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Stuck on a DIY? Give Us a Call | SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County

5/20/2024 (Permalink)

Home under construction. Interior unfinished house. Room with stairs leading to second floor. House under construction inside You don't have to DIY when it comes to home remodeling. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is Here to Help®. Contact us today!

The day has finally come! You have been dreaming of that new bathroom remodel for months and you finally saved up the money, made your plans and purchased your supplies. 

You get started tearing down a wall or ripping out a vanity and then all of a sudden realize something. This project just got a lot bigger than you thought it would be and you don’t know what to do. 

But you have already started on the construction, so you can’t just leave your home in shambles. What do you do? You give us a call, of course!

In addition to the top-notch restoration services that we provide, we are also a highly skilled construction and remodeling team, and we can help you finish off your remodel or DIY. 

The Steps of Our Construction Process
We are most well-known for our restoration services, but we are also confident in our ability to help you rebuild your home even when a disaster hasn’t occurred. Our crew members are fully trained in a wide variety of construction processes and we can handle whatever remodeling needs you have. 

Need that bathroom finished up? Our crew is ready to get to work. Have you always dreamed of adding an office space off of the front of your home? We have the plans for that. 

We will start by evaluating your home and getting a visual of what your project will entail, and then we can get to work gathering the materials and crew members for the job. Our team will handle every aspect of the construction process, including some of the less glamorous parts like dust control and sanitization.

We Will Take Care of Your Home

We know that it can be a bit scary to trust someone else to come into your home and start tearing down and rebuilding things, which is why we take the time to get to know our customers and really focus our efforts on providing the service that you need

We are constantly learning and adapting our methods to align with the industry’s best practices, and we truly care about the level of customer service we provide. 

Think you have a tricky project that is too in depth for our team? Think again. We can handle everything from the smallest drywall patch job to intricate projects like marble floor repair. We are here for you and your home whether you need help recovering after a disaster or you simply want to personalize your home with a new room or remodel. 

Our construction crew can make your dream home a reality. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County today.

When Disaster Strikes Your Business, We Are Here | SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County

2/20/2024 (Permalink)

Aerial view of burnt industrial warehouse or logistics center building after big fire with huge smoke from burned roof Has a recent disaster taken your business down? Well SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is here to help get it up and running again. Contact us now!

We are so grateful for all of the wonderful businesses in the Syracuse area, and we know our community wouldn’t be half as great without the services you provide to our local residents. We also know that it is really hard work to run a successful and thriving business!

Your mind is constantly running all day with tasks to do, people to meet with and schedules to make, so it can be easy to overlook the importance of planning for disaster. 

If disaster does strike and your business is left damaged or compromised, what do you do? You call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County, of course!

Our Emergency Response 

Emergencies are by nature unexpected, so even if you plan for various different scenarios, they can still take you by surprise. If a strong winter storm collapses part of your roof or a fire breaks out in your warehouse, the damage can sometimes seem insurmountable. 

Thankfully, our restoration team is trained in large-loss recovery, and we will get you back on your feet in no time at all.

We know that every minute you are closed will affect everyone on your staff and will affect your productivity, so we work hard to clean, sanitize and restore your business as quickly as possible. We have worked with all kinds of businesses from universities, hospitals, office buildings and even small family-owned shops. 

We will tackle every part of your restoration and pay attention to every little detail along the way. 

Our Top-Notch Cleaning Services

After a long day of being the boss and making the large and small decisions, we would bet that cleaning duties are the last thing on your mind when you close your doors for the night. We feel you, which is why we are proud to offer our commercial cleaning services to every business in our community! 

A clean business is a productive one, and it can help keep your staff and your customers healthy as well. We can handle any kind of specialized deep-cleaning needs that you have as well as routine general cleanings.

We can clean your air ducts, tackle a stubborn odor in your break room or deep-clean your carpets on a regular basis. We have the specialized equipment and training to clean your business from top to bottom. 

Biohazard Situations 

Life is unpredictable, and sometimes things happen at work that you least expect. Accidents, crimes and even something simple like sewage leaks can leave your business in a tricky situation. 

Our biohazard team is Here to Help®. We have the tools and safety gear to properly clean up from hazardous situations like bloodborne pathogens and crime scene residue.

We know that it can be tough running a business every single day, but we are here to help you along the way. Lean on us when you need help overcoming a disaster or recovering from an unexpected mess. We are always here for the amazing businesses in our community!

Is your business in need of a cleaning or a quick restoration? Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County today. 

How Partnering with SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County Helps You Restore and Rebuild After a Disaster

2/9/2024 (Permalink)

Newly Constructed Kitchen SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County specializes on Construction Services

When disaster strikes, the path to recovery can seem daunting. That's where SERVPRO® of SW Onondaga County comes in, guiding you through the restoration and rebuilding process with expertise and compassion. Our all-encompassing approach ensures that from the moment disaster is assessed to the final touches of reconstruction, every step is handled with precision and care. This introduction sets the stage for understanding how SERVPRO's seamless integration of services not only restores your property but rebuilds your peace of mind.

Restoration and Clean-Up

At SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County, we understand the importance of a thorough and efficient cleanup process following any disaster. Our team is equipped to handle a wide range of cleaning needs, from water and fire damage to mold remediation and even biohazard situations. We utilize state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to ensure your property is cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized to meet the highest standards. This foundational step is crucial in mitigating further damage and setting the stage for the rebuilding phase, ensuring a smooth transition from restoration to reconstruction. 

The Reconstruction Process

After cleanup, the reconstruction process is integral to our commitment to fully restoring your property post-disaster. This service encompasses everything from minor repairs to comprehensive rebuilding efforts, ensuring your premises are restored, making the damage "Like It Never Even Happened." The professionals at SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County are equipped to handle the reconstruction phase in full, helping alleviate the stress that comes with rebuilding after a disaster.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

When it comes to restoration after a disaster, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is your single point of contact when it comes to cleaning and reconstruction. By allowing SERVCPRO to be your advocate for reconstruction, you don't need to worry about managing multiple repair teams. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County has you covered. On top of a single point of contact, SERVPRO also helps you in navigating the insurance claims process and assists in coordinating the necessary paperwork, giving you a quicker and easier experience.


SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County exemplifies resilience and expertise in the face of disaster, offering a comprehensive range of services from initial cleanup to complete reconstruction. With our approach and focus on quality, efficiency, and customer care, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County not only restores properties but also peace of mind, making disasters "Like It Never Even Happened." This dedication to excellence and comprehensive support underscores why SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is the preferred choice for disaster recovery and reconstruction. Contact us today!

Understanding Black Mold

1/23/2024 (Permalink)

What is Black Mold, and Why is it a Concern?

Black mold, scientifically termed Stachybotrys chartarum, is a toxic mold variant that thrives in damp, humid conditions. Often characterized by its dark coloration, this mold is not just an aesthetic concern but poses significant health and structural risks. Its spores, when airborne, can exacerbate respiratory problems, allergies, and even lead to more severe health issues, particularly in those with compromised immune systems. Beyond health risks, black mold can also undermine the structural integrity of buildings, leading to costly repairs and devaluation of property. It is crucial for home and business owners to understand the gravity of black mold infestations and take proactive measures to mitigate its growth and spread.

Primary Causes of Black Mold Growth in Buildings

Understanding the root causes of black mold growth is essential for effective prevention and treatment. Primarily, black mold thrives in environments that provide moisture, organic material, and adequate temperatures.

  1. Moisture: The predominant factor for black mold growth is excess moisture, which can originate from several sources such as leaking pipes, roof leaks, condensation, or high indoor humidity. Buildings with poor drainage systems or those that have experienced flooding are particularly susceptible.
  2. Poor Ventilation: Inadequate ventilation in buildings leads to moisture accumulation, especially in high-humidity areas like bathrooms and kitchens. This lack of airflow not only supports mold growth but also prevents the drying out of damp areas, further exacerbating the problem.
  3. Building Materials: Black mold feeds on organic materials found in many building components like wood, drywall, and insulation. These materials, when exposed to moisture, provide the perfect breeding ground for mold.
  4. Temperature: Mold thrives in warm temperatures, typically found indoors. Buildings with inconsistent temperature regulation or poor insulation can have pockets of warmth that encourage mold growth.

Addressing these key factors is crucial in preventing and managing black mold in any building. By controlling moisture levels, ensuring proper ventilation, and using mold-resistant building materials, the risks associated with black mold can be significantly mitigated.

Identifying Early Signs of Black Mold

Early detection of black mold is crucial in preventing its spread and mitigating potential health risks. Being vigilant about the signs can help in taking timely action. Here are key indicators to watch for:

  1. Visible Growth: The most obvious sign is the appearance of dark, often black or greenish-black, splotches on surfaces, particularly in moist areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
  2. Musty Odors: A persistent musty, earthy smell is a strong indicator of mold presence, even if it's not immediately visible. This odor can be particularly noticeable in closed spaces or upon entering a room.
  3. Water Damage: Signs of water damage such as water stains, discoloration, or peeling wallpaper/paint can indicate potential mold growth areas, especially if the area remains damp.
  4. Health Symptoms: Unexplained allergic reactions like sneezing, sore eyes, nasal congestion, or skin irritation when at home may suggest mold presence. People with asthma or respiratory conditions may notice worsening symptoms.
  5. Humidity and Condensation: Excessive humidity and condensation on windows, pipes, or walls create ideal conditions for mold growth. Regular monitoring of these areas can help in early detection.

Regular inspections, particularly in prone areas, are essential in catching mold growth early. If any signs are detected, it’s advisable to seek professional assessment to determine the extent and necessary remediation steps.

Effective Strategies for Preventing Black Mold Growth

Preventing black mold growth is more manageable than dealing with its aftermath. Implementing effective strategies can significantly reduce the risk of mold infestation in any building. Here are some key preventive measures:

  1. Control Humidity Levels: Maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-50% using dehumidifiers and air conditioners. This range hinders mold growth.
  2. Enhance Ventilation: Increase airflow in high-moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens by using exhaust fans and keeping windows open when possible.
  3. Immediate Water Damage Response: Address water leaks and spills promptly. The faster you dry the area, the lesser the chance for mold to grow.
  4. Regular Maintenance Checks: Conduct routine inspections for leaks in roofs, pipes, and walls. Early detection and repair of these issues can prevent mold proliferation.
  5. Use Mold-Resistant Products: When building or renovating, consider using mold-resistant drywall, paints, and building materials, especially in moisture-prone areas.
  6. Keep Spaces Clean and Dry: Regular cleaning and vacuuming with HEPA filters can reduce mold spores in the home. Ensure that areas like bathrooms and basements are well-ventilated and dry.
  7. Proper Insulation: Ensure your home is properly insulated, including windows, doors, and pipes, to reduce the chances of condensation which can lead to mold growth.

Implementing these strategies creates an environment that is not conducive to mold growth, thus safeguarding the structural integrity of the building and the health of its occupants.


Combatting black mold effectively hinges on awareness and proactive prevention. Recognizing the early signs and understanding the causes is vital for maintaining a healthy environment in our homes and businesses. Simple measures like controlling humidity, ensuring good ventilation, and addressing water-related issues promptly can significantly deter mold growth. Regular maintenance and vigilance are key. 

Need Expert Mold Remediation? Contact SERVPRO® Today

If you're facing mold challenges in your home or business, don't wait for the problem to escalate. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga's professional mold remediation services are your solution. Our team of experts is equipped with the knowledge, tools, and experience to efficiently identify, address, and prevent mold issues, ensuring your environment is healthy and safe. Trust SERVPRO of SW Onondaga to provide effective, thorough, and timely mold remediation services. Read more about our mold remediation services or give us a call today!

What the Polar Vortex Means for Your Pipes

1/15/2024 (Permalink)

Thermostat in Snow Polar Vortexes bring exceedingly cold temperatures

As the winter weather continues, "Polar Vortexes" become far more likely, signaling plummeting temperatures and severe weather conditions. This meteorological term, often associated with bone-chilling cold, can have a profound impact on daily life, particularly for homeowners and business owners. In addition to several drops in temperature to worry about, polar vortexes also heavily affect plumbing systems. As temperatures dive, the risk of pipes freezing and subsequently bursting increases, potentially leading to severely damaging water floods. Understanding the polar vortex, how it affects plumbing piping, and the necessary preventive measures are essential for bracing for the winter months. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga has crafted some preventive measures you can utilize to ensure your plumbing stays safe during the ongoing polar vortex.

Understanding the Polar Vortex and Its Impact

A polar vortex is essentially a vast expanse of swirling cold air that typically envelopes the polar regions. However, during the winter, the vortex at the North Pole often expands, pushing frigid air toward the equator and affecting much of the Northern Hemisphere. This shift can result in a sudden and steep drop in temperatures, often catching businesses and residences off-guard.

The critical issue with these plummeting temperatures is their effect on water pipes. Water expands when it freezes, and this expansion can exert extraordinary pressure on pipes, regardless of whether they are made of metal or plastic. When the pressure becomes too great, pipes can burst, leading to water damage, the potential for mold growth, and the need for repairs on top of restoration and cleaning services.

Prevention and Protection

To mitigate the risks of a polar vortex freezing your pipes, consider the following preventive steps:

  1. Insulate Pipes: Wrapping exposed pipes in foam insulation, particularly those in unheated areas like basements, attics, and garages, can significantly reduce the risk of freezing.
  2. Maintain Consistent Indoor Temperature: Keeping your home heated consistently, even when you're away, helps keep the internal temperature of pipes above freezing.
  3. Allow Faucets to Drip: Allowing a slight drip in faucets can prevent pressure buildup within pipes, reducing the risk of freezing and bursting.
  4. Drain Water from Pools and Sprinklers: Drain water from the swimming pool and sprinkler supply lines following the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Close Inside Valves Supplying Outdoor Hose Bibs: After removing and draining outdoor hoses, close the inside valves that supply these bibs but leave the outside valve open.
  6. Insulate Vulnerable Spaces: Increase insulation in areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures.
  7. Open Cabinet Doors: Allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.

The polar vortex, while a natural weather phenomenon, poses a significant challenge to plumbing, particularly regarding the risk of frozen and bursting pipes. By understanding this meteorological event and taking proactive, preventative measures, you can safeguard your home against the potentially devastating and costly consequences. Prevention actions are far more effective and less costly than repair. Stay warm, stay informed, and prepare your home for whatever the winter brings. 

Should you incur any water or storm damage during the Polar Vortex, feel free to contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga, and we'll make it "Like It Never Even Happened!"

The Reality of Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County

11/20/2023 (Permalink)

Skirting board on a wall damaged by mold. When water damage invades your home, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is here to remove it quickly. Call us today!

We need access to water in our lives, there’s no doubt about that. We need it to run our households smoothly, stay hydrated and even to water the plants and trees on our property. Using water is a daily part of our lives, which means that the threat of water damage is always present.

A single leak, appliance malfunction or strong storm can leave behind a watery mess in its wake and your floors and walls will certainly suffer.

Our water damage restoration team explains more about the impact of water and what to do if you notice a leak, so read on to learn what to do if this happens in your own home. 

Discovering the Leak 

Water has the unique ability to seep and leak into the tiniest crevices in our homes. All it takes is one leaky pipe or a faulty dishwasher to start dripping, and before you know it, you have water running down your floorboards and leaking behind your walls.

Once it gets behind your walls or under your floors, it can be really hard to dry out on your own. The surface level water may be easily dried, but lingering moisture in those hard-to-reach areas can cause all kinds of issues including mildew and even mold growth. 

Over time, that mold growth can start to degrade your home’s structural supports and impact your indoor air quality. 

How to Stop a Leak 

Water can be tricky at times, and it can slowly leak throughout your home without being obvious or it can lurk in a hidden place. As soon as you discover the problem, stopping the flow of water should be your top priority. 

If the leak is coming from a pipe or appliance, shut off the water supply right away. If the leak is coming from your ceiling, set out a bucket to catch the water while you investigate the source.

After the situation is mildly under control, consider turning off electricity to the space in question. Standing water always has the ability to be electrically charged if it comes into contact with your wiring in your home, so avoid walking through any new puddles or floods. Now it’s time to give us a call!

Getting the Water Out
Depending on the severity of the situation, we will work on extracting the standing water or search for hidden moisture if your space looks outwardly dry. Once your room is clean and dry, we will work on addressing repairs like replacing floorboards and carpet and hanging new drywall. 

We will also be sure to fix whatever caused the leak in the first place so it doesn’t happen again!

Our goal is to return your home to its preloss condition as quickly as possible without compromising your home’s structural integrity or displacing you for longer than necessary. We will work until you are 100% satisfied. 

A single leak could cause a big problem. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County right away! 

SERVPRO of Syracuse, NY: Ensuring Rapid Recovery with Expert Commercial Damage Restoration

7/13/2023 (Permalink)

three experts go over building plans SERVPRO of Syracuse, NY, transforming crisis into calm with professional commercial damage restoration—your business resilience is our priority.

When commercial property damage occurs in Syracuse, NY, time is of the essence. Trust SERVPRO of Syracuse, NY, your go-to commercial damage restoration partner. From fire and water damage to mold infestation, these incidents can disrupt your business operations significantly. Our dedicated team of skilled professionals works round-the-clock, employing advanced restoration techniques to mitigate damage and minimize downtime. We understand the complexities involved in commercial damage and the necessity of swift, efficient action. We handle every phase of restoration—from initial cleanup to final touches—with utmost diligence and industry-standard compliance. SERVPRO of Syracuse, NY, is committed to getting your business up and running promptly, ensuring a safe, clean environment. We put your business first because your success is our success.

Choosing SERVPRO of SW Onondaga: Your Ultimate Solution in Restoration and Construction

6/28/2023 (Permalink)

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Navigating the complexities of property restoration and construction requires a seasoned and reliable partner. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga stands ready to fill this role. Here, we provide compelling reasons why you should consider us as your go-to service provider for restoration and construction needs.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is a proud member of the distinguished SERVPRO Team Luzzi franchise group. Our group extends across five states - Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey - and includes 16 franchises. This expansive network positions us to deliver prompt, exceptional services tailored to your unique restoration needs, no matter how big or small they might be.

What's more, we bring to the table over 20 years of experience in the restoration and construction industry. This vast reservoir of knowledge ensures that we can expertly manage any disaster with utmost precision, expediency, and superior workmanship.

As a member of the SERVPRO franchise, we not only adhere to industry standards but often exceed them. Our teams receive training following SERVPRO's rigorous guidelines, well-known for their focus on detail and quality. Moreover, we deploy state-of-the-art equipment and innovative technology, guaranteeing a fast and effective response.

Our 24/7 service availability sets us apart. When emergencies strike, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga will be there, ready to provide immediate assistance. Our main goal is to lessen the impact of the event and restore your property to its former condition as quickly as possible.

Notably, at SERVPRO of SW Onondaga, we are more than just a service provider; we are an active participant in the community. We comprehend the distinctive challenges our region faces and are committed to helping our neighbors rebuild and recover in the aftermath of any disaster.

When you select SERVPRO of SW Onondaga, you're choosing a reliable ally dedicated to restoring your peace of mind. Remember, in times of disaster, no one is better prepared than SERVPRO. We're faster to any size disaster, making it seem "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Restoration: Syracuse NY SERVPRO's Commitment to Swift Recovery

6/27/2023 (Permalink)

confused brunette deals with unexpected water damage Turning the Tide: Syracuse NY SERVPRO's Fast and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services

When the unforeseen strikes and water damage disrupts the rhythm of your business, Syracuse NY SERVPRO stands ready to help. Known for their fast, efficient, and professional services, they have earned a reputation as the city's premier destination for water damage restoration.

SERVPRO's experts understand the potential hazards and losses that water damage can cause to a business. Delayed or inappropriate responses can lead to mold growth, structural damage, and even business closure. That's why their team is always on-call, responding swiftly to minimize the extent of the damage and start the restoration process immediately.

Their specialized equipment and advanced drying techniques, combined with extensive experience and knowledge, enable them to restore your commercial space to its pre-water damage condition. Beyond restoration, they guide you through the insurance process, providing all necessary documentation and easing the burden during this stressful period.

With Syracuse NY SERVPRO, you're not just restoring your business premises; you're reclaiming your peace of mind. Their commitment is to ensure your business is back to normal operations in the shortest time possible, reducing financial strain and helping you focus on what matters - running your business.

Your Partner in Crime After the Smoke Clears | SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County

6/16/2023 (Permalink)

3 SERVPRO crew members unloading equipment at a job site. Experienced a fire recently? Call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County to help get your home back in order!

Fires can start in the most unexpected moments and leave you to face the consequences. Things like maintaining your smoke alarm and removing hazards can help you get ready before flames erupt, but what about the aftermath?

Teaming up with SERVPRO will ensure a compassionate and reliable response after flames emerge. When a fire breaks out in your home, our team has the resources and experience to help you come back stronger.

Don’t let flames take over your home! Have our SERVPRO squad on speed dial so you can recover as fast as possible. Learn how we can help after a fire breaks out in your home or business:

When Flames Erupt

Even when you know how to put out flames yourself, the damage can still be severe. Lingering smoke odors and property damage are two of the most devastating consequences you’re left to deal with.

House fires are a devastating crisis to recover from, but professional restoration services can help take some of the weight off of your shoulders. When you’re dealing with fire damage, our professional team is the one to call!

Our Professional Process

Our restoration process begins as soon as you contact us. Our experts will ask questions about your situation to create a solution unique to the damage you’ve been left with. This ensures we arrive on the scene with the tools needed to get your property back to normal.

Once we arrive, we’ll handle every facet of the fire damage recovery process, ensuring your home or business is safe to return to. After we’ve inspected the damage, we’ll tarp up any compromised areas of your home to prevent more damage.

After this, we use advanced technology and techniques to remove smoke and soot from your home, helping you avoid nasty odors. We can then clean and sanitize any affected areas of your home to ensure it’s safe to return to.

A Rapid Response Pays Off

The last thing you want in a situation like this is a restoration team that isn’t able to schedule immediate repairs. Our SERVPRO team never makes you wait, so you don’t have to worry about getting the help you need as soon as possible!

Since your home or business can quickly be damaged by the effects of a fire, we don’t waste any time arriving and beginning your restoration journey. A local team can be at the scene of your emergency as soon as you make that first call!

No matter the size of your disaster, our SERVPRO squad has the solution! Contact us today, and we can help you get back on track after a calamity hits.