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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.

Reconstruction Services Now Being Offered!

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reconstruction Services Now Being Offered! SERVPRO will take the nightmare of a damage and help to make it "Like it never even happened."

We are now a one-stop shop! 


SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is now offering reconstruction services for all mitigation damages! No longer do you need to find someone else to perform your restoration portion of the water, mold or fire damage! After we come in and perform the cleanup services, we can smoothly transition into the reconstruction services to help restore your home or office back to preloss condition!


With our new Reconstruction division, lead by Michael Scardaci, we are excited to offer the following services during the reconstruction process: 



  • Structural repairs

  • Electrical

  • Plumbing

  • HVAC

  • Windows/Doors

  • Interior Design

  • Flooring Replacement (all types)

  • Ceilings

  • Roofing

  • Drywall

  • Siding

  • Exterior Finishes

  • Carpentry

  • Framing

  • Tile Work


Call today for more information 845-831-3600 or visit our Facebook Page for more pictures and posts! 

Fire Damage Tips!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Tips! Let SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County help make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

What to do until help arrives, after you've had a fire.


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call 845-831-3600


What To Do After A Fire



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

  • Change HVAC filter.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


What NOT To Do After A Fire



  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.

  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.


We're available 24/7 to provide emergency fire services, board-up services & reconstruction services to help make your damage "Like it never even happened."

How to Properly Use Your Fire Extinguisher

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Properly Use Your Fire Extinguisher Fire extinguishers save lives!

Why you should consider a fire extinguisher for your Dutchess County home. 


Fire extinguishers can save your life! They can put out a fire before emergency personnel arrive or they can help you exit your home safely.


What type do you get?


All household fire extinguishers have 3 classifications: A, B or C. Some models have a combination of all three extinguishers in one. 



  • "A" is for ordinary combustibles like trash, wood and paper

  • "B" is for liquids & grease (more stove top fires)

  • "C" is for electrical equipment


According to the National Fire Protection Association, each floor of your home should have an extinguisher. 


How do you use a fire extinguisher?


To use the extinguisher properly, you want to use the PASS method:



  • Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire instead of at the flames themselves. Standing at least 6 feet away from the fire is important! 

  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly while keeping the extinguisher upright. 

  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the extinguisher runs dry.


Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations so make sure you have the correct extinguisher for your home. 


Whenever you use an extinguisher, whether you ran it dry or used it briefly, it's important to replace it or refill it right away. This is also the rule for any gauge that goes down to the red zone over time. 


Even though you take precautions against fire damages, they can still sometimes occur. If you experience a fire damage in your home, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600 to help make this disaster "Like it never even happened." 

Summer BBQ Fire Safety Tips for Dutchess & Ulster County Residents

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer BBQ Fire Safety Tips for Dutchess & Ulster County Residents SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & Kingston/New Paltz wants you to enjoy your summer safely!

'Tis the grilling and fire pit season! Keeping the stove off and lighting that grill or smoker is a summer dream. While we all look forward to that warm weather, it is very important to keep these fire safety tips in mind!

Grilling:

  • Keep a 3 foot clearance on all sides of the grill (that means keep kids and pets clear too!)
  • Do not use the grill near the house, siding, railings, or any overhangs
  • Do not use under trees or shrubbery.
  • Periodically clean the grill and its grease traps to prevent grease fires.
  • If using coals, please make sure they are completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.
  • Fire pits:

  • Before starting the fire, make sure the lid can fit and cover the inside fire in case of emergency
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air.
  • Other safety reminders:

  • Do not leave grills or fire pits unattended
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Always stay safe with any summer activities. Enjoy the season! 

    Dutchess County Fire & Soot Cleanup

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Dutchess County Fire & Soot Cleanup Fire Damage can cause serious damage in your home. What type of soot do you have?

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  


    Smoke and soot facts:



    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


    Different Types of Smoke


    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber



    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood



    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire



    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 


    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 845-831-3600

    Tips to Prevent Home Fires

    1/28/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Tips to Prevent Home Fires Use these tips to help prevent house fires

    According to U.S. News, “Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or by burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home”. They have provided five tips that can help to prevent home fires.

    Fire Threat: Cooking

    · Stand by your pan! Don’t walk away while the stove or cooktop is on. This can lead to a fire very quickly.

    Fire Threat: Heating

    · A space heater needs 3 feet of clear space all around it in all directions, keeping it away from draperies, furniture, bedspreads, people, and pets .

    · Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned before each heating season begins.

    Fire Threat: Smoking

    · Take it outside. There are usually less combustible items outside than there are inside.

    Fire Threat: Electrical

    · Check all of your electrical cords to ensure that they are in good shape, and  replace any that are worn out. In addition, make sure you are not overloading circuits and that one receptacle has one plug.

    Fire Threat: Candles

    · Consider going to battery-operated candles. They are fake but they are so much safer! It’s easy to forget to put out a candle when leaving a room.

    Reference: Mullins (U.S. News) Top 5 Tips to Prevent House Fires. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2008/09/25/top-5-simple-ways-to-prevent-home-fires?page=2