Recent Storm Damage Posts

Halloween Wind Storm

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Strong winds came whistling through WNY late Halloween night. Winds were soaring 45-60mph, with gusts up to 70mph. Many homes in the WNY area were reported to be with out power.  National Grid estimated approximately 5800 without power this morning. Many trees and power lines were down on the sidewalk and roads. In result, many schools were cancelled or delayed. Alongside with the wind, torrential rains had fallen for the past two days. This caused flooding issues also.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is here to help! There is no job too BIG or small for us. Call us at 694-7776. We provide free estimates.

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Heavy Rains in Lockport New York

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

This weekend WNY experienced Heavy rains and flooding in Lockport, NY. .

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit WNY, SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County can scale our resources to handle any size storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States

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.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County 716-694-7776

Spring is Storm Season in the Western New York Area

5/19/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is Storm Season in the Western New York Area

In the past few months the area has been hit with severe weather and storms. The following are the most common storms we see in our area. If you have damage to your home or business from these devastating storms, call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County (716) 694-7776 and we will make it “Like it never even happened”.

Hail Storms

  • Many residents living in area have already experienced hailstorms and witnessed the damage hail can cause to homes, automobiles, businesses and other property. When a hailstorm hits, it does the greatest amount of damage to the exterior of your home or property. Common types of damage caused by hail are: roof damage, siding damage, shingle damage, window damage and automobile damage.

Thunderstorms

  • Thunderstorms can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and more. The biggest contributors to damaged property are likely hail and wind, which can cause many types of exterior property damage

Tornadoes

  • Isolated tornadoes can happen in the Western New York area

Lightning

  • You may be surprised to learn that lightning is a major cause of storm damage in many areas around the country. The National Lightning Safety Institute estimates the cost of lightning damage in the $5 to $6 billion dollar per year range. Lightning that hits trees and the ground is a common cause of wildfires, structure fires, property damage and power outages. 

Floods

  • Floods are typically the result of heavy rain and water that rises faster than storm drains can handle. Flash floods driven by quick, violent bursts of rain can flood homes, basements and businesses, causing serious damage to both interiors and exteriors. Flooding is a very dangerous storm phenomenon that results in numerous deaths and extensive property damage each year.

For more information on the services that SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County provides regarding storm damage cleanup for your commercial or residential structure, please visit or call:

or call us today at (716) 694-7776

Severe Weather Damage

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

While spring brings the promise of warm weather and longer days, it also brings a variety of conditions that can include heavy rains and severe weather, which can increase your flood risk. Take action to protect yourself, your family, and your business—before a weather event occurs and it’s too late.

April marks the start of the rainy season. Spring storms can bring several inches of rain in only a matter of hours or there can be consistent rainfall for days. These heavy rains can lead to severe flooding by over-saturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or rivers spilling over their banks.

As one of the most common hazards in the United States, it’s important we prepare for the potential disaster that flooding can cause. Even if you feel you live in a community with a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.

In order help prepare you for the possibility of a flood, we offer you these tips:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan
  • Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk
  • Install check-valves to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home
  • Seal basement walls and floor with waterproofing compounds to prevent seepage through cracks
  • Always keep your gutters and downspouts clean to allow water to flow freely
  • Prepare a flood evacuation plan
  • Know how to safely shut-off utilities
  • Keep insurance and vital records in a water-proof box
  • Have a portable radio to listen for important current information

When your home sustains water damage from flooding, you should call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County immediately. Our professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has the equipment and experience necessary to handle the most challenging water damage and removal situations and we are available around-the-clock. Call us at (716) 694-7776, and we’ll return your home back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, near a river or eve in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. Unlike any other natural disaster such as hurricanes that have typical peak season, floods can occur anywhere and anytime.

Therese are some of the flood terms used to identify a flood hazard.

flood watch indicates that conditions are favorable for flooding to developed. Be prepared to move to higher ground.

flood warning means that flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

flash flood warning means that flash flooding is occurring or imminent. Move to higher grounds immediately.

Act of Nature

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

It is always good to prepare for a storm! SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is here to help you. Weather It is your home or business you need to always be prepared for the unexpected. We are located in the Niagara County are. Here the storms could come at any given time, water, wind, snow, haul, even heat can cause any environmental destruction. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is prepared are you?

We cover and provide our services to all areas in and around the WNY area immediately which may be hit by storm so that you don’t have to face any danger.

For any residential or commercial establishment, our response and services are prompt and efficient. With 1,650 franchises operating in the U. S and Canada, we can pool in our personnel for building servicein case of large-scale storm damages. Our efficient technicians along with specialized equipment can help in all the building and restoration of storm-hit places. With advanced drying and cleaning methods, this building service SERVPRO Of Eastern Niagara County always ensures that the job is done till all the property is restored or everything is all clean and dry.  Call (716) 694-7776 for emergency response

Be prepared for wind damage

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Most home owners when preparing their homes for any storms, don’t think about wind as a threat, though it causes billions of dollars in property damage every year. With that being said, it’s a good idea to know some tips and tricks on how to prepare your household for a wind storm.

  1. Pick up around your yard

- Most people don’t take into consideration that anything lying around in your backyard can become a flying weapon, which can do significant damage to your home in high winds, let alone is dangerous in it of itself. If you see a wind advisory for your area, it is best to pick up any loose outdoor belongings like lawn furniture, garden tools, grills, sports equipment, bicycles, fallen tree branches etc.

  1. Check out the trees on your property

- The last thing you want is a branch crashing through your kitchen window or roof during a wind storm. That’s why it’s extremely important to inspect the trees on your property for loose or damaged branches. It’s also important to get rid of any dangerous or dead trees taken care of as soon as possible especially during a wind storm.

  1. Inspect your roof for weaknesses

- High winds can completely tear up your roof and lead to bigger problems like water damage to your homes structural properties and belongings. It is imperative that you routinely inspect your roof for things like loose or damaged shingles, debris, bare spots etc.

  1. Check weather stripping on doors and windows

- Weather stripping is designed to keep the elements from coming indoors, so make sure yours is in good condition on both your doors and windows. Weather stripping that is in good condition will help keep windy drafts from coming into your home and will also ensure cold/warm air doesn’t escape.

  1. Reinforce windows, doors and garage door

- Home safety features such as storm shutters will not only keep your home and belongings safer, but will also help you earn homeowners insurance discounts.

  1. Make sure your emergency supply kit is up to date

- You never know how damaging or drastic a wind storm can be, so it is always a good idea to prepare a supply kit just in case.

The following items are a great start to your kit:

o 3 days worth of water and non-perishables for each member of your family

o a manual can opener

o A hand-crank or battery-powered radio so you can stay up to date on advisories

o Cash, flashlights, and extra batteries

o Food, water, and toys for your pets

o Infant formula and diapers, if necessary

o Entertainment such as books, magazines, and battery-power electronics

o Medications, a first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and trash bags

o Solar chargers for cell phones and other electronics

o Copies of important documents, like insurance policies, emergency contact info, and IDs

o A warm blanket or sleeping bag for everyone in the family

o At least one change of clothing

o A fire extinguisher

  1. Double check your home inventory

- Maintaining a thorough, up-to-date home inventory can be a real lifesaver if high winds cause major damage to your home and its contents. Document and keep receipts for high-value items like furniture, electronics, appliances, and clothing, as well as any upgrades or renovations you've made to your house. Be sure to update your home inventory list with any new purchases, upgrades, or changes you make to your place. If you ever need to file a claim after high winds (or any other covered incident) damage your home or belongings, a well-maintained inventory can significantly speed along the claims process and help you get your house feeling like home again.

  1. Turn down the temp on your fridge and freezer

- If your area is expecting high winds, there’s a chance your power may go out. Turning down the temperature of your fridge and freezer can save you time and help prevent food from spoiling as quickly.

  1. Look at your homeowners’ insurance

- Before storm season hits, look at your homeowner’s coverages and limits to ensure they're enough to fully protect you in the event of catastrophe.

Flood warning in WNY and Storm damage

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Finding flood damage in your home can create quite a bit of stress; after all, no one likes discovering that their living room has been turned into a water recreation facility. As a result, many homeowners are likely to panic and make poor choices in the hours that follow. You can avoid these mistakes by following the flood damage checklist below:

Ensure your safety

Once you see a flood of water in your basement, it may be tempting to go charging right in, but this is generally a bad idea. First, you need to ensure that you're safe. If the power is still on, you could be electrocuted. Additionally, sewage will make you ill, and the water from flood damage can conceal sharp objects to cut yourself on.

Shut off the water source

Now that you know you’re safe, next you need to ensure that the source of the water has been taken care of. Sometimes, this is as simple as turning off a water supply valve. However, more complex problems, like a flooded sewer line, could actually take a few hours. It's a good idea to call the appropriate professional, like a plumber, right away to give them time to start driving out to your flood damaged property.

Call your insurance

Sure, it's tempting to have your first call be to a flood damage clean-up professional, but there's a chance that your insurance doesn't contract out with them. Instead, it's better to have your insurance's claim number programmed into your phone. Call them, report the flood damage, and then call a professional they contract out with.

Call a clean-up crew

Most flood damage clean-up  projects are just too large for you to tackle by yourself. Besides, depending on where you live, you'll likely have mold to clean up afterwards as well. Any money spent on a flood damage clean-up crew will likely be well worth it.

Take pictures and document damage

Your insurance policy will need proof of flood damage if they are going to write you a check. When you're on the phone with your insurance company and the clean-up crew, take photos of the flood damage. Make sure to get detailed photos of valuable items.

If you've planned well, you'll also have pictures of your home in an undamaged state. This lets you prove the state that your house and items were in before the disaster.

Remove what can be saved

Once you've ensured that the area is safe, you have help on the way, and you've thoroughly documented the flood damage, you can begin to remove items out of the area. A word of caution: water is extremely heavy. Any water soaked items will weigh a lot more than you expect. Please, be careful not to injure yourself.

Begin the remediation process

This is where professionals will come in handy. During the remediation process, all excess water will need to be removed, the humidity will need to be brought down to an appropriate level, mold prevention steps will need to be taken, and damaged drywall or flooring will need to be replaced. All of this is a lot of work for one person, so please get professional help.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is locally owned and operated and serves 

We are fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete flood damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood damage clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every flood damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out, restoration equipment rental, dehumidifier rental, fan rental, demolition, painting & construction.

Flood Damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Finding flood damage in your home can create quite a bit of stress; after all, no one likes discovering that their living room has been turned into a water recreation facility. As a result, many homeowners are likely to panic and make poor choices in the hours that follow. You can avoid these mistakes by following the flood damage checklist below:

Ensure your safety

Once you see a flood of water in your basement, it may be tempting to go charging right in, but this is generally a bad idea. First, you need to ensure that you're safe. If the power is still on, you could be electrocuted. Additionally, sewage will make you ill, and the water from flood damage can conceal sharp objects to cut yourself on.

Shut off the water source

Now that you know you’re safe, next you need to ensure that the source of the water has been taken care of. Sometimes, this is as simple as turning off a water supply valve. However, more complex problems, like a flooded sewer line, could actually take a few hours. It's a good idea to call the appropriate professional, like a plumber, right away to give them time to start driving out to your flood damaged property.

Call your insurance

Sure, it's tempting to have your first call be to a flood damage clean-up professional, but there's a chance that your insurance doesn't contract out with them. Instead, it's better to have your insurance's claim number programmed into your phone. Call them, report the flood damage, and then call a professional they contract out with.

Call a clean-up crew

Most flood damage clean-up  projects are just too large for you to tackle by yourself. Besides, depending on where you live, you'll likely have mold to clean up afterwards as well. Any money spent on a flood damage clean-up crew will likely be well worth it.

Take pictures and document damage

Your insurance policy will need proof of flood damage if they are going to write you a check. When you're on the phone with your insurance company and the clean-up crew, take photos of the flood damage. Make sure to get detailed photos of valuable items.

If you've planned well, you'll also have pictures of your home in an undamaged state. This lets you prove the state that your house and items were in before the disaster.

Remove what can be saved

Once you've ensured that the area is safe, you have help on the way, and you've thoroughly documented the flood damage, you can begin to remove items out of the area. A word of caution: water is extremely heavy. Any water soaked items will weigh a lot more than you expect. Please, be careful not to injure yourself.

Begin the remediation process

This is where professionals will come in handy. During the remediation process, all excess water will need to be removed, the humidity will need to be brought down to an appropriate level, mold prevention steps will need to be taken, and damaged drywall or flooring will need to be replaced. All of this is a lot of work for one person, so please get professional help.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is locally owned and operated and serves WNY

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete flood damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 

 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (716)694-7776 for fast help.

Severe Weather Damage

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

 

Storms can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americas cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disaster are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk.

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action.

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example.

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire other to do the same.

Storm Damage

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire & water damage, or specialty cleanup needs, it’s the SERVPRO brand that comes to mind. Our TEAMS work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy, and have one objective in the aftermath of disaster, to make their loss "Like it never even happened."

No matter the job or the size, our SERVPRO teams are ready to handle any size loss. With 1,700+ franchises nationwide, we have access to numerous highly trained personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment. Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery teams are strategically placed throughout the country to respond when needed. Our Teams have a proven track record for success, assisting with cleanup of floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and damage caused from frigid temperatures.

Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance, we will be there with one call. 716-694-7776

Winter Storm Preparedness

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Preparedness: Building an Emergency Kit

Winter Storm Preparedness WNY is necessary. 

Nevertheless, one important thing we’ve learned in our business is: never say never.

Our office and employees must be prepared for any sized disaster, no matter what.  After all, we can’t respond to calls if we’re in the middle of an emergency ourselves.

To be prepared for a possible winter storm, consider items we have in our own preparedness kit.

Vehicle Preparedness Kit

This kit supposes that an emergency may include being stranded for any reason and needing to wait to be helped.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Blanket, wrapped in a plastic bag to keep clean
  • Mittens, Hats, Jackets, also wrapped in plastic bags
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries for flashlight
  • Ice Scraper
  • Flares
  • Tow Rope
  • Kitty Litter
  • Full Tank of Gas (or Full Electric Charge)
  • Spare Tire
  • Jumper Cables, 8ft 10 gauge
  • Pet Food, if traveling with pets
  • Pet Leash
  • Spare Water

Home Preparedness Kit

This kit is helpful if the power goes out of your neighborhood and you have to wait for it, and your heater, to come back on.  This is not a kit for homes that live where there is consistent, heavy snowfall.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Blankets
  • Mittens, Hats, Jackets
  • Cell Phone Charger (battery packs, pre-charged)
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries for Flashlight
  • Food that does not require cooking (for humans and pets)
  • Spare Water (in case pipes are frozen)
  • Radio, battery operated

Other important home preparedness aspects to consider:

  • Know where your water shut off valve is.
  • Know which circuit breakers control parts of your home.
  • Know where the gas shut off valve is.
  • Get your fireplace checked once a season.
  • Have phone numbers of emergency response companies.

If you experience a water or fire damage in your home this season, please give us a call.  We’re ready to help.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County services Irving and all surrounding Dallas communities.  We can be reached 24/7 at (716) 694-7776.  

How to Prevent Water Damage from Rain

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Western New York is experiencing some rainy days - which could cause major problems if rain water seeps into your home. One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is from rain water. It can enter through leaks in your roof, seeping in from the foundation, or even flooding into your basement. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home such as:

Checking for proper drainage:

  • inspect your roof thoroughly for structural damage or holes
  • clear your gutters from leaves and other debris that could block the flow of water from draining into the yard

Install or Check Sump Pumps:

  • sump pump are very effective for keeping rainwater out of your house
  • have a professional check your sump pump to insure it is working properly once a year

Check sealant inside and outside foundation

  • make sure the tar sealant covering the inner and outer sides of the foundation are intact

Inspect the slope of your lawn

  • grading is the slope of your lawn and it should always slope away from your home to redirect the rainwater from flooding around the foundations

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County  can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Raw Sewage Cleanup: Not a Good DIY Project

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Confronted by raw sewage cleanup, you’d probably rather not do it yourself in the first place. Still, some homeowners may attempt the job on their own to economize, or because they’re simply unaware of the hazards. Also known in the industry as “black water,” raw sewage is classified as Category 3 on the toxic water hazard scale (there’s no Category 4.) Environmental experts warn all persons exposed to raw sewage to assume that potentially dangerous pathogens are present. Cleanup is a job for trained professionals, properly equipped with safety equipment and disinfectants specifically designed for the job.


Raw sewage can contaminate your home in more than one way:


       A clogged sewer line between your house and the municipal sewer main at the street or septic tank can reflux sewage back into your premises.


       Sewage may reflux into residences if the local municipal sewer system or treatment facility is inundated with water, such as in general flooding.


      Floodwater originating from an overflowing river or lake, or an ocean storm surge, may pick up raw sewage as it spreads through populated areas, swamping septic tanks and sewer pipes. By the time that floodwater reaches your house, it may be dangerously contaminated.


Here are some reasons why experts advise contacting a qualified water damage recovery expert if raw sewage cleanup is required:


         Untreated sewage is commonly grossly contaminated by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and other disease-causing microorganisms.


      Hazardous sewage-borne pathogens may infect an inexperienced and inadequately protected person by simple contact with bare skin, inhalation, and accidental transfer from hands to mouth or eyes.


      Shoes or clothes may transfer toxic sewage residue from the affected areas to silently contaminate “safe” parts of the house.


         DIY clean-up methods with consumer-grade disinfectants may be inadequate to thoroughly decontaminate the premises. Contaminated residue from sewage that soaked into building materials and infiltrated the structure of the house may form an ongoing source of potential infection and disease.


For your own safety and the health of your family, leave raw sewage cleanup to the professionals at SERVPRO

Preparing for the Winter Storm

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Preparing for a Winter Storm

There are many different aspects of preparation for a winter storm. There is preparing your home, preparing for the things that you will need if the roads are not passable and thinking outside of the box about the things that we take for granted in our everyday lives.

 

SERVPRO® of Eastern Niagara County has put together this list to help you get started in preparing for a winter storm. Everyone should always personalize and add to the list to accommodate their needs.

~Water – At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

~Food – At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food

~Baby food and supplies- If needed

~Pet food and supplies - If needed

~Medications – 7 Day supply along with batteries needed for any medical devices, including hearing aids.

 ~Sanitation and personal hygiene supplies

 ~Battery powered and hand cranked radio, extra batteries

 ~Flashlight and batteries

 ~Heat source

 ~Remember *Carbon monoxide is a silent killer* Do NOT ever use a generator, grill, gasoline, propane or charcoal burning device inside your home, garage, basement or any closed in area. These should only be used outside.

 ~Cell Phones – Fully Charged and portable chargers

 ~Check on the elderly and handicapped if you can, help them prepare for the storm and then keep in contact with them if possible. A simple phone call could make their day or save their life.

~Put your snow shovel and ice melting products inside so you do not have to go out in the elements to get them.

 ~If you must leave home due to the conditions make sure you know where the nearest shelter to you is located.

 ~Prepare your vehicle before the storm arrives. Have enough gas, windshield washer fluid and good wiper blades.  Always have an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains an emergency blanket that will keep you warm if your vehicle becomes stranded.

 

Stay Safe!

Winter Storm Warning

3/12/2017 (Permalink)

Winter storm in headed our way . Be prepared and know that SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County is here to help : (716) 694-7776

 

Source: http://www.accuweather.com

 

Niagara-Orleans-Northern Erie-Genesee-Wyoming-Chautauqua-
Cattaraugus-Allegany-Southern Erie-
Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Buffalo, Batavia,
Warsaw, Jamestown, Olean, Wellsville, Orchard Park,
and Springville
748 AM EDT Sun Mar 12 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING...

* LOCATIONS...Niagara Frontier and the western Southern Tier.

* TIMING...From early Monday evening through early Wednesday
evening.

* HAZARDS...Heavy snow and blowing snow.

* ACCUMULATIONS...8 to 15 inches are possible.

* WINDS...North 15 to 25 mph.

* VISIBILITIES...As low as a quarter mile at times.

* IMPACTS...Heavy snow and blowing snow could produce very
difficult driving conditions with very poor visibility and
deep snow cover on roads.

* FORECASTER CONFIDENCE...Medium due to the uncertainty in the
exact track of the storm system.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means that heavy snow and/or ice
accumulations are possible. If you are within the watch area...
remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions.


Cold Temps and frozen pipes

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

If your pipes run through a cabinet or vanity open the doors to give your pipes some warmth from the warm temperature of the room. If there is no doors to open, just leave the water trickle from the faucet. The cost of the water running is a lot lower then the cost of a frozen pipe being repaired. 

If you would forget to leave the water trickle or a door open, here is what you can do to thaw the pipe.  

Turn off the main shut-off valve. Use warm air from a hair dryer or space heater to melt the water frozen inside the pipe. NEVER leave the space heater unattended. After the pipe is thawed slowly turn the main shut-off back on. When the water is running throw the pipe check for any cracks or leaks which could of been caused by the freezing. 

 

If you have a burst pipe, shut off your water and give us a call! We are here to help! (716) 694-7776

Winter Preparedness

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

 

Winter is here and there are a number of different ways a winter storm can impact. From the wind to snow drifts, there are many ways your home can be damaged by winter storms. Let’s look at some of these storms and how SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County can get your home back on its feet.

 

The Wind and Cold

While winter storms are known only for snow but they are also accompanied by winds and blistering cold. Winter storms have extremely strong winds that create blizzard conditions like wind driven snow, snow drifts, and dangerous wind chills. These intense winds can bring down trees, poles, and can cause damage to homes and commercial buildings. Another problem with these storms is the cold air it brings. Freezing temperatures can accompany winter storms and be left behind the storm systems. The cold can cause potentially life-threatening conditions like hypothermia and frostbite for the elderly and the young. These freezing temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze.

 

Snow and Ice

Heavy snow and ice can immobilize a city and cause countless damage to your home. If these elements become extremely heavy or are weighing trees down, they can cause power outages, roof damage, damage to communication towers, and vehicle damage. Even a small amount of ice and snow could fall and become a hazard to those around it.

 

SERVPRO’s Storm Damage Tips

Melting snow and ice can not only damage your home, but it can cause flooding as well. As soon as damage has occurred, it is important to call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County for emergency assistance. Our emergency service is operated 24 hours per day to better serve the community. Do not leave wet fabrics, books, magazines, or colored items in place as it could cause damage to the material further and cause colors to run. Don’t use electronics that could be wet from the storm and refrain from using the vacuum cleaner on wet surfaces. By calling SERVPRO of ENC , you will get the best restoration possible. Our certified technicians will come to your home and help restore it to normal. For more information or for help, call us at 716-694-7776.

 

Contact SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County

Contact SERVPRO of ENC . We will come in and identify the problem. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal. For more information on SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County Services, call 716-694-7776 or visit http://www.SERVPROeasternniagaracounty.com/

Frozen Pipes

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

It going to be a cold winter... Pipes may burst that can lead to Flooding in Your Home
 
Busted water pipes make up nearly half of all in-home flood damage. This type of flooding is sudden and often due to hidden leaks, corrosion, or freezing. The cost and inconvenience of a busted pipe make it essential to start prevention while you still can.  Flood damage in Lincoln can happen during any season. While most homeowners associate flooding with warmer weather, many of you know that the winter is a dangerous time for in-home floods as well. SERVPRO of ENC is well prepared to help you with your emergency during winter months as well as all other seasons. 
 
Busted Pipes: Winter Prevention
The freezing of a water pipe makes it burst due to the stress it puts on the metal or plastic. To reduce the chance of suffering a busted pipe, you can take a few simple steps.
  • First, it is crucial to know where to shut off the water. Now.  If a pipe bursts in your home, the most immediate course of action is to turn off that main water supply. Most can be found inside, usually in the basement. 
  • Second, make sure that your heating system is checked regularly. Also, inspect the insulation on all of your plumbing as well as your cold water tank. Units located in the attic and other vulnerable locations should be protected with insulated sleeves. 
  • During severe cold snaps, open cabinets where pipes are located so warm air can circulate.
  • Third, keep your heat on throughout the winter months. We know that winter can make heating your home costly, but during harsh, cold months, the chances of your pipes freezing get greater as the temperature plummets. 
  • Finally, make sure you shut off any external taps and disconnect water hoses outside.
What to Do if You Find a Frozen Pipe
If you see that one of your pipes are frozen, don’t wait around for it to burst or “thaw.” It won’t. What you need to do is immediately turn your water supply off to your home and slowly thaw the frozen pipe by applying a gentle, low heat to the area. You can use a hairdryer, hot water bottle, or even a space heater to accomplish this (never leave a space heater unattended). Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe by using an open flame or other dangerous methods. 
 
Contact Us
If you have run into an unfortunate flooding event due to frozen water pipes, we will take your call and help to minimize your anxiety. Our Emergency Services line means you can call us 24/7 when disaster strikes.
Contact SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County : 716-694-7776

Hurricane Preparation

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

The anticipated path of the hurricane

As many of our folks in the the south east prepare for Hurricane Mathhew, many residents and business owners are facing wind damage and water-damaged structures caused by massive flooding. SERVPRO is here for you in your time of need.

"The first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage," said Don Turner, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team director. "A lot of flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives."

  • First and foremost, do not operate any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.
  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO will respond as quickly as possible as areas become accessible, however residents are encouraged to remain patient due to the extreme volume of claims anticipated throughout the region.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 2011 North Dakota Floods, 2010 Tennessee Floods, the 2010 New England Floods, the 2009 California Wildfires and 2008 Hurricane Ike.

About SERVPRO
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,600 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO of ENC is ready !

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County 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 hits, 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 at SERVPRO are strategically located throughout the United States.

http://www.SERVPROeasternniagaracounty.com/ 

Have Storm or Flood Damage?  Call Us Today 716-694-7776.  We are always here to help you !

Lightning Strikes

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County, we have cleaned up fire damage caused by lightning strikes.

Lightning strikes the earth's surface about 100 times every second and it can reach temperatures 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. About 10-20% of those strikes have the potential to cause a fire.

Thunderstorms and lightning strikes can cause quite a bit of damage. We are experts in fire damage cleanup, and we believe in safety first. Below we've provided 3 tips to help prevent fire damage caused by lighting.

1. Avoid using water during a thunderstorm. Taking showers, washing dishes, even washing your hands could put you and the structure you are occupying at danger. Water, especially water that contains minerals can be great for conducting electricity.  Lightning regularly strikes water. Going swimming during a thunderstorm is one of the most dangerous things you can do. 

2. In recent years the cost fire damage cleanup caused by lightning has gone up. This is mainly because the average household owns more electronic equipment. During a thunderstorm be sure to unplug things like computers and televisions. Also, do not use landline phones during a storm. A surge protector is a good idea. They do not always protect against large direct lightning currents. But, the device does attempt to limit the voltage supplied to an electrical device by either blocking or by shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.

TIP: Check your homeowner's insurance policy. Not all policies cover electronic items lost or damaged during lightning and thunderstorms.

3. Invest in a professionally installed lightning protection system. Lightning rods create a network of low resistance paths for lightning currents to travel. Using them can help you direct the lightning towards the ground and cause less damage to the building structure.

FUN FACT: The Empire State Building is a lightning rod for its surrounding area. It is struck by lightning an average of 23 times per year.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have trained crews to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like It Never Even Happened" 

Winter Storm

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Our Snowy SERVPRO CAR

    • Winter Storm Warning For Eastern Niagara County
    • Issued by The National Weather Service

      Buffalo, NY

      9:39am EST, Tue Feb 16

... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING...

* LOCATIONS... NIAGARA... ERIE... ORLEANS... GENESEE... WYOMING AND CHAUTAUQUA COUNTIES.

* TIMING... THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.

* HAZARDS... HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL 4 TO 6 INCHES TODAY WILL BRING STORM TOTALS TO 8 TO 15 INCHES... WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNTS IN EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA.

* WINDS... NORTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES... LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE.

* IMPACTS... HEAVY SNOW WILL RESULT IN VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS. THE WORST TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BE THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW AND/OR ICE WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING IN THE WARNING AREA YOU SHOULD CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IF POSSIBLE... OR YOU SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE.

IF YOU LOSE POWER AND PLAN ON RUNNING A GENERATOR... MAKE SURE THAT THE GENERATOR IS LOCATED OUTDOORS AND IS PROPERLY VENTILATED. SPACE HEATERS SHOULD ALSO BE PROPERLY VENTILATED AND USED ONLY IF THEY ARE OPERATING PROPERLY. MAKE SURE SNOW DOES NOT BLOCK EXHAUSTS AND FRESH AIR INTAKES FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACES AND WATER HEATERS.

Other Alerts in the Vicinity

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Safety

Frigid temperatures can cause your water and heating system piping to burst. If you have a boiler and radiator system, call a plumber and make sure you have the correct mixture of antifreeze and water in your system.

(1) Check to make sure all valves to your garden hose faucets are turned off inside the house. They sometimes freeze from the outside and if water is in the line, the piping can burst. 


(2)Do NOT turn down when you leave home. Exterior walls are especially subject to pipes freezing when it is below zero outside.


(3) If you do have a burst pipe, know where your water shut off is, so you can limit damages. Turn the water main supply OFF if you see water anywhere it should not be.


(4) If you have a water damage issue,act fast to help save your home ~Call SERVPRO of EASTERN NIAGARA COUNTY for help: 716-694-7776