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

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying machines set up around washing machines inside a home We're here to help 24/7 for all water damage emergencies!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration services throughout Dutchess County including Wappingers, Fishkill and Beacon homes or businesses.

Our professionals are available 24 hours a day for water emergencies and we’re faster to any size disaster. When you are dealing with any kind of water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage and sometimes cause secondary issues like mold growth.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help,
Call Today - 845-831-3600

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling 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 help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's 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 you can expect:

  • 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 take it from there! 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 to restore your property.

Let us help relieve the stress and make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Increase & Prevention of Winter Fires in Wappingers homes | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

A Christmas tree on fire surrounded by personal items You can take precautions to help prevent winter fires in your Dutchess County home.

While winter brings about colder temperatures and increased snowfall, it can also bring a higher likelihood of residential fires in the Hudson Valley.

In any given year, winter is the most common time for residential fires to begin. While not all of the common winter fire causes are specific to the season, they are more common during cooler weather and thus increase the chances for a fire to occur.

Behind the Increased Likelihood of Winter Fires:

An Increase in Cooking-
At any time of year, cooking errors are the No. 1 cause of residential fires in the country, but even this statistic is increased in the wintertime. With more baking, holiday meals and group cooking opportunities, the chances for a cooking error tend to become higher during the winter months, leading to an increased fire rate.

The Risk of Heaters-
Wood stoves, fireplaces and space heaters are all common forms of auxiliary heating during cold weather, and as long as precautions are taken, they are generally safe. However, errors in heating are the second leading cause behind residential fires during the winter months, making safety features and supervision an essential part of these methods.

Candles and Decorations-
Safety in decorating is not commonly discussed, but candles and other decorations are another leading cause of residential wintertime fires. Candles are inherently hazardous due to the open flame—it can spread to surrounding areas if conditions are right. For electronics, frayed wires and general overheating can pose a fire risk, so it is important to be cautious with those as well.

Prevention Tips for Wintertime Fires:

Understanding the common causes of winter fires is an important step in prevention. By going about these hazardous activities with a safety-focused mindset and keeping the below tips in mind, individuals can help prevent any accidental fires from occurring this season:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.


It’s Not Just the Flames that Do the Damage to Your Home or Business | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

A photo of a burned kitchen in a home, cabinets blackened and appliances removed. The flames from a fire are only one part of the damages that can occur during a residential or commercial fire.

Whether it’s at your Wappingers home or your Poughkeepsie business, a fire is a devastating occurrence. Once the flames are put out, the next step is often confusing at to what the cleanup truly entails and what kind of damage has really been done.

Horrible flames are what most of us think of, but the fire itself isn’t always what causes the most damage. Smoke, soot and water damage go together with a fire no matter the type, and it is important to work with a trusted and reliable restoration company that understands how to handle all these issues. 

The Types of Damage That Fires Can Cause 

Smoke Damage Smoke inhalation is the #1 cause of fire-related deaths, and smoke damage is also one of the most severe ways a structure can be impacted after a fire. Smoke seeps into absolutely everything, damaging furniture, walls, flooring, even the furthest rooms. For areas not physically touched by the flames, paint discoloration, corroded appliances and unbearable odors can all be expected following simply due to the smoke. 

Soot Damage Soot is an inescapable, dangerous substance that WILL cover nearly any material in a layer of extremely hazardous film. Soot is the deposit that smoke leaves behind, which often contains many dangerous chemicals as a result of the burning of plastics and other materials. Not only can soot linger on items, but it can also infiltrate the ducts of the HVAC system in a home or business, leading to contaminated air quality that results in health issues. Hiring a restoration company that can also remediate your HVAC system and duct work is key to improving the air quality.

Water Damage Whether it is from firefighting efforts or automated sprinkler systems, water damage and fire damage are often intertwined. Not only can water damage result in more damage to susceptible items such as electronics, but it can also result in mold growth if it is not removed quickly by a professional. In the right humidity and temperatures, mold will start to grow within 48 hours. Though putting out the fire should always be the first concern, it is important that cleanup is done properly and efficiently in order to mitigate as much damage as possible and to avoid secondary issues.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has been the trusted, LOCAL fire and water damage remediation company since 1992. We have the certified professionals who will handle any remediation needed, in either a commercial or residential property and get you back to normal quickly. 

If your home or business has been impacted by a fire, we are here to help! We’re here to help, 24/7 and can make it “Like it never even happened.”

An Overview of How Storms Can Damage a Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Hail and rain hitting a roof during a storm The effects of a storm can be very damaging, give us a call asap if you suffer any kind of storm damage.

Though storm warnings are fairly common, it is important to take weather advisories seriously every time they are issued. Because of the variance in weather and atmospheric conditions, no two thunderstorms are exactly the same. Though some might pass through and bring gentle showers, others can cause extreme amounts of damage in a short time. 

To give homeowners in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Wappingers and Beacon an idea of what to expect when severe weather is forecasted, we have compiled the four most common types of storm damages that can occur to a home. The effects of a severe storm can range from mild to severe, and it is important to know what to prepare for when hazardous weather is coming your way. 

Lightning Damage Lightning strikes occur around 25 million times each year, and it is possible for lightning to strike the same place twice. When lightning strikes a home, it can cause fires, electrical issues and structural fractures, making it a large headache for homeowners. If your home is struck by lightning, having an expert inspection is key as lightning damage could also increase your chances for electrical fires in the future. 

Hail Damage Hail is caused when the storm pushes rain clouds upward enough that the water droplets are frozen solid before passing through to the ground. Hail damage is commonly considered for cars that are parked outside, but it can also wreak havoc on a house’s roof, drainage systems and can even break windows if conditions are right. 

Flood Damage Flooding is one of the most dangerous things that storms can lead to. While thunderstorms typically cause what are known as flash floods, they can also lead to more long-term flooding if conditions are right. Flood damages can be detrimental to a home and its contents and cause hazardous conditions for those in affected areas. 

Wind Damage In some cases, severe storms can have winds as significant as a tornado would, yet they often last much longer. We all can remember a “straight line storm” that was thought to be a tornado by the shear damage it left. Severe weather can cause homes to become damaged beyond recognition, especially if they face an open area or are located in a spot where they might be particularly vulnerable to winds. If high winds are in the forecast, it is important to secure anything in your yard in advance and to take cover immediately as they approach. 

If you’ve sustained any storm damage to your Western Dutchess County home, call us 24/7 to get your restoration process started right away!

Fall Tips for a Healthy Winter Home in Dutchess County

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A duct cover on a wall covered in dust, dander and allergens Think about the indoor air quality of your home before winter strikes!

Fall is finally in full swing in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Beacon and Wappingers!  Indoor air quality will become a focus as it’s driven by having to be in closed up environments in the winter months.

Here are some things to consider before we're all hunkered down in the freezing temps waiting to be able to open the windows again-

Questions:

-Does your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?

-Do you change your air filters once a month?

-When cleaning or doing laundry, do you use bleach, ammonia or aerosol spray cans?

-Is your gas fireplace/gas stove checked yearly for emissions? Has the chimney been cleaned?

-Do you smoke in your house?

Answers:

-Consider hiring a professional to install exhaust fans if you need them. Mold loves moisture and humidity.

**Have your air ducts and dryer vents cleaned yearly. This can eliminate contaminants like mold and irritants. The dryer vents should be cleaned yearly for performance and fire safety. **

-Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned as needed.

-Store flammable and dangerous cleaning products away from fire or closed in spaces.

-Don’t smoke inside the house, keep it outside at a distance from the home to avoid a fire and preferably near a water source.

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution:

-Asbestos building products (Usually found in very old buildings and when dislodged, no longer intact)

-Biological contaminants such as mold, dust mites, viruses and pet dander.

-Carbon Monoxide

-Formaldehyde found in pressure treated wood.

-Lead in pre-1978 house paint.

-Nitrogen dioxide

-Particulates found in dust, pollen, cleaning sprays and poorly ventilated areas.

-Tobacco smoke

-Volatile organic compounds including household cleaning products, pesticides and aerosol propellants.

**SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County uses a proven Portable Ventilate and Duct Cleaning System to examine duct work and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

Call us today to schedule your duct cleaning and to learn more about how we can help you get your home ready for winter, 845-831-3600.

Understand how Mold works and help prevent it in your Wappingers home

11/9/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold spores growing on the interior white walls of a home Controlling moisture and preventing water damage is the first step to keep mold out of your home.

The truth is that mold exists everywhere in nature. There is no way around it and not all forms are harmful or able to thrive. Mold needs moisture and a temperature above 32 degrees to live and thrive, as well as an organic food source to help it along (think wood, cardboard and soap). Mold spores can be found in almost any climate, in any home and often you’ll smell it before you can pinpoint its source.

Mold, or microbial growth stemming from water damage, is thought to be the #1 indoor air quality problem in U.S. housing. Not only does water lead to mold growth, but that itself can cause health issues and can lead to cosmetic problems in the home and structural rot if not repaired.

Controlling moisture in wood-based products like framing lumber and sheathing (typically used when building a home) by water management principles used by builders, helps deter mold growth by driving water away from the home or sloped away from the structure.

On the interior, make sure to check for leaks periodically in places like the bathroom, under sinks, the basement and attic spaces. If you’ve noticed a leak, can see mold growth or started to smell that famous smell, get it repaired as soon as possible and then call in the experts to get rid of any mold that might have developed.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County offers FREE estimates on mold damage and is experienced and certified in mold remediation.  Trust your home to the local experts, in business since 1992. Call us today to schedule your free mold estimate, 845-831-3600.

There is nothing we can’t do to make your Poughkeepsie damage “Like it never even happened!”

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom in a home with water damaged walls taken down to the studs. Ask SERVPRO today how our reconstruction services can work for you!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County offers all phases and types reconstruction services for any kind of mitigation! No need to even think about a window guy or a flooring person after the fire or water damage restoration is done, we can do it all!

Not only will our trained and certified professionals take care of the cleanup services, we can seamlessly transition into the reconstruction services to help restore your home or office back to preloss condition!

Our Reconstruction division is excited to offer the following services during the rebuilding process: 

  • Structural repairs
  • Framing
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Windows/Doors
  • Interior Design
  • Tile Work
  • Flooring and Carpeting
  • Ceilings
  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • Siding
  • Exterior Finishes

Not seeing something you need here? Just ask!

No damage is the same and no restoration or reconstruction could be the same. We will work with you and your insurance company directly to customize a rebuild plan that best fits you, your home or your business. No job is too small or large!

Call today for more information 845-831-3600 or visit our Facebook Page or our Google page for tons of helpful articles, blogs, tips, pictures and posts!

There is nothing we can’t do to make your Poughkeepsie damage “Like it never even happened!”

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom in a home with water damaged walls taken down to the studs. Ask SERVPRO today how our reconstruction services can work for you!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County offers all phases and types reconstruction services for any kind of mitigation! No need to even think about a window guy or a flooring person after the fire or water damage restoration is done, we can do it all!

Not only will our trained and certified professionals take care of the cleanup services, we can seamlessly transition into the reconstruction services to help restore your home or office back to preloss condition!

Our Reconstruction division is excited to offer the following services during the rebuilding process: 

  • Structural repairs
  • Framing
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Windows/Doors
  • Interior Design
  • Tile Work
  • Flooring and Carpeting
  • Ceilings
  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • Siding
  • Exterior Finishes

Not seeing something you need here? Just ask!

No damage is the same and no restoration or reconstruction could be the same. We will work with you and your insurance company directly to customize a rebuild plan that best fits you, your home or your business. No job is too small or large!

Call today for more information 845-831-3600 or visit our Facebook Page or our Google page for tons of helpful articles, blogs, tips, pictures and posts!

Winter weather Prep tips For Your Wappingers Home

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

A view of snow falling and accumulating over a home's roof Follow some easy tips to get your Wappingers home Winter Ready!

While the Hudson Valley is used to unpredictable winters, it’s incredibly advantageous to prepare your home ahead of time should we get hit by significant snowfalls or days of super freezing temperatures. These weather extremes can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County wants to make sure you are prepared and know what to do in case you do have a damage! 

Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:

  • When temps dip below 20 degrees, or the “temperature alert threshold,” keep cabinet and closet doors open to allow heat to circulate in. Especially true in attics, basements and garages. If possible, purchase some pipe insulation material from a hardware store. It’s inexpensive and easy to do.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home. 
  • Shut off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off". After turning off the water,  open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff. 
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. Additionally, have your hot water heater inspected as they also can leak if not properly maintained.
  • Have your roof and attic inspected for any leaks or damage. Unknown leaks can cause secondary damage like mold and structural issues. Definitely not something you want to deal with in the winter months.

If your Dutchess County home experiences any kind of water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to take care of it effectively and efficiently. We’re here to help 24/7 at 845-831-3600. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO® for Your Restoration Needs | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

A blue living room wall with extensive areas of black mold growing on it. Trust the trained and certified professionals at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to handle all of your restoration needs!

When there is fire, water or storm damage to your home or office, parsing out what your next steps should be can be an overwhelming process. Even with the rate of natural disasters continuing to rise, it may not feel like a possibility until it happens to you. 

The good news is that we have extensive experience in restoration in many types of scenarios and know exactly what to do in order to assist you as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Our approach to restoration is dynamic, so you can expect a quick response by trained professionals with state-of-the-art equipment any time you call. Here is some information about why you should choose us for all your restoration needs: 

A Quick Damage Response Time- When it comes to any type of damage to a residential or commercial building, quick response time will be helpful. Fire, water and storm damages are all best treated early on to prevent the damage from becoming worse or giving rise to new issues, which is why we prioritize our response time to get to you. When you call our 24-hour emergency line, we will answer immediately and get your restoration process set in motion. 

Technicians That are Leaders in Restoration- Our damage technicians are responsible for helping you reclaim your home, which is why we invest heavily in their training and ensure they are leaders in their field. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides the industry standards for what restoration technicians should know, which our team studies heavily in addition to the extra SERVPRO® training they receive. 

State-of-the-Art Restoration Equipment- When it comes to restoration for your home or office, you want the assurance that you are getting access to the best equipment available, which we can provide. Whether we are dealing with water extraction, odor removal or dry cleaning furniture, we have the best equipment and can do the job correctly the first time. The IICRC provides guidelines for equipment types, which we are sure to heed in order to ensure that our technology fleet is fully up to date. 

Are you in need of residential or commercial restoration? Give us a call! We are here 24/7 to get the restoration process set in motion for you