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Protecting Syracuse's Art and Culture from Flood Damage

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

flood damaged home and furniture. When a storm comes through and floods follow, you need the help of professionals. Call SERVPRO and their trained technicians.

Rising waters can destroy unique artwork and exhibits when mitigation does not begin quickly.

As a college town, Syracuse has a lot to offer for people of all ages. It is the fifth most populated city in New York, making it a popular destination for travelers who might not enjoy New York City's never-ending bustle. Arts and culture are considerable offerings for the city, primarily because of its thousands of students brought into the city every year in a constant cycle. The municipality continues to grow and evolve with these generations and trends. With the culture and heritage of many backgrounds represented in both the local communities and near the university, it is only fitting that so many museums in galleries thrive in the city.

Museums and Galleries Running in Syracuse 

  • Everson Museum of Art – This is one of Syracuse's art structures featuring many of the prominent creations dating back to the 18th century. The Everson has one of the most extensive pottery collections in the country and collections of paintings, photography, video, sculptures, and drawings by American artists.
  •  Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology – In total, the structure features 35,000 square feet of exhibits, including the only domed IMAX theater in the state of New York. There are permanent installations to the facility, including a Life Science division, an Innovation Station, and a Science Playhouse.
  • The Warehouse Gallery – This gallery exists within The Warehouse facility on West Fayette Street. It is considered part of the Coalition of Museums and Art Centers in the city and features many accomplished artists' works in different media. The premise of this gallery is to promote an understanding of the role that the arts can play and navigating turbulent or critical issues happening in the world around us. 
  • Erie Canal Museum – This is one of the only museums dedicated to preserving the history and stories surrounding the Erie Canal and how it has influenced Syracuse.Multiple exhibits and artifacts can help to put visitors in influential segments of history involving this critical waterway.

Protecting Your Home After Rapidly Developing Flood Conditions 

Flood damage in Syracuse properties occurs on multiple occasions throughout each year. With so many creeks and streams that intertwine through the city's neighborhoods and its surrounding areas, the community has seen multiple devastating natural disasters. How quickly restorers can begin mitigation efforts dictates the ultimate damage that your home or business experiences after a flood.

Before cleanup and decontamination can begin where bacterial threats might exist from invading water, extraction must occur. Several water removal tools can quickly manage standing water and even remove debris and solids circulating in the pool. Trash pumps and truck-mount extractors can have the most direct impact on quickly removing surface water concerns.

With how rapidly flooding can occur, our SERVPRO of East Onondaga County team stays diligently prepared to help. We have technicians available 24/7 at (315) 446-8776.

Explore Exhibits at the Great New York Sportsman’s Expo Near Fayetteville

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

town hall building with brown roof A leaky pipe to storm, we are the team to handle the disaster. Call SERVPRO for the water restoration services needed for the job.

Join Other Residents of Fayetteville and the Surrounding Areas in the Great New York Sportsman’s Expo

Fayetteville residents can visit the nearby Syracuse to enjoy the Great New York Sportsman’s Expo. The event takes place from January 29 to 31, 2021. It is a weekend of exhibits that showcase the latest products in travel, products, and entertainment for fishermen, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Attendees can explore the shows which feature the latest products in:

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Outfitters
  • Outdoors
  • Camping

The expo also includes national dock dogs, a custom trout pond, pop up 3d archery shoot, seminars, and trophy bucks, among other things. The hours are Friday 12 noon to 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM. The sportsman’s expo is the premier sports expo in Central New York.

SERVPRO of East Onondaga County is glad to welcome you to the Great New York Sportsman’s Expo. If there is water damage in your property, act fast to prevent secondary damage from occurring. Call our restorers at (315) 446-8776 to perform water damage mitigation in your Fayetteville residence.

Come Learn How to Prepare Rice Balls from Scratch at Syracuse

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Vince's store front Water damage can be a hassle especially if its a big mess. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help needed.

Join Other Residents of Syracuse with a Passion for Cooking and Learn Various Culinary Skills   

If you love cooking and trying new recipes, Vince's Gourmet Imports is ready to teach you how to whip up Italian arancini like a professional chef. This tasty meal is made up of risotto filled with Parmesan, Peas, and Prosciutto. The delicious cooking class takes place on 13th January 2021 at Vince's Gourmet Imports, South Main Street 440 in North Syracuse, NY. Attendees can learn how to make:

  • Regional Italian dishes
  • Pasta
  • Delicious sauces

After the classes, you can comfortably bring a taste of Italy to your dinner table. In each cooking class, attendees can expect to enjoy:

  • 10 percent discount for in-store purchases
  • A dish to take home 
  • Recipes for each prepared dish 

Guests can bring adult beverages to class. Masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants are available for attendees. 

SERVPRO of East Onondaga County humbly welcomes you to Vince's Gourmet Imports to learn how to prepare various delicacies. If you are dealing with mold damage in your Syracuse property, our certified and experienced restorers can help. Talk to us today at (315) 446-8776. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Efficient Restoration for Syracuse Homes with Flood Damage

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Rosamond Gifford Zoo logo Flood damage will need the help of a professional. Call SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed to restore your home to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Performs Storm Flood Damage Restoration in Syracuse to Make it “Like it never even happened.”

Syracuse is the third-largest city in upstate New York and the fifth-largest city in New York. Often people use Syracuse as the punchline of weather-related jokes. Snow is a part of the lifestyle of central New York, considering that the inhabitants get over 120 inches of it every year. The residents have learned snow removal methods, and the snow doesn’t bother them anymore. Nonetheless, Syracuse has many things to offer besides slushy weather and snowdrifts.

The city is more cost-effective to reside in compared to other major metropolitan areas in the United States. Therefore, many retirees and people with families prefer to live there. Young professionals also like to live in the region because there is much to do and the low cost of living. 

A larger number of people who grow up in Syracuse remain and raise their children in the area. The city is a comfortable place to reside, and the metropolitan area continues enjoying improvements, including the considerable cleanup of Onondaga Lake. 

Most people like residing in Syracuse because they can conveniently get to desirable suburbs such as Baldwinsville, Liverpool, and Manlius within less than twenty minutes. Weekends are fun for visitors and residents. You can visit various places such as the Saratoga Race Course situated in Saratoga Springs in New York City. You can also drive for three hours and get to the Buffalo Bills game. The best wine is also served here since Syracuse is located in the prime wine-drinking territory.

Activities to enjoy in Syracuse, NY.

If you have a family and kids, the place has different kid-friendly events, including the Rosamond Gifford Zoo located at Burnet Park. Although this zoo is small, it is highly populated and is home to various animals, including tigers, lions, reindeer, a herd of Asian elephants, penguins, sand cats, fossas, peacocks, and flamingos, among others. This place also serves fast, delicious foods, and souvenir shops are also available. Adults can enjoy meals in the classic restaurants and wine in the drinking territory. The other places you can visit and enjoy various outdoor activities include: 

Erie Canal Trail: This is a historic waterway’s route. Some of the activities you can engage in here include walking, jogging, and walking.

Green Lakes State Park- this park is usually opened from dawn to dusk. It features two glacial lakes. It offers kayak rentals, and you can opt to swim during the hot summers. The park is surrounded by upland forest. Other than swimming, other activities include golfing at the 18-hole golf course, camping at the available campsites, trailing at the nature trails. It also features 15 miles of cross-country snowshoeing and ski trails.

Onondaga Lake Park- This is a waterside park that offers four vehicle-free trails. It also features a skate park, Dog Park, playground, the Salt Museum, marina, and a boat launch. You can enjoy archery or riding bikes. There is no entrance fee.

Beaver Lake Nature Center: It contains 14 km of winding trails that can be used all around the year. The nature center has more than eight hundred varieties of plants and over 200 bird species. It also features a glacial lake that lies on a 200-acre piece of land. 

In general, Syracuse has something for everyone. The city is good for camping during the summer. One can also enjoy skiing during winter in different areas such as the Toggenburg Mountain. If you love skating, you can do so at the ice skating rink at Clinton square. You can also join those who spend most of their time cheering at the Carrier Dome. The other city activities include enjoying music in various theaters such as the landmark theater, the Red House, and the Syracuse stage. You can also enjoy various sports and festivals at different times of the year.


According to the analysis performed by the 150 U.S News Metro, on the best places to live in depending on the job market, quality of life, individual’s desire to live there and the value of life, This city was ranked at position 75 of the best places to live in, position 121 as the best places for retirees and position 4 of the best areas to reside in New York. 

Since the cost of living in Syracuse is low, the city’s population is high. With many different places to visit and activities to enjoy, this place receives a lot of visitors. However, a flooding incident after a storm can ruin the experience of both the residents and visitors. 

How SERVPRO performs storm flood damage restoration in Syracuse

Severe weather can result in expensive storm flood damage. When the storm ends and the water subsides, it is time to hire professionals who can perform storm flood damage restoration in your Syracuse home effectively. Regardless of the severity of the destruction, the mitigation experts from SERVPRO can perform repairs to restore your property to its preloss state.

Our restoration experts are well-trained and use state of the art equipment and techniques. We can help you determine the full extent of the destruction and complete restoration services following best practices and industry standards. We offer comprehensive flood restoration solutions, which include: 

Emergency services: You can reach us at any time of the day or night. When a storm comes through and ruins your home, we are ready to help. 

Water extraction: We will use advanced water extraction equipment such as submersible and self-priming trash pumps to remove the floodwater from your property. The equipment extracts standing water fast to help speed up the drying process. 

Drying: We use efficient drying equipment, including centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers, to eliminate moisture from home. 

Cleaning and deodorization: Our team can deep clean your home using antimicrobial products to ensure a healthy and safe living space. We also use deodorizing products such as instant odor counteractant pellets to eliminate odors. 

Our team can work tirelessly to restore your property. Our technicians have expertise in delivering comprehensive restoration support. 

No one should have to face hazards when dealing with storm flood damage. SERVPRO of East Onondaga County guarantees affordable and fast service that meets the unique needs of any situation. Call us at (315) 446-8776 to connect with our certified, professional restorers. 

Syracuse Folks Can Learn to Draw

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

a person drawing a character on a comic strip SERVPRO is looking forward to the virtual drawing workshops!

This Beginner’s Intro to Drawing Workshop is Virtual - All Syracuse Residents Need to Do is Register

This online art class is the perfect chance for you to learn drawing basics. It is all done from the comfort of your home. All you do is register, and you can connect and join in some creative fun. It is a foundational drawing class that:

  • Is a one-on-one experience from an expert art instructor
  • Teaches essential drawing techniques
  • It is relaxing and allows you to de-stress
  • Learn about shade, cross-hatching, line, tone, and more

It is a ZOOM class, and your material list is available beforehand so you can prepare. It is a 90-minute session on December 14, 2020. It is a 1 ½ hour class, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Classes are limited so register early. There are several price levels – you decide on what your pay. Call 212-932-8484 for more information.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Removal in Syracuse

If your home experiences any type of fire, SERVPRO of East Onondaga County offers fire damage removal services that will have your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” That is the goal we always strive for and do our best to reach. Contact us at (315) 446-8776.

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish the Musical – A Streaming Event for Fayetteville

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

white sign stating "dear Santa" It will be exciting to see the community enjoying holiday stories!

Fayetteville Residents Will Enjoy the Christmas Story of Eleanor, A Rag Doll

Eleanor lives at the North Pole and loves all her friends there, including Santa and Mrs. Claus and the elves. But she is longing for something more – a home of her own and a best friend. Eleanor decides to send a letter to Santa, sharing her dream with him and asking him to grant her wish.

Your entire family will love this holiday classic. It streams right into your home from Broadway Utica. So, gather the family around, prepare the popcorn and hot chocolate, and prepare to be delighted. Details you need include:

  • Showtime is Saturday, December 5, 2020. 
  • When you order your ticket, use promo code BTLUTI20. 
  •  Once you purchase your ticket, you have 48 hours to watch.

SERVPRO of East Onondaga County provides water damage restoration to Fayetteville and the surrounding areas. We understand how seemingly small water intrusions can cause water damage. If let go, moisture can cause secondary damage, such as mold. Let us provide the proper water extraction and mitigation to restore your home to preloss condition. Contact us at (315) 446-8776.

Businesses In Syracuse With Mold Can Count on SERVPRO

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall near an outlet Spotted a mold infestation in your office? Contact our certified team to determine the cause and remediate.

Mold Damage Can Close a Syracuse Business but SERVPRO Can Provide Mold Removal Services

Syracuse, NY roots go back to the 1600s when French missionaries arrived in the area seeking to work with local Indian tribes. The Onondaga Nation was part of the Iroquois Confederacy, and they invited the missionaries to come. Jesuit priests, coureurs des bois, and a group of soldiers then proceeded to plant a mission on the shore of Onondaga Lake. It was known as Sainte Marie among the Iroquois.

Trading Begins in the Area

Onondaga Lake is named after the historical site but was once known as Salt Lake due to the salty bring springs the Jesuit priests discovered. The Iroquois and French fur traders were establishing trade routes throughout New York. English and Dutch colonists were also involved in the trade. The English had a base in Albany and claimed the area as their own.

American Revolutionary War & the Iroquois

When the War of Independence hit America, the Iroquois, which were never centralized, split into different groups with divided loyalties.  Much of them would support the British, but two of the tribes supported the patriots.

Settlers Move-In

After the American Revolution, settlers began moving into western and central New York from the eastern portion. Settlers also began arriving from New England. Thus, began a series of land sales and treaties with the Native Americans in the area.

Commercial Salt Production

With the above came the Onondaga Salt Springs Reservation and commercial salt production. Salt production began in the 1700s and would be a profitable venue into the 1900s.  Tully, NY was home to halite salt beds, and that brine would flow along the shores of Onondaga Lake. This was the salty brine of Indian legend. The city developed so quickly because of the industry salt production brought to the area it would become known as “The Salt City.”

No Name – No Post Office

The area that is now Syracuse was originally a group of small villages and towns without a name. With no name, there could be no post office. Joshua Forman liked the name Corinth, but when the application for a post office was submitted in 1820, that name was already in use in New York. John Wilkinson, who applied, had read a description of Syracuse, Sicily, and found it similar to where he lived. Salt and freshwater flowing together in springs was the poetic comparison, and so he proposed the name to townsmen, and it was made official.

Solvay Process Company

In 1884, on the southwestern shore of Onondaga Lake, the Solvay Process Company was built. This little village would be named Solvay to honor Ernest Solvay, the inventor.  In 1861 he came up with the process to make soda ash. He would use the brine wells and limestone in the production of the soda ash. His process significantly improved the process that was currently in place. Allied Signal owned a large chemical industry complex for which the Syracuse Solvay plant was the incubator. Sadly, this led to Onodaga Lake becoming one of the top polluted lakes in the country.

An Industry Declines – Others Thrive

After the Civil War, the salt industry went downhill. At the same time, other manufacturing industries begin to thrive. Between the years of the late 1800s into the 1900s, the area would see the following established:

  • Franklin Automobile Company
  • Century Motor Vehicle Company
  • Smith Corona Company
  • Craftsman Workshops
  • Gustav Stickley’s Handmade Furniture Empire 

Medicine & Education Comes to the Syracuse

In 1834, the Geneva Medical College was founded, and today is known as Upstate Medical University. Syracuse University was built in 1870 and was coeducational, which was rare during that time. While the ratio of men to women was pretty much, even women were the majority in The College of Fine Arts while men predominated the College of Law and the College of Medicine.

More Industrial Expansion Comes with World War II

The main expansion of industry that came with World War II included:

  • Fasteners
  • Custom machining
  • Specialty Steel

When the war was over, General Motors and Chrysler both had major operations here. Other industries in the area were Crouse-Hinds, Carrier Corporation, and General Electric.

Industry Begins to Decline

As industry restructured across America in the 1970s, it started to have problems in Syracuse as well. Small businesses struggled to stay afloat, and many failed. Unemployment rose, and several major industries moved their operations outside of New York. The population declined in the 1950s but has remained stable since that time.

Crossroads Then & Now

Today Syracuse is a thriving city with over 145,000 people in residence. It is home to several convention sites, and for the last two centuries, the city has been a crossroad for travelers. It once connected the Erie canal and the various branches and then the railroads of the day. Today it is still a primary connection for Interstates 81 and 90.

SERVPRO is Proud to Provide Commercial Mold Damage Mitigation

When a business ends up with a mold problem, especially an eatery, it can meet downtown. This means a loss of revenue for the business in the short term and potential loss of customers in the long run. SERVPRO can provide mold removal to Syracuse businesses that is efficient and fast. We do everything we can, including working with your insurance and schedule, to prevent your company from staying closed longer than necessary. Our technicians are experts at:

  • Mold containment
  • Mold removal
  • Addressing the source of the moisture
  • Restoring impacted structural elements
  • Cleaning content
  • Proper disposal of material not salvageable
  • Sanitizing and the use of antimicrobials
  • Following federal and local protocols
  • Deodorizing if needed

We can trace the source of the problem, locate hidden mold or moisture, and clean your facility. Our training includes:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

If your business needs commercial mold damage assistance, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County at (315) 446-8776.

It’s Time to Celebrate the Holidays in Syracuse

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

"Gingerbread gallery" If your gingerbread house was left soggy after storm flood damage, Call the experts at SERVPRO right away at (315) 446-8776.

The 35th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse is Open for Business.

Syracuse residents have probably visited The Erie Canal Museum at some point in their lives. However, their Gingerbread Gallery is one-of-a-kind. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the Weighlock Building, which helps tell the Erie Canal story and what it was to live in a canal town. A pivotal part of our nation’s history, visitors can board a replica of a canal boat while understanding the structure’s importance. Starting on November 20th, the organization will celebrate one of the oldest traditions in the city: the Gingerbread Gallery. For the 35th year, the sweet aroma of ginger will greet visitors upon arrival at the Museum. Some fun facts about the event are below-

  • It begins on November 20th and ends January 10th, 2021
  • All entries are made locally by professional and amateur bakers
  • Timed tickets will first become available on November 13th

The Erie Canal reminds us of how important it is to protect our homes and businesses from flood damage. In Syracuse, SERVPRO of East Onondaga County is ready to help when disaster strikes. A call to (315) 446-8776 gives you the access to experts you need when flood water enters your home. We will do everything we can to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Syracuse Craft Beer Event

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

A colorful city view. SERVPRO of East Onondaga County supports our local business especially when food is involved.

Syracuse Kasai Ramen Restaurant Hosting Dinner and Craft Beer Event

Kasai Ramen Restaurant is hosting a dinner and craft beer event on Nov 25th. They are featuring craft beer from Other Half Brewing Company and coupling with a five-course dinner. The restaurant is closing for the evening, and reservations are required. While social distancing rules will be followed, groups who wish to sit with each other should reserve in advance and purchase tickets.

This dinner-craft beer event features the following:

  • Five-course dinner
  • Featuring craft beers from the Other Half Brewing Company
  • Craft beer pairing with each course
  • Reservations required
  • Groups welcome, social distancing rules apply

The restaurant expects the evening will sell out quickly. Other Half Brewing features over 864 beers, including IPA’s, Imperial IPA’s, Imperial Stout’s, and Lagers. Kasai Ramen serves excellent Japanese food and is located in the downtown area of Syracuse in Armory Square.

SERVPRO of East Onondaga County provides fire damage restoration services to Syracuse residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (315) 446-8776. We are available 24/7 to help with all fire damage restoration needs.

What is the Best Way of Dealing with Water Odors?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

A man holding his nose making a funny face. Odors left over from water damage can be rough to deal with. SERVPRO can keep those odors away.

Water Restoration Companies Here in Syracuse Can Help you Overcome Unpleasant Odors From Water Damage. SERVPRO Has Odor Control Technicians (OCT) on Hand. 

What causes odor after water intrusion?

Odors can come from multiple sources in your Syracuse home. Sometimes these odors may be the result of pre-existing soiling or debris that is dislodged by water intrusion. At other times, water odors can directly result from water intrusion by bringing in microbial organisms or other contaminants. Finally, high humidity levels in the home can increase our perception of odors. At SERVPRO, our work goes beyond drying and cleaning a structure to ensure that your family returns to its preloss condition. A significant factor in making your home feel normal again is identifying and tackling unpleasant odors. Our odor control technicians (OCT) have a multi-faceted, thorough approach to dealing with unpleasant odors following a water emergency. 

How do professional technicians combat smells?

Good water restoration companies understand how to identify sources of odor in your Syracuse home. There could be multiple sources producing unpleasant odors, but the first step is to deal with those that are the most obvious. Noticeable odor-causing elements could be the presence of raw sewage, dirt, trash, pet waste, or molds. Getting rid of these causes can help to increase the effectiveness of odor control. We are trained to clean or dispose of waste appropriately and responsibly. Our technicians follow local and federal guidelines to protect waterways and eliminate potentially dangerous substances in the correct waste facilities. 

What are the initial steps for mitigating moisture odors?

  • Identify and dispose of odors' source using double-sealed waste bags and a potent disinfectant to eliminate any residual substances.
  • Use multiple deodorization methods in a property to ensure that all odor sources are contained and under control.
  • Thoroughly dry wet materials and wait for the structure to return to its normal condition before declaring the odor's successful removal.

Can unpleasant smells return to a home after water restoration?

Sometimes water restoration involves removing or resurfacing materials. These issues can occur when there is extensive exposure to moisture, and water begins to absorb into or otherwise deteriorate materials in your contents or structure. Water intrusion commonly causes damages like carpet delamination, varnish discoloration, watermarks, and yellowing of paintwork. Our restoration technicians may strip and refinish floors, repaint walls, or perform chemical treatment of affected areas to tackle these issues. The chemicals used in these processes commonly have a strong odor, which can mask any residual odors that water damage causes. Once these more potent odors pass, the presence of a lighter but still unpleasant odor may remain. SERVPRO works to enlist multiple deodorization processes to combat odor sources that may not be immediately noticeable during restoration. 

What are the useful methods of deodorization in a wet property?

  • Providing ventilation, air exchange, and air filtration using venting box fans or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter fitted air-scrubbers.
  • Treating potential odorous surfaces and contents using direct spraying of deodorants or injecting into upholstery and other furnishings.
  • Fumigating the property can help use wet and dry ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers and ozone generators to break down, pair, or alter odorous particles.

What are the areas of the home most affected by water intrusion?

Most homeowners' central points of concern are experiencing a water intrusion event center around carpets, upholstery, hard surface flooring, walls, and ceilings. These areas typically take on large amounts of water, with most materials being porous or semi-porous. The porosity of the material is a critical factor in odor absorption. Soft furnishing likely absorbs unpleasant odors more readily than non-porous materials like metal or glass. Generally, tackling bad smells in these materials relies on fogging or misting the appropriate areas. Removable fittings like carpets are usually treated on both sides of the surface using an environmental protection agency (EPA) registered disinfectant. SERVPRO technicians can mop hard surface flooring using disinfectant before applying a deodorant through a hand or pressure sprayer. Any other areas of the home with significant odors can be treated using powerful scent repelling pellets.

What is the purpose of water deodorization in residential properties?

  • To return the home to a sanitary state by using EPA-registered disinfectants and deodorant chemicals.
  • Our services use all necessary products, including biocides, solvents, as well as pressure washing or immersion cleaning for resilient materials.
  • Most odor problems are a result of incomplete drying. Our services monitor your home regularly to safeguard it against these issues. 

Odor can be an unfortunate by-product of a water intrusion emergency. For assistance, contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County at (315) 277-6702.