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Watertown Flooding? SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Watertown Flooding? SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster SERVPRO Suggests to All Watertown Area Homeowners--Make Sure You Have Flood Insurance Coverage

How to Get Fast Flood Removal Services for Your Watertown Home

Regardless of the season or time of year, Watertown residents understand that flooding is a distinct possibility that they should remain mindful to avoid. While you cannot change the weather patterns or their severity, there are steps and precautionary measures that can get taken to reduce the impact of these disasters on the property. Also, you can put a plan in place to contact professional disaster recovery technicians like ours whenever these emergencies occur that threaten your home.

Securing professional assistance for flood removal and other restoration for your Watertown home is vital in the earliest stages of exposure for your property. While you cannot prevent the occurrence entirely, our SERVPRO team can help by offering real-time mitigation solutions that can protect the things that matter the most to you. For this reason, the contents department of our team can earmark items for safe removal from your home to protect them from further damage.

Flood removal often refers to the extraction of flood water, and this is something that you should not attempt to do on your own. As a Category 3 loss incident, floodwaters can contain bacteria, chemicals, sewage, and other contaminants that can be hazardous to your health when exposed. Our professionals have gotten extensively trained in the use of personal protective equipment and have the tools to quickly extract this water from your home using truck-mounted pumps, gas-powered pumps, and extraction wands.

Debris removal and demolition is often another phase of this initial restoration, as it can help to provide a safe and clean environment for our technicians and anyone else that might enter the home once the work has begun. The efficient approach of our SERVPRO team is deliberate to ensure that you do not stay displaced from your home any longer than is necessary to restore the damage the flood has caused.

Recovering from a flood in your home is something that homeowners do not have the resources to do on their own. Our SERVPRO of Jefferson County rapid response team is standing by 24/7 to help amid the emergencies that could threaten your property. Give us a call at (315) 777-8377.

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Our Advanced Equipment And Techniques Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Fire Damaged Home In Watertown

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Advanced Equipment And Techniques Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Fire Damaged Home In Watertown It is common to experience bad odors in your property after a fire incident.

Why SERVPRO Relies On Advanced Techniques During Fire Damage Odor Removal In Watertown

It is common to experience bad odors in your property after a fire incident. The type or strength of the odor depends on the kind of materials consumed by the fire. Fires involving synthetic materials like plastics or natural ones such as proteins leave a bad stench all over the property, even in sections unaffected by the flames. We offer professional cleanup and deodorization services to restore your Watertown property to its preloss state. Our IICRC certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, utilize different techniques to achieve this.

The process of fire damage odor removal in Watertown involves different steps. Identifying the source of the odor is crucial before taking other steps because as long as the source is present, any other deodorization measure is not likely to work. Burnt residues produce most of the odor. Our SERVPRO technicians remove all unsalvageable materials from the house and clean salvageable ones eliminating most of the odor sources.

The smoke residues deposited in different parts of the house can prolong the presence of bad odor in the house after the blaze. Because heat opens up pores in materials and some of the particles of smoke residue are tiny, they reach deep into materials. The selected method of cleaning or deodorization must reach these residues to be effective. Our SERVPRO technicians are skilled in different deodorization procedures including fogging which allows the deodorizer in vapor form so that it can penetrate the material just like the smoke residues causing the odor.

Sometimes, the agents causing the odor might not be visible. This outcome is common in grease or protein fire. In such cases, cleaning the entire property helps remove all residues left on surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians focus attention close to the source of the fire first. In case of a grease fire, we do a thorough cleaning to the stove, vent hood, countertops, vent filter, cabinets, walls and ceilings in the kitchen. After finishing with the areas close to the source, we proceed to the rest of the house.

With help from SERVPRO of Jefferson County, it is easy to eliminate bad odors. You can reach us at (315) 777-8377 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO, Fort Drum Fire Damage, and Your Insurance Adjuster

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO, Fort Drum Fire Damage, and Your Insurance Adjuster Fort Drum Properties, Fire Insurance, and SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Insurance Claims to Pay for Fire Recovery in Fort Drum Homes

Whenever your Fort Drum home suffers a fire, you want to get the situation resolved as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there are hoops that you must jump through to obtain the approval of the home insurance claims that you might file in a situation like this. However, there are easier ways to obtain the necessary documentation and evidence that your adjuster requires to process the claim to get restoration and cleanup started on your property quickly.

From the moment that the first responders have left your Fort Drum property, you get your first look at the fire damage from a distance. While your first instinct might be to contact your insurance company directly, it might be more beneficial for you to reach out to our SERVPRO team before that. NO, IT IS NOT!  Get your insurance adjuster on the scene with a phone call. We can arrive quickly after you call with the tools and personnel to perform a thorough assessment of the damage to your home and catalog these damages for use in determining an estimated cost for restoration.

Our SERVPRO estimator can take photographs of damaged areas of your home to collect with the documentation to show evidence of the extent of the fire effects throughout your house. As you have already contacted our restoration team to begin this vital assessment of the property, we can begin mitigation work at this time to protect your home and its contents from further damage before the full restoration costs get approved by your insurance provider. The caveat here is if you sign off on the work order. We often communicate and coordinate with your adjuster prior to beginning the cleanup and restoration.

We work closely with the major and local insurance companies servicing our area to provide our customers with a seamless transition between our mitigation steps and the full restoration of their fire-damaged properties.

While you might not expect a disaster like fire to affect your home, you can help to ensure that the restoration process happens quickly by calling our SERVPRO of Jefferson County rapid response team right away. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (315) 777-8377.

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SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fort Drum Home After A Fire

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fort Drum Home After A Fire SERVPRO experts can ellimniate fire odors after you suffer a fire.

How Smoke Odor Spreads Through Fort Drum Homes

While many homeowners might find themselves preoccupied with the state of their Fort Drum home after a fire, the other effects that you cannot readily see can be equally problematic. Odors from a fire are often among the hardest to remove, and why it takes specialized equipment and specific training for qualified professionals like ours to eliminate permanently. Smoke odors cannot get concealed with a stronger smell, as it often gets embedded into materials, fabrics, and the air.

Fire odor damage can spread quickly throughout your Fort Drum home both during and in the days after a fire. This odor can move far beyond the combustion areas to provide a challenge for homeowners still living in the home to endure. Many fire damage situations are small and localized, but overcoming this noxious odor then becomes a priority for those still exposed to the harsh scent every day.

The smoke from a fire can spread throughout your home through many different avenues. Often the HVAC system plays the most significant role in moving this odor from one location in the house to another, but this also posits residue, soot, and debris inside of the ductwork in between all of these areas. Our experienced SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to effectively remove buildup and sediment from the ductwork to help this system slow its spread of the odor.

Our industry-leading equipment such as our thermal foggers release a dense chemical compound and can help to deodorize open areas of your property and break apart foul odor molecules on contact. This equipment is also safe to use on softer materials and textiles throughout the property, making it an excellent choice to deodorize carpeting, clothing, drapes, furniture, and other structural elements.

Overcoming fire damage odors in your home is not something that homeowners can do on their own. Our SERVPRO of Jefferson County rapid response team has advanced technology to remove smoke and fire odors, along with the residue and damage that they cause quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (315) 777-8377.

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Have You Ever Wondered if You Could Prevent Frozen Pipes in Waretown Homes?

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Have You Ever Wondered if You Could Prevent Frozen Pipes in Waretown Homes? When frozen pipes burst, water damage can result. Contact our team at SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Identifying Frozen or Freezing Pipes in Watertown Homes

As a Watertown homeowner, you can appreciate the threats to your property when the winter months set in and temperatures drop significantly. Freezing water pipes can pose damaging situations for your house if not addressed in time, and part of that fast reaction to the situation revolves around you understanding when this potential problem exists. Knowing what to look for and when can help to limit the damage to your property when a water line bursts inside your house.

If you have already had a pipe burst in your Watertown residence before, you can appreciate the need for a fast response to get professionals there immediately to begin the water removal process. The more materials that become exposed to the spreading water, the more potential tear out and reconstruction that can become required. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to the situation, as we are a team of experienced professionals available to our customers 24 hours a day.

Identifying problems with the pipes before ice damming and over-pressurization allows for bursting and splitting can be critical for any homeowner in the area. The problem is, many homeowners do not know that they have under-insulated areas of their indoor plumbing without them freezing first. On especially cold evenings and days throughout the winter months, visual inspections of exposed pipes can help to show which points show crystallization which can indicate the onset of freezing water inside.

Another method for identifying a problem is a noticeable drop in water pressure, or a foul odor emanating from the drains. You can reduce the present pressure to blockage by shutting off the main supply valve to your home and working quickly to thaw out the affected areas of the pipe.

Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at an emergency break, we can work to remove the excess water and begin drying the area quickly. We can also take this opportunity to identify potential problem areas with the plumbing to prevent future breaks.

Freezing pipes are an ever-present threat for area homeowners throughout the winter. While identifying the issues early can save damaged plumbing, our SERVPRO of Jefferson County water restoration specialists can work quickly to preserve your property once a break occurs. Give us a call today at (315) 777-8377.

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Watertown Property Owners Can Count on SERVPRO for Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Watertown Property Owners Can Count on SERVPRO for Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration Watertown Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Protecting Plumbing While You Are Away from Watertown for the Winter

The winter and even early spring can bring about severe temperature drops. Remaining mindful of the effects of freezing temperatures can help to protect your home and its belongings from substantial damage when pipes that get exposed burst. Worse than this, many homeowners are far away from their properties during the long winter months, leaving them unaware of damages that could occur when at risk plumbing components dam up, build pressure, and disconnect or burst.

While no one wants to pay someone to periodically monitor their property for any sign of danger, there are ways that you can keep your Watertown property from widespread water damages while you are away from your home for the season. Neighbors and relatives can check on your house at regular intervals to ensure that they do not notice anything out of place. Your municipality can also help you by shutting off your water to the house while you are away, allowing you to drain the lines and prevent the possibility of plumbing damages.

If water damage does get discovered at this time, it does not mean that your time away in likely warmer weather has to come to a halt. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24 hours a day to offer effective mitigation and restoration solutions for customers in our area. Even without you being at home, upon formal agreement, we can get to work quickly on restoring your home and could have it back to its original condition before you even return from your extended travels to warmer climates for the winter months.

Our SERVPRO trained technicians utilize state-of-the-art equipment to monitor moisture levels in wall cavities, flooring, and in ceilings that are hidden from view. We employ FLIR camera thermal imaging, moisture meters, and sensors for this purpose. This identification helps to direct our fast-drying equipment like heated air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent the need for demolition. Our goal is always to preserve and restore, and not remove and replace.
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Disasters can happen at any time, even when you are miles and miles away from home. Our SERVPRO of Jefferson County rapid response team can help with effective solutions that can restore your home fast, "Like it never even happened."We are available 24/7 by calling (315) 777-8377.

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Smoke and soot cleanup

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and soot cleanup Soot on a tongue and groove ceiling during cleaning

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Jefferson County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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How To Inspect for a Shower Leak

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Inspect for a Shower Leak Discovering a bathtub leak early in your Watertown,NY home can save time and money

4 Steps Home Inspectors Take to Look for Bathtub and Shower Leaks


When buying or renting a home in Watertown,NY, don’t forget to inspect for a bathtub leak. Spending the time to do a thorough check of the home for water damage can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. From tiled showers to enclosed shower bathtub units, many of the ways to check for leaks are similar. Here are four simple steps home inspectors take to look for bathtub and shower leaks.

  1. Check surrounding areas for water damage. Stained baseboards or ceilings, rusted tacks holding down carpet or loose bathroom floor tiles are all indicators of a shower pan leak. Another quick trick is to push a finger into the baseboards or surrounding grout to feel for any give. Ideally, they should be hard, nonporous surfaces and provide no movement.

  2. Examine crawl spaces beneath bathrooms. If your house has a crawl space or basement, be sure to look for black wood dripping with water, as that is a sure sign of a bathtub leak.

  3. Let your suspicious nature run free. An old pan, a fresh coat of paint, or an unused shower could all be signs of a leak that may not have been properly sealed. Note the age of the home and consult with the owner to find out the last time the shower pan was replaced.

  4. Inspect a tiled shower stall. A loose threshold into the shower can be a sign of a shower pan leak. Vertical or horizontal cracks in the tiled wall or tile separating from the wall can lead to leaks due to water spraying from the showerhead directly into the cracks.

Water damage in your home can be frustrating and costly. Your local water damage repair and restoration specialist can help you get your home back to normal. Discovering a bathtub leak early can save you time, money, and hassle.

Commercial Buildings Need Protection After a Fire

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Commercial Buildings Need Protection After a Fire Commercial building fire damage in Adams,NY

Before the fire, the building was the center of a thriving business. It was alive during the day, and there was an active security presence during the off hours. Then came the fire. Today, the building is dark and an invitation to the kind of trouble that a security fence could prevent.

Unsecured, Unoccupied Buildings Invite Trouble

Your commercial insurance company will help with the costs related to the fire. However, with an unsecured building in Adams,NY, you can’t expect them to help with the costs of

  • Theft.
  • Vandalism.
  • Damage caused by squatters and other unauthorized occupants.

You need to secure the building by installing a security fence. Your insurance company may even help with the cost of the fence as part of the settlement. Speak to your adjuster and see what is possible. Your fire restoration specialists can help arrange for its installation.

Unsecured, Unoccupied Buildings Invite Accidents
Unoccupied buildings are magnets for children and teenagers. They don’t necessarily mean any harm, but their curiosity gets the best of them. An unoccupied, burned building is especially dangerous. If there is an accident and a someone is injured, you have a serious liability problem. Without a fence, a judge might rule that you did not try hard enough to keep unwanted trespassers out.

Unsecured, Unoccupied Buildings Invite Squatters, Homeless or Drug Dens
If trespassers move in, the risks are substantially higher. The possibility of another fire is also substantially higher because they may light fires for heat or cooking. You don’t want this type of settlement or the problems they bring to your commercial property.

Install a Security Fence for Your Peace of Mind
You’ve already had the fire. You don’t need any of these other problems. Install the fence, and you will never wonder what’s going on in your building. Of course, there are always people who will find a way to get in, but at least you made a bona fide effort to secure the property.

Top 3 Benefits of Completing a Commercial Mold Inspection

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top 3 Benefits of Completing a Commercial Mold Inspection Mold on commercial wall in Carthage,NY

Mold Inspection

Because buying property is a serious financial investment, you should complete a thorough building inspection before purchasing any commercial building in Carthage,NY. An extensive property evaluation may help you identify a variety of potential issues, but some problems, such as mold damage, may be well hidden and difficult to discern. For this reason, incorporating a professional mold inspection into your building assessment may help you better gauge the overall health of the property.

1. Identifying Moisture Concerns

Moisture is a key ingredient for mold growth. A mold inspector can help you detect both moisture concerns and areas possibly susceptible to mold problems. Examples of potential areas of concern may include the following:

  • Roof flaws that may result in leaks
  • Leaking pipes
  • Foundation cracks that may allow water seepage
  • Cold zones prone to condensation buildup

2. Recognizing Signs of Water Damage

Mold is also adept at hiding behind walls and under flooring. To help prevent mold contamination, saturated building materials such as carpets, drywall and insulation should be promptly removed and replaced after a flood or significant leak. Completing a mold inspection may help you recognize signs of past water damage that may not have been properly addressed:

  • Stained ceilings and walls
  • Corrosion or rust around pipes
  • Warped or buckling floors
  • Presence of a musty odor

To detect hidden mold, the mold inspector can use specialized tools to investigate behind walls and other problematic areas without causing structural damage to the building.

3. Conducting Specific Mold Tests

Conducting mold tests can also help the inspector identify the presence of significant mold growth. Air testing can, for example, identify specific types of airborne contaminants, while surface testing can help you evaluate any visible mold you encounter.

Many business owners may not be eager to purchase a building that has a mold problem requiring extensive mold remediation. Completing a mold inspection on a prospective property can help you identify hidden mold as well as areas susceptible to mold growth, which may help you determine if the property is a wise financial investment.