Recent Storm Damage Posts

After A Storm Damages Your Syracuse Area Home Call Us, We Can Help

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Cars driving on a busy road in heavy rain. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga can help when water damages your Syracuse area home or commercial property. Call us anytime, we are available 24/7!

We are used to storms like hurricanes and nor'easters here in the north. These storms can bring heavy rains in a very short time, and can cause extensive flooding and other damage.

SERVPRO technicians monitor the weather constantly and are ready with their trucks loaded to go at a moment's notice when it looks grim. We offer services like window board-up and sandbag installation so we can prevent damage from occurring before it happens.

Water damage is the most common type of damage that occurs. When we think about storm water damage, flash flooding, storm drain overflow, storm sewer drain overflow, floodwaters from rivers, lakes, ponds and the ocean all contribute to storm water damage. It is important to contact us immediately if you experience this kind of damage. We will be able restore most of the damaged property if we respond quickly to your call.

We can help you avoid flooding in your commercial or residential property by offering innovative solutions.

Storm Damage Restoration Syracuse NY

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

A roof is covered in tarp after storm damage. SERVPRO of SW Onondaga is available to assist in storm damage repair and other construction projects related to damage.

The First Step

If water is found in light fixtures near electrical outlets, turn off the power to the house. SERVPRO will not be able to provide electricity on-site. Instead, they will need to send generators.

Take away valuables and family heirlooms if it is safe. If it is not safe to do so, notify SERVPRO's lead technician. They may be able to recover your belongings. Safety is important to everyone. Homeowners should be aware of the dangers associated with slipping on damp floors.

Hardwood Flooring Can Be Recovered

Water can seep through hardwood floors. As a result, crowning, cupping and warping may occur quickly. Hardwood floors can be damaged if moisture is not removed quickly. Composite pressed wood boards can deteriorate after prolonged exposure to water and should be removed.

SERVPRO of SW Onondaga has skilled technicians who will quickly arrive at your property to restore storm damage.

We are always available.

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.

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

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. 

Who Can Help Homeowners Deal with Storm Flood Damage?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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 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. 


  • 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 


  • 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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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.

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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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