Recent Storm Damage Posts

Understanding the Lake Effect: How It Influences Severe Weather | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

7/15/2024 (Permalink)

dark gray cloudy background with torrential downpour rain overlay When storms strike, call SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda to restore your property to preloss condition faster!

Buffalo and Tonawanda, nestled near the shores of Lake Erie, experience unique weather patterns influenced significantly by the phenomenon known as the lake effect. This meteorological phenomenon occurs when cold air passes over the warmer waters of the lake, resulting in localized bands of intense rain.

At SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda, we recognize the impact of lake effects on severe weather in our community and understand the challenges it can pose to homeowners.

Enhanced Severe Weather Events

In addition to intense snowfall, the lake effect can also enhance other forms of severe weather, such as thunderstorms and strong winds. In warmer months, the temperature contrast between the lake and the surrounding land can create instability in the atmosphere, leading to the development of thunderstorms. These storms can bring heavy rainfall, hail, and lightning, posing risks of flooding and property damage.

Intense Snowfall and Precipitation

During the winter months, Lake Erie’s relatively warm waters contrast sharply with the cold Arctic air masses moving across the region. This stark temperature difference triggers rapid evaporation from the lake’s surface, saturating the air with moisture.

As this moisture-laden air moves inland, it encounters colder temperatures over land, causing it to release its moisture in the form of heavy snowfall. These bands of snow can persist for hours or even days, resulting in significant accumulations that can overwhelm drainage systems and lead to water damage in homes.

Mitigating the Impact with Professional Restoration Services

At SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda, we specialize in mitigating the impact of severe weather on homes and businesses. Whether your property has been affected by heavy snow, flooding from intense rainfall, or wind damage from severe storms, our trained technicians are equipped to handle the restoration process promptly and efficiently.

From water extraction and drying to structural repairs and mold remediation, we provide comprehensive services to restore your property to its pre-damaged condition.

Trust SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda for Expert Storm Damage Restoration

With years of experience serving the Buffalo/Tonawanda area, SERVPRO is committed to helping our community recover from the effects of severe weather, including those influenced by lake effect. Our dedicated team is available 247 to respond to emergencies, ensuring that we can provide immediate assistance when you need it most. Let us handle the restoration process so you can focus on rebuilding and restoring normalcy to your home.

If your property has been impacted by severe weather, contact SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda today to learn more about our storm damage restoration services. We are here to help you navigate the challenges posed by lake effects and other severe weather phenomena, restoring your home and peace of mind.

Trust SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda for reliable and professional storm damage restoration services. Call us day or night.

Dealing With the Aftermath of a Strong Storm | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

7/2/2024 (Permalink)

thunderclouds and lightning next to funnel cloud behind home SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda is Here to Help® after intense summer storms affect your home or business.

When a strong storm sweeps through Buffalo/Tonawanda, it can leave a trail of destruction in its wake. From high winds to heavy rainfall, storms have the potential to cause significant damage to homes and businesses.

Knowing how to respond to storm damage promptly is crucial for minimizing further harm and expediting the recovery process. Here’s what you need to know about responding to storm damage in the Buffalo area:

Assessing the Damage

Safety First: Before assessing storm damage, prioritize safety. Check for any immediate hazards such as downed power lines, gas leaks, or structural damage. If you suspect any danger, evacuate the premises and contact emergency services immediately. Once it’s safe to do so, proceed with caution when inspecting your property for damage.

Exterior Inspection: Begin by inspecting the exterior of your home or business for visible signs of damage. Look for missing roof shingles, damaged siding, broken windows, or fallen trees and branches. Take note of any structural damage or areas where water may be entering the building. Document the damage with photographs or videos to provide evidence for insurance claims.

Taking Immediate Action

Emergency Repairs: Once you’ve assessed the extent of storm damage, prioritize emergency repairs to prevent further deterioration of your property. Temporary fixes such as tarping roofs, boarding up windows, or sealing leaks can help mitigate additional damage caused by exposure to the elements. Addressing these issues promptly can help protect your property while you wait for more extensive repairs to be made.

Water Damage Restoration: If your property has experienced water damage due to storms, prompt action is crucial to prevent mold growth and structural issues. Contact a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda to assess the damage and initiate cleanup and restoration efforts. Our team has the expertise and equipment to extract standing water, dry affected areas, and restore your property to pre-storm condition.

Documenting and Reporting the Damage

Documenting the Damage: To facilitate the insurance claims process, document the storm damage thoroughly. Take photographs and videos of the damage from multiple angles, capturing both the interior and exterior of your property. Keep detailed records of any emergency repairs or expenses incurred as a result of the storm damage.

Contacting Your Insurance Provider: Upon documenting the damage, contact your insurance provider to file a claim. Provide them with the evidence you’ve gathered, including photographs, videos, and written descriptions of the damage. Keep track of all communications with your insurance company and follow their instructions closely to ensure a smooth claims process.

Partner with SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

Responding to storm damage requires prompt action and expertise, but you don’t have to face it alone. SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda specializes in storm damage restoration and is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today for immediate assistance with storm damage cleanup and restoration.

Our team of professionals is available 247 to respond to emergencies and help you restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Don’t wait – call SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda now for reliable and efficient storm damage restoration services.

Dealing with storm damage? Call SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda for a quick restoration.

Understanding the Threat of Severe Thunderstorms | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

6/17/2024 (Permalink)

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In the Buffalo/Tonawanda area, severe thunderstorms are a common occurrence during the spring and summer months. These storms can bring heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and lightning, posing a threat to both property and personal safety. Understanding the potential dangers associated with severe thunderstorms is the first step in preparing your home and family for these weather events.

Severe thunderstorms are capable of causing a range of hazards, including flash flooding, wind damage, and power outages. Strong winds can uproot trees, damage roofs, and send debris flying, while lightning strikes can cause fires and electrical surges.

Additionally, heavy rainfall can overwhelm drainage systems, leading to localized flooding and water damage. Being aware of these risks allows homeowners to take proactive measures to mitigate potential damage and protect their property.

Preparing Your Home for Severe Thunderstorms

Preparing your home for severe thunderstorms involves several key steps to minimize damage and ensure the safety of your family. Start by inspecting your property for any vulnerabilities, such as loose roof shingles, damaged trees, or clogged gutters. Secure outdoor items like patio furniture and lawn decorations to prevent them from becoming projectiles in high winds.

It’s also important to reinforce doors and windows to withstand strong winds and flying debris. Consider installing storm shutters or boarding up windows with plywood to provide added protection during severe weather. Inside your home, designate a safe area such as a basement or interior room on the lowest level to seek shelter during a storm.

Staying Safe During Severe Thunderstorms

When severe thunderstorms are in the forecast, it’s essential to stay informed and prepared to respond quickly to changing conditions. Monitor weather alerts from trusted sources and have a plan in place for how to react in the event of severe weather. Ensure that everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do to stay safe during a storm.

During a severe thunderstorm, avoid using electrical appliances and plumbing fixtures, as lightning strikes can cause power surges and electrical fires. If you’re outdoors when a storm hits, seek shelter in a sturdy building or vehicle and avoid open fields, tall trees, and bodies of water. After the storm passes, be cautious of downed power lines, flooded areas, and other hazards when assessing damage and beginning cleanup efforts.

Trust SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda for Storm Damage Restoration

Don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Contact us today to learn more about our storm damage restoration services and how we can help you recover quickly and safely after a storm.

From water extraction and structural drying to debris cleanup and mold remediation, our team has the expertise and resources to handle any size disaster.

Stay safe and prepared this storm season with SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda by your side.

Storm Planning to Keep Your Family Calm | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

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As thunder echoes, lightning streaks across the sky and the wail of tornado sirens fills the air, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Your furry friend paces anxiously, your little ones are on edge and you’re unsure where to start. Storm situations can be daunting, especially when storms can get really intense in a short period of time.

While we can’t control the weather, we can control how we prepare for it and react to it, ensuring everyone stays calm—especially our kiddos.

Keep reading as our team shares some simple tips to incorporate storm readiness into your family’s routine, so everyone stays calm, cool and collected when faced with a real emergency.

Recognizing Warning Signs

Though we can all spot a sunny day vs. a cloudy one, knowing the signs of an approaching storm isn’t always as obvious. Even if the forecast doesn’t mention storms, it’s crucial to stay vigilant. Teach your kids to spot the signs of an impending storm—like swirling clouds, ominous skies, distant thunder and lightning flashes—and to head indoors immediately.

Also, familiarize them with the sound of a tornado siren and when it might go off. Use scheduled siren tests as an opportunity to get them used to the sound in a non-emergency setting. Practice having them listen for the siren and time how quickly they can get to your designated safe spot.

Preparation Is Key

Have you and your family created a storm emergency plan? This involves discussing how and when to get to your safe spot and ensuring your emergency kit is packed and ready to go.

Identify the lowest level of your home and find an inner room, ideally one without windows, to serve as your safe spot. Keep this area clear and easily accessible at all times. Consider practicing by building a fort with heavy objects like tables or desks to reinforce the importance of staying safe during a storm.

Involve your kids in putting together your emergency kit. Let them help choose items to include, such as their favorite snacks, shelf-stable water and personal belongings. Have each child pick out a flashlight and mark it with their name, and don’t forget spare batteries, candles, matches and any necessary medications.

Finally, let your kids pick out special games or activities to keep them occupied during severe weather. These distractions can provide comfort and entertainment if the power goes out or you need to hunker down for a while.

Staying Calm

Severe weather can be scary for everyone, especially youngsters. Reassure your kids that while storms can be intense, the likelihood of experiencing severe damage or a direct tornado hit is pretty low. Most storm-related damage usually focuses on roofs, siding and property.

Focus on keeping your children calm and engaged during severe weather. Narrate the situation in a light-hearted way as it unfolds, and tackle the challenges together with confidence. With preparation and a positive attitude, you and your family can weather any storm that comes your way.

Storm damage should always be addressed quickly. Contact SERVPRO® day or night for the restoration services you need.

The Basic Steps to Prevent Flood Damage | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

4/1/2024 (Permalink)

rain water pooling on a hardwood floor after a storm with a man in work boots walking through it SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda is ready to help in a moments notice after spring showers leak in to your home or business.

When faced with a tricky task, how do you approach it? Do you jump all in right away without knowing all the details, or do you break down the problem and bring it back to the basics of what you know?

We would bet that you are usually more successful when you break it down and work with what you know. This approach works in many different scenarios, including when it comes to preventing home damage.

For example, small preventive steps that you take now can have a big impact on preventing flooding issues during the rainy season! Incorporate the basic tasks below into your week to help you prepare for the season ahead.

Understanding Floods

Flooding can happen when severe weather comes to town, but that is not the only way that your home can experience water damage. Busted water lines, faulty appliances and even the rare instances of broken dams or levees can cause serious water issues in a short amount of time.

We are surrounded by water, thanks to Lake Erie, and we experience some pretty intense storms due to the lake effect. That alone can increase the risk for flooding in our community at any given time. Do you know your own property’s flood risk?

Whether your home is in a designated flood zone or not, you should still be taking steps to reduce your risk even further. Adding extra drainage to your property or lengthening your downspouts are two easy tasks to make sure any rain that does fall has a more productive place to go.

If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of tree coverage, it is crucial that you address any gutter issues immediately. Clear out clogs or blockages as soon as you notice them, or better yet, install gutter covers to keep out leaves and other yard debris.

Additional Preparation Methods

While understanding our community’s flood risk is important, we can’t always prevent flooding issues from happening. The good news is that you can learn a lot about your property when it does flood so you can make some permanent changes.

If your basement gets wet regularly when it rains, you can address any drainage issues or even have your property professionally graded to help move the water down and away from your foundation.

If you struggle with water leaks around troublesome windows, you can have them sealed or replaced to help keep the moisture outside where it belongs. Finally, if you notice that your sump pump isn’t turning on when it should, you can address this issue quickly to make sure it is working when you really need it most.

When you start at the beginning, you can set your home up for long-term success. We are always here to help if your property suffers from any sort of water damage this season and beyond.

Do you have water damage in your home? Contact us at SERVPRO® for fast recovery.

Staying Connected to Stay Safe: Weather Alerts | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

3/1/2024 (Permalink)

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We can’t believe that we are already talking about and preparing for the spring season! Rumbling thunderstorms, heavy rain and the occasional severe weather situation are all on the horizon, so preparing for them ahead of time is crucial.

One of the most important ways to be prepared is to be informed! Updating your alert systems now can ensure you know what is going on so you can take action to stay safe and in control.

Staying Connected With Power

We are surrounded by screens in almost every aspect of our lives, so it should be no surprise that our phones and TVs are the most common way of receiving weather alerts. Wireless Emergency Alerts are alerts that can be issued automatically if there is a weather system quickly approaching, but you can (and should) have at least one other weather app downloaded.

Keep in mind that not all weather apps are created equally and that it is important for you to choose wisely. Avoid the apps that exaggerate forecasts for likes or engagement and stick with the nationally recognized or locally trusted sources instead.

News stations and local weather channels are also great resources as they are often live broadcasting when severe weather is in the area. You can watch the storm progress in real-time and be able to take action immediately if a warning is issued or if the storm changes course unexpectedly.

Staying Connected Without Power

We all know how dangerous it can be to lose power during a storm, which is why we recommend that every household has at least one other alert system in place that doesn’t require power in order to work. Phones, TVs and your computer are great ways to stay connected, but only if they are powered and working.

Don’t leave yourself vulnerable in the face of serious weather! Locate our local weather sirens and familiarize yourself with the different tones and alerts, or invest in a NOAA weather radio.

Weather radios are especially helpful because they are portable. You can take them with you into your sheltering location or around your property in the aftermath of the first wave of a storm.

Stay prepared, everyone! If you know what to expect, you will be armed with the knowledge you need to keep your family safe during a true weather emergency. Call us day or night after the storm passes and we will take care of any storm damage that you have suffered.

Serious storms can cause serious property damage. Call SERVPRO® 247 for immediate restoration assistance.

Home Damage Possibilities in the Buffalo Area | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

residentail home with roof destroyed and debris falling down If you discover damage in your residence, call SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda right away.

Our homes put up with a lot on a daily basis. Severe weather, kitchen fires and even just structural aging as your home gets older can all be threats that cause significant damage to your home and property.

We don’t want the possibility of damage to overwhelm you, however! By understanding the risks in our area, you can better prepare yourself and your home to reduce the chances of experiencing serious damage.

SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda is here to help if you do suffer from damage! Check out our latest blog to learn more.

The Biggest Risks in the Buffalo Community

We see a lot of rain here in the Buffalo area, as well as serious storms throughout the entire year. Thunderstorms in the summer and winter storms in the winter season can cause all kinds of chaos. In addition, general damage from water or fire can cause structural damage or complete devastation.

Water damage can occur during any storm situation, but it can also occur when an appliance leaks or a pipe bursts in your home. That water can start to leak and seep into every part of your home. The same goes for fire, and fire can cause widespread damage in mere minutes.

Lingering Damage

It can be really frustrating to suffer through a disaster situation at your home, but the problem can actually be made worse even after the event is over. For example, a flood will soak your home, but it can also lead to mold growth that affects your home’s structural integrity.

Fire damage can be overwhelming in the area that the fire occurred, but the damage can also affect areas of your home that the fire never spread to. Smoke and soot can leave walls stains and a stubborn odor can linger in the air. You can also suffer water damage on top of the fire damage due to the water and chemical agents used to put out the flames.

No matter how the damage occurred, recovery is always a priority. That’s where we come in! We can handle everything from minor water leaks to full-scale house fires.

We can dry up residual moisture, remove stubborn odors and tackle any necessary repairs. That includes things like roof replacement, window repair and even document drying.

If your home suffers a fire, we will remove the damaged debris and simultaneously clean and sanitize to remove soot and smoke from your home. We will handle the water damage and the necessary repairs quickly and efficiently so you can get back into your home right away.

We are a full-service restoration company, which means you won’t have to work with multiple contractors or businesses to get the job done. Just call us and we will take care of everything!

Does your home need restoration and you don’t want to make more than one call? Contact us to get everything handled by one team.

Safely Navigating Winter Storms | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

snowy highway with vehicles driving in a squall The winter season is almost upon us! SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda has your back with these helpful tips.

The power of winter storms is not lost on us around here. We are fully aware of how intense winter weather can be in the Buffalo community, and we know that a single storm system can dump feet of snow, knock out power, create slick roads and make the entire community dangerous to be in while the storm rages on.

While we can’t control the weather, we can be prepared for it. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for strong winter storms can help keep you and your family safe.

Prepping Inside Your Home

It is always recommended that you avoid traveling when a winter storm blows through. Ice and snow can easily create dangerous travel conditions and make roadways really slippery. Accidents skyrocket, and you could even be stranded on the side of the road.

Stay home and get your emergency kit restocked and prepped for the weather to come. Pull out your weather radio and make sure your kit has everything you need to stay comfortable for multiple days.

Locate your flashlights and extra batteries, first-aid supplies, safe drinking water, and some sort of reliable heat source. Blizzard conditions can knock out power for hours or even days, so having extra blankets on hand and extra firewood for your fireplace can help.

That said, there may come a time when you realize your home is simply too cold to stay in while you wait for the power to come back on. Have a backup location in mind like a friend’s house, library or warming center that you can easily get to if you need.

Addressing Any Damage

Winter storms can take a while to blow through, so be sure it is completely over before you head outside. Check your home thoroughly for signs of damage and then get to work clearing the excess snow.

Grab your roof rake or shovel and pull the heavy snow off the edges of your roof all around your home. This helps prevent damage from stubborn ice dam formation, but it can also help prevent your roof from collapsing. Heavy, wet snow can weigh up to 20 pounds per cubic foot, and that can add up over time to create some serious pressure on your roof.

If the storm brought strong wind, check all around your home for drafts that may have formed. Any covered vents can quickly build up ice around the grating, which can block carbon monoxide from safely exiting your home. Clear away the snow and chip away the ice right away.

How SERVPRO® Can Help

We are no strangers to winter storms, and we can help you overcome any sort of damage that you experience. If your roof suffers damage, we will quickly secure your home and tackle the repairs. If a gap in your home leads to a water leak that seeps throughout your kitchen, we can help with that, too!

Our goal is to return your home to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. While winter weather may be a pain, there is so much fun to be had at this time of year, too. Let us handle your repairs so you can focus on the fun.

Our team is always ready for anything! Contact us at SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda for a quick restoration after suffering damage from a winter storm.

The Steps to Get Ready for Summer Storms | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

7/19/2023 (Permalink)

Empty parking lot with lots of greenery shown during a heavy downpour of rain. Have you been impacted by the unusual summer storm season? SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda has your back when you experience flood and water damage.

Wind, rain, hail, tornadoes and flash flooding are all common threats when it comes to severe weather in the summer. While each situation can range in severity, you still need to prepare for them in order to avoid widespread home damage.

Taking steps to protect your home includes everyday maintenance and regular cleaning tasks, but it also includes storm preparation.

In the summertime, we need to be prepared for strong winds, heavy rain and the appearance of quickly developing tornadoes. The best way to weather through a storm is by ensuring the outside of your house and your property are ready for the weather!

Check out our tips below for preparing your home for incoming storms and incorporate them into your weekly routine.

Routine Maintenance

Protecting your home from storms doesn’t have to take a lot of extra work. You are already accomplishing many storm preparation tasks just by keeping up with your yard work and regular home maintenance tasks.

Trimming your trees and removing dead branches or limbs from your property can help reduce your risk of suffering an impact from a fallen tree or projectile. You should also make it a point to clean your gutters regularly so the rain that does fall has a place to go that is not on your roof or near your foundation.

You should also prioritize walking around your property to check for signs of water damage. Gaps or cracks along your window panes or deteriorating caulk lines should be fixed right away, and don’t ignore broken or missing shingles, as a single missing shingle can lead to widespread water issues.

Storm Preparation Purchases

Once your property is secured, your home is ready to be protected from severe weather. If you want to take it one step further, investing in certain products can help make your home even more resistant to storm damage.

Installing storm shutters in front of your windows can help protect them from breaking during high winds and from anything thrown about your yard. You can also invest in triple-pane windows to give you an added layer of protection. If you live in a heavily wooded area, consider installing gutter guards to help keep debris from clogging up your gutter system.

If you have a shed or outbuilding on your property, you could add reinforcements to the roof to help secure it in a storm or install gutters along the roof line to ensure everything stays dry inside.

Once you and your home are ready, tune in to the local weather forecast every day and follow all watches, warnings and alerts. Storm damage is unpredictable, so we are here to help you recover if the next storm causes damage to any part of your home.

Was your home damaged in a storm? Call us at SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda to start restoration, 247.

Keeping Your Staff Safe in a Weather Emergency | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

7/14/2023 (Permalink)

Business man holding an umbrella and briefcase with a dark thunderstorm behind him. If your home or business was damaged in a storm, call SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda to get you back in action.

Owning and running your own business is no small feat. In addition to keeping up with your daily tasks, you are also responsible for the safety of everyone under your employment. Training your team properly for various emergency scenarios can help keep everyone safe and can make you confident that your team will react appropriately.

Extreme weather can become a dangerous situation if your team isn’t prepared for the potential possibilities. Read on as our team explains some easy ways to ensure your staff are ready for anything that comes their way.

Calculating the Risk

We know all about severe weather in our area. From the strongest tornadoes to the snowiest winters, we have to be prepared for just about anything here. Having a plan tailored to each scenario is critical because each threat comes with its own set of risks.

Another common problem is flooding, so understanding the flood risk for your business can help you make decisions on how to prepare and whether or not to invest in flood insurance. If flooding conditions are projected, take the time to prepare your business before the water starts flowing in.

Communicating the Plan

In this day and age, communicating is one of the easiest parts about storm preparation! You can text or email your entire staff with the click of a button. This can be particularly handy if there is a storm on the way or if you need to make an emergency announcement, like where your safe shelter location is or where your supplies are.

Communicating can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and has the same information. It can also help determine who is responsible for the roles of getting your staff and customers to safety.

Evacuating vs. Sheltering

If you have enough warning, sometimes an efficient evacuation is the best way to keep everyone safe. Take the time to show your employees your evacuation plan and label your emergency exits clearly. In a true emergency, their path should be clearly labeled as most people move fast in these situations.

On the other hand, sheltering in place might be the best option. That’s where your safe shelter location comes into play! Your staff should know where this is and how to get to it without the use of an elevator. You should also take the time to prep the space with food, water and an emergency kit so that everyone stays safe and comfortable.

Once you have these plans in place, it’s time to practice. Hold drills and mock emergency situations so that your team is confident in any severe weather scenario.

Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO® can help you restore your losses.

Protect Your Home When the Wind Blows | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

6/5/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”storm” alt = "dense forest area with trees bending due to intense wind and rain ” > If you've suffered from storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda your first call.

Wind comes in all shapes and sizes. A gentle summer breeze on a hot day can feel like a gift, while a straight-line wind accompanying a severe thunderstorm can become a nightmare for your home and property.

It doesn’t even have to be stormy outside for winds to cause damage! A bright and sunny day could have high winds, which can be just as troublesome for you.

Learning about the different kinds of wind and the damage they cause can help you prepare your home and keep your family safe.

Different Wind Patterns

The majority of damaging winds come from thunderstorms—and even more from tornadoes. If a severe weather alert is issued, don’t ignore it.

The wind within a thunderstorm can easily reach up to 60 miles per hour. Debris and tree branches can easily be thrown around your yard.

Straight-line winds are another kind of wind that accompany thunderstorms. They can reach up to 100 miles per hour, and a single gust can cause widespread damage. This is because straight-line winds don’t have any sort of rotation in them and just occur in one solid burst.

When a tornado is present in the area, many different kinds of wind can occur all at once. Straight-line windows, downdrafts, and micro- or macro-bursts can occur, all of which can have disastrous effects.

We can experience every above-mentioned wind in the Buffalo area. Severe weather throughout the entire year can cause high wind warnings to be issued, and our location on the edge of Lake Erie can make even sunny days windy and dangerous. No matter what season we are in, always be aware of the current weather conditions.

Preventing Wind Damage

Wind can knock down trees, blow around debris and damage power lines. Strong winds can even topple mobile homes and lift cars off the ground.

The most reliable way to stay safe is to know what different wind alerts look like so you can take action quickly. If you have enough time, secure outdoor furniture and other loose objects that are outside, and try to move anything indoors that you can before the wind blows.

Keep your yard tidy by trimming trees and removing yard debris regularly. Even an unsuspecting branch in your front yard can become dangerous if it is picked up and thrown around by the wind.

Head inside and stay away from windows while the storm is in our area, and don’t go outside until you are confident that the winds have died down.

If you discover damage to your home or roof after the storm passes, call us right away. The faster our storm restoration team can arrive at your house, the quicker we can address your repairs and get your home back to normal.

Has your home been damaged by wind? Call us and get things cleaned up fast.

Sewage Concerns

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

A photo of a floor drain in a basement. Drain back up is a common cause of sewage damage during heavy rain storms.

One of the most hazardous jobs SERVPRO of Buffalo - Tonawanda deals with is a sewage backup. A sewer back up can occur through a toilet, sink, shower, and the drain in your basement. The most common reason for a sewer back up is caused by a clog. The blockage can be caused by feminine products, grease, hair, and children’s toys. The main drain from the house to the street can build up with debris or tree roots that disturbs the proper function of wastewater draining. The sewage material gets trapped builds up and has nowhere else to go but back into your home. The wastewater contains many water-borne diseases and must be cleaned and disinfected immediately. Some of the pathogens in sewage are E. Coli, Salmonella, Streptococcus, mycobacterium. SERVPRO of Buffalo - Tonawanda’s highly trained professionals are close by, sustainer focused and ready to help. Call us today at 716-694-9949

SERVPRO Document Restoration Services

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

A photo showing a book that is water damaged. Some books and papers are irreplaceable and at SERVPRO we know we can help dry and restore them.

After the fire is out and the brave first responders retreat back to the fire hall, SERVPRO of Buffalo - Tonawanda arrives to start fire mitigation services. A thorough walk through is performed given attention to the most important requirements in order to get that business up and running again. One of the most important items in a business can be the restoration of wet or smoked damage documents. SERVPRO can immediately arrange the document restoration process. Documents are loaded into a freezer truck and transported to our state-of-the-art document drying division at our SERVPRO headquarters in Gallatin, Tennessee. SERVPRO will help you recover your paper goods before it’s too late.

SERVPRO can restore:
-paper documents
-books and magazines
-manuscripts and files
-photographs, film, negatives and microfiche
-blueprints and map

Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA)

Call us today for your document restoration needs.
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Spring Winter Storms In Buffalo

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

A photo showing the SERVPRO van in the snow. A late Spring snow storm in Buffalo, NY

There is no telling what weather Buffalo get day to day in the Spring. One day its seventy, birds chirping, people out walking, the flowers starting to peek out and then the next day you are making snow angels and a snowman. The ground is already soft and mushy from the winter and with the additional snow melting, many times it causes sump pump failures. A sump pump can completely stop working or it just malfunctions. Either way it can cause damage and you will need a plumber and SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda to assist with the water damage. To be safe, you will want to replace the sump pump. Do not just shake it and think because it went back on its fine. Several times, we have responded, and a customer will reflood after its all cleaned up and dry and will have to report a second claim. SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda has 24hr emergency service and is ready to help. 716-694-9949 Family owned and operated since 1972.

Safety Tips After A Water Damage Caused By Floodwaters

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

A photo showing a crawl space opening with standing water SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda responds to a home in Buffalo to assist with a flooded crawl space from a near by creek overflowing.

Staying safe after a water damage is especially important. Whether it is a basement flood caused by a creek overflow, a roof leak, or a toilet line break. There are many dangers lurking in several types of situations and staying safe is a must!

Tips to keep safe following a creek overflow flood:

Floodwaters in your basement contain many different hazards. The water is filled with contaminants that are not safe such as chemical hazards. There are many different strains of bacteria in flood waters that cause illness and disease. There could be electrical damage causing electrical currents in the water. Always check with local authorities if your home is safe to occupy it.

Once the home is deemed safe, call your insurance company to file a claim so they can determine the coverage. Even if you do not have insurance SERVPRO of Buffalo – Tonawanda can respond with the cleanup efforts. Acting quickly can help minimize damages.

Storm Approaching Safety

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Photo shows drying equipment consisting of air movers and dehumidifiers drying out a building A property suffered water damage due to a leaking roof. SERVPRO of Buffalo -Tonawanda was called in to assist.

Rain and windstorms can happen with little warning. The local news will report bad weather approaching but it is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage. An inspection of your home’s roof is a good idea to conduct before bad weather arrives. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during heavy rain conditions or a snowstorm. Make sure you don’t have loose or hanging gutters. Rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds and heavy rain.  You want the water to properly drain in the gutter system vs pooling on the side of your home. It’s also a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition. Having a large branch fall on your home can cause significant damage to the structure and can cause water damage.

The SERVPRO team of SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA is ready to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at 716-694-9949 or visit us on our website:

Summer Thunderstorm Preparedness

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning striking from dark clouds Lightning can strike even when it's not raining!

Summer is approaching fast here in Western New York and although summer brings nice weather, it also brings thunderstorms along with it. Here are some tips to be prepared for thunderstorms!

  • Make sure you are aware your local community’s warning system for severe thunderstorms.
  • Pick a safe place for you and your family to meet in case of a severe thunderstorm
  • Remove dead and damaged branches from trees and shrubs around your home to prevent them from breaking during a storm
  • Postpone any outdoor activities if a thunderstorm is likely to occur
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger of lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones during the storm
  • Be sure to shutter windows and close your doors securely, and stay away from windows!

If your home is damaged by stormy conditions, SERVPRO can help you repair the damage and clean your home!


3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing coastal flooding at Buffalo Harbor Heavy rains and wind can cause significant damage.


* WHAT...Significant lakeshore flooding possible.

* WHERE...Erie and Chautauqua Counties.

* WHEN...From Friday morning through Friday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...The rapid rise in water levels at the eastern end of Lake Erie may result in lakeshore flooding along the Lake Erie shore. Flooding is possible along Buffalo Harbor, Canalside and another flood prone locations. Very high wave action may also result in significant shoreline erosion.

In addition to lakeshore flooding, we will also have strong winds and heavy rain with the potential of knocking down trees, power lines, causing roof damage and can flood your home.

During storm events, you might loss power and your sump pump cannot work resulting in a water damage to your basement. Many times, sewer systems cannot handle the storm water and could back up in your basement. Should your basement flood, SERVPRO of Buffalo - Tonawanda is ready to help.  Family operated since 1972.

Be prepared!

Spring Storms in Buffalo

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Buffalo, New York has had its fair share of snow and ice damaging storms.  Knowing what type of storm is coming is the best way to be prepared. Did you know there are 10 different storm types? Most people think about winter storms when they think about storms. But in the spring and summer months, it is important to be prepared for effects of thunder and windstorms, too.

SERVPRO® of Buffalo-Tonawanda recognizes the importance of keeping homes or businesses safe before and after a storm.

  • Tornadoes
  • Flooding
  • Snowstorm
  • Hurricanes
  • Hailstorm
  • Thunderstorm
  • Lightning storm
  • Tropical storms
  • Ice storms
  • Derecho storms

Not Every state experiences the same type of storms. You might not even know what that last one is (a Derecho storm is one giant storm made of several large storms). More commonly, Buffalo is likely to experience the effects of a tropical storm, even hundreds of miles from the Atlantic Coast.

Damage caused by these storms can be far-reaching and unexpected. Thus, it is vital to take cautions like stocking an emergency preparedness kit, adding storm-resistant features to your home, and heeding any official warnings ahead of a storm.

Cleanup and restoration after a storm can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO® of Buffalo-Tonawanda, the leading expert in storm damage restoration.

The Dollars and Cents of Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

severe roof damage from a large tree landing on gray house SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us if you experience any storm damage.

Storm damage hits you hard. In addition to losing beloved possessions, you may suddenly face expenses you weren’t ready for.

In fact, Americans experience as much as $34 billion in storm-related losses every year. Careful planning can help protect you and your family.

Looking Ahead

You’ve probably done a lot toward damage-proofing your house. You keep your gutters clean, replace large appliances like your hot water heater as they need to be updated, and maintain your house from roof to foundation. A few hours spent damage-proofing your insurance paperwork is also a sound investment.

Know Your Coverage. United Policyholders, a nonprofit group dedicated to informing and advocating for insurance policyholders, advises everyone to be familiar with their insurance policy before a storm hits. The specific wording on your coverage will help you understand exactly what’s protected from what kind of damage. Talk with your insurance agent if you need help understanding your coverage.

Perform Due Diligence. Your insurance claim may be weaker if your property already has damage, so take care of any problems as they occur. To help prove damage came from a recent storm, take “before” photos of your house in good repair.

Moving Forward

Get to Safety. After a storm, make sure you and your family are safe. Then check your house for safety hazards, such as downed power lines or standing water. You may need to move to a temporary shelter. Do what you can to limit ongoing damage. For example, you may need to board up broken windows or place a tarp over a hole in your roof.

Immediate Help. Sometimes you can get funding for urgent repairs from your local FEMA office.

Take Pictures, Take Notes. As you prepare your claim, document everything. Take pictures of all damage, superficial to structural.

Are You Ready to File? When you have your documentation prepared, reach out to your company. They will assign an agent to help you through the process. Be persistent and detailed in your claim. Keep careful records of each interaction with your insurance company. Soon, you should be feeling “home-sweet-home” again.

We have many years of experience working with insurance companies to get claims processed. If you experience storm damage, contact us at any hour for quick assistance.

How We Stand Out When it Comes to Storm Damage Restoration | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

large downed tree laying on top of light brown house Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda to set up an appointment

The damage that storms can cause to buildings is serious. It can often lead to issues with moisture, structural considerations and electrical problems—and trends point to it becoming worse in recent years than it has been in the past.

Even for mild storm damage, leaving it unattended can lead to much bigger problems later on down the road, so picking a restoration company to work with right after you discover damage is important.

When you trust a restoration company to restore your home or commercial space, you are depending on them to do an impeccable job and treat your property with care. When you trust us to be your restoration company, you can plan on all that and then some every step of the way.

What Sets Our Storm Restoration Methods Apart

We have earned our reputation. We are proud to be not only a member of the local community, but also to be considered a leader in the restoration industry as a whole. We have worked hard to earn our reputation and we are proud of it. After disasters, there are many scams afoot that take advantage of those who are vulnerable, but when you trust us, you can be certain you are getting the best in the business.

We have extensive resources. When a storm impacts a large part of the community, the number of damages may seem like they would be overwhelming—but thanks to our national SERVPRO® partners, we are able to handle issues regardless of the size. We can scale up our resources and technician staffing to meet the demand, ensuring that everyone gets consistent and timely service from us every single time.

We will never tell you to call back in the morning. Storms do not follow a logical schedule, which is why storm damage is a problem that happens around the clock. No matter what hour you sustain damage, you can give us a call. We have a 24-hour emergency line just for that purpose, so you can always get in touch with us and have a crew be dispatched to your damage as quickly as possible.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Prioritizing Safety From Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

Tips for Safety During Summer Storms

Know your options for shelter. When storms are on the way and you are at home, the best thing you can do is move to an interior room of the home to seek shelter. However, if a storm catches you while you are on the go, seeking shelter in your car with the windows up is a good secondary solution. Make sure the engine is off and that you refrain from touching any metals in the vehicle.

Practice electrical safety. When lightning hits a building, it is searching for the quickest way to get through to the ground—which often involves traveling through electrical wires. The wires in buildings are not equipped to handle the high charges that lightning presents, so they will transfer some of this energy through the outlets and into whatever is plugged into them, referred to as a power surge. If you are able, unplugging everything before a thunderstorm starts is wise—as is installing surge protectors in case you are caught off-guard.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are extremely sturdy, but that does not necessarily make them the safest place to be. Many times concrete is poured around steel beams for reinforcement, which means when lightning strikes, a charge can be carried through the concrete itself. Avoid touching any concrete structures if lightning is nearby just in case.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. Summer thunderstorms often pop up and disperse quickly, leaving people eager to resume their activities that have been interrupted. However, experts warn that lightning is able to strike at least 25 miles from the origin of the storm and recommend that you wait at least 30 minutes to go outside after the last clap of thunder.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Prioritize safety if severe storms are in the forecast

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather red sign with dark cloudy sky in background If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

When severe storms are possible in the area, prioritizing your safety is the best thing you can possibly do to prepare. In addition to receiving property damage, many people get injured or killed in storms every year—but by taking the proper precautions, you can significantly increase the likelihood that you will survive the storm unscathed.

Understanding the weather alert system, being prepared and well-stocked for emergencies at home and staying in touch with weather alerts are all measures you can take to increase your safety during a storm.

The Difference Between Watches and Warnings

When thunderstorms are a possibility, our area weather officials will release watches and warnings as it is appropriate to do so in order to keep the public informed. A severe weather watch is issued if the conditions point to a thunderstorm occurring—meaning one has not started yet, but there is a high possibility. For severe weather warnings, a thunderstorm has already moved into the area—meaning everyone should immediately seek shelter and listen for further information.

Household Emergency Preparedness

When a thunderstorm is possible, officials will generally alert people to stay in their homes and wait out the process, which means you should stock your house with everything you need. Not only should you have an emergency kit stocked with food, water and medical supplies, but you should also prepare for a power outage by having light sources and backup power sources stashed around the house. Additionally, have a plan for where to go in the home should things get serious—generally a hallway or bathtub is advised.

Have a Way to Tune Into Emergency Broadcasts

While many of us depend on our phones to receive updates online, this may not suffice when it comes to severe weather alerts. When batteries die or a storm upsets the cell reception network, it is important to have another way to receive these life-saving alerts, such as a NOAA Weather Radio that is powered without electricity just in case.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Windy weather here in Buffalo.

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

When wind causes damage to your home give SERPRO a call After a storm it can be devastating trying to clean up the mess. Give us here at SERVPRO a call for all your mitigation needs.

With the approaching storm that has already dropped significant rain fall,  we here at SERVPRO want you to be prepared. With high winds and rain , come power outages and sump pump failures. Here at SERVPRO we know you have enough to worry about right now and are here to help! The winds are scheduled to reach up to 60 MPH and with that comes falling trees , flooded basements and stress that our community just doesn't need right now. With social distancing and covid19 we are taking every precaution possible to keep you and your family safe, if you find yourself needing our services.So if you find yourself in need of water mitigation or clean up after this wind storm that is scheduled to last until at least tomorrow morning, give SERVPRO a call, we are here to make it like it never happened. Call us at our Buffalo/Tonawanda location at 716-694-9949

Winter Storm Update for this Weekend

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

A street covered in snow during a winter storm Use extra caution on the roads during and after a winter storm

Storms on are on the horizon this weekend in Buffalo. Winter storms have been hitting us left and right it seems, and this weekend is no different. There’s a chance for precipitation on Friday that may freeze over in the night. Be especially cautious on the roads, because black ice will form right above the pavement, creating hazardous driving conditions. Saturday is predicated to have both rain and snow throughout the day. Another day to be careful for icy conditions. Monitor your sidewalks and driveways and make sure to salt them to avoid any ice forming. On Sunday, look for snow showers throughout the day and a flurry or two throughout the night. It’s important during these winter storms to use extra caution outside and while driving. Also be sure to keep your home safe by taking preventative measures to mitigate any storm damage. Pruning dead branches and salting your driveway are two great ways to prevent storm damage. If any storm damage occurs, SERVPRO has a highly trained team that can help you clean up any and all messes.

The Season of Freezing Rain

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles begin to form on a branch Be cautious of icicles falling from branches

The weather in Buffalo has been all over the place these past few weeks. Ranging from the high forties to the single digits in temperature. During times of unpredictable weather like this, it’s always a good idea to prepare for freezing rain. This occurs when the ground temperatures are freezing, but the air temperature is above freezing. Precipitation hits the ground and instantly freezes creating ice on the sidewalks and roads. During storms like these, it’s important to be extra cautious when walking outside and driving. This ice may also form across your roofline and drip to create icicles. Be careful avoiding any hanging ice above. To best prepare yourself for a freezing rain storm, be aware of the upcoming weather. This will allow you to plan your day accordingly and make informed decisions. You can also purchase salt for your driveway and sidewalks to help melt the ice. Be sure to take extra caution during storm times to ensure your safety and your neighbors. If your home or business is affected by freezing rain, SERVPRO has trained professionals who can assist you in cleaning up the damage!

What can a Blizzard do to my home?

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

Snow buildup to the second story of a home. Kids sled down A picture from the Blizzard of 77 in Buffalo - There was as much as 199 inches of snow that season

Buffalo has seen a pretty tame winter so far in terms of snowfall, but last year was the roughest January in over twenty years. We had as much as 63.4 inches of snowfall in January alone! To prepare for the snow, it’s best to know what damage a snowstorm could cause to your home. Snow is one of the biggest causes of home damage during blizzard storms. If enough accumulates on a roof or other structure, it can collapse under the weight. Snow can also buildup on tree branches causing them to collapse. It’s best to prune your trees to help keep your home safe. Ice can form on your sidewalks and driveways, creating a dangerous walkway. Make sure to salt these areas after a storm. High winds can also cause a great deal of damage to your home. Objects caught in the wind can strike your home causing damage to your siding or even shattering your windows. With all these forces combined, a lot of damage can occur to your home. However, SERVPRO can help cleanup any damage to your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Update for Western New York and Buffalo

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

A woman walks on a street during a snowstorm Get ready for the snow in Buffalo!

The upcoming week looks to be full of stormy weather here in Buffalo! Rain showers will hit the area Monday and Tuesday. The steady rain showers however are only going to last the beginning the week, a cold front is approaching Tuesday night into Wednesday. We’ll be looking at snow showers and freezing rain and possible lake-effect snow throughout the Southtowns. Travel with caution throughout the week and be sure to check the weather report before you go out so you can best prepare for the weather. If any damage should occur whether it be storm, water, or any other kind, SERVPRO is ready to help you clean it up! Stay warm this week.

Prepare for Winter Storms in Buffalo

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

A house buried in snow Buffalo sometimes gets over 100 inches of snowfall in a year!

The winter storms have begun here in Buffalo, New York and once again it’s shaping up to be a snowy winter. If it’s anything like last year, the area could see as much as one hundred inches of snow throughout the season. It’s always good to take some precautions at the beginning of the season to prevent as much storm damage as possible. Make sure your heating sources are working and up to our local code. The last thing you want is for your heating to fail, during a winter blizzard! Also consider purchasing a generator in case the power goes out. Get your fireplace and chimney cleaned out yearly to avoid a chimney fire during a storm. Outside, make sure to remove any dead or cracked tree limbs, so they won’t collapse onto your house under the weight of the snow. Storms aren’t just limited to damage from the wind or snow, many times they can lead to water or fire damage. Protecting your home is very important in the event of a storm. However, SERVPRO is here to help and eager to help you cleanup any damage in the event of a storm.

Be Aware of Lake-Effect Snow

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Lake effect snow gathers in the air above Buffalo Storm clouds caused by lake-effect over Buffalo

One of the most brutal parts of Buffalo winters is “lake-effect snow”. We hear about it all the time during the winter, but what exactly is it? Lake-effect snow forms when cold air blows across the warm water of Lake Erie. This causes the warm air to rise and form clouds. As these clouds pass over land and cool again, it causes heavier snowfall. One of the most recent notable lake-effect storms was the “October Surprise” here in Buffalo. The storm brought down trees and power lines, brought two feet of snow in a matter of hours, and left 380,000 Buffalo citizens without power! Be aware of the possibilities of lake-effect snow and stay safe. If you are affected, SERVPRO will help clean-up storm damage that may occur from lake-effect snow.

Storm Season is upon us Buffalo!!

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm water damage Customer from Kenmore had severe water damage, but SERVPRO Tonawanda was on site quick to help, another happy customer.

Here in Buffalo we are know for some not so nice weather and some pretty crazy storms. So far this season we had a Halloween rain storm that caused tons of water damage throughout the city and suburbs.  Between sump pump failures and sewage drains, it caused quite a mess for us Buffalonians. During this time of year its always a good rule of thumb to stay protected against the elements. Here at SERVPRO we are committed in helping the community avoid any storm issues if possible. If ever you have a question or need water remediation SERVPRO is only a phone call away. We vary in services from water extraction and removal, to drying equipment and floor removal. If the weather gets to you this year, get to SERVPRO we'll make it like it never happened.

Tips to Get Your Family Prepared for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Buffalo/ Tonawanda.

There are times when we can be caught by surprise when severe weather strikes even though there are warning systems in place.

Fortunately, when Mother Nature manages to catch us off-guard, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow that will ensure your family is prepared for various severe weather occurrences.

Establishing a Family Severe Weather Plan

One of the best ways to stay safe during dangerous weather situations is to have an established family emergency plan ready.

It is important to discuss and practice your family emergency plan if your family does have one in place. Also, be sure to discuss and review it at the beginning of various weather seasons so everyone knows exactly what to do.

If you’ve not yet put together a family emergency plan, take a look at some things to take into consideration when creating one:

1. How Are You Receiving Emergency Alerts?

We are fortunate to have technology available to us where it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on our smartphones that are equipped with a weather app or Google for alerts and warnings to quickly receive emergency alerts, allowing you precious time to react in severe weather situations.

But cell phones need a signal and power, and herein lies the problem. Storms can wreak havoc with cell towers, and cell phone batteries will eventually die and with no power you will not be able to charge them. Warnings and alerts are also still broadcast over radio and TV.

2. What Are Your Storm Shelter Options?

In areas where tornadoes are common, you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not possible, find an interior room on the lowest level out of the way from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.

Tornadoes aren’t the circumstance that call for sheltering. You can learn more about other situations that call for shelters by visiting

3. What Are Your Evacuation Routes?

Make a map that has multiple routes mapped out that will serve as an evacuation route, keeping in mind that hurricanes, flooding and fires can force you from your home in a hurry. Why multiple routes? That would be just in case one is impassible.

Also check for places to stay with your pets along the way for your furry family members that will be evacuating with you.

4. How Will Everyone Stay in Touch?

During storms, cell towers can sustain damage, rendering them useless, so it is not the best idea to rely solely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family. In some circumstances, cell phones could be lost or left behind, and you will be unable to charge the batteries when there is no power to recharge them.

You will need an emergency communication plan in place for your family, as well as a safe meeting place for your family to meet if separated.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Buffalo/ Tonawanda to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Lingering Dampness After Storms Can Cause Mold

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Harsh winters can take their toll on the structural integrity of homes and businesses. Most often,
home and business owners do not even realize the full extent of damage that their home suffered
throughout the hardest of winter months until the temperatures return to favorable conditions and
snowfall gets replaced with steadier rains. Even worse, the unfortunate way that most people learn
about these vulnerable water penetration points in their roof or siding is when water can pour into
their houses unabated.
Unfortunately, by the time that you begin to recognize that something is amiss, flood waters have
damaged your property. With the far reaches of water damage, this is not something that even a
skilled homeowner can adequately handle on their own. There are risks associated with failing to
remove all the moisture and dampness common to flood damages, and the only way to ensure you
do is to hire professional restorers.
Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to your call and work to start removing the
present water in your home right away. From portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands to
gigantic pumps from our fleet, we have multiple options when it comes to removing the water
quickly. While extraction is a critical component of this restoration process, drying efforts hold an
equally valuable place in the procedure.
When it comes to ensuring that the affected areas of your home get thoroughly dried, several pieces
of equipment often get used. This process is so essential because lingering moisture and dampness
are natural breeding grounds for mold and microbial growth. Through devices like our SERVPRO
injectory system, cavities and hard to reach areas get the air they need to dry entirely.
As challenging as flooding in your home might be, especially when it comes from the attic space,
there is nothing that SERVPRO water restoration professionals cannot help you to overcome. We
can respond quickly with the tools and personnel to get the job done right. WE ARE HERE WHEN
YOU NEED US! Reach SERVPRO Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949.

Proudly Serving Buffalo for 45 Years!

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Buffalo-Tonawanda 716-694-9949

Proudly Serving Buffalo

SERVPRO® is often recognized as a nation-wide leader in disaster restoration services but, it is important to note that SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda and all SERVPRO® locations are locally owned and operated. As a local business, we enjoy getting involved in our community; getting to know each other, engaging in community events, and of course, working with other business owners in our area when called upon. We know that working locally means our reputation is always on the line and for each and every job it is of the utmost importance for our team to maintain our great reputation, especially with our neighbors! We are family operated and have been in the business for 45 years!

In addition to our restoration services, we also provide carpet and upholstery cleaning!

SERVPRO® of Buffalo-Tonawanda is ready 24/7 365 to help, call us at 716-694-9949

New York has had its fair share of damaging storms, and Buffalo is no exception

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Hail Storm

New York has had its fair share of damaging storms, and Buffalo is no exception. Knowing what type of storm is coming is the best way to be prepared. Did you know there are 10 different storm types? This far north, most people think about winter storms when they think about storms. But in the summer months, it’s important to be prepared for effects of tropical storms, too.

SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda recognizes the importance of keeping homes or businesses safe before and after a storm.

10 common storms are:
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Flooding
  • Snow storm
  • Hail storm
  • Thunderstorm
  • Lightning storm
  • Tropical storms
  • Ice storms
  • Derecho storms

Not every geographic location in the United States will experience the same type of storms. You might not even know what that last one is (a Derecho storm is one giant storm made of several large storms). More commonly, Buffalo is likely to experience the effects of a tropical storm, even hundreds of miles from the Atlantic Coast.

Storm damage from hail or lightning are familiar, but not everyone is informed about the specific damage a hurricane can cause.

Because hurricanes have far reaching effects (Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states), it’s very important to be informed on the damage they cause. This blog in particular will focus on hurricane - whether you experience a hurricane’s immediate damage or the aftermath.

Common Storm Damage from Hurricanes1. Storm Surge

Storm surge directly affects the coast but can cause widespread damage. Storm surge occurs when wind drives water to the shore to the point that water piles up past the predicted tide level. The power of this water is so forceful that it can destroy structures and buildings.

2. Flooding

Floods from a hurricane are often caused directly by storm surge. The extra water from storm surge is pushed far inland since it has nowhere else to go. The heavy rainfall that accompanies a hurricane also contributes heavily to flooding. Hurricanes can cause rainfall as far as 100 miles from its landing point, causing widespread flooding. A tropical storm doesn’t even have to reach hurricane classification to cause heavy rain and floods.

3. Wind

Wind from hurricanes can reach speeds as fast as 74 - 155 miles per hour. These powerful winds can uproot trees, down power lines, and fling debris. This debris can cause even more damage as it flies around. Winds during a storm can also be so powerful as to lift the roof on a house. Tornadoes can even form within hurricanes.

Damage caused by these hurricane effects can be far-reaching and unexpected. Thus, it is vital to take cautions like stocking an emergency preparedness kit, adding storm-resistant features to your home, and heeding any official warnings ahead of a storm.

Cleanup and restoration after a storm can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda, the leading expert in storm damage restoration.

Storm Flooding

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is the number #1 weather related cause of death, with majority of those deaths caused by flash flooding. Flash flooding is when there is a large amount of rain that comes down within minutes or hours. Other causes can be heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or melt water from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields.

If flooding does occur in your area, please remember

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for current and forecasted conditions in your area.
  • If flooding begins in your area, go to higher ground immediately.
  • When driving, always be aware that the road bed under flood waters may be severely damaged. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember that it takes only two feet of water to carry away a vehicle, including pickups and SUVs.
  • When walking, do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Remember that it takes only six inches of rushing water to knock an adult off his feet.
  • If your vehicle stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground.
  • Be extra cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
  • These four words could save your life: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

When it comes to water damage from flooding, safety is the number one priority. When you can insure the safety of your family and conditions have improved, that is when to call in the professionals and assess damage. Our SERVPRO Team is Ready for Whatever Happens.

If flooding does occur in your area, listen to and adhere to weather alerts and warnings and know your risk!

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! SERVPRO Buffalo/Tonawanda, 716-694-9949

Storm Damage Experts

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 
Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling. 
We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call 694-9949

Storm Damage in WNY

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

What You Need to Know About Storm Damage Restoration

With rising global temperatures, different areas across the world have experienced devastating storms that leave vast tracts of land under water, millions of people displaced, and property worth billions destroyed. Recently, Puerto Rico experienced an apocalyptic storm, dubbed Hurricane Irma in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which dumped over 50 inches of rain in the eastern part of Texas USA.

However, it is not always that you will experience devastating storms with the magnitude of a hurricane Irma or Harvey, but you might experience smaller storms with minimal damage to your building. Storm damage rarely affects one building in a neighborhood, and so it is necessary to have a storm damage expert on speed dial for immediate repairs following a storm. A storm damage expert can help in the restoration of your residential as well as commercial buildings affected by the resulting losses.

Wind Damage

Storms are accompanied by strong winds that can cause severe wind damage including, roof damage and felling trees. Ensure that your storm damage expert can handle wind damage situations. They should be in a position to offer roof damage solutions and reinforce your buildings against the effects of wind damage in the future. Home restoration for wind damage is easier with a resourceful storm restoration expert.

River Flooding

In the wake of a storm, flooding is inevitable. If you live near a large mass of water, be sure that you will experience river flooding that can weaken the foundation of buildings. Flooding causes unimaginable havoc including disruption of transport routes and means of communications. River flooding also deposits garbage swept from up-river, and it is detrimental. Water restoration is the first step in the river flooding scenario. It is necessary to ensure you get a storm remediation. expert as a neighborhood to clean up the mess after the river recedes.

Ground Water

In the wake of a storm, the soil loses its ability to drain water, and you should have a storm remediation. expert to check the extent of ground water damage. It makes it hard for floods to flow, leaving it stagnant. This can be a breeding ground for disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes. For faster drainage of the ground water, invest in a flood pump to remove flood water from the basement and other rooms in your building. Consider a company that specializes in clean water restoration and follow it up with home restoration experts.

Hail Damage

One of the worst accompaniments of a storm is hail. News items are showing severe hail damage leading to a roof leak that gets worse over time. Following severe hail damage, most of the affected items will need replacement. It is necessary that you go through the insurance coverage on your property to ensure it includes hail damage, roof damage; otherwise, you will have a hefty repair bill for frozen pipes, roof damage, ice damage, ice damming, and flood pump hire.

Ice Damming and Ice Damage

The worst storms are those that come in winter. They leave residential and commercial buildings with severe ice damage and flooding from ice dam. A more severe scenario is having frozen pipes, which could mean that you will not have water. You could also get an ice dam forming on your roof, and it will prevent water from draining from your roof. The water that stagnates behind the dam can lead to a roof leak at first but get worse with time if you do not get the ice dam thawed. Only a storm remediation. expert can carry out roof repair to get rid of the ice dam. Frozen pipes because of ice damage can block all your pipes, leading to flooding because of a roof leak.

You can prevent ice damming before winter comes. Make sure to include plenty of ceiling insulation evenly to create a temperature exchanges between the underside of your roof and the inside of your rooms. This will ensure even melting of the ice preventing frozen pipes, a roof leak, which manifest as water stains on your ceilings. A storm remediation. expert can undertake the roof repair if ice damming catches you unawares. The roof repair needs to be handled immediately to avoid structural damage.

Hurricane Damage

In the recent past, there have been devastating hurricanes, most recently, Hurricane Irma and Harvey. Hurricane damage is more widespread; causing river flooding, stagnation of ground water and flood water, hail damage. The task of rectifying hurricane damage rests on the community, and this makes the process of home restoration an easier one. Due to the heavy rainfall, a flood pump is a necessary equipment to get rid of the flood water.

Home and storm Restoration

After the ground water recedes, home restoration should be the first step of storm restoration. Water restoration is the most important aspect of the home restoration process. This will prevent the spread of water borne diseases by providing clean water for essential use. A flood pump will ensure that all the flood water is drained away. Ensure to get an experienced roof repair expert for proper restoration work.

In conclusion, ensure that you have the sufficient building insurance, to cater for ice damming, storm damage, hurricane damage, storm restoration, as well as water restoration. Ensure that you have the number of a storm remediation. company with an excellent reputation.

We are here for you 24 hours/ 7 days a week! 716-694-9949

Storm Warning!

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Snow Storm in Buffalo

Storms can come upon us without much warning. Yes, we watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

An inspection of your home’s premises is a really good idea to conduct before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rains. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When’s the last time you took a look at your roof to see how things are looking up there? These are all great questions to ask yourself.

Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It might be a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition, so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Take time to inspect areas around your home and street and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.

Your family is very precious to you. In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.

The SERVPRO team of SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA has your back in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at 716-694-9949 or visit us on our website: