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Clever Ideas to Help You Prevent Home Fires | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

A heavily burned room with scorched walls, a charred desk, dresser and bed frame Creative fire prevention ideas for your Dutchess County home!

Even though the summer storm season is around the corner, house fires are still a huge concern for everyone in the country. It’s astounding that so far in 2022 the American Red Cross has assisted at over 20,000 house fires, which is only a small portion of the total number.

It’s always a smart idea to check your smoke detectors regularly, as they continue to be the best way to prevent any loss of life or extensive damage. Ensuring that you have complete coverage begins with a smoke detector in every bedroom, every floor and in places like the kitchen where appliances that generate heat exist.

Along with having the right equipment, there are many simple tasks you can complete that will also help lower your risk of suffering a house fire.

Cleaning Your Hazardous Appliances

In the Hudson Valley, we are proud to have many historic and legendary buildings all throughout our region. However, these buildings are likely outfitted with appliances and machines that are older than most.

Ancient appliances are more likely to malfunction and result in a fire because of their extended use and lack of safety mechanisms to prevent accidental disasters. Cleaning them regularly and checking them for any damage is the best way to prevent destruction.

Along with cleaning these appliances frequently, reducing the clutter in your home can allow proper airflows through it, reducing the chance that anything overheats and ignites.

Overloaded extension cords are another frequent cause of fires inside the home. When too many devices are plugged in, these devices are unable to handle the electricity and can burst into flames themselves.

Additionally, you should leave plenty of space between furniture and wall outlets to allow for proper air flow and prevent overheating.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

When a fire begins outside and spreads toward your home, the surrounding land that constitutes your yard is the last thing preventing the flames from coming in. In recent years, landscaping techniques designed to prevent fires have become increasingly popular.

These strategies help protect your home from succumbing to a fire, and they allow emergency service workers to do their jobs with ample space. They have been so successful at preventing fires, that states are beginning to enforce defensible zone requirements for yards.

Requirements like these won’t stop you from planting your annual garden or refreshing your floral arrangement—instead, they focus on placing your plants in strategic locations that limit the amount of fuel fires have to burn. It’s also smart to remove any dead plants or leaves, as these are extra flammable and will keep fires going.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

In addition to maintaining your appliances and yard, setting a good spring-cleaning routine can help you limit fire hazards. Set a block of time, roughly a week, that you will spend a bit of time each day working on it. This will help lighten the load and accomplish it piece by piece.

However, taking steps toward fire prevention doesn’t have to be a complex regimen. Easy jobs like dusting regularly can help reduce the risk of a fire. Focus heavily on dust near any appliance or outlet, as these are likely spots for dust fires to begin.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

How Does a Storm Safety Plan Help You Prepare For Severe Weather in Beacon?

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

A swirling black and gray sky with 2 lightning bolts coming out of it down to the ground. It's not just winter weather that can be threatening, make sure you have a spring and summer storm safety plan too!

Severe weather can be frightening and dangerous. Not to mention the fact that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, hail and flooding, all putting you and your home at risk.

In New York, we are often led to believe that the winter is the time for fear, and while those winter storms definitely cause concern, it’s the spring and summer storms that frequently do the most damage. Here in Beacon, the Hudson River runs right through town, putting property in this area at risk of flood damage.

Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather, but we can take action ahead of time to be prepared for when it happens.

Among the steps you should take, creating an emergency kit and forming a communication strategy with your family are two of the most important. We’ll discuss a variety of ways to help you prepare for storms, and ideally, reduce the impact that they have on you and your home or business.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

As they often say “communication is key,” and this is especially true during dangerous weather. By knowing where your loved ones are, you can focus on yourself and everyone being safe in the home instead of being distracted.

Along with family communication, listening to your local officials for emergency alerts is important to stay informed about the current situation. Cellphones and television work well, but storms can knock out the power or a signal, so an NOAA weather radio is a good thing to have.

Finally, creating a communication strategy between the people in your household is crucial. This includes designating a room in the home to take shelter in, ideally in the center of the home with no windows nearby.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

The art of being prepared goes far beyond proper communication and planning—it also requires you to have the right materials as well. Typically it’s smart to keep at least 72 hours worth of food, water and medical supplies (including prescriptions) in case of emergency. Be sure to include family pets in your prep.

If you want to be extra prepared, pack batteries, flashlights, clothes, blankets and a portable battery pack for any devices. Once you’ve gathered the items and packed them neatly, store the emergency kit in your chosen safe room so that it’s ready to use when necessary. Pet food, collar, leashes, paperwork and even their favorite bed or crate can be very helpful in emergencies.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

After the extreme weather is over, you should take a few additional steps in order to stay prepared for the next event. Taking account of how your planning and strategy worked or didn’t work will allow you to improve it and stay ready.

Lastly, once it’s safe to exit the home with your family, take some time to check your property for damage.

While most damage is immediately visible, it’s a good idea to check your roof, windows, doors, and crawl space or basement for any signs of moisture or other damage indicators.

While we hope that your home is pristine, storms can do damage to any home, so knowing the next step is important. At SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, you can rely on us to answer immediately and be there right when you need us.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

Air Duct Cleaning in Your Beacon Home or Business Helps Improve Indoor Air Quality!

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

A heavily clogged section of air duct work in a home Improve your home or business' indoor air quality by scheduling a duct cleaning with SERVPRO.

If your ducts haven’t been cleaned in over a year or perhaps you don’t know if they’ve ever been cleaned, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County.

The duct system in your home helps maintain a desirable indoor air quality by filtering out irritants like dust, dander, pet fur, pollen, plant and mold spores. When the duct work and filters are clogged, then all of those particles just build up and get re-circulated throughout your home.

Different types of particles naturally occur in the air and most are non-bothersome. However, for those with sensitivities to pollen, pet fur and dander and microbial spores; saturated air vents, filters and duct work doesn’t help.

Perhaps you’ve just had some renovations or work done on your home. Consider all that sheetrock dust, wood shavings, dust and other particles will also get circulated in the air as materials get disturbed or moved. Those particles also end up in the ductwork. Overloaded ventilation systems will continue to circulate odors and contaminants throughout your home or business AND the system has to work harder which equals higher bills.

Duct cleaning is a seamless process done by our trained professionals, often in a few hours. Our office staff will gladly help get a reasonable price for you, over the phone based on a few simple questions. Our estimates are free, and we will work with the best schedule your time allows.

A solid cleaning and maintenance plan for the HVAC system can help lengthen it’s working life and operate at a better condition. Simple maintenance procedures could help save money and problems down the line. In the case that you might’ve suffered a fire or have mold growth, then duct cleaning is positively essential.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has been operating locally for over 30 years and offers countless services valuable to any home or business owner regardless of what you might need. From cleaning to full mitigation and document restoration to complete reconstruction, we’re your one-stop-shop! We’re here to help, 24/7, no matter the damage, 845-831-3600.

24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Services for your Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Hopewell and Fishkill home or business!

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Rooms contained with plastic sheeting, only allowing the hardwood floors and SERVPRO green equipment to be exposed. A pipe in the upstairs bathroom broke sending gallons of water through the ceiling into the floor below.

Here to help anywhere in the Hudson Valley with an emergency response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Our property restoration pros are on standby 24 hours a day for any fire and water emergencies. When you are dealing with any kind of water damage or a sewage backup, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage and increase the chances of secondary issues like mold growth and structural issues.

No matter the time of day, we have a live staff answering the phone, ready to help no matter what.

We understand that when you call us, you might feel confused, stressed, and overwhelmed. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. Our staff has the specific water damage training and experience to guide you through every step of the way. At SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County,  we specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's been the cornerstone of our business since 1992.

What You Can 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 certified SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Some of the questions we will ask:

  • 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 and has the cause been repaired?
  • Is there electricity and heat available (on-site)?

We’ll start getting to work right away to get your home or business back to preloss condition effectively and efficiently. We have a full staff of technicians ready to help at a moment’s notice, no matter the time or holiday!

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, water or sewage 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 and experience to restore your property.

Trust the pros in damage restoration, we’ll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Different Types of Flooding and the Causes | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

A red and white triangle sign with the word "Flood" on it placed on a flooded out roadway. There are many types of floods that can occur in Dutchess County, learn which ones could cause damage to you home!

The most common natural disaster in the United States is not tornadoes or hurricanes, but rather, it’s flooding. Flooding can negatively affect nearly any location, from individual homes along Wappingers Creek to communities in Beacon and cities in Dutchess County.

All 50 states and every U.S. territory have been affected by floods at one point or another. The only difference is the types of flooding and the causality among all of them. There are three types of flooding that occur, and they happen because of four reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are the most common and happen when rains fall so heavily and fast that it overwhelms the ground and its ability to soak in the moisture. The excess water then must run off somewhere and can take garbage cans, yard décor and more with it. We see these a lot when there's a small river of leaves and debris running down the sides of our roads into storm drains.

River floods happen in areas with larger rivers. When a riverbank becomes too full, the water will spill over the sides, causing destruction. 

Coastal floods happen in those areas of the world that lie next to large bodies of water. So if a storm surges or a hurricane comes through, it will cause the ocean water levels to rise and cause flooding. 

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Sometimes storms produce a lot of rainfall or seem to take a break over a specific area for an extended period. When storms do this, it causes flash flooding. Urban areas are at a particularly high risk of flooding, because of the amount of asphalt versus the amount of soil.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes or a simple rise in the ocean’s tide can cause waves of water to overtake coastal communities.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of dams and levees failing is 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Dams and levees fail when there’s too much pressure, causing cracks in the structure or overtaking the dam’s ability to contain water.

Snowmelts and ice dams. While this isn’t a big factor in our area, there are places in the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common. When snow and ice build up, they will melt at some point and cause streams or rivers of water to flow through communities. Ice dams or ice jams are likely going to happen because rivers become blocked by the ice buildup.

We are, however, familiar with ice dams in the winter time in the Hudson Valley. These can occur when there's been accumulating snow on a roof, intermittently melting from the attic heat and then refreezing in clogged gutters causing water to force into your home instead of being carried away from it. These are not a type of flooding but cause significant water damage inside your home or business.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

What We Mean When We Say “Full Service” | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of green SERVPRO equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to get the job done.

If your home or business needs repairs or restoration of some sort, when you see that green truck with SERVPRO painted on the side, you know you are well on your way to recovery.

At SERVPRO, a lot of people see us as a cleaning company, which is accurate, but they might not realize that we are a full-service restoration company! Which means we can clean your place from top to bottom, restore and even reconstruct whatever is needed.

Take a deeper look into what SERVPRO can provide you:

Water damage recovery. If you were to spring a leak or deal with a flood, you can count on us to help you get your feet dry. We know that fast action is essential, because additional damage can occur when water sits.

Fire damage recovery. Fires happen every 23 seconds here in the United States. And while they do a lot of damage, you can rest assured that we bring out lots of help to get your home or business fixed up.

Mold removal. If you experience water damage of any kind, you can probably bet that mold might creep in at some point. And mold can threaten the structure of your home and quickly spread, which is why you need to call in the pros to handle it.

Storm recovery. Natural disasters happen all the time, and can come from nearly any type of weather event. Which is why it’s best to keep us on speed dial, because when your home or business experiences damage, you want help—and you want it quickly.

Commercial needs. We help businesses just like we do our residential customers, except that we offer a few more items. We provide specialized cleaning to make your business shine and instill confidence in your employees and customers.

General cleaning. When you’re attending to the business of work or life, cleaning may not be a priority. We can give your space a heavy-duty clean, scrubbing everything from the surfaces to the curtains and carpets.

Specialty cleaning. Sometimes cleaning needs go beyond the basic. That’s why we have our technicians undergo specialized training related to cleaning. Whether you need document restoration or biohazard cleanup, we’ve got you covered.

Construction. When something traumatic happens to your home or business it can come as a shock, but if a rebuild is necessary, you can count on us to see you through the entire process.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

Why SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is your Go-To for Storm Damage.

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

a large tree in the middle of the road having fallen during a powerful thunderstorm. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to help with an emergency response 24/7 should you ever suffer storm damage to your property!

Even when you’re super prepared, mother nature can still do a number on your home in Dutchess County, especially when a storm hits just right. If you find yourself dealing with wind, tree, water, and flood damage, taking immediate action is essential. Choose a local company with extensive storm damage experience, resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to here with an emergency response to your damage.

For over 30 years, we're proud to have served Dutchess County with our second-to-none services:

-24/7 Emergency Services: there is ALWAYS a live person who will answer your call, no matter the day or time. We have experienced restoration experts on call every day so you can rest assured we can be there when you need us.

-We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: You need help right away when a storm hits your Wappingers, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, Beacon or Hopewell Junction home or business. Our fast response will help prevent secondary damage and therefore reduce restoration costs and huge headaches.

-We Have Specially-Trained Storm Damage Specialists: Being leaders in the water, fire, flood and storm damage industry, our teams have advanced training and years of expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. These skills help quickly to restore your home or business it back to pre-storm condition.

-We're the LOCAL Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry: Our local, 30+ years in the restoration industry have proven our trust-worthiness and reliability. Our power lies in being locally owned with National Storm Resources.

-We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we have the ability to access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events. Not all damage restoration companies are created equal!

No matter the damage, SERVPRO is here to help, 24/7. Give us a call at (845)831-3600 as soon as you see a problem. We'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

What Does the Spring Weather Look Like for Us in Dutchess County?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

An image of 4 panels: Clouds on a windy day, rain, a sunny day and a snowy day. No matter what the weather, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help with any type of damage restoration at your home!

The largest nations in the world are Russia and Canada, but the United States isn’t far behind them.

With our nation being so large and spread out, the weather patterns aren’t the same in every part of the country. With each region experiencing different types of weather patterns, they also experience different weather threats.

The spring season is right around the corner, and you need to be prepared for what is to come when the warm and cold air masses collide. For instance here in Poughkeepsie, we are still experiencing a yo-yo of weather patterns, from 60's to 30's, some rain and some snow. We're likely to be dealing with these ups and downs for a while. Read on to learn more.

In the Pacific Northwest region, they are dealing with wet weather and heavy rains, which can lead to flooding or other water damage. In certain areas with higher elevations, they have wet weather as well, but it’s likely coming from melting snow or ice, which can obviously present problems of its own.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast regions are dealing with winter weather, and will continue to do so until late spring or early summer. When we say winter weather, we are talking snowstorms and blizzards, which are still happening during spring. This is the weather we’re familiar with!

People who live in the West Coast aren’t having to worry with blizzards, but rather they are dealing with excessive heat waves. These heat waves can endanger lives.

Moving on to the middle area of the United States, from Iowa to Texas, residents are dealing with dry, windy weather! They are seeing things like windstorms, derechos and wildfires, all of which are extremely dangerous. This area also contains something known as Tornado Alley.

The Southeast region is the last area, and they experience everything from severe thunderstorms to tornadoes. Southern states along the coast also need to watch for rip currents and the potential of early-season hurricanes.

As you can see, no matter what region you live in, there will always be some weather hazard that you need to prepare for. Weather is unpredictable and no matter the season, there will always be some type of hazard or risk. Make sure you stay alert, aware and prepared at all times.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County for fast, expert recovery. No matter the damage, we're here to help 24/7.

How Long Do You Think You Have to Escape a House Fire In Your Wappingers Home?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Firemen battling a semi-charred 2-story home still engulfed in flames. Have a solid fire evacuation plan in place at your home, you'll have less than 3 minutes to get out!

No matter what kind, house fires are extremely dangerous. According to the Red Cross, around 350,000 homes experience a house fire every year in the United States, causing hundreds of thousands in household property damage and killing more people than every type
of natural disaster combined. Suffice it to say, house fires are treacherous.

While preventing a house fire is the best line of defense, it is also important to note what you
should do if you find yourself faced with one. While we all hope to never be in this situation,
it is something that is wise to think through just in case an emergency does occur.


How Quickly Do House Fires Spread?
House fires can spread rapidly. The first 30 seconds are vital to extinguishing a fire, if it is safe to do so—after this brief window, the flames will have likely spread too far to be combated by a fire extinguisher. If it is not safe to extinguish a fire, then it is a must to get out quickly.
In the early stages, inhaling smoke is the most dangerous aspect of a fire, so stay low to the
ground as you escape.


How Quickly Should My Fire Evacuation Plan Take?
Every household should have a fire evacuation plan in place so everyone knows how to get out
in the event of a fire. Everyone in the household should be able to execute this plan in under two minutes, regardless of where they are in the home or where the fire breaks out.

How Quickly Does a House Become Fully Engulfed in Flames?
It takes around three to four minutes for a home to become fully engulfed in flames. At around
the three-minute mark, the temperature of a fire will exceed 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit—this is
hot enough for items nearby to combust even if they do not come in direct contact with the
flame.
This is also hot enough to shatter any glass windows, which allows the fire to spread to the
outside of the home as well.

Create an evacuation plan for your whole family, include your pets and practice it every 6 months. Make changes as needed and take feedback from family members. Avoid fire hazards like overloaded power strips and extension cords, space heaters, practice safe and smart cooking techniques and keep home décor away from candles or fireplaces.


*If you have damage to your Wappingers home from a house fire, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help. Our fire restoration team is here 24/7 for assistance. We'll be with you every step of the way and help make it "Like it never even happened."

Home Maintenance Tips for Water Damage Prevention in Your Hopewell Junction Home

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

A large puddle of water inside a home beneath a white couch, next to a sliding glass door. With some regular home maintenance, you can really avoid the headache of water damage in your home!

Water damage is one of the most stressful situations a homeowner can be faced with. There are many things that can cause water damage, it can be costly if it is discovered late and most
insurances only extend coverage to it in certain scenarios.

The good news is that through regular home maintenance, water damage from many things can be prevented. By taking care of common locations of water damage origins—such as your
landscape, gutters and appliances—you can stop the problem before it begins and not be faced
with an unpleasant surprise later on.


Water Damage Prevention Through Regular Maintenance


-Check Your Landscaping


If your home is situated toward the bottom of a hill or if you have experienced soil settling around
your foundation, pooling water can build up against your home, creating pressure and seeping
in through any cracks. This can lead to water damage to your construction, foundation and lower level as well as seepage and standing
water in the basement or underneath the house. By making landscaping updates to divert water
away from your home , you can stop this from becoming an issue before heavy spring rains
begin.


-Clean Your Gutters


If gutters are clogged with leaves and debris for a long period of time, they can cause serious
water damage issues to your home. Overfilled gutters can lead to a leaky roof and
water-damaged siding, as the water will begin to seep into your shingles and house frame if it is
not able to drain away. Cleaning your home’s gutters at least twice a year is recommended in
order to prevent water damage as well as mold growth. Additionally, clogged gutters can lead to a nasty ice dam situation in the cold months where the water gets stuck and ends up traveling behind the fascia and into your house.


Inspect Appliance Water Lines
Appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, hot water heaters and washing machines pump
a lot of water into and out of the house, and while the appliance itself might have a longer
lifespan, the water lines can often wear down over time. This can lead to water damage that
goes undetected for a long time, as it is not common to check under or behind most of these
household objects. Even a slow leak can cause serious water damage issues , so be sure to
inspect these appliances every six months for hidden leaks.


If you’ve experienced water damage to your  Dutchess County home, you can always
give us a call! We’re the leaders in water restoration, and you can call us 24/7 for an emergency response.