Floods, Fire’s, and Mold, Oh my…………
ReCLAIM Specialty Contracting & Restoration is here to help you- 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. CALL US 1st! 716-373-HELP (4357) ReCLAIM has over 18 years of
experience dealing with fire, water and sewage clean-up and structural drying. Our
continuous training program allows us to use the latest technological advancements to dry
and/or restore your home or business faster.
We dry both residential and commercial property and we work with most insurance
companies. Direct billing to your insurance company is available.
ReCLAIM is FULLY BONDED, LICENSED, CERTIFIED and INSURED.
We are among the very few certified restoration companies that utilizes Thermal Imaging
Technology . This identifies hidden temperature differentials that are often a sign of
hidden moisture issues. In essence, we can locate the water damage without tearing into
your walls and ceilings.
As an Olean native, I’ve returned to the area bringing a business that I’m hoping will
be of benefit to the homes, businesses, and people in the area. ReCLAIM specialty
contracting & restoration is a provider of flood, fire, storm, mold and other recovery and
In the south, in addition to the normal pipe breaks, sewage backups, washing
machine overflows, etc, we also worked in areas damaged by hurricanes and tornados.
Up here, it’s the same, except instead of hurricanes, we have blizzards and ice storms.
Were seeing ice and weather related flooding that has gone largely unaddressed in
the past. We hope to increase public awareness and knowledge of the damage and
potential health risks often caused by water, fire, and mold. It has come to our attention
that many folks either do not know or understand that there often is insurance coverage
for many of these issues depending on the policy and the nature of the loss (damage)
People pay their insurance premiums to have coverage, but more often than not, they do
not file a claim either out of fear or unawareness and our aim is to not only help you in
times of property loss, but to inform you and help educate you on your options and
ReCLAIMs professional services respond to property damage emergencies ranging
from multi-million dollar disasters affecting entire communities to those suffered by
individual businesses and homes. Providing coverage throughout the entire southern
tier, as well as northwestern PA, ReCLAIM is establishing relationships with major
insurance companies, municipalities, commercial clients, as well as individual
We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our customers. I encourage
home and business owners to contact us about any cleaning or restoration need they
may have – especially following a fire or water loss when emergency response is vital to
protecting their assets from further damage, which is also a requirement of insurance
As a leader in flood, fire, and storm damage recovery and restoration, ReCLAIM
Specialty contracting & restoration has already begun receiving numerous inquiries from
homeowners, business, and media contacts about how to deal with water, fire & mold
damage whenever unexpected damages, severe weather, and natural disasters occur to
homes and businesses. ReCLAIMS owner is one of the areas only nationally certified
and recognized “IICRC Master Restorers” and “IAQA certified Mold Remediation
Safety is, of course, the most important issue. During area wide flooding, if
contaminated water, sewage and other factors are involved, homeowners clearly should
evacuate – or at the very least have a professional come in to assess the need for
containment and airflow control (negative/or positive pressure depending on the case)
as well as to obey what local government authorities are advising.
Providing the home is structurally safe, ReCLAIM recommends several actions
homeowners can take after an incident to help in the cleanup and recovery from water
damage to their home while they await the help of a professional service.
The tips below can help homeowners save valuable possessions and money –
particularly when storm and water damage is so severe that cleanup crews cannot
ReCLAIM says homeowners should: (even in what you may believe to be a small
water damage issue/intrusion)
Safely turn the home’s water main off if running water inside the house is the
source of the problem.
Carefully turn off the electrical breakers to the affected areas as long as the
breaker box in unaffected. If not known, than leave alone and await professional
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop
Remove and prop up wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
Relocate valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.
Open and place luggage in sunlight to dry, if possible.
Gather loose items, toys, etc. from floors.
ReCLAIM says homeowners should not:
Use any electrical outlets or items that were in or around the affected area(s)
Leave wet fabrics in place. Dry fabrics as soon as possible and hang furs and
leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
Use your household vacuum to remove water.
Use televisions or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or
floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are
sagging from retained water.
If water damage has resulted in exposure to sewage and other harmful waste,
ReCLAIM advises to:
Stay out of the affected areas.
Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
Turn off the HVAC or Forced air system if there is sewage system damage.
ReCLAIM says not to:
Attempt cleanup of any kind.
Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with any type of bodily fluids.
Eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in affected areas.
As the owner, Darek also notes that OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical
examination for anyone encountering a hazardous waste problem and suggests
contacting your local health department or physician.
ReCLAIM strongly suggests having the air and/or surfaces tested for contamination for
initial assessment and safety purposes as well as post remediation testing prior to
reentering and/or otherwise utilizing the areas previously affected.
For more information, or to contact ReCLAIM, call 716-373-HELP (4357)
“That’s what we do”
National Media Contact:
PO BOX 334
Olean, NY 14760
MOLD REMEDIATION / REMOVAL
Concern about indoor exposure to toxigenic mold has been increasing as the public
becomes aware that exposure to toxigenic mold can potentially cause a variety of health
effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This information presents guidelines
for the remediation / cleanup of toxigenic mold and moisture problems in facilities &
homes, including measures designed to protect the health of occupants and mold
Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any organic substance, as
long as moisture and oxygen are present. There is mold that can grow on wood, paper,
carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on
building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem
remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold
spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by
controlling moisture indoors.
Since mold requires moisture to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in
buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity.
Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building
construction practices during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have
resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially
leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as plaster and oil based painted
drywall among many others, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems
may also include roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the
building, and un-vented or incorrectly vented combustion appliances. Delayed
maintenance or insufficient maintenance practices are also associated with moisture
problems in schools and large buildings. Moisture problems in portable classrooms, class
room basements, and other more temporary structures have frequently been associated
with mold problems in the news nationwide.
Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as
Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the
moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air
circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if
outside air is dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing
properly, and unobstructed.
Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
Maintain low indoor humidity, below 58% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if
Perform regular building and HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
Clean and dry wet or damp spots as soon as possible. (do not exceed more than 48 hours).
Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the
In some cases, indoor mold growth may not be obvious. It is possible that mold may be
growing on hidden surfaces, such as the backside of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the
top of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Possible locations of hidden
mold can include pipe chases and utility tunnels (with leaking or condensing pipes), walls
behind furniture and/or cabinetry (where condensation or hidden leaks can form),
condensate drain pans inside air handling units, porous thermal or acoustic liners inside
ductwork, or roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient
Some building materials, such as dry wall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling,
may act as vapor barriers, trapping moisture underneath their surfaces and thereby
providing a moist environment where mold can grow. You may suspect hidden mold if a
building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been
water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems. Investigating hidden
mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves
disturbing potential sites of mold growth—make sure to use Personal protection
equipment (PPE) and use extreme caution so as to not release any/any additional
potential spores into the air.
For example, removal of wallpaper or drywall can lead to a massive release of spores
from mold growing on the underside of the paper or backside of the drywall. If you
discover hidden mold, you should revise your plan to account for the total area affected
by mold growth and strongly consider hiring a verifiably certified specialist that certified
through an accredited governing body. Examples: (IICRC, IAQA)
General Contractor Services
At Reclaim, we would like you to consider us your one point of contact for any details
or issues involved with your project. Our history and tradition is to stick with your
project to ensure that all aspects are completed properly. We do not 'pass the buck',
cut corners, or accept anything less than top quality results and complete customer
ReCLAIM has the ability to handle the entire project from start to finish.
In addition to a full line of fire, water, and mold cleanup and restoration services,
residential and commercial customers can take advantage of ReCLAIM’s wide variety of
cleaning services: carpets, floors, furniture and upholstery, and ductwork systems. In
the event of a fire or water damage, ReCLAIM provides 24-hour emergency service.
Under normal circumstances, ReCLAIM can be on-site in less than 3 hours to provide
emergency mitigation services to help the property owner regain control of their life as
soon as possible. 716-373-HELP (4357)
“That’s what we do…”
Some of our many services Include:
24 Hour Service
Structural Cleaning and Deodorization
Damage and Loss Assessment
Sewer damage / sewage removal
Total Water Damage Remediation
Water Removal and Dehumidification
Wood Floor Drying and Restoration
Mold Remediation & Air Testing
Catastrophic Storm Recovery
Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
Direct Billing to Insurance Companies
ReCLAIM takes pride in our “by the book” drying process. We strictly follow IICRC
published standards. This allows us to restore each job to a pre-loss status as fast as
Our business philosophy is simple: “When bad things happen to good people, were
the good people that happen to bad things”
We value reclaiming investments over often costly replacement (when applicable)
ReCLAIM controls costs after water damage occurs. We completely extract the water
from the structure using state-of–the- art equipment and drying techniques.
Reduce the need for major restoration
Prevent active mold growth
Cut replacement costs
Reduce family or business interruption time and costs
Remove wet and moist debris to containment
Preserve structure integrity
Protect any flooded areas
Protect and save furniture and belongings, business documents and electronics
Save wood floors
All areas dried and treated with antimicrobials to prevent mold growth.
Water, mold, and fire/smoke damage in a commercial setting is more than just an
inconvenience. If not handled correctly, it can cost you both time and profit. Our staff is
specially trained in working behind the scenes. This allows us to do our job without
disrupting yours! We will work with you to ensure that your employees and customers
are taken care of.
ReCLAIMS 24 hour emergency service utilizes state-of-the art equipment and
techniques. We use Infrared Thermal Imaging to pinpoint the water and remove it fast!
We quickly extract the standing water and begin the drying process.
Helping our clients to be able to get back to business is our top priority!