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Water Damage In Syracuse? We Can Help.

1/29/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged room under restoration by SERVPRO. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is Available to Help You When Damage Happens, Call Us 24/7.

When your home or commercial building suffers water related damage such as, a flood, burst or broken pipe, storm damage or something similar we are available to fix the situation and restore your property.

When we receive your call our local team of technicians will respond quickly. First they will remove all wet materials from the building. Removing these materials quickly reduces the amount of moisture in the air that will feed mold growth. Next they will place crucial water removal and drying equipment to extract standing water and moisture/humidity from the air. Once this process is completed the structure is ready to be repaired.

Our construction team will then work closely with you and your insurance company and provide you a comprehensive plan to complete all repairs. We update you and your agent daily as we progress through the project and make you aware of any unforeseen situations that may arise during construction so there are no surprises when the project is complete.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga as available 24/7 and is proud to serve Syracuse, NY and the surrounding areas of Onondaga County.

Winter Storm Damage Can Be Difficult For Businesses, Be Prepared With A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Cars drive behind plows on a highway in a winter storm. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is prepared to help commercial property owners and home owners when winter weather causes damage to property. Call us 24/7.

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile is a free tool that allows businesses to register their property with their local SERVPRO manager. The profile details the property/properties to be registered with your local SERVPRO project managers so that we are prepared for an emergency. This profile could be worth thousands in damages if a major storm causes severe weather damage to our area.

In winter, snowstorms can cause power line damage and shut off heat and power for many properties. This can lead to many empty commercial properties. Additionally, the cold weather can cause equipment to break down and water supply lines burst. The company should have an updated SERVPRO ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) so that their SERVPRO Project Manager knows where to find the building to shut down water and electricity.

For more information about this preparation service, please call us today. Our project manager will schedule your property inspection before the next major winter storm.

Commercial Restoration Services Available 24/7 Call Us Now

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van covered in snow SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is available 24/7 to help restore your commercial property.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is available 24/7 because disaster restoration never takes a break. We are available 24/7 because we understand that every moment lost during a disaster clean-up such as a water damage or fire damage exponentially increases the amount of damage to the property.

Our team is trained and ready to provide services when called upon, this is what makes SERVPRO of SW Onondaga stand out from the competition, our readiness is second to none! We are prepared with the personnel and equipment to manage disasters of any size. We are even prepared to scale up and work multiple shifts as needed to ensure that the property is most efficiently restored.

We work closely with our commercial clients to ensure that we are in communication throughout the restoration process. We provide daily updates as we progress through your project. We also work closely with your insurance agent keeping them involved throughout the process as well to ensure there are no surprises.

Fire Damage Clean-up: The Basics of Fire Damage Repair & Construction

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

A home is damaged after a fire holes are visible in the roof. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is available to help restore and rebuild after a fire. Call us 24/7.

When a fire destroys your home or office, it can leave everything in ashes. The ashes can include burned furniture, ruined staircases, holes burned through the roof, and damaged electrical wiring. The process of fire damage restoration begins with cleaning and sanitization. The charred carpeting and waterlogged flooring will be removed, and the charred walls and ceilings will be replaced. Once the charred items are cleaned and removed, the fire damage restoration crew can begin work on restoring the property.

When evaluating the damage caused by a fire, professionals must determine whether certain materials are salvageable. Some materials will need to be replaced, while others may be restored to their original condition. Once a fire has been cleaned, mitigation experts can begin the restoration process. Your local SERVPRO can remove the smoke and soot and clean up the entire area. Then, the fire mitigation team can start restoring the building's contents.

The fire mitigation team will remove charred materials and structural components to make the house safe for cleaning. Then, the cleaning crew can begin restoring the home's interior. When the fire is extinguished, full restoration can begin. It is important to note that time is of the essence with smoke damage restoration, as the longer the restoration process goes, the more permanent the damage can become. There are also special precautions that should be taken to remove any charred items.

Afterwards, smoke & soot will need to be removed. Depending on the type of fire, different types of smoke damage will occur. In some cases, the smoke is wet, and will have a pungent odor. Other types of smoke will need to be cleaned according to the specific type of smoke. This should be done immediately, as improper cleaning can exacerbate the damage. In some cases, the smoke from a fire can also cause mold.

Commercial Property Damage Restoration Near Me

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

An overhead view of a clean factory floor SERVPRO of SW Onondaga can handle any size disaster. Call us 24/7.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga belongs to a larger network that includes other franchises of SERVPRO, available at a moment's notice. Because of this we have the ability to rapidly scale up our operations when a major disaster occurs, this separates us from the competition especially for disaster restoration projects that affect commercial properties.

These events are usually held in larger buildings that can contain many items. We serve all industries, from retail to industrial manufacturing. We can provide cost-effective solutions and work directly with insurance companies so that your commercial operation is up and running as quickly as possible.

We may work multiple shifts during the day or night in many cases because we understand how important it is to reduce downtime and get your team back up and running. We are available 24/7 to assist you with any commercial or multi-family residential property that is in dire need of repairs.

SERVPRO Restoration - Experts in Fire, Water, and Mold Removal

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Restoration Services SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 Call Your Local Office

SERVPRO Restoration is an industry leader in the field of disaster recovery and cleaning services. The company's franchises are located throughout the country and understand the importance of property restoration and cleanup. SERVPRO franchises also offer hard floor cleaning, biohazard cleanup, and crime scene cleanup. Their staff is well-trained and ready to take on any size job.

For a quick response, call SERVPRO's emergency services. Whether you are dealing with a small emergency or a large-scale disaster, SERVPRO is prepared to help you overcome the challenges of your restoration project. We have the training and experience to handle all types of property damage, from sewage overflows to furniture and upholstery cleaning.

SERVPRO specializes in fire, water, and mold damage restoration. The company also provides document restoration services. Our technicians use advanced equipment to detect moisture in your home and make sure your belongings are safe. Once the SERVPRO restoration team arrives, they will assess the scope of the damage and provide an accurate quote. The agents will thoroughly clean and deodorize the home, and they will work with your insurance company to assist you with any claims process.

SERVPRO Restoration - Experts in Fire, Water, and Mold Removal

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Restoration Services SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 Call Your Local Office

SERVPRO Restoration is an industry leader in the field of disaster recovery and cleaning services. The company's franchises are located throughout the country and understand the importance of property restoration and cleanup. SERVPRO franchises also offer hard floor cleaning, biohazard cleanup, and crime scene cleanup. Their staff is well-trained and ready to take on any size job.

For a quick response, call SERVPRO's emergency services. Whether you are dealing with a small emergency or a large-scale disaster, SERVPRO is prepared to help you overcome the challenges of your restoration project. We have the training and experience to handle all types of property damage, from sewage overflows to furniture and upholstery cleaning.

SERVPRO specializes in fire, water, and mold damage restoration. The company also provides document restoration services. Our technicians use advanced equipment to detect moisture in your home and make sure your belongings are safe. Once the SERVPRO restoration team arrives, they will assess the scope of the damage and provide an accurate quote. The agents will thoroughly clean and deodorize the home, and they will work with your insurance company to assist you with any claims process.

Fire Damage Repair - How to Properly Clean Up Soot and Smoke Damage

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair Syracuse New York SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is available to help with Fire Damage Restoration & Repair

The fire damage repair process involves cleaning up the damaged area and restoring it to its original condition. When it comes to rebuilding a home, the process requires specialized equipment and knowledge. If you are unsure of what to do, contact a disaster restoration company. Professionals can help you in this process. Listed below are the steps to take if your property is damaged by fire. Once you have assessed the extent of damage, call a company specializing in fire damage restoration.

First, assess the extent of the fire damage. If it has damaged the roof or a structure, you must tarp or seal it off. You must also board up the windows and any other openings in the structure. The next step is obtaining a fire department inspection. This process may take a few days or weeks, depending on the jurisdiction. You must make sure that you can safely access the property before the repair process begins.

After the inspection, the home will need to be cleaned. Soot and smoke may have gotten into the home, so it is important to clean them up. In addition, if you leave the area for more than a few days, you may want to consider moving into a temporary dwelling until the entire fire damage cleanup process has been completed. If you have water damage, it is crucial to clean up any affected materials. A hose can spill a ton of water, which will ruin the contents of the home.

Large Property Owners Trust SERVPRO

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Large Property Restoration Services Near Me SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is the area's #1 Large Property Restoration Company, call us 24/7.

When you manage or own large commercial properties like hotels, schools, multifamily residential buildings, industrial or retail businesses, venues, transportation hubs, and other large facilities you need to know that in the event of an emergency you have a disaster restoration specialist that is ready to begin work to get your properties back to 100%. That is why most large facility managers and owners trust SERVPRO. SERVPRO is the country's leader in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and more. Our services are second to none.

We work with property managers and owners throughout New York & New England giving them peace of mind that in the event of an emergency our team will be available to immediately begin mitigation services. We provide essential services to large property owners such as storage and pack-out services of retail and manufacturing goods, equipment, furniture, and more. We then provide the essential manpower and equipment needed to restore your property after water damage, fire damage, mold damage, or other disaster-related cleaning services.

If you are interested in learning more about our large property restoration services call our office today. We will have a Project Manager reach out to you to discuss your property protection plan further.

Water Damage Syracuse NY, We Are Near You & Ready to Help

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repair Near Me SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is the areas #1 Water Damage Restoration Team, Call Us Today!

New York state and much of the north east is experiencing an increase in severe storms that cause flooding and water damage to commercial and residential properties. These properties can be better prepared for these kinds of events by contacting us. Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga team works closely with property owners to help them identify potential vulnerabilities and plan accordingly for the event that water enters their buildings. 

We recently responded to severe flooding events caused by Tropical Storm Ida & Henri and we found many instances in which better equipment and preparation could have prevented the destruction of property.

Many property owners have been able to set up an emergency ready profile with SERVPRO of SW Onondaga. Your property is first reviewed by a Project Manager who then determines the best way to prevent future damage and prepare for extreme weather. If severe weather does strike, the damage to the building is minimal. Our team can then prepare for further damage with pre-planned strategies that are based on our review.

Call our office today to discuss your property and create an Emergency Ready Profile. This will ensure that you are ready for any extreme weather in the Syracuse, New York area.

Commercial Restoration Syracuse, NY

10/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Companies Near Me - warehouse interior SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is available 24/7 to provide disaster restoration services to commercial properties of any size or industry.

Our team excels in the crucial role of assisting with commercial restoration projects of any proportion. We are able to respond quickly to any type of commercial disaster such as flood damage, fire damage or storm damage. This reduces loss and helps to get your commercial property back on track. Our management culture and team mentality are the key to our success.

The environment is positive from our owners and down to our franchise general managers. Every employee learns to take pride in what they do and to be professional at all levels within the company.

Our project managers know how to prioritise tasks to reduce property loss in any disaster. With years of experience, project managers can quickly assess and react to any commercial property disaster.

SERVPRO has been the top choice for disaster recovery because of the way our technicians understand these processes. They are available 24 hours a day to respond to disaster calls.

Our equipment and technology are also important to us in order to achieve the best results. A variety of tools are used to respond to commercial restoration projects. Our ability to keep up with the latest developments in drying technology and dehumidification equipment as well as soot, odor, removal equipment allows us to stay on top of our field.

What Do You Do With Your Electronics After A Water Leak?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

hands of a man using an electronic device Many homeowners have electronics in their homes.

SERVPRO® Professionals are here to help you save your precious resources.

Leakages are a common problem in homes. Many homeowners have electronics in their homes, so a water leak could cause major damage. You should hire experts who can protect these items, given the hidden costs of data and equipment loss.

What is the typical damage that a water leaking pipe can cause?

A water leaking in your residence can cause problems with other electronics. It is crucial to ensure that your electronics are not in danger.

What are the first steps to take if electronics are damaged?

It is important to check for electrical hazards. It is important to unplug all electronics, disconnect backup batteries, and remove all trip or fuse breakers.

What are the next steps?

Remove all electronics from the environment if possible. To prevent further water damage, electronics can be covered with plastic if removal is impossible.

What about the water coming from the leakage?

SERVPRO® professionals can remove standing water. Wipe away any excess water after you have completed the water removal. You should not turn the equipment on again until it is thoroughly examined. If you do, further damage may occur.

What other equipment could we use?

SERVPRO® professionals can use dehumidification equipment in order to stabilize the electronics. The dew point of the room should not cool electronics as this can lead to condensation and corrosion.

What if additional specialized expertise is needed?

A qualified electronics restoration specialist may be needed to complete the work and confirm the integrity.

SERVPRO Southwest Onondaga is here to help you save your electronics. To schedule an evaluation, please call (315) 488-3900

What Can I Do To Drain Water From My Basement?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a caution road signage halfway consumed by storm flood Flooding in the lowest levels can cause property damage.

SERVPRO® offers many extraction options that can remove standing water from your basement and start the drying process.

Flooding in the lowest levels can cause property damage. SERVPRO® is a team of experts that can help you with everything, from removing standing water to drying concrete floors and masonry units.



The first thing to do when dealing with flood damage is to drain the water. Standing water can cause damage to your home by encouraging microbial growth and deterioration of exposed materials. These situations can be handled best by trash or truck-mounted pumps.

What can I do after a flood to dry my basement?

Drying out basements after extraction is another concern. To begin to evaporate water that has been trapped in concrete and blockwork, we can use a variety of traditional and specialty drying tools. These tools include:

  • Air Movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Floor mat drying systems
  • Positive pressure systems



Basement flooding can be dangerous, but SERVPRO® Southwest Onondaga team is here to help. We provide a full-service solution that includes both mitigation as well as reconstruction.

Call us anytime at (315) 488-3900.

Protect Your Valuables After A Flood Damage

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

home furniture submerged in filthy flood water after a storm Storms can cause more damage than just flooding your home with filthy water.

Storms can cause more damage than just flooding your home with filthy water. High winds, downdrafts and microbursts can push against your house, or drive flying debris. These forces can cause damage to walls and roofs.



Do Flood Damaged Properties Require Safeguards?

While there is no way to stop a storm from causing damage to your home, you can take steps to protect it against secondary damages. Our SERVPRO® technicians can help protect the structure and its valuables by taking the following actions:

  • Sealing roof or wall openings
  • Contents to be moved
  • Spraying wet areas in the form of antimicrobials or disinfectants
  • Plastic sheets can be used to cover items



How much do such steps help?

The safeguards are intended to prevent further damage or slow down the deterioration of areas that have already been damaged. The interior of the house is protected from rain and other weather elements by covering wall openings or installing roof tiles. Preventing mold growth by spraying antimicrobial chemicals directly on the water standing in the house prior to cleaning can help delay or stop any further damage.



The protection of contents from direct water and humidity is provided by moving them. Floodwater may not pool on the ground but evaporation or condensation can cause damage to other parts of the property. This moisture transfer is most common in:

  • Electronic components internal
  • Items made from hygroscopic material
  • Fabrics



Are safeguards effective in all cases?

Sometimes it may not be possible for valuables to be protected in a damaged structure. There are two main reasons for this: severe damage and delays in the restoration process. Content move-outs can help you save valuables in such cases. We can safely store the unscathed items away from the structure. SERVPRO® technicians are also able to restore damaged items at an offsite location.



After a flood, you should not abandon your home. SERVPRO® can help you protect your belongings. We are faster to any size disaster.

What To Do After A Storm Disaster?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

storm water rushing down the sewage Multiple levels of flooding can lead to severe flood damage. The potential for costly structural repairs is possible when a basement experiences water

Multiple levels of flooding can lead to severe flood damage. The potential for costly structural repairs is possible when a basement experiences water loss.

Flooding occurred in your residence. The water drained through a back door seal and reached the kitchen. The water seeped into the vinyl tile flooring, and then collected in the basement below on the slab substrate.

Water Extraction

There was no sump pump in the basement, so the single drain backs up very quickly. SERVPRO technicians used portable submersible pumps upstairs and basement. There is never a delay in the cleaning, no matter how much water there is.

Disposal Lost Items

SERVPRO technicians will get homeowner approval before removing any of the most damaged items. Delaminated tile, wet and ruined sheetrock must be removed. The techs inspect tile depending on its material to determine whether it is recyclable after cleaning.

Preparing for Drying

To speed up drying, techs use several steps. The first step is to extract water as much as possible. In order to get the best moisture out of the floor, it is standard for techs to perform several "dry passes". Air movers, subfloor drying mats and dehumidifiers are all part of the equipment set-up. This is where air scrubbers come in as a standard component. These units capture airborne particulate and then remove it. This improves the air quality.

Final steps

The techs prepare the property for repairs and reconstruction. SERVPRO techs clean the property using antimicrobials to remove and prevent mold growth.


SERVPRO have the skills, experience and tools to deal with any size flood damage

Experienced Technicians for Camillus Fire Damage Recovery

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

no smoking sign on servpro door SERVPRO recommends to all our Camillus neighbors--No Smoking--good for you and your property

Trained Technicians for Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs in Camillus

Anyone can put out an advertisement claiming to be the best or the fastest to fire damages and other emergencies Camillus residents face. It is in the times when disasters strike that these teams get to prove their mettle, and our SERVPRO professionals have continued to show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Just having someone there quickly is not enough to overcome fire damage in Camillus residences. You need assurance that the team dispatched to your address has the training and skills to make a difference quickly for your home. Our professionals undergo extensive training and coursework through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control (OCT), amongst other related niches.

Continued Training for Fire Damage Restoration

We do not stop with the bare minimum required to obtain our industry certifications, however. Each of our team continues to grow and gain experience through the hands-on recovery of area properties and coursework and online educational opportunities provided for our fire restorers in our SERVPRO facility. This includes combining the information from the NFPA regarding fire safety. We aim to send out the most experienced and most educated professionals, which is what added education could help us achieve.

Fire damages can be devastating. Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team has extensive training to make damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (315) 488-3900.

Highly Trained Water Restorers Available 24/7 for Camillus Homes

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

servpro semi at job site From large to small water damaging events in Camillus, SERVPRO has the vehicles to transport skilled workers with advanced equipment--24/7

Why Choose SERVPRO for your water damage restoration

Numerous restoration companies exist in the Camillus area, but few have the experience, the resources, or the unified support of countless branches of our parent brand on their side. We want to provide the best possible service and care for our customers and their properties, regardless of the disaster they face. With water damage incidents, you need qualified technicians to provide peace of mind that the situation has gotten resolved.

Water damage in Camillus homes can originate in many locations and from multiple events, so you need a team of technicians with years of hands-on experience in the field to help. Our SERVPRO team has cutting-edge tools that can work directly to extract standing water and dry affected areas. Also, the confidence that comes with extensive training and education through in-house coursework and our certification paths with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Water Removal Services

Our success and growing reputation in our area stem from our ability to mobilize quickly in a crisis. We keep our trailers and production vehicles ready to roll out at any sign of an emergency. With the frequency of water damage incidents, our professionals keep stocked vehicles with extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is a team to trust with water losses. Call us today at (315) 488-3900 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Can Business Owners Mobilize Employees to Handle Mold Damage in Camillus Businesses?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

servpro trucks at work SERVPRO offers 24/7 service for mold remediation in Camillus

It Is Best to Hire Professionals to Perform Commercial Mold Damage Restoration in Your Camillus

Mold is a type of secondary destruction due to excess moisture, and it can cause health effects. It results from failure to treat water restoration quickly. Mold needs to be cleaned properly by a professional restorer like SERVPRO.

If you find commercial mold damage in your Camillus business, you should have it removed as soon as possible. Our technicians can remediate the extent of the mold colonies and spores to acceptable and industry approved levels.

We have highly qualified personnel with decades of expertise who assist us in the following areas:

  • Identifying mold-affected locations
  • Documenting the mold problem and developing an effective remediation plan
  • Calculating the degree of contamination
  • Remediating mold contamination

When SERVPRO remediates a mold-infested business, we isolate the contaminated area using polythene sheets to prevent mold spores from spreading. We also ascertain that our customers' HVAC systems are cleaned using duct cleaning systems that include all necessary equipment and accessories.

To clean the afflicted regions, we use cutting-edge chemicals. We can use fungicides and sporicides to clean the area and prevent mold growth in the future. Antimicrobial agents are crucial in limiting mold growth.

To deal with mold damage in your business before it spreads, you need to enlist the help of professionals. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County for fast restoration at (315) 488-3900. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Meet Our Industry-Leading Drying Equipment for Camillus Homes

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We have the experience, specialized training, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Equipment to Restore Your Water Damaged Home

Having the right equipment for any restoration task is a priority of our SERVPRO professionals helping to overcome water losses in Camillus. We invest much of our resources into ensuring that our field technicians have the best possible tools and machines at their disposal so that jobs complete faster, more thoroughly, and exceed our customer’s expectations upon completion.

When Camillus water damage incidents occur, fast response with this capable equipment is critical. We have rapid drying solutions that can vary based on the severity of the situation, location, or accessibility. Choosing the right tool for the job ensures that we do not ask our customers to pay more money for a task that takes longer than we believe it should.

Air Movers

At the heart of our drying process, you’ll find the high-velocity air mover. While these can differ in size, they can make a fast impression on saturation and moisture present in a damaged home. We keep numerous air movers stocked on production trailers for quick mobilization when disasters strike.

Dehumidifiers

Our SERVPRO professionals also lean heavily on an assortment of dehumidification equipment. We have desiccant machines and low grain refrigerant units, both of which have their place in restoring areas of your home when water damage occurs. 

We know how to get your home dry again. Give our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team a call at (315) 488-3900.

The Risks of DIY Fire Damage Recovery for Camillus Homes

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

fire line Fire is no DIY project. Call the trained professionals of SERVPRO. They are IICRC certified technicians with the latest equipment available.

How DIY Fire Damage Recovery Can Affect You

Fire damages can have a dangerous effect on Camillus homes, and the less that homeowners understand these risks and present hazards, the more they can put themselves in harm's way. While we can help our customers, however they might need, we encourage residents to lean on our experience and skills with fire damage recovery. 

Fire damage in Camillus homes can be a challenge to overcome, even with many of the right tools and products needed to restore it. Our SERVPRO team undergoes extensive training and coursework to obtain their certifications in the fire recovery niche. We also have a team of licensed contractors that can understand the structural concerns present in widespread fire damages.  

There are many hazards and risks to attempting to clean and recover these disasters without the involvement of our SERVPRO professionals, including:

  • Exposure to airborne contaminants, including soot, debris, and other carcinogens.
  • Susceptible to structural collapses or weakening.
  • Inadequate cleaning of residues can result in staining and smearing.
  • Odors can stick around long after a fire without focused deodorization.

Fire damages may not be cheap to restore, but our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team can do whatever it takes to limit these expenses and get you back in your home quickly. Give us a call at (315) 488-3900.

Property Owners Need to Handle Flood Damage in Camillus Homes

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Storm flooding in front of homes Flood damage can be overwhelming for homeowners in Camillus. You'll need professional assistance with the cleanup efforts. Call SERVPRO right away.

By Involving Restorers with Decades of Experience Like SERVPRO to Help in Flood Damage Restoration in Camillus Homes 

Flood damage caused by heavy storms can be devastating and deep-rooted. Most property owners do not know where to begin when the unfortunate happens. Some begin with extracting the excess water without using the appropriate equipment and tools that professional restorers like SERVPRO use for proper restoration.

Delayed flood damage restoration in Camillus property can lead to severe structural damage. Floodwater can damage the foundation and structural integrity of a property. When you call SERVPRO, we respond within the shortest time possible and begin the restoration process. Before we get to your property, we recommend homeowners follow the key steps below:



  • Prioritize your safety by wearing protective gear.
  • Remove soaked and contaminated items from the affected area.
  • Avoid consuming food contaminated with floodwater.

At SERVPRO, we use advanced technology for fast and effective restoration. If the floodwater does not contain substances such as rocks and tree branches, we can use an electric submersible pump to extract water from your home. Our portable generator powers the pump. 

Our restorers are highly trained to deodorize odors. Flooding can create bad odors in your home. We can use products like odor counteractants and thermal foggers to remove the odors. If odors remain, we can also apply sealants to the affected surfaces to encapsulate the odors that remain.

Flood damage can result in severe damages if not handled on time by professionals. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County to minimize damage and restore salvageable items “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (315) 488-3900. 

Camillus Store Owners Look to SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Flooding can leave behind severe water damage to your business property. Call SERVPRO for assistance right away.

Skilled Help for flood water Damage is a call away in Camillus – Contact SERVPRO Today!

Whenever a storm rolls through the Camillus area, it can be devastating to your retail space. If you have a flash flood, this brings debris and contaminants into your business that calls for careful remediation to thoroughly and safely clean. SERVPRO is the team to call to get you back in business – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

In addition to flood damage in Camillus, you can look to us to handle every aspect of your restoration, including water damage repairs or sewage cleanup. It all depends on the situation at your commercial location, and we always formulate our plans accordingly. For flood restoration, you can count on us for:

  • Treatment of the water surface
  • Extraction of blackwater
  • Thorough cleaning of all contaminated areas
  • Drying of the premises using dehumidifiers and air-mover technology
  • Careful disposal of unsalvageable materials
  • Contents cleaning and pack-out services
  • Controlled demolition for drying and restoring, as needed
  • Repair and restoration of all structural elements
  • Sanitization of all surfaces to ensure your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!


As a business owner, you need to have the name of a reputable team handy to take care of your need for commercial flood damage restoration. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is available for emergency services water damage help by calling (315) 488-3900, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

Water Cleanup You Can Trust in Camillus

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO works to provide fast and efficient water damage cleanup and restoration to your Camillus property.

Water Damage Remediation and Cleanup with SERVPRO Means you get your Camillus Property Back to Normal Faster!

The last thing you ever want to do is to cut corners when you have basement flooding from burst pipes at your Camillus property. Going with DIY opens up a world of potential problems from hidden moisture and costly secondary damage. Hiring skilled water removal services with SERVPRO ensures you get the rapid clean-up you need!

All of the IICRC-certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO have the experience necessary to get the job done right the first time. When you call us for water cleanup in Camillus, our processes for emergency services water damage restoration often include:

  • Pack-Out Services – Whenever extensive cleaning and extraction are necessary, our crew can organize packing up and moving your contents to dry or store off-site.
  • Emergency Extraction – Pulling up as much standing water as quickly as possible using industrial-grade wet/dry vacuums, powerful submersible pumps, and other handy tools allow us to get to the next step faster.
  • Flooring and Carpeting Inspection – We will take a look at your flooring materials and the subfloor below to determine whether it can be dried and cleaned or if controlled demolition to replace it is best. 


Advanced technology like hygrometers and thermal imaging cameras for moisture detection gives added peace of mind. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is also here for you with detailed cleaning and sanitization. Call us when you need rapid water cleanup at (315) 488-3900.

Onondaga Hill Locals Know Who to Call for Fire Damage Assistance

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle You need a team you can trust after a fire strikes in your home. Call SERVPRO right away.

Fire damage restoration with SERVPRO saves Onondaga Hill residents both time and money!

Located within the town of Onondaga, the hamlet of Onondaga Hill can be found in the southwestern region of Syracuse. Here, you will find the first county courthouse that originally got built back in 1805. The hamlet was also the location for the town hall of Onondaga until 2005. 

Due to the location in regards to Syracuse, New York, there is never a shortage of things to do in Onondaga Hill that are just a short drive away. Whether you are hoping to get out to try some local cuisine or take part in a little bit of shopping, you will find plenty to explore. There are even local food tours available from time-to-time so that you can get the whole experience and never miss out. Top restaurants within the region include:

  • Archey’s Bar & Grill – Known for incredible hamburgers and a diverse beer selection, this restaurant is a local favorite.
  • The Leslie Depot Diner – Whether you are looking for breakfast or brunch, this dining spot is well-known for homestyle cooking and excellent omelets.
  • The English Inn – When you want upscale dining, this beautiful restaurant features seafood dishes, beef tartar, and a wide selection of desserts.

Nature Lovers and Explorers Alike Enjoy All Onondaga Hill Has to Offer

This area of New York state is known for some beautiful hiking trails and natural areas to explore. The location and natural surroundings make for a perfect day trip, camping adventure, or vacation in the area. A few of the top options to check out when you are in Onondaga Hill include:

  • Morgan Hill State Forest – This stunning natural attraction features over 5,000 acres filled with a multiple-use trail system, countless wildlife species, and a variety of family-based recreation opportunities.
  • Bucktail Falls – Located just off of Moon Hill Road, Bucktail Falls features a series of beautiful waterfalls along hiking trails, just suitable for relaxing in nature or picture-taking.
  • Onondaga Lake Park – Several significant events occur during the year, including athletic competitions, charity walks, and more. At the Long Branch portion of the park, you will find various reserved shelters, including Knoll, Riverview, and Glen.

Hiring Skilled Fire Damage Restoration with SERVPRO Gets the Results You Deserve in Your Onondaga Hill Home

Whether you had an electrical fire or a small blaze in your kitchen, house fire clean up and restoration must begin as quickly as possible. Once you call SERVPRO to your Onondaga Hill property, our crew chief begins the assessment after first responders give the green light. From there, we formulate a plan of action to achieve our results quickly and at as little cost as possible.

Handling fire damage in Onondaga Hill is something we do best at SERVPRO. Some of the ways that we address fire damaged homes in the area include:

  • Separation of all unsalvageable items from those with restoration potential
  • Total removal and careful disposal of charred items and building materials
  • Water extraction and drying methods
  • Smoke remediation, including odor control applications and cleaning methods
  • Preparing your property for necessary repairs or rebuilding efforts


Smoke and fire damage in Onondaga Hill does not have to take a long time to complete. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster at SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County, so call us at (315) 488-3900.

How Can Mold Be Removed from Onondaga Hill Businesses?

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moldy ceiling tiles and wall Mold with put a halt to business. SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified for any size mold remediation service your company needs.

SERVPRO remediates commercial mold damage quickly and professionally

It only takes minute amounts of water to encourage mold spores to grow and spread. All mold needs are moisture and an organic food source. Wood, fabric, and other porous materials provide the perfect food. SERVPRO helps with mold remediation behind walls, in basements, and under flooring to help keep your business open for business. 

Following EPA Guidelines & More

If you have detected mold damage in your Onondaga business, you can rest assured knowing SERVPRO follows all EPA guidelines for mold remediation. We even go beyond what is required. Our technicians are certified mold removal specialists. They understand:

  • You need fast action to prevent loss of business
  • Fungal growth can threaten the structural integrity of a building
  • Unchecked mold can spread rapidly and is unsightly. 
  • The odor from mold needs to be dealt with as well. 

We follow the most stringent protocols in the industry to remove mold from your business. Our techs use professional antimicrobials to scrub impacted materials. HEPA filter-equipped vacuums and air scrubbers remove mold residue from the air and surfaces.

You can rely on SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County to remediate mold growth in your business properly. Call (315) 488-3900 to set up a consultation with one of our experienced estimators.

Can Carpets Be Salvaged After a Fire?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tractor trailer loading up for a job Fire causes smoke and odor damage. But when it comes to carpet fire damage restoration, SERVPRO is the team to call on for the help you need.

SERVPRO does everything possible to restore rather than replace after fire damage.

Fires can cause a lot of damage, even when it is not a raging inferno that destroys a home. One of the biggest problems is the foul odors that are prevalent everywhere. Smoke particles settle into everything and can bond with the material, causing strong smells. 

Does the Carpet Have to Be Removed?

The odors left behind after fire damage in your Onondaga Hill home can become trapped in carpets and padding. If the carpets show no sign of burn damage, they can often be saved. Our carpet cleaning services can restore your rugs through several cleaning options. We offer hot water extraction, bonnet cleaning, deluxe precondition and rinse, and showcase premier cleaning. You can trust SERVPRO to:

  • Ensure smoky odors do not linger
  • Remove permanently damaged portions of the carpet
  • Clean your carpet to preloss condition
  • Do a scope of the home to create a restoration plan
  • Work quickly to get you back to normal as fast as possible
  • Deep clean your carpet to remove build-up and debris

For professional fire damage service, contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Can Hamper Your Activities

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher over flow When your dishwasher decides to have a mind of its own, call SERVPRO for the water restoration you need in your kitchen.

SERVPRO can mitigate the water recovery quickly for Camillus residents

Whether you enjoy dining in or take out is your favorite, it is always fun to try new restaurants. Camillus has a lot to offer in the way of food choices, so why not change things up a bit? Check out these excellent eateries and expand your food horizons.

Mo’s Pits BBQ

Barbecue lovers can be picky, but this place does not disappoint. The fries are hot and crunchy, and the choice of sauces is very nice. If you are looking for a great restaurant for date night, they offer a Sweetheart Combo. Pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken come with your choice of sauces. The brisket is the most popular dish with coleslaw and mac & cheese that rounds out the meal nicely.

Finely Ours

This diner has been a favorite in Camillus for many years. They are known for their superior service, great menu, and fantastic breakfast meals. The parking can be tight, but everyone who eats there is willing to park and walk. French toast chipped beef, frittatas, and more have customers lining up to start their day off right. If you enjoy diners and have not tried Finely Ours yet, you are missing out.

Eva’s European Sweets

This restaurant is not just about sweets. Scrumptious Polish food and European fare are served up daily at this popular eatery. The Tour of Poland is nice for those wanting to try a little bit of everything. The Polish decorations add a unique flair. They have an outdoor eating area with a firepit, string lights, and picnic tables that are lovely. You can try traditional Polish food such as pierogi, kielbasa, and golabki. The desserts are scrumptious. Order their orange chocolate ganache cake, and you will become a regular.

Second Chance Diner

Another great Camillus diner. Home Cooked comfort food in plentiful supply is what gets served up at the Second Chance Diner. Very reasonably priced, and you can eat at the counter. The French toast seems to be a customer favorite. They have indoor or outdoor dining areas where you can enjoy your pancakes. That is if you can decide from all the fantastic pancake options on the menu. You can even order a donut breakfast sandwich. Yum!

The Cider Mill

This restaurant is a favorite with travelers passing through the area. The food presentation is impressive, and the taste matches the presentation. The salmon over wild rice is delicious. Their outdoor patio is perfect for enjoying your meal. It has lights, music, and heaters. Customers can check out their Facebook page for their daily special. 

SERVPRO Proudly Serves Camillus Residents

If your plans for eating out get put on hold because of water damage, SERVPRO is here to help. Something as simple as an overflowing dishwasher can wreak havoc in your home. Even if you catch it quickly, moisture can travel and cause hidden damage. Our technicians are here for you. We can:

• Arrive quickly and get started immediately to prevent further damage

• Use specialized equipment such as moisture meters to trace hidden water

• Extract water and dry your home so you can get back to your everyday schedule

• Clean and restore your home to preloss condition whenever possible

Do not let water damage keep you from doing the things you love, like trying a new restaurant. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 for professional water damage services.

Who Can Help Homeowners Deal with Storm Flood Damage?

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SERVPRO vehicle with equipment SERVPRO has the tools and skilled technicians your home needs after a water intrusion. Call us right away!

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Storm Flood Damage Restoration in Camillus

Stormy weather can wreak havoc on vegetation and buildings. Wind damage can be a hazard to a building’s structure by loosening the tiles or shingles on the roof resulting in water damage on ceilings. The flooding associated with storms can ruin flooring and walls. Elements like rain, wind, and hail can disrupt your way of life. That’s why you need a restoration company that offers storm-flood damage restoration services like SERVPRO.

When you call us to handle the storm flood damage in your Camillus residence, you can expect your home to return to its preloss state within a short time. Some of the activities we carry out include:

  • Have a precise inspection of your house's interior and exterior to assess the damage.
  • Emergency mitigation services to help prevent further destruction. 
  • Inventory – Through our Contents Claim Inventory service, our technicians can generate comprehensive inventories for every room. We categorize contents as questionable, salvageable, or non-salvageable to allow easier content settlement. 
  • Using portable extractors to remove water from any affected area. 

Floodwaters can bring sewage into your home. If this has occurred, we can use biocides to treat the contaminated environment two times. We apply the first treatment before beginning the work and the second treatment after cleaning the contaminated areas. 

If you contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County in time, we can rescue your residence from greater structural damage. Our 24-hour emergency helpline is (315) 488-3900. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Who Can Help When Mold Damage Occurs in Onondaga Hill Homes?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

"Mold" Mold is no DIY project. Call the trained professionals of SERVPRO. They are IICRC certified technicians with the latest equipment available.

A Certified Mold Damage Restorer in Onondaga Hill like SERVPRO Can Handle the Situation

Mold can grow in your property when its spores land on surfaces with moisture and organic material. However, it can cause health effects to your family if not handled on time. Mold remediation is a complex process that requires the help of a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO, which has decades of experience and access to sophisticated equipment and tools.

Mold damage in your Onondaga home can spread to unaffected areas if not contained or handled fast. When you let our highly skilled technicians handle the affected area, we guarantee you effective and professional services. Our team of responders is available 24 hours and responds fast to our customers’ emergency calls.

Before getting into the affected area, we equip ourselves with protective gear such as:

  • Respirator or dust filter mask
  • Protective suit
  • Water-resistant gloves
  • Goggles

How Our Restorers Inspect Mold-affected Areas

When inspecting for mold, our technicians are thorough. Since mold grows even in confined areas, we can use inspection cameras and borescopes to determine if there is mold in an area. The equipment also helps us minimize damage since we do not have to dismantle cavities such as telecommunication chases, which are costly to repair. Since mold spores may travel to unaffected areas, we can also use a luminometer to test for contamination on other surfaces.

Hiring a mold removal company is the best solution to removing mold. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County for professional mold remediation at (315) 488-3900.

How Can Property Owners Perform Water Removal in their Homes?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Water damage in your home? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Removal in Camillus Properties Requires Certified Restorers from SERVPRO for Professional Service

Camillus is located in Onondaga County, in the state of New York. Originally, Camillus was part and portion of the Military Tract Township Number Five. The town had a population of 24,167 in the 2010 census. In the town, there is a village called Camillus. Camillus village is located west of Syracuse, the county seat of Onondaga County.

Captain Isaac Lindsay was the first white settler in Camillus. He settled there in 1790. His brothers Elijah, James, and William Lindsay followed him. The brothers bought land lot No. 80 for twenty-five cents per acre. In 1793, Nicholas Lamberson joined the four brothers and settled in Camillus.

The first residents of the area formed Camillus town in 1799. In 1825, the Erie Canal promoted industrial development. In 1838, the railroad got into Camillus town linking Syracuse to Auburn, a city in Cayuga County, New York. A Board of Trustees incorporated Camillus in 1852. 

The Town’s Geography

The United States Census Bureau claims that the town has a total area of 89.3 km square. The east-west highway across Camillus town is the New York State Route 5. The NY-5 intersects with New York State Route 173, close to Fairmount in the far southeastern corner of the town. The NY-172 intersects with NY-5 close to Camillus village. 

Camillus Economy

The U.S has an average unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, while the town has a rate of 3.8 percent. The town has witnessed a job market increase of 0.5 percent compared to 2019. Financial experts predict that the future job growth in the next ten years can be 23.3 percent. This is lower than the country’s average of 33.5 percent.

Camillus residents earn an average income of $32,012 annually, while the U.S average is $28,555. A median household income of the town’s residents amounts to $64,217 annually, while the country’s average is $53,482 per year.

The Town’s Demographics

In the year 2000, the town hosted a population of 23,152 people, 9,315 households, and 6,595 families. The town had a racial makeup of 0.37 percent Native American, 0.92 percent Latino, 0.95 percent African American, and 96.45 percent White. The median property value in the city is $109,000, and 53.1% of the inhabitants own homes. Home maintenance is challenging, especially when one has to deal with water damage. Common causes of water intrusion include pipe leaks, appliance malfunctions, and clogged drains. When such an incident occurs, you can hire SERVPRO technicians to restore your home. 

How SERVPRO Performs Professional Water Removal in Camillus

Fast action after water damage is vital to prevent secondary damages from taking place. Most property owners get tempted to remove water in the affected area themselves. However, the chances of secondary damages taking place are high when one lacks sufficient training or advanced water removal equipment. Mold growth may occur, odors may linger, and other costly damages may occur due to high moisture levels.

Fortunately, if you hire SERVPRO restorers to handle water removal, you can expect a thorough job. We use hi-tech equipment and innovative techniques to ensure effective restoration. If your carpet is affected, we can use Knee Kickers, carpet shears, and heavy-duty plastic bags to remove your affected carpet. That also helps us access water under the carpet and pad.

Water damage can be a devastating event if not handled professionally. Call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County for effective water removal. Talk to us at (315) 488-3900. 

Get Active With A Scavenger Hunt In Camillus This Winter

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Group taking photo Go on a scavenger hunt adventure with friends and make lasting memories, while SERVPRO takes care of your water cleanup needs.

Puzzling Adventures Invite Camillus Residents To An Adventure

If you are looking for something fun to do this winter, look no further than a One Team Scavenger Hunt courtesy of Puzzling Adventures. Enjoy a delightful combination of a traditional scavenger hunt, an adventure race, and a tour.

  • Answer questions, and solve puzzles to move between locations.
  • Play with a partner, in a group, or on your own.
  • Self-guided adventures mean you can play any time of day and take as long as you like to complete the challenge.
  • Fun and informative hunts are suitable for all ages, and many routes are wheelchair and pushchair accessible.

Scavenger hunts cost $19.99 per team, and there are multiple dates available throughout January. Book online with Puzzling Adventures to get started.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County can help you relax and enjoy your winter festivities by putting your mind at rest about water restoration. Our teams of experts are on hand to help if you need water cleanup – call us at (315) 488-3900.

Onondaga Hill Residents – Don’t Miss Nature in Winter – Virtual Program

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

A woman and dog looking at a computer. Virtual Nature Learning Program could be a great way to exercise your mind with nature without having to leave your home.

From the Comfort of Your Onondaga Hill Home, Enjoy This Virtual Nature Learning Program

There is always something fresh, exciting, and interesting to learn about the natural world around us. If you or somebody in your family loves nature, and you want to know about some of the nature trails throughout Beaver Lake, this is a virtual program that you do not want to miss. This online event will take you through some of the different animals and plants that are native to Central New York and how they survive throughout the harsh winter days and nights. This event is open to anyone for viewing through the Facebook page for Beaver Lake Nature Center.

  • Date: Friday, January 29th, 2021
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Virtual Event via the Beaver Lake Nature Center’s Facebook Page
  • Cost: Free – no advanced registration required

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County realizes the importance of learning about the natural world around us. As a business owner, you realize just how critical operations are from day-to-day. When you have water damage within your commercial space, you deserve prompt action to clean up the water so that your operations do not suffer from downtime. By calling (315) 488-3900, you will have our crew at your door and ready to work as soon as possible.

Camillus Residents – Don’t Miss the Prevent T2: Type 2 Diabetes Virtual Workshop

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

A man pricking his finger and with a laptop behind him on a table. This virtual workshop would be a great opportunity to learn more about yourself of loved ones that have Type 2 diabetes.

Learn About Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes from the Comfort of Your Camillus Home

With the need for safe social distancing today, more and more virtual opportunities pop up for Camillus residents to take part. Whether you or someone you love has Type 2 Diabetes, there is always a lot to learn about the condition and the latest treatments. The Prevent T2: Type 2 Diabetes Virtual Workshop is excellent for people who have prediabetes or other risk factors leading to Type 2 Diabetes. This workshop offers valuable information for taking control of your health, hosted by Mike Washo, RDN.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Online 
  • Cost: Free – advance registration required to receive the online workshop link for entry

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is pleased to support health and wellness efforts by all within our local community. Our crews are always on standby to assist during and after a storm, so you have the assistance necessary to handle flood damage to your property. We arrive fast and get to work fast while mitigating damage and caring for the contents of your home. Call (315) 488-3900 to have our crew dispatched to your location when you need us. We are available 24 hours a day, including holidays and weekends.

Camillus Residents Need Prompt Action to Address Fire Damage Before Corrosive Soot and Smoke Takes Hold

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans in a garage. Call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County as soon as you learn your property has a fire damage. SERVPRO can help subside more damage from smoke and water.

SERVPRO Lessens Costs by Cleaning and Restoring the Interior of Your Camillus Home After a Fire Damage Event

You will find the town of Camillus nestled within Onondaga County in the state of New York. As of the time the 2010 United States Census was taken, Camillus has a population of 24,167 people. The town got its name from a clerk interested in classics and chose to name it after Marcus Furius Camillus, a Roman military leader.

In terms of location, Camillus, New York, is just to the west of Syracuse. Within Camillus town, there is also a village of the same name. A lot of the town is essentially a western suburb of the city of Syracuse.

Details About the Geography of Camillus, New York

As detailed by the United States Census Bureau, Camillus has a total land area making up 34.5 square miles. Within the area, NY State Route 5 moves east-west across town, and NY State Route 173 has an intersection with NY State Route 5 by Fairmount. There is also an intersection of NY State Route 5 and NY State Route 174 by Camillus Village. 

Learning More Regarding Camillus History Throughout the Years

It used to be that Camillus was part of what was known as the Central New York Military Tract. In about 1795, the first pioneer by the name of Joseph Sherwood arrived where the village of Camillus is located. The town was formed here in 1799 with the land that came from the town of Marcellus. In 1825, a significant amount of industrial development got a boost from the Erie Canal. The town of Camillus was also located along the railroad line that linked both Auburn and Syracuse in 1838. Eventually. Both the Wilcox Octagon House and the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct got listed within the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1795, the first frame house was erected by Isaac Lindsay. By the year 1808, the entire village of Camillus only included two frame houses. David Munro constructed the first substantial frame house in 1810. Around the same time, Captain Kimberly and the White family put up houses in Amboy.

In addition to constructing the first frame house in the town, Isaac Lindsay also kept the first tavern here in 1793. John Tomlinson opened the very first store in the town in 1808. James R. Lawrence opened the first law office in 1815, and the first doctor established his practice in Camillus in 1808. This physician’s name was Dr. Isaac Magoon. 

There are several popular locations and communities within the town of Camillus, New York, including:

  • Belle Isle
  • Bennetts Corners
  • Fairmount
  • Fox Chapel
  • Hidden Knolls
  • Orchard Village
  • Pioneer Farms
  • Stanley Manor
  • Weatheridge
  • Wincrest Park

Enjoying Local Attractions In and Around Camillus, New York

Whether you are looking for something to do with family or a day outing with friends, Camillus, New York, features a wide variety of in-town and nearby attractions. These are some of the different must-do things when you are in the area:

Camillus Erie Canal Park – This is a beautiful park that features walkways that go along an old towpath. You will also find various displays of historical relics from the old days of the canal. Many like to visit to enjoy nature on a walk or enjoying time with their pets but also to check out the aqueduct, which is there to carry the canal across Nine Mile Creek. 

Local 315 Brewing Company – If you are a beer fan or you are traveling with someone who is, then this is a stop you do not want to miss. This local brewery is set up on a knoll in the middle of an active hop farm that also features farm animals and a beautiful valley as the backdrop. Not only is there a broad selection of IPAs and stout on tap, but there are also specialty flavors like strawberry rhubarb beer. 

Camillus Forest Unique Area – Whether you want some great local hiking or a way to get away from everything to enjoy nature, this is a beautiful spot. This area includes 350 acres of planted farmland that has now grown wild. There are lots of trails for hiking and different places where you can sit to enjoy the surroundings. 

Movie Tavern – Rather than going out to dinner and then to a theater for a movie, why not get the best of both worlds at the same time? The Movie Tavern is a theater that shows the latest release films while offering a diverse menu of eats and delicious beverages. All you have to do is order what you want, and the friendly staff brings you what you need – all without having to miss a minute of the movie!

Don’t Let Fire Damage Cause Undue Stress in Your Life – Call SERVPRO to Your Camillus Home to Take Care of Your Cleanup and Restoration Needs

A fire in your Camillus home will put you through a world of emotions. Not only will you be overwhelmed with the shock of what happened, but you also have stress while determining the next best steps. SERVPRO is available to help you with all of the cleanup, including debris, soiled contents, and structural issues. All you have to do is get in touch with our team, and we will arrive within hours to begin our assessment. We are available 24/7 to make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

There is a lot of hard work that goes into restoring fire damage in Camillus, but there is no job that SERVPRO cannot handle. You never have to go through this alone. We are here for:

  • Containment of fire damage
  • Full cleaning and storing of your belongings
  • Detailed building restoration, addressing all structural components
  • Total smoke and odor elimination
  • Cleaning and sanitization, making your home Certified: SERVPRO Clean
  • Structural Drying, and much more!

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is the team to call when you have any fire damage to your home. We can be reached 24/7 for emergency service by calling (315) 488-3900. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our Green Fleet comes fully equipped with the latest equipment and EPA-registered cleaning agents.

There Is Always Something To Do In Camillus

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SERVPRO Technician SERVPRO specializes in water cleanup. Our Skilled technicians are ready to revive your home or business in a moments notice.

Camillus Is A Small Town With A Big Personality

Camillus is a small town of 24,167 people, located near Syracuse, New York. Joseph Sherwood was the first pioneer to arrive in the area in 1795. By 1799 the village of Camillus was formed out of the land from nearby Marcellus. Although it was only a small town, Camillus quickly grew thanks to the Erie Canal building and the fact that it was on the rail route between New York and Auburn. 

From Axe Throwing to Movies, There Is Something For Everyone

One thing visitors to Camillus are sure to love is the range of things to see and do. For such a small town, Camillus is not short on entertainment. The town is home to many volunteer and civic organizations. You will find five golf courses, numerous shops and eateries, miles of parks and trails, a skate park, a community splash pad, and a senior center within its bounds. If you are looking for something sort of different to do, why not visit:

  • Deep Stop Scuba for all your scuba diving needs. They have classes for all ability levels, and you can take courses that focus on specific skills, too, such as ice diving. Their well-stocked shop covers all your diving needs, and they can also carry out repairs on your equipment.
  • Bad Axe Throwing, where you can unleash your inner Viking and learn a fascinating new skill! Ax throwing is ideal for families, friend groups, and work teams. You will be paired with a knowledgeable instructor who will help you learn the art of ax throwing.
  • Marcus Movie Tavern is the place to be if you want to enjoy good food and good movies at the same time. Relax in the comfy recliner chairs and choose from their delicious food menu for a luxury movie-going experience you will not forget.
  • Martisco Station Railway Museum offers you a step back in time. The museum is housed in the original station buildings, on the route between Syracuse and Auburn. Explore the exhibits and learn about a vital part of the area's history.

Enjoy Acres Of Natural Beauty

If you are looking for some much needed fresh air and exercise, Camillus has plenty to offer. The town boasts over 500 acres of parkland, which is impressive for a town of its size. 

One of the most popular parks is the Erie Canal Park and Sims Store Museum. Locals worked together to turn this abandoned part of the historic Erie Canal into a delightful haven. The park is available all year round for hiking, jogging, fishing, boating, and cross-country skiing, and you can also take a narrated boat tour. In winter you can go snowmobiling. If you visit in summer, you can book a spectacular dinner cruise along the old canal, where you will enjoy a fresh menu prepared by the local restaurant, Ernie's of Lakeland. Luncheon cruises are also available.

Erie Canal Park is educational as well as beautiful. The Sims Store Museum carefully replicates the original Sims Store that stood nearby in 1860. The original store sold:

  • Food and water
  • Fuels like coal and kerosene
  • Groceries and animal feed
  • Medicines
  • Hardware

The original store was in a prime position near Gere Lock, where the owner John Sim profited from the fact that boats had to stop at the lock before sailing on. Park visitors can see what the store would have looked like and learn about its role in Erie Canal history.

Get To Know The Notable Residents Of Camillus

For a town of its size, Camillus can count plenty of influential people to its name! Some notable residents, past and present, include:

  • Frank Michael DiPino, an accomplished former American professional baseball pitcher. DiPino played for Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, and Houston Astros. In 1988, DiPinowas the winning pitcher at the Chicago Cubs' first-ever night game at Wrigley Field. These days he is a pitching instructor in Syracuse, helping upcoming baseball players perfect their craft.
  • Kinsley S. Bingham, born in 1808, was a politician and lawyer who became the Governor of Michigan. Bingham was strongly opposed to the expansion of slavery. He was also a strong supporter of agriculture and was a significant player in building the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. Such was his devotion that he was known as the farmer-Governor of Michigan.
  • Susan Wynne is an Olympic figure skater and two-time gold medal winner in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She is now a figure skating analyst for television, and she has also worked as a coach.
  • Kelly Cutrone is a publicist and television personality who famously took time away from her publicist career to work as a tarot reader for eighteen months! Her publicity firm, Cutrone & Weinberg, had a client roster that included Mark Ronson and Eartha Kitt. After her hiatus, Cutrone founded the People's Revolution. During New York Fashion Week, People's Revolution beat the record for most shows produced in one day.

SERVPRO Is Here To Help With Water Cleanup – Even During Record-Breaking Storms

Halloween 2019 saw record rainfall in upstate New York. Winds of 60 mph knocked out power lines, while the rain caused flooding that ran over roads and into homes. The winds were high enough to whip up water from Lake Erie and cause further flooding.

In floods such as these, there is a need for rapid water cleanup. Water that is not dealt with can soak into furniture, textiles, and even insulation and floorboards, causing damage. Wet conditions also raise the risk of mold growth. 

We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster. We equip our teams with state of the art equipment, including thermo hygrometers, moisture probes, air movers, and dehumidifiers to deal with water cleanup. We carefully plan and monitor every stage of water evacuation and drying to ensure the best results.

We also take care of contents cleaning. Our team will use hydraulic cleaning, spot cleaning, and Esporta washers to clean everything from clothes to kitchen utensils and toys. When we have finished drying your home, we will deodorize it to eliminate any lingering damp smells.

If you need a reliable water cleanup service, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is here for you. Call us at (315) 488-3900.

You Are Invited To View Spectacular Festive Lights In Onondaga Hill This Winter

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Lights Take time to enjoy the lights while SERVPRO brings light back to your home after a fire darkens your property.

See The Breathtaking Lights On The Lake In Onondaga Hill

Onondaga Lake Park is delighted to welcome visitors to their popular annual Lights on the Lake winter extravaganza. Drive through over 2 miles of gorgeous lights and festive decorations.

  • See a glittering fantasy forest and visit the land of Oz.
  • Admire unforgettable animated festive scenes.
  • Tour ends with a fairytale grand finale.
  • Tune in to Sunny102 radio for a festive soundtrack.
  • Purchase a foam lightsaber and become part of the display!

You can even download an electronic guide full of fun games and seasonal coloring pages.

Lights on the Lake runs from 5 PM – 10 PM nightly until January 10, 2021. Please note that you must purchase admission tickets and vehicle passes online before arrival. Tickets cost $6 per car on Mondays and Tuesdays, $10 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $20 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Thankfully these lights are not open flames. However, businesses need to be mindful of fire safety at this time of year. If you need help with fire damage in your business, call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900.

Experience the Thrill of Hiking Unbeaten Paths in Onondaga Hills

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

A park with a bench looking over hills. Challenging your mind and body is very important. SERVPRO enjoys seeing the community out and about enjoying their lives.

Daily Checkpoint Challenges That Can Turn the Average Onondaga Hills Hiker into an Adventurer 

Spending time outdoors can be a great way to challenge the body physically or even mentally when it involves thought-provoking activities. Hiking is one such activity, especially if people have to find their way in the subject area. The Checkpoint Challenges provide Onondaga Hills residents with a chance to experience the difficulty and thrill of outdoor activity with its unique approach. 

The event has four unique aspects that make it worthwhile:

  • The outdoor event can be enjoyed by active people of all fitness and skill level
  • It is mentally challenging because you have to find your way between checkpoints using only a compass and any personal navigation skills that you have
  • You can take time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors or race to be ranked number one
  • You can create courses and earn credits when you share them with others

You can take the challenge any day. You can take the challenge yourself or buy it as a gift for someone else. Such gifts are valid for 12 months.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County tackles challenging tasks such as groundwater extraction from Onondaga Hills residences with ease. Call us at (315) 488-3900.

The Quick Way Camillus Residents Can Master the Art of Making Italian Desserts

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Deep fried donuts with honey. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County fully supports cooking desserts.

Learn To Prepare Two Popular Italian Foods While Interacting With Locals in Camillus

As the festivities season approaches, you may want to surprise your family or friends with unique dishes. You can consider Italian foods in your search for exceptional food. Although you can find recipes in cookbooks and try them on your own, you might get better results when someone shows you the ropes. Struffoli & Italian Wine Cookies are some of the highly-rated Italian desserts that you can prepare in the comfort of your Camillus home. You can build up the abilities you need by attending Vince's Gourmet Imports cooking classes.

The class presents several benefits, including:

  • Lessons that cover the traditional Struffoli preparation method, including mixing in honey and layering in sprinkles
  • Learning together with other people since each class involves up to 6 people, so you get to interact and meet new people
  • There is a printed recipe for each dish prepared provided at the end of the lesson

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County helps maintain comfort in Camillus residences through effective mold remediation. Call us at (315) 488-3900 for assistance.

Provision of Advanced Fire Restoration Resources Helps Manage the Outcome of Fires in Camillus

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment and vehicles in a warehouse. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is ready to help their community, call us today.

SERVPRO Maintains a Highly Trained and Well Equipped Team to Help Camillus Homeowners, Fix Fire Damage 

Camillus town stands in an area with a long occupation history stretching back at least four years before it became part of Onondaga County. The town was established on March 8, 1799, and named after a Roman general whose full name was Marcus Furius Camillus. It is a unique name since it is the only town in the United States to carry it. There was a significant setback to the township's development when a major fire destroyed 20 years' worth of records in 1829.   

The town underwent several changes in its formative stages, some of which came about because of the push for freedom against colonial tax policies and lack of representation. Camillus was the fifth township of the Military Tract. The Military Tract was land set aside to entice more people to participate in the revolutionary war. Initially, each soldier was guaranteed 100 acres as a bounty for the service rendered. By 1871 the acreage was increased to 500 per soldier when it was established that a better incentive was necessary to boost the numbers enlisting. The town also underwent various reorganizations over time. Initially, it was a military township. It was then included in Marcellus, a civil town before it was finally formed into a separate town and given its old name back.

A History of Community Cooperation

Many initial developments in the town are attributed to individuals. In 1792, William Lindsay discovered the first plaster bed, not only in the town but also in the entire country, albeit accidentally. He took a large block of a unique stone home, and after examination by several people, it was finally established to be plaster. Other notable firsts in the area include:

  • The first frame house erected by Isaac Lindsay in 1795
  • The first store in town set up by John Tomlinson in 1808
  • Dr. Isaac Magoon became the first physician in the township in 1808

However, collaboration among the community members was also rife when settlers first arrived in the area. Probably because there was considerably hard work of clearing the vegetation in the area, a form of cooperation known as "bees" in which a general invitation is sent to all able-bodied men in town, was the main driving force for development. There were logging bees, chopping bees, husking bees, and many others. The hard day's work was followed by a night of dance and merrymaking as the men unwound and prepared for another fruitful day.

Interest Places to Visit in Camillus

Some remnants of the hard work done in the area in the early days have survived the years. One great example that presently attracts many visitors is the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct built back in 1844 as part of the Erie Canal – an aqueduct is a bridge that holds water, allowing canals to cross rivers, streams, or valleys. The canal ran 386 miles from Lake Erie in Buffalo to the Hudson River in Albany. It provided a direct route from New York City to the Midwest, thus triggering large-scale agricultural and commercial development. It also led to immigration to the frontier areas of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Western New York. It is also credited with transforming New York City into an economic powerhouse since people from the city could exploit the resource-rich interiors where timber, furs, minerals, and fertile land were plentiful. In Camillus, the economic boom also had a positive effect because over 19 mills sprang up along the Nine Mile Creek since it offered a perfect power source and convenient transport for inputs and final products.  

Today, the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct is one of the historical sites tourists can enjoy when visiting Camillus. In 1976 it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places cementing its place in the town's history. Work to restore its full functionality as an aqueduct started in October 2008 and ended almost a year later in August 2009, allowing boats to transverse it again - the first time in 89 years. There are other fascinating attractions in the town, including:

  • The Martisco Station Museum which was built in 1870. It was also entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
  • The Sims Store Erie Canal Museum. It is a replica of the original store located 2 miles east of the current site. The original store served as a stopover point before boats entered the lock.
  • Modern-day parks such as the Camillus Recreation & Parks where people enjoy grills, shelters, and a brook to cool off.
  • Sycamore Hill Gardens. It is a serene garden with a variety of trees, flowers, ponds, and beautiful landscaping.

How Does SERVPRO Help Camillus Homeowners Rebuild after Fire Incidents?

Fire incidents can damage Camillus homes extensively within a short period. Such damage might continue worsening even after the firefighters quell the flames. The Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO receive extensive training in managing fire loss sites, including securing the property's remnants, preventing secondary damages, and how to handle the different perspectives of the restoration process to guarantee a positive outcome.

Fires might cause all the damage at the site or create the conditions necessary for other factors to damage the property. For instance, when flames consume materials, gaping holes can develop in walls or roofs, allowing rainwater and other weather elements inside the house, leading to more damages. Aspects of the fire, such as soot and other residues, can also cause secondary damages. Our SERVPRO technicians respond in different ways to minimize further deterioration of homes, including:

  • Boarding up wall openings to protect the interiors. Roof tarps also help provide a temporary cover for the damaged house
  • Pre-cleaning vulnerable surfaces and applying protective products such as oil to prevent corrosion and deep staining.
  • Expediting all restoration processes including cleaning, renovation, and refinishing of affected areas
  • Securing items salvaged from the loss site boosting the chances of saving them

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County helps keep the long-established history of reinvention in Camillus alive by simplifying fire damage restoration for any category of damage. Call us at (315) 488-3900.

What Can Camillus Property Owners Do After a Pipe Leak Causes Water Damage in their Property?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in property Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 to get your property to its pre-damaged condition “Like it never even happened.”

For the Best Outcome, Homeowners Should Hire a Reliable Restorer like SERVPRO to Conduct Water Cleanup their Camillus Residence.

When water seeps into your Camillus property, it can take less than 48 hours for the secondary damages to occur. Odors may begin to linger while mold growth may occur on various surfaces. If the water intrusion incident remains unattended for more than 48 hours, your wooden floor may start to warp, and the structural stability of your home may get affected.

What are the signs of water damage?
It is vital to hire reliable professionals to conduct water cleanup in your Camillus home since hidden water and moisture can damage your property silently. To determine if there could be hidden water damage in your residence, you can:
    •    Inspect the exterior and interior walls for discoloration.
    •    Examine the floors by checking signs of buckling, warped flooring, and stains on the carpet.
    •    Investigate your pipes in the basement, laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom for water stains
    •    Look out for a musty, mold, or damp odor

How do restorers find hidden water damage?
At SERVPRO, we use innovative techniques and high-tech equipment to test for dampness behind walls or confined areas. We can use thermal imaging cameras to see where moisture is present and penetrating moisture meters to get the moisture readings of porous surfaces like carpeting and pad.

Are your technicians certified?
Our restorers have gone through thorough training and have water restoration and cleanup certification. We have accreditation from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and we conduct water cleanup in compliance with the IICRC S500 standards. Our technicians have expertise in:
    •    Water damage cleanup
    •    Sanitizing
    •    Deodorization

Do restores have to demolish the drywall do access the trapped moisture?
Our SERVPRO technicians can access the moisture behind your drywall and confined areas without causing more damage. Our primary goal is to minimize damage and save as much of your property as possible. We can drill small holes into the drywall using a drill to direct positive pressure behind the wall. That can help in replacing the moist air with dry air leading to fast drying.

How do restorers deodorize a property whose occupants are allergic to scented products?
Many deodorizing products are scented. If you are allergic to scented products, we can use alternate equipment like hydroxyl machines and thermal foggers to combat the odors. Our restorers can also use a ventilation box fan to increase airflow in the property. The equipment generates between 3,000 and 5,000 cubic feet of air per minute, removing some odors.

You can save your property by acting immediately a water intrusion incident occurs. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 to get your property to its pre-damaged condition “Like it never even happened.”

What Guidelines & Standards Are Followed for Mold Remediation?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

hand pulling wallpaper back revealing mold Have you noticed mold growth in your home? Don't DIY the remediation, call the experts at SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Adheres to EPA & IICRC Standards for Mold Removal 

Camillus, NY, is a lovely suburb of Syracuse. Rolling hills, historic sites, and beautiful homes spread out over the town. While there is a great diversity of people and jobs in the city, there is one thing all the homes and businesses have in common. They all are subject to mold at any given time. When a home develops mold, you want a professional company with experience and the proper training. SERVPRO is that company.

What are the EPA Mold Removal Guidelines? 

Mold damage in Camillus can impact both property and people. It can cause health effects. It is not something you should ignore or attempt to clear up with DIY treatments. The EPA mold remediation guidelines are primarily for schools and commercial buildings, but SERVPRO technicians adhere to EPA standards when working in homes. We provide the highest level of cleanliness and sanitizing we can.  

The EPA suggests the following: 

  • Moldy materials are cleaned and dried.
  • Moldy items that cannot be cleaned are discarded. (* Non-moldy items get dried within 48 hours) 

IICRC Mold Remediation Standards 

SERVPRO technicians are the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. They have the training and experience to mitigate mold projects of any size. The guidelines put in place by IICRC were developed by professionals in the indoor air quality and the restoration industries. There are five steps our experts following when dealing with mold remediation: 

  1. Provide for Health & Safety – Mold can cause health effects, so remediation means protecting occupants and workers. SERVPRO techs use safety protocols and wear the correct PPE to ensure all safety measures get followed.
  2. Document Everything– The technicians document the building's condition, the extent of the contamination, and the amount of moisture saturation. 
  3. Control the Containment– Containment is crucial to prevent the spread of mold spores. Negative air machines, air scrubbers, and physical containment all help prevent the spread of airborne mold.
  4. Remove Contamination– This involves removing materials with mold damage (controlled demolition), vacuuming damaged surfaces using vacuums with HEPA filters, and damp wiping with the right cleaning products.
  5. Fix the Moisture Problem– This is the most significant portion of dealing with mold. If you do not correct the moisture issue, the mold simply returns.   

Homeowners should always make sure the company they choose has the right training to provide mold remediation. At SERVPRO, that is never a worry. We go above and beyond in training technicians regarding mold, water, flooding, and fire.  

What Does Containment Involve? 

Safety is a priority, and containment is an integral part of ensuring safety when dealing with mold. Our techs do everything possible to ensure airflow does not go from contained areas to other spaces. Building containment can involve installing plastic sheeting to create barriers. Negative air pressure is established, and HVAC vents are sealed. The technicians set up "clean rooms" and decontamination rooms that allow them to enter, leave, and place decontamination tools. 

Mold Remediation Process Steps 

Containment is only the beginning when dealing with mold damage. Some steps apply to any mold removal scene. The necessary steps include: 

  • Containment
  • Removal
  • Cleanup
  • Drying
  • Antimicrobial application 

SERVPRO knows when items can be cleaned and when they must get thrown away. Often porous material, like fabric or carpet, may need to be discarded. Non-porous materials can be cleaned, and semi-porous material may be cleaned if the hyphae are not deeply embedded. Antibacterial and antifungal agents get used on impacted surfaces.  

Choose a Company that Knows Mold 

When it comes to mold damage in Camillus, never settle for a company that cannot back up their claims. Ask what certifications the company holds and what guidelines and standards they follow. At SERVPRO, we are open about our crew's qualifications and experience. We know you want to relax and enjoy your home without safety concerns. We are homeowners, too, and expect the same thing when we go home from our jobs. 

If you think you might have mold, SERVPRO can help. We have tools and equipment that can detect hidden moisture and potential water issues. If you do not see mold but smell a musty odor anywhere in your home, mold is lurking somewhere. Although it is not possible to remove all mold spores from any building, we can stop mold in its tracks. Our goal is to leave your residence, "Like it never even happened." 

Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 for professional mold damage service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Onondaga Hill Office Staff Switch on the HVAC During Fire Damage Restoration?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged office with soot covering the walls Commercial fire damage is very hard to mitigate by the office staff. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and mitigation services.

Office Workers Keen To Keep Their Onondaga Workspace Fresh During Fire Damage Restoration

Every office worker in Onondaga knows there is nothing worse than a stuffy, overly hot workspace. A stale-feeling room leads to fuzzy-headedness and lessened motivation.

When it comes to fire damage restoration in an Onondaga business, air quality is an even more significant concern. During a fire, burning materials form soot, which then sticks to walls, ceilings, and furniture and leaves behind an acrid smoky smell.

We know it is tempting to switch on the HVAC to get some fresh cold air flowing. However, please do not do so, because:

  • If any parts of the system are fire-damaged, you risk further harm
  • It is better not to switch the system on before a professional examines it
  • HVAC systems can spread sooty residue and smoke odors through the entire office complex

The best thing is to call us as soon as possible and not touch the system until we arrive.

What can SERVPRO do to clean the HVAC?

Examining the HVAC system is part of every fire damage remediation project. Our technicians know how easily soot can penetrate the system. There are different ways to clean it:

  • If the soot has only reached the front grills and vents, we can wipe these clean
  • If there is damage further back, we have long-handled brushes at our disposal
  • We can dislodge stickier residues with a mild detergent
  • We can use powerful HEPA vacuums to hoover up soot and prevent it from re-entering the air

Our technicians can also use thermal fogging machines to deodorize every nook and cranny of the HVAC system and eliminate hard-to-reach soot particles.

When is it safe to turn the HVAC back on?

One of our Franchise experts will let you know when it is safe to turn the HVAC system on.

Soot gets into all the smallest places, but do not worry. We are on hand to scrub away every particle and leave your office Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

For help cleaning soot from your HVAC, call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900.

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Are Sewer Backups a Common Part of Flood Restoration in Camillus?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooded with floating chair If your home suffers from a sewer backup, it is essential to recover it using professional technicians.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Technicians Experience a Range of Flooding Scenarios in the Camillus Area, Including the Mitigation and Cleanup of Sewer Backups.

Why do sewer backups occur during flooding?
Floods are well-known for the extreme amount of damage they can cause to Camillus properties and businesses. However, a less prominent symptom of storm flooding can be sewer backup. Sewer backups occur when local water infrastructure is overwhelmed. A burst dam or heavy rainfall can lead main-line water supplies to back up into personal properties. However, in most cases, sewer backup is caused by acute issues like faulty water supply pipes in the home or blockages by flora and fauna. The result of sewer backup can make your home unsanitary, so it is essential to bring in a professional at the first sign of a backup.

What should I do when sewers are backing up?
- Turn off mains electricity to avoid a potential malfunction
- Remove any materials from the affected area
- Contact a professional flood restoration technician

Are floodwaters dangerous?
When flood damage in your Camillus home leads to sewer backup, your home may become unsanitary. Raw sewage can contain many human pathogens, while sewer gases may be harmful to inhale. SERVPRO technicians only enter a contaminated site with full personal protective equipment (PPE.) This equipment includes respirators, eye-wear, chemical resistant gloves, and heavy boots. Unfortunately, it is often necessary to entirely remove any materials that come into contact with contaminated waters. We can set up decontamination rooms to ensure that materials do not drip into unaffected areas during disposal.

What type of contaminants is present in floodwaters?
- Animal carcasses
- Human pathogens
- Herbicides and Pesticides
- Microbial bacteria, viruses, and fungi
- Raw sewage and sewer gases

If your home suffers from a sewer backup, it is essential to recover it using professional technicians. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 to return your home to its preloss condition.

What Considerations Should I Prioritize During Water Cleanup in My Camillus Home?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

water spewing from pinhole leak in pipe Even small leaks can cause a lot of damage. The water can even contain contaminants.

SERVPRO Understands That Each Homeowner Has Different Priorities, But We Offer Guidance Based on Our Vast Experience 

Water intrusions that affect homes necessitate cleanup to restore the preloss conditions. Cleanup might involve several steps because you have to extract all the water, remove residues, and address secondary material deterioration, such as staining. When your Camillus home is affected by a water loss incident, you need to come up with a sound plan that can address all the critical issues.  

What is considered critical in the process of water cleanup in Camillus properties?  

  • Addressing all hygiene-related issues 
  • Checking physical deterioration 
  • Reaching all moisture in hidden areas 
  • Choosing cleaning products and tools that match the prevailing conditions  

The water released into your Camillus house can trigger issues that result in unsanitary conditions at your home. For instance, when water stagnates over extended periods, microbial processes start leading to the multiplication of bacteria and other microbes, thus posing risks to people who touch the water. Substances dissolved in water, primarily when it originates from unclean sources such as dishwashers or laundry machines, can also soil the areas it reaches. Another category of problems can arise during the drying phase when actions such as using air movers to boost evaporation rates can aerosolize contaminants, spreading them all over the property.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you take steps that address all hygiene-related issues when we handle the cleanup at your property. For instance, we can help you expedite the extraction process by using efficient water extractors, limiting the time water stagnates in your property. That simple step eliminates the need to deal with microbes that develop over time. Since it is hard to tell whether contaminants are aerosolized or not, taking protective measures when drying wet materials is the best solution. We direct air mover ducts through air filtration devices equipped with HEPA filters, which remove airborne particles from the air, thus preventing them from spreading all over the property.  

How does cleanup help minimize the physical deterioration of materials?  

Physical deterioration from water exposure in Camillus takes different forms, including:  

  • Change of physical form 
  • Change of color 
  • Loss of structural strength  

Wet materials can change form when they swell or warp. They can change color when they stain or discolor, while structural strength is lost when they rot or crumble due to action from the absorbed moisture. Cleanup is highly effective against staining and other color changes. It can also help stop mold development, thus retaining the structural integrity of materials since mold growth is part of the natural rotting processes.   

Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to address the issue of physical changes. We use cleaning agents with disinfectant or antimicrobial properties to halt microbial development. We also spot clean areas where we notice stains in the early stages of the restoration process to prevent the stains from setting.  

How can I dry all moisture from the house?  

Once water is released into the house, it migrates to different areas. Removing the water that collects on surfaces is not only easily performed but expected. However, it would helpful if you don't forget the moisture traces that spread to the concealed areas. As an illustration, if you have a tiled or hardwood floor, the water might reach the space beneath the floorboards or tiles and, if left in place, can cause havoc to the materials in the subfloor and other areas of your house. 

Our SERVPRO technicians help with the removal of such water by using specialized equipment such as drying mats. We lay the mats on the surface where they create a vacuum seal with the floor, allowing a high-pressure blower to remove water vapor through the floor materials without necessitating the affected surfaces' demolition.  

Apart from using specialized equipment to handle unique problems, there is a need to choose the right tools for regular tasks. For instance, you need squeegee wands when extracting water from hard surfaces like tiles and wood to avoid leaving scratches. In case a surface such as a wall has a vapor barrier like wallpaper or paint, you need a way to release such water. Our technicians can use perforation rollers to puncture tiny holes that release the trapped moisture.  

Using the correct tools helps in many ways, including: 

  • Cutting down water removal or drying time 
  • They eliminate the need to refinish restored areas 
  • They minimize the burden of ensuring the job is done correctly  

Water intrusions at your Onondaga Hill, Geddes, or Fairmount property can cause a myriad of problems. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County can help you set the right priority addressing any issue, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (315) 488-3900. 

Poor Drainage Left me Dealing with Flood Damage in My Camillus Property. Who can Help?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room We can make the flooding incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians in Camillus to Help You Remediate the Flood Damage in Your residence.

Floodwater can cause thousands of dollars in damage if not attended by professionals on time. If ignored for an extended period, you may lose some of your valuable items, and the structural integrity of your home can be affected. At SERVPRO, we have a team of skilled technicians with decades of experience who can get your Camillus property back to its pre-damage state in a brief period.

What needs to be done after a flood?
After flood damage in your Camillus property, do not wait until your structure’s stability is affected. SERVPRO technicians are always available to respond to our customer’s emergency call and begin the restoration process immediately. We act fast to prevent costly home repairs. Our flood damage restoration team can assess the destruction and figure out the best techniques to use to restore your property.

Why is professional help necessary?
Restoring a property after flood damage occurs is not an easy task. Our technicians have the education, experience, and the equipment required to perform efficient water extraction, drying, and restoration of a home after flood damage.

Floodwater may be contaminated and hazardous to your health. Do not risk your health and that of your family trying to remove the water. Professionals take measures to stay safe during the restoration process. We can wear full-body suits such as the Tyvek suit, eye protection, and gloves. Our team can also use an electrical circuit tester to check whether current is flowing through circuits.

What if mold growth has occurred?
When floodwater stands in a property for more than 24 hours, the damage goes beyond water damage. Your property may require thorough mold cleanup. We use advanced and approved products to ensure effective mold cleanup. If mold growth is highly concentrated in a specific area, we may have to contain the area. The containment purpose is to:

-Protect the building’s occupants from getting exposed to contaminants.
-Stop contaminants from spreading into uncontaminated areas.
-Manage airflow from clean to contaminated areas.

For moderate contamination, we can use local or mini containment. Our technicians can construct a small enclosure by wrapping the affected area with 6-mil polythene around a PVC pipe frame. We ensure the enclosure is big enough for one technician to clean the area. We can use sporicidin, which is a phenolic product formulated with anionic detergents. The product is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

If you have experienced flooding in your Onondaga Hill, Geddes, or Fairmount property, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County for assistance. We can make the flooding incident seem, “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (315) 488-3900.

My Ice Machine in Syracuse Has Developed Mold – Can It Be Cleaned?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling tiles with mold on them Finding out that your shop has mold damage can be a huge headache. Contact SERVPRO for commercial mold damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Provide Mold Remediation to Your Syracuse Business

Restaurants, fast food places, and many other establishments in Syracuse have ice machines. The last thing you want to see in your ice maker is mold. It can impact the drinks you serve and lead to unhappy customers when you can’t supply the beverages they enjoy. 

Can an Ice Maker Hose Leak Cause Mold?

This client has an ice cream shop that also serves beverages, so he depends upon his ice maker. A faulty hose to the ice machine caused a leak the owner cleaned up on his own. Now he has mold in his ice machine and water damaged sheetrock from hidden moisture. Commercial mold damage remediation in his Syracuse shop is now needed along with water damage mitigation. 

Ice machines can be a haven for things such as bacteria and microbes. Throw in a leaky hose that allowed mold to grow beneath the wall surface and along the hose, and you have a mess. It’s nasty to clean up, can have an effect on health and can spread fast. SERVPRO technicians have the training, experience, and equipment to provide mold remediation and restore your ice cream shop to preloss condition.

How Does SERVPRO Mitigate the Damage?

Each water damage scenario is different, and the process involved depends on the size of the business and the extent of the damage. But there are steps that apply to most situations. In this case, it would include:

  • Cleaning the ice machine – dry ice or soda blasting is an option for machinery. 
  • Controlled demolition – repairing and replacing the affected sheetrock.
  • Containment – providing the proper protection while the mold remediation is taking place to prevent the spread.
  • Drying the affected area.
  • Using air scrubbers and HEPA filters to remove mold spores from the air.
  • Using antimicrobial cleaners, and sealants if necessary, on infected surfaces.

Our Green Team is ready 24/7 to provide mold damage and water damage mitigation. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 for more information.

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I Need Help in Restoring My Onondaga Property after Fire Ruined It. Whom Do I Contact?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt room interior We can make the fire loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO’s Team of Technicians in Onondaga Hill to Help You Handle the Fire Damage in Your Home.

A fire incident can be devastating for a property owner. Trying to figure out what to do next after the damage can be overwhelming and stressful. However, if you hire professional restorers from SERVPRO, we can help you get your Onondaga Hill property to its preloss state quickly.

Which services do professional restorers offer?

SERVPRO has the expertise to remediate the fire damage in your Onondaga Hill residence. We offer a wide range of fire damage restoration services to property owners, using cutting-edge techniques and advanced equipment as well as products. We work fast and efficiently to prevent further destruction. Since fire and smoke damage restoration requires special skills and knowledge, we have a highly trained team of technicians who can do an excellent job. With our advanced equipment, experienced team of restorers, and approved techniques, we offer services such as:

    •    Pack-outs and content cleaning: Our technicians can inventory, pack-out, clean, and store your valuable contents until we restore your home to its pre-damaged state.  
    •    Carpet and pad removal: The water that firefighters use can destroy your flooring, drywall, and other materials. Your carpet and pad can hold lots of water, and if not removed for drying, mold can begin to grow, and odors may linger in your property. Our technicians can use latex adhesive, carpet shears, and a seaming tape to remove your carpet and pad safely.   
    •    Temporary protection/board-up: During the restoration process, we board-up openings using plywood to protect the property from harsh weather. We reinforce the plywood using two by fours.
    •    Thorough cleaning: We use our advanced products to clean the soot and smoke residues that have settled on various surfaces. We can use natural fabric brightener, a reducing bleach solution to clean soot and smoke residues on wool carpeting and cotton.   
    •    Smoke odor removal: The smoke odor may persist even after a thorough cleaning. We use an effective deodorization process to eliminate it.

How do you clean valuable items?

Our technicians can clean salvageable items in various ways depending on the intensity of the damage. We can use the immersion technique that allows the most significant application of cleaning solutions since we immerse the items in the cleaning agent. This technique enables our technicians to control the quantity and temperature of the cleaning product. However, this technique is only suitable for small items that we can place in the immersion tank.

When you have fire damage of any magnitude in your home, you can count on SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County to restore it. Talk to us at (315) 488-3900. We can make the fire loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Are You Making These Damage Mistakes in Camillus?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen with chairs floating Damage to your home can come in a variety of ways. Call SERVPRO for remediation services for a variety of damages.

How To Deal With Very Bad Damage in Camillus

Disasters do not strike Camillus homes and businesses at convenient times, so you need a team of restoration professionals that can respond quickly when you need it. As challenging as fire, water, mold, and storm losses can often be to overcome, we have a full roster of qualified technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in almost every niche of the restoration industry. Preparedness for your emergencies becomes a balance between proactive planning and extensive training to provide a fast and knowledgeable response.

Water

One of the troublesome aspects of water damage to Camillus homes is how many different ways that this situation can occur. From cold snaps that can freeze and burst pipes to leaking fixtures or malfunctioning appliances, the root of water losses in a house can vary significantly from one disaster to the next. Our professionals must stay prepared for any damaging effect that could be present and to have the right personnel available to repair and replace damaged elements to help prevent recurrences of the disaster.

Extraction is often a vital role in the recovery of damaged Camillus properties, and it does not always involve the same instruments and tools. While electric submersible pumps are a favored choice along with wet vacuums, there are many instances where other extraction tools might be a better option. The choice in extraction equipment is the first hurdle in efficient recovery, so it is carefully considered among the other hundreds of drying decisions made during job scoping by our project manager.

Drying a damaged home or business involves impacting moisture and dampness that might have migrated beyond the surface. Using sophisticated technologies like thermal imagery and probing moisture meters, we can determine the presence of moisture pockets that must get addressed in your Camillus home. Allowing these damp areas to go unresolved can lead to destructive secondary effects like material degradation and microbial growth.

Fire

From the time that our service professionals first arrive at your Camillus home, we must assess risk and work to limit the migration and spread of harmful fire loss effects. One of the initial tasks that we can perform is fire debris removal, which is instrumental and helping to determine overall damage to the property better and reduce immediate effects such as soot concentration and harsh odors. Debris removal often must occur before job scoping and damage evaluation takes place, so this is one of the emergency services that our SERVPRO team offers shortly after you call.

While there are many steps to the mitigation of fire losses in your Camillus home, content management is one that is often overlooked. It is vital to our service professionals to protect your possessions and belongings the best that we can. To do this, we evaluate each item on a case by case basis to determine the extent of the damage, its salvageability, and what specific process or approach is necessary to restore it. While many of your belongings can stay in your Camillus home, more directly damaged items must get removed from the house and taken to our centrally located warehouse for a concentrated restoration effort, surface cleaning, and deodorization.

An advantage of choosing our team for recovering your Camillus house after a fire loss is our comprehensive approach to restoration and recovery. Not only do we have qualified restoration specialists certified in fire and water restoration, but we also have a full division of licensed residential contractors that can perform controlled demolition, full-scale repairs, and complete build back as necessary.

Mold

Mold can be a destructive and overwhelming presence in your Camillus home. While you might be able to find several DIY methods for “mold removal” on the internet, there is much misinformation that can lead readers astray. With thousands of types of residential mold, one approach alone cannot safely manage each of these organisms exclusively. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists have unique training and coursework to identify mold colonization and the best approaches to removing the organism from your home.

Remediation is not a universal science for managing mold in Camillus properties, as multiple approaches vary based on the individual circumstances that our professionals encounter. In some situations, the application and wipe cleaning with antimicrobial products on exposed surfaces can manage developing colonies. However, in other circumstances, controlled demolition might be the only suitable solution to remove deeply seated organisms. Our mold response is a blend of technicians accredited in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and licensed general contractors.

Effective mold remediation involves strategies that reduce the possibility of recurrences moving forward. Between both the contractors that we bring to your home and are certified technicians, we can repair and replace compromised areas of your Camillus property to reduce the possibility of recurring damages. Managing moisture concerns is one of the biggest obstacles, and can involve the installation of permanent dehumidification equipment, water diversion implements, or repairs to leaking wall systems or plumbing elements.

Storm

With properties like Syracuse University in our service area, we know that with a single fierce weather event, thousands of people could become affected. We consistently work to uphold our slogan that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and continue to show this with our prompt response following devastating and destructive storm systems that can affect Camillus and other towns in our region.

Emergency services play a vital role in our storm response, as they employ both our experienced technicians and our licensed contractors simultaneously to help. Our contractors can offer temporary construction solutions that can thwart or stop the penetration of floodwater so that mitigation and recovery inside can begin. Roof tarping, board-up services, temporary fencing, and tree removal are all services offered for this emergency response.

Flooding is a common circumstance in Camillus home, and this is a situation that our SERVPRO professionals must also prepare for when responding to these emergencies. We have efficient extraction and drying tools that can help us to quickly gain control and manage standing water and migrating moisture throughout your Camillus property.

If you want to make any disaster “Like it never even happened,” give our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team a call today at (315) 488-3900.

What Can I Do When I Discover Water Damage on My New Camillus Property?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Camillus Can Provide Your Property With Water Damage Remediation Services

Most people would never buy a water-damaged property in Camillus willingly. However, someone with an eye for opportunity may see a chance at an apartment in a great location when they look upon an "as is" purchase. Many people love to take on fixer-uppers, but you need to get the job done right the first time when it comes to finding water damage on your new property.

Here at SERVPRO, we're dedicated to helping you fight water damage in Camillus whenever you need it. From the moment you call our facility, we can begin to gather a team of qualified water damage restoration technicians (WRT) to come to your aid. Our technicians are highly trained and IICRC-certified (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remediate Water Damage From Leaking Bathroom Pipes?

Our technicians have hundreds of hours of experience on the job and have the necessary foundation for remediating even the trickiest tasks. In the case of leaking pipes, our team can:
    •    Remove the bathtub/shower combo from the wall and then demolish any significantly damaged structure
    •    Clear out moldy insulation and thoroughly disinfect the area, to minimize chances of mold regrowth
    •    Use drying equipment to promote an evaporation-friendly environment and reduce moisture

Sometimes a change of perspective can make a difficult job more manageable. Removing damaged materials allows you to renovate your bathroom according to your vision.

What Kind of Advanced Technology to Your Technicians Use For Drying?

Here at SERVPRO, our technicians use various devices to remediate water damage. A few that might come in handy in your bathroom include:
    •    Heaters
    •    Dehumidifiers
    •    Axial Fans
    •    Air Blasting tubes

Making sure to apply dry air between walls and under flooring can help prevent future problems, such as mold damage.

If you find your home in need of water damage services, never wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County by calling (315) 488-3900. We're always ready to help you.

Did You Know About These Hidden Fire Damage Hazards In Your Home?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Roof on fire No matter when you make the call, we have highly trained technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO warns Onondaga Hill homeowners about unexpected fire damage risks.

Onondaga Hill homeowners know the importance of preventing home fires if possible. Although there is always a risk of a home fire, no matter how careful you are, it’s a good idea to eliminate hazards. 

There is a lot of information on the internet and from local fire departments warning Onondaga Hill residents about the risk of fire damage. However, most fire prevention campaigns cover obvious fire risks. There are also many lesser-known risks, and knowing about them can help you keep your home safe from a blaze.

What are some of the better-known fire risks?

You are probably already aware of some of the more common issues that can cause your home to catch fire. These include:

Leaving hot stove pans unattended or cooking with the heat turned up too high.

Leaving a burning candle of any other open flame unattended.

Failure to properly maintain electrical equipment, especially sockets and cords.

Forgetting to clean the lint catcher out in your dryer regularly.

SERVPRO recommends staying aware of all these potential problems and fixing them before a blaze can start. However, it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the lesser-known fire risks around your home.

What are some of the lesser-known fire risks?

SERVPRO wants to make local homeowners aware of some less common fire hazards so they can take action today and hopefully prevent a disaster. Here are some things you probably have not thought of, along with tips on making your home safer:

Laptops – laptops can overheat and start a fire. To use your computer responsibly, SERVPRO suggests keeping it away from bed clothes or blankets and only using it on a hard surface such as a table. You can also purchase inexpensive laptop cooling trays that sit beneath the machine and ensure a flow of air.

Piles of paper – it only takes an open flame or heat from an appliance to set a stack of documents ablaze. Make sure to keep your records in a cool and well-ventilated area, and if the pile is unusually large, you should split it up into smaller piles.

Dust – dust can accumulate around electrical outlets, sockets, and heaters and cause a spark that starts a fire. When cleaning your home, be sure to vacuum or dust around all such areas to prevent problems.

Crumbs in the toaster – crumbs might be small, but if enough of them accumulate in the bottom of your toaster, they can start a kitchen fire. Clean your toaster after every use so the crumbs cannot build up.

Clutter – a cluttered home means more fuel for a fire, plus if the clutter is in the way of a door, you could find yourself trapped inside a room. Set aside time one weekend to declutter your home and make a plan to keep it that way.

Are there any lesser-known fire risks in my garden?

People don’t think of their garden as a fire hazard, but there are some risks:

Leaves in the gutter – if the weather gets dry enough to start a fire, leaves in the gutter provide quick kindling and can spread the flames to your home. Clean out your gutters regularly whatever the weather to prevent a fire risk (and keep your gutters from overflowing with water, too.)

Dry vegetation – just like leaves, dry vegetation provides fuel for a fire. If your garden has piles of dry leaves or sticks, dispose of them sooner rather than later.

Charcoal – grilling in the garden is fun, but charcoal can re-ignite itself and cause a blaze. Take care when disposing of the charcoal after a grill-out. You should place leftover charcoal in a metal bucket with a tightly fitting lid and do not dispose of it until you are sure it has cooled completely.

Storage of oil or chemicals – if you have oil or chemicals for use in the garden or home, be mindful of how you store them. Store flammable materials carefully away from any elements that might catch fire.

How can I reduce the chance of fire damage to my house?

SERVPRO recommends making routine fire safety part of your home routine. Set aside time in your schedule to regularly clean your gutters, tidy your garden, hoover, and dust the corners of your home, and take care of clutter. Always be vigilant for any fire hazards and take steps to reduce the risk as soon as you spot a potential problem.

It’s far better to take some time to mitigate the risks than deal with the aftermath of a home fire.

Sometimes accidents happen, and even if you are careful, there might be a home fire. We all hope a blaze in the home won’t happen to us, but if you are unfortunate enough to face a home fire, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is here to help. Call us on (315) 488-3900 for assistance.

What Do I Do if My Carpets Get Wet After a Storm in Camillus?

7/11/2020 (Permalink)

couple on flooded floor If you ever notice that your carpets got wet after or during a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900.

To Fix Your Carpets After Suffering From Flood Damage When a Thunderstorm Strikes Your Camillus Neighborhood Call SERVPRO

When attempting to repair your carpet and pad that gets affected during a storm in Camillus, it helps our SERVPRO technicians to know about a few aspects of carpet and how moisture can change it. Learning how to determine the type and quality of your flooring materials can help us understand the best procedures to put in place.

How do you determine the quality of my carpet?

During flood damage restoration in Camillus, we first try to figure out the performance of your flooring, which can be based upon many factors. The characteristics of the carpet fibers and the type and quality of carpet construction all play a major role in whether your carpets can be saved or not. The quality of the carpet can determine how well the material can be brought back to its original appearance. How well the carpets have been cleaned and maintained before the storm hit can also affect cleanability.

What is the most common type of carpet construction?

Most carpets found in houses today are tufted. Tufted carpets can be made at a much quicker pace than other types of construction, such as woven carpets, making them cheaper. Tufted carpets have the following components:

    •    Face Yarn- The face yarn is the top, fuzzy part of the carpet that is made from either natural materials like wool or synthetic products such as nylon.
    •    Primary Backing- The face yarns then either get woven or punched into the primary backing, which is commonly a jute material.
    •    Latex Adhesives- The primary jute backing is usually coated with an adhesive that holds the face yarn to the primary backing.
    •    Secondary Backing- Some carpets have a secondary backing that gets glued to the primary backing with the latex adhesive to give the carpet more strength.

If you ever notice that your carpets got wet after or during a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900.

Can Floodwater Be Removed from My Camillus Business Without Causing More Damage?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Empty Warehouse Full of Cargo To start preserving your business here, Onondaga Hills, and elsewhere, contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County today.

For A Professional, Safe Restoration of Your Camillus Facility, Call SERVPRO!

Any Camillus business can suffer from a water intrusion. Sprinkler systems falsely trigger, eyewash stations fail, and other problems can happen at any time. While floodwater from a storm requires more cleaning in each case, every business is still different and requires both a professional and individual approach.

How Does That Work?

Using, for example, a medical supply warehouse in Camillus, commercial flood damage could center around safety, along with cleaning and drying both storage racks, bins, and inventory. SERVPRO specialists train extensively to provide an environment conducive to employee safety and preserving all items inside the structure.

How Can SERVPRO Improve Employee Safety?

Our specialists first use an anti-bacterial cleaner on every surface affected by the floodwater. This reduces the immediate health threat and also reduces the chance of a mold infestation later. Next comes removing the water and cleaning agent from the warehouse floor. Team members use a combination of extraction wands and then long-handled squeegees that push out any trace of water along with the soil and other debris that entered your building with the flood.

What About the Inventory and Shelving?

Once the floor is safe, SERVPRO team members set up exhaust fans to increase air circulation and then pull inventory off each shelf and bin. We dry them, change any padding, and then replace each item according to the inventory sheet you provide. Where needed and allowed, we also hand-dry individual pieces. If we find something that appears to have suffered enough damage for disposal, our specialists check with you and keep a complete list of items for your insurance agent to examine.

To start preserving your business here, Onondaga Hills, and elsewhere, contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County today. One call to (315) 488-3900 can start the process to quickly reopen your operation.

What Should I Do When a Leak Goes Undetected?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

"Call us today" No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO Handles Both Recent and Prolonged Water Damage in Your Camillus Home.

Although time is of the essence, SERVPRO’s IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) specialists can handle any water leak, new or old. Our specialists in the Syracuse area understand that you do not always see the damage right away. You may have stopped the leak and not noticed any visible damage, so you did not think about it again until several weeks or months later when you begin to see discoloration in your kitchen wall at the site of the leak. Technicians use specific products and techniques to repair the affected area and mitigate further damage.

Why Do Technicians Use Cleaning Products?

Prolonged water damage in your Camillus home increases the chances that you have microbial growth. With this in mind, SERVPRO technicians use disinfectants like SERVPRO's specially formulated Concrobium and Vanquish to eliminate approximately 99% of organisms. They also may use deodorizing products to ensure a clean-smelling home after exposing the wall and damage. 

How Do Technicians Apply the Products in My Home? 

  • They use EPA-registered disinfects and prepare them according to label instructions to ensure effectiveness.
  • They make sure products touch the impacted surfaces, and have the right amount of dwell time; otherwise, it could compromise the effectiveness.
  • You may treat surrounding areas as a precautionary measure.

What are Some Safety Precautions for Product Application?

  • Technicians wear PPE (personal protective equipment) for safe application.
  • Residents and pets may need to vacate during disinfecting, depending on the amount of cleaning solution sprayed.
  • Technicians may need to turn off the HVAC system while spraying to prohibit fumes from spreading around the house.

For 24/7 assistance after a leak, Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How Do You Clean Soot and Oily Residues from Wall and Ceiling Surfaces in Onondaga Hill?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of fire With efficient products and equipment, our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team can clean up your home to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.

Fire Damage In Your Onondaga Hill Home

Soot and residues are ordinary after structure fires in Onondaga Hill homes, but our SERVPRO team can help with effective removal and cleaning strategies.

When fires rage in an Onondaga Hill home, the combustion of specific materials can leave deposits of soot, ash, and other substances on the surface of exposed areas. As is the case with many of the hazardous conditions that exist after a fire gets extinguished, our experienced SERVPRO professionals must work to remove these threats before you can safely return to your property.

Removing soot and smoke residue is only part of the process of recovering fire damage in Onondaga Hill properties. From deodorization to debris removal, we have to meet the restoration needs in your house with the most efficient and productive practices. In many ways, this means investigating the details about the conditions after the fire and scoping the work to get done.

How Do Soot and Oily Residues Happen?

There are many different residues that can exist on surfaces after a fire. Soot is one of the most challenging, as this is not only a dangerous situation, but also a burden to clean without the proper training, equipment, and products. Additionally, the type of fire can have varying effects on residue left behind on exposed surfaces. High-heat fires produce a powdery residue that is less challenging to clean than lower-heat smoldering fires. Wet smoke in cooler fires produces a thick residue that can smear and stain surfaces. The most commonly exposed materials include:

    •    Personal Belongings
    •    Ceilings
    •    Upper Portions of Wall Surfaces
    •    Ceiling Fixtures

Is Soot Dangerous?

Soot is one of the residues or microscopic particles that can float through the environment that gets produced by incomplete combustion. Fuels like wood can be the base of these carcinogenic particles, and between their damaging presence on surfaces and contents to their challenge for air quality, can be among the most significant challenges professional restorers face. Among the many possible hazards that exist with a post-fire recovery in a home, our technicians must be mindful of soot particle threats because they are:

Microscopic – The size of soot particulates is a considerable concern for technicians and others around because, when inhaled, soot can embed deep into the lungs of the person exposed.

Acidic – Because soot is acidic, its presence on wood and finished surfaces can be destructive. Prolonged exposure can cause irreparable damage. Our team must work to remove residues as soon as possible to protect exposed finished materials.

Carcinogenic – Perhaps one of the most considerable hazards of the presence of soot circulating in the house or stick to surfaces is its carcinogenic nature. These particles have gotten linked to substantial health effects, so cleaning and removal should occur by trained professionals donning the appropriate personal protective equipment.

What Strategies Are Used to Remove Residues?

There is no singular way to address soot or other harmful residues from the house. The best approaches vary depending on the exposed materials, the location of the damage, and how thick or severe the residue has become. Clearing surfaces as soon as possible is a focal point of effective mitigation for our SERVPRO team as we can reduce the need for excessive controlled demolition and build back with the appropriate response to address the currently exposed materials. Some of the effective strategies that we can use for residues include:

    •    Water-Based Chemical Solvents
    •    Abrasive Cleaning
    •    Soda/Media Blasting
    •    Controlled Demolition

Does SERVPRO Do Build Back?

Full scale build back, and reconstruction is often a necessity after fire loss incidents, so many homeowners are already considering the securing of this contractor before they even communicate with restoration companies. One of the distinct advantages of choosing SERVPRO for fire restoration and recovery is our division of licensed residential contractors that we have in-house. These talented professionals have years of hands-on experience in the building trades. They can help with efforts ranging from controlled demolition in the mitigation stages through the full-scale build back of compromised areas of your structure. We can also offer new construction and remodeling when fire losses become a devastating disaster.

Fire losses can be destructive and widespread, leaving residues and soot on many surfaces and contents. With efficient products and equipment, our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team can clean up your home to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at (315) 488-3900.

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6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Call our office. 844-895-9116, a sales associate will schedule a time to meet, review your specific needs and help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

My Camillus Company's Warehouse Has Been Flooded By Spring Rains and Snowmelt, Who Should I Call to Clean It Up?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Several Camillus Businesses Handle Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup, but SERVPRO is One of the Better Services

Spring rains sometimes bring substantial challenges for Camillus business owners and residents.  Seasonal storms, often delivering torrential rainfall, can rapidly melt the area's remaining winter snowpack. This rapid melt, in turn, usually floods local lakes, rivers, and streams. All of this tends to cause flash flooding that can suddenly, and without warning, inundate your commercial buildings. If you're ever unfortunate enough to experience such an occurrence, your business could be severely impacted. Essential documents, equipment, inventory, and facilities could be at risk of irreparable damage. Ultimately, if you do not act swiftly in finding the right commercial flood damage cleanup and restoration company, you might have to totally cease operations.

Why Should I Contact a Company Like SERVPRO for Help?

When dealing with commercial flood damage in Camillus, the old adage "time is money" rings true.  The more time it takes for you to effectively address flood damage, the more expensive it usually becomes to repair. Also, you often only get one chance to restore certain things like documents and equipment. If you hire the wrong cleaning and remediation company and its workers fail to properly restore these items the first time, they could become irreparable. This kind of failure costs you both time and money, as well as access to crucial business documents and equipment. So, what makes SERVPRO better than other area services?  Well, our company:

    •    Has built a reputation as a trustworthy service provider that is dedicated to helping its customers
    •    Employs technicians with more than twenty-five years of combined experience restoring Camillus area businesses   
    •    Experts include both licensed contractors and highly-trained flood damage restoration technicians that are well-equipped to effectively handle substantial structural issues resulting from flooding
    •    Is innovative and constantly learning new time and money-saving techniques to restore business properties  
    •    Possesses all the latest high-tech equipment necessary to address your flood damage
    •    Is ready to assist you 24/7 and can usually be on-site within a few hours after your call

These characteristics make us exceedingly capable of resolving your flood-related problems in more cost-effective ways and in less time than most other local service providers.

What Does SERVPRO's Work Generally Accomplish?

When our technicians in Camillus work on a commercial flood damage project, they seek to do certain key things. These things include:

    •    Removing any standing water from your property
    •    Disposing of all waste and hazardous materials
    •    Disinfecting all affected surfaces
    •    Eliminating any moisture from your structures and contents that is in excess of normal amounts
    •    Restoring all invaluable items like essential business documents and equipment
    •    Preventing fungal growth and related issues like dry rot
    •    Deodorizing your commercial buildings

After all these tasks have been successfully completed, our customers' businesses are usually back in pre-flood condition.

How Does SERVPRO Do All This?

Our technicians follow a highly-effective time-tested process to return your commercial property in Camillus to normal. This ensures that the task is done right and as quickly as possible.  The procedures we follow include:

    •    Arriving on the scene a few hours after your call
    •    Inspecting your property's water damage
    •    Scientifically setting a drying goal
    •    Repairing any damage contributing to water leaks and related issues
    •    Eliminating any standing water with wet vacuums, pumps, or extractors
    •    Periodically using detection equipment to measure moisture levels in your structure and its contents to monitor work progress
    •    Employing strong fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry the interiors of your buildings, as well as any salvageable essential contents
    •    Eliminating unpleasant odors and harmful fungi with state-of-the-art foggers

SERVPRO's methods generally save business owners like you from costly long-term closures.  Moreover, they often enable us to save all your most important documents, inventories, and equipment. In doing so, you are able to return to your operations as soon as possible. These are not the only things our services do for you, however. We also help protect you from experiencing future floodwater damage issues like mold and dry rot.

Unlike hurricanes and tropical storms, flash flooding is not very predictable. As this weather-related phenomenon's name indicates, these floods can happen suddenly and without much warning.  Even hot dry weather can trigger them if the area's snowpack is extensive enough, and the resulting snowmelt sufficiently overloads natural and artificial drainage networks. Also, your commercial buildings are more susceptible to these natural hazards if they happen to be in a low-lying part of town.

Whatever your luck maybe, rest assured that there is someone that can help you if flooding ever affects your facilities. If disaster does strike your business, remember to act fast and get the right cleaning and remediation service to help. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 for assistance.

Why is Fire Debris Removal Important for My Camillus Home?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

electrical fire Do you need help with your fire damaged home? Call SERVPRO for their professional help.

Debris removal is a service our SERVPRO team can offer to reduce the severity of lingering fire loss effects before restoration begins. 

Fires can be an overwhelming experience for Camillus homeowners when they get their first look at how destructive these loss incidents can be. In many situations, it can be beneficial to begin debris removal right away to protect the property.

Much of the fire damage in Camillus homes cannot be fully identified until steps like fire debris removal have completed. This service is also often covered by your homeowners' insurance, so it is something that you can begin right away even while you are working with your provider for your coverage options for restoration.

How Does My Home Benefit from Debris Removal? 

There are several reasons why you should begin debris removal as soon as possible when the property gets turned back over to you after extinguishment. Some of these include:

  • Lower soot concentrations
  • Clearer inspections of damage
  • Reduced severity of odors
  • Identification of health/safety hazards

We strive to provide fast and efficient service that can reduce the severity of other effects after a fire. Give our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team a call today at (315) 488-3900.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Camillus, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County today at (315) 488-3900 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Are There Hidden Dangers in Floodwaters?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage in living room Call SERVPRO to mitigate your flood damaged home in Camillus.

Floodwaters Inside Your Camillus Home Can Weaken Structure and Fixtures

Flooding in your Camillus property can be daunting. Watching your personal belongings soaking in floodwaters is unsettling, and the process of cleaning up your home can be complicated. However, spending the right amount of resources on restoring a home after flood damage to prevent future complications.

Deciding on action steps to restore your Camillus residence after flood damage is a job for a professional team. Our SERVPRO technicians train specifically for emergencies like yours, and we can spot water hiding in crawl spaces, wall cavities, and other structural elements. By using state-of-the-art technology, we can address issues before they become insurmountable problems.

How can I remove water from my home?

Water removal after a flood is not the same as cleaning up after a minor leak. Floodwaters carry bacteria into your home, so every step our SERVPRO team takes focuses on restoring and disinfecting your home. Our team carries EPA-approved cleaning solutions and other equipment necessary to kill bacteria brought in by the floodwaters. We apply these techniques after extracting water with one or several of the following-

Our team uses industry-grade technology to verify humidity levels and adjust extraction efforts accordingly. A call to SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 is a call to experts. Put your faith in our expertise and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Is it Safe to Light Candles Inside My Home?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

candles burning Let SERVPRO Mitigate all your fire needs in your Camillus home.

Lighting Candles in Your Camillus Home Could Cause a Fire Requiring Professional Fire Restoration Services

Most of us light a candle inside our home at one point or another. Aromatic candles, especially, can become a daily routine in your Camillus home, filling the air with a sweet aroma. As careful as we are, it only takes a naughty child or a curtain blowing too close to the flame to ignite a small fire and threaten your safety.

Fire damage in your Camillus home can be big or small, but our SERVPRO team is your partner in returning your home to mint condition. Before you venture into restoring your home, call our 24/7 hotline and let us assess the scope of the damage and tailor a plan to meet your needs. In the meantime, avoid using generic abrasive cleaners that can damage your possessions.

How do I eliminate the pungent smell in the air after a fire?

Once our SERVPRO crew cleans soot and ashes left throughout your home, we shift to cleaning the air. Whenever there is a fire, we pay close attention to the HVAC system and track the path of the smoke. We can also counteract the odor by applying-

  • Odor pellets that counteract the smell
  • Ozone generators to purify the air
  • Thermal foggers to spray odor-eliminating solutions
  • Hydroxyl generators to purify while the residence is occupied

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is on your side when disaster strikes. Call us at (315) 488-3900 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Protect My Floors from a Water Leak?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

selection of hardwood planks SERVPRO can salvage your hardwood flooring after a water loss in Camillus

Protect the Floors of Your Camillus Home by Calling a Professional Water Restoration Company

Appliances can break over time and require a full replacement. Aside from the purchase, a leaky device can cause collateral damage by soaking the floors of your Camillus home. When flooring materials get wet, you need a professional crew to help restore them.

Water damage in your Camillus home is our specialty at SERVPRO. Our technicians hold certifications verifying our expertise in the water restoration process, and we are readily available when you call our 24/7 hotline. When water flows out of your kitchen or laundry room, take the proper precautionary steps by calling our team and avoid a bigger problem down the line.

Can I mop up excess water?

When your floors are wet, you must restore normal moisture levels. Your efforts in soaking up the water with mops and towels are helpful, but they may be insufficient. Our SERVPRO team knows that rushing to dry flooring material may damage it even more, which is why we work at an appropriate pace commensurate with the type of flooring you have. Some frequent challenges we face when dealing with flooring materials include:

  • Buckling of hardwood floors
  • Soaking of carpet underpads
  • Separation of laminate flooring

Entrusting our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team to restore your home is the best decision you can make. Call us at (315) 488-3900 and let us leave your home and floors "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Get Rid of Water in My Business?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

flood in department store Don't let a flood put your store out of commission. Let SERVPRO come in and take care of your problem.

Have SERVPRO Water Restoration teams clear and dry your Camillus store

Sprinkler systems are great to stop fires. Unfortunately, the water they leave behind can also result in a requirement for commercial water removal in Camillus clothing stores and other businesses.

The water is already draining away, why do I need SERVPRO?

Any amount of water can cause damage to floor trim, walls, and ceiling tiles. SERVPRO restoration technicians quickly remove  Camillus standing water with pumps and other extractors, then inspect every affected part of the store.

Next, they remove anything too soaked or otherwise damaged for disposal. For restorable, structural property, team members set up a combination of dehumidifiers and fans to draw out excess moisture while also forcing the damp air outside to lower the humidity level.

What about my inventory?

Whether it’s on the rack or a shelf, our technicians can safely dry it. We can bring additional equipment to hang clothes, shoes, and accessories or lay them flat on racks. Once spread out, team members install fans to increase air circulation and carefully dry all items. If the interior temperature is cool, we also use air movers to generate a warm airflow that speeds up the evaporation process.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is here to help you reopen your business here and in Onondaga Hill. If you need us, call (315) 488-3900 today.

Does It Flood in Camillus?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

tile broke up in bathroom SERVPRO's team can come into ypur Camillus home and take care of that nasty flood damage to your satisfaction.

Yes, It Can! SERVPRO Can Extract the Unwanted Water

Onondaga county sustains lake effect snow and often unusually long winters, making springtime water levels in rivers and lakes rise, creating a threat for flooding. Heavy rains tend to cause Oneida lake to rise, again making the conditions right for potential flooding. It is essential to have a plan in place if your home floods.

Do I Need Professional Assistance After a Flood?

The Flood Response Team at SERVPRO Can Help

Flood damage in your Camillus home can be overwhelming and traumatic. That is why, after ensuring everyone is out of danger, you should make two calls right away. First, you should call for professional assistance and second make a call to your insurance company. With all types of water damage, time is one of the most critical factors in mitigating damage.

What Should I Do if My Walls are Damaged?

  • Even small amounts of water can spread throughout drywall, potentially causing structural damage.
  • Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians often make flood cuts to the drywall as a vital step in the restoration process.

What Are Flood Cuts and Why Are They Necessary?

  • They are cuts in the wall several inches above the waterline, resulting in the removal of the lower portion of the impacted wall.
  • Flood cuts stop the spread of moisture, decreasing the chances of further damage.
  • Flood cuts serve to remove contaminated materials that may contain dangerous microbial growth from the floodwater.
  • Exposed wall cavities allow for more air movement and ventilation.

Flood cuts are just one step in the process in dealing with a flood. SERVPRO technicians also disinfect, dry, and much more to restore your home to preloss conditions, whenever possible. “Like it never even happened.”

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Should I Do to Restore My Camillus Home After an Electrical Fire?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged after a fire Together, we work with you to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Victims of Fire in Camillus Should Call a Professional Service to Restore Their Homes

Electrical fires can be devastating to homeowners. Occasionally they smoke for a while before they are even detected, which makes them even more dangerous. The ensuing damage following the fire itself and the extinguishing efforts can wreak havoc in your home, and the cleanup process may seem overwhelming.

Residents in Camillus experiencing fire damage can call our SERVPRO technicians to assess the situation and develop a restoration plan. Our team is available around the clock to respond to your emergency and kick off the cleanup process. Once the source of the electrical problem is under control and the area is safe, we arrive to return your home to mint condition.

How do I remove the smell of fire?
Even the smallest fires can leave behind a pungent smell that seeps into your personal belongings, including furniture, curtains and other textiles. You may launder and spray your items, but the foul scent still lingers in the air, reminding you of the incident. To clear the air in your home, our SERVPRO team can use one of several techniques focusing on odor eliminations including:

    •    Odor pellets to counteract the smell
    •    Ozone generators to purify the air by eliminating the molecules
    •    Thermal fogging sprays a mist to neutralize the smell

In the odor elimination process, we pay close attention to the path of the smoke and ensure that it did not invade the HVAC system. Additionally, we wipe down surfaces with deodorant solutions to remove any visible residue from furniture, cabinets, and fixtures. Our team also focuses on identifying odor pockets within wall cavities and crawl spaces and getting rid of them using industry best-practices.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County is your resource when fire damage invades your home. Call us at (315) 488-3900 as soon as the emergency happens and let us arrive at your home. Together, we work with you to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Our Experts For Safe Water Damage Removal In Camillus

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

A portable wet vac driving the carpet in this home We used a portable wet vac and this riding water extractor, the Rover, to save the carpet in this home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

My Bathtub Overflowed, How Can I Clean It Up?

SERVPRO Can Handle Your Water Damage and Get Your Camillus Home Back to Norma

There could be several scenarios that result in accidental water damage in your home, but one of the most common is the bathtub overflowing. If you happen to have a bathroom on a second or third floor of your home, the potential for excessive damage then multiplies. No matter how much water spilled out, you need to worry about where it migrated to so that you can mitigate the issue before it gets any worse. This is where the help of highly trained technicians comes in very handy. 

Why Can’t I Clean Up the Water on My Own?

Even if you have a mop and bucket, or a wet-dry vacuum that you can try to use to clean up the water, there is no way of telling exactly where the water migrated. This type of water damage in Camillus is best left to the professionals to address it with moisture detection equipment, industrial-strength drying techniques, and specialized cleaning agents. Our team at SERVPRO can address the water loss fast to make sure that your home is back to normal before you know it. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and you can reach us for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

What Should I Do Before You Arrive?

Stopping the flow of water in the bathroom helps you to limit the impact of the loss. Before our team arrives, there are some measures that you can carefully take, including:

• Shut off the water supply as soon as possible. Depending on the situation, merely trying to turn off the tap might not do the trick. You may have to locate the shut-off valve that is located behind the fixture. If this water valve is stuck and you cannot close it, you then have to look for the main valve to shut off water to the entire home.

• Turn off the power to that area. Because electrocution is a real threat and always a potential hazard when you have indoor water damage, you should locate the circuit breaker to make sure that the power gets shut off to that bathroom.

• Remove any standing water in the room. Very carefully, you can try to pull up as much of the water in the bathroom as possible. This can be done with towels, mops, and sponges, but using a wet-dry vacuum or shop vac is the best way to pull up as much water as quickly as you can.

Note: For any bathroom disaster that may involve unclean water, such as water from the toilet, you need to let the professionals handle the cleanup.

• Keep the space adequately ventilated. If possible, open windows to try to keep the air moving through the space before we arrive on the scene.

What Can SERVPRO Do To Help?

Once you call our team for help with your bathroom flood and water damage, we deploy certified experts in as little as four hours. We arrive at your home with trucks fully equipped with all of the tools and cleaning agents necessary to address your water loss in a safe, effective manner. Should you have any walls or carpets that have been impacted by water intrusion, we have professional equipment to help us remove as much moisture as possible, including:

• Truck-mounted extractors that allow us to remove hundreds to thousands of gallons of water quickly.

• Portable pumps that we bring into your home to execute fast, efficient water removal.

• Weighted extractors, or rovers that use the weight of the technician to help push water out of your carpeting and the padding below.

Because water may have migrated from the bathtub area and underneath your cabinets or behind the baseboards or walls, it is vital that we take the time to locate any hidden moisture. Our skilled technicians use water detection and monitoring devices that not only help us to locate moisture but tell us how we should adjust our equipment to speed up the drying process. With any water damage situation, the main goal for drying your interior is to return all of the materials within your home to average moisture content levels. Our meters and sensory technology allows us to find the moisture quickly before the potential for harmful mold and mildew worsens.

To wrap up your cleanup project, our technicians use EPA-registered and eco-friendly anti-microbial cleaners that allow us to disinfect while also helping to minimize allergens. These cleaners, in conjunction with air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers, allows our team to restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you are dealing with water damage in your home, contact us at SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County, and we can send a team out as soon as possible to start the assessment. You can reach us 24/7 at (315) 488-3900.

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Are there Commercial Water Removal Methods in Camillus that Reduce Damage?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" If your business if overtaken by water you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for mitigation assistance.

Your Local SERVPRO Can Help Speed Up Extraction and Take Other Steps That Control Damage

Once water spills or other forms of intrusion occur at your hotel, extraction is one way to control or prevent the resulting damages comprehensively. Other steps, such as moving contents, only offer partial reprieve since the water remains in the structure, which continues to deteriorate. Various methods of water extraction help, including:

  • Mopping
  • Scooping with buckets
  • Pumping
  • Wet-vacuuming

How does the water removal method chosen affect the level of damages?

The speed of water removal from your Camillus hotel is the central aspect affecting the resultant damages. Letting water sit in a property over extended periods creates an opportunity for extensive moisture migration. Microbial growth and other secondary damages can also occur when if it takes longer than 24 hours to extract water.

Apart from time, the equipment used during water removal can damage materials or contents in the affected areas through scratching, staining, or otherwise. Our SERVPRO crews inspect the loss site to determine the best equipment and accessories to use. For example, when wet vacuuming floors, we consider the floor material to determine whether to use squeegee wands or other alternatives. 

Do all water removal situations require sophisticated equipment?

Major water loss situations may require sophisticated pumps and extractors because of the volume of water involved. For other losses, simple tools can help complete the water extraction processes. However, there is still a need to choose the right tool for the task. For example, mops help with water removal as well as cleaning tasks, but there is a need to choose the right one since they differ in many ways:

  • Cotton mops

These are the standard mops readily available

  • Sponge squeeze mops

These mops have a self-wringing capability

  • Microfiber Mops

Similar to the standard mops but with microfibers that improve cleaning

Our SERVPRO teams bring a variety of equipment in our production trucks, including the simple ones, to capitalize on the benefits of each kind, thus improving the outcome.

Water loss situations are rarely static. Call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900 to help manage an incident at your premises, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage In Your Camillus Home

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home No matter how these tools can help your home, our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team can put them to use.

Benefits of Air Movers for Drying Camillus Homes

High-velocity fans are a staple of effective spot-drying and moisture removal efforts for water-damaged Camillus homes. Air mover equipment can come in several sizes and shapes, each with their own unique ideal conditions. The equipment that our team uses is only part of what makes us successful in the region, however. Our reputation also hinges on a fast response from the confident technicians of our team accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

After determining the equipment necessary to restore water damage in a Camillus home, we can get to work on the mitigation that the property needs as soon as possible. Drying often follows extraction efforts, and air movers are a considerable portion of this moisture removal. Depending on the type used and the severity of the water damage in the house, there are several distinct advantages to using air movers over other drying methods.

Versatile
Because of their size and weight, air movers are among the most versatile equipment in our inventory. It is easy to position and reposition these units as necessary, and they van each address either specific damage points or broader areas depending on the type used. Centrifugal units focus blasts of heated air at specific points needing evaporative drying while axial units address moisture in a broader environment.

Available
Our SERVPRO team has hundreds of air movers in our warehouse, and many of these units get stocked permanently on READY trailers and service vehicles to roll out quickly during water loss emergencies. The availability of these devices makes them ideal for even large loss scenarios.

Low-Energy
Many water losses can limit available power in a residence, but air movers can overcome limited electricity produced by generators with a process known as daisy-chaining. By plugging machines into each other in a sequence, we can run numerous units off of a single connection to available power.

Air movers play an intricate role in drying and recovery your home after flood and water losses. No matter how these tools can help your home, our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team can put them to use. Give us a call anytime at (315) 488-3900.

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We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

inside of a school bus with children sitting in grey seats When you need a deeper cleaning, count on the technicians at SERVPRO to disinfect safely and effectively.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

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.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County, (315) 488-3900

We Act Fast In Skaneateles After A Flood

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

One of our air movers drying the room in this home Our professionals are ready 24/7 and Faster to Any Size Disaster. We have the equipment necessary to restore your home to pre-damage conditions.

SERVPRO Extracts Flood Damage from a Skaneateles Garage

A few inches of flooding are enough to cost homeowners thousands or tens of thousands in damages. If your New York residence endures flash floods or ground flooding as high as nine to twelve inches, the average repair cost can be as high as $18,930 for home repairs alone. Not only is this overwhelming to consider, but extracting the debris yourself can be unsafe and lead to long-term structural damages. 

If your Skaneateles residence requires flood damage cleanup from an IICRC-certified team, SERVPRO technicians are always prepared to uphold a high standard of disaster cleanup. This team's emergency-response approach not only minimizes damage to structures, but it can also be vital to preserving the contents of your home. The faster the response, the better equipped you can be to file a detailed insurance claim in a timely fashion. 

How to Use Sandbags for Your Garage

  • Put up a plastic tarp in front of the door and bring it as high as the expected floodwaters. You can pin the sheet in place with screws. 
  • The first row of sandbags should go on top of the tarp, stacked close together. Sandbags work best when they are parallel to the expected influx of water.
  • The second row of sandbags should be set up by putting the first bag of the second row halfway between the first and second bags of the first row, eventually forming a pyramid. Step on them to compress as needed.
  • Repeat this process with additional layers.

SERVPRO's Sanitation Tools

Adequate sanitation is essential in a flood situation for a variety of reasons. Not only can floodwaters bring in sewage, insects, and debris, but they can also spread microbes through the air during the drying process. Microbial growth is kept under control through the use of broad-spectrum, EPA-registered disinfectant solutions on surfaces, which can be especially helpful for preventing white, chalky surface bloom on cement floors. Nonporous contents like hand tools, power tools, and appliances can be carefully cleaned by hand or evaluated by an electronics restoration specialist depending on the item. 

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County can ensure that your property looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (315) 488-3900 anytime you need disaster cleanup for your property.

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How SERVPRO Removes Soot and Smoke Damage in Camillus

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding fire alarm Smoke and soot leave lingering damage. SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to completely restore your home.

Solutions When Fire Damage and Odor Linger in Camillus 

The residues and smells from household fires are challenging to remove from your Camillus home. Conventional cleaning techniques are not always the best fit for a successful outcome and can make the situation worse in some instances. We invest in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training for our employees to ensure that the efforts we make to clear out soot and fire stench are appropriate and effective. 

Evaluation of Residue Characteristics 

Our project managers are experts in determining what types of fire residues and odors your Camillus home suffers. This step is crucial when developing a fire damage mitigation and remediation plan. Depending on the temperature and oxygen availability during the blaze, plus the composition of the materials burned, the residues generally can be characterized as dry, wet, or protein-based. The intensity and tenacity of odors also relate to these factors.  

Selection of Effective Removal Products  

The first steps SERVPRO takes to remove both fire residues and odors are the same. Our crews gather debris and rubble, containing it for disposal. Then we match soot types with the products we know clean best to clear them away. Dry soot vacuums and dry sponges away, while the sticky coating of wet soot often requires the addition of cleaning solutions with wetting agents and surfactants, loosening the soot and allowing it to suspend in the cleaning product for removal. The odor from a fire resides in the soot particles, so as the residues are lifted and suctioned up or wiped away, the smell lessens. 

Protein-Based Residues Pose Particular Challenges 

Many fires start in the kitchen, with the primary fuels being food and grease. The residues left are the dehydrated organic matter, very pungent, and tightly adhered to surfaces. SERVPRO uses solvents for this typically oiled-based soot and might need to include abrasive additives to the solvent or use abrasive tools to dislodge the malodorous soiling. 

Additional Deodorization Strategies 

If the debris removal and deep cleaning leave residual odors, SERVPRO has other options. We consider using thermal fogging to recreate the fire conditions. Deodorants combust and are dispersed, pairing with the smelly particles to neutralize them. Hydroxyl generators are another possibility, the radicals produced seeking out the airborne and settled soot particles. The soot particles found by the radicals convert to a non-malodorous state by chemical changes at the molecular level. 

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County has answers for challenging fire and odor issues. To transform your home to “Like it never even happened,” call us at (315) 488-3900. 

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Our Experts Act Fast After Water Damage In Camillus

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

A basement floor covered in water  The water pooling on this basement floor was quickly vacuumed up and dried by our team. We arrive right away to prevent further damage.

Refrigerator Water Cleanup in a Camillus Kitchen

Homeowners count on their appliances to work for them consistently, and one of the most reliable of them is the refrigerator. However, even this trusty kitchen must-have can experience a variety of issues that can allow water to penetrate surfaces and floors without fast mitigation. 

If your Camillus home requires water cleanup due to an appliance failure or another issue, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to restore your home to its preloss condition. SERVPRO uses a variety of water damage mitigation tools to dry your home, including back-mounted extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers, deodorizers, and EPA-registered antimicrobials to ensure that your possessions are returned to a safe and dry condition. The emphasis in cleanup is placed on salvaging when feasible so that you can minimize losses and get back to enjoying your home as it was. 

Minimizing Refrigerator Leaks

  • Keep the refrigerator level. If your fridge is off-balance, water cannot flow into the drain hole properly, which can cause leaks to form under the refrigerator. If your refrigerator shuts on its own when you turn away, your fridge needs to be adjusted so that it is level. 
  • Clean the drain hole. Every so often, the drain hole gets blogged by food particles and debris, which can cause an overflow.
  • Check for supply line clogs, leaks, or kinks. Be sure to unplug the fridge and shut off the water supply before you start troubleshooting. Shutoff valves for the fridge are often located behind the refrigerator, under the sink, or in the basement. 

SERVPRO Dries Your Kitchen

When water damage affects your home, SERVPRO technicians can use state-of-the-art drying tools to restore it to a clean, dry condition. Two of the most critical tools for water damage mitigation are centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. Air movers are typically placed at 45-degree angles in relation to affected walls and run in tandem with dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of surfaces and replace it with warm, dry air. Technicians can erect polyethylene drying chambers to increase the efficiency of drying in a contained space. 

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County wants to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your residence, you can call (315) 488-3900.

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Mold Damage In Your Camillus Home

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

mold damaged property We can make mold losses “Like it never even happened.”

Handling Mold-Damaged Structural Assemblies in Camillus Homes

Removing mold colonies from your Camillus home is not as straightforward as you might think, and requires detailed planning and specific intricate techniques to limit excessive material removal. As challenging as remediation might be, we have many field technicians with both experience and extensive training in this restoration niche. With accreditations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), our professionals have an understanding of the best strategies and techniques to use in area homes.

A common misconception about damage when starting mold remediation in Camillus homes is that the colonies only exist where they are visible. With full structural assemblies pulling multiple layers of organic building materials together to form dividing walls, separation of floor and ceiling, or interior to exterior surfaces, many materials stand to become affected by migrating microbial threats.

Careful examination of the damaged and affected areas, including the use of surface and penetrating moisture meters, can give a good indication of what layers and levels of these structural assemblies have become habitable, if not already a supporting surface, to a mold colony. After our SERVPRO team has established containment barriers, we can begin with controlled demolition for surface materials like drywall, as severe mold colonization on these structural elements is not cost-effective to attempt to restore.

Uncovering structural framework, joists, and subflooring are all areas where our professionals work to remove the mold colony presence without damaging the material substrate. Abrasive cleaning techniques like soda blasting and sanding can have a positive effect. However, light colonization to spotting in the early stages of mold formation can often get resolved with the application of our antimicrobial agents.

With so many layers that make up almost every structural surface in your home, mold growth is seldom exclusively a threat on the surface where you can see. Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County can work to identify the spread and presence of these damaging organisms to help remove these colonies from the house. We can make mold losses “Like it never even happened,” by calling (315) 488-3900.

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Professional Water Removal Strategies Can Permit Operations to Continue in Camillus

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

"Open" We will help you get back to Business. Call us anytime at (315) 488-3900.

SERVPROs Steps to Getting You Back to Work After a Water Damage Incident 

As devastating as a water loss can be to your Camillus commercial building, the perception in the community that you are unable to provide goods and services can sink your business for good. One of our priorities, while discussing your needs during the mitigation and remediation project, is how we can assist in helping you maintain an operational presence during the work. Do not assume you need to shut down entirely as we address the water emergency. 

Initial Contact

During our first phone call, we attempt to ascertain as much information as possible about your Camillus property and its water removal needs. Our Crew Chief needs as much of the following information, so we arrive promptly and with the crews and equipment necessary to begin the job with all deliberate speed.

  • Accurate address and any particular directions to the affected space on your commercial campus
  • Information on the source of the water -- clean supply water or contaminated waste or otherwise tainted water?
  • Utility update -- are water mains shut down, is electricity available, are gas lines compromised?
  • A general overview of the extent of the loss so we can estimate our crew member numbers
  • Known safety concerns 
    • Slip, trip, and fall dangers
    • Weakened structures and trapped water exerting pressure on building materials
    • Electric shock potential
    • Possibility of exposure to biohazards or other dangerous substances -- we prepare by packing personal protective equipment (PPE) and space containment supplies 

Assessing the Damage and Creating an Operations Center

Once onsite, our Crew Chief assigns emergency water removal tasks to the SERVPRO crews and then consults with you about your concerns as part of an overall damage assessment. Transparent communication is the expectation so we can best help your business and clarify what the mitigation and remediation entail.  Setting aside one or more “business as usual” spaces in minimally or unaffected areas in the building or nearby, if practical, allows you and key employees to remain in contact with your customers during the recovery.

Effective Containment

Neither SERVPRO nor you want to expose individuals to hazards during the water removal process. Partitioning off the work areas with 6-mil polyethylene and using negative pressure air scrubbing technology to seal the barriers keeps air and water-borne contaminants contained. We capture and dispose of any hazardous substances per local regulation, protecting you from fines and licensure issues.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County has a wealth of state of the art equipment and highly-qualified managers and technicians ready to stand by you and your business during any water removal challenges. Call us anytime at (315) 488-3900. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Flooding Damages Homes in Camillus

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on water damaged floor No matter the scope of the water damage, SERVPRO is equipped to dry and restore your home.

Frequently Experienced Issues and Their Solutions After Flood Damage in Camillus 

Extreme swings in temperature in mid-winter in recent years mean residents of Camillus can expect overland flooding at times unexpected in the past. Warm weather just after the first of the year contributes to overland flooding due to melting and ice jams on waterways like Nine Mile Creek. The strength of the flood can undermine foundations, and even slow creeping of the rising waters causes seepage into lower levels of homes. 

Destructive Nature of Flood Water 

When coping with Camillus flood damage in your home, you quickly realize how destructive water can be to structural components and contents. Flood water’s impact can result in the following: 

Impairment of the physical integrity of the supporting structures of the home because of the pressure and force of the storm damage or flooding, including: 

  • Foundation washouts
  • Bending or shearing off of wood or metal framing 
  • Breaking of windows, doors, and siding 

Deterioration of structural components as porous materials saturate, pack down, warp, and crumble, including: 

  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Particleboard
  • Ceiling tiles 

Contamination of surfaces, contents, and air quality as floodwaters contain a wide range of hazardous substances, including: 

  • Chemicals from industrial sites, roadways, and landscaping
  • Human and animal waste, which can contain blood and fecal-borne pathogens
  • Asbestos and lead from surfaces and structures inside your home disturbed by the flood and clean up activity
  • Molds and mildews 

Mitigation and Remediation  

SERVPRO’s team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)--trained technicians employ many strategies to secure the structure, halt progressive deterioration, and contain and remove biohazards before lawful disposal. Cleaning, disinfecting, and applied structural and contents drying bring spaces and belongings back to preloss condition. 

Securing  

  • Tarping and boarding up holes and bracing the structure
  • Cutting off electricity and other utilities until the risk of shock or fire disappears 

Impeding Continuing Damage 

  • Water pumping and extracting
  • Containing contaminated silt and water for appropriate removal and disposal following local regulation
  • Creating a buffer in spaces only partially flooded
  • Packing out contents
  • Erecting containment barriers around workspaces using 6-mil polyethylene and negative pressure air scrubbers
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for worker safety and to prevent tracking hazardous waste throughout your home 

Remedies 

  • Deep cleaning of surfaces
  • Disinfection of surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials
  • Thorough drying of wet areas, including building cavities, and structures using air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers  

Entrust your home to the professionals from SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County if mid-winter thaws flood your residence. Call us at (315) 488-3900 for an evaluation, plan, and estimated timeline and cost. 

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Swift Scoping of a Water Loss to a Camillus Property Reduces Damages--SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

device with green hoses placed inside wall at baseboard level for drying For Water Damage Restoration in Camillus, Call SERVPRO--Always Deploying Advanced Equipment

Mitigation Priorities for Water Damaged Camillus Residences

Many people might hear key restoration terms like mitigation for water loss incidents that affect Camillus homes, but not fully understand the substantial benefit that these phases of recovery offer. As a reputable restoration company serving the area, our SERVPRO professionals seek to save our customers time and money on every task we undertake, and that is what makes mitigation and emergency services such valuable processes.

Initiating emergency services and mitigation activities for water damage in Camillus homes involves a collection of relevant information. Our management collects data and readings from continued conversations and prep work in the short window before our technicians arrive. We determine the needed personnel, auxiliary power, and materials we might need to load onto service vehicles before departure from our warehouse. For significant water damaging events to your property, a Project Manager or Crew Leader may direct the data collection during the scoping of the environment.

One of the most substantial focuses of our responding team of professionals is the priorities of our customers. You might have areas of your home or contents that have become damaged that you want to get attention before others. Because some level of demolition can often get anticipated for widespread water loss incidents, such as removing baseboards or cutting drywall to reach damaged plumbing, we arrive with experienced general contractors from our team to get this process started.

Extraction and cleaning are vital services as well, from removing the surface water in the damaged areas to muck out cleaning, we can start the process of getting your home back to normal. We focus on demolition plans and drying strategies that allow an occupant to remain in the damaged structure, as highly disruptive strategies can lead to expensive out of pocket costs for our clients when insurance coverage does not address additional living expenses.

Mitigation is an essential element to starting restoration work in a water-damaged home. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, our experienced restoration technicians and general contractors can get emergency services started as promptly as possible to reduce out of pocket expenses for our customers. No matter how we can help, you can count on our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team. Give us a call today at (315) 488-3900.

"B" - Good the Great

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes you receive some feedback from a customer that makes it all worthwhile.

This was a letter we received from a customer some time back.  A friend convinced me I should share it on our website.

“B”– Good the Great

By: M. Kulak

Returning home one summer night, from the lake where we were boating,

We opened up our kitchen door to find our hardwoods floating.

I ran right in, rushed down the stairs to stop the water flowing,

Then turned around to my surprise, my lights were all still glowing.

Sensing danger, I ran upstairs, called 9-1-1 by cell,

Turned to my wife and clearly said, my God we’ve entered hell.

Solvay Rescue showed up fast, with the police just before.

Solvay’s finest secured our house, and it was safe once more,

I placed a call to the good hands folks, and told them of our woe,

A pleasant voice said, worry not, we’re sending out SERVPRO.

SERVPRO showed up around the time they stated they would.

A crew of three worked like 10 good men, moving debris out.

It looked like we were in “Good” hands, and I never sensed a doubt.

Swiftly they were all set up, to get the wet stuff dry,

And told us our humidity inside the house was high.

About 5 days so “B”- Good said, to bring the levels down,

Suggesting I should leave my home , brought on a little frown.

“B” said our house would reach high temps, 100 plus degrees,

So without hesitation see, I handed “B” my keys.

With trust a major factor here, this “Good” man had all mine.

Just as I thought, when I came home, the work was done in fashion,

It was obvious that, a job well done, was clearly “B” – Good” passion.

Allstate puts you in good hands or so the motto goes.

But SERVPRO put us in “Good’s” hands, as I am one who knows.

“B” Good had lived up to his name, by the way Allstate.

So here I knight him, “Prince of Tides…… thee Bill Good The Great”

I hope one never needs SERVPRO, but if indeed one should,

Request not just the nearest crew, demand the best: “Bill Good!”

Few men these days possess a trait that allow them to be trusted…you Bill are one of those few. You, my friend, are a credit to your profession. And my wife Colleen and I are forever grateful for your efforts in returning my home back to normal. I would also like to thank Christina and Pablo as well, for their elite workmanship and professionalism. Thank you again Bill, and God bless you and yours.

Sincerely

Mark and Colleen Kulak

The First Steps When Your Skaneateles Home is Flooding

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

If flood waters find their way into your home, Call SERVPRO.

What to do when a flood damages your home

Knowing what to do in the earliest stages of any emergency is critical information to keeping your family safe and protecting the contents and structural integrity of your Skaneateles residence. How you approach a situation like flooding can be the difference between substantial reconstruction and practical drying efforts that protect a majority of installed construction materials. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast response to these emergencies, and that is a considerable component in protecting your investments.

While many seek to reach out to their insurance company in the event of any disaster, it can often be more beneficial to also contact our emergency response team for storm damage to Skaneateles homes. We have a 24/7 response that can have qualified technicians at your doorstep within hours of your call to begin a thorough inspection and assessment of the damage.

If possible, another step you should take is to grab sentimentally valued items and protect them from whatever damage might occur before our SERVPRO team can get the situation under control again. While we have cutting edge extractors like our trash pumps and truck-mount pumps for flood effects, there is no protection for your belongings like avoiding the potential damages altogether.

Storm relief is only a phone call away, and our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team is standing by 24/7 at (315) 488-3900.

Learn about Skaneateles here.

The Right Extractor for Any Damage to Camillus Offices

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage drown your business, contact SERVPRO now.

Water Removal options for your office

When your office has a plumbing breach, water can begin to collect along the short pile carpeting quickly. Depending on the location of this standing water and the accessibility of our SERVPRO technicians to this damaged region of your office, we have multiple extraction tools that we can choose.

Addressing the water damage in Camillus office buildings requires the fast response and expertise of our qualified professionals. There are desks, chairs, equipment, and documents at risk by the spread of these effects. With the endorsements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT), and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), we have experts ready to mobilize and help with the full measure of our extraction and drying equipment.

For smaller and tighter spaces, we have the use of our light wands and portable sump pumps. Larger areas or deeper standing water must get addressed by stationary units like our trash pumps, or engine-driven high-capacity removers like our trucks in the Green Fleet. Our project management and crew chiefs can determine the best tools for the job with the initial assessment of the work to get done.

Water loss incidents in your office can affect your employees, office furniture, and often cause a need for replacement of carpeted areas. Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team can help get the situation under control. Call us today at (315) 488-3900.

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Stopping the Migration of Fire Effects in Your Camillus Home

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Plastic sheeting can be used to prevent the spread of fire damage to unaffected areas.

Containment options to keep fire damage from spreading

One of the most substantial obstacles that even our professional restorers face after fire losses in Camillus homes is stopping the migration of these effects so that our mitigation and restoration tactics can take hold. Containment is a considerable aspect of the work that we do, as these efforts help to limit the movement of airborne effects like soot, odors, smoke, and other particulates after the extinguishment of a fire. 

The establishment of work zones helps our technicians to immediately address the concentration of fire damage in Camillus homes without allowing these same hazardous effects from reaching unaffected regions of the property. While much of the containment work can occur with the combined uses of hydroxyl machines and air scrubbers, our SERVPRO team can hang 6mil plastic sheeting to physically deter the spread of particulates as well until the air gets filtered appropriately.

Another effective means of preventing the spread of odors and particulates throughout the house is to shut down any operating HVAC or heating system in the house. Circulating the air through these ducts can force soot, smoke, and odors into areas that would otherwise remain unaffected.

Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team has to approach fire losses carefully to protect the properties of our customers, to make a loss, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (315) 488-3900.


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Addressing Moisture and Dampness in Skaneateles Basements

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

If water damage invades your basement, call SERVPRO.

Water damage removal from your home

Basements have become a common staple even in the modern construction of Skaneateles homes. With the desire to make more living space out of these areas, it is more important than ever to battle potential moisture and dampness. Hydrostatic pressures, moisture leeching through concrete, and cracks in blockwork all provide openings for water penetrations, though one of the most significant contributors for finished, sealed basements are plumbing leaks.

Addressing water damage in Skaneateles homes is critical, especially in finished basements. There are threats present in allowing lingering moisture to continue unabated and unchallenged, and that is why our SERVPRO team works to reduce even higher humidity levels immediately. Moisture detection can help identify plumbing breaches quickly so that our contractors can repair these damaged portions.

As a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all of your restoration needs, our SERVPRO team works to provide a minimal invasion and intrusion into your life by performing all of the necessary drying, extraction, and reconstruction as efficiently as possible. Dehumidifiers can help to lower the moisture content in the air while the plumbing and subsequent drywall get repaired.

We strive to provide a comprehensive experience that saves you time and money on the restoration work your property needs. Our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County professionals are here to help 24/7 at (315) 488-3900.

Learn more about Skaneateles in Onondaga County.

Emergency Repair Following Storm Damage to a Camillus House

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help board up your home after a storm.

After storm damage, count on SERVPRO.

Storms through New York State are nothing new, yet severe weather events manage to still have devastating effects on Camillus homes and businesses every year. No matter how ill-prepared a property owner is for these circumstances, knowing whom to trust with the recovery of your structure is essential. 

After storm damage to Camillus homes, recovery efforts need to begin immediately so that further damages do not occur, and current interior concerns cannot migrate to unaffected areas. One of the strengths of a team our size and our experience is our ability to offer a wide range of services when every second counts. We have a team of licensed contractors, for example, that can help with emergency repairs and construction services that can better protect your house.

Our team of contractors is an in-house addition to our SERVPRO facility and can roll out with our field technicians to offer real-time construction solutions amid a crisis. We can tarp roofs, provide board-up services, and perform other storm-related tasks like tree removal and temporary fencing.

No matter what your home needs after a storm, you can count on our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County team to provide it. Give us a call anytime at (315) 488-3900.

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Clearing Odors from Skaneateles Restaurants After Kitchen Fires

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you smell your entrees, not fire damage.

SERVPRO’s options for removing Odor damage

As much as it might seem like smaller kitchen flare-ups in your Skaneateles restaurant does not require a shutdown of your operation, there are often lingering effects that must be addressed promptly. The smell of smoke odors, charring, and any airborne particulates present a hazard and unpleasant environment for your customers and your employees.

Addressing the odor portion of fire damage to Skaneateles restaurants like yours might seem straightforward. Still, there are multiple choices to make depending on the areas affected, the materials damaged, and how far the effect has migrated through the building. Our SERVPRO team has portable and stationary deodorization units, both of which have a high-efficiency rate to get you back in business as quickly as we can.

Foggers

Thermal and UV foggers are an ideal choice of our SERVPRO team because of their mobility. A dense fog of our deodorization product neutralizes odor compounds on contact.

Hydroxyl Generator 

These units also use UV spectrums to both clean and deodorize their surroundings. These are stationary units, but they can affect large open areas like the kitchen with ideal placement.

These two options are both powerful choices for deodorization, and only a small portion of our full inventory of odor removal units. No matter what your business needs, give our SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County a call to help at (315) 488-3900.

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Flooded Basement

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

This Auburn home’s basement flooded due to a failed sump pump.

Title: SW Onondaga County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

Category: Water Damage

Photo: Upload Photo of Flooded Basement (before restoration)

Photo Caption: This Auburn home’s basement flooded due to a failed sump pump.

Body:

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your  basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 315-488-3900

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 315-488-3900

Mold

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

This home had a reoccurring water problem that lead to mold growth in the master bathroom.

Does Your Onondaga County Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

This Auburn home had a reoccurring sump pump failure that ultimately lead to mold growth in the master bathroom as well as other rooms in the home. 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 315-488-3900

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

A grease fire caused this fire in Auburn. This before pictures shows the mess left behind after the flames were put out. SERVPRO was there to help!

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
315-488-3900

For Immediate Service call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

We provide immediate service day or night!! Call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County, we are always here to help!!!

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Onondaga County.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7

315-488-3900

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Mold Safety Tips

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can quietly and quickly spread through your home & without proper cleaning can be harmful. Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga for help!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 315-488-3900

Faster to your Water Damage

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

A frozen pipe burst causing ceiling to collapse and damaged lower floors of this Camillus home. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County was there to help!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

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 of SW Onondaga County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7

315-488-3900

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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