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How to Prepare for Spring Rains | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare for Spring Rains | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to help with your storm damage today!

April showers bring May flowers, but if you’re not careful, they can also bring water damage. The promise of spring is exciting, but don’t forget to take the steps to prepare your home—it only takes an afternoon and will ensure your home stays dry through the strongest of storms.

SERVPRO® knows what it takes to prepare your home for rain because we know what happens when you don’t. We never know what Mother Nature will throw our way, but we do know how to be prepared.

###Perform a Roof Inspection for Existing Damage

Naturally, your roof is one of the biggest defenses you have against a rainstorm, so it’s important to check it thoroughly. When homeowners take the time to climb up on the roof, they are often shocked to find they already have storm damage that was invisible from the ground.

Because we never know how severe spring showers will become, making repairs in advance is the best way to keep the problem from getting worse.

###Declutter Your Gutters

You probably clean your gutters every autumn, but spring is a good time to give them another pass. As debris builds up, water drains more and more slowly—meaning if a heavy shower falls, your home will be absorbing the excess.

Taking the time to clean out your gutters will keep water flowing away from your home instead of into your foundation.

###Check the Seal of Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are generally sturdy, but with age and weather comes eroding resiliency. The sealant surrounding windows and exterior doors can flake away over time, giving moisture a hiding spot and mold a home.

As water starts to seep in, exterior walls become soaked and unsupportive, which can cause a plethora of structural issues. Taking the time to re-seal these seams ensures rain will stay where it’s supposed to be—outside.

Spring is an exciting season, but only if your home is protected from the elements. Taking an afternoon for spring maintenance will give you peace of mind and keep your family dry through many storms to come.

If you need help knowing how to prepare your home or if you’ve suffered water damage, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has trained professionals ready to help!

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Service Available! | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Service Available! | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 for help with your water damage!

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

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 vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County 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.

What to 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 trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • 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 (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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 or water 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.

Restoring Commercial Property Water Damages | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Commercial Property Water Damages | SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to help restore your commercial property today!

Flooding and water damage events at Dutchess County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water 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.

Meet Our Crew 

The Types of Pollution Found After Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Types of Pollution Found After Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Different Types of Polluted Water need different cleaning guidelines

When describing water damage, you’ve likely heard terms such as “black water” and “clear water” to describe the danger of the water left behind. While black water is undoubtedly more hazardous than clear water, there are actually three types of pollution found after water damage, and they can all cause their own form of harm to a home or office.

The time after water damage is a chaotic one, which is why we’ve taken the time to outline the three types of water contamination you might come across.

Levels of Pollution

Category 1: “Clear water” is the least contaminated level, as it refers to water originating from a clear source that is free from pollution. Water from leaky faucets, broken inbound pipes, direct rainwater or faulty water supply lines would fall into this category. It is not recommended, but category 1 water should not be considered dangerous if consumed.

Category 2: A step up from clear water is grey water, which is a bit more serious. This is wastewater generated from drain overflows, appliance damages and other types of typical household flooding. This water is either contaminated from the source or has come into contact with many surfaces, so category 2 water is considered dangerous to consume.

Category 3: Category 3 water—black water—is the most notorious, and the most dangerous of the categories. Rising flood waters, sewage overflows or water that has become a breeding ground for bacteria are all causes for concern and can cause illness or death if consumed.

Categories Will Change

Water damage only becomes more complicated after the initial floodwaters settle, because water that starts in one category can quickly advance to another. Water can develop higher pollution levels from coming into contact with surfaces or sitting stagnant and breeding bacteria and can become even more dangerous as time goes on.

Because this is impossible to determine solely based on appearance, it’s essential to get professional water restoration for peace of mind and a properly restored property.

If you’re dealing with water damage and you’re not sure what to do, SERVPRO® has a team of water restoration professionals that’s here to help!

3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to help with your soot clean up today!

From revamping your patio to remodeling the kitchen, DIY home improvements are integral to many homeowners’ weekends. However, even the handiest of homeowners should know that not everything should be tackled on your own.

If your home has been subject to fire damage, it’s tempting to start the cleanup process right away—but because there are many nuances to soot removal, this hastiness can often hurt more than it helps. That’s why we’ve compiled three reasons soot cleanup should never be a DIY project:

1. There Are Different Types of Soot. Because every fire is different, soot can vary greatly in its composition. While some soot has a dry, powdery texture, others will be thick and liquid-like. Appearances can be deceiving, and many homeowners are surprised to find that they don’t know what type of soot they’re dealing with before they interact with it. Tackling soot without knowing what type is on your hands can lead to spreading it further, running the risk of causing more damage to the home.

2. Soot Contains Toxic Chemicals. Fires require things such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen, but there are also chemicals released from every material that the flames came into contact with. Materials such as plastics, textiles and paint are extremely toxic once heated, and soot contains them all. Because of this, improper soot cleaning can cause these toxins to be re-released into the air and infiltrate the home with chemicals.

3. Soot Won’t Stay Put. Soot travels through the air, meaning it won’t remain contained to the fire’s original area. Soot travels into crevices, adheres to ceilings and can even infiltrate HVAC systems. Additionally, materials such as fabrics, upholstery and carpets can attract soot from other parts of the home. While it might be tempting to launder these items and scrub down the walls right away, improper cleaning can lead to ruining your belongings beyond repair.

If your home has been damaged by a fire, don’t risk causing further damage with DIY cleanup. SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County has a team of fire restoration professionals that can get your life back to normal, faster.

3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Reasons to Not Make Soot Cleanup a DIY | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to have SERVPRO help you with your soot cleaning!

From revamping your patio to remodeling the kitchen, DIY home improvements are integral to many homeowners’ weekends. However, even the handiest of homeowners should know that not everything should be tackled on your own.

If your home has been subject to fire damage, it’s tempting to start the cleanup process right away—but because there are many nuances to soot removal, this hastiness can often hurt more than it helps. That’s why we’ve compiled three reasons soot cleanup should never be a DIY project:

1. There Are Different Types of Soot. Because every fire is different, soot can vary greatly in its composition. While some soot has a dry, powdery texture, others will be thick and liquid-like. Appearances can be deceiving, and many homeowners are surprised to find that they don’t know what type of soot they’re dealing with before they interact with it. Tackling soot without knowing what type is on your hands can lead to spreading it further, running the risk of causing more damage to the home.

2. Soot Contains Toxic Chemicals. Fires require things such as carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen, but there are also chemicals released from every material that the flames came into contact with. Materials such as plastics, textiles and paint are extremely toxic once heated, and soot contains them all. Because of this, improper soot cleaning can cause these toxins to be re-released into the air and infiltrate the home with chemicals.

3. Soot Won’t Stay Put. Soot travels through the air, meaning it won’t remain contained to the fire’s original area. Soot travels into crevices, adheres to ceilings and can even infiltrate HVAC systems. Additionally, materials such as fabrics, upholstery and carpets can attract soot from other parts of the home. While it might be tempting to launder these items and scrub down the walls right away, improper cleaning can lead to ruining your belongings beyond repair.

If your home has been damaged by a fire, don’t risk causing further damage with DIY cleanup. SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County has a team of fire restoration professionals that can get your life back to normal, faster.

Determining the Cleanliness of Your Ducts | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Determining the Cleanliness of Your Ducts | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-831-3600 to have SERVPRO clean your HVAC Duct System!

The blame for pollutants is often pointed at outdoor air, but homeowners are often shocked to learn that indoor air quality can be far worse. By re-circulating air throughout the home, central heating and cooling systems allow the pollutants in the air to be spread throughout the home.

Not sure if your ducts are due for a cleaning? We’ve put together some tips on when one might be advised:

  • Allergies: Air moving through an HVAC system picks up all contaminants along the way, including allergens and pollen. If someone in your home has experienced unexplained allergy symptoms, ridding the ducts of allergens is an advised course of action.

  • Rodents: Unfortunately, homes are never fully sealed against rodents and pests that can bring disease and infestation into the home. If you’ve seen signs of animal nesting, an exterminator and a cleaning service should be called in right away.

  • Mold: Mold is the culprit behind many health issues, and because it spreads through the air, it can infest the ducts quickly. If you’ve seen mold growth anywhere in your home, a duct cleaning should immediately occur so the problem does not worsen.

  • Remodeling: Renovations cause a lot of dirt and debris in your home, and these contaminants can easily find their way into the ducts. The HVAC system will continually cycle this debris through your home, worsening the air quality and further dirtying the HVAC system.

  • High Energy Bill: The Department of Energy has found that 43 percent of a home’s electricity bill is from the heating and cooling system. If the system is weighed down with contaminants, the unit works harder to produce the same amount of air, using more energy than usual. If you’ve seen an uptick in your utility bills, a dirty HVAC system might be to blame.

  • Routine Contaminants: In addition to these scenarios, general household debris, pet dander and dust can all accumulate with time.

If your ducts have not been cleaned in a long time, SERVPRO® is happy to inspect your system to see if it’s past due.

Commercial Cleaning Services after Disaster!

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services after Disaster! Available 24/7 for your cleanup & restoration needs!

Did you know that SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz AND SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County offers cleanup & restoration services for commercial properties in Dutchess & Ulster County?

SERVPRO is here to help in any residential or commercial property! We have extensive experience at restoring commercial properties to preloss condition in a timely manner! We understand how crucial it is to be back up and running as soon as possible so we are available 24/7 at 845-255-4334 and 845-831-3600 to help cleanup and restore water, fire & mold damages!

Did you know we are Large Loss Response Team certified?

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Call 845-831-3600 for any questions or concerns!

Reconstruction Services Now Being Offered!

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reconstruction Services Now Being Offered! SERVPRO will take the nightmare of a damage and help to make it "Like it never even happened."

We are now a one-stop shop! 


SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is now offering reconstruction services for all mitigation damages! No longer do you need to find someone else to perform your restoration portion of the water, mold or fire damage! After we come in and perform the cleanup services, we can smoothly transition into the reconstruction services to help restore your home or office back to preloss condition!


With our new Reconstruction division, lead by Michael Scardaci, we are excited to offer the following services during the reconstruction process: 



  • Structural repairs

  • Electrical

  • Plumbing

  • HVAC

  • Windows/Doors

  • Interior Design

  • Flooring Replacement (all types)

  • Ceilings

  • Roofing

  • Drywall

  • Siding

  • Exterior Finishes

  • Carpentry

  • Framing

  • Tile Work


Call today for more information 845-831-3600 or visit our Facebook Page for more pictures and posts! 

What is Black Mold? SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help!

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help! If you see Mold in your Dutchess County home, give the trained professionals at SERVPRO a call at 845-831-3600. We'd be happy to help!

What is Black Mold?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County immediately. 

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today for a free estimate – (845) 831-3600

Fire Damage Tips!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Tips! Let SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County help make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

What to do until help arrives, after you've had a fire.


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call 845-831-3600


What To Do After A Fire



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

  • Change HVAC filter.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


What NOT To Do After A Fire



  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.

  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.


We're available 24/7 to provide emergency fire services, board-up services & reconstruction services to help make your damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Can Help With Your Storm Damage!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Can Help With Your Storm Damage! SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help make your storm damage "Like it never even happened."

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.


Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (845) 831-3600


 


Why Choose SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County?





  • 24/7 Emergency Services

  • We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: When a storm hits your Dutchess County home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.







  • We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.


 



  • We're a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry


 



  • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.




 


  • Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.


 


We are proud to serve our Hudson Valley communities! Call 845-831-3600 today for help!

Mold: What To Do Until Help Arrives

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: What To Do Until Help Arrives What is mold? What do I do if I find mold? SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help!

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today – (845) 831-3600

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600 for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation Let trained experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County take care of your mold remediation in your home or office!

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We at SERVPRO understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (845) 831-3600

 

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  1. Emergency Contact - (845) 831-3600
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

When winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back! Winter Weather Storm Damage

Did a winter storm cause water damage in your Dutchess County, NY home or business? Here's some winter weather tips!


This last storm for the Hudson Valley area predicted 16-24 inches of snow and severe cold temperatures. That can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County wants to make sure you are prepared for storms and know what to do in case you do have a damage! 


Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:



  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home. 

  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".

  • If you follow the previous step, then 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. 


Tips for Preparing your Business for Winter Weather:



  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and/or snow, can cause branches to fall which would cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

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

  • Ask SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County about creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business for any future or potential emergencies. 


If your Dutchess County home or business experiences water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

How to Properly Use Your Fire Extinguisher

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Properly Use Your Fire Extinguisher Fire extinguishers save lives!

Why you should consider a fire extinguisher for your Dutchess County home. 


Fire extinguishers can save your life! They can put out a fire before emergency personnel arrive or they can help you exit your home safely.


What type do you get?


All household fire extinguishers have 3 classifications: A, B or C. Some models have a combination of all three extinguishers in one. 



  • "A" is for ordinary combustibles like trash, wood and paper

  • "B" is for liquids & grease (more stove top fires)

  • "C" is for electrical equipment


According to the National Fire Protection Association, each floor of your home should have an extinguisher. 


How do you use a fire extinguisher?


To use the extinguisher properly, you want to use the PASS method:



  • Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire instead of at the flames themselves. Standing at least 6 feet away from the fire is important! 

  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly while keeping the extinguisher upright. 

  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the extinguisher runs dry.


Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations so make sure you have the correct extinguisher for your home. 


Whenever you use an extinguisher, whether you ran it dry or used it briefly, it's important to replace it or refill it right away. This is also the rule for any gauge that goes down to the red zone over time. 


Even though you take precautions against fire damages, they can still sometimes occur. If you experience a fire damage in your home, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600 to help make this disaster "Like it never even happened." 

Ice Damming Tips for Dutchess County!

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Damming Tips for Dutchess County! Explanation of how ice damming occurs in your home.

Water Coming into your home in Ulster County? It may be ice damming! SERVPRO can help!


What is ice damming?


What is an ice dam? Ice dams form when heated air melts roof snow   downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the water that is trapped cannot flow or run through the gutter system in can back flow under the roofs shingles and into your home's interior areas


 


When will ice dams occur?



  • The right weather conditions for ice damming is usually when outside air temperatures are in the low 20s (F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof.

  • If you have poor attic insulation, your chances of ice damming drastically increases.


 


How do I prevent ice dams?



  • Keep the attic air temperature below freezing when the outside air temperature is in the low 20s. This can reduce the occurrence of ice dams.

  • Lay more insulation down on the attic floor to prevent the warm household air to penetrate  into the attic. 

  • Provide good attic ventilation to replace warm air in the attic with cold outside air.

  • Keep the bottom four feet of the roof clear of snow. Be careful not to damage the shingles


 


What NOT to do!



  • DO NOT attempt to “chip away” the ice of an ice dam. It will likely lead to shingle damage

  • DO NOT install mechanical equipment or water heaters in attics, especially in cold climates.

  • DO NOT use salt or calcium chloride to melt snow on a roof. These chemicals are very corrosive and cam shorten the life of metal gutters, downspouts and flashings. Runoff that contains high concentrations of these chemicals can damage nearby grass and plants.


Call SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz today if you have any questions or concerns about ice damming! We are available 24/7 at 845-831-3600! 

Ice Damming Tips for Dutchess County!

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Damming Tips for Dutchess County! Explanation of how ice damming occurs in your home.

Water Coming into your home in Dutchess County? It may be ice damming! SERVPRO can help!

What is ice damming?

What is an ice dam? Ice dams form when heated air melts roof snow   downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the water that is trapped cannot flow or run through the gutter system in can back flow under the roofs shingles and into your home's interior areas

 

When will ice dams occur?

  • The right weather conditions for ice damming is usally when outside air temperatures are in the low 20s (F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof.
  • If you have poor attic insulation, your chances of ice damming drastically increases.

 

How do I prevent ice dams?

  • Keep the attic air temperature below freezing when the outside air temperature is in the low 20s. This can reduce the occurance of ice dams.
  • Lay more insulation down on the attic floor to prevent the warm household air to penetrate  into the attic. 
  • Provide good attic ventilation to replace warm air in the attic with cold outside air.
  • Keep the bottom four feet of the roof clear of snow. Be careful not to damage the shingles

 

What NOT to do!

  • DO NOT attempt to “chip away” the ice of an ice dam. It will likely lead to shingle damage
  • DO NOT install mechanical equipment or water heaters in attics, especially in cold climates.
  • DO NOT use salt or calcium chloride to melt snow on a roof. These chemicals are very corrosive and cam shorten the life of metal gutters, downspouts and flashings. Runoff that contains high concentrations of these chemicals can damage nearby grass and plants.

Call our SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County office today if you have any questions or concerns about ice damming! We are available 24/7 at 845-831-3600! 

Emergency Preparedness for your Dutchess County building

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Preparedness for your Dutchess County building SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile app is available for all smart phones.

Are you ready in case of an emergency? Let SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County help you! 

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is offering you an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for free! We know how important it is to be ready for whatever happens! That's why we are working with local businesses to develop an easy tool, that is available as an app on your phone, with all vital building information! 

What is it?

A 24/48 hour snapshot of everything you may need to know in case of an emergency. It includes:

  • Photos of utility shutoff locations (i.e. water, gas, alarms, etc.)
  • Emergency Personnel Contact Information
  • Emergency Protocols
  • Floor Plans (...don’t have one? We’ll create one for you!)
  • AVAILABLE IN HARDCOPY AND MOBILE APP FORM!

Why do it?

  • It’s FREE! We do all the work for you!
  • Concise document that has all vital information in one spot
  • Easy to understand and read for all personnel
  • Access Available 24/7
  • Password secured document

 

We have completed over 500 ERPs for other local businesses in the Hudson Valley area. Let us help you be prepared! You never know when disaster may strike! 

Contact Kelly Gamma at 845-831-3600 at the SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County office for your free demo! 

 

Summer BBQ Fire Safety Tips for Dutchess & Ulster County Residents

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer BBQ Fire Safety Tips for Dutchess & Ulster County Residents SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & Kingston/New Paltz wants you to enjoy your summer safely!

'Tis the grilling and fire pit season! Keeping the stove off and lighting that grill or smoker is a summer dream. While we all look forward to that warm weather, it is very important to keep these fire safety tips in mind!

Grilling:

  • Keep a 3 foot clearance on all sides of the grill (that means keep kids and pets clear too!)
  • Do not use the grill near the house, siding, railings, or any overhangs
  • Do not use under trees or shrubbery.
  • Periodically clean the grill and its grease traps to prevent grease fires.
  • If using coals, please make sure they are completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.
  • Fire pits:

  • Before starting the fire, make sure the lid can fit and cover the inside fire in case of emergency
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air.
  • Other safety reminders:

  • Do not leave grills or fire pits unattended
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Always stay safe with any summer activities. Enjoy the season! 

    Dutchess County Fire & Soot Cleanup

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Dutchess County Fire & Soot Cleanup Fire Damage can cause serious damage in your home. What type of soot do you have?

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  


    Smoke and soot facts:



    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


    Different Types of Smoke


    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber



    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood



    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire



    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 


    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 845-831-3600

    When Storms or Floods hit Ulster County, SERVPRO is ready!

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Ulster County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Dutchess & Ulster County.

    SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


    Faster Response


    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


    When storms hit Ulster County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 845-255-4334

    Dutchess & Ulster County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Dutchess & Ulster County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 845-831-3600 or 845-255-4334

    Flooding, Water & Storms: Hurricane Season is Upon Us Hudson Valley

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Flooding, Water & Storms: Hurricane Season is Upon Us Hudson Valley Hurricane Season could affect Dutchess & Ulster County.

    June 1st marks the official start of the hurricane season. After experiencing Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy in the Hudson Valley, the importance of Hurricane Preparedness is at an all time high. Here at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz, we want to make sure that you and your customers are prepared in case another hurricane sweeps through our area. Here are some tips for you to follow to help prepare for the unexpected!


    WATCH” is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
    WARNING” is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.

    Hurricane Preparedness Tips:
    Have an emergency supply pack assembled and on-hand. Some items to include:
       o   Bottled Water
       o   Blankets, pillows & sleeping bags
       o   Flashlights
       o   Extra Batteries
       o   Portable, battery operated radio
       o   First Aid Kit
       o   Non-perishable food items for family members, as well as pets
       o   Non-electric can opener
       o   Prescription Medication
       o   Cash and credit cards
       o   Sturdy shoes such as sneakers and work boots


    1. Protect your windows by boarding them up before the hurricane strikes.
    2.Trim back branches from trees to avoid falling debris.
    3. Check into your home and auto insurance to see exactly what is and is not covered.
    4. Set up an emergency communication plan with family members and friends in case of an emergency.


    Develop an Emergency READY Profile for FREE through SERVPRO and have all the critical emergency information at your fingertips before disaster strikes! FREE SERVICE. FREE APP. LIFE SAVING TOOL.

    And in the event of any damage caused by storms, call us to help make your disaster “Like It Never Even Happened™”
    845-831-3600 or 845-255-4334

    SERVPRO Helping To Keep Dutchess & Ulster County Prepared for ANY Emergency

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial SERVPRO Helping To Keep Dutchess & Ulster County Prepared for ANY Emergency An ERP is a 24-48 hours snapshot of all the building and contact information you may need in the event of an emergency.

    What is an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

    A 24/48 hour snapshot of everything you may need to know in case of an emergency. It includes:

    · Photos of utility shutoff locations (i.e. water, gas, alarms, etc.)

    · Emergency Personnel Contact Information

    · Emergency Protocols

    · Floor Plans (...don’t have one? We’ll create one for you!)

    · AVAILABLE IN FLIPCHART AND MOBILE APP FORM!

    Why get an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

    · It’s FREE! We do all the work for you!

    · Concise document that has all vital information in one spot

    · Easy to understand and read for all personnel

    · Access Available 24/7

    · Password secured document

    Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County and SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz today at 845-831-3600 or email us at kelly@SERVPROwdc.com to get started on your ERP!

    We’re here to help make you future damage “Like it never even happened”.

    Commercial Cleaning For Your Business: Keeping it Local with SERVPRO

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial Commercial Cleaning For Your Business: Keeping it Local with SERVPRO Photo depicts a test cleaning of a before and after ceiling of the facility.

    This commercial building was required to complete an inspection and needed a general cleaning done in their facility. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz came in and did a test cleaning of the facility to show the client the end results. The customer was extremely satisfied & overjoyed with the results.

    No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO to handle. We can handle duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, terminal kitchen cleanings and post construction cleaning!

    SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is here to make your cleaning & damage “Like it never even happened”.

    Call us today for a FREE estimate! You can reach us at 845-831-3600 or 845-255-4334. We are available 24/7 to assist you! 

    Dutchess & Ulster County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

    6/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Dutchess & Ulster County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Basements can easily flood from heavy rains in any Dutchess & Ulster County home.

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Ulster & Dutchess County basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

    Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

    Call Today - 845-831-3600

    If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz & SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

    Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 

    845-255-4334  or   845-831-3600

    Faster to your Dutchess & Ulster County Water Damage Event

    6/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Faster to your Dutchess & Ulster County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz provides 24 hour fire & water damage service in Dutchess & Ulster County.

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/Ulster arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 845-831-3600 or at 845-255-4334

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz

    SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water 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.

    Dutchess County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

    6/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Dutchess County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Dutchess County.

    SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    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 vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County 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.

    What to 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 trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • 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 (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

    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 or water 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.

    Restoring Your Dutchess County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

    6/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial Restoring Your Dutchess County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

    Flooding and water damage events at Dutchess County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County

    SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water 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.

    Meet Our Crew 

    Does your Dutchess County Home have a mold problem?

    4/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 845-831-3600

    Tips to Prevent Home Fires

    1/28/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Tips to Prevent Home Fires Use these tips to help prevent house fires

    According to U.S. News, “Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or by burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home”. They have provided five tips that can help to prevent home fires.

    Fire Threat: Cooking

    · Stand by your pan! Don’t walk away while the stove or cooktop is on. This can lead to a fire very quickly.

    Fire Threat: Heating

    · A space heater needs 3 feet of clear space all around it in all directions, keeping it away from draperies, furniture, bedspreads, people, and pets .

    · Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned before each heating season begins.

    Fire Threat: Smoking

    · Take it outside. There are usually less combustible items outside than there are inside.

    Fire Threat: Electrical

    · Check all of your electrical cords to ensure that they are in good shape, and  replace any that are worn out. In addition, make sure you are not overloading circuits and that one receptacle has one plug.

    Fire Threat: Candles

    · Consider going to battery-operated candles. They are fake but they are so much safer! It’s easy to forget to put out a candle when leaving a room.

    Reference: Mullins (U.S. News) Top 5 Tips to Prevent House Fires. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2008/09/25/top-5-simple-ways-to-prevent-home-fires?page=2

    Duct Cleaning

    1/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Duct Cleaning HVAC filter AFTER a duct cleaning was performed.

    This is a photo of a filter after a duct cleaning was conducted in a commercial building. By completing the duct cleaning, the air quality has improved in the building for all employees. According to NADCA, "Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and very small particles of dust. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality."

    Call us today at 845-831-3600 for a free estimate! 

    Equipment Spotlight: Desiccant Dehumidifier

    1/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Equipment Spotlight: Desiccant Dehumidifier Desiccant Dehumidifier being used on a Large Loss Project.

    A desiccant dehumidifier has a moisture absorbing wheel inside the unit. The wheel is made of silica gel – which is the desiccant (drying) element. Air enters the unit through an opening and travels through the silica gel impregnated wheel. When the air reaches the other side of the wheel it is dry and pushed out of the unit by a high static blower.

    Tips for Preventing Broken Pipes

    1/1/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Tips for Preventing Broken Pipes Broken pipes can lead to major water damage in your home or office.

    It's getting very cold out there and winter is upon us! Don't be caught with broken pipes and water throughout your home! Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Network of California(2013) to prevent this from occurring:


    1. Disconnect all garden hoses and other outside hose connections. If possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. 

    2. Insulate all exposed pipes located in your basement, under your home, on outside walls or in attics. For pipes with northern exposures, use heat tape according to the manufacturer's instructions. (Improper usage may cause a fire) 

    3. Set the thermostat to at least 55 degrees even when your home is vacant or unoccupied during the winter. If you plan to be away during cold-weather months, have someone regularly check your home to make sure it's staying warm enough to prevent freezing. 

    4. Winterize sprinkler systems according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Blowing out excess water with a compressor may be the best way to prevent frozen and broken pipes. If you have a swamp cooler, winterize it by disconnecting the water source and clearing the line. 

    5. Very important tip is knowing how to shut off the water supply if a pipe bursts. Quick action can minimize damage significantly!

    SERVPRO® has Water Shutoff Tags that we can supply people to help prepare them in case of a broken pipe!

    Contact us today at  845-831-3600 if you’d like a complimentary tag!

    Preparing for Hurricane Season!

    5/28/2014 (Permalink)

    June 1st marks the official start of hurricane season.

    Here are some tips for you to follow to help prepare for the unexpected!

    Hurricane Tips:

    1. A “watch” is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A “warning” is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.

    2. Have an emergency supply pack assembled and on-hand. Some items to include:

    • Bottled Water

    • Blankets, pillows & sleeping bags

    • Flashlights

    • Extra Batteries

    • Portable, battery operated radio

    • First Aid Kit

    • Non-perishable food items for family members, as well as pets

    • Non-electric can opener

    • Prescription Medication

    • Cash and credit cards

    • Sturdy shoes such as sneakers and work boots

    3. Protect your windows by boarding them up before the hurricane strikes.

    4. Trim back branches from trees to avoid falling debris.

    5. Check into your home and auto insurance to see exactly what is and is not covered.

    6. Set up an emergency communication plan with family members and friends in case of an emergency.

    Go Green!

    5/5/2014 (Permalink)

    Did you know SERVPRO® offers “GREEN” alternatives for some of our products? SERVPRO® is a proud member of the EPA’s Design for Environment initiative (EPA/DFE).The EPA/DFE has established a set criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators (such as our very own in-house chemists) a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials.

    Some of the "Green" products SERVPRO® offers are:

    Benefect® Botanical Disinfectant

    SERVPRO® All Surface Green Clean

    SERVPRO® Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean

    SERVPRO® Window Green Clean

    Contact us for more product information!

    Flooding Tips

    4/11/2014 (Permalink)

    You know what they say...April Showers, Bring May Flowers. Well it is time of year...rain and more rain! And with all this rain...the potential for flooding increases! In the event of water damaged caused by flooding our team is well equipped and well trained to make it "Like it Never Even Happened". Here are a few tips to help get the situation under control until we get there:

    1. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

    2.Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to help even out the drying process.

    3. Try and wipe up the excess water from any wood furniture after removing all tabletop items

    4. Do not leaves books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on any flooring to avoid possible staining. 

    Its that Time of year! Spring Cleaning time!

    3/25/2014 (Permalink)

    Everyone can use a little spring-cleaning in their life. Out with the old, in with the new is what they say. It’s an old tradition to help us start the spring and summer seasons clean and fresh! If you need a little help with your spring-cleaning, don’t worry. Give us a call and we will help make your home or business like new in no time! 

    What is an Ice Dam?

    2/25/2014 (Permalink)

    Ice dams form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the water that is trapped cannot flow or run through the gutter system in can backflow under the roofs shingles and into your home's inteior areas. 

    Helpful Preventative Tips: Pipe Breaks

    1/14/2014 (Permalink)

    Pipe Breaks are one of the most common water damages that we receive from December to March at SERVPRO. When water freezes it expands. Therefore, if water freezes in a pipe, the pipe can expand enough to the point that it bursts. However, it’s not necessarily the frozen water that caused the direct burst. It is the water pressure between the ice and the closed faucet. That pressure is enough to break a pipe and cause a  water damage in your home or office.

    Helpful Preventative Tips:

    · Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

    · Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes run through unheated or  uninsulated areas of your home and business.

    · Keep your home at a temperature no lower than 55°F (12°C).

    · When going away, ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it’s warm enough to prevent freezing.

    · Seal leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located. Use caulk or insulation to keep the heat in.

    · Insulate pipes in crawl spaces and the attic. These exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.

    Happy Holidays!

    12/12/2013 (Permalink)

    The holidays are here! Many communities have local toy drives to help out this holiday season. Any little bit can help to make someone’s holiday a little more special! 

    Donate to those in need for Thanksgiving!

    11/18/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Donate to those in need for Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Dinner!

    Tis the season! Donate items to your local food pantry to help make someones Thanksgiving special! Some ideas for what to donate (all non-perishable): mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and canned vegetables.

    Tip of the Week!

    11/6/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Tip of the Week! Broken Pipes

    It's getting very cold out there and winter is upon us! Don't be caught with broken pipes and water throughout your home! Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Network of California (2013) to prevent this from occurring:



    1. Disconnect all garden hoses and other outside hose connections. If possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. 

    2. Insulate all exposed pipes located in your basement, under your home, on outside walls or in attics. For pipes with northern exposures, use heat tape according to the manufacturer's instructions. (Improper usage may cause a fire.) 

    3. Set the thermostat to at least 55 degrees even when your home is vacant or unoccupied during the winter. If you plan to be away during cold-weather months, have someone regularly check your home to make sure it's staying warm enough to prevent freezing. 

    4. Winterize sprinkler systems according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Blowing out excess water with a compressor may be the best way to prevent frozen and broken pipes. If you have a swamp cooler, winterize it by disconnecting the water source and clearing the line. 

    5. Very important tip is knowing how to shut off the water supply if a pipe bursts. Quick action can minimize damage significantly!

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