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The Real Dangers of High Winds in Dutchess County, No Matter the Season

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

A large tree laying on top of a gray-colored house having fallen on it in a storm You can count on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County if your home or business suffers any type of storm damage!

Depending on the season, there are many things that can be dangerous with severe weather events in Dutchess County, which is part of what makes them such a threat.

Any average severe thunderstorm will contain hail, heavy rains, lightning and high winds—any one of which can be extremely frightening and cause serious damage to a home or business. An average snowstorm can cause limbs and trees to fall, gutters to come down, power outages and more.

While there is nothing anyone can do in order to stop severe weather from occurring, we always encourage a preparedness mindset.

Though you can never predict what manner of damage a storm will do, understanding its threats (such as high winds) and knowing how to prepare for them makes all the difference in your overall safety.

High Winds Come with Their Own Dangers

High winds are defined as sustained winds at 40 miles per hour or more, which can be extremely intense. We’ve all seen weather channels showing tornadoes and hurricanes in the south and west but being in person is a very different reality. Here are some of the issues that high winds can present and how you can protect against them:

Objects Becoming Projectiles

Depending on the strength of the wind, nearly any unsecured object outside can become a projectile. Anything from plant containers and garbage cans to patio furniture and outdoor playsets to yard maintenance items and grills can be picked up and moved considerable distances, which also poses a risk for any home or property in the object’s path. Bring any small, loose items indoors before a large storm, and secure any larger outdoor objects with weights or tie downs so they can’t get uprooted.

Downed Trees and Power Lines

Winds can actually blow over trees and power lines if the force is correctly applied, which can be extremely scary. While there is not much you can do regarding power poles on your street, you can trim back any overgrown trees and have any weakened or dead ones removed so they are less of a liability. Have a tree professional do an assessment on the ones growing near your house to see if they require cutting back or are frail and diseased. One of the most common damages we see during storms are trees falling on homes and causing a myriad of problems.

Secure Doors and Windows

Making sure all doors and windows are closed and latched is something that can be easily forgotten, but is so important. Broken glass is extremely hazardous, and if a window or a door is not properly sealed, water damage can become a secondary hazard after the storm passes. Do a thorough inspection of your home after a storm and address any issues promptly. The quicker you have any problems remedied, the better your chances of avoiding secondary damages.

If you have damage to your property from severe weather, you can always count on us. We are here for you 24/7 to take action on your damage claims. Contact us no matter where and when.

What Commercial Property Managers Should Prep For a Storm In The Wappingers and Fishkill Areas

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Am empty commercial size laundry room being dried out with SERVPRO green equipment placed in different areas. Have a storm plan in place, no matter the season, for your commercial properties!

Storms are accountable for countless injuries across the country each year. If any of those occur, your company could be facing liability if any injuries happen on your property and substantial costs to remedy avoidable damage. Where do you even begin for storm prep in Dutchess County?

Use these helpful tips to get a handle on this important part of planning:

Make A Storm Plan

Every multi-building or multi-unit needs an inclusive storm preparation plan and should cover things like

  •  Disaster-relief information
  •  Emergency contacts
  •  Evacuation plans
  •  Nearby shelters

Create your plan several months in advance for both summer and winter as part of storm preparedness. Remember to include seasonally-affected specifics like blizzards and heat sources or hurricanes and sheltering-in-place plans. Review, seek input and revise it with your staff. Make sure you distribute it to residents, tenants and other facilities staff. Make the plan a saved document that can be found and shared online if needed.

Check with the properties insurance and make sure you’re clear on what has to be done in case of damage, who to report it to and what SERVPRO franchise you can call.

Always secure loose objects around the property

A powerful storm can make furniture and even garbage cans dangerous projectiles that can cause harm and damage. Inspect for anything that could be picked up by strong winds. Remove portable items to indoor storage. For stationary items like playground equipment, use tarps, ties, locks and similar securing devices to keep things in place. Trees and bushes should be trimmed regularly to prevent them from causing damage but certainly before a pending storm.

Supply stock

In the midst of a storm, important supplies can run out. Prepare by stocking up on essentials months before the storm season. Keep lots of water and batteries on hand, candles, matches, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio and non-perishable foods if possible. It’s also a good idea to invest in a backup generator or several and the fuel they need to run.

We’ve all seen photos and news stories about how storms can be so dangerous, sometimes deadly. Being prepared can be a lifesaver. Having a solid storm plan, being informed, securing loose items and keeping important supplies on hand can help keep your residents and property safe and overall, will help things go smoother.

In the event your property suffers storm damage, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to help. Our teams are available for emergencies 24/7 and can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

The BIG FAQ’s About Mold in Your Dutchess County Home

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

A photo of a white wall covered with black, brown, green and yellow fuzzy mold growth. Learn the facts about mold to help keep it out of your Dutchess County home!

The plain truth: Mold spores naturally occur in the environment. Floating in the air, attaching themselves to everything and everyone is how they get inside. What they love is a perfect place of moisture and/or humidity and comfy temps that can make your home in Poughkeepsie become their new home. You can’t avoid them, stop them or eradicate them from the outdoors but what you can do is avoid having an ideal environment for them to thrive in.

Roof leaks, pipe problems, clogged gutters, ventilation issues, AC leaks, etc. can all cause water damage. The quicker the water damage is repaired and remediated, the less of a chance of mold growth to occur. Mold (or microbial growth) can start growing in the right environment in as little as 24-48 hours!

Here are a few of the top questions that our SERVPRO licensed mold remediation professionals get asked the most about mold:

  1. I smell something off but I can’t see or find anything.”

-It’s possible there’s been a leak or build up of moisture behind a wall, like in a bathroom, kitchen or basement. Contact a plumbing professional to see if they can locate and repair the source of the water. If you aren’t able to locate a leak or source of moisture, try a home inspection company that could help hunt further into the issue.

If the problem is ground water or intrusion into your basement or foundation, get a hold of a contractor to get that sealed up tight or there will be moisture there no matter what you do.

  1. “I don’t want to wait to get the leak fixed, can you just clean it?”

-If the repair isn’t fixed or the moisture source hasn’t been taken care of, then the mold will keep coming back. Without the needed repairs, you’ll be seeing mold growing back over and over again. Remember, the drier the area, the less favorable for mold growth. Constant moisture equals constant mold.

  1. “Can I just use bleach or some mold killer I found at the store?”

-That won’t destroy what’s lurking under or behind the surface. In fact, bleach only changes the pigmentation of mold spores, so it looks like it’s gone but it isn’t. Hiring a certified mold remediation company who has the experience, uses the proven products and technology, is the best way to rid your home of active mold growth.

  1. “How much will it cost to get rid of it?”

-No two mold damages are the same. We won’t throw out a number sight unseen as there are too many variables that go into each estimate. The best thing to do is have our estimator take a look at what’s going on. Once they’ve determined the extent of the growth and that the source of the moisture or water has been repaired, they can be more thorough in the cost for remediation.

  1. “Will my homeowner’s insurance cover the remediation?”

-Everyone’s insurance policy is different; you’ll need to contact your local insurance agent or adjuster to find out specifics. If it is covered, we’ll work directly with your insurance to get the remediation taken care of. If coverage is a problem, we'll formulate a plan to help no matter what.

  1. “I’ve heard there’s testing for mold, do you do that too? And why would I have to have it tested?

-Per New York State Department of Labor Law, no one company can test and remediate for mold, it’s a conflict of interest. They can test OR they can handle the remediation (cleaning) of it.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County performs mold remediation. We do not perform mold testing, however we are happy to give the information for several reputable mold assessors (also known as industrial hygienists) that we have worked with. Once they do their testing, we’ll work with their protocols to create and execute a remediation plan customized to your damage.

If you’ve got mold questions, we’ve got the answers, we understand unique situations and are always here to help.  If you have or think you have mold growth in your home, we’re here for you. Call the local leaders in property restoration, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at (845)831-3600. We’ll help make it "Like it never even happened."  

The Reasons Why Flooding Is So Dangerous in Dutchess County

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

An aerial view of a red truck truck driving through dirty flooded roads Flooding comes with many dangers, be prepared ahead of time to avoid even bigger problems!

Flooding is frightening for many reasons. The damage that flooding can cause to your Wappingers home is quite alarming, but an additional concern is the actual dangers that floods can cause.

Whether you are dealing with flash floods, gradual floods from bad weather like storm run off or flooding due to a burst pipe or backed-up drain, there are many reasons to be cautious around any type of floodwater.

While many people assume that this is only a concern if they live in a flood prone area, floods can occur even in areas that are not considered traditional floodplains—and floods cause more deaths than any other thunderstorm-related hazard every year. For this reason, it is important to be aware of the dangers so you can keep yourself and your family safe.

The Dangers That Flooding Can Cause

**The risk of contamination.** When there is a flood, it is impossible to know exactly what the flood waters have come into contact with, which means they could be heavily contaminated with chemicals, bacteria and other hazards. If possible, avoid having to come in contact with flood waters, especially if you do not know its source. Additionally, flood waters can contaminate drinking water sources, so be sure to check with authorities before utilizing any tap water.

**The risk of driving hazards.** Fast-moving flood waters are one of the leading causes of deaths relating to floods, in part because of how deceptive they can be. As little as two feet of moving water can sweep away a vehicle, and it takes only six inches to knock someone off of their feet. Never attempt to walk through or drive through flood waters, as they are often deeper than they may appear.

**The risk of electrical shock.** If a room in your home floods and your electricity is still on, the water can quickly become a conductor of electricity and lead to a dangerous shock. If it is safe to do so, always switch your electricity and gas lines off in the event of a flood. Once the flooding subsides, be sure to check with local authorities before turning your electricity back on and using any electronics that were plugged in at the home. It's a good idea to get a professional electrician to make sure everything is working as it should afterwards.

*If you have damage due to flooding, you can depend on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to help. We guarantee a quick response and can handle all aspects of flood restoration. Contact us today and we'll help make any kind of water damage, "Like it never even happened."

How Quickly Can A Fire Spread in Your Beacon House?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

A beige colored home with black smoke billowing out of the windows on both the bottom and top floors. Have a reliable and efficient home fire escape plan in place that can be executed in under 3 minutes!

UNDER 3 MINUTES, make sure your family is prepared to evacuate quickly!

We all know that house fires are a super 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?

To describe it easily, 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 releases decomposed material (in the form of smoke), char (a pure carbon substance) of whatever it burning and ash (which is all of the materials of the fuel source that are not able to burn). These are noxious and harmful to be around for any length of time, even small fires can do a lot of damage.

How Does Fire Spread?

All fire needs to sustain itself are heat, fuel and oxygen—also known as the fire triangle. The oxygen is a given and the fire is producing its own heat, so the flames will search for more fuel throughout the home. This is how a fire spreads 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 perform the whole escape plan in under three minutes, but have you ever wondered why? Fires spread remarkably fast, making a quick escape plan necessary. Here is a reliable 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 build and 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, including pets, need to evacuate immediately.

1:30 to 2:00: Smoke starts pouring into other rooms of the house.

2:00 to 2:30: The temperature in the area where the fire started will reach 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

Scary, right? When it’s broken down like this, it’s easier to understand what and why and how vital it is to move fast. The numbers really speak for themselves, so be ready with an evacuation plan, make sure your whole family has rehearsed it, revised it and rehearsed it again. We also recommend including your pets in this scenario to help things go smoother should an emergency arise.


If your home has been impacted by any kind of fire, we are here to help you 24/7. We’re here to help with restoration teams standing by no matter when you need us. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO? | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Damaged furniture and appliances sitting outside on the lawn of a home Don't trust just anyone with your damage restoration needs, put your faith in the experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County!

Chances are, most of your time is spent managing your Dutchess County home or business to keep resources adequate and morale high.

If a disaster happens, the responsibilities you normally have are put on the back burner until the situation is resolved. There is a pressure to step into a role that you weren’t prepared for—and may not be qualified for either.

But recovering from a disaster is our specialty. It’s what we do best, and we can help alleviate some of that concern and responsibility.

Here is why you are able to trust SERVPRO when life takes aim at your home or business.

We’re Always Ready

As a team who is standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are ready to help you precisely when you need it. If there is a fire at your home or your office is flooded, no one has time to wait.

When disaster strikes, we are ready to take on your problem.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Every second counts in a crisis situation, and we know that better than anyone.

With every minute that passes until the restoration process begins, there is a possibility for more mold growth, more smoke smell or more water damage. Responding quickly is essential, and with a local team right here in Dutchess County, you’ll receive the service and expertise SERVPRO is known for nationally, combined with the speed of being right here in the Hudson Valley.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Disasters can happen in any place at any time. Homes and businesses are victims of natural disasters, and accidental damage strikes both indiscriminately.

We offer custom solutions during all circumstances to get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible.

We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."

If we start the restoration process for your property, we’ll see it through to the very end.

We are the nationwide experts in disaster recovery and restoration, and we’ll shape our service around your unique needs to ensure the damage removed and your home or business is restored to the best possible state.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

Our world has been turned upside down because of the coronavirus pandemic, and disease prevention is now more important than ever. Because of this, we offer comprehensive cleaning services that allow for more peace of mind for you, your employees and your clientele.

If you’re looking more than traditional janitorial services for your commercial space, we can provide a customized clean that you can feel confident in.

As much as proactive planning can help, disasters happen. Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you need help, get in touch with SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County for the best service possible.

Stocking Up Your Business’ Emergency Kit | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

A laid out display of emergency supplies for business owners Keep an emergency kit on hand in your home and your business! You never know when or where disaster might strike!

Having a well-stocked emergency kit for your family at home is important, but considering that most people spend an average of a third of their life at the office, having an emergency kit for your Dutchess County workplace is also extremely important. If you are a business owner, it is wise to prioritize creating and maintaining an emergency kit for your facilities that will keep you and your staff safe in case of a disaster.

Starting and maintaining an emergency is something that is not terribly expensive, averaging about $5 per employee to assemble—but it will become invaluable in case of a disaster. Being certain that you and your employees have everything you need in an emergency situation where you are trapped in the workplace for a period of time can keep people much calmer and more comfortable during a scenario where you and your staff are unable to leave.

-What to Keep in Your Office Emergency Kit

If you are planning to stock up your office emergency kit, your goal should be to make sure your office is equipped with all the necessities so that you and your staff can survive several days without electricity, food or water in the building. This includes considerations for nourishment, comfort and first-aid supplies in case of injuries.

Some helpful things to include are:

  • An emergency radio so you can get important updates without electricity or cell service
  • A first-aid kit with all of the essentials for cuts, sprains and pains
  • Enough factory-sealed drinking water for each person in the workplace
  • Shelf-stable foods such as canned goods or granola bars
  • Flashlights, headlamps, lanterns and extra batteries that correspond to each
  • Rechargeable phone chargers

-What to Do in a Workplace Emergency

If you find yourself faced with an emergency during the workday, not panicking is the most important first step.

Be sure to listen to all emergency updates so you know whether you and your staff should evacuate immediately or stay put until the threat has passed. Be sure you instruct everyone to do as emergency officials recommend, and be certain that everyone in the building is accounted for.

If you need help making sure your business is prepared for a disaster, you can count on us. Contact us at any time to learn more about our business preparedness services and how we can help in the event of a disaster.

Protecting Your Wappingers Business From Electrical Fires

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

3 power strips of different sizes, all completely overloaded with too many things plugged into them. Being smart about electrical fire safety in your business can make a big difference between a small problem to a full disaster!

Most Dutchess County business owners are likely familiar with the fire codes they have to adhere to in order to make sure their business is as safe as possible, but outside of fire codes, there are still necessary fire safety steps to take.

Fire safety if something you can handle as the owner, or with your employees, to make sure the space is as safe as possible for everyone. Especially if your building contains an office where many electronics are in use, educating everyone on electrical safety is a great fire prevention strategy.

-Electrical Fire Safety in the Workplace

As the business owner, doing your part for fire safety and educating your employees so they can do the same go hand in hand. Having your facilities regularly inspected by a licensed electrician is a good place to start, and keep an eye out for areas that could use the installation of additional outlets, so you are not relying too heavily on power strips or extension cords in their place.

It’s a smart idea to have your building, property or office inspected by a fire safety and/or code safety professional. Oftentimes, their knowledge, expertise and what-ifs can be of great value in things you never would’ve thought about.

Additionally, the majority of electrical fire safety tips involve cord management and the safe usage of electronic devices. Here are some tips you can share with your employees to make sure they are practicing electrical safety throughout their day-to-day tasks:

  • Avoid overloading outlets or power strips with several electronics at one
  • Place all power strips in areas that are well-ventilated, in order to disperse
  • Never tie knots in electrical
  • Cables should never be placed under carpets or rugs in the
  • Do not plug a power strip into another power
  • Make sure that grounded cords are not used with ungrounded
  • If a cord or cable is frayed, stop its use and replace it
  • Always unplug cords by the plug instead of tugging the
  • Avoid handling plugs and cables with wet
  • If you see smoke or smell burning, stop using electronics immediately until it is
  • Alert your manager to any outlets that have loose-fitting
  • Do not rely on extension cords as a long-term power
  • Know where the circuit panel, fuse box and electrical shut offs are in your building in the event of a problem.

If you sustain fire, smoke or water damage in the workplace, we are just a phone call away. Contact us at any hour to get a rapid response to your restoration needs. We’re here to help 24/7 and will make it "Like it never even happened."

Checking Your New Home for Fire Safety Measures | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Soot darkened cabinets and a burned kitchen ceiling is the aftermath of this kitchen fire. Fire safety is one of the first things you should check out when you move into a new home!

If you are moving into a new house or an apartment in Dutchess County, there are many things to think about throughout the process. While a home inspection can give you important knowledge regarding general maintenance and structural soundness, once the place officially becomes yours, it is important to do your own inspection to evaluate the fire safety of the home.

Depending on the history of the home, you may need to make improvements before your family moves in so you can be certain that you will be fire-safe from the moment you unlock your new front door. Here are some key things to check for:

Doing a Fire Safety Inspection for Your New Home

`Check the Smoke Detectors

The first thing you will want to check is the smoke detectors in the home, as over ?half of deaths resulting from home fires occur in homes with non-operational smoke alarms?. You will not only want to use the smoke detectors’ “test” feature to make sure they are functional, but you will also want to make sure that enough alarms have been installed throughout the home to keep everyone safe regardless of what room they are in. You should have a smoke detector on every floor, in every sleeping area and near the kitchen at a minimum. Make sure you’re clear on whether the smoke detector should also include a carbon monoxide detector as well. Most are sold as one unit that can detect either hazard.

`Look Around for Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are something that usually gets sold with the house, but it is important to still check them if the previous owners left them behind. While fire extinguishers do not come with a hard expiration date, they do not last forever. You can easily check them by ?inspecting the pressure gauge?—if the needle is in the green part of the gauge, the extinguisher should still be functional. You should also make sure you have the right type of fire extinguisher; while many household models are multipurpose, some are only rated to put out certain types of fires. The kitchen should have fresh extinguishers in place and rated to be used on grease and cooking fires as well as regular. Check the labels carefully when you purchase new ones. Garage areas should include ones that can be used for multipurposes.

Empty the Dryer Vent

Though you are probably in the habit of clearing out your dryer’s lint trap every time you transfer in a load of laundry, inspecting the external vent is also something that should be done when you move in as lint is highly flammable. You can do this by pulling your dryer away from the wall and checking the vent that goes to the outside in order to prevent any debris or clothes lint from catching fire suddenly. If it’s an older home or vent, sometimes birds and small animals can end up making their nests in the vents as well. Have your dryer vent professionally cleaned yearly to avoid issues.

If your home is damaged by any kind fire, we are here to help. ? Contact us 24/7? for a rapid response from our expert technicians. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, making it "Like it never even happened," locally since 1992.

Our Decades-Long Commitment to Restoration in Dutchess County

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

A fleet of green SERVPRO vehicles behind each other, viewed from the side mirror of the lead truck No matter the disaster, choose the local, trusted experts in damage restoration, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County!

When it comes to any kind of damage to your Hopewell Junction home or office, choosing the right restoration company is one of the best things you can do as you work toward recovery.

If you have an emergency, such as a house fire or a burst pipe, you already know that you’ll want to work with a company that can quickly handle the issue with experience and professionalism. If your damage is due to a larger disaster such as a storm event, you’ll want to work with a company that has the capability and resources to help your entire area, but also one that you know is reliable, trustworthy and legitimate. In cases of a community crisis, untrustworthy companies have prayed on the affected.

Regardless of what your damage is, you can count on your local SERVPRO® crew to be there to help. From fire to water and every type of damage in between, we will always be there with a friendly smile and a rapid response to help you.

WHAT IS THE SERVPRO® DIFFERENCE?

Our Commitment to Our Community 

Unfortunately, after large-scale disasters, there will be many unscrupulous restoration companies that move into an impacted area and attempt to take advantage of people in need. Because we are an active member of our community, you never have to worry about that with us. We have been LOCALLY owned and operated in Dutchess County since 1992 and have helped more than 60,000 area customers with their household and business damages since then. Our staff live and raise their families locally and we’re members of several local associations and business affiliations and hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Our Commitment to Our Employees 

When you hire a restoration company, you are hiring a team to come into your house, handle your personal property and structure and return your life to its pre-disaster state—that is not something we have ever taken lightly. To ensure you are always getting the best service possible, we only hire the best technicians and extensively train using the latest restoration industry standards so you can be certain your property is in good hands. As new protocols and procedures come into the standards, so do we, by making sure our team is constantly training and not only in the beginning of their careers with us.

Our Commitment to Excellent Service

Our 24/7 emergency line is not just for show. You can call us at any hour and get a live person, to report your damage, and we will immediately begin assembling and dispatching a crew to get your damage treated quickly. When it comes to restoration, acting quickly is key and we never want to leave you wondering when we will arrive, so we will communicate maintain efficiency throughout the entire process. When you need restoration for your home or business, we are always here to help you.

Contact us at any time and let us be your trusted restoration provider for any issues.