Safety first when dealing with water damage at your Western Dutchess County home
The weight and force behind water are just some of the reasons it causes the most damage to properties.
If you find yourself dealing with a water damage emergency at your Western Dutchess County property, many questions are running through your mind. When you’re looking at the reality of the situation, it’s common to want to get everything fixed immediately, but safety is key and there are some important points to be aware of during this overwhelming time:
-Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home or building, but ONLY when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electric shock.
-Call us as soon as the water is off and you’re safe, (845)831-3600, no matter what time of day. We’re faster to any size disaster.
-If you can, remove as much excess water as possible by towels and mopping.
-Remove lamps and tabletop items to a dry spot, try to wipe excess water from wood furniture.
-Relocate and prop up wet couch cushions and pillows.
-If you have any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, paperwork, publications and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture, get them to a safe and dry spot quickly. Leaving books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors can cause staining. We can help dry out all of them items too. Our “restore vs. replace” methods will help keep the costs down as well to both you and your insurance company.
*DO NOT enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
*AVOID electrical shock hazards. DO NOT enter affected areas if any electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.
-Your household vacuum cleaner is not built to remove water. Don’t ever bother as it could possibly cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
-Anything electrical is going to be a hazard right now. Don’t use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
-Same with ceiling fixtures, leave them alone. If the ceiling is wet or if water has entered rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water, it’s dangerous to try your ceiling fan.
Safety is first and foremost when it comes to water damage in your home. Following these DO & DON'Ts can help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper action until the SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County trained professionals arrive. We’re here to help!
Real facts and how we can help if you suffer a fire in your Poughkeepsie home
Smoke and water damage affects every single thing in the home if you've suffered a fire, nothing is immune to the it.
It might seem like a made-up statistic, but house fires are reported to fire departments about every 24 seconds and cost thousands of lives each year and causing enormous damage to homes and buildings. If a fire starts in your Fishkill home, you have very limited time to get your family and pets to safety.
Smoke and fire damage can be severe and if the home survives the fire, it should be inspected, contents removed, the home quickly cleaned and recovery actions in place to avoid permanent or secondary damage to your property.
When you've been told it's safe to return to your home, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County any time of day to help restore your home from the fire, smoke and water damage. Our highly trained teams have the experience and expertise to tackle any kind of restoration and have been trained with a “restore vs. replace” mind frame whenever possible to help keep some costs low.
If the fire consumed your furniture and belongings, you’re going to have a wet, scorched mess left behind. Leather, fabric, and wood will trap smoke smells and usually can be restored. In addition, smoke and soot particles can get trapped inside of your HVAC system as well, we can take care of cleaning those mechanicals too. You’ll be amazed how fresh and odor-free your home will be!
SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will remove everything and take your salvageable contents to be cleaned and restored in our local warehouse. If needed, we can also help restore your damaged documents and photos. Once the cleaning process is completed, we will then address the soot, water, and fire damage restoration to your home and to your HVAC system. There is no service we can’t provide from start to completion to a restored and clean home!
If you experience Fire, smoke and water damage anywhere in Western Dutchess County, we're here to help! Call us at 24/7 at 845-831-3600 and we’ll help make it "Like it never even happened."
Not sure when the air ducts and dryer vents were last cleaned in your Western Dutchess County home?
Clogged air ducts and dryer vents are hazards that can be easily avoided!
Is your dryer taking longer than it used to get the clothes dry? Or maybe you can’t recall if the vent was ever cleaned? Then NOW is the perfect time to call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to take care of it for you. Our highly trained technicians will have all of the duct work and venting cleaned out properly and efficiently.
In the meantime, clean out the lint filter of the clothes dryer both before and after each use. Also, if you notice a nest of any kind or any blockage including the vent flap, get rid of those obstacles as soon as possible.
Our techs will also look at the rest of the duct work in the home. Often enough, the HVAC system has been running for some time without being maintained as it needs to. Clogged and overloaded ventilation systems circulate odors, irritants like dust, and contaminants like mold throughout your home and is the culprit for poor indoor air quality.
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 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.
Be familiar with storm terms and what to do at your Western Dutchess County home!
When lightning strikes, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County strikes back!
The Hudson Valley has seen our fair share of severe storms these past few years that have had the potential to cause damage to homes and impact daily life. It’s important to understand the terminology, do some early prep and have a plan for your family.
-Make sure you have a communication plan and emergency kit ready to go. Discuss this with your family often.
-Get rid of rotting or dead branches or limbs that could pose a hazard in high winds.
-Tie down or bring inside any loose items or furniture
-Stay inside a car (not a convertible with a soft top), a home or building until the threat is over.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, here are the differences between a ‘watch’ and a ‘warning.’
*A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who are watching the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.
*A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch a designated area 24/7 for severe weather that has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings mean there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the storm. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.
Having a plan for severe storms is important. Plan on SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County to get your Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, Fishkill or Beacon property back to preloss condition no matter the size, and no matter the time, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Grilling safety tips for all those who love to barbecue at their Dutchess County home
Never assume your grill is cool enough to be moved up against your home.
The Hudson Valley is starting to enjoy the weather and more people are using their outdoor grills….and the number of grill-caused fires in Western Dutchess County goes up.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, outdoor grilling causes an average of 8,900 home fires. Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills as most people, about 64% of households, own gas grills.
Regardless of the kind of grill you might have, there are some important BBQ safety tips that will help keep you safe during barbecuing season:
-Always a good idea to check for propane leaks on your gas grill. Try a soap and water mixture on the hose to check for leaks when the gas is on (it will bubble where the leak is), or you might notice a gas odor near the barbecue or maybe there's a flame that just won’t light.
-Grill away from any structures. Gas and charcoal grills are made for outdoor use only but more than 25% of home fires start on a balcony or open porch. Even when you’re done cooking, a grill is still a fire hazard, DO NOT MOVE the grill near your home. Never leave it unattended and don’t try to move the grill when it’s hot or still lit. A grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.
-Be careful with charcoal starter fluid, if you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, it is not a good idea to add starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
-Keep your grill on a flat surface that is stable, make sure it can’t be tipped over.
-Remove grease or fat build-up often. A clean grill helps food taste better too.
-Never use water to put out a grease fire. Always keep baking soda and a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Baking soda will help control a grease fire.
While all safety measures can be followed, things just happen accidentally. Help decrease the chances of a fire by knowing the grilling safety tips.
If you ever suffer fire damage, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Not sure if you're seeing mold in your Poughkeepsie home?
It's important to know some key things about potential mold growth in your Western Dutchess County home.
You might've just noticed some dark spots in the attic or basement of your home in Western Dutchess County, but you're not quite sure what it is. Check out these facts about mold to help determine if the damaged area is prone for mold growth and you might be surprised!
-Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter homes easily.
-Most types of mold grow quickly when they have a water source and an organic food source (think about the soap in your tub, it's food for them!). Perhaps there's a slow leak stemming from the gutters or damage to the roof?
-Ideal temps for mold growth is between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Bathroom fans are are helpful for this and moisture control. A dehumidifier in your basement can be good idea as well.
**If you think you might have a mold issue, give us a call, our teams are certified in Mold Remediation services, 845-831-3600.
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Protecting Your Property From Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
No matter where you live or work in Western Dutchess County, it's important to know about flash floods.
Whether you live in an area that’s a known flood zone or not, it’s important to be prepared for flash flooding at your Western Dutchess County home or business. As the name implies, flash flooding can come up suddenly and affect even areas that aren’t typically prone to rising waters. Here’s what you need to know:
~What Causes Flash Floods?
There are several different factors that can contribute to a flash flood developing. Prolonged rainfall or quick, intense rainfall can put areas at risk. Dam or levee failure, as well as a sudden release of water held by a debris jam can all cause flash flooding.
Most flash flooding is caused by thunderstorms that remain isolated over an area or repeatedly develop over the same place, or heavy rain from tropical storms. Additionally, ice melting in the spring can have a trickle-down effect and lead to flash flooding farther down the water stream.
~Flood Watch vs. Flood Warning
Here is a breakdown of flash flood terminology so you can be alert:
* Flash Flood Watch: Be alert within the designated watch area, flooding is possible.
* Flash Flood Warning: Flooding has been reported or is imminent, get to higher ground.
* Urban/Small Stream Advisory: Low-lying streets, small streams and areas are experiencing flooding.
~How to Stop Flash Floods From Damaging Your Property
While flash flooding cannot be prevented or deterred, there are ways you can prepare your property to lessen the damage if you’re at risk:
*Raise your essential equipment- Have a professional lift your water heater, air conditioner, furnace and other equipment off the ground if your home is in a known flood zone.
*Stockpile materials- In some cases, you may be able to divert flood waters and discourage landslides with sandbags, so keep some on hand. Also keep plywood and nails on hand to board up your home in the event of damage.
*Shut off utilities- If a flood is imminent, shut off electricity to your house. This will keep essential components from shorting out and causing more damage.
*Know your evacuation route- The most important thing to keep safe in a flood is your family. Draft an evacuation plan and make sure your family is aware of it. Review the plan often and adjust if needed.
If you’ve suffered from water damage from a flash flood, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help. Our dedicated team is here for you, no matter when. Contact our 24/7 Emergency Line today at (845)831-3600.
Would Your Business Be Prepared in Case of Emergency? | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
You can never be too prepared when it comes to protecting your business in Dutchess County.
Of all the many things that must be taken care of when running a business in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Hopewell Junction or Fishkill, one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness.
While creating and developing an emergency preparedness plan cannot stop all disasters, it can still give your business a jump-start where safety is concerned and will, at least, ensure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.Come Up With a Plan
Have you made it a priority to take the time to sit down and work out an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, now is the time to do it!
There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:
- Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
- Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
- Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
- Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure
An emergency or disaster is just that, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a man-made incident or one stemming from nature. If there is no emergency plan for your business in place, the situation could get even more dangerous quickly.
You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company on-boarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.Start Here
As you begin to set up an emergency plan for your business, stop and evaluate which scenarios, even the long shots, could occur. After all, it’s better to be prepared for anything and not be caught off guard.
You can find plenty of resources online to aid and guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.
You might also want to consider conducting a business impact analysis (BIA) to aid in predicting the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.
Be sure that you review and practice your emergency preparedness plan with your employees once you have one completed. By reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios, you are ensuring the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.
Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” No matter the time, we're here 24/7 (845)831-3600.
SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County IS your ONE STOP SHOP for all the remediation, repairs and rebuild your home needs!
We offer a full line of reconstruction services too! From start to finish, we've got your back!
Fire or smoke damage at your Fishkill property? Suffered water loss in the basement of your Poughkeepsie home? Maybe your furnace backfired and threw soot all over your Wappingers Falls living room? Did that annoying sink leak turn into mold issue in your kitchen in Beacon?
Make one phone call, 845-831-3600, and we’ll take care of everything.
You know us for being the experts at restoring fire damaged homes to preloss condition, getting the smell of smoke out of everything, drying out, cleaning and rebuilding the water-damaged floors and walls, and being certified to remove mold of all types, but we also offer FULL RECONSTRUCTION services no matter what type.
Some of our reconstruction services are:
-Structural repairs, framing, drywall, ceilings, and all types of flooring
-Carpentry, cabinets, tile, windows, and doors
-Interior design and exterior finishes
-Electrical, plumbing and HVAC
Ask us today how we can help get your life back to normal. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is with you every step of the way to make the damage “Like it never even happened.”
How to handle fire and smoke damage in your Western Dutchess County home or business
There are some important things to remember when dealing with fire, smoke and water damage!
Dealing with a fire brings a whole set of things to take care of that you probably haven’t given much thought to before at your Dutchess County property.
We’re here to help you every step of the way in terms of what to do and not to do in case of a fire. Once the firemen have deemed it safe to go in (in some cases they won’t), here are some important things to consider in this situation:
-DO NOT attempt to consume food or beverages that have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They could be contaminated.
-DO NOT wander around inside the property. Keep your movements limited to help prevent soot particles from getting embedded into upholstery and carpet. Keep your hands clean to avoid further soiling.
-DO NOT turn on ceiling fixtures, they could’ve gotten wet or damaged and could cause electrical shock. In most cases, the electric has been turned off anyway as to not be a danger for the firefighters.
-DO NOT attempt to clean carpets, garments, electrical appliances, walls or painted surfaces BEFORE contacting SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County professionals. We are trained and certified with most innovative equipment and most effective methods of cleaning smoke and soot from everything in your home, including electronics, paperwork, photos and artwork. Let our teams take care of the hard part, it’s one less thing for you to have to consider in a time like this.
SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will work directly with your insurance company to help get your home and life back the best way possible. You’ll be amazed at how clean, fresh and back to normal your property or business will be using the experts from SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County. Check out some of our work here!