and restoration services for commercial properties so you can quickly go from fixing your property to rebuilding it so you are back up in no time.

When disasters such as fire and water damage occur, we respond quickly. To contain the disaster, we provide all the labor and equipment needed, even in multiple 24-hour shifts. We will try to keep your commercial property as accessible and open as possible by containing and walling off any areas of danger or construction. 

When the disaster has been cleared up and the property is ready for reconstruction, we will be ready to start construction. We will offer transparent pricing, upfront and honest information on all services. Our knowledge of your property will save you time and money.

Need Emergency Water Damage Repairs in North Tonawanda – Call SERVPRO

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Pipe leaks can be visible or hidden behind walls. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the extent and remediate the water damage.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Repairs and Reconstruction Services in North Tonawanda

A leaking pipe or overflowing sink can spread hundreds of gallons of water over a large area of your commercial building in North Tonawanda before it is discovered and the source removed. Wet floors, ceilings full of water, compromised electrical circuits and soaked contents are just a few of the many issues facing commercial business owners after a water leak. The cost of cleanup and drying may be high; however, the associated loss of business revenues can also be significant.

SERVPRO responds to emergency commercial water damage repair events in North Tonawanda in less than four hours from your initial call. We understand how important it is to contain the damage, clear the water, moisture, and humidity, make repairs and return your commercial business to normal operations. Whether it is an office building, retail shop, restaurant, or manufacturing building, we can help get you back in service.

Our onsite team assesses the situation, deploys the equipment, and technicians to immediately begin removing excess water, installing dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the building as well as drying your contents.

Repairs to flooring and wall materials may be required if water has been absorbed, causing swelling to drywall, hardwood floors to buckle, or carpets to delaminate. We can help with water damage repairs for these items and others as needed. Our SERVPRO building services division can coordinate a full range of building restoration and repairs and reduce your total downtime. A few of the services include:

  • Drywall removal and installation
  • Flooring repair and installation
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Temporary warehouse space

Call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County for water damage repair in North Tonawanda and surrounding areas for a complete list of our services. We can help 24/7. Call (716) 694-7776.

Commercial Clients - Contact SERVPRO for Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal in Tonawanda

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Finding black mold at your business location can be frightening. Contact SERVPRO to assess the mold damage and put together a plan for remediation.

Calling SERVPRO for Mold Inspection Ensures Best Results for Tonawanda Businesses

Suspecting black mold anywhere within your Tonawanda commercial property can spell trouble. You know that you need to keep your employees safe and ensure you save time and money for the remediation process. SERVPRO wants you to know that detailed mold inspection is the best way to get to the heart of the issue while keeping safety and well-being in mind.

Are you having a hard time determining whether or not you have a problem at your place of business that calls for mold inspection in Tonawanda? Whether the building is a school, clinic, retail space, or production facility, having mold specialists take a look is the only way to get results.

What is Involved with Mold Inspection?

During an inspection, the following steps are generally covered:

  • Documentation regarding the building’s history and suspected mold issue
  • Visual inspection for any areas of concern
  • Survey of moisture in areas of concern
  • Sampling of surfaces, cavities, and air, issued to a third party 
  • Compilation of a detailed report

Because mold infestation brings the potential for health effects, you need SERVPRO in your corner for rapid and detailed cleaning of your commercial space. HEPA filtration is critical to pull airborne spores from the air, and each surface must get carefully vacuumed to pull up dust and debris. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained and ready to facilitate safe mold removal. This often includes the application of antimicrobial cleaners or agents with wet-wiping methods.

Throughout the mold remediation process, negative air machines help to pull out airborne spores, trapping them inside the filter. Before the project wraps up, final testing gets done so that your commercial building gets the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval.

When it comes to mold inspection and black mold damage repairs, nothing beats our team at SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County. Call us whenever you need assistance at (716) 694-7776.

Flash Flooding Can Close North Tonawanda Businesses in a Matter of Minutes

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings with water damage restoration needs, need the help of SERVPRO. We will be onsite and ready for action 4 hours of the initial call

SERVPRO provides flood damage service that helps North Tonawanda shops open up as soon as possible

Storms can cause flash flooding that sends massive amounts of water raging through local businesses. Safety is the main priority when dealing with contaminated water, and SERVPRO takes that very seriously. 

Contaminated Water Emergency Services

When SERVPRO arrives at your business in North Tonawanda, flood damage control begins with emergency services. Our technicians perform the following actions:

  • Address Safety Hazards – We post signs and wear the proper PPE. Tarp roofs, shut off utilities, and deal with any other immediate safety issues.
  • Disinfect Impacted Areas – we spray an EPA-registered disinfectant directly on affected areas.
  • Provide Containment – Not always needed, but we contain the contaminated water if there is a danger of it spreading.
  • Remove Standing Silt & Debris - If necessary, we use shovels and rakes.
  • Remove Excess Water – We remove it from carpeting and other flooring using the appropriate extractors.
  • Evaluate Content & Structure – This allows us to determine if they can be decontaminated and restored or if they must be disposed of and replaced. Porous material typically needs to be disposed of when in contact with contaminated water.

This is just the beginning of what we do when we provide emergency services for water damage. Sewage cleanup is a must after flooding. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County provides flood restoration to help you get back in business quickly. Contact us at (716) 694-7776.

What Methods are Used for Ridding a Lockport Home of Smoke Staining and Fire Damage?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage is no easy task. Call SERVPRO and let their trained techs handle all the dirty work for you.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Extensive Training in Chemical Applications for Fire Damage Restoration in Lockport.

Lockport is a popular staycation destination north of New York City and part of the Buffalo-Niagara County metropolitan area. Named after a series of five locks built at the Erie Canal intersection, the city has become a popular destination for families on a day out with its plethora of canal tours, underground passages, and a vibrant promenade. The central attraction is the historic Canal Street which is lined with restaurants, cafes, and bars. Guests can take a trip on some of the city's guided punting tours up and down the canals. The canal was initially built in 1838, and guests can take an underground boat tour to see the Five Flight Locks' construction, artifacts, and history. 

Like much of the northern section of New York State, Lockport is a city that is built on agriculture. The climate's unique properties lend itself to the production of wine grapes, and there are many tours available for visitors across several of the most famous wineries. These tasting sessions cover transport and visitation to the Honeymoon Winery, Freedom Run winery, Springlake, and many more. During a weekend away trip, it is well worth heading toward the Lowertown historic district. Many of the properties here are listed with the national register of historic places. They include important sites such as the Western Block Company and Washington Hunt House, which were all established during the industrial era.

  • Tourism is one of the primary industries in modern Lockport, which means there is no short supply of excellent places to eat. Lock 34 serves contemporary American cuisine and cocktails. The Hilltop Restaurant offers an elegant, refined dining experience, while Cammarata's is a 45-year running family-owned Italian restaurant.
  • The Art Deco-designed Palace Theater on East Avenue is a shining example of modernist architecture, which also provides drama classes and education to the local community. Catching a play after perusing the Erie Canal outlets is a perfect way to end an evening in Lockport.
  • The Kenan Center is a stunning arts, culture, and education center initially set up by philanthropist William Rand Kenan. The incredible property is stationed among 25 acres of landscaped gardens and hosts exhibitions, as well as shows, throughout the year. 

SERVPRO Can Help to Remove Residue Staining through Expert Fire Damage Restoration

The central principle of removing stains is to understand that "like dissolves like." Greasy deposits, possibly caused by synthetic materials' burning, are best dealt with using a solvent cleaner. Dry deposits are usually water-based and can be cleaned with detergent. 

We can assist with:

  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • Water  fire damage restorations

Agitation of surfaces can help dislodge soots and can be carried out using hand-held wire brushes or machinery. However, an oil-based deposit does not respond to a water-based cleaning solution, no matter how much agitation is involved. SERVPRO technicians test soot deposits to discover the appropriate cleaning action. 

  • Hydrophilic and Lipophilic are terms used to describe the types of soiling caused by a fire.
  • Hydrophilic soiling responds well to the introduction of water and water-based cleaning solutions.
  • Hydrophobic soiling rejects water and must be cleaned using an oil-based cleaning solution.

For more advice on cleaning strategy for smoke residues, Contact SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County for fire damage restoration at (716) 694-7776.

Virtual Mysteries in Lockport

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is looking forward to gathering clues to solve the crimes!

Solving Lockport Crime While Social Distancing

By January 31st, everyone is going to need to get out before fear of the virus or the actual cold weather drives them out of their minds. Fortunately, YouSleuth has something new ready. 

Their mystery events are self-guided, so participants can begin whenever their group is ready. That means neighbors can solve a murder on their streets or a group of travel agents can chase down bank robbers just outside their office door. Each participant only needs their smartphone to engage the program and interact with the virtual characters. 

Busting Lockport Crime Together or Separately

Crime-solvers can operate as individuals or work as a detective agency to solve the mystery as quickly as possible. Once participants are logged in with their group number, the in-game map leads them to both victims and suspects for interrogation and finding clues. Individual detectives can split off to save time. 

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County encourages everyone in Lockport to stay safe, but also to make the most of whatever activity where they can interact with others. If you have mold damage in your commercial facility, call us today at (716) 694-7776 to begin removal.

Lockport’s History of Flooding and Efforts to Remove the Water

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage often is very unexpected. Contact team SERVPRO right away for water removal efforts.

SERVPRO Moves Rapidly to Support Lockport Businesses After Floods and Other Water Intrusions

Lockport enjoys moderate weather for the most part but has still had its share of incredible, and excessive, thunderstorms and floods. One of the first recorded in our area happened in 1853 on Sunday, May 22. Members and guests of the First Free Congregational Church were attending afternoon services in their sanctuary on the northwest corner of Niagara and Church when a violent thunderstorm swept through what was then the village of Lockport. 

The church choir was singing in the loft immediately underneath the steeple with a large, metal lamp hanging above them. A bolt of lightning struck the steeple and traveled into the wire lamp hanger. It continued through the lamp, missing the choir completely, where it struck and killed Church Deacon Luther Crocker, who was accompanying his choir on the bass viola.

Other members of the congregation were injured in the rush to leave the building before the resulting fire from the lightning strike consumed it. A local physician, Dr. Lawrence Bristol, was close to the church when the lightning struck and rushed to assist. Most of the injuries were minor, but one young woman had severe burns on her neck from a gold necklace which partially melted from the sudden heat. 

Fortunately, the majority of the congregation only suffered from shock and Dr. Bristol was able to revive them with the cold rainwater. Despite what was described as a torrential rainstorm and eventual flood, Dr. Bristol helped remove many more members of the congregation and is credited with saving the lives of those who might have walked back into the church or other danger due to shock. 

Early Photographic Records of Lockport Flooding

A photo from about 55 years later shows the effects of another thunderstorm and flood in Lockport. In the background is the rear of the F & M Bank and was probably taken near the intersection of Elm and either Walnut or South streets. F & M was opened in 1906, so the photo had to have been taken after that, but before the Harrison Radiator plant was constructed which covers that area of Elm, Walnut, and South streets. 

Everyone in the photo is standing in ankle-deep water near a horse-drawn wagon. The advertisement on the side of the wagon is for the Lockport Candy Company and Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum. There are more wagons and smaller carriages in the photo, but no automobiles; gas, steam, or electric, likely placing it before WWI. 

By the 1930s, photography was more common, not to mention cheaper, for newspapers and individuals. There are many more photos tied to a flood that struck Lockport on July 28th, 1941. They reflect the changing times, with late-model cars from the 1930s and perhaps 1940 on the flooded streets, and no wagons, carriages, or horses anywhere to be seen. A billboard for the “Giant Super Market” is seen on the Masonic Building, which was listed in the Lockport City Directory only in 1941 and 1942. According to local newspapers, while the flood was especially harsh to area farmers who had been suffering through a minor drought before the thunderstorm. Unfortunately, what was eventually measured to be two inches of rain fell on Lockport starting at about 3:30 p.m. and ended just four hours later.  

Storm Flooding Exceeded Lockport City Council Planning

The City Council was not concerned at first, since they had spent $1 Million in 1939 to enlarge and further upgrade the Lockport sewer system. The rain fell so hard and so fast, however, that the basements in area homes and businesses flooded in only 15 minutes, with the water reaching the first floors soon after that. Near the Big Bridge, at Main and Cottage, the flood formed what was described as a ‘miniature lake’ by the newspapers. One paper (The Lockport Union-Sun and Journal) described it like this: “Soon the water was flowing in the door of the Royal Confectionary store, 1 Buffalo Street, and into other Buffalo Street stores in that vicinity. At the height of the storm, it was several inches deep. The pressure of the water removed manhole covers on Market and Clintons Streets, on West Avenue and in other parts of the city.”

Rural areas flooded, causing problems for farmers as mentioned, but it was lightning, once again, that caused the damage. In Cambria, Middleport, and Newfane, barns were either set on fire, blown apart, or both. In the nearby town of Wheatfield, recently stacked straw caught fire, resulting in a total loss. Shattered and burned trees fell, bringing down both power and phone lines all over. Surprisingly, the flood did not wash away crops, so area farmers still counted it all as a blessing despite the difficulties of losing power and communications. 

SERVPRO Supports Lockport Businesses with Professional Training and Equipment

To remove water from area businesses, SERVPRO personnel train to the industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). On-hand classes from the IICRC includes Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying. 

Once certified, our specialists can return many businesses to their original, clean, dry condition. Team members use a combination of extraction devices to remove water while simultaneously drawing out moisture trapped in carpets, drywall, furniture, machinery, and personal property.  

If the water intrusion was from stormwater, a backed-up sewer line, or a failing septic tank, it is polluted with soil, human waste, and other contaminants. This does not change how SERVPRO specialists remove the water, but before efforts begin, they spray anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents over standing water and all affected property. We cannot guarantee carpets are safe after this type of flooding, so team members remove and dispose of them as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you need commercial water removal for your Lockport business, contact SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County today at (716) 694-7776. We are here to help you reopen to your customers as quickly as possible. 

Get a New Perspective on Lockport's Trade History this December.

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

It will be exciting to see the community visiting the discovery center in Lockport!

The Erie Canal Discovery Center Encourages Visitors to Interact with Lockport's Past.

The discovery center in Lockport is a fantastic way to stay in touch with local history. The multi-story museum is open through December and tells the story of the five-locks and the influential role in the formation of this town in Niagara county. The interactive exhibits allow visitors to work through the locks themselves while in-character actors tell the story of working on the canal's construction. Opening times run from November 1st through to April 30th. Early tours begin at 10 am, while afternoon tours commence at 2 pm. The Discovery Center is owned and maintained by the Niagara County Historical Society who focuses on bringing history to life for young children and adults. 

  • The three stories of the museum are all wheelchair accessible. 
  • Guided tours and interactive exhibits encourage visitors to live the history of Lockport.
  • The Lock, Stock & Barrel gift shop is a great way to support the center and pick up a souvenir of your visit. 

Business premises could face temporary closure due to water intrusion this winter. Contact SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at (716) 694-7776 for commercial water restoration services.

How Can We Resolve Mold Damage at Our Lockport Coffee Shop Conveniently?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Helps Business Owners Find Ways to Complete Various Restoration Processes Without Minimal Disruptions

The appearance of mold spots on surfaces like walls and ceilings at your Lockport coffee shop is a genuine cause for concern. Many people generally worry about the likelihood of packaged coffee containing traces of mold. Some go as far as looking for brands or coffee grown under unique conditions, such as highlands, to guarantee it does not contain mold. Therefore, resolving mold infestation at your shop is crucial for your needs and to reassure your customers.

What steps are crucial in remediating mold damage for our Lockport coffee shop to continue operating?
Cleaning moldy residues on various items
• Removal of heavily infested items
• Drying wet materials
• Deodorization

Resolving mold problems at your Lockport coffee shop is not very different from performing remediation at any other property. The process requires cleaning of all moldy residues on surfaces of the building or individual items. Our SERVPRO crews can help you identify all hotspots where such residues might remain hidden, including wall surfaces, and especially the sections concealed by wall menus or other hangings. Cabinets in storage areas and wall cavities also provide perfect locations for mold to proliferate unnoticed.

Once we identify the affected areas, we can remove the residues from surfaces if it is a light infestation or remove the affected materials when there is severe growth on porous materials. We also seek to establish what causes the mold attack so that we can find a way to stop it as part of the remediation guaranteeing long-term results.

What are the likely causes of mold development at a coffee shop?
• Ceiling condensation  
• Leaking pipe in the walls or ceiling
• Leaking hoses from appliances such as dishwashers

Temperature differences in the air can develop close to the ceiling surface leading to condensation, which deposits liquid water on the ceiling material. Such a phenomenon supplies the moisture necessary to spark mold growth. Various reasons can cause temperature differences, including poor insulation or improperly sealed recessed lighting fixtures leaking air. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the ceiling at your shop to establish whether there is a condensation problem. We also look for ways to address such condensation since cleaning or removing the moldy materials without stopping condensation would only provide a reprieve temporarily.

Another common issue likely to drive mold development is leaky pipes in the ceiling, especially if the plumbing has been in place for a long time. Such leaks can develop at the joints or along the pipe because of corrosion, which leads to pinhole leaks. Leaks can also originate from dishwashers because of faulty inlet valves, hoses, or doors. Establishing the source of the leak is crucial to ensure the moisture problem is resolved during the restoration effort.

Is it possible to perform mold removal conveniently?
Convenience when remediating mold damage in a coffee shop could mean:
• Minimizing or eliminating the need to shut down the shop
• Limit the spread of light mold debris  
• Minimizing teardown

Although removing combating mold is in the best interest of your customers, most of them might not be happy to find their favorite coffee shop closed for several days. Finding a way to deal with the problem without extended closure is desirable. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you achieve this in many ways. For instance, we can set up containment to seal off the affected areas allowing the rest of the facility to operate. Containing mold debris requires the right resources because some are very tiny. For instance, mold spores are only 4 microns in size – a human hair strand is 75 microns thick.

When creating the containment barriers, we use 6-mil plastic sheets propped up by spring-loaded poles. After sealing off an area, we run a negative pressure machine and use manometers to confirm that the seal is airtight, thus preventing cross-contamination. When cleaning mold debris, we choose methods such as vacuuming and damp wiping since they spread minimal debris into the air compared to wire brushing or other forms of mechanical agitation.

Apart from heavily infested porous materials which must be torn down and removed from the building, our technicians can find unique ways to clean other materials heavily infested materials without demolishing the area. For instance, we can use soda blasting, which removes mold residues without causing scratches or other damages to the surface. The sodium bicarbonate used also helps absorb odor and kill spores.

Mold issues should not force you to close down your business. Call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at (716) 694-7776 to help with cleanup and other restoration tasks. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How Can I Avoid a Commercial Water Damage Situation in Lockport?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at (716) 694-7776 for commercial water damage cleanup.

SERVPRO techs have the knowledge and training to clean up any type of water loss in your Lockport business

Commercial water loss situations happen in local Lockport business properties in various ways, but the one thing they all have in common is they need fast action to minimize the loss. While it is not possible to absolutely avoid a pipe break or flood damage, doing monthly inspections of your property and having environmental monitoring installed can assist in limiting damage.

What is the Best Way to Handle Commercial Water Damage from a Toilet Backup?

While a pipe burst or supply line issue can dump a large amount of water quickly within a business property. When the water contains solid waste and other sewage byproducts it requires professional cleanup as the water in Lockport is hazardous to come into contact with because it can include:
    •    Pathogens such as Hepatitis B and C  
    •    MRSA  
    •    E. Coli bacteria

SERVPRO technicians have the safety equipment to remove and dispose of the wastewater, also known as "black water," within the guidelines of municipal regulations. They also put up containment to keep any airborne droplets from spreading and wear respirators to inhibit any chance of accidentally aspirating contaminants during the cleanup.

Additionally, the odor is an issue with most types of water loss, and a huge issue when it is a black water situation. The technicians have access to various types of odor control equipment. In many instances, a multi-layered approach gets used so that both airborne and embedded odors get neutralized.

Before reopening the business, the techs scope the property and verify all the water got extracted, the property has been dried and disinfected, and no residual odors are remaining.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at (716) 694-7776 for commercial water damage cleanup. The certified technicians have the equipment and experience to handle water loss events, both small and large, to return your property to its preloss condition.

How Can I Restore My Lockport Shop After a Plumbing Leak?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Lockport Small Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Breaks and leaks in your plumbing network can often damage ceiling systems and other exposed areas of your shop, but our SERVPRO team has the experience to help. 

Broken seals and damaged washers/gaskets around fittings of the plumbing system in your Lockport shop are not uncommon occurrences. Because much of the plumbing network is stowed neatly away above the ceiling, a minor leak could go unnoticed for several days before saturating enough of the ceiling system to reach the visible surface layer.

Restoring water damage in your Lockport boutique involves multiple approaches and sophisticated tools. Repairs and recovery must get started right away, as the leak can continue to penetrate materials and spread until it gets substantially worse. Ceiling materials are often the most directly affected initially from a leak. Repairing these areas quickly can often reduce or prevent the migration of water to the trafficked regions for the rest of the store.

How Can Structural Cavities Get Dried?

Once leak detection measures like audio equipment and thermal imagery have directed our technicians to the appropriate location for a break or breach in the plumbing, controlled demolition efforts can begin to expose the damage to allow for repairs. Drying the involved materials and the structural cavities involves multiple advanced tools and approaches, including:

  • Positive Pressure Systems
  • Negative Pressure Systems 
  • Centrifugal Air Movers
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers 
  • Controlled Demolition

Does SERVPRO Manage Reconstruction After Water Losses?

Because portions of the exposed areas require discarding, build back and reconstruction are often elements of water loss recovery that must also get addressed With a division of licensed residential and commercial contractors, we can protect fixtures like the shelving of your store, your wares, and your reputation by offering a fast and reliable turnaround on getting your doors back open. Our business is to keep you in business.

No matter how damaged your shop might be after a water loss, our SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County team can help. You can reach us anytime at (716) 694-7776.

Emergency Readiness Profile

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile

Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Advantage A no cost assessment of your facility.

– This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

– You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

– Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

For more information , please call us at 716-694-7776

Disinfecting Cleaning in Commercial Property

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Our Crews are considered an essential business and will remain open. We are here to provide top quality clean up services to Niagara County and the surrounding communities. 

Many business, medical offices, town buildings, etc are closed due to the COVID 19. Only essential business such as grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors offices, hospitals and essential care workers are operated in norm. We need these essential services to live. For example, grocery stores, we need food to live. Churches are even closed.

The governments in many states are starting to think about reopening in the next few weeks, or even this month or next. 

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is here to come in to your business and properly disinfect your business before reopening.  This helps assure employees and customers that all precautions have been taken in keeping the area safe.

Give us a call. We are here to help! For more information, or to schedule an estimate, give us a call at 716-694-7776

Disinfecting Cleaning

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Our Crew Chief Disinfecting a fire truck

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has given back to their local community by providing disinfecting cleaning to our first responders. We appreciate all that they have done and are doing to keep our communities safe. Our crews have disinfected over 50 vehicles, including fire trucks, captain's SUVs, Patrol cars, Rescue trucks and Police vehicles. We have also properly disinfected the common areas/break rooms of each facility and hall.  Our crews are properly trained and equipped to provide effective disinfecting services in both commercial and residential properties. We are equipped with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We use hospital grade products on all jobs that are performed. We following specific guidelines in accordance with the CDC.

If you are in need of disinfecting services in your residential or commercial property, please give us a call at 694-7776.  We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have and provide an estimate. 

Commercial Property Services

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A commercial property is always at risk of being damaged by natural elements. If your business gets hit by a disaster, you’ll need a commercial restoration company with real-world experience and the resources to return your property to its normal state. SERVPRO Restoration has years of experience in residential and commercial restoration services. Our team of experts offers:

Our professionals have the training and equipment needed to restore your business after common issues with minimal interruption to your daily operations. SERVPRO also provides disaster planning to ensure that your property fortified in case future damage strikes.

At SERVPRO, we offer 24/7 commercial restoration and reconstruction services for damage caused by water, fire, smoke, mold, storms, and other disasters.

Why SERVPRO Commercial Restoration?

What makes SERVPRO Restoration different from other commercial restoration services? We offer multiple services through one point of contact. This means you only need one number to reach our reconstruction, emergency services mitigation, contents cleaning, training, insurance claims assistance, and disaster planning teams. You can depend on us for additional commercial damage services like cost savings, streamlined catastrophe planning, and minimized disruption.

SERVPRO has a longstanding heritage dedicated to innovation, resourcefulness, empathy, and outstanding customer service. Our franchise organization is proud to provide fast, high-quality cleanup and restoration services to both commercial and residential properties. We always put your property first at SERVPRO.

Call SERVPRO ! 757-431-1400

 Commercial Water Loss

When it comes to water damage to a residential or commercial property, there is more than meets the eye.

Here are some water facts and figures as they pertain to the restoration industry:

1. Water is capable of dissolving a variety of different substances. In fact, water is known as the “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.

2. A sheet of drywall standing upright with its edge sitting in a ½” of water can wick water up to 6 inches in less than three hours.

3. Mold typically begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours in an untreated moist environment.

4. A good indication of a failing hot water heater is a puddle of water underneath it, indicating a slow leak, or rusted or corroded fittings on the top of the heater. If you don’t investigate the leak ASAP, you may quickly flood your home because water heaters are under a great deal of water pressure.

5. There are three categories of water contamination defined in the restoration industry:

  • Category One – Water from a clean water source with no substantial risk of causing sickness or discomfort. Examples include water from a broken water supply pipe or an overflowing bath tub.
  • Category Two – Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological, and/or physical contamination. Examples include water from aquariums, dishwasher or clothes washer leaks, and water entering the structure from below grade. Discharged Category One water that sits untreated more for more than 24 hours becomes Category Two.
  • Category Three – Water emanating from a grossly unsanitary source or carrying disease causing agents. Examples include discharges from sewer or septic systems/pipes and flood waters. Discharged Category One water that sits more for more than 48 hours becomes Category Three. Discharged Category Two water that sits more for more than 24 hours becomes Category Three.

6. Controlling pathogenic microorganisms during a restoration project may require the use of chemical agents that act as biocides. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined three levels of biocidal activity:

  • Sanitizers – Designed to reduce the number of microorganisms.
  • Disinfectants – Designed to destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms but not necessarily their spores.
  • Sterilizer – Designed to destroy all microorganisms (fungi/molds, bacteria, viruses, etc.) and their spores

We are here to help with your clean up and restoration needs . We have been serving Niagara County and it’s surrounding areas for the past 19 years . Give us a call 716-694-7776 . We would be happy to be of assistance

Commercial Specialty Cleaning

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Our Team at SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County offers a variety clean up and restoration services.

Many times our clients think of us for Fire, Water or Mold Clean up. However we have offer specialty cleanup services as well. Our Team has been contacted by Universities and Hospitals to assist in minimizing rapid spread of infectious illnesses. We have assisted in the containment of diseases such as the Norovirus, Scabies, and aggressive cleaning of Operation and Medical rooms to limit infection spread.

We provide our client a plan of action based on their need, and worked in a professional and safe manner to successfully deliver the outcome needed. Every circumstance is different, please feel free to call our office for a Free Estimate or just to learn more about our services, capabilities and how we can help!

SERVPRO is READY 24 Hours a day, 7 Days a Week, 365 Days a year.


Commercial Fires and Water Damage

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Commercial Fires and Water Damage

After a fire at your business, there's liable to be a significant amount of water damage in addition to the fire damage. It's likely that automatic sprinklers have gone off, and that at least one fire hose was used to extinguish the flames. There may be wet drywall and carpeting, which can lead to a mold problem if not addressed properly and promptly. 

This situation requires the skills of a professional restoration company. They can take care of the damage by:

  • Making a thorough inspection
  • Extracting the water
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Disinfecting and cleaning
  • Repairing damage and completing restoration

Damage Inspection and Assessment

Our crews will first makes a careful inspection, assessing the water and fire damage and looking for any possible other problems, such as water behind walls. From our assessment they can determine which specialized equipment and techniques are best suited to the task.

Water Removal

As quickly as possible, the technicians begin the process of water extraction. This minimizes the chance of more damage from secondary sources such as mold. Any excess water is removed, using heavy-duty pumps and vacuums.

Drying and Dehumidification

At this point, the restoration team focuses on removing any moisture or humidity that remains. This is done through the use of professional-strength dehumidifiers and air movers. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting

After everything is thoroughly dried, the remaining items and surfaces are treated to remove any threat from microbes or mold, using a variety of specialized methods. Any lingering odors are dealt with by using air scrubbers and foggers.

Damage Repair and Restoration

As soon as all moisture has been completely extracted and any threat from pathogens has been eliminated, the repair and restoration work can start. Depending on the extent of the damage, this might involve simple tasks like replacing carpets and painting, or more complex work like rebuilding entire rooms.

If you've had fire damage at your business or home, you're most likely going to have to deal with water damage as well. Hiring a restoration company can ensure that both problems are dealt with quickly, safely and efficiently. We are here to help. We will come out and provide an assessment and a complimentary estimate.


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SERVPRO professionals offer many tools to help their customers in the middle of disasters. However now SERVPRO professionals are offering a tool to their customers to help prepare them before disaster even strikes. This new tool is called an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which can be downloaded from the Apple or Android App store by searching SERVPRO. This app allows SERVPRO to set up a date and walk your property with you, to create a profile for what you would be during a fire or water damage. The app holds the information for where the water, electrical, gas, and computer server shut offs are located in your building along with contact and account numbers for those companies. The free SERVPRO app also details where the best location for SERVPRO vehicles to park during an emergency. Your contact person at SERVPRO also has their phone number listed so you just open the app and dial

School Cleaning

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is coming and that means that school is going to be out. We're sure that you're excited to be able to take the kids on vacation and for them to get a little break. We're excited because it means we can get your schools clean and get them in tip-top shape to be able to have them ready for August. 

If it's just a carpet cleaning for those school rugs or maybe you've got some places where you're a bit concerned about potential mold, just give us a call at (716) 694-7776 so we can schedule a date to get the job done right. 

We are locally owned and operated so we live right here in the community! We're nearby and ready to help. 

Commercial Maintenance

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It’s very important to keep up with your commercial maintenance needs because this can prevent damages to your property. Things like checking your hot water heater to see when the last time it was replaced or checking the condensation lines coming from your air conditioning unit are quick and easy preventative measures. These are just some of the things you can check to prevent damages to your home.

Most water damages come from a preventable source such as your hot water heater or air conditioning condensation line. With hot water heaters you should replace them every 8–12 years. Replacement will vary with the severity of your local weather, the design of the unit, quality of installation, and the maintenance your unit has received. With an air conditioner condensation line we would recommend cleaning it once a year to maintain a blockage free line.

There are plenty of websites that explain how to do these things yourself but we would recommend that if you are not a professional, you should hire a professional to perform maintenance on your home. Performing these two quick and easy checks can go a long way in preventing any potential issues. 

REMEMBER to call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at 716-694-7776 when you need help

Commercial Loss

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SERVPRO® of Eastern Niagara County handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.

There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Mold in commercial properties

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Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your building if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – 776-694-7776 

Summer Storm Damages in Commercial Properties

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SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is here to help both commercial and residential properties. 

In some areas of the country, rain is almost a daily occurrence during summertime, and summer storm damages are something to be prepared for. Flooding can be a summer storm hazard, and that can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Possessions can be ruined, and the structures of homes and businesses can be negatively affected. A professional water damage restoration company can be a vital resource during such times; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.

While storms can’t be predicted much of the time, education yourself in the most common areas vulnerable to storm damages will help you be prepared to handle such an event. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars which can be flooded.

Here is a list of the three most common areas that suffer from summer storm damages:


Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be watched during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas!


A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. A small leak can turn into a big problem before you know it. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water - even indoors.


Keep an eye on your doors and windows. If they are not properly sealed against wet conditions, you will know it right away. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water and fire. You can call us at 716-694-7776 24/7! We are always here to help!

Keep Your Business Going When Disasters Interrupts

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Keep Your Business Going When Disasters Interrupts


When you’re trying to run a successful business Western New York, you can’t always afford the downtime brought by unexpected emergency situations such as flooding, storm damage and fire.That’s why having a continuity plan is extremely important for developing businesses of all shapes and sizes. A good plan should include a few key points:

• A thorough analysis on how downtime and damages will impact your business
• A number of strategies concerning recovery and restoration
• Concrete development of the chosen recovery plans
• Testing and exercises that keep the plan effective

Analyzing Your Business

During your initial analysis, there are a few key points you should zero in on to get the most out of this first step. Your critical business functions are what you should focus on the most closely. Is there anything within the scope of your business that the whole company simply can’t operate without? Consider elements such as vital data, employees, furniture, or office space. Regardless of what, exactly, your most crucial assets are, finding ways to save these parts of your business should be the primary goal of your entire continuity plan. Looking up resources for analyzing and creating a plan of this nature can be extremely useful if you’ve never made one before.

Testing Your Strategy

No strategy should be considered final until it’s tested and those involved have undergone training to prepare them to implement the plan when necessary. This period of time should be used to identify any pitfalls with your plan, so you can remedy them and proceed with confidence that you’ll be able to rely on your strategy while you’re dealing with building damages and obstacles.

Whether you’re doing something as simple as backing up data to the cloud or as complex as completely shifting production to another facility, you need to know that your continuity plan will actually be there and be functional in the event that disaster strikes in Ebensburg, PA. In the end, forming a plan may not be easy, but it’s the key to keeping your business’s doors open while dealing with unexpected emergencies in your normal routine.

For more information, please visit us at


5/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals offer many tools to help their customers in the middle of disasters. However now SERVPRO professionals are offering a tool to their customers to help prepare them before disaster even strikes. This new tool is called an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which can be downloaded from the Apple or Android App store by searching SERVPRO. This app allows SERVPRO to set up a date and walk your property with you, to create a profile for what you would be during a fire or water damage. The app holds the information for where the water, electrical, gas, and computer server shut offs are located in your building along with contact and account numbers for those companies. The free SERVPRO app also details where the best location for SERVPRO vehicles to park during an emergency. Your contact person at SERVPRO also has their phone number listed so you just open the app and dial

Commercial Construction Cleaning

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Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPROFranchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to get the job done right the first time. They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service.

Call us at 716-694-7776

Flooding in your business

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  • The weather has been very unpredictable the past few weeks in our area.  We have experience heavy rains and snow causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended supplies in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

You can also check with the National Weather Service to get more tips on safety during flooding

SERVPRO Of Eastern Niagara County can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters.  Call us today for more information or a free inspection (716)694-7776

 Commercial Restoration

Mold in your business

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings.

It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
  • Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheetrock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your Belle Meade business, especially in areas that will experience moisture, such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitoring the humidity indoors in your Belle Meade business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store.

Contact the SERVPRO team of Eastern Niagara County for all your water or fire damage needs, or if you need assistance with mold prevention or remediation! We’re here for you! 716-694-7776

Fire Extinguisher Importance For Your Home or Business

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Office buildings need specific fire safety equipment to keep both employees and clients safe. This includes smoke detectors, sprinklers, fire alarms, and extinguishers.  

The first step in fire damage restoration is to put out the fire using the proper tools.  A first responder may use an approved portable fire extinguisher to prevent a small fire from growing and causing further damage.  

The National Fire Protection Agency publishes a series of standards and requirements for portable fire extinguishers called NFPA 10, available here.

No matter what the size of the fire, your first priority should be to get everyone out safely and call 911.  Once the fire has been put out, you can call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County to assist with the fire damage restoration.  

Here is a link for another great resource on why you should buy a fire extinguisher for your home. 

Commercial Services

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Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to get the job done right the first time. They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service.

Call us at 716-694-7776

Winter and Pipes That Burst

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

A commercial warehouse/ office that suffered a burst pipe

What exactly causes a burst pipe?

 The cold weather season may be great for those who love to ski or snowboard but those who own/rent a house, may feel less enticed by the decreasing temperatures.

Polar vortexes, frosts and reoccurring cold fronts can cause severe damages to the pipes in and outside your home. While several factors can result in a burst pipe, the main reason is freezing temperatures. When the water inside a pipe freezes, the freezing process causes the water to expand thus creating pressure on the pipe from within. Additionally, trickles of water may still be flowing through and in between the frozen walls of the pipes.

 All combined, the pressure becomes too great and the pipe ruptures at a weaker joint or even in the middle at times. As pipes can run from underground, outside and up through your home, the amount of water damage can be extensive and costly.


  • Install a regular seasonal maintenance plan-i.e. disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses before the cold weather; as one of these bursting can cause extensive damage to your entire plumbing system

  • For plumbing pipes located in an unheated area of your home or business, consider foam pipe insulation ($50-$200 depending on length)

  • If you migrate to a warmer climate throughout any extended time during the winter months; make sure your furnace is set no lower than 55 degrees and the main water supply is shut-off during the time you are away

 Check out our water damage section to see how we can make it, "Like it never even happened.", if you find yourself dealing with a burst pipe!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

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As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.


  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens.

Do you know how to shut off the water at your work?

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Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster?  Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County Professionals at (716) 694-7776 seven days a week , 24/7 , to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage in a Commercial Setting

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If you have recently become a victim of commercial water , you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration
Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On
You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for other services in the Western York New  area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after WNY commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at 694-7776

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has the experience, training, and equipment to deal with a big box water emergency in both commercial and residential . Fore immediate 24/7 service call us: 694-7776

Simple Steps to Prevent Commercial Electrical Fires

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

As industry experts know, commercial electrical fires can be very dangerous and costly.  In fact, when a commercial fire occurs, it can lean to the injury or death of the employees or customers present.  Additionally, electrical fires can result in property loss.  the shut-down of a business can cause undue hardship to the property owner or renter.  SERVPRO, a premier fire damage restoration company, will respond immediately to get you back in business.  Luckily, most of these fires are preventable and can also be contained through maintenance of fixtures, employee training, and the facilitation of greater awareness regarding work hazards.  Learn more about how to identify electrical hazards and reduce the incidence of a commercial fire, which may lead to smoke and fire damage, by reading the following information:

Recognizing the Warning Signs

Electrical distribution systems contain several complex elements.  These elements are capable of exposing commercial buildings to fire risks.  Some of the areas of concern are:

  • Corroded Wiring : Wiring that is old or defective can cause electrical fires.  Although all wiring can start to break down at some point, the wiring exposed to corrosive substances or the outdoor environment is subject to faster degradation.  Industrial facilities, multi-tenant warehouses, and farms should be attentive to their wiring given that it can be subject to extreme exposure to the elements.
  • Circuits and Fuses : Tripped circuits and blown fuses are signs of overloaded outlets or circuits.  These circuits and outlets can generate overheating and result in combustion leading to commercial electrical fires.
  • Hot Spots : Overloaded circuits, corroded wires or connections, loose connection, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loading, short circuits, switches, and breakers can generate "hot spots."  This is the result of the excessive heat that builds up within the electrical panels.  If there is any sense that these "hot spots" could cause a commercial flare-up, here is an option.  Infrared thermal imaging can be operated to locate these hot spots, repairs can then be done preventing electrical shortages or breakdowns that lead to fires.  Small business owners can hire licensed electricians to complete this inspection.

Electrical Distribution Equipment

Periodically, electrical distribution equipment needs to be physically inspected and tested.  The equipment should also periodically undergo thermal imaging.  This would should be completed by a licensed professional.  Some of the equipment requiring inspection includes:

  • Electrical panels, switchboards, and switchgear
  • Fuses
  • Circuit breakers
  • Relays and contactors
  • Disconnect switches
  • Motors
  • Motor controls
  • Transformers

The Fire Marshall periodically visits commercial buildings checking the fire extinguisher's expiration dates.  The overhead sprinkler system, fire exit lighted signs and safe egress from the commercial building are all inspected.  Prevention is the key.


Fire damage can be especially devastating for a business or commercial property.  Significant water damage can be an unintended result of extinguishing a commercial fire.  The fire suppression system of a commercial building (overhead fire sprinkler system) can also cause a large amount of water damage.  Commercial business owners know that electrical fires negatively affect their property, the operation of the business, and the loss of revenue.  However, the information about can help you take strides towards preventing these fires from happening.  In the event that you find your commercial space affected by fire, electrical or otherwise, you should know who to call to help facilitate the remediation process.  As a company with extensive experience in restoring property affected by electrical fires, the professionals at SERVPRO can provide you with the detailed assistance necessary to get your business space in working order.  Contact us today for professional, personalized service.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County responds quickly to your water, fire or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day.  Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.  Our national network of 1,650 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has the training and experience to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Readiness Plan

1/20/2016 (Permalink)

Emergency Readiness Program (ERP)

Be Prepared with the SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Program

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens”

 In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

What is an ERP?

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-Off Value Locations and Priorities Areas

Why should you have an ERP?

  By having a plan in place, the amount of time that your business is in active will be less.  You will be back in the building and back to business sooner.

  Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small leak, a large fire or an area flood.

  Now is the best time to plan for these events, not when it happens

  Ask yourself “Are you READY for whatever happens"?

Is there a cost for an ERP?

The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future.  Call your local SERVPRO