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Great Time Passers While Social Distancing In Your Dutchess County Home

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

A woman laying on her couch at home with a laptop and head phones on. It's important to remain at home during these difficult times, but being active and engaged can really help!

As most of us in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Wappingers and Beacon are facing long periods of time at home while practicing social distancing, we’ve compiled some of our favorite ideas of how you can stay engaged, active, expand your mind and have some fun!

-If you’ve got children at home, in addition to some school work, take a look at this website loaded with FREE crafts for kids of all ages!

-This is a personal favorite also geared towards children, Virtual Field Trips! This fabulous article has all the categories no matter what your little person might love, from the zoo to the space frontier and everything in between!

-Looking for some free reads? This Open Library has thousands of free downloads. Escape to whatever genre you love!

-Craving some garden time? Check out this awesome article about getting your garden ready written by Sue Adams of our local Adam’s Fairacre Farms!

-Missing your gym? Here’s the most recent list of how you can get in your work out from home.

Don’t forget your local restaurants, most have delivery or curbside pickup available and really need your business right now! These lists are ever-changing, best to call your favorite one directly.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is actively working in accordance to the CDC standards of virus disinfection for any home or business. If you have concerns or questions about how we can help during this tough time, please don’t hesitate to call us at (845)831-3600. We’re always here to help!

We ARE the cleaning experts in Dutchess County

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

An image of microscopic bright green and black spores. In these uncertain times, trust the experts at SERVPRO for any cleaning services needed at your home or business.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are the LOCAL specialists in cleaning services, and adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the Coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services, call the experts today at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County. We’re always here to help.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Disinfecting and Sanitizing Services are SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County's Specialty!

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

An image of a person in a protective suit with a list of locations that can have specialty cleaning services. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can do specialty deep cleaning at a full range of properties including your home!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help minimize the spread of germs in your business or home with proactive deep cleaning.

We’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitizing standards, making us the #1 LOCAL choice for cleanup and restoration. We utilize hospital grade disinfecting products for non-porous surfaces as well as sanitizing products for porous materials and disinfecting ULV fog, effectively tackling microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and mold.

As long-time providers of trusted and proven cleaning services in Dutchess County, let us help give you piece of mind.
Call us today at (845)831-3600 to see what we can do at your HOME OR BUSINESS. We’re always Here To Help.

Why Treating Water Damage Quickly Is Essential In Your Poughkeepsie Home

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A white PVC pipe spraying water around the area. Quick action to fix the leak and remediate a water damage situation is the best way to avoid secondary and more costly damages!

Whether caused by a flood, an appliance leak or something else entirely, water damage is a
headache for any Poughkeepsie homeowner to deal with.

While some damages will need to be addressed
immediately to make your home livable, if water damage occurs in a more remote part of the
house, it may be tempting to wait to have it looked at until a more convenient time. However,
this is the worst thing you can do.


Waiting to have your water damage treated can increase the damages, which will, in turn,
increase the timeline and the cost of water restoration.

Here are just a few things that can
happen if water damage is not handled quickly:


-Mold Can Begin to Grow Within a Day
While water damage is bad enough to deal with on its own, if mold begins growing, there are
many new considerations that will be involved in the restoration. Mold can begin to grow within
24 hours of water damage, if conditions are right, leading not only to extreme health concerns,
but also to a more involved (and more costly) restoration process. Because mold wastes no time
in establishing itself after water damage, making the restoration call quickly is the best way to
prevent it.


-Your Home’s Structure Can Become Damaged
Though we generally think of water damage as damage to objects within the home, the very
structure of the building can also become damaged if the water is allowed to sit untreated.
Moisture can seep into floors and walls, causing swelling and deterioration among the structural
aspects of the home. While this is common in situations of flood damage or burst pipes, it can
also occur from much smaller leaks if they are not treated in a timely manner.


-Appliances Can Pose a Hazard
As household appliances like refrigerators, ovens and washing machines sit in water
damage-impacted areas, they can become hazardous and even pose a fire risk. Because it is
difficult to determine the extent of water damage on your own, calling in a professional to assess
the area and determine if your appliances are safe for use is the best course of action to take.


If you have experienced water damage in your home, don’t put off giving us a call. We are here
24/7 to begin the restoration process right away.

Get to Know Your Local SERVPRO® | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

A family of four sitting on a couch laughing with each other. Count on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess Count to be your TRUSTED leader for damage remediation in your home or business!

If you own a home or business in Dutchess County, it is natural to worry about what will happen if a disaster comes your way. Whether you are concerned with damages from fires, smoke, floods, storms, mold or bio-hazards, you want to know that you have a company to call to help you recover.

The good news is that is exactly what we are here for. We are family-owned and operated and invested locally in this area for over 25 years, and no matter the hour you discover damage, we are just a phone call away.

What Makes Us Your Trusted Community Restoration Team

We Are Committed to Our Community in the Hudson Valley. Our owner, Gil, and his wife, Sheryl, were raised in the area and have lived here their entire lives. They have chosen to raise their family here to invest in the area, and have been operating 2 SERVPRO locations to meet any local residents’ needs. They are also proud to help out local branches of
organizations such as The Children's Home, Love Holds Life Children’s Cancer Foundation, and the Dutchess County Chamber Workforce Development Program and multiple First Responder Stations and organizations.

We Have Helped Many Residents Rebuild

We have been operating since 1993, and in that time we have helped more than 50,000 customers with restoration. We have helped with fire, water, flood and storm damage for both businesses and households and have proven experience in the field.

We Hire Top-Notch Restoration Professionals

Not only do we hire people of the highest character with the highest work ethic, but we also
provide them with ample and continuous training to ensure they are ready to tackle the biggest restoration tasks.
Many of our restoration professionals have been with us for more than 10 years, amounting to
extensive restoration experience.

We Are Proud to Show You How SERVPRO® Makes a Difference

The SERVPRO motto is “Like it never even happened,” and that is the level of service we aim for on every restoration job. We are trusted leaders in the restoration industry and we take our reputation very seriously. When you need us, we respond 24/7 to begin your restoration process and show you the difference that working with SERVPRO makes. We're here to help and faster to any size disaster.

If you have damage to your home, you can count on us. Contact us 24/7 to learn more about us
or to begin your restoration process with us.

Heavy Rains Can Lead to Water Damage in your Wappingers Home

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

A heavy rain storm bombarding a home's exterior. Maintaining some key areas of your home can help keep water damage from heavy rain storms at bay!

When most people think of water damage, they probably bring to mind images of toilets or sinks overflowing in their Dutchess County homes or busted pipes spraying water uncontrollably. However, many times, water damage can occur less noticeably than these examples, such as in the event of heavy rain.

When rain falls hard enough heaviness to really soak everything in sight, it can unearth problems you weren’t aware of being issues in your home. 

Water Can Seep in Through Miniature Openings

When it rains enough for things to get continually soaked, miniature cracks, splits, holes and openings in your home’s exterior can begin to let water through and start leading to problems.

Consider installing weather-stripping around doors and windows. This small project is one of the best methods to help prevent water damage from a soaking rain as well as keeping up with your home’s exterior paint to avoid any gaps or peeling that might allow water through.

Take a good look at your windows closely for small holes and feel around for any drafts. Be sure to seal them well or have them replaced if needed.

Gutter Clogs Can Lead to Water Damage

Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and pool in concentrated areas, which can then be absorbed into your home’s roof line and lead to damages. This is especially true during extremely heavy rains, which can inundate even normally functioning systems with an overload of water. Cleaning out gutters every spring and fall is the best remedy for this. A clogged gutter in the winter can lead to ice damming which can really cause a headache!

Improper Drainage Can Cause Foundation Damage

If the drainage around the base of your home is not adequate, serious water damage can happen as a result—especially during exceptionally wet periods. Making changes to your landscaping to help keep water far away from your home’s foundation can prevent water pooling in the basement as well as the potential for mold growth.

Heavy Rains Can Unearth Roof Leaks

You may not be aware you have a roof leak, but a good storm can be enough to turn a small, unnoticed leak into one has become a serious problem. Seeing wet spots or discoloration on your home’s ceiling often only happens after heavy rains have increased a leak’s severity, creating a need for immediate repairs. Have your roof inspected by a professional at least once a year. Be sure to inspect your attic regularly too, sometimes small leaks can go unnoticed in there as well.

If your home has experienced water damage due to heavy rains or for any cause at all, you can count on us to be there for you. Call us at any hour to begin the water restoration process right away.

Protecting Your Dutchess County Home From Water Damage

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

A broken pipe with water streaming out of it in force. A few preparations can really help protect your home or business from costly and stressful water damage issues!

One of the costliest damages to experience in a home or business in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Beacon or Wappingers, is water damage.

This can be an especially common issue for homeowners to deal with, but there are plenty of ways you can help protect your home.

Water damage is more than a hassle to deal with, it can have a long-term impact on your home such as structural issues and mold growth. Mold is one of the most common side effects of water damage because it begins to grow and flourish within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

When beginning to think of ways to protect your home against water damage, it might be easier if you break it down by areas of impact. These areas could include basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

In the basement, look at resealing vulnerable areas, making sure water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve and look into a sump pump is water collection tend to happen in your basement.

Your kitchen and bathrooms can experience water damage due to plumbing issues and appliance failures. Be sure you:

  • Inspect your appliances regularly, especially the hoses and faucets
  • Check to make sure there are no leaks in the seals or caulking around your showers and tubs. If you find a leak, get it fixed right away.
  • Know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home and show your family members too.
  • Don’t leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.

As far as possessions, avoid cardboard boxes that might sit on the floor. Use waterproof bins to store items and keep items stored on shelves up off of the floor.

What To Do After Water Damage

If your home does experience a water damage situation, there is a good chance you can salvage items that can be dried out within 48 hours.

Be sure that you contact your insurance company and a call a plumber or professional RIGHT AWAY to get the cause fixed immediately after you discover the water damage situation.

Then call the experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, we’re here to help 24/7 and will get you back to preloss condition quickly and effectively. Program our # in your phone for quick access (845)831-3600.

How Our Commercial Restoration Approach For Your Fishkill Business Sets Us Apart

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

A group of employees in professional attire sit around a conference table with paperwork SERVPRO has the experience, the certifications and the most advanced restoration techniques to restore your commercial building to preloss condition.

For business owners in Dutchess County, it is vital to have a restoration plan in place for your business in case of a disaster or other damages. Considering that FEMA’s most recent report states that 40% of businesses fail to reopen following a disaster event, being able to have restoration services respond right away can make all the difference in how quickly your business is able to recover.

If you are searching for a commercial restoration company to help you recover, read on to discover some of the things that set SERVPRO ® of Western Dutchess County apart in the space. We are industry leaders with a variety of experience and expertise, and we are here 24/7 to respond to your call after damages occur.

We Have Experience With a Variety of Building Types

We have many years of experience in commercial restoration with a variety of commercial building types. Some of the commercial buildings we can tackle restoration for include:

? Small and large office buildings

? Apartment complexes and rental properties

? Industrial plants and warehouses

? Schools

? Restaurants, hotels, retail operations and other customer-facing businesses.

Regardless of the type of building or business you are operating in, our experienced technicians will be able to help you quickly recover.

We Can Help With Any Type of Commercial Damage

Because of our certifications and expertise, we are able to help with a variety of damages to commercial properties. Our technicians are trained according to IICRC standards and can handle fire damage and subsequent smoke odor removal, water damage, storm damage and a variety of other scenarios that you may need to help your business reopen.

No Commercial Restoration Job Is Too Large for Us

We are proud to be a LOCALLY owned and operated restoration company, but we also have the benefit of having the SERVPRO name and family behind us for larger restoration tasks. In the event of extreme damage or a large-scale disaster, we can work with other SERVPRO owners across the country to obtain extra resources, additional technicians and more equipment—meaning we can handle any disaster, regardless of the size.

If you are in need of commercial restoration for your property in Fishkill, Beacon, Wappingers or Poughkeepsie, we are here for you 24/7. Contact us at any time, we're faster to any size disaster!

How Quickly a Fire Can Spread in your Poughkeepsie Home

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

A home completely engulfed in flames. Fires in your home can spread in under 3 minutes, make sure your family is prepared to evacuate quickly!

We all know that house fires are an extremely dangerous thing to encounter, but that can be difficult to grasp without knowing exactly what goes into the making of a house fire. To help provide some context for how house fires spread so rapidly and how important it is to be able to execute an efficient fire escape plan, we have put together a guide to what fire is, how it spreads and how quickly it can tear through your home.

What Is Fire?

Put simply, fire comes from a chemical reaction between air and a fuel source when it becomes hot enough to ignite. Once this occurs, the fire starts and begins to release the decomposed material (in the form of smoke), char (a pure carbon substance) and ash (which is all of the materials of the fuel source that are not able to burn).

How Does Fire Spread?

All fire needs to sustain itself are heat, fuel and oxygen—commonly referred to as the fire triangle. The oxygen is a given and the fire is producing its own heat, so the flames will begin to search for more fuel throughout the home. This is why a fire can spread so rapidly once the flames begin.

What Is the Typical Timeline of a House Fire?

The general rule of thumb is that you are supposed to be able to execute the entirety of your fire escape plan in under three minutes, but have you ever wondered why that is? Fires spread remarkably fast, making a quick escape plan necessary. Here is the typical timeline of a house fire:

0:00 to 0:30: The fire begins and flames immediately start to grow.

0:30 to 1:00: Flames begin to spread through the room and smoke starts to pollute the air.

1:00 to 1:30: Smoke becomes thicker and the temperature starts to rise.

1:00 to 1:30: The fire alarm sounds and everyone should evacuate immediately.

1:30 to 2:00: Smoke begins to pour into other rooms of the house.

2:00 to 2:30: The temperature in the source room will reach 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

3:00 to 4:00: Flames will continue to spread through the house and engulf the exterior walls.

The numbers speak for themselves, be preparedness with an evacuation plan, make sure your whole family understands and make sure yto include your pets!
If your home has been impacted by a house fire, we are here to help you 24/7. Contact us any time to start your restoration process today!

Avoiding frozen pipes in your vacant Wappingers home.

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a frozen waterfall from the ceiling to the floor inside the kitchen of a home Follow these tips to avoid a major headache in your un-occupied home!

If you own a 2nd home, rental property or have a vacant property for sale, it's important to have it winterized or take precautions against the extreme elements the Hudson Valley throws at us in the winter months.

While there are always unforeseen issues that can happen like appliances failing or storm damage, it's the water that causes the most damage. Water can and will get into everything, continuously finding a way out is the name of the game. As we say in the remediation industry, "water always wins."

Couple of key tips for your vacant property to help stave off water damage:

-Don't turn the heat off in the colder months, rather keep it set to at least 55 degrees and make sure you’ve had an oil delivery or are on a schedule for a rotating one if needed.

-Follow good instructions to protect your pipes like wrapping them with pipe insulation, keeping windows and doors sealed and emptying outside spigots and water sources.

-Have your furnace, heating systems and hot water heater checked regularly. All too often, our professionals see these systems fail in the winter for various reasons and they can cause significant water damage and secondary issues like structural problems and mold growth.

-Have someone check on your house regularly for any issues, making sure to pay attention to mechanicals, pipes and leaks. The last thing you want is to be notified that your house is now an igloo.

- Speak with your insurance agent about tips they have and make sure your policy is where it needs to be. If you have a sump pump in the basement or crawl space, make sure you have the necessary coverage for it should there be a system failure.

-Consider a generator, speak with an expert about what you would need one to do for you in the event you’re not around and the power goes out.

-Keep our name and number in your phone and taped to your fridge should anyone ever need it on your behalf.

Should you ever suffer from water damage, or any kind of loss to your property, call the experts in damage restoration. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has been the local leader in the industry for over 25 years, we're here to help 24/7 with certified technicians, extensive experience and the best technology around.

Call us immediately so we can give you piece of mind quickly, no matter the damage and no matter the size, 845-831-3600.