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The Real Impact Dunkirk Homes Endure From Water Damage

11/9/2022 (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.

Handle Water Damage in Your Fredonia Home by Hiring SERVPRO

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

24/7 SIGN, READY TO HELP Fast repairs following water damage in Fredonia begin with a call to our always ready team at SERVPRO

How to Repair Water Damage in Fredonia Efficiently

Water intrusion in a building causes loss of systems, property, and materials. The extent of the damage can be extreme or minor. Water damage may take several forms, including wood rotting, rusting of metallic items, cupping of wood flooring, and carpet damage, among other issues.

Failing to address water damage in your Fredonia residence well can lead to significant issues with mold. After a water intrusion incident, taking the necessary measures to reduce its impact on your property is critical. If the water is flowing, shut it off immediately and call a professional service like SERVPRO to restore your home to the preloss state.

Our team ensures our clients do not have to wait for weeks while we research suitable solutions for every affected material. Instead, our SERVPRO technicians can provide you with straightforward advice right away. We categorize water damage in the following ways:

  • Minor damage is easy, quick, and relatively cheap to repair. It may include issues like wall discoloration and nominal mold growth. We can fix it through cleaning, sanding, and painting. 
  • Moderate damage may include issues like ceiling and wall cracks and rotten skirtings. Based on the severity, we can patch and paint them or cut out and replace them. We fix such damage quickly so that the small issue does not become much larger. 
  • Severe damage includes issues like whole rotted sections of walls and caved-in ceilings. The repair work is based on the severity and location, but our SERVPRO team can tackle it. 
  • Damage beyond repair – This includes more severe forms of water damage like rots, bulges, and cave-ins in walls and ceilings. In such a case, we can perform a complete rebuild. 

At SERVPRO, we follow an all-encompassing restoration process that mostly begins with water mitigation and extraction to prevent the damages from spreading to the unaffected parts of a house. We can also use strategically positioned air movers and dehumidifiers to increase the evaporation rate and restore moisture levels to normal.   

Address water damage quickly by calling SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, at (716) 952-6401 for help. We can fix complicated water damage. 

Water Damage in Dunkirk Needs Professional Attention

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Efficiently Handles Water Damage in Dunkirk Homes

I have water damage in my home, what should I do? The devastation caused by water damage can be immense, but acting fast can help minimize the damage that your house incurs. You must take immediate restoration steps with the help of professional restorers to reduce the water intrusion's impact on your home, family, and life.

SERVPRO has the professional assistance you need to handle water damage in your Dunkirk home. Regardless of the cause of water damage to your property, we can provide a complete menu of service options to restore it, including:

  • Water damage assessment
  • Repairing the source of the leak
  • Water removal
  • Drying 
  • Reconstruction

SERVPRO follows the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification's classification of water damage and groups it into four classes:

  • Class 1 water damage occurs when there has been minimal water absorption, with porous materials making up less than 5% of the affected area.
  • Class 2 water damage occurs when porous materials make up 5-40% of the area impacted.
  • Class 3 water damage occurs when the porous materials account for more than 40% of the area impacted.
  • Class 4 water damage occurs when materials with lower permeance like plaster, concrete, and hardwood deeply absorb water. 

These classifications help our SERVPRO team devise the best plan to restore your house to its former glory. Our technicians can use portable extractors to remove the standing water from your home. This is a step we take to avoid the multiplication of the damages.

We can dry your property to stabilize the environment. The drying process depends on the extent of water damage. We can use state-of-the-art air movers and dehumidifiers to increase evaporation and remove moisture from the flooring, the subflooring, and the carpets. Our SERVPRO technicians maintain a balanced drying system that ensures that the amount of moisture being evaporated from the air does not exceed the amount of moisture being dehumidified from the air.

Don't watch as your home gets ruined after water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, at (716) 952-6401 for swift, efficient, pocket-friendly restoration that makes the incident seem "Like it never even happened." 

Need Help with Water Cleanup in Fredonia – Call SERVPRO

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup Services in Fredonia and Surrounding Areas

Water can cause a great deal of secondary damage in Fredonia homes if the water is allowed to remain in place, causing damage to drywall, wood products, and mold formation. Drywall and wood products absorb moisture and begin to swell. They may lose structural integrity, warp, or buckle, requiring replacement. Homeowners can avoid this damage by taking quick action to remove the water from the area.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services to homeowners in Fredonia and surrounding areas. Our experience has shown that removing water quickly after a plumbing leak can limit the amount of secondary damage caused by standing water left in place for extended periods. Removing the water and reducing humidity reduces the chances of porous materials absorbing moisture leading to secondary damage.

Homeowners should call us immediately for assistance. In addition to damage caused by water absorption, mold, which is present everywhere, can begin forming colonies in as little as twenty-four hours under the right conditions. No one wants that musty-smelling odor in their home.

We can be onsite less than four hours from your initial call with water extraction equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers. We use weighted water extractors on carpets, dying floor mats on hardwood floors, and vacuum wands to remove water in difficult-to-reach locations and inside walls.

Also, homeowners should begin mopping up as much water as possible while being careful to avoid slips and falls and electrocution from electrical circuits exposed to the water. Our team can take over and finish the job as soon as we arrive, limiting the secondary damage to wood products and other porous materials. SERVPRO provides the following water cleanup services to our clients:

Call SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, for water cleanup services. We cover Fredonia and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (716) 952-6401.

Dehumidifiers Are Essential to Water Damage Repair in Dunkirk

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Dunkirk Water Damage Repair Services Employ Different Kinds of Dehumidifiers

Water damage cleanup and restoration services in Dunkirk employ two main kinds of dehumidifiers to dry up excess interior moisture. These types, refrigerant and desiccant, eliminate water event-related wetness via different methods. Moreover, each works better given opposing environmental conditions.

High-quality Dunkirk water damage repair services like SERVPRO have a veritable arsenal of moisture-eliminating equipment. Our skilled water damage remediation experts use both refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers to remove excess water vapor resulting from basement flooding, burst pipes, and ceiling leaks from your home’s interior. The type we use to do this depends on the environmental conditions at your residence.

The major differences between refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers are:

  • Refrigerant devices condense water vapor out of the air by passing it through refrigerated coils, while desiccant types remove moisture by passing air over moisture-attracting materials like silica gel
  • Extracted water collects in a refrigerant machine’s tray and is then drained out of it, while desiccant dehumidifiers evaporate the attracted moisture and vent it outside your home
  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers are best used when electricity is limited and temperatures exceed fifty degrees Fahrenheit, but desiccant types should be employed when electricity is not limited and temperatures are below fifty degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Refrigerant devices are most efficient and effective at drying surface moisture or materials that are moderately to highly porous, while desiccant machines work best on dense or less porous/permeable things 
  • Dehumidifiers of the refrigerant variety are appropriate for about 80% of most jobs, while desiccant machines are most useful for the other 20%

While no one wants to think of one-day needing water damage repair work done, it is nice to know that high-quality service is available nearby from SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia. Our highly-trained technicians are always ready for your call at (716) 952-6401.

The Importance Of Having Equipment Options To Restore Water Damage In Dunkirk

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Portable and Industry-Grade Equipment Work Together to Help Restore a Dunkirk Home With Water Damage.

Emergency services for water damage in Dunkirk that are versatile and can meet your specific needs are pivotal for a water event. Essential to overcoming the most immediate problems of your home, they set the stage for successful water extraction and drying process. Standing water may require more than one type of equipment to be removed, and your whole residence is subject to inspection when a professional team takes care of it.

In Dunkirk, water damage and water removal equipment are at your disposal when you involve our SERVPRO team in the process. We answer our clients’ calls around the clock and mobilize quickly to minimize the time standing water is left to damage your home. As we assess the condition of flooring, wall-to-wall carpeting, and other textiles that may be unsafe thanks to the water and debris they hold, we focus on bringing the extraction tools we need into your home. Among those, you may find the following-

  • Wet vacuums offer flexibility and are easier to position where we need them most. They can be the key to saving carpets, underpads, and subfloors as we extract water.

  • Handheld wand attachments that let us reach shallow spaces where larger equipment can’t fit

  • Truck-mounted pumps are ideal for water more than a few inches high, where speed is essential to preserving drywall and stopping the water’s effect on structural elements.

Aside from the equipment’s capacity, we also consider the situation from a safety point of view. Availability of electric power and preserving unaffected areas of the home also have a role in designing the water removal and extraction plan.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, is a phone call away. We pride ourselves on being fast to respond and meeting our clients’ needs. Call us at (716) 952-6401 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”