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Basics of Cleaning For a Successful Fire Damage Restoration Experience in Dunkirk

5/12/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Performs Detailed Fire Damage Cleanup Procedures in Dunkirk

Cleaning your property after a fire damage incident may appear easy, but this is not always true. Several cleaning elements should be considered for the cleaning job to be effective. At the same, we have to consider the type of surface we are cleaning when choosing the cleaning procedure to remove the smoke particles.

Our SERVPRO technicians undergo the necessary training to help them perform appropriate fire damage cleanup procedures in Dunkirk. For instance, some surfaces may require more agitation than others. When you do not have the required cleaning basics, you might damage items or surfaces that could have been easily salvaged using the right restoration techniques.

The following are the main elements that we consider when cleaning your fire-damaged property:

  • The temperature of the cleaning solution
  • Level of agitation
  • Cleaning time
  • Desired chemical action

By increasing the temperature of the cleaning solution, the molecules move faster, and the reaction between the soil and smoke particles increases. Despite that being the case, there is a temperature limit where each cleaning product is effective and safe. Our SERVPRO technicians always perform pretests and observe the label directions.

We may introduce agitation to break the bond between the smoke particles and the surface we are cleaning. Agitation can be introduced through sandblasting, wiping, water pressure, scrubbing, and rotating brushes. We choose the agitation procedures selectively since one can be effective on a certain surface and fail to work on another.

Cleaning solutions can be acidic or alkaline in nature, and when used, they initiate different chemical actions. The goal is to dissolve the soil and make wiping or washing from affected surfaces or items easy. We are always keen on their dwell time to ensure the needed chemical actions and dissolving happens.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia strives to make it "Like it never even happened" after a fire, mold, storm, or water damage incident. Call (716) 952-6401 for a stress-free fire damage cleanup experience.

The Real Impact Dunkirk Homes Endure from Water Damage

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Dunkirk Homeowners Manage Water Restoration

You may be afraid of water leaks because of the inconveniences you face after an incident and the work you must put into drying materials. What you may not pay attention to is the effect the heightened moisture levels and other aspects of water damage may have on your Dunkirk property. Professionals better understand how water interacts with building materials and household contents, thus developing a response plan that addresses the obvious and hidden issues.

When Dunkirk homeowners address water damage, fixing immediate problems is the priority. On the other hand, professionals consider the overall outcome of the process from the beginning. Therefore, while a homeowner may be surprised to discover an unpleasant smell while concluding the restoration, SERVPRO crews anticipate such an outcome and incorporate deodorization procedures from the beginning of the exercise.

Commonly Hidden Problems of Water Damage

  • Weakened structural supports
  • Mold development
  • Swelling, warping, and other physical form changes
  • Utility damage

Slow leaks may seem negligible since they do not leave large swathes of the property wet. However, such leaks are insidious and can cause unprecedented damage to the home. A slow leak near a truss or ceiling frame allows the wood to absorb moisture to the core. The wood later rots, losing its structural integrity. You might not notice the minor leak until the weight of the surrounding materials leads to a cave-in. However, some mild signs can alert you of the problem. For instance, ceiling discoloration indicates a moisture spike in the area. Our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified technicians can help you confirm the level of damage after you notice the mild signs by probing the area with penetrative moisture meters or thermal cameras.

Permanent Inconveniences

Walking around wet patches or keeping away from some rooms until they are dried is a significant inconvenience. However, it cannot compare to tripping over raised floor sections or leaving doors ajar because they can no longer fit into the trim. When solid wood materials such as floorboards or door trim absorb moisture, they tend to swell. Wooden floorboards buckle when they absorb significant moisture and swell since there is no room at the joints for expansion. If dried properly, they should regain their original state leaving no trace of damage. However, if the drying process is not properly controlled, the change is permanent and can only be addressed by stripping the floor and replacing the boards.

Other Permanent Changes

  • Carpet delamination
  • Loss of insulation R-value
  • Diminished indoor air quality

Water damage can interfere with the utilities in your house in unexpected ways. If the water leaks into power outlets or lighting fixtures, they can cease to work or electrocute anyone who uses them. Water can also intrude on HVAC ducts leading to mold development, which would severely compromise the house's indoor air quality. Depending on the source of the leak, our SERVPRO technicians inspect various utilities to establish any effect that the leak might have had on them and find viable solutions. For instance, if there is water in the ducts, we extract moisture and then clean and dry them to prevent microbial growth.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia works diligently to ensure the water damage does not leave a permanent mark on your home. You can reach us at (716) 952-6401 when you need assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Addressing Dangers in Dunkirk Properties after Fire Damage

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Safeguards Dunkirk Homes with Fire Damage

The hazardous nature of fire is not debatable since the heat and smoke it emits cause immediate harm to anyone in the vicinity. What might not be clear is the risk level after extinguishing the fire in your Dunkirk home. For most people, the deterioration of valuables from fire damage is the primary concern since it limits the usage of the property. However, paying attention to the safety risks posed by the incident is essential for a convenient recovery.

Several changes develop in your Dunkirk home after fire damage, and some might extend the risk after the fire department deals with the flames. The extreme heat creates extreme pressure that shatters glass. The flames might also consume building materials such as frames, causing cave-ins when a material cannot sustain the weight of overlying materials. Before embarking on restoration, our SERVPRO technicians first evaluate the property to establish whether there are any risks.

Hazards Developing from Fire

  • Sharp objects
  • Falling objects
  • Corrosion and staining
  • Particulate matter in the air

Sharp objects can range from shattered glass, dangling nails, or broken structural materials. The danger from these materials is compounded by minimal light in the property, where lighting fixtures are turned off, and soot-darkened surfaces do not reflect natural light well enough. Our SERVPRO crews set up portable lights in the damaged areas providing sufficient light to identify hazardous materials. Wobble or stand lights are suitable since they are readily deployable. The wobble light provides a flood of lighting from a single point. On the other hand, stand lights provide directional lighting. We also wear personal protective equipment like rubber boots and heavy-duty gloves to safely reach and remove sharp objects.

Changed Materials

As the fire interacts with the materials and contents in your house, it causes changes in physical form. The most notable difference is when combustion consumes materials releasing fine particles like soot and ash or aerosols. Some materials may escape from the structure as smoke billows out. Others settle on vertical and horizontal surfaces. However, a significant percentage remain suspended in the air posing risks if inhaled.

Managing the particulate matter in the air is a challenging prospect. Simple methods such as pushing the polluted air out of the property through ventilation may be counterproductive. The force of moving air would collect the residues settled on surfaces distributing them around the property and the air. A better alternative is air purification after cleaning all the soiled contents and surface materials in the house. Purification requires an air filtration device that moves and filters air simultaneously.

Crucial Parts of an Air Filtration Device

During air filtration, proper management is crucial to remove all the targeted residues and achieve the desired goals. For instance, the filters require close monitoring to ensure you know when to replace them. Some devices have an onboard device that checks the filter condition automatically and produces a warning sign when change is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians can do such monitoring manually using an anemometer. We also take precautions such as sealing the machine's intake before turning off the device to prevent spreading the captured residues.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, can help you overcome any challenges from fire damage. Call us at (716) 952-6401. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Restoring Dunkirk Homes after Mold Damage Incidents

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Dunkirk Homeowners Ease Mold Restoration

Any house can develop mold colonies at any time. Many breakouts are easy to control by making a few changes, such as removing wet contents, regulating temperature, and airing the affected rooms. Sometimes, the action you take does not seem to change anything, and that is when you realize the mold has become a problem. Finding a definitive way to remediate the mold damage is essential to restoring preloss conditions to your Dunkirk home.

Even if it is the first time your Dunkirk home develops mold damage, you can establish whether the problem is severe by considering the signs it exhibits. Hence, you can take corrective action in good time rather than wasting effort on trial and error solutions. A seasoned restoration team like SERVPRO can help because we understand mold development processes clearly.

Indicators of a severe problem

  • Indoor air quality is compromised
  • Structural materials developing rot-like deterioration
  • Mold spreading within concealed areas

Mold emits a musty odor and releases particulate matter into the air when any abrasive force disturbs the colonies. If the contamination is significant, the released materials can compromise the indoor air quality. Limited contamination can also lead to the same outcome if it affects the HVAC air ducts. Either way, you need to take remedial action. Special skills are necessary when the problem affects the ventilation systems, while significant resources are essential if the colonies have spread over vast areas of the property. SERVPRO helps with both aspects since we have certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians who understand mold problems well. We also have sufficient equipment varieties, including special vacuum cleaners for extracting residues from air ducts.

Material Deterioration After a Mold Infestation

Mold develops in at least four stages, including sporulation and hyphal growth. Catching the infestation at your home in the early stages simplifies remediation since you can easily wipe it off surfaces with relative ease. However, if it progresses to the hyphal stage, it burrows deep into organic materials as it consumes nutrients. The resulting deterioration is similar to rot, leading to loss of structural integrity.

Solutions that counter severe contamination

  • Controlled demolition to remove materials
  • Standard and specialized cleaning
  • Humidity control and air purification

Porous and semi-porous materials bear the brunt when mold contaminates a property. Porous materials include things like carpets, pads, and drywall. Removal is the best solution to tackle contamination affecting such materials. Semi-porous materials may consist of frames and hardwood floorboards. Demolishing the affected areas helps remove and replace heavily deteriorated materials. You should do such demolition in a controlled manner to avoid unnecessary problems. Our SERVPRO crews set up containment barriers, establish negative air pressure and use precision cutting tools to facilitate such demolition. We strongly suggest against DIY demolition regarding mold damage removal.

Cleaning the masses of moldy colonies and residues in your house is essential to defeating a mold problem. Since mold thrives in wet conditions, cleaning that does not involve water is preferable. Options such as vacuuming, wire-brushing, and damp wiping surfaces with antimicrobial products are usually sufficient. Our SERVPRO technicians use soda or dry ice blasting for challenging areas such as unfinished surfaces to improve the outcomes. The two methods drive pellets at high air pressure against a surface. The force disintegrates the pellets (bicarbonate of soda), creating the necessary agitation force to remove the colonies. Dry ice pellets sublimate from a solid to a gaseous state. Thus no cleanup of the medium or moisture is required.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia responds to any case of mold damage making it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (716) 952-6401.

Flood and Water Removal from Storm-Damaged Dunkirk Homes

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Water Removal Steps After Flooding

Water can be one of the most threatening concerns in the house after flooding. This rush of water and debris can coat several areas of the property, requiring direct and focused efforts to extract and dry. Removing this water requires several tools from our inventory capable of managing high volumes of liquid over a short period.

Effective water removal for Dunkirk homes after flooding relies most directly on the fast response of our SERVPRO team. With the 24/7 availability of our experienced and certified professionals, we can arrive fast to help with the mitigation and emergency services necessary to protect your property. These efforts might include:

  • Extraction
  • Drying
  • Decontamination
  • Content Cleaning

Removing the Present Floodwater

Floodwater is often most threatening to your home when it is pooling in certain rooms of the house. Several inches or feet of standing water can destroy exposed materials and contents, making extraction one of the keys to effective mitigation. Thorough cleaning is only possible by eliminating surface water concerns with debris-capable pumps and vacuums.

We will also need to remove most of the water from installations like carpet and padding, even if these materials are getting removed. With the threat of contamination, we must remove many flooring materials. Removing water ensures this process is faster and less laborious.

Effective Drying Solutions

Water removal also refers to any of our SERVPRO team's actions to eliminate moisture trapped in wet materials. While some porous elements must be cut out and removed from the structure, adjacent rooms might be contending with excessive moisture that impacts materials indirectly. Air movers and dehumidifiers work together to complete needed water removal in damp rooms in the house.

Storms can devastate Dunkirk area homes, introducing devastating floodwater and contaminants to your property. As leading restoration professionals, we have effective water removal and cleanup strategies to get life back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia for help at (716) 952-6401.

How SERVPRO Clears Surface Water Threats in Dunkirk Warehouses

3/14/2023 (Permalink)

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Extraction Solutions for Fast Water Removal

There is no mistaking the urgency of helping your business when it faces standing water concerns. Pooling can spread quickly through the building, impacting wares and slowing down production dramatically. We offer rapid mitigation solutions to extract surface water with various helpful tools.

The Fastest Water Extraction Solutions 

Water removal from your Dunkirk warehouse involves many tools and machines from our inventory. In Large Loss applications, we must utilize all these instruments to manage standing water as rapidly as possible. Options include:

  • Truck-Mount Extractors – Deep extraction is a considerable concern in your warehouse because water can continually migrate to new areas without direct action to begin removal or containment. Engine-driven pumps are the most powerful, extracting hundreds of gallons per minute.
  • Trash Pumps and Vacuums – Truck-mount units, while powerful, cannot remove the standing water concerns throughout the warehouse. Pumps and vacuums become critical in managing the lingering surface water that could threaten wares and inventory. 
  • Squeegee Wands – Concrete flooring common to warehouses like yours benefit from using wet vacuum attachments like squeegee wands. These tools corral water to the wand’s center to be vacuumed up. 

Overcoming the Effects of Water Damage 

Water damage effects can be a challenging obstacle for our restoration professionals when a sizable portion of your business has become impacted. Clearing surface water can be the place to begin, but our SERVPRO professionals must also provide solutions for surface drying, mold prevention, and necessary repairs.

Your warehouse can quickly be overwhelmed by standing water threats. We have rapid extraction solutions to protect the wares and inventory to get you back to business as usual. Call SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia for efficient water restoration at (716) 952-6401.

Act Fast When a Leaking Look is Causing Water Damage to Your Dunkirk Home

2/12/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Fix All Water Damage Issues in Dunkirk

Whenever your home suffers water damage, it is important to act fast. More damage is likely to occur if you wait longer before addressing the issue – which may make the restoration process more expensive. Once you get in touch with our technicians, we can respond quickly and restore your property to its former state.

Our SERVPRO technicians can assess and restore all water damage incidents in your Dunkirk Home. For instance, if your home has a leaking roof, several problems can arise when the water seeps into the structure. Expect some of the following challenges whenever your roof leaks:

  • Mold growth: Mold spores are always suspended in the air, and they start to grow whenever they land on a moist surface. When your roof leaks, it provides the perfect conditions for them to grow.
  • Damage to electrical and insulation systems: Your attic's insulation can suffer considerable damage when it comes into contact with the water. As time goes by, it becomes less effective and exposes your electrical systems to possible damage. It may eventually lead to a fire hazard or increased energy costs if not addressed.
  • Walls and ceilings damaged: Seeping water will likely reach the paint, plaster, and drywall on the ceiling and walls. If not addressed as soon as possible, it may lead to structural damage, peeling paint, and nasty stains.
  • Weakened structures: When wood and rafters get exposed to water for prolonged periods, they may weaken and interfere with your building's structural integrity. In instances of extensive water damage, the ceiling can even collapse.

Our SERVPRO technicians have attended to such incidents before and have the technology and experience to restore your home to its preloss condition. For example, when addressing the mold menace, we use negative air machines to create a negative air pressure to isolate the contaminated region. Using air scrubbers can also prevent mold spores from spreading to uncontaminated parts of the building.

Do not let mold or water damage stress you when SERVPRO of Dunkirk is there to help. Call us at (716) 952-6401 at any time of the day and allow us to fix the issue. Remember that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and highly rated in the region.

Contact Qualified Contractors for Mold Remediation in Your Dunkirk Home

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation in Dunkirk Demands SERVPRO's Help

Just like water, fire, and storms are capable of causing catastrophic damage to homes; mold can cause the homeowner to cringe. It may cause a house's structural deterioration or destroy its aesthetic appeal. Mold is not easily detected, but its effects on your home could be long-lasting. 

Mold remediation is challenging for you to carry out because you leave traces behind, which can cause it to sprout again after a short while. To avoid this, call SERVPRO immediately to perform mold remediation in your Dunkirk residence. We are a team of professional restorers who have undergone training to deal with various damage situations. We offer AMRT technicians.

SERVPRO's processes abide by the environmental protection agency (EPA) guidelines. It is common for people to use bleach to fight mold, but since EPA disapproves of that, its effectiveness is questionable. The water contained in this disinfectant can fuel fungal proliferation. Our general remediation process is as follows, even though it varies slightly from one worksite to another:

  • Ventilation and containment
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Fixing the source of the fungi
  • Encapsulating the mold

Setting up containment and ventilation systems is usually the first and the most critical step. SERVPRO uses air filtration devices like air scrubbers and ventilators that help ensure the mold spores we disturb in our work and make airborne don't spread to the unaffected areas.

The step that starts off the actual remediation is the one involving cleaning and disinfecting. Our SERVPRO team can go through the affected structures and materials to determine which ones are salvageable or damaged beyond repair. After we have cleaned and disinfected the house, we apply various biocides, fungicides, or mildewcides to ensure the remaining mold spores have been killed.

To get yourself out of a mold damage incident, contact SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, at (716) 952-6401. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Preventing Fire Damage Over Christmas in Dunkirk

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

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House fires are more common during the winter months. We break out the space heaters, light the fireplaces and bring in the Christmas Tree. This extra burden on electrical and heating systems during the winter can increase the risk of a house fire. Preventing these situations relies on common sense and attention to detail. Making sure the dry Christmas tree is away from heaters or fireplaces and the decorative lights are switched off when everyone goes to bed is an example of common-sense fire safety. However, accidents do happen. 

We provide:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Fire debris removal
  • Fire cleanup

House fires often occur at night, which makes early intervention difficult and usually requires the fire department to put out. Once the initial flames are extinguished, using a fire restoration company in Dunkirk can help remove debris and return your home to its original condition. 

What Happens to Household Materials in High Temperatures

House fires expose materials to temperatures between 1500 and 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Light materials like dry wood, organic textiles, draperies, and paper can burn to ashes. Treated woods often have fire resistance due to finish, varnish, or lacquer and the material's natural moisture- typically around 12%. Metals are resilient against the temperatures common in home fires, while double-glazed glass windows may survive depending on the proximity to the source of ignition.

Understanding what materials can be salvaged and what materials require replacement can be fundamental to quick and efficient restoration. Hardwoods, for example, are typically expensive and time-consuming to replace. It's also common for these materials to have natural and synthetic resistance to high temperatures. They are prime candidates for restoration rather than replacement because charred surfaces can be sanded, and clean surfaces can be semi-refinished with wood creme paste. Equally, appliances can be refinished fairly easily using detergent solutions and polish, providing there is no mechanical damage.


  • Arrange for dumpster trucks to remove larger debris and sweep, wash or vacuum ash.
  • Restore hardwoods with cosmetic damages from exposure to high temperatures or flames.
  • Return appliances to their preloss condition using solvents and chemical agents. 

For a quick resolution to a winter emergency, contact SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, for fire damage restoration at (716) 952-6401.

Flood Damage Restoration for Your Dunkirk Home

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Count on SERVPRO to Restore Your Flood Damaged Property in Dunkirk

The aftermath of a heavy storm and flooding can be overwhelming, significantly if it has affected your home. At SERVPRO, we understand that this time is stressful. This is why we strive to help you restore your property while going over everything so you can feel more assured.

In areas of heavy rainfall, rainwater often contributes to flooding damage in your Dunkirk home. Heavy downpours can cause water to seep into foundations and walls, causing various issues like decay and structural problems. We must move quickly to mitigate the damage, which is why at SERVPRO, our trained technicians waste no time arriving at your home. 

Our Process for Taking Care of Flood Damage

  • Inspection – We need to evaluate the damage. SERVPRO professionals then determine if there are any safety risks before we remove any salvageable possessions and furniture and separate ones that are beyond repair.
  • Water Extraction – Next, work to mitigate the damage by quickly removing any standing water. After the water is removed, we check for wet spots on floors, walls, and ceilings.
  • Control of Damage and Drying – Air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and wood floor drying equipment are used to dry your property. We monitor the area until all moisture is eliminated.
  • Reassessment – Once your property is dry, our technicians inspect your home again to ensure no hidden moisture.
  • Reconstruction – A reconstruction crew will be called to repair any structural damage.

When severe storms intrude on your home, they can create a lot of damage, but we work quickly to restore your home and its contents so that no additional damage is done. Reach out to SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, anytime at (716) 952-6401, so we can return your home to its usual condition “Like it never even happened.”