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We are the experts in Dutchess County Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

a business office with chairs and desks surrounded by an inch of water on the floor. If your business ever suffers a disaster, call the experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to take care of the cleanup and restoration quickly!

There is never a convenient time for fire, water or storm damage to strike your business. These types of events at commercial properties are known to be complex and require the expertise and skills that the professionals of SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County are certified in.

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes.

No matter if it's a large-scale event or a small water cleanup, we work quickly and efficiently to assess each property and its unique situation. In many cases, normal business can continue in a temporary area while we restore the facility. 

Our highly trained teams are mindful of and experienced with environmental, legal and budgetary concerns and will strive to remedy the damaged area within the constraints given. We have been the LOCAL experts in commercial remediation since 1992 and understand fully how vital it is to get your business back to normal quickly for productivity and revenue. Our professionals are trained and certified:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after any kind of fire, water or storm event, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and specialized equipment to restore your property.

We’re here to help no matter when, 24/7 for emergencies, keep our info in your phone, 845-831-3600 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

Important Winter-Ready Tips for your Dutchess County Commercial Property

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

A commercial building roof covered with ice and water Make sure your commercial property is winter ready before disaster strikes!

While we can’t rely on the weather forecast being accurate in the winter months, we do know that living in the Hudson Valley has taught us to never underestimate the power of Mother Nature. Protecting your business or commercial property in the winter months is just as important as the winter prep you do for your home.

Here are some great tips to help prepare your business for the upcoming winter and give you some piece of mind.

-Check the external areas or common areas for downed tree limbs and branches.

-Inspect your property's walkways and parking lots for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazards, icing problems, trip/fall hazards, potholes and cracks and repairs needed to keep those areas free and clear (this is a good idea all year long).

-If you have a parking lot at your building, keep it free and clear of snow and ice, keep salt handy and use it often.

-Check all handrails, stairwells and entry ways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

-Inspect the roof for any problems that could lead to leaks and have the gutters cleaned bi-annually.

-Eliminate any drafts with caulking or weather stripping, as gaps around windows and doors run up heating bills.

-Keep vacant areas heated on a low setting, 55 degrees is ideal and will help prevent pipes from freezing. Burst pipes can have costly repercussions.

-Don’t forget about outdoor watering systems, these need to be winterized properly as well.

-Consider a facilities manager or property management company to help keep an eye on things for you, especially if you aren’t able to be at the property often.

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.

-Ask SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. It’s FREE and a great resource to have at your fingertips in case of a disaster.

If your business suffers any kind of fire, water, sewage or mold damage, we’re here to help 24/7.  We’ll get you back to business quickly, "Like it never even happened." Keep our number in your phone for emergencies, (845)831-3600.

Commercial Cleaning, Restoration & Reconstruction Services are ALWAYS Just One Call Away to SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

An inch of ice formed on a hardwood floor inside a commercial building No matter what type of services you're looking for at your commercial building, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can take of it for you!

Whether you’ve suffered a fire or water damage, discovered mold, had remodeling done, needing a full commercial kitchen cleaned, or even looking to have your ducts or carpets cleaned, there is nothing our professional teams can’t handle! No damage is too big or too small, from a store front or office space to a full warehouse or academic building, we’ve got your back and will get you back to business quickly and efficiently.

Mold remediation, sewage backup, graffiti or vandalism, water damage restoration, fire and soot remediations, odor removals, post construction clean-up, kitchen sanitizing and all phases of reconstruction are just some of the commercial services we can take care of.

Our commercial services are endless, from start to finish, we’ve got the trained and certified professionals, specialized equipment and as always, WE’RE LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED.

Let us take the worry and hassle out of your emergency and the stress out of doing it yourself, our estimates are FREE and we’re available 24/7 for emergencies, give us a call at 845-831-3600.

The Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage In Your Dutchess County home

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

A large bathroom with an inch of water covering the whole floor. Stay safe and know what to do and what not to do following water damage in your home!

Sometimes, no matter how much you think you're prepared, things just happen. Pipes burst, appliances malfunction, sump pumps fail. If you experience water damage in your home from clean water (not sewage or contaminated waters), here's a few tips on what you should and shouldn't do before help arrives:

DO--If possible, shut off the water source. If not, call a plumber ASAP to get the source repaired. -Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas and ONLY when access to the panel is safe from electric shock.-Call your insurance company and submit a claim.-Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, no matter the time or place, we'll be there to get the damage under control.-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. Wipe water from wood furniture.-Prop up couch cushions, put blocks under furniture that might be sitting on wet carpeting.-Relocate any sensitive items like computers, paintings, and documents to a dry area.  DON'T- (Safety is the biggest concern here)-Enter a room with standing water where there is a risk of electrical shock. Avoid areas where outlets, switches, electrical equipment or circuit breakers are exposed to water.-Use your household vacuum cleaner, these are not built for water and could cause electrical shock and damage the vacuum. Even a wet-dry vacuum can't handle more than a puddle, don't take the chance.-Use any appliances like TVs while standing on wet carpet or flooring, especially not on wet concrete floors! With any damage, safety comes first. Our professionals specialize in the cleanup and restoration of all Western Dutchess County properties from any kind of damage, leave it to the experts.We're here for your emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will make that water damage look "Like it never even happened."

Making the Right Choice in Restoration for your Water Damage

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, a common reaction to unexpected water damage is being confused about what next steps to take. Between picking a restoration company to work with, consulting with home-owners insurance, assessing damage to personal items and taking care of other urgent tasks, it can be an overwhelming time.

However, by choosing a reputable and certified Dutchess County restoration company in advance, homeowners can mitigate at least one part of the process before it begins and feel some relief knowing that’s choice will make the whole process easier.

It can be difficult to determine what is important when researching restoration companies, which is why we’ve put together a guide of what to look for to make the right choice:

A Full Restoration Provider- Start to Finish

House damages, including water damage, not matter the cause, often require multiple types of restoration. Water can cause structural issues, while fire can require air purification due to soot. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is fully certified in every type of damage and can provide full restoration of your home.

Flexible Emergency Service

When you discover home damage, you want to be sure you can contact your restoration company right away. That is why we have a 24-hour, 7 day-a-week emergency line staffed by live people, not just a recording, so we can answer whenever you call and begin to assemble our team right away.

A Thorough Training Program

Technicians who perform restoration should be well-trained and highly skilled, which is why we use the highest standards in the industry to design our training materials and educate our technicians.

A Scalable Model

While we have been a LOCAL community business for over 25 years, we also have a nationwide network of other franchises that we can work with if a disaster were to occur. This allows us to treat every job with the same level of service and expertise, whether it is for a single home or an entire area.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly. We’ll help get you back to preloss condition, Like it never even happened.

Places to Check If You Have a Water Leak | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water bursting from the water line attached to the toilet Some water leaks aren't obvious, make yourself a checklist of what to check and how often to avoid water damage situations in your Poughkeepsie home.

Water leaks do not always manifest themselves in dramatic spurts of water or puddles on the floor of your Poughkeepsie home. In fact, many people only find out there is a leak somewhere in their home once they notice a rise in their water bill.

A water leak can account for up to 10,000 wasted gallons of water a year, so you'll want to take care of them quickly. However, it can be difficult to determine where the leak is located ifthere are no obvious signs aside from an increase in your meter usage.

Checking for Water Leaks Around the Home

When trying to determine where your leak is located, checking the most obvious spots first will help you narrow your possibilities down by process of elimination. Here are some of the most common spots for water leaks:

  1. The Bathroom

Between the sink, toilet and shower, there are plenty of options for water to leak in the bathroom. Check the seal around the base of the toilet, ensure there are no drips from the faucet and check the pipes under the sink to rule the bathrooms out.

  1. Around the Hot Water Heater

Because it is normal for hot water heaters to build up condensation through regular operation, leaks can be difficult to detect at first. Listen closely for a leaking sound when the unit is off and watch moisture levels carefully to determine if this is the culprit.

  1. In the Basement

Most basements contain most of your home’s plumbing and water piping, so they are an important spot to check if you suspect a leak. Check the pipes thoroughly where they seal for any accumulated moisture.

  1. Beneath and Behind Appliances

Appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines utilize a lot of water and are susceptible to leaks from damaged pipes. Check under and behind appliances regularly for moisture buildup.

  1. Under the Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sinks, especially those equipped with garbage disposals, are notorious for leaking water into the cabinet underneath. There are many seals and connectors that can wear down with age, causing an unseen leak to hike your water bill up.

Life happens, if youve discovered water damage in your home, thats what were here for! Weve got the experts in the industry and can restore water damage to just about any surface contact us today for a quick response!

Protect your Western Dutchess County home from Ice Damming before it becomes a problem!

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Snow, ice and icicles hanging off of the gutters on a house All this snow and ice build up is an ice damming issue ready to happen! Take care in the Fall to help prevent water damage in the Winter!

Fall is the ideal time to get your Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Beacon and Wappingers homes ready for winter. Most of us have heard the stories about ice damming from a roof or gutters, it’s a stressful and costly headache that can be prevented.

Ice dams can occur when there are several inches of snow on the roof and the outside air temps hover in the low 20’s for many days. Poor attic insulation increases the chances of a problem. Ice dams form when heated air melts roof snow down into water stuck behind still frozen ice. When the water is dammed and has nowhere to flow through the gutter system, it can back flow under shingles and inside your home. The bottom line is you want to try to keep that attic as cold as you can to stop melting ice AND to keep the snow and icicles clear from your roof.

Here are some helpful prevention tips you can do ahead of winter to avoid an ice damming problem:

  • Keep the attic air temperature below freezing when the outside air temperature is in the low 20’s.
  • Install more insulation in the attic floor to prevent warm household air getting into the attic.
  • Have good ventilation in the attic to consistently replace warm air that might rise to the attic with cold outside air.
  • Keep the bottom 4-6 feet of your roof clear of snow but be careful not to damage any shingles.
  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. The more clogged they are, the higher the chances of the heavy ice build-up happening.
  • Check and seal places where warm air could leak from your house to the attic: vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic hatches and light fixtures are all possibilities.
  • Consider installing a heat cable along the eaves to help melt the ice.
  • Inspect, or have your roof and attic inspected for proper ventilation and insulation.
  • Look for signs of inadequate ventilation: rust spots, rusty nails or a mildew smell are all signals that moisture has formed on the inside of your roof.
  • If you have soffit vents in your eaves, make sure they are not blocked and insulation surrounding them is secured so that air can flow easily.

If ice damming does occur despite your best efforts, keep in mind the following:

-Don’t chip away at the ice, that will damage the shingles no matter how hard you try not to.

-Don’t install a water heater or other mechanical equipment in the attic.

-Don’t use salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow, they are super corrosive and can cause problems with gutters, downspouts and flashings. The runoff from these will also cause harm to plants and grass.

The best solution is to call a roofing specialist to locate the leak and seal everything. Then call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to remediate the water damage. We’re available for emergencies 24/7 at (845)831-3600. Our certified water damage technicians will work to get your home back Like it never even happened.

Get your Dryer Vent Cleaned to Avoid a Fire Hazard in your Dutchess County home!

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

A burned and melted clothes dryer Clogged clothes dryer vents are a fire hazard! Get yours cleaned out at least once a year, call us to schedule your next dryer vent cleaning!

According to Consumer Reports (2018), every year firefighters respond to close to 15,000 residential fires caused by clothes dryers. 80% of these fires is due to an accumulation of lint and debris. Not cleaning out your dryer vent yearly can set you up for a serious fire hazard that's far more serious than your clothes taking longer to dry from a clogged vent.

Here are 4 simple best practices to ensure safety in your laundry room:

  1. CLEAN THE LINT FILTER AFTER EVERY LOAD- not only will this help prevent a fire, but your clothes will dry faster!
  2. REPLACE OLDER ACCORDION-STYLE DUCTS- Plastic or foil accordion-style ducts connecting your appliance to the vent should be replaced with a rigid metal duct that won't sag and collect lint.
  3. CLEAN THE DRYER DUCT ANNUALLY- (at least)- There are a few DIY ways to clean your dryer vent but the easiest (and not pricey) way to have it done correctly is by hiring a professional to do so. They know exactly how, where and what, that equals a lot less hassle to you.
  4. HANDLE CHEMICAL STAINS WITH CARE- Do not put flammable-stained garments in the dryer. Substance like gas, cooking oil, cleaning agents, or other flammable chemicals or substances need special care. It's recommended to wash such stained clothing more than once to minimize volatile chemicals, then hang to dry. Not only will putting them in the dryer make the stain set, it’s a fire hazard that isn’t worth the risk.

IMPORTANT: In the event that a fire does start, keep the dryer door closed to limit its oxygen supply—a fire needs oxygen to keep it going.

Not only can our professionals take care of restoring your home If your family has experienced a fire, but we ALSO DO DRYER VENT CLEANINGSSERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help 24/7, give us call at 845-831-3600 to learn more!

Fire Prevention Tips for your Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, Beacon or Fishkill home

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Burned insulation and sheet rock in a residential hallway ceiling Stay safe with some simple fire prevention tips!

A fire can happen in less than 3 minutes. It’s a terrifying thought that there is such little time to get everyone to safety. There are several, simple things you can do in your home to help prevent fires.

-Test your smoke detector batteries once a month. Set a reminder on your phone to make it consistent. Keep in mind that smoke detectors have a life of 8-10 years, replace them when needed.  

-Install smoke detectors in the right spots- When placed in the correct locations in your home, it’s your best bet of getting to safety quickly.

-Inspect heating sources- Regardless of the type of system you have, an annual inspection will reduce any risks.

-Keep the oven and stove clear of anything- Make sure there are no curtains, towels, cookbooks, or anything flammable by or on the stove and oven. Kitchen fires are the most common places for house fires.

-Stay in the kitchen when cooking- Make sure pot handles are turned in and don’t leave the room with any food cooking. Turn off everything and take the pot or pan off the heat if you need to.

-Check the dryer and have dryer vent cleanings performed once a year.

-Maintain electrical cords- don’t keep them under a rug as cords produce heat. Use extension cords sparingly and unplug appliances that feel warm. Check for fraying or damage and replace immediately.

-Locate the shut-offs- All utilities have shut-off valves or switches in or on your home. Gas, appliances, circuit breakers, and water. Make sure all family members know where, when and how to use them.

-Keep flammable products away from heat sources- hair products, cleaners, and shaving cream  and combustibles like paint and gas should be kept in a cool, dark place.

-Never leave candles unattended- Keep them in secure, tip-proof holders and never near curtains or blankets. Set a reminder on your phone to extinguish them before leaving or sleeping.

-Practice fireplace safety- put a metal screen in front of the area, don’t leave the fireplace unattended and place the ashes in a metal container. Have a chimney cleaner come at least once a year to prevent build up that could cause a fire.

-Prevent wildfires- Keep a bucket of water available if you’re using a fire pit, having a bonfire or using a burn barrel. It only takes one spark!

-Keep fire extinguishers handy- Have one in the kitchen and other high risk areas like a fireplace or garage. Learn the P.A.S.S system for how to use it effectively.

-Know your location- firefighters need an exact address, make sure every member knows it.

Learn all you can about fire prevention and talk it over with your family members. If you do ever experience fire damage, call the trained experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County 24/7, we’re here to help and will make it Like it never even happened.

Classifying Types of Water in a Damage Event in Western Dutchess County

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water pouring through a hole in the ceiling out of sheet rock and insulation Let the experts in water damage restoration take care of restoring your property!

NOT all types of water cause the same damage as there are 3 classifications or categories: clean water, gray water and black water.

The 1st step is always the same, clean up the water, dry everything out as soon as possible to avoid the threat of mold growth. The methods and procedures of the dry out are determined by the experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County:

1: Clean Water

Clean water doesn’t pose an immediate threat to your health. Clean water is free of contaminants, fewer microbes and may be the result of broken water lines, toilet holding tanks, appliances and snow melt or rainwater.

However, it only takes 48 hours and contact with the surfaces of a home for clean water to become a category 2, Gray Water.

2: Gray Water

Gray water means the water damage cleanup and restoration can become a bit more serious. This water may create a health risk since it will contain degrees of chemical, viral or biological contamination. It has the potential to cause illness if contacted or consumed.

Gray water occurs from toilet bowls, sump pump failures, dishwashers, aquariums, washing machines and showers. The 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, since gray water becomes black water if not treated.

3: Black Water

Where there is black water, you now have the most serious of the three classifications, and it is considered highly or grossly contaminated by harmful chemicals, fungi and biological matter and will cause severe discomfort and illness. The sources are toilet back flows, sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water.

It is best to treat all waters associated with water damage as black water because water picks up contaminants along its path. Consider the example of water running inside the sheet rock walls and insulation of your home.

The three classifications of floodwater are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians are certified by IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County is here to help get the situation under control. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services! Call us at 845-831-3600.