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Trying to Find a Reliable Mold Removal Service in Syracuse? Call SERVPRO

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling tiles Mold remediation for your commercial building is a job for SERVPRO. We have experienced and trained technicians for every size of disaster.

SERVPRO Offers Round the Clock Mold Removal for Syracuse Businesses

Hiring a reliable mold removal service like SERVPRO for your Syracuse commercial space is the best thing you can do to prevent any long-term issues. Our mold specialists have years of experience, expertise, and the right equipment to safely and efficiently contain and remove the damage. 

SERVPRO technicians use several tools and equipment during the mold removal from your Syracuse commercial space. While some devices such as the infra-red camera and the thermo-hygrometer are used to determine the amount of moisture in the affected area, others such as negative air machine and HEPA vacuum serve to contain and clean up the mold damage. Once the mold is removed successfully, SERVPRO techs also apply biocides, including antifungals, to inhibit and prevent future mold growth. 

How do SERVPRO Mold Experts Know That the Remediation is Successful in Your Syracuse Commercial Property?

SERVPRO technicians use the guidelines set forth by the EPA in the document titled ‘Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings’ to determine the success of the mold remediation process in your Syracuse property. Some of these guidelines include-

  • We are ensuring that the moisture problem has been fixed. SERVPRO techs thoroughly inspect the premises for any signs of water damage soon after mold remediation.
  • There should be no visible signs of mold damage, including musty odors.
  • If the commercial building is large, an Industrial Hygienist (IH) must verify that the building is safe for re-entry by taking air and surface samples.  

Call SERVPRO of East Onondaga County at (315) 446-8776; we are available 24/7 to help you. 

Does SERVPRO Offer Mold Damage Remediation for Commercial Buildings in Syracuse?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold inspection Unseen mold damage is often hidden. SERVPRO has the expertise to locate mold colonies in your property.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Inspections, Remediation, and Removal Services in Syracuse.

Suppose your employees or customers at your Syracuse premises report that they smell a strong, musty odor. There is a high probability that there is a mold infestation somewhere in your building. Mold can cause health effects in people exposed to spores and contamination from mold. Mold needs warmth, moisture, and a food source to grow. Our buildings have an abundant source of food and are kept warm all year long. All that is needed is some moisture from a small water leak!

If you suspect a mold infestation, SERVPRO can check for mold damage in your Syracuse commercial building. We will perform a full mold inspection of the building and identify the source of the musty odor and the moisture. Removing the moisture source is one of the first steps to remove a mold colony permanently.

We also construct mold containment barriers to prevent mold from spreading to uncontaminated areas and protect workspaces in your commercial building. Commercial operations can continue in other areas of your structure. Plastic sheeting, negative air pressure, sealing HVAC vents, and creating clean rooms are among the processes we use to control airflow and contain the spread of mold.

SERVPRO offers:



  • Mold Inspections
  • Mold Remediation and 
  • Mold Removal and Structure Repairs

Call SERVPRO of East Onondaga County for mold damage remediation in Syracuse and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (315) 446-8776.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Restoration to Commercial Companies in Syracuse?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Our certified technicians come prepared with state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident occurs.

SERVPRO’s Fast Response Reduces Secondary Water Damage for Companies in Syracuse.

Primary water damage in a commercial building in Syracuse can be devastating to any business. The water must be removed and a general cleanup completed. All finished and unfinished goods must be checked for damage and the appropriate action taken. The business may have to shut down while water cleanup is completed. There is also a danger from secondary water damage if action is not taken immediately.

SERVPRO provides water restoration to commercial companies in Syracuse and surrounding areas. We respond in less than four hours. 24/7. We understand how important it is to mobilize and be on-site to begin water cleanup and prevent secondary damage from high humidity and moisture to contents not directly exposed to water in the building.

In high humidity situations, typically found during a water event, the moisture in the air flows to dry areas and contents. Porous substances such as packaging and fabrics easily absorb moisture and may be damaged in the process. SERVPRO deploys water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels as fast as possible to avoid secondary damage. We can also provide advice about further protecting exposed materials.

Call SERVPRO for:



  • Water clean up
  • Water damage restoration
  • Emergency services water damage remediation

Call SERVPRO of East Onondaga County for water restoration companies in Syracuse and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (315) 446-8776.

Kitchen Fires Can Close Syracuse Restaurants

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

cooking in the kitchen SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians for any size fire restoration service needed for your commercial building. We have the manpower and equipment.

SERVPRO provides commercial fire restoration services and helps Syracuse eateries get back to serving their customers

Syracuse, NY, is a city that has seen much traffic over the years due to its role as a crossroad for more than two centuries. It started with its connection to the Erie Canal and then as a fundamental point on the railway network. Now Interstates 81 and 90 intersect in the city. The city sees a lot of air traffic as well because it is home to the largest airport in the area. With all the traffic and busyness that takes place, there are many attractions residents and visitors alike can enjoy.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Zoos are great fun for all ages, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The Zoo Summer Camp is back and gearing up for plenty of warm weather adventure. There are some new arrivals this year for visitors to enjoy. They include:

  •   Several young Chilean flamingos
  •   Zeya – a female amur tiger
  •   Tellaro – a giant pacific octopus
  •   Iniko – a baby patas monkey 
  •   Four markhor females
  •   Snow leopard cub

You do have to make a reservation to enjoy the zoo as there are still size limitations. 

Erie Canal Museum

This museum allows you to experience a unique time in history. Housed in the 1850 Natural Register Weighlock Building, it tells the amazing story of the Erie Canal. The building itself is an artifact as the last existing structure of its kind. Visitors can board a full-size replica of a canal boat, enjoy a puppet show, and experience a time in history that had a major impact on transportation in the US.

Notable People Born or Raised in Syracuse

The list of those born or raised in Syracuse or the Greater Syracuse area is quite extensive. From actors to sports figures and everything in between, Syracuse has been home to people such as Charles F. Bannock, inventor of the Bannock Device. Other notable people include:

  •   Frederick C. Bower – inventor, businessman – introduced the telephone to Syracuse
  •   Eric Carle – children’s author
  •   Tom Cruise – actor
  •   Walter Farley – author
  •   Richard Gere – actor
  •   Dorsey Levens – NFL player
  •   Clifford Luyk – basketball player
  •   L. Frank Baum – author Wizard of OZ

President Joe Biden attended Syracuse University College of Law and graduated in 1968. 

Great Places to Eat in Syracuse

It is always fun to explore a city’s restaurants, and Syracuse has a lot to explore. The diversity of eateries is wonderful. Why not give your tastebuds a treat at these fantastic restaurants?

  •   Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub
  •   Julie’s Diner
  •   Otro Cinco
  •   Sumera Restaurant
  •   Angott’s Family Restaurant
  •   Thai Love NY
  •   San Miguel Mexican Restaurant

As warm weather approaches, get out and enjoy some of the exciting things to see and do in Syracuse. 

SERVPRO Provides Fire Restoration Services to Syracuse Businesses

Commercial fires are often kitchen fires and can close a restaurant down for days. This means a loss of revenue and a potential loss of customers. You need to get up and running fast, and SERVPRO can help with fire damage restoration services designed to meet your needs. Our IICRC certified technicians provide:

  •   Water and fire damage restorations
  •   Smoke remediation
  •   Removal of unsalvageable content
  •   Cleaning and restoration of structural elements
  •   Cleaning and restoration of fixtures and content
  •   Deodorization 

Businesses with fire and smoke damage know they can count on SERVPRO to mitigate the damage. Contact SERVPRO of East Onondaga County at (315) 446-8776 for commercial fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Mold Remediation in a Syracuse Daycare

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

black mold Mold will spread like wildfire within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for the mold remediation services you need.

SERVPRO provides mold removal services that gets your daycare in Syracuse back on track

Parents depend on daycares to provide quality care for their children. Mold, even in a basement, can cause downtime and loss of clients. This means a dent in your revenue. 

Mold Specialists Can Provide Remediation 

Businesses in Syracuse count on mold removal that is fast and efficient. Something as minor as a water leak can cause mold to develop on walls, cabinets, and large play equipment you have stored in the basement.  SERVPRO can remove black mold and clean items such as slides, riding toys, and jungle gyms that are metal or plastic. Black mold damage repairs include:

  • Using HEPA vacuums and filters for dry items
  • If there is soil buildup, damp wiping takes place
  • Sanitizing with antimicrobial and antifungal agents
  • Proper removal and disposal of items not salvageable

If you are dealing with mold damage, it is essential to get professional assistance. If left alone, mold can rapidly spread throughout the daycare, impacting structural elements and the facility's content.

Mold Inspections, Remediation, and Removal

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Onondaga County deal with any mold and mildew you may have. We are IICRC certified and restore your daycare professionally and safely. 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.

Can a Firm's HR Records Be Protected From Mold Damage?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Files SERVPRO is here to help protect your important files from mold damage.

Local Business Owners Concerned About Mold Damage To Documents.



Keeping records is part of daily life for Syracuse entrepreneurs. Human Resources (HR) are essential to any firm, and each department must keep comprehensive records. HR records include:

  • Employee information such as date of employment and contact details
  • Formal contracts and job descriptions
  • Records of pay and bonuses
  • Sickness and absence records

Many Syracuse companies avoid mold damage by using electronic files. However, some businesses also have physical documents, especially for older files. Those physical papers need protection.

Can mold damage HR papers?

Yes, mold can undoubtedly damage HR papers. Mold is a naturally-growing fungus that can propagate anywhere that is dark and warm enough and provides moisture and a food source. Paper is one of the food sources that mold loves to munch on. As firms often keep older records in the dark cupboards or basements, they might be ripe for mold damage.

How can I protect my firm’s HR records?

The most important thing you can do is make the switch to electronic records if you have not already. Make sure you have backups of electronic documents, too – Cloud storage is helpful.

For remaining paper records, you might:

  • Install dehumidifiers in storage areas to cut down moisture
  • Store documents in watertight boxes so water cannot enter
  • Keep files away from potentially moldy areas such as dark corners 

What can SERVPRO do to help?

SERVPRO teams include trained mold remediation experts, who can remediate mold and reduce the risk of it coming back.

We will assess the situation in your office building, and let you know the steps we plan to take to fix the mold problem. In many cases, we start by setting up containment around the affected area. We use plastic sheeting to seal the spot off, cover all vents, and switch off the HVAC to stop the spores from escaping.

For very mild cases, gentle brushing and decontamination are enough to save records. In more advanced cases, we can consider vacuum freeze-drying to halt the damage and restore the documents.

Our teams also monitor moisture levels and dry the storage area to make it harder for mold to regrow.

For help protecting your business documents from mold damage, call SERVPRO of East Onondaga County at (315) 446-8776.

Should My Syracuse Business Have Flood Insurance?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded If you have flood damage from a storm inside your business, call on us at SERVPRO of East Onondaga County.

Insurance Gives You Peace of Mind with Flood Damage, and SERVPRO is Available to Handle All the Cleanup in Syracuse

Any natural disaster, especially flooding, can be quite a hit to any business in the Syracuse area. It is vital that you take time weigh all your options when it comes to insurance coverage to ensure you have the cushion that you need whenever such a disaster strikes. No matter the fallout, SERVPRO is available with fast response times and proven methods to get your business back up and running again. In many instances, a commercial space may be able to remain open while working carefully to mitigate the loss.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Flooding?

We have a proven restoration process, which allows us to get to work quickly to handle your flood damage in Syracuse. Once you call us, we have our Green Fleet onsite and ready to work in as little as four hours. Our processes involve the use of industrial-grade equipment and a broad range of cleaning products registered with the EPA. Some of the tools and equipment used most often on flood-related projects include:

    •    Powerful pumps with the capability of transporting water up and out of the lowest levels of your property
    •    Trash pumps with self-priming capacity, able to handle solid waste one ¼ inch and under
    •    Submersible pumps that can handle anywhere from 100 up to 18k gallons of water removal per hour
    •    Weighted extractors, or rovers that help remove moisture from carpets
    •    Light wand extractors, which handle tough to reach areas that come with space restrictions

What About Mold in My Business?

When it comes to insurance coverage, you will need to check your policy to determine what is covered. Mold infestation is generally only included when it develops as a direct result of your flood damage. In any case, utilize the tools and proper methods to clean up the mold, followed by sanitization and deodorization.

If you have flood damage from a storm inside your business, call on us at SERVPRO of East Onondaga County. You can contact us 24/7 for emergency service by calling (315) 446-8776.

How Does Extraction Happen for Large Loss Incidents?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Syracuse University tower building Large Loss Commercial Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Syracuse Is Provided by SERVPRO--Get Educated on Whom to Call for Help!

Syracuse has many considerable commercial properties, including many buildings for the university, where substantial water disasters could occur.

With hundreds of structures on the University property alone, our commercial response for disasters in Syracuse is valuable. Thousands of students and faculty depend on our professionals' experience for water loss incidents, which can be among the most common callout for our restoration professionals throughout the year. This includes times like winter break when cold snaps can impact structures throughout the campus and burst pipes.

How Do Large Loss Events Get Managed?

Burst pipes require immediate water restoration in Syracuse properties because the situation could quickly get out of control. Standing water becomes a primary concern in these emergencies, and with how fast movement can occur, our involvement as a large loss recovery team can be vital in these circumstances. Along with other franchisees in the area, we can join forces with other SERVPRO teams to combine:

  • Resources
  • Personnel
  • Equipment
  • Experience

Are There Industrial Grade Electric Submersible Pumps?

Beyond the repairs that your structure will need that our in-house contractors can provide, extractors are among the first pieces of equipment used in the management of water flooding conditions. With widespread concerns, industrial grade electric submersible pumps can be ideal. These heavy-duty options can often provide a discharge of up to 265 feet, allowing one unit to be a versatile choice in large loss water removal. Hoses for these units can be upwards of twelve inches, allowing these powerful extractors to move substantial water volumes of 6000 gallons per minute maximum.

From burst pipes to other substantial water floodings concern that could impact campus properties, our fast-responding technicians can help. You can count on our SERVPRO of East Onondaga County team to provide experience and efficient extraction devices to make water loss incidents "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (315) 446-8776.

Who Can Help Me Fast with Water Removal in My Syracuse Laundromat?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

rows of washers in a laundromat Syracuse Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Keeping the Doors Open for Business

The Community Depends on Your Company--SERVPRO Has Scalable Resources to Conquer the Challenge of Commercial Water Damage Syracuse 

When a supply line or water heater breaks down in your Syracuse laundromat, your entire customer service area and backrooms can fill with water. You need a fast and professional response to limit the downtime for the neighborhood to access your essential washing and drying equipment. Safety is a concern because of the enhanced conductivity caused by excess water. It places your customers, employees, and our crew at risk of electric shock as well as posing separate slip, trip, and fall potential.

How Efficiently Can We Remove the Water?

While the crew chief inspects your commercial building, our Syracuse Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) begin staging water removal and drying equipment. Fully-stocked service vehicles brought the team to your door, so not a moment is wasted. Once the chief gives the go-ahead, our crew:

  • Positions submersible pumps for water deeper than two inches
  • Lines up and then operates truck-mounted extractors to evacuate the bulk of water remaining after pumping
  • Begins collecting data on hidden water and measuring moisture levels in building materials
  • Employs portable extractors to access water in confined spaces

Is the Job Done When All Standing Water Is Gone?

SERVPRO knows aggressive extraction is the key to successful water damage resolution, but our Applied Structural Drying (ASD)-trained technicians also must reduce lingerie moisture in structural components to normal levels. We determine drying goals and equipment configurations using the moisture measurements collected during extraction. Our team uses its mastery of psychrometry, the science of drying, to manipulate the balance of air movement, temperature, and dehumidification toward efficacious drying.

Experienced and highly-qualified managers and technicians plus state-of-the-art equipment form the foundation of SERVPRO of East Onondaga County’s successful approach to commercial water damage resolution. The resources needed to solve your business loss are available 24/7 at (315) 446-8776.

Beaver Lake Golden Harvest Festival

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Come see us at the 41st Beaver Lake Golden Harvest Festival September 8th-9th from 10AM-6PM. They have some great activities planned!

There is free parking available on-site, and free shuttles from the River Mall and Tops parking lot in Baldwinsville.

At this event there will be hands on activities, horse drawn hayrides, canoeing, fresh doughnuts, live animals, games, face painting, lots of food to choose from, local artists, crafters and live music. Wylie Fox Farm from Cato, NY will be there with fresh produce!

The cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children (6-17 yrs old)

Check out their website for more information: http://www.onondagacountyparks.com/parks/beaver-lake-nature-center/golden-harvest-festival/

Make sure you stop and say hello if you see us there!

Exterior Services

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Did you think SERVPRO only performs mitigation and restoration inside of residential and commercial properties? We also do work on the exterior of properties when affected by water, fire or other mayhem.

The picture below is a commercial building that experienced smoke damage when a car parked on the street next to the building caught fire. The building was covered from top to bottom with soot. We used one of SERVPRO’s newest products, a water-less masonry cleaner to clean the soot off of the outside of the building. This square area was a test patch that we did to ensure the product would work to the customer’s liking. The owner of the building was extremely happy with the results of the restoration we were able to perform.

Our SERVPRO can pressure wash vinyl siding that has been affected by smoke damage to make it look fresh and new.

Another exterior service we provide is board-ups and roof tarping. We have an emergency crew available 24/7 if you experience a broken door or window that needs to be boarded up while waiting for a repair. If you have a leaky roof, we can tarp the roof until repairs can be made to stop further damage inside of the home.

Make A Wish Charity Golf Tournament

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

We are preparing for our 15th annual Make a Wish charity golf tournament which will be held on June 12, 2018 at the Pompey Club. This is a great charity event which raises money for children with a critical illness can have a wish granted. In previous years we have been able to raise enough money to grant a child a wish, which completely warms our hearts!

In order to participate in the tournament, players should email John at John@SERVPRO5941.com or call our office at 315-457-3432 to register their team. Players should then send in a check made to the Make a Wish Foundation. The cost is $100 per player. We will play 18 holes of golf. Our sponsors have helped us, so that with your donation you will receieve any drinks that you would like throughout the day, breakfast, lunch and a steak dinner. 

Skins, mulligans and a 50/50 raffle will be offered.

If you would like to donate raffle prizes to the tournament, you can email John Halko to let him know. You can bring them in to our office, arrange for us to pick up the donations or bring them with you to the tourament. Any monitary donations will be donated directly to the Make a Wish Foundation of CNY.

Please contact our office directly if you have any additionl questions. Our office phone number is 315-457-3432. We look forward to seeing you there!

May is National Building Safety Month

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

This is the 38th year of celebrating Building Safety Month! This initiative of the International Code Council. This is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals and the public on creating a safe, resilient, affordable and energy efficient homes and buildings. Please feel free to check out the ICC website to get more information.

It is important to understand how codes and code officials improve and protect places we live and work. 

Some important disaster Safety and Mitigation tips highlighted are:

  • the importance of having code approved and tested shutters that provide protection from windbourne debris if you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area
  • building or retrofitting to create a tornado safe room in your home following ICC/NSSA 500 standards
  • removing dead grass, leaves, twigs, etc from areas within 30 feet from buildings in areas that are prone to wildfires
  • refraining from driving through flood waters due to not knowing what may be underneath the water or the true depth of the water

Please consider continuing to the ICC website for more information on building safety. It is important to make sure that your not putting yourself, your family, friends, co-workers, employees or tenants in danger by not following the proper codes.

May is National Building Safety Month

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

This is the 38th year of celebrating Building Safety Month! This initiative of the International Code Council. This is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals and the public on creating a safe, resilient, affordable and energy efficient homes and buildings. Please feel free to check out the ICC website to get more information.

It is important to understand how codes and code officials improve and protect places we live and work. 

Some important disaster Safety and Mitigation tips highlighted are:

  • the importance of having code approved and tested shutters that provide protection from windbourne debris if you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area
  • building or retrofitting to create a tornado safe room in your home following ICC/NSSA 500 standards
  • removing dead grass, leaves, twigs, etc from areas within 30 feet from buildings in areas that are prone to wildfires
  • refraining from driving through flood waters due to not knowing what may be underneath the water or the true depth of the water

Please consider continuing to the ICC website for more information on building safety. It is important to make sure that your not putting yourself, your family, friends, co-workers, employees or tenants in danger by not following the proper codes.

Celebrating 25 Years in Business!

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Today, May 1st, we are celebrating 25 years in business! John Halko started his first SERVPRO Franchise with one truck, one employee and one dream. His dream was to build a successful company helping people affected by disaster. Today, John’s dream has become a reality. He has over 20 employees, multiple types of vehicles that allows the ability to service those affected by damage to both residential homes and large commercial properties. In 2012, John bought his first office for the company. The new location offers on-site storage for contents that need to be moved away from our customer’s properties for remediation and mitigation can be performed. We now also have room to park our vehicles inside the building extending the life of our vehicles, a clean room to clean contents on-site, a conference room for training and to loan out to those in need of a professional space. Our Operations Managers, Jeremy Wolfe and Matthew Balch, have been with our company for 11+ years individually and have helped us grow and become more versatile as a company. Their training has allowed us to service customers in a variety of different ways. If you see John this week, don’t forget to congratulate him on his achievements! Of course, we also want to reach out to our customers and colleagues to thank them for all of their continued support throughout the years. We could never be the company we are today without the help and support of our community.

No Job is Too Large

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

When your commercial property undergoes a devastating loss, you should feel confident contacting SERVPRO for help! We know the importance of getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We understand that your business needs to be running in order to thrive. That’s why we will do everything possible to make that happen.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best, highly trained people in restoration. We have special large loss training and highly experienced people leading this department. Our large losses are handled directly by a commercial operations manager to ensure we are working efficiently and seamlessly to help your business.

If needed, our SERVPRO will bring in other highly trained franchises to help with manpower and to provide additional equipment.

Our SERVPRO has provided large loss commercial property restorations for schools, universities, the hospitality industry, property managers, municipalities, etc. Our specific franchise has over 20 years of large loss work. We have provided services from damage due to flooding, fires, hurricanes, blizzards and more!

We are available to help you out 24/7, 365 days a year. Don’t hesitate to give us a call for help or with any questions you may have.

We Can Help!

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Do you own a business or commercial property? If so, we know your likely very busy running the business and taking care of the many tasks that goes along with the property. Therefore, you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When your business needs cleaning beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call your local SERVPRO franchise to perform a deep cleaning to spruce up the place! 

We have specialty products to remove strong odors, and to remove tough stains that otherwise ruin carpets and flooring. When you call our office, we’ll come out to do an estimate for pricing. If there are tough stains that you would like to have removed, we will perform a test cleaning in a small area to ensure the stain will come out. 

Our technicians come be scheduled outside of your normal business hours so that we are not causing a distraction from your employees ability to work or hindering your customer’s ability to enjoy your space.

Our technicians are thoroughly trained to do the job right for you! We have over 100 exclusive cleaning products, so we can clean a variety of different types of materials and spaces.

In addition to our regular cleaning services, we also clean:

  • Air ducts
  • Biohazard 
  • Carpet and upholstery 
  • Ceilings, flooring and walls
  • Odor removal
  • Sewage
  • Water and fire damage
  • Trauma and crime scene
  • Vandalism 

Rental Property Cleaning

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Do you own rental property? Have your previous tenants left an unsightly mess after they have moved out? Perhaps they left a large amount of garbage and debris, dirty floors and walls or left a strong smelling odor that would make it impossible to rent again as is.That can be an overwhelming experience! But don’t worry, we’re here to help get your rental property clean, fresh smelling and ready for the next tenants to move in.

Give SERVPRO a call and we’ll send out an estimator that will thoroughly explain the type of cleaning needed and how we would get your rental property cleaned and sanitized. Our estimators have seen all sorts of damage caused by previous tenants and have a good understanding of what chemicals and cleaning techniques would be needed. They also can estimate the time needed to perform the necessary tasks. This will provide you with an estimated cost and timeline for the cleaning project.

We’ll then schedule a crew to complete the cleaning for you.

Some of the tasks our technicians could do for you to get your rental property ready to rent again:
Clean floors, ceilings and walls
Clean carpeting and upholstery
Thermal fogging- to remove any unwanted odors
Duct cleaning
Debris removal
Cleaning kitchens and bathrooms

If you should find any other tasks not listed, please feel free to call our office and check with any other things you may come across that may need cleaning.

Getting Salt Stains out of Carpeting

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is here! So is freezing temperatures, ice and snow. It’s important to make sure that your business’s parking lots and sidewalks are safe for your employees and customers to walk on to get in and out of your building. Putting down rock salt is a very common way to make sure your sidewalks and parking lots are safe. However, rock salt can leave lasting stains on your carpet. 

Our SERVPRO professional technicians have been trained to clean rock salt stains out of carpet. Our SERVPRO Corporate has created special carpet cleaning solutions to get rid of these stains better than any store bought cleaner. Call our office today to schedule a carpet cleaning so your carpets stay looking their best! The sooner we clean the rock salt stains out of your carpet, the better chance you’ll have to remove the stains. 

During this time of year, we recommend having the carpets vacuumed and cleaned more often to keep the rock salt stains from sticking around. 

Let Us Introduce Our Contractor!

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

This year, we gained a valuable asset to our company. We hired a contractor to join our team! Let's take a moment to get to know our contractor, Mark Ruzekowicz!

"I have been doing construction for approximately 20 years spending almost all that time in residential/commercial remodeling and new construction. I am quite proficient in all aspects of this work. I started learning the trades when I was a wee lad from my father and other family members who are also trades folk. Over the years I have worked as a subcontractor for a handful of phenomenal carpenters that helped me expand and refine my abilities. I am elated to join the SERVPRO family and am looking forward to the opportunity to augment the existing team here and provide the best customer service I can when taking the damage to a home or business and making it like it never even happened."

We're so happy to have Mark on our team!

Large Loss Services

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of North and East Onondaga and Oswego Counties has the capabilities to provide water mitigation, mold restoration and fire restoration for your commercial building quickly and efficiently? Our SERVPRO franchise has approximately 20 employees that will mobilize quickly when you need our services.

Should your commercial building experience a large loss, we can quickly activate more SERVPRO trained teammates from other SERVPRO franchises to help us get your building back in order so that you don’t lose revenue. SERVPRO has mobilization teams that travel across the country as needed to support recovery after large storm or disaster events. These teams are familiar with handling the work that goes into a large loss project and are trained to work as efficiently as possible. In the 24 years our franchise has been in business we have brought the mobilization teams in to help a handful of times. Each time, we have had successful outcomes.

Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. Our crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year. SERVPRO of North and East Onondaga and Oswego Counties is dedicated to providing detailed and consistent communication to make our customers aware of job status and progress toward completion.

We are Commercial Drying Specialists

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO Franchise has taken the IICRC Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) class and has obtained special certifications to complete water mitigation in commercial buildings. Drying out a commercial building can be much different than performing a dry out service for a residential home. The materials a commercial building and residential home is built of can be completely different. The buildings are also used for different purposes.

The CDS course is a five day class and covers commercial, industrial, institutional and complex residential structures. The class teaches students to become skilled at performing damage inspections and evaluations. The class covers workflow management, process administration and technical methods of effective and timely drying of commercial, industrial, institutional and complex residential water damaged structures, systems and furniture.

Commercial drying projects often have additional potential hazards and safety risks than residential water mitigation projects. According to the IICRC, potential hazards include but are not limited to higher voltages, confined spaces, energized machinery, hazardous chemicals, heavy equipment and forklifts. In addition to this information, it is important that state and local laws for safety and contractor s are still followed.

If you are in need of having mitigation performed on a commercial or industrial building, make sure you utilize a company that has the knowledge to perform the services properly and effectively.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

The flooring in commercial buildings generally get more traffic than residential carpeting. Therefore, the carpeting in commercial buildings need more care and attention. Carpets can get dingy due to how much they are walked on. Carpets also get traffic patterns worn in to them as a result of people walking in the same areas

Even the highest quality carpets can show soiling over time. We offer a variety of different types of carpet cleaning. The different cleaning methods include:

Bonnet Cleaning- a less aggressive method for short piled carpets.

Hot Water Extraction- A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.

Deluxe Precondition and Rinse- helps restore deeply soiled carpets.

Showcase Premier Cleaning- the most thorough cleaning method in the industry.

Dry Cleaning- for when color-fastness is an issue.

When scheduling a carpet cleaning for a commercial property, we will send a marketing representative out to measure the area, establish expectations for the carpet cleanings, and determine the type of carpet cleaning which is best for your carpeting.

We offer monthly, semi-annual, annual scheduling. We also will schedule cleanings on an as-needed basis. Feel free to give us a call today to meet with a marketing representative about having your carpets cleaned!

Emergency Ready Profile

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

11/18/2016

Approximately 50% of businesses affected by fire and water never reopen. The majority of businesses that do reopen after a catastrophe had a preparedness plan set up prior to their disaster. Is your business ready for whatever may happen?

 Did you know that your local SERVPRO can create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP serves as an immediate reference of important information regarding the business, building and chain of command as far as who would be our contact and who would approve emergency services. By creating an ERP, we are able to help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

What can you expect from an Emergency Ready Profile?

  • There is no cost to the business for having an ERP created for your business.
  • A brief Profile Document that contains critical information needed in the event of an emergency. Having an ERP created will not take a great deal of your time.
  • Getting the restoration started quickly will minimize the time your business is interrupted due to disaster.
  • Establish a relationship with your local SERVPRO Franchise. You will then have a direct contact when an event does arise rather than needing to research what company provides the services you need.
  • Identify a chain of command for authorizing work to begin. This way, it is pre-established who needs to be called in order to get work approved.
  • You will be prepared with facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Your business will be “Ready for whatever happens.”

If you’re interested in having an Emergency Ready Profile created for your business, call our office today 315-457-3432.

Keep your Property Safe from Potential Snow and Ice Flooding

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

As we continue to get waves of large amounts of snow and then warmer weather that melts the snow, we need to protect our homes and businesses from water damage.

As we get lots of snow throughout the winter, there are a few ways we are susceptible to experiencing water damage. When the roof has a lot of snow, it can leak water from the roof into the home. Ice backups can occur if the home is not properly insulated allowing water to penetrate the ceiling and walls. When there are cracks in the foundation, melting snow can allow water to seep into the building.

It’s important to pay close attention to the forecast and know what types of weather to expect. However, in order to avoid winter weather from affecting your home there are something’s you can do to prepare:

  • Seal any cracks in the foundation. It is natural for cracks in the foundation to appear. It’s important to keep on top of them and seal any that you notice.
  • Install a back-flow valve. A back-flow valve would prevent a sewer back up to occur during flooding.
  • Install a sump pump. Many people have sump pumps installed in their homes to stop water from rising to higher levels of the home. A sump pump automatically drains any water that intrudes your home. If you already have a sump pump, check it often to ensure it is not blocked and is working properly. If yours uses batteries, make sure the batteries are not old and have backups on hand.
  • Do not store valuable items in places they can be ruined if water damage does occur. Store your valuables on shelving; consider placing stored items on pallets where possible. Keep your items in plastic storage totes to protect them.
  • Remove snow from around your home. You can eliminate the snow from around your home to help keep water out. If there is less melting snow around your home, there is less of a chance the water will flow into your home.
  • Keep sewage drains and downspouts clear.
  • Use a snow rake to remove snow from your roof and stop ice build up.

Exterior Services

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

Did you think SERVPRO only performs mitigation and restoration inside of residential and commercial properties? We also do work on the exterior of properties when affected by water, fire or other mayhem.

The picture below is a commercial building that experienced smoke damage when a car parked on the street next to the building caught fire. The building was covered from top to bottom with soot. We used one of SERVPRO’s newest products, a water-less masonry cleaner to clean the soot off of the outside of the building. This square area was a test patch that we did to ensure the product would work to the customer’s liking. The owner of the building was extremely happy with the results of the restoration we were able to perform.

Our SERVPRO can pressure wash vinyl siding that has been affected by smoke damage to make it look fresh and new.

Another exterior service we provide is board-ups and roof tarping. We have an emergency crew available 24/7 if you experience a broken door or window that needs to be boarded up while waiting for a repair. If you have a leaky roof, we can tarp the roof until repairs can be made to stop further damage inside of the home.

Restoring Your Commercial Property after A Water Damage Event

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Here to help 24/7!

Flooding and water damage events in Onondaga and Oswego Counties commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North and East Onondaga and Oswego Counties

SERVPRO of North and East Onondaga and Oswego Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification for the Following:

Water Damage Restoration

Fire & Smoke Restoration

Applied Structural Drying

Applied Microbial Remediation

Commercial Drying Specialist

Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Do you ever worry that your sprinkler system may malfunction and water will start leaking from your sprinkler system unnecessarily? Have you ever had water damage due to your sprinkler system? We have provided mitigation many times for companies that have sprinkler systems that malfunction. Many times, the system fails in the middle of the night when no one is around to turn off the water. By the time someone gets to the shut off valve, a large amount of water has already been dispersed throughout the building. Sprinkler systems can be very helpful in putting out fires and saving a building, but they need to be properly maintained to stop damage from occurring outside of having a fire.

In many cases, doing sprinkler maintenance can be very easy. However, remember that in some cases you may need to call in the company that installed the system to do maintenance on the sprinkler system or have another company brought in.

You should check and make sure that any pipe that is in an area that gets very cold is properly insulated. For example, if the pipes to the sprinkler system are in an attic space or outside wall that does not get heated.

Your sprinkler system should have a flow test valve that you can discharge water through the pipes to the outside. This will test the pipes that they are in good working order. Be aware that by running the water to the flow test valve, your fire alarm may go off. Make sure to contact your alarm company to let them know that you will be performing a test so that they do not call the fire department and dispatch an emergency crew.

Ensure that sprinkler heads and cover plates do not get painted over. Check that boxes, shelving units or other contents are not placed in the way of the sprinkler heads.

Should you have a water damage due to a fire sprinkler system malfunctioning, give our office a call day or night and we’ll clean up the water and dry out any structure or contents that have been affected.

Some insurance companies offer a discount for having a fire sprinkler system installed. Check with your insurance company today to see if discounts are available to you!