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Fall Tips for a Healthy Winter Home in Dutchess County

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Questions:

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

-Do you change your air filters once a month?

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

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

-Do you smoke in your house?

Answers:

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

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

-Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned as needed.

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

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

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution:

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

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

-Carbon Monoxide

-Formaldehyde found in pressure treated wood.

-Lead in pre-1978 house paint.

-Nitrogen dioxide

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

-Tobacco smoke

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

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

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

Overwhelmed by the mess left behind by renovations in your Western Dutchess County home or business?

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Call us today to schedule your duct and home cleanings!

You’ve finally gotten those renovations done in your home, congratulations! The contractors have left, their equipment and materials are gone and it’s time to get the place back in order. But everywhere you look, there seems to be a film of dust and bits of debris that keep settling or reappearing no matter how much you clean and wipe. Let SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County take care of it once and for all!


No doubt, your HVAC system and ductwork has been sucking up the dirt, but the filters can only take so much. The ducts in your home or business are there to help remove irritants, dust, allergens, and particulates found naturally in most building products. Having gone through remodeling dredges up a lot of bits that might’ve been stationary for awhile and are now circulating through the air or clogged up in the filters.

Our trained technicians have the knowledge and expertise to not only get those ducts cleaned out but also give your place a fabulous cleaning. Duct cleaning removes the particles that might’ve been building up, aids in eliminating odors and allergens, helps restore peak efficiency in the system and can lengthen the life of the system itself.

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County also offers full residential and commercial cleaning services to get your property to a beautiful, clean and fresh condition. Let us do the hard work for you, many families and businesses have used our cleaning services before and are amazed by the efficiency and outcome. One client recently stated, “We had SERVPRO clean the house before we put it up for sale and they did such a beautiful job, that it helped us sell the place in 2 days!”

Believe us, there is nothing we haven’t cleaned before! We’re here to help make any situation “Like it never even happened.”

Restore Peak Performance to Your HVAC System With Cleaning | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Not unlike a car, an HVAC system and the duct work in your home need to be cleaned and maintained.

We all feel grateful for air conditioning in the heat of the Hudson Valley summer, but without regular maintenance, your HVAC system could be costing you money in repairs and untimely breakdowns. 

By taking care of your AC unit through regular maintenance and duct cleaning, you are investing in a future of climate-controlled comfort, improving your home’s indoor air quality and helping your system run more efficiently. 

How Can HVAC Cleaning Make My System More Efficient?

An HVAC unit that has to fight through dust and debris to pump out air is going to have to work harder and expend more energy to get the same amount of cool air distributed around your home. Considering that about half of your home’s energy usage goes to heating and cooling, helping things run a little smoother can make a big difference in your overall bill costs.

After the dirt, dust and grime that builds up in your vents and ducts is cleaned out, your air can flow more freely through the home, allowing your system to expend less energy to adjust the temperature. 

How Can That Make My System Last Longer?

With proper maintenance and cleaning, a homeowner can expect an HVAC unit to last 15–20 years—but due to negligence and improper cleaning, that is not always the case. Because a dirty HVAC unit is consistently under stress when the system is on, it will deteriorate more quickly because of the energy it is expending. 

Additionally, substances like mold and mildew can build up within your ducts and cause significant damage to your unit, which requires professional remediation to prevent further spread throughout the house. 

Rodents and pests can also make themselves at home in your ducts, leading to an extreme pest control issue if left undisturbed. Having your ducts cleaned ensures you are able to identify problems that can lead to costly breakdowns and repairs early on instead of waiting until a major issue occurs.

By taking proper precautions and keeping your HVAC ducts clean, you are protecting the investment you have made in your home. Because of all the issues can arise, calling a professional to assess if your ducts need cleaning is the surest course of action to be proactive about problems.

Do you think your air ducts might need to be cleaned? Give us a call today to have one of our certified technicians take a look!

Not sure when the air ducts and dryer vents were last cleaned in your Western Dutchess County home?

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Clogged air ducts and dryer vents are hazards that can be easily avoided!

Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.

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.

Healthy Home tips and what can really make a healthy home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

This is NOT what you want to see in your duct work, let the experts at SERVPRO take care of it for your home or business

As fall is in full swing, here are some things to consider before we're all hunkered down in the freezing temps waiting to be able to open the windows again.

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

-Do you change your air filters once a month?

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

-Is your gas fireplace/gas stove checked yearly for emissions?

-Was your home built before 1978? If so, has it been checked for lead-based paint?

-Do your bathrooms have carpet?

-Do you smoke in your house?

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution:

-Asbestos building products (when dislodged, no longer intact)

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

-Carbon Monoxide

-Formaldehyde found in pressure treated wood.

-Lead in pre-1978 house paint.

-Nitrogen dioxide

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

-Tobacco smoke

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

Having the ducts in your home or business cleaned can eliminate contaminants like mold and irritants in your home. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County uses a proven Portable Ventilate and Duct Cleaning System to examine duct work and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

Other benefits of cleaning the ducts and HVAC:

-Lowers indoor air pollution 

-Reduces pet dander

-Eliminates offensive odors

-Restores peak operating condition

-Prolongs the life of the system.

Call us today to schedule your duct cleaning! 845-831-3600

HVAC Maintenance for Every Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 for you HVAC Cleaning needs!

In extreme temperatures, there’s nothing like having a central heating and air system to keep your home comfortable – but there is, of course, a cost associated with operating them. Energy Star states that about half of a household’s energy bill comes from running the heating and cooling system. While that’s a significant sum for creature comforts, with a little bit of maintenance, you can make your investment extend much further.

Performing regular maintenance and upkeep is a great way to extend the longevity of your HVAC system and catch problems before they become serious and costly. These are the HVAC maintenance checks every homeowner should do:

  • Change filters. Maintaining maximum air quality and efficiency is much easier with a regular change of the filters. Change HVAC filters every 30 to 90 days depending on your manufacturer’s recommendation. Additionally, use the highest-rated filter for your HVAC model and ensure a secure fit when filters are installed.
  • Check drainage. As the air circulates through your HVAC system, the cooling coils are doing their job of removing water from the air and draining it away. Check drain pans and nearby surfaces for moisture accumulation to stop problems such as mold and water damage before they start.
  • Eliminate dust. Clearing dust and debris before it has a chance to invade your air flow system is as simple as keeping up with routine dusting and vacuuming and will do wonders for your HVAC cleanliness. Additionally, always use the highest efficiency filter for the vacuum, purchasing one with a HEPA certification if possible.

Tip: If you’re doing construction or renovations in the home, seal off supply and return registers in the house before dust has a chance to get into the ducts.

  • Schedule regular maintenance checkups and cleaning. The best way to ensure your HVAC system is healthy is by having a professional assessment. While there are quite a few things you can do on your own for maintenance, a professional cleaning can create a noticeable improvement in air quality and the efficiency of your unit.

If it’s time to have a professional look at your HVAC system, contact SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County today!

Why Carpet Cleaning Is a Smart Choice for Your Home | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 to set up your carpet cleaning today!

If you’re like most homeowners, carpet cleaning is likely not on your list of regular chores. Many assume that vacuuming will suffice—unfortunately, simply running over the carpet doesn’t tackle the heavier debris lying below the surface.

It’s true that most carpet companies require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why regular carpet cleaning is important. By improving indoor air quality, allowing for easier floor maintenance and banishing bugs and mites, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to have clean and well-maintained floors.

Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can be beneficial:

Improve indoor air. Carpet routinely holds on to dirt, but more dangerous pollutants and bacteria might also be lurking within the fibers. Any time your family comes inside, they’re unknowingly bringing contaminants from the outside air in with them. Because vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants are free to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.

Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming only handles the surface dirt, professional cleaning and regular vacuuming can make your life much easier! Regularly cleaned carpets are simpler to vacuum because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been removed, so they’ll stay cleaner, longer.

Extend your carpet’s life. In remodels, carpet is often ripped out because it looks “tired”—which is just another way to say that it’s been too dirty for too long. Every time dirty carpet is walked on, the debris becomes more embedded and serves as sandpaper against the fibers, leading to a shorter lifespan.

Remove mites and bugs. Like any soft material, mites and bugs are quite happy taking residence within carpet fibers. Thankfully, professional cleaning creates an inhospitable living environment for the critters, and staying on a regular schedule will prevent them from coming back.

Still unsure how carpet cleaning can benefit your home? Contact our team of professionals today at 845-831-3600!

Cleaning Your Walls to Achieve Perfect Paint | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 for your general cleaning today!

If you’re freshening up your home or doing a remodel with a tight budget, a DIY paint project is a common way to extend your dollar further. Before you pop open that paint can, though, make sure you’re taking the proper steps to prepare your walls.

Painting over dirty walls isn’t one of the “DIY horror stories” you often hear about, so most homeowners don’t know the danger until it happens to them. Thankfully, having a paint job that lasts a lifetime is as simple as properly preparing your walls.

Even on a shoestring budget, investing in clean walls will save your remodeling budget in more ways than one. We’ve seen a lot of things go wrong, which is why SERVPRO® of Western Duchess County has put together a list of ways to make sure your paint project goes right.

###Paint Is Likely to Chip or Flake The paint industry has come a long way over the years, but no matter how high-tech your brand, there are some things it just won’t stick to. Painting over dust or dirt might be passable in the short term but will have long-term consequences for homeowners. At first, the paint will just appear uneven, but in time it will begin to flake, leading to the ruin of an entire wall. Fixing this mistake requires cleaning and paint—an expense not in many DIY budgets.

###Greasy Walls Interfere With Binding Dust and dirt is one thing, but painting over grease can be just as harmful to your project. Grease and residue can come in between the paint and the wall and prevent the binding process that makes paint long-lasting. While this is common in kitchens and mudrooms, if your home has central heat or air, this debris can be carried all throughout the house. The paint will dry unevenly, and once this happens, walls must be sanded, cleaned and re-painted to look even again.

###It Will Make it Harder Down the Road You might be itching to sell or ready to stay in the home forever, but eventually, it will be time for a switch in the color palette. Paint that isn’t flaking might look OK aesthetically, but if there’s residue trapped underneath, a professional will eventually have to sand and prime the walls. You might have to cover this cost, or you might have a buyer that requests a lower selling price—regardless, that’s money coming directly out of your budget.

Whether buying, selling or just sprucing up a bit, a professional wall cleaning service is an investment that will save you time and money in the long term. A properly prepared wall will leave you with beautiful paint that will last a lifetime…or until your décor tastes shift!

If you’re doing a remodel or just a change of style, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help your walls look like new.

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

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Duct Cleaning

1/12/2016 (Permalink)

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! 

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!

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!