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Weather warm up coming for Erie County

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Melting snow in Erie County A lawn in Erie County caused flooding in a basement SERVPRO was on the job.

With the warm weather back for the next week or so we can expect lots of flooding throughout Erie County. Once this snow melts a lot of us are going to see flooded basements, backyards, backed up drains and just water messes all around. Let SERVPRO help with any flooding or water  issues. With over 47 years in business water restoration is our specialty. whether it be a flooded basement, backed up sewage drain, or just a general cleaning,  give SERVPRO a call. Buffalo weather is so unpredictable, SERVPRO is always there to count on. SERVPRO carries industrial drying Equipment and can dry out any flooding caused due to melting snow or backed up drains.  While the weather is warm why not get your furnace ducts cleaned. We offer competitive pricing on all on residential and commercial duct cleaning. So give us a call and let SERVPRO make it like it never happens.

Tips on what to do if your pipes freeze

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe in Elma NY This is a frozen pipe at a home in Elma NY SERVPRO was called out to handle the water mitigation

Here in Erie county are winters can be brutal on our homes. freezing pipes are always a possibility and can be costly to repair.Here are some tips if this issue occurs in your home. Tip #1 A hairdryer doesn't always do the trick when it comes to frozen pipes.Sometimes heating cables are necessary to dethaw a frozen pipe.they are like long extension cords you wrap around your cold water pipes to keep them from freezing. Pipes can also freeze behind walls which can cause issues in the long run. It can lead to mold or removal of the wall itself in order to fix the problem. If an exterior wall is not properly insulated it can cause interior pipes to freeze. If these issues happen to you, give SERVPRO a call we're always here to help. another great tip is too leave your water drip just a little during the winter months. it will not impact your water bill too much and will save you costly repairs in the future

The Snow is Falling in Lancaster, NY

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

A snow covered parking lot with the SERVPRO techs walking to brush off the snow for the vans The lake effect machine is in full effect in West Seneca, NY and SERVPRO of East Erie County is ready to go!

The snow is falling! We live in a city where it looks magical. Looking out the window at a real snow globe or walking outside and you’re part of the snow globe.  Pretty white pristine snowflakes covering the world. So pretty.  I couldn’t imagine not living here in Buffalo.  Our seasons are truly beautiful.  But the beauty can cause damages and that’s no surprise to SERVPRO.  Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business.  Serving Western New York for over 46 years we know what’s in store.  Our crews brush off the snow and are ready to respond to daily jobs and emergency water/fire losses.  SERVPRO of East Erie is ready to brave the elements and respond to our jobs in Lancaster and West Seneca.

Do you know what the IICRC is?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

The logo of the IICRC An IICRC firm means your getting the best

What is the IICRC?  “The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry. Since starting in 1972, the IICRC has evolved into a global organization with more than 60,000 active Certified Technicians and more than 6,000 Certified Firms around the world.”

The IICRC establishes guidelines on the proper way to approach a loss situation.  It sets standards and certificates for cleaning, water damage, fire/soot cleaning, mold remediation, odor removal, carpet cleaning, trauma/biohazard situations and more. Not only our technicians are certified but SERVPRO is an IICRC certified firm.

SERVPRO of East Erie County is a leading provider of restoration services. The IICRC guidelines assure you receive the best restoration service in the industry when you call us at 716-656-7131

Reasons for House Fire Increases in Winter | SERVPRO® of East Erie

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Snow covered tree branches Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of East Erie County.  

While cold temperatures and early sunsets are the trademarks of winter, it is not all about coziness—winter also leads to more house fires than any other season.

While a house fire could occur to anyone at any time, being aware of the things that are riskier in the winter will give you an extra boost to your fire preparedness. We have compiled both some common house fire causes and prevention tips for you to keep in mind during the cooler weather.

Top Causes of Winter House Fires

An Increase in Cooking

Regardless of the time of year, cooking is the No. 1 cause of house fires in the United States. That being said, winter typically leads to an increase in baking, entertaining and large holiday meals, making cooking fires even more common this time of year.

The Risk of Heaters

While staying warm is important, practicing safe heating habits is, too. Heating is the second leading cause of winter firesbecause of how many unsafe heating practices are implored. Small, moveable heaters do not always turn off when tipped over, causing fires to break out. Additionally, practicing fireplace safety by using screens and moving flammable objects away from any flame can cut down on the number of fires that occur due to sparks.

Candles and Decorations

Candles and decorations tend to be used more commonly in the wintertime, both to take advantage of cozy winter scents and to celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, any time there is an open flame, there is an increased fire risk. Couple this with the fact that many winter decorations use flammable materials or have electronic components and it can easily lead to a home fire.

Tricks for Preventing Winter Fires

Practicing vigilant fire prevention is the best way to ensure you never have to utilize your knowledge during an active fire situation. These helpful tips can be used both in winter and at any time of year to help you reduce your risks:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.

Are You Prepared For a Pipe Break? SERVPRO of East Erie County is.

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe broke in the ceiling causing drywall to fall down and water leaking out A Nursing home in Lancaster suffered from a late night pie break. SERVPRO to the rescue

Cold temperatures are on the way and this means you must protect your business and home from frozen pipes.  It’s very common in Buffalo, New York and surrounding cities to experience arctic cold temperatures causing pipes to freeze.  This causes many challenges for businesses and for the residential community. The water in the pipes will freeze and expand, this will cause damage to the metal or plastic pipe causing it to burst.  The pipe will leak until you turn off the main water valve.  After that you will need to call SERVPRO and a plumber to start fixing the havoc it created.  The common areas for pipe breaks is in the attic or an exterior wall.  SERVPRO comes in to remove the standing water and sets up drying equipment to immediately prevent further damages.  After surveying the damage, SERVPRO might recommend removing carpeting, dry wall and insulation.  The age of the home must be checked to ensure that there is no hazardous materials in the structure before demo.  SERVPRO’s trained staff works fast and efficiently to minimize damage and down time of your business.  Should you experience and water damage from a pipe break, know you can contact SERVPRO of East Erie County 24/7/365 at 716-656-7131

Storm season tips for Erie County

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

broken pipe in Cheektowaga SERVPRO was called to a home in Cheektowaga for a broken pipe, clean up like new and another happy customer

Here in Erie County, SERVPRO knows our winters can be brutal. During this time of year its crucial to protect your home and business against the elements. Pipe bursts can happen due to freezing cold temperatures. Flooding is definitely a possible with our cold temps and pipe issues. A good rule of thump is to keep your heat at at least 62 degrees  if possible to avoid freezing. However if you should happen to have an issue with water in your home due to this issue, SERVPRO is always here to help. With our 24/7 service we are only a phone call away. We specialize in clean up and mitigation due to water , ice or the elements. Please be proactive to avoid any problems but if a problem should arise call SERVPRO to come make it like it never happened. Have a Happy Holiday Buffalo, and stay warm this season.

How to avoid costly house fire damage

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

House fire due to faulty electrical A home with faulty wiring is just a fire waiting to happen, please try to avoid any hazards that can cause a fire.

In the winter months we crank up our heat and close ourselves in in hopes of staying warm. But sometimes due to negligence and home issues fires can and will happen. Here are a few tips to help protect yourself and your home this season.

First make sure all electrical wires are not exposed frayed or deteriorated. this cause cause a fire and cost hundreds of thousands to repair. Second keep all portable heaters away from electrical wires and cloth that is flammable. They can melt cords and start certain flammable fabrics on fire. Also check ducts and vents for obstructions. Always keep your ducts and furnace maintained to avoid fires and or puff backs. Puff backs are caused by oil furnace malfunctions and should be checked regularly. SERVPRO specializes in fire clean up and restoration, and can help if any such situation should arise. So please be cautious and careful this winter season. Happy Holidays Buffalo, stay safe and warm

In this Business Timing Is Everything!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Orange house SERVPRO logo with a green background SERVPRO of East Erie County serving Depew, Lancaster, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Alden and surrounding areas.

Flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

Our IICRC certified technicians at SERVPRO of East Erie County is ready to provid emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — including all holidays!  We are there when disaster strikes! 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

SERVPRO of East Erie County is operated by the Sullivan family since 1972. Our staff is ready to help!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 at (716) 656-7131

Always have a backup plan!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

A parking lot with several SERVPRO vehicles ready to help SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

Did you know how big SERVPRO is?SERVPRO has STORM teams that travel all around the country to help out local franchises when storm or large loss events occur!  The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned large loss storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are always prepared and ready for the unpredictable.

The Disaster Recovery Team has responded to many tragic events in the United States.  The SERVPRO teams are equipment to handle large disasters with years of knowledge and training. 

Some of the losses SERVPRO has responded to: 

2019 Bahamas, 2018 Hurricanes, 2017 California wildfires, 2015 Carolina floods
2014 Polar Vortex, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2010 Nashville floods,
2007 Chicago floods, 2007 Ohio floods, 2006 Buffalo October Storm, 2005 Katrina