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Prevent Mold in your Commercial Business

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on wall and ceiling Summertime means more moisture, which means more mold growth!

Mold is all around use always! But you can take certain steps to prevent mold growth in your commercial business or place of work. In order to avoid a business shutdown due to toxic mold growth, take these steps. The best way to prevent mold growth is by reducing moisture and performing a regular building inspection. Be sure to inspect all areas of the building for moisture or mold growth. Repair any leaks or water damage you discover. These are places that mold love to grow due to the excessive moisture. Clean HVAC system coils and drip pans regularly. Ensure that all HVAC ducts and components of clear of any moisture. If you have a mold problem in your commercial business, it can be hard to pinpoint all the growth and clean it up properly. That’s why SERVPRO is here to help. Our team of highly trained technicians have the knowledge and tools to remediate any and all mold growth, and get your business back up and running! Call SERVPRO of Amherst-Clarence at 716-639-8687 today for your mold remediation needs!

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm beeping Be sure to test your smoke alarm often!

Every home should have a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms save lives. It has been proven that properly maintained and installed smoke alarms reduce fire deaths and injury. Here are some tips to make sure that your smoke alarm is properly functioning.

  1. Ensure that there is a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, as well as in every bedroom. Fires can spread fast and by having alarms spread out, you’ll know faster that you need to get out.
  2. Test your smoke alarm at least once a month. Simply press the button to ensure that the alarm is functioning.
  3. Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years at the minimum.
  4. Battery powered smoke alarms, must have their battery replaced at least once a year.

Follow these tips and you will be able to ensure that your smoke alarm is up to date and functioning!

Fire Safety

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing smoke and the words saying "Smoke Damage?" Always practice fire safety in your household.

Fire departments across the United States respond to an average of 358,500 home fires every year! These fires caused billions in damage and resulted in several thousand civilian injuries. To avoid being part of a disaster like that, take the time to reduce your risk of a home fire. Check your smoke alarms and make sure that they have the proper battery life. You can easily test your smoke alarms by pressing the button on the surface. If it beeps weakly or not at all, it’s time to immediately change the batteries. Keep household items clear of your heating sources. Avoid having curtains or blankets directly touching these sources. Always keep an eye on any lit candles. If you are going to a different part of the house, blow out the candle. Watch what you are cooking in the kitchen! It’s possible for old food particles in the stove to set on fire or even the food you are cooking. Lastly, keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of the worst. However, if the worst does occur SERVPRO will speedily clean your home to leave it good as new.

It is Going to Be A Windy and Rainy Weekend for Amherst, NY

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing a flooded basement with the words, "here to help". SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence is preparing for potential flooding.

Amherst is in for some rain and wind. Rain showers will arrive Thursday afternoon and become steady and heavy at times into Friday. Starting Friday morning through Friday afternoon for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties. Winds will be 25-35mph and gusts near 60mph. High winds could topple trees, down power lines and cause roof damage.  Strong winds also will cause lake levels to rise along Lake Erie and could potentially cause coastal flooding.

These weather events can cause basement flooding.  During storm events, your sump pump may malfunction from trying to keep up with the volume of water.  Many times, sewer systems cannot handle the storm water and d could back up in your basement.  Should your basement flood, SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence has crews on standby to assist with your water damage

I Have Mold, Now What?

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing plastic hung up on a wall during a mold remediation job. Mold was discovered in an office building in Amherst, New York. SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence was brought in to remove the mold and clean.


Many property managers, tenants, landlords and homeowners can easily spot mold in their Amherst apartments, businesses, or homes.  Its easily discovered by sight or you might smell musty odors. The SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence’s professionals can aid with an assessment of how widespread mold is in your home. The first step is calling a reputable environmental company for testing and assessment, secondly hire SERVPRO mitigation experts. This is essential in protecting your property.

Mold is not uncommon. Humid conditions, a water damage in the basement, leaking windows, improper bathroom vent is just some of the ways mold can form. SERPVRO follows New York States Mold Labor Law, and our technicians are highly trained to remediate mold. If you have a water damage you should reach out to us as soon as possible. Mold spores thrive in a high humidity and moist environment. We can assist with quickly drying out your home.

SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence protects you in your time of need.

Our goal is to help make it. "Like it never even happened." ®

Sometimes Returning Home From Work Can Look Very Different in this East Amherst Home.

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing toilet supply line. To think something so small can cause so much damage. Good thing SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence was dispatched to help.

A pipe can break or leak at any time and in any room. Most people associate pipe breaks with frigid cold temperatures. It does not have to be winter. We all have several pipes in our homes that can burst at any time. SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence recently responded to a toilet supply line that broke at the connection. Our customer left for work and came home to a mess. The water ran for at least 6 hours and affected 7 rooms. Luckily, it was on the first floor as the 2nd floor would have been much worse. SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence was referred by her insurance agent. Our crews were just about to go home for the day when the call came it. They immediately loaded up their vans with mitigation equipment, tools and heading to the job site. The customer greeting them and was so upset. It was devastating to her. The crews reassured her they would deep extract the water from the carpet and padding, block up the furniture to prevent water from damaging to the legs, remove the water from the ventilation system as it ran through the ducts and set up drying equipment. After 4 days, everything was dry, carpet was cleaned and almost everything was saved besides some content that was on the floor. SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence: Our goal is to help make it... "Like it never even happened." ®

Why Sump Pumps Fail. SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence Can Help if it Does

3/20/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing a sump pump pit A malfunctioning sump pump can flood a basement with water quickly, leaving a messy, muddy clean-up.

Why and what happens if your sump pump fails in your home or business?

Here are the five most common reasons why sump pumps fail:

 A loss of power.

Lack of power is one of the most frequent causes of sump pump failures. If your sump pump runs on electricity, you will be in trouble if you lose power during a major storm or if you do not pay your electric bill.

Heavy rain or fast snow melt can cause an overworked sump pump.

When you have excessive amounts of rain or water flow, there is a possibility your sump pump could continuously run until it burns out. Once it burns out, your basement will fill with water.

A Clogged Sump Pump

The drain lines that feed into the pit of your sump pump often carry bits of dirt, sand and debris that can build up over time and clog the pump. The sump pump will turn on, but it will not function properly and could lead to flooding.

Age of Sump Pump

Sump Pumps last 6 to 12 years.

If you know your pump is getting older or are unsure of its age, it is a good idea to replace it.

If your basements floods, you will need to get a plumber out to replace the sump pump and SERVPRO to mitigate the water damage.

Tub Overflow in Amherst, NY

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing a bathtub. Never leave the bathtub unattended when filling.

Amherst: Water Damage Tub Overflow

Accidents happen all the time.  You can easily get distracted and forget what you were doing. Tub overflows are very common accident.  Many individuals turn the faucet on and walk away.  A homeowner can get distracted, forgetting that they turned it on until they see it raining in their kitchen, dining room, or living room.  The water will cause extensive damage and will find a way into every opening affecting several rooms.  In a situation like this, you need to call SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence.  We are a water IICRC certified company with highly trained technicians. We will be able to help clean up the mess.  After the initial walk through, our crews will extract the standing water and dry out all affected areas with industrial strength drying equipment.

SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence is the one to call right away when a water issue arises. Call today - (716) 639-8687.

The Categories of Water

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

A photo explains the 3 categories of water with examples of a tub, waterbed and toilet overflow. No matter what category of water, be sure to call SERVPRO of Amherst/Clarence.

According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate), there are three basic categories of water damage which are based on the level of contamination:

Category 1 Water – Classified as “clean water”. It refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans.   Those would include overflow of tub and sinks broken water supply lines, tub, water supply lines such as the toilet, washing machine or ice maker line.

Category 2 Water – Known as “grey water”.  Cat 2 water contains a significant level of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants and causes sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Cat 2 carries microorganisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces) that overflows, sump pump failures, seepage, and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water – The dreaded "black water" and is grossly contaminated. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria, and fungi, causing severe sickness. Black water sources will affect the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, storm surge, ground surface water or standing water.

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House Protection Tips

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

A photo of a SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Amherst/Clarence is always ready to help.

How to Protect Your Home from Storms

Here are some items you will want to put on your to-do list for the next year:

Ensure your roof is in good shape. Check your roof for problems like missing shingles and signs of leaks. Repair them to keep your home safer.

Keep an eye out for tree limbs that hang over your home. Limbs and branches overhanging your family can come down when the winds get high and heavy. Cut down any stems hanging over your roof or garage.

Be sure your gutters are clear. This step is vital every season. Sometimes, it is the most important thing you can do for your home. Clean gutters are vital to keeping water around your home flowing the right way, instead of causing water damage.

Be sure anything that is around your home is secure, too. Do not let unsecured furniture or other similar items become tools for wind damage. Trim back trees that need it and secure everything you can.

If a fire, flood, or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.