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Storm watch in WNY

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

a sun shining in the blue sky Please be safe and remember to stay hydrated in this extreme heat.

With these scorching high temperatures we can expect some severe rain and possible winds over the next week. Please remember to keep cool and hydrated. Please keep an eye on your animals, dogs especially have difficulty cooling down. If you start to notice your dogs panting or drooling, these are signs of heat stoke. Please make sure to keep your pets inside where it is cooler and shadier. If you take them out try to do so early in the morning or when the sun is going down. Children also get hotter 3 to 4 times quicker then adults so a rule of thumb to follow when dressing babies for the hot weather is: also put one less layer of clothing on them as you do yourself. There is nothing wrong with a diaper and nothing else when it comes to the scorching heat. Keep your baby cool and hydrated so to keep their core temperature down and avoid heat stroke and other serious conditions.

Flooding tips for your basement

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

sump pump in the floor of a cement basement Having a sump pump properly maintained can save you a big expense in the long run.

Sometimes in bad weather conditions it can cause your basement to flood. If this happens here are some probable causes for the flooding.

  • Surface inflow, or overland flooding. During periods of heavy rain or stormy weather, surface water may gather up  around the house, or accumulate on hard surfaces such as driveways or roads adjacent to a home. During extreme weather conditions, this water can flow into your home.  Being in Close proximity to a natural stream or road-side ditch can also present a risk. Proper grading on your property will reduce the risk of surface water getting into your home.
  • Foundation drainage issuesHomes usually have some form of a drainage system built around them. This helps promote the movement of water away from the basement and helps keep your foundation from leaking. However if there are cracked in your foundation it can cause major leaking and basement issues such as mold.
  • If your basement is equipped with a sump pump it can mean that the foundation drainage system of your home requires some assistance to keep up with the groundwater around it. Sump pumps, when working properly and properly maintained, can safely pump excess water above the foundation and away from your home. Ideally, this water should be routed to the lawn or storm sewer. If the pumps cannot keep up, or fails to operate (perhaps due to a power failure, or malfunction), the groundwater level around the foundation can rise to the point that it fills up and pours out onto the basement floor.

Grille safety tips.

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

grill in the backyard with food cooking on it Outdoor grills can be very dangerous. Please maintain grill safety at all times this summer.

The summer is finally here and with the world facing a pandemic, more and more people are staying home. That means more cookouts and backyard get-togethers. Here are some helpful safety tips when grilling outside.

First always keep your gas grill away from anything flammable. Propane tanks can leak risking fire . one way to check for leaks is to make a solution of half water and half dish soap. pout over nozzle and if it starts to bubble you may have a possible leak.

Second, always keep your grill clean. A dirty grill risks grease fires, as well as risk of burning yourself on old food stuck to the grill.

Third, keep grille at least 10 feet away from all structures, including houses gazebos, swings, chairs tables, etc. these are just a couple things to keep in mind while grilling outside. If for any reason you do experience any issue that result in fire damage, please give us a call. We can make it "Like it never even happened."

What to do in case of lightning strikes

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning striking down to the ground Lightning can be dangerous and scary. It is one of natures most beautiful and dangerous phenomenons Please be careful and safe.

If your house ever gets struck by lightening here's what you  should you do:

  1. First, make sure everyone is okay, that is the most important thing. If you see fire or smell smoke, evacuate your home immediately.
  2. Call 911 or the fire department and tell them your home was struck by lightning. There might be damage that is not visible to the naked eye..
  3. The fire department will come out to your property and assess the area for damage, including using thermal imaging cameras to search inside walls for heat that could or already has started a fire. It is very important you get someone out immediately.
  4. Once your home is cleared and found to be safe, you will be able to return to your home.
  5. If your house dose suffer any damage call your insurance company and explain what happened.
  6. If there is smoke or fire remediation required, make sure you call a company that specializes in that sort of cleanup.

Firework time is here!

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

fireworks going off in the sky Be safe this year with your festivities. I know its hard seeing as we were all in quarantine, but please be responsible.

As the summer begins and people are re entering the world again after the pandemic, we have to keep in mind to still stay safe. Now that firework time is here , there are a few tips to stay safe.

1st tip to keep you and your family safe is always follow the rules and regulations when it comes to letting off fireworks. Keep them a safe distance from family, animals and flammable items. Having a firework catch something on fire will definitely ruin the fun. Always keep a fire extinguisher near by or water to put out any lingering flames. Some pets are afraid of fireworks so keep them at a safe distance as well so not to scare or alarm them. We should all be safe and courteous to our friends and neighbors as well and keep the fireworks to a decent time. If you follow these simple helpful hints you will have a great summer and a safe one too.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program available

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned sign to hang in your business This is the sign you can proudly hang in your establishment once it has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Here are SERVPRO we have heightened the standard of clean. We are here to help businesses reopen and be able to serve the community again. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that SERVPRO offers to local businesses and commercial locations to address their COVID-19 pandemic cleaning issues. When you choose to be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees and your customers can rest easy knowing you've chosen a higher standard of cleaning.

Here at SERVPRO your safety and sanity are our number 1 priority. We are here to set you at ease and make the transition to re opening a smooth one. We here at SERVPRO can specify the cleaning to your businesses specific needs and demands. From small local businesses to big corporations SERVPRO is here to get you Certified Cleaned. With 3 locations here in Western New York we are always here to help. Just give us a call (716) 639-8687

Summer is finally here

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

a heart with the community inside We as a community must stick together.

Here at SERVPRO of Amherst/Clarence we pride ourselves with being part of our community. Being locally and family owned and operated for over 47 years we have roots here in our community. Our children attend schools here, we bowl in the area and attend the local fairs and festivals (if we have any this year). We are always here to help our community, whether it be a flooded basement, dirty air ducts or just a general cleaning of your home, we here at SERVPRO do it all. We have been in the same location over 40 years and are always here if you need us. So if you have and restoration needs due to water or fire damage give us here at SERVPRO a call. Our prompt and friendly staff are here and waiting to help you. So give us a call at 716-639-8687 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

It's looking like a rainy weekend here in Amherst/Clarence

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Another rainy day here in Amherst/Clarence As the wet weather approaches, please be prepared and aware. SERVPRO is here for any of your water restoration needs.

Well April showers are sure here now. With the weekend forecast looking bleak and filled with rain here are a few tips to avoid any water issues arising from the rain. Make sure all dehumidifiers are properly working and maintained, these will help to keep the moisture out of your basement and prevent any mold from growing. Make sure all sump pumps are in good working order and a back up is onsite in case of any malfunctions. Sump pump failures are common in heavy rain, it takes a lot to keep up and sometimes can be overwhelmed and cause a back up in your basement. If you experience any issues from the long week of rain we are about to have please give us here at SERVPRO a call. We are open and ready to help. With three locations here in western New York we can be available 24/7. So Please stay safe and healthy. #SERVPROSTRONG

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Amherst/Clarence- 716-639-8687

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Commercial fires can be huge, tips on how to avoid

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters fighting a business fire in Western New York Fire fighters fight a costly fire that broke out in a business in western New York

This business in western New York suffered over $500,000 in fire damage due to a mishap in their pantry area. A hot plate was left plugged and caught this business on fire. Firefighters managed to get the fire under control and the building isn't a complete loss but now they must spend thousands on repairs. So here are a few tips to avoid these costly fires. First tip is always unplug any heating appliance right after use. Hot plates, space heaters even toaster ovens if left on and unattended can cause a fire to break out. Second, make sure you double check your area before leaving for the day, I know once quitting time comes we all just want to high tail it home, but if we all just take a couple minutes to look around and double check that hazards are taken care of we will always have a job to come back to. With the warm up on the way please make sure your homes or businesses are well ventilated, this can keep any fumes from spreading and causing damage as well.