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Why Carpet Cleaning Is a Smart Choice for Your Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Carpet Cleaning Is a Smart Choice for Your Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to set up your carpet cleaning today!

If you’re like most homeowners, carpet cleaning is likely not on your list of regular chores. Many assume that vacuuming will suffice—unfortunately, simply running over the carpet doesn’t tackle the heavier debris lying below the surface.

It’s true that most carpet companies require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why regular carpet cleaning is important. By improving indoor air quality, allowing for easier floor maintenance and banishing bugs and mites, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to have clean and well-maintained floors.

Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can be beneficial:

Improve indoor air. Carpet routinely holds on to dirt, but more dangerous pollutants and bacteria might also be lurking within the fibers. Any time your family comes inside, they’re unknowingly bringing contaminants from the outside air in with them. Because vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants are free to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.

Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming only handles the surface dirt, professional cleaning and regular vacuuming can make your life much easier! Regularly cleaned carpets are simpler to vacuum because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been removed, so they’ll stay cleaner, longer.

Extend your carpet’s life. In remodels, carpet is often ripped out because it looks “tired”—which is just another way to say that it’s been too dirty for too long. Every time dirty carpet is walked on, the debris becomes more embedded and serves as sandpaper against the fibers, leading to a shorter lifespan.

Remove mites and bugs. Like any soft material, mites and bugs are quite happy taking residence within carpet fibers. Thankfully, professional cleaning creates an inhospitable living environment for the critters, and staying on a regular schedule will prevent them from coming back.

Still unsure how carpet cleaning can benefit your home? Contact our team of professionals today at 845-831-3600!

Building Your Family’s Emergency Kit the Right Way | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Building Your Family’s Emergency Kit the Right Way | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 if you'd like help building your emergency kit!

In 2017, over $306 billion in damage was declared that directly correlated to natural disasters. Emergency situations happen now more than ever, and being prepared is a sound investment in safety and peace of mind.

At SERVPRO®, we’re committed to educating the community about emergency preparedness. That’s why we’ve assembled tips on how to pack a natural disaster kit for the whole family, so you can have everything you need until help arrives:

Food and Water: When deciding how to pack food and water rations, it’s recommended to set aside a 72-hour supply per family member. Not sure what to include? Shelf-stable items like granola bars, trail mixes or nearly anything you might find in a store’s camping section are filling, require no preparation and don’t take up much space. If you have pets, the same 72-hour rule applies to their food and water as well.

Tip: Canned foods and dehydrated dinners are great, but typically require the use of a camping stove or water heater to prepare.

Stay Comfortable: Remember your emergency kit is for the worst-case scenario—meaning you might be dependent on it for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Things like pillows, blankets and extra clothes might not seem important, but you wouldn’t want to go several days without them. Keep the living space sanitary by packing practical items like hand sanitizer and paper towels as well.

Tip: Pack cards, books and puzzles for the kids (and adults!) to pass the time with.

Odds and Ends: The odds and ends regularly get overlooked, but are often the handiest items. Remember the first-aid kit, as well as any prescription medication, copies of important documents, and cash or travelers’ checks. Additionally, survivalist tools such as flashlights, headlamps, a Swiss Army Knife and duct tape are useful for many situations, with the added benefit of taking up almost no space.

Tip: Forgetting something? Make note of everything your family uses in a three-day period—chances are, if they use it, you should pack it.

If you need help with disaster preparedness or recovery, SERVPRO can help. Contact our Western Dutchess County location today to get connected with our team of professionals.

Keep Mold From Becoming an Unwelcome Houseguest | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Keep Mold From Becoming an Unwelcome Houseguest | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to help remediate your mold damage today!

In any home, moisture and dampness are problems that will eventually present themselves. Moisture from faucets, pipes or steam will encourage mold spores to move in, and once they’ve made themselves at home, they’re quite difficult to evict! Thankfully, you can prevent mold from becoming your new roommate through a bit of room-by-room prevention.

We understand mold remediation, so we’re familiar with the many surprising places it can take hold. No one wants a mold infestation, so we’re going through room by room to help you know how to keep the home clear.

###Laundry Room:

A typical laundry room isn’t the site of standing moisture, but pipes and laundry machines can mask mold growth easily. To stop the growth before it starts:

  • Check the pipes, joists and connectors for leaks.
  • Never allow clothes to sit in the washing machine after a cycle.
  • Let the washer and dryer air out after use.
  • Check the dryer vents for excessive lint—it can encourage mold to spawn.

###Bathroom:

There are a lot of water sources in the bathroom, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of mold’s ideal residences. Thankfully, preventing mold in the bathroom just takes a few tasks:

  • Annually seal tile grout to prevent moisture from getting between cracks.
  • Replace curtain liners and launder shower curtains.
  • Open a window or install a vent fan to clear out steam quickly.
  • Keep a squeegee handy to remove excess moisture after showers and baths.

###Basement:

When people think basements, mold comes to mind. While they’re notorious for moisture accumulation, basements also have the most hands-off mold prevention strategies. Here’s how to keep your underground mold-free:

  • Invest in an automatic dehumidifier, so moisture levels stay low to begin with.
  • Clear out any clutter mold could hide behind.
  • Insulate piping to guard against bursting and leaks.
  • Regularly inspect foundation and walls for excess water.

If you need help with mold prevention or remediation, our team of experts at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County will be happy to help!

Cleaning Your Walls to Achieve Perfect Paint | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning Your Walls to Achieve Perfect Paint | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 for your general cleaning today!

If you’re freshening up your home or doing a remodel with a tight budget, a DIY paint project is a common way to extend your dollar further. Before you pop open that paint can, though, make sure you’re taking the proper steps to prepare your walls.

Painting over dirty walls isn’t one of the “DIY horror stories” you often hear about, so most homeowners don’t know the danger until it happens to them. Thankfully, having a paint job that lasts a lifetime is as simple as properly preparing your walls.

Even on a shoestring budget, investing in clean walls will save your remodeling budget in more ways than one. We’ve seen a lot of things go wrong, which is why SERVPRO® of Western Duchess County has put together a list of ways to make sure your paint project goes right.

###Paint Is Likely to Chip or Flake The paint industry has come a long way over the years, but no matter how high-tech your brand, there are some things it just won’t stick to. Painting over dust or dirt might be passable in the short term but will have long-term consequences for homeowners. At first, the paint will just appear uneven, but in time it will begin to flake, leading to the ruin of an entire wall. Fixing this mistake requires cleaning and paint—an expense not in many DIY budgets.

###Greasy Walls Interfere With Binding Dust and dirt is one thing, but painting over grease can be just as harmful to your project. Grease and residue can come in between the paint and the wall and prevent the binding process that makes paint long-lasting. While this is common in kitchens and mudrooms, if your home has central heat or air, this debris can be carried all throughout the house. The paint will dry unevenly, and once this happens, walls must be sanded, cleaned and re-painted to look even again.

###It Will Make it Harder Down the Road You might be itching to sell or ready to stay in the home forever, but eventually, it will be time for a switch in the color palette. Paint that isn’t flaking might look OK aesthetically, but if there’s residue trapped underneath, a professional will eventually have to sand and prime the walls. You might have to cover this cost, or you might have a buyer that requests a lower selling price—regardless, that’s money coming directly out of your budget.

Whether buying, selling or just sprucing up a bit, a professional wall cleaning service is an investment that will save you time and money in the long term. A properly prepared wall will leave you with beautiful paint that will last a lifetime…or until your décor tastes shift!

If you’re doing a remodel or just a change of style, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help your walls look like new.

How to Prepare for Spring Rains | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare for Spring Rains | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to help with your storm damage today!

April showers bring May flowers, but if you’re not careful, they can also bring water damage. The promise of spring is exciting, but don’t forget to take the steps to prepare your home—it only takes an afternoon and will ensure your home stays dry through the strongest of storms.

SERVPRO® knows what it takes to prepare your home for rain because we know what happens when you don’t. We never know what Mother Nature will throw our way, but we do know how to be prepared.

###Perform a Roof Inspection for Existing Damage

Naturally, your roof is one of the biggest defenses you have against a rainstorm, so it’s important to check it thoroughly. When homeowners take the time to climb up on the roof, they are often shocked to find they already have storm damage that was invisible from the ground.

Because we never know how severe spring showers will become, making repairs in advance is the best way to keep the problem from getting worse.

###Declutter Your Gutters

You probably clean your gutters every autumn, but spring is a good time to give them another pass. As debris builds up, water drains more and more slowly—meaning if a heavy shower falls, your home will be absorbing the excess.

Taking the time to clean out your gutters will keep water flowing away from your home instead of into your foundation.

###Check the Seal of Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are generally sturdy, but with age and weather comes eroding resiliency. The sealant surrounding windows and exterior doors can flake away over time, giving moisture a hiding spot and mold a home.

As water starts to seep in, exterior walls become soaked and unsupportive, which can cause a plethora of structural issues. Taking the time to re-seal these seams ensures rain will stay where it’s supposed to be—outside.

Spring is an exciting season, but only if your home is protected from the elements. Taking an afternoon for spring maintenance will give you peace of mind and keep your family dry through many storms to come.

If you need help knowing how to prepare your home or if you’ve suffered water damage, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has trained professionals ready to help!

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Service Available! | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Service Available! | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 for help with your water damage!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Commercial Property Water Damages | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Commercial Property Water Damages | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to help restore your commercial property today!

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

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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

About SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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The Types of Pollution Found After Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Types of Pollution Found After Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Different Types of Polluted Water need different cleaning guidelines

When describing water damage, you’ve likely heard terms such as “black water” and “clear water” to describe the danger of the water left behind. While black water is undoubtedly more hazardous than clear water, there are actually three types of pollution found after water damage, and they can all cause their own form of harm to a home or office.

The time after water damage is a chaotic one, which is why we’ve taken the time to outline the three types of water contamination you might come across.

Levels of Pollution

Category 1: “Clear water” is the least contaminated level, as it refers to water originating from a clear source that is free from pollution. Water from leaky faucets, broken inbound pipes, direct rainwater or faulty water supply lines would fall into this category. It is not recommended, but category 1 water should not be considered dangerous if consumed.

Category 2: A step up from clear water is grey water, which is a bit more serious. This is wastewater generated from drain overflows, appliance damages and other types of typical household flooding. This water is either contaminated from the source or has come into contact with many surfaces, so category 2 water is considered dangerous to consume.

Category 3: Category 3 water—black water—is the most notorious, and the most dangerous of the categories. Rising flood waters, sewage overflows or water that has become a breeding ground for bacteria are all causes for concern and can cause illness or death if consumed.

Categories Will Change

Water damage only becomes more complicated after the initial floodwaters settle, because water that starts in one category can quickly advance to another. Water can develop higher pollution levels from coming into contact with surfaces or sitting stagnant and breeding bacteria and can become even more dangerous as time goes on.

Because this is impossible to determine solely based on appearance, it’s essential to get professional water restoration for peace of mind and a properly restored property.

If you’re dealing with water damage and you’re not sure what to do, SERVPRO® has a team of water restoration professionals that’s here to help!

3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to help with your soot clean up today!

From revamping your patio to remodeling the kitchen, DIY home improvements are integral to many homeowners’ weekends. However, even the handiest of homeowners should know that not everything should be tackled on your own.

If your home has been subject to fire damage, it’s tempting to start the cleanup process right away—but because there are many nuances to soot removal, this hastiness can often hurt more than it helps. That’s why we’ve compiled three reasons soot cleanup should never be a DIY project:

1. There Are Different Types of Soot. Because every fire is different, soot can vary greatly in its composition. While some soot has a dry, powdery texture, others will be thick and liquid-like. Appearances can be deceiving, and many homeowners are surprised to find that they don’t know what type of soot they’re dealing with before they interact with it. Tackling soot without knowing what type is on your hands can lead to spreading it further, running the risk of causing more damage to the home.

2. Soot Contains Toxic Chemicals. Fires require things such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen, but there are also chemicals released from every material that the flames came into contact with. Materials such as plastics, textiles and paint are extremely toxic once heated, and soot contains them all. Because of this, improper soot cleaning can cause these toxins to be re-released into the air and infiltrate the home with chemicals.

3. Soot Won’t Stay Put. Soot travels through the air, meaning it won’t remain contained to the fire’s original area. Soot travels into crevices, adheres to ceilings and can even infiltrate HVAC systems. Additionally, materials such as fabrics, upholstery and carpets can attract soot from other parts of the home. While it might be tempting to launder these items and scrub down the walls right away, improper cleaning can lead to ruining your belongings beyond repair.

If your home has been damaged by a fire, don’t risk causing further damage with DIY cleanup. SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County has a team of fire restoration professionals that can get your life back to normal, faster.

3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to have SERVPRO help you with your soot cleaning!

From revamping your patio to remodeling the kitchen, DIY home improvements are integral to many homeowners’ weekends. However, even the handiest of homeowners should know that not everything should be tackled on your own.

If your home has been subject to fire damage, it’s tempting to start the cleanup process right away—but because there are many nuances to soot removal, this hastiness can often hurt more than it helps. That’s why we’ve compiled three reasons soot cleanup should never be a DIY project:

1. There Are Different Types of Soot. Because every fire is different, soot can vary greatly in its composition. While some soot has a dry, powdery texture, others will be thick and liquid-like. Appearances can be deceiving, and many homeowners are surprised to find that they don’t know what type of soot they’re dealing with before they interact with it. Tackling soot without knowing what type is on your hands can lead to spreading it further, running the risk of causing more damage to the home.

2. Soot Contains Toxic Chemicals. Fires require things such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen, but there are also chemicals released from every material that the flames came into contact with. Materials such as plastics, textiles and paint are extremely toxic once heated, and soot contains them all. Because of this, improper soot cleaning can cause these toxins to be re-released into the air and infiltrate the home with chemicals.

3. Soot Won’t Stay Put. Soot travels through the air, meaning it won’t remain contained to the fire’s original area. Soot travels into crevices, adheres to ceilings and can even infiltrate HVAC systems. Additionally, materials such as fabrics, upholstery and carpets can attract soot from other parts of the home. While it might be tempting to launder these items and scrub down the walls right away, improper cleaning can lead to ruining your belongings beyond repair.

If your home has been damaged by a fire, don’t risk causing further damage with DIY cleanup. SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County has a team of fire restoration professionals that can get your life back to normal, faster.