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Does Water Damage Repair by Mahopac Professionals Differ from Using Other Approaches?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

couple on flooded floor “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Helps Simplify the Renovation Exercise by Using Superior Resources to Handle Various Processes

Since water damage in Mahopac leads to financial loss and the repair processes also cost money, it is common to look for ways to minimize costs. You might wonder whether hiring a professional to handle the restoration for you increases or minimizes the costs of repairing your home. However, when you understand how a professional restorer helps improve the renovation process, cost becomes a secondary consideration.

How do professionals help during water damage repair in Mahopac properties?
    •    Establishing the true extent of damage
    •    Utilizing superior restoration procedures
    •    Safe removal of damaged materials

Although, in most occurrences, you can readily observe the areas of your property affected by the water intrusion, and damages can extend to hidden areas.  For instance, moisture can affect wall cavities, subfloors, and installations such as cabinets. Without training and specialized equipment, it is difficult to pinpoint such areas. At SERVPRO, our technicians are IICRC certified, meaning they are updated on the current water restoration procedures. We also have a variety of equipment to trace moisture spread patterns, including:
    •    Thermal cameras
    •    Pin-less or pin-type moisture meters
    •    Thermo-hygrometers

Which superior restoration procedures do professionals use to deal with water damage?
The method used to restore water loss depends on the level of damage involved. For instance, the water pooling around a property requires extraction. Stains and soiling, on the other hand, require various clean-up procedures.  Performing the procedures on your own or involving a handyman might offer only a limited set of options. For instance, apart from using mops and wet-vacs to remove water, a professional team also has specialized extractors, thus simplifying the process. Our SERVPRO team is equipped with:
    •    Weighted water extractors such as ride-on rovers
    •    Drying mats and Injectidry systems  
    •    Cavity drying equipment

Such equipment not only eases the process but can also limit the need to teardown materials during restoration.

SERVPRO of Putnam County can help simplify restoration after water damage affects your Carmel, Southeast, or Kent home. Call us at (845) 228-1090 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why Does a Homeowner See Smoke Webs After a Carmel Fire?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged oven in kitchen Fire damage to your Carmel home can be tricky to deal with. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO Cleans All Types of Smoke Residue in Carmel

After a plastic fire in your Carmel house, smoke particles can become electrically charged. These particles travel throughout your home to attach magnetically to oppositely charged surfaces. The smoke from plastic burning has a stronger electric charge than smoke from paper or wood. These smoke particles attract themselves to surfaces around the home, creating a web-like formation. At first glance, you may think it is a spider web. However, the smoke tags are formed by ionized smoke particles spread out over surfaces.

What Do Ionization and Magnetism Mean?

Smoke Residues Attach to Surfaces with Opposite Electric Charge

During your fire restoration project in Carmel, you may notice smoke residue sticking to different surfaces throughout your home. Ionization means that smoke particles, usually from a plastic fire, become electrically charged. Then, these electrically charged smoke molecules attach magnetically to opposite-charged surfaces. Synthetics tend to hold more of a charge than natural fibers. For example, a plastic bag might have more residue than a linen or silk dress. Ionized smoke particles also attract to metal surfaces similarity to a magnet. You may notice smoke particles attaching themselves to nails, coat hangers, and metal fixtures around the home.

How About Furnace “Puff Back?”

Oil-based fuels in heating furnaces can “explode” when the equipment is not properly maintained. This buildup includes sooty deposits, with high electrical charges, that can cause a dramatic “spider web” result in cooler corners of a structure. The soot, as aerosol particles, can also leave thick, unsightly films on surfaces like ceilings and walls. This cleanup may require painting an odor-killing primer as part of the restoration process.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Smoke Webs and Other Ionized Smoke Particles?

  • Technicians typically perform a surface test to determine the most effective way to remove the smoke residue. 
  • SERVPRO technicians attempt dry cleaning with a vacuum or broom to gently remove the smoke webs.
  • If dry cleaning smears the webs, technicians use wet cleaning techniques with cleaning solvents and water.
  • In some cases, technicians may remove items from the home for more extensive cleaning in our offsite facilities.

For help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How Should We Handle Contaminated Materials After Flood Damage Incidents in Mahopac?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Home in flood water Flood damage can result anywhere in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Helps in Evaluation and Restoration of Affected Properties Removing All Traces of Contamination.

Contamination of surfaces and materials is a common phenomenon after flooding incidents. Knowing how to deal with contamination is necessary to restore sanitary conditions at your home. SERVPRO helps with cleanup and removal of contaminated materials from Mahopac properties. 

How far does contamination spread in the flooded property? 

To remove contaminants after flood damage affects your Mahopac home, you need to know where to look. Although you can assume all soiled areas are contaminated, dangerous materials can spread further within your property. Common interest areas when investigating contamination include: 

  • The indoor air where particulate matter might accumulate 
  • Areas in the house where water stagnates 
  • Sections deteriorated materials than might release dangerous substances 

Since contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and other microbes, as well as dangerous chemicals, are difficult to identify through physical observation, you need a way to confirm which sections are contaminated. Even when decontaminating the entire property, confirmation is necessary after the process to establish that the effort was sufficient. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to confirm what kind of contaminants are present in your property. For instance, we use a tool such as a Luminometer to test stagnant water or surfaces for traces of organic contamination.  We can also rely on our training to identify areas within the house that might contain harmful materials such as asbestos. Some typical sections of a house might contain asbestos which can be released during flooding include: 

  • System insulation around ducts, tanks or boilers 
  • Unique surface finishes such as textured paint coats  
  • Floor materials such as flooring felt and joint compounds such as sheetrock mud 

Is there a decontamination solution that removes all types of contaminants? 

Contamination is a complex issue that requires separate processes to resolve. The needs change on a case by case basis, so there is no single solution for all contamination-related problems.  Some of the actions necessary to eliminate contaminants include: 

  • Stopping biological processes such as microbial growth 
  • Physical removal of contaminated materials 
  • Chemical action 
  • Standard cleaning  

When our SERVPRO technicians discover organic contaminants such as bacteria or other microbes which continue developing if left undisturbed, we look for ways to limit or stop such growth. Antimicrobial products such as germicides, virucides, fungicides, or disinfectants help stop such growth. We combine such intervention with conventional cleaning processes to help remove all traces of the contaminants.  

Sometimes, mechanical intervention is the only way out of a contamination situation, especially when there are porous materials involved.  Items such as carpets, pad, and drywall readily absorb floodwaters accumulating high levels of contaminants. Physical removal of such porous materials helps eliminate all traces of the harmful materials flooding introduces into the house. Our technicians also handle the menial work involved in such removals, including cutting carpet seams, making flood cuts on walls, or slicing pads into small pieces for convenient disposal. 

Does decontamination provide satisfactory outcomes in the long term? 

Since the harmful materials introduced by floodwaters into your house can pose serious health problems, you might be concerned about the effectiveness of the decontamination efforts. Since our goal is to resolve the issues caused by the incident, “Like it never even happened,” our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to guarantee a positive outcome whether you consider the short term and long-term state of the house. The main factors that help include: 

  • Use of EPA-registered products 

The standards established by the EPA require that products meet the absolute minimums to be registered. The use of such products guarantees that the expected outcome is achieved. 

  • Ensuring physical contact with all affected materials and surfaces 

When decontaminating your flooded property, our technicians apply generous amounts of cleaning products to ensure there is the necessary physical contact that destroys harmful materials. 

  • Following product labels 

Manufacturers provide instructions on the best set of conditions for using products when they release them into the market. Our technicians follow such instructions to the letter during mixing and application to ensure maximum efficiency. 

  • Observing dwell-time, pH and temperature requirements 

The effectiveness of the best decontamination agents can be diminished if external factors such as the temperature, pH levels of the cleaning solutions, and dwell-time provided are not appropriately regulated. Our technicians make careful considerations when mixing and applying the products to ensure minimal interference.  

If a flood has contaminated your Carmel, Southeast, or Kent, property heavily, call SERVPRO of Putnam County to help with cleanup and other restoration processes. You can reach us at (845) 228-1090, at any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Does Fire Restoration In Mahopac Work?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen with broken shelves and oven after fire Dealing with fire damage on your own can leave room for many mistakes. Contact SERVPRO for professional restoration services.

To Handle Fire Restoration, SERVPRO Technicians Utilize a Range of Methods and Equipment While Working on Your Mahopac Property

Nobody wants to see their house or prized possessions ravaged by fire. However, once this happens, having a team on your side that you can trust for rapid, reliable restoration services is priceless. At SERVPRO, we understand the difficult time you are having and how overwhelming it can be. This is why we have perfected our processes to execute the handling of the restoration to your Mahopac home once you call us for help.

Can I Start Cleaning Up on My Own?

While it might be tempting to try fire restoration in Mahopac on your own, the damage goes well beyond the charred items and materials that you see.

  • Within minutes of the first spark of the blaze, your walls, ceilings, and surfaces start to discolor
  • Smoke and ash continue causing damage as well as corrosion to the materials inside the home
  • Within hours after the fire gets extinguished, appliance finishes begin to yellow
  • In just a short time, smoke tarnishes metals and creates etching on glass surfaces
  • Smoke odors remain in affected rooms for an extended period after the fire event, continuing to create problems if not adequately addressed

SERVPRO takes care of many aspects of the fire restoration process, including services such as:

  • Cleaning of carpeted and upholstered furniture
  • Tarping and boarding up
  • Washing of walls, cabinetry, and ceilings
  • Fabric and clothing cleaning
  • Soot and smoke damage
  • Water extraction and chemical cleanup
  • Controlled demolition, and more

It is vital that you understand not all fire damage is the same from one incident to another. As part of our restoration process, we identify the source and type of fire so that we can adjust our techniques accordingly. Our team also works to remediate any water damage or chemicals left behind by first responders working the fire. Everything gets handled so that your interior is left “Like it never even happened.”

Call (845) 228-1090 to talk with a member of our team at SERVPRO of Putnam County. We will discuss your need for fire restoration and send out a crew as soon as possible for an assessment.

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How Should I Remove Water After a Flood?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof; frees in background Did you know floodwater is contaminated? SERVPRO has the training and protective equipment to remove the water.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Several Techniques to Remove Flood Water in Mahopac Properties 

As a homeowner in Mahopac, dealing with the mess and damage from floodwater after the water recedes is daunting. It is essential to reach out for professional assistance as soon as possible to mitigate possible secondary damage such as mold growth, warped flooring, and now needed demolition. SERVPRO's emergency response team is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. While waiting for the professionals to arrive, you can sop up excess moisture with old towels or rags to begin the cleanup process. We only suggest this if you wear sufficient personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves and boots, facemask, and clothing to prevent contact with the probably contaminated water. 

Is Flood Water Contaminated?

Water Present in Flood Damage is Black Water (Level 3)  

Although floodwater may look clear after flood damage in your Mahopac house, it is essential to note that the EPA considers floodwater Category 3 contaminated water. Since the water comes from outside, it can contact harmful microbes like bacteria or viruses. Groundwater always contains contamination, however it is crucial to maintain safety considerations. Allow SERVPRO to inspect for risks and hazards. 

What Are the Components of Water Removal?

  • Extraction: Technicians remove the water with extraction equipment such as portable hand-held extractors, or roving extractors that remove more substantial quantities of water. 
  • Disposal: Technicians dispose of water according to local and state regulations. Depending on the volume of water, we may need to take it offsite for proper disposal. 
  • Drying: Through the combined use of dehumidifiers and air movers, technicians dry the air to standard RH relative humidity levels. Flooring, upholstery, and other surfaces also dry more fully using this equipment.  

For 24/7 assistance returning your home to preloss status after a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. 

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What Processes Are Necessary to Complete Water Removal in Carmel Homes After Pipes Leak?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from a silver pipe. Water damage due to a pipe leak can get extensive, SERVPRO will help you with the damage.

SERVPRO Helps Expedite Water Extraction, Locate Hidden Moisture Pockets and Perform Finishing Services Like Deodorization 

A pipe in your house can spring a leak at any time because of reasons such as changing temperatures or high pressure. Although the water is released into the house almost instantaneously, the process of removing it might not be that easy, considering it might cause some damages in the areas it reaches. SERVPRO can help restore your Carmel home to its preloss state by providing highly trained technicians and other critical resources.

Are there crucial steps that must be performed during water removal from Carmel homes?

  • Extracting all visible water
  • Scoping the property for hidden moisture
  • Performing water remediation

After realizing there is a water leak in your Carmel home, the steps, you take next play a significant role in determining the outcome. Extracting any standing from the structure fast can help prevent the spread of damages or limit the extent of any damages that occur. A quick extraction is indeed crucial because the absorption rate of most materials in the house, including wood and concrete, is much faster compared to the drying rate. Completing the extraction before the materials become saturated cuts down the recovery time and costs. For instance, it can take over 4 days to reduce 85% moisture content in wood to around 25%, so removing water before it causes such high saturation brings down the recovery time. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use high-powered water extractors that can cut down the time it takes to remove all standing water from your house. We chose the extraction equipment based on the circumstances of the incident. We have a vast stock of equipment that we can use to extract water, including:

  • Truck-mounted water extractors
  • Portable wet vacs
  • Submersible pumps
  • Weighted water extraction tools

How often does water reach hidden areas within the property?

Water moves through openings or materials. Even the air can transport water through the processes of evaporation and condensation. Therefore, there is always a possibility that water might end up in the ceiling, wall, or floor cavities. Water can also pass through the grout, thus penetrating beyond impervious surfaces such as tiles. 

Our SERVPRO technicians check for signs such as sagging ceiling panels, peeling paint, or soft drywall, which are indicators that the spilled water might have found a way into hidden areas within the property. Sometimes we also use tools such as Borescopes or thermal cameras to inspect areas where we suspect there is damage beyond the surface. 

Removing water hidden within cavities requires some form of demolition to help release the water. In case of water within the wall or ceiling cavity, our crew drills weep holes to release the water through a gravity-aided flow. We can also create broader vent holes to help push dry air into the cavities using specialized cavity-drying equipment. In a case of significant flooding, flood cuts are necessary. We cut a few inches above the waterline, removing all the soaked drywall and insulation. 

Is water removal enough to restore my home?

When a water spill is significant enough to require assistance from professional water restoration companies, it is also likely to require additional remediation processes apart from the removal of standing water. For instance, the excess moisture is likely to spark mold development within the property. Our SERVPRO team can help address this in three different ways, including:

  • Preventing mold development
  • Cleaning areas where mold develops
  • Removing moldy materials

If possible, prevention is a better solution since it is less tedious and cheaper. Since mold starts developing 24-48 after materials are exposed to water, taking proactive steps can help prevent development. In addition to expediting water removal and drying, our technicians also apply products with antimicrobial properties in the areas we remove water from because such products help stop microbial growth. 

The house might also develop unpleasant odors after a water intrusion, mostly due to microbial growth processes, soils, or finishing products such as paints.  Deodorization can help eliminate such odors. Our technicians take different approaches to deodorize the affected property. For instance, we mix specially formulated water-based deodorizers with the cleaning solutions we use to wash soiled areas ensuring that we not only remove the dirt but also leave a sweet scent. We can also spray or fog a deodorizing agent into the house after cleaning.

Water removal is an elaborate process that requires the right resources to accomplish the intended goal. Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 to help address any issue that you face after an incident at your Mahopac, Southeast, or Kent property, "Like it never even happened."

What Should I Do if a Pipe Breaks Inside My Mahopac Tire Shop?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

water overflowing bucket in an office building Water damage can occur at any time to any business. Make sure you contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation for your business.

For Water Removal Inside Your Tire Shop in Mahopac Call SERVPRO

If a pipe running to your bathroom or waiting room inside your Mahopac tire store gets a crack inside it hundreds of gallons of water could pour into your building. If your tire shop is mostly constructed out of concrete and cinder block, the damages could be minor since those materials can withstand small amounts of moisture.

What happens if my concrete or cinder blocks get wet?

During most commercial water removal projects in Mahopac, moisture can soak into many of your shop's building materials and structural components, including your concrete floors and cinder block walls. Your cinder blocks or concrete masonry units (CMU's) are made of cement gravel and water, which makes them porous. However, most cinder blocks get coated or painted with a vapor barrier that helps them withstand moisture.

How can you tell if my cinder blocks got wet?

  • Initial Inspection- Since cinder blocks, all have large gaps inside them, water can sit in the cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians can use a non-penetrating moisture meter to find out where the moisture went inside your cinder blocks. However, the paint on the outside of a cinder block can work as a vapor barrier and hold moisture inside the cavities. Therefore, in some cases, we can drill holes on lower mortar joints to let water drain out.
  • Restorability- According to the industry's standards, cinder blocks can be restored when dealing with clean, grey, or black water sources.
  • Drying Procedures- To dry out your cinder blocks, holes must first be drilled into lower mortar joints to drain all of the liquid H2O. If necessary, we can drill larger holes into the mortar joints so that air can get pushed into the cavities. We can also use injection drying equipment to push air into the cavities in your shop's cinder blocks if needed.

If your cinder block walls and concrete floors in your tire shop ever get wet after a pipe breaks, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 any day of the week.

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A Leaking Water Heater Caused Water Damage in My Property. Where Should I Seek Help?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Man fixing hot water heater Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Southeast to Help You with the Water Damage Restoration Process

In the past, it was common for people to consider the homes that water had devastated as lost. Fortunately, the technological innovations that professionals use these days can restore your Southeast home to its former state. The process is challenging since it involves a thorough inspection, water removal, drying process to ensure no pockets of moisture remain.

How do you restore a property?

After inspecting water damage in your Southeast property, our SERVPRO technicians can begin extracting the stagnant water using portable pumps. We extract as much water as possible to hasten the drying process. If water remains standing in your home for over 48 hours, microbes can multiply. Items in your property, such as furniture and carpets, can also sustain significant water damage. 

Can you prevent mold growth?

The best way to prevent mold growth is to begin the drying process quickly. Stagnant water creates the ideal habitat for mold to thrive. Therefore, it is essential to take countermeasures as soon as possible. We have advanced products that help us treat affected areas and make it unfavorable for mold growth. We can use concrobium, which is an antimicrobial product that destroys 99 percent of organisms it comes across on the surfaces where we apply it. If we come across mold, we use the most effective technique of treating the affected area. This includes removing moldy materials. 

How can you dry my property? 

After a water intrusion incident, water can get to many different places. Therefore, even after using pumps to remove the water, your property may still have moisture, especially in confined spaces. Over the years that we've been in business, we have learned various drying techniques that we use depending on the level of the damage. We can use air movers to speed up evaporation at the surface level and minimize the drying time for porous materials such as:





Our SERVPRO technicians can also use refrigerant dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. These dehumidifiers work similarly to an air conditioner. It may be necessary to rebuild parts of your water damaged home. We can remove and replace severely damaged structures and contents such as drywall, shelves, carpets, and ductwork. 

It is possible to incur costly losses due to water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 to save your valuable items and restore your property to its preloss condition.

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Can Soot and Smoke Odors in My Mahopac Business Be Eliminated Without Replacing Everything Affected?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of fire If you ever need help cleaning up in the aftermath of a commercial fire, call SERVPRO of Putnam County.

Soot and Smoke Odors in Mahopac

SERVPRO, a Local Mahopac Company, is Often Able to Successful Remediate Fire-Damaged Businesses Without Having to Replace Everything Impacted by the Fire.

Fires at Mahopac commercial properties are a relatively common occurrence. Carelessly discarded cigarette butts, spontaneously combusting flammable inventory items, wind-blown wildfires, and fires spreading from neighboring establishments are all potential causes of these commercial disasters. These unforeseen situations usually arise without much warning and can lead to substantial losses. Fires can close your firm for extended periods, robbing it of revenue, damage or destroy your valuable inventory and business document, and even lead to the failure of your entire enterprise. With that said, companies like SERVPRO can help you avoid, mitigate, or overcome these catastrophic issues.

What Kind of Fire-Damaged Business Properties Can Be Successfully Restored?

SERVPRO’s technicians are highly trained and experienced in handling commercial fire damage in Mahopac and its environs. The firm itself is certified by the trusted Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and the organization has credentialed company experts in such fields as Fire and Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, and Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning. Our company has extensive experience in effectively remediating fire damage in the following types of commercial, industrial, and residential structures:

    •    Large, high-rise office towers
    •    Small office buildings
    •    Hotels and motels
    •    Big-box retail stores
    •    Small retail establishments
    •    Restaurants of all sizes
    •    Industrial & manufacturing sites
    •    Apartment and condo complexes of all sizes

SERVPRO, from its experience, clearly understands the different measures necessary to successfully deal with fire damage in each of these types of buildings.

What Time and Money-Saving Services Does SERVPRO Offer?

In remediating your commercial structure, our workers first try to restore fire-damaged materials instead of simply replacing them.  This allows us to save you time and money. Some of the services and areas of your home we focus our efforts on are:

    •    Fire damage mitigation
    •    Removing smoke soot from structural elements like floors, walls, ceilings, and attic rafters
    •    Fire-related odor control
    •    HVAC system cleaning
    •    Furniture and personal property restoration
    •    Destroyed component reconstruction

All of these services seek to minimize the effects of a fire, restore damaged structural elements and personal property, eliminate airborne fire-related particulate matter, and control odors.

How Exactly Does SERVPRO Cleanup Soot and Neutralize Smoke Odors, Without Having to Discard Most Fire-Impacted Materials?

SERVPRO technicians handle all commercial fire damage in a methodical way. They employ various sophisticated cleaning and restoration measures to save as many fire-damaged materials as possible. This also enables us to get jobs done more quickly. The following list details some of the many ways we work to return your property to its pre-fire condition:

    •    Cleaning glass and windows with low-alkaline glass cleaners
    •    Removing non-grease-based residues with dry sponges
    •    Cleaning dry and oil-based residues from wooden, metal, and painted surfaces using wet methods
    •    Using both wet and dry methods to remove soiling from various structural elements and household contents
    •    Employing peroxide active cleaning methods to remove thick soot from fragile surfaces
    •    Remediating HVAC systems with general-purpose detergents and deodorants, and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers

The results of all these efforts are that we save more damaged materials and restore your home to its pre-fire condition more quickly.

As a Mahopac business owner, the last thing you ever want to experience is a catastrophic fire.  Even relatively small blazes can do substantial long-term harm to your bottom line. Inventory could be impacted or destroyed, the structural integrity of your business facility could be compromised, and, if a fire is severe enough, your commercial site might be closed for days or weeks as repairs are completed. With all that said, you should not ignore the very real possibility that one day your site might suffer fire damage.  Therefore, as a responsible business operator, you should know what can be done if such a disaster befalls your commercial structure. Also, in order to limit losses, you should prepare to act quickly in the event of a fire. In general, the sooner you address the resulting fire damage, the faster and cheaper it can be repaired.

Commercial fires often affect owners, customers, employees, and communities. They rob these various parties of income, service, and economic contributions. As a result, business fires can be traumatic for numerous people in a town or city. If the impacted firm is big enough, it may even affect an entire town, city, or region. It is for all of these reasons that business owners should remain vigilant against fire risks and remediate any fire damage done to their businesses as soon as possible.

If you ever need help cleaning up in the aftermath of a commercial fire, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

What Causes Bathroom Sink Leaks?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

leaking under sink drainpipe; blue background Inspect the plumbing under your sink often for signs of leaks.

IICRC-Certified Technicians Perform Water Restoration Services for Southeast Homes 

Whether the source is as simple as a loose connection or requires more thorough repairs, a bathroom sink leak can wreak havoc on your under-sink cabinetry and create a thriving environment for mold. Catching a leak too late can mean higher repair and replacement costs for Southeast homeowners without professional help. 

If your Southeast home needs bathroom water restoration services, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to remove water damage, eliminate microbes, and restore or replace your cabinets. 

Troubleshooting a Bathroom Sink Leak 

  • Loose connections. One of the most prevailing causes of a sink leak in your bathroom is easily rectified by tightening the retaining nut with a pipe wrench and adjusting connections with channel lock pliers. Reapply plumber’s tape where needed.
  • A malfunctioning drain flange. The metal “collar” surrounding your drain can crack or erode over time, which can often be fixed by removing the old plumber’s putty and replacing it with new material.
  • Some pipes may require replacement. Before attempting replacement yourself, shut off the water in your home and take your old assembly to a hardware store to determine what size sink trap and tailpiece you need. Make sure to have plumber’s tape ready to cover visible pipe threads and get new slip nuts. 

SERVPRO Dries Bathroom Cabinetry to a Pre-Loss State 

SERVPRO technicians use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to address water damage after extracting the bulk of moisture with tools like extraction wands. Before drying can begin, however, technicians can prepare your cabinetry by removing the toe-kick and drilling small holes to facilitate an even distribution of airflow. We sanitize water-affected spaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials. 

SERVPRO of Putnam County helps homeowners save with mitigation services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (845) 228-1090 for cleanup 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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