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How Can My Fire-Damaged Home Get Cleaned After a Disaster?

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

small SERVPRO sales car in front of volunteer fire department Even Fire Departments Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Odor Removal from Garrison to Mahopac

Not All Mahopac Fires Require Extensive Restoration, but Our SERVPRO Team Can Help with Cleaning and Odor Removal.

Smaller house fires in Mahopac might seem like less work initially, but in many ways can be as time-consuming and demanding to restore as more significant structural disasters. Meeting the needs of the occupants of the house means prioritizing areas that could present health hazards to those exposed or might make comfortable living a challenge when the family does not relocate.

What Does Professional Cleaning Entail?

While there might be many ways to address the fire damage in Mahopac homes after a smaller blaze, a professional cleaning can often address most of these most pressing and immediate concerns. We have an entire roster of cleaning technicians accredited in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control (OCT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Some of the mitigation tasks that begin soon after arrival include:

  • Debris Removal
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Dry Vacuuming
  • Soot Removal

How Can I Get Rid of Foul Odors?

Deodorization is one of the common elements to nearly every single house fire, regardless of its size or severity. Smoke and burning odors can even become more intense without mitigation practices like the debris removal and surface cleaning mentioned before. Removing and neutralizing harsh, noxious odors can fall to advanced tools of the trade like our:

  • Thermal Foggers--these units can superheat deodorizing compounds to a gas state, allowing the compound to penetrate porous materials and neutralize trapped odors in structural elements and contents.
  • Hydroxyl Machines-- using the power of UV cleaning, hydroxyl machines can neutralize odors throughout an open area. An onboard HEPA filtration system can also help to reduce circulating harmful particulates in the air as well simultaneously.

No matter the size or severity, fire losses in your home can be a devastating force without the appropriate mitigation and cleaning response. Call our SERVPRO of Putnam County team 24/7 at (845) 228-1090.

Did You Know SERVPRO is Certified for Lead Cleanup in Mahopac

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm Logo We are certified and have the expertise to remove lead from your home. Call us today!

Get EPA-Licensed Lead Cleanup From SERVPRO 

Historic homes offer a unique charm and character that contrasts with the way homes are constructed today. However, these gorgeous buildings often have lead-based paints. An estimated 87% of homes built before 1940 have lead paint on their walls. When disturbed, these surfaces can produce chipping or hard-to-detect dust that can affect the safety of a structure. 

If your Mahopac residence requires lead abatement, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to clean your home and make it a safer space for occupants. Your local SERVPRO is an EPA-certified lead-safe firm (#NAT-F114159-2) and is RRRP certified, meaning they are licensed to offer cleanup and renovation for homes with lead-based paints. This team complies with both EPA and Institute of Inspection, Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for safe, effective removal of lead materials from your home.  

Protecting Your Family from Lead 

To minimize your family's exposure to lead dust and paint chips: 

  • Clean walls, windows, floors, and other surfaces regularly. You can use an all-purpose cleaner with warm water or specialized cleaners made for lead-painted surfaces.
  • If you notice paint chips, clean them immediately. 
  • Wash sponges, mop heads, cleaning rags, and other multi-use cleaning materials after cleaning.
  • If you are renting your property, contact the landlord immediately if lead paints are peeling or chipping 

SERVPRO's EPA-Approved Lead Cleanup

Cleanup protocols break down into three steps:

  • This process ensures that lead dust and paint chips do not contaminate the air, water, or other areas of the home.
  • We perform renovation with tools and procedures that create minimal additional lead dust or chips.
  • Lead materials are thoroughly cleaned and removed from the property for safe, EPA-approved disposal methods.

As of 2000, EPA regulations on lead disposal requires storage in sealed trash bags, containers, or covered mobile dumpsters. SERVPRO technicians can then coordinate with local authorities to determine the best disposal site for leaden materials.  

SERVPRO of Putnam County provides cleanup and rebuilding services that leave your property looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (845) 228-1090 at any time of the day or night for reliable mitigation from certified professionals.  

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Mahopac After A Fire

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage hit the chimney in this home This chimney fire was minimal and we were able to get the homeowner's back into their home as quickly as possible.

Restoring Mahopac Homes After Fire Damage

Despite having Lake Mahopac and Kirk Lake inside the city limits, Mahopac residents understand that fire can still strike any home. A swift, expert response can mean the difference in thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs in even a small fire.

Fire damage in Mahopac can be everything from a cigarette fire in the bedroom to the thick, pungent residues generated by a fire in the garage that spreads through the home. SERVPRO response crews train their personnel as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians, or FSRTs. These specialists use the latest cleaners and equipment to clean every surface in a home from drywall to upholstery and linoleum to wood.

Each team member is highly qualified to perform four primary actions. Each is designed to loosen residues from surfaces after fire damage. Depending on the type of residues and surfaces, specialists use Chemical, Lubrication, Mechanical, and Suspension and Dispersion methods.

Chemical methods alter residues after FSRTs apply a cleaning agent. The alteration allows them to more easily remove them with sponges, vacuums, and extraction wands to pull residues off floors and out of carpets.

Lubrication methods break the link between surfaces and residues by making the contaminants slippery. The detergents and other cleaners surround residues so they nearly slide off surfaces by wiping them off with a sponge or cloth. Lubrication is especially useful on metal and glass surfaces.

Mechanical methods break up the residues with stronger cleaners and devices that agitate the residues on diverse surfaces such as fabrics, metal, stone, wood, and marble. Where certain surfaces like fabrics and wood absorb cleaners, FSRTs use scrub brushes or mechanical agitation devices exclusively to remove not just fire residues, but soil and other contaminants as well.

Suspension and Dispersion is the most common method used by team members, however. They loosen and suspend residues within the cleaning product, which becomes suspended in the solution, and eventually disperses into the mixture. It is a method especially useful for drywall and other building materials.

At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we understand that a home is far more than four walls and a roof. Our response teams use every method available to clean and restore property and memories for homeowners here and in Southeast, Kent, and Carmel. To schedule a service call and receive an estimate, call today at (845) 228-1090.

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We Have The Best Drying Practices In Mahopac After A Flood

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

The ceiling in this home is caving in due to high winds that blew through High winds mixed with torrential rains can cause a significant amount of damage to a home. We have the state of the art equipment necessary.

Post-Flood Cleaning Tactics for Mahopac Homes

Even though floodwater can get removed from the floors of your Mahopac property, there are many other steps still left before this house can feel like home again. The process can feel overwhelming, especially to those unfamiliar with the professional restoration process, but our SERVPRO team can help. We have strategies and tactics for cleaning and recovering flood-damaged properties that can begin as soon as extraction efforts complete.

The faster that cleaning and restoration tactics can begin, the less threatening that flood damage in Mahopac home continues to be. With concerns like contamination and bacteria present in the intruding water, saturated materials and structural elements can host both the bacterial microorganisms, as well as microbial threats like mold and fungus. Cleaning up the mess that a flood has left behind is an immediate approach that can reduce the severity of these contaminants and mold threats.

Muck-Out Cleaning

Much like fire losses, our SERVPRO team must contend with high volumes of debris and material remnants throughout the property after a flood. Muck-out helps our team to shovel out this debris and work to clean and clear mud and other solids carried in with the water coming into the house.

Controlled Demolition 

With potential contamination, there is little work that can get done to protect surfaces like drywall and flooring from staying installed once exposed. It is often more cost-effective to remove and replace these items than the testing and deep cleaning necessary to ensure that surfaces have gotten appropriately disinfected.

Media Blasting 

Our professionals have numerous strategies designed to remove soiling and even microorganisms from surfaces of damaged areas of the house without compromising the top layer of the material. With media blasting, we use products like baking soda along with pressurized water or air to thoroughly remove surface contaminants and reduce odors.

After extraction nears completion in a home, flood damage recovery is still in the early stages. We have advanced techniques and equipment to help get your property back to preloss condition as soon as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Putnam County team a call today at (845) 228-1090.

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When Water Damages Your Mahopac Commercial Property

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Large reception area decorated for a gathering Don't let water damage ruin your venue bookings. SERVPRO has the expertise to dry your business.

Honor Reservations Despite Water Damage at Mahopac Event Center  

Every type of business handles exposure to water loss differently. Moving operations off-site or closing for a few days while our team addresses the water removal and drying can work for some companies with only minor ill effects. Other businesses have their physical location wholly integrated with their products and services. A Mahopac event center cannot deliver what you promised if a water emergency compromises the building.  

Special Celebrations Cannot Wait 

When water damage invades your Mahopac business, a fast response is crucial. Your clients reserve the space and catering service for once-in-a-lifetime events like weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and the like. Rescheduling is impossible in nearly all cases, and merely reneging on the contract you signed with your customers destroys your reputation and chases away future bookings. 

A Professional Team  

SERVPRO responds as soon as possible to your call for help. Our employees hold multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), preparing them to apply mitigation and remediation best practice strategies. We can scale our response concerning the extent and intensity of the damage, supporting your responsibility to provide the services promised. 

Top-Notch Resources 

When we arrive at your site, our signature green service vehicles contain the water detection and extraction tools needed to clear the liquid water from the space. Moisture detectors map the dimensions of the water migration, and moisture meters establish the amount of water absorbed by structures. SERVPRO focuses on fast water removal, using commercial-grade submersible pumps and truck-mounted or portable extractors. For wet carpets, our technicians use an in-place technique leveraging the combined weight of our extraction equipment and the weight of the workers to force as much fluid out of both carpeting and padding as possible. If hardwood floors are soaked, we rely on negative air pressure (suction) to pull water from several layers, including the subfloor using tightly adhered floor mats. 

Efficient Drying Strategies 

Once the liquid water is gone, SERVPRO technicians calculate drying goals. We use the moisture data from the metering done during the assessment and compare that to the levels in similar materials in unaffected areas of the building--the drying standard. We use a combination of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to reach the drying standard. The heat and air movement accelerate evaporation while the dehumidifiers capture the resulting vapor for disposal.

 Count on SERVPRO of Putnam County to address water damage fast so that your event pavilion is ready for the celebrations booked without delay. Call us at (845) 228-1090 to set up an evaluation and immediate intervention. 

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Why Quick Water Extraction Prevents Further Damage in Mahopac

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing on wall and ceiling Undetected water leaks can cause mold growth. SERVPRO is always available locate the leak and dry your home.

Water Extraction Mahopac – Fast Response, Detection, and Drying

Once water leaks onto a floor, it can spread quickly, into other rooms, into crevices and under furniture and cupboards. Water and moisture in humid conditions can quickly become the perfect environment for mold to grow, and if left in place long enough, cause structural damage. Mold and mildew may also cause health issues for some people.

SERVPRO provides water extraction services in Mahopac and surrounding areas. We educate our team members in the art of removing water and moisture from your home or commercial building. We believe that fast response, early detection, and thorough drying can mitigate the potential damage caused by water leaks. We are available to respond on a 24 hour / 7-day basis and aim to be onsite in less than four hours.

Detection and Extraction of Water and Moisture

Liquid water is easy to identify and remove with our high capacity vacuums. But what if water and moisture reside in a carpet or under cupboards or inside walls? Detection of moisture in these hard to access areas is incredibly important to prevent further water damage. Mold can also grow in these spaces and become an infestation. We use moisture measuring equipment to detect moisture in these areas.

We use weighted water extractors to remove moisture from carpeting and underpads, without removing the carpet in many cases. If moisture is detected inside walls or under cupboards, SERVPRO may drill holes into the area. We can insert small wands to vacuum excess water from the area, which avoids causing more damage to the structure.

Complete drying is the last step in the process. We use specialized hoses to blow dry air into hard to access cavities. Air movers blow dry air across or under carpeting to remove moisture from the flooring. Our drying technicians calculate the dehumidification requirements. We then place dehumidifiers in the space to reduce the humidity to normal levels.

Our objective is to restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lake Carmel, Cold Spring, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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You Can Rely on Us After Storms Roll Through | SERVPRO® of Putnam County

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

If storms are on the way, it is normal to feel apprehensive about what comes next. Storms can cause serious damage to homes and property—in fact, they resulted in $2 billion in damage costs in 2018, and are one of the top reasons that homeowners must file insurance claims.

Because every storm has the potential to cause damage, homeowners should consider putting a plan in place for how they will recover, including the restoration company they would like to work with. Because of our 247 emergency number, you can always count on us to be there for you after storms come through.

How You Can Count on Us After a Storm

You’ll Receive Comprehensive Restoration
Damages that storms cause are complicated, and often compound on one another to lead to bigger issues. The good news is that we can handle any type of damage, and are fully certified to help you with everything from water buildup to structural issues. By approaching all damages with a comprehensive mindset, we can ensure that everything is correctly and completely restored.

You’ll Work With Well-Trained Technicians
We invest heavily in our technicians because we understand just how important the work that they do is. We base our training on the industry standards put in place by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and we also provide e-learning courses, seminars and other continuing education opportunities so our technicians are fully aware of the most recent restoration developments.

You Can Count on Enough Resources to Be Available
As a local business, we have the benefit of getting involved with the community and caring deeply about our neighbors. However, when severe storms impact the area, we are able to scale our resources to match the demand thanks to our national SERVPRO® partners. This means that regardless of how large-scale the damage is, everyone will receive the attention they need.

You Do Not Have to Worry About Post-Disaster Scams
Whenever a disaster or severe storms occur, there are always post-disaster scammers that enter an area and attempt to take advantage of the community. Our reputable business history speaks for itself, so when you work with us, you will not have to worry about whether your restoration will be completed.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

We Get You Back In Business In Mahopac After A Fire

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Five our our air movers on the carpet in this building Our crew is trained and equipped to handle your fire remediation. Call us at 24/7 if your business is hit with a fire disaster and we will act fast.

Contact Experts to Perform Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Mahopac Retail Store

In as little as half a minute, a small fire can turn into a full-blown fire that ravages a retail business and threatens the lives of the people in the building. You rely on your store for income, and you have a great responsibility to your customers and employees. When a fire strikes, it is crucial to address the damage and keep your employees and customers happy.

SERVPRO has the experience required to deal with commercial fire damage in your Mahopac retail store. We can minimize downtime by performing professional containment. This can keep your business running while we are performing cleaning and restoration. Our remediation methods ensure that you can continue keeping your employees working and providing services to the community.

We understand that that apart from being a place where consumers buy goods, a retail store is also a source of livelihood for your employees. We can act fast to bring things at your retail store back to normal. Retail space restoration demands a high level of expertise. Our team is trained to restore commercial properties quickly and safely. We take care of all aspects of retail store damage, which may include the products in stock, fixtures, and the building itself.

After a fire, smoke damage can be severe. Smoke particles can permeate different items, and the foul odor can be challenging to eliminate. Water from fire hoses or the building’s sprinkler system can also increase the damage in your retail store, and mold can grow in damp areas. Our team can use moisture meters to determine the extent of water penetration in floors, ceilings, and walls. After extracting the water, we can set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected areas to ensure adequate drying.

Ash may stick to walls and floors and cause further fire damage because of the caustic by-products found in burned materials. We can perform efficient clean-up using mechanical actions that produce mild agitation. These actions are safe to apply to a majority of affected surfaces. For instance, our crew can use feather dusters to remove excess residues from shelves. We can also use the cleaning brush attachment of vacuum cleaners to vacuum deposits of loose particles from wall and ceiling surfaces.

Some items in your retail store may be salvageable. We can perform content restoration for such items using various specialized cleaning techniques. Our crew can use specialized equipment to restore hard-to-reach surfaces. For instance, we can use high capacity vacuums to decontaminate the HVAC system if it is affected. We can also eliminate odors using odor counteractants or thermal fogging equipment. At SERVPRO, we also know that affordability is a primary consideration for our valued clients. Therefore, we offer our services at competitive rates.

Now that you know something about our commercial fire restoration services, you can call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for help. Our technicians can help you restore your retail space quickly. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Most Effective Techniques To Restore Your Mahopac Home After A Water Damage Disaster

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

A soaked carpet after a water damage disaster Our technicians removed the affected carpet in this home and restored it so the homeowners could live normally again.

Water Damage Mahopac – Leaks Can Affect Materials Differently


Whenever there is a water leak, many consumers focus on whatever is assumed to be the most important. Some clients mop up water to avoid water migrating to carpeting and other rooms. Many wait for help to arrive. What is the right approach to take?

SERVPRO has been providing help to customers in Mahopac deal with water damage events for many years. Our team of restoration experts has studied the best approach to deal with water damage, the effect on various materials, and the best method to removing liquids and moisture from the area of the home where the leak has occurred.

Initial Steps

If possible, SERVPRO recommends that the source of the water leak should be controlled quickly. Shut off water valves that are connected to the area of the leak. Consumers may need to turn the main water supply off. Sometimes valves cannot be located, or seized valves cannot be turned due to corrosion.

Next, mop up as much water as you can. Focus on areas adjacent to hardwood floors and carpeting. Call for help to dry out your floors and any other items or structure exposed to moisture.

Permeance of Materials

Permeance measures how quickly water vapor passes through a material. Carpeted floors absorb water and moisture quickly. Particleboard commonly used for subfloors and cupboards absorbs water faster than hardwood floors. While hardwood floors absorb moisture more slowly, this type of flooring is also more challenging to dry once it has absorbed moisture and swelled.

SERVPRO can respond to water damage events in most cases under 4 hours. Consumers can mitigate the amount of damage by mopping up as much water as possible and keeping the moisture away from hardwood flooring. While carpeting can absorb moisture quickly, it can be dried relatively rapidly as well. We also aim to reduce the level of humidity in the home to normal levels to avoid secondary damage to ceiling tile, wallpaper, and other highly porous materials.

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Peach Lake, Brewster Hill, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How to Perform Fire Odor Removal In Your Mahopac Residence

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke with word "Smell" Don't let odor from a fire keep you from occupying your Mahopac home. Call the Experts at SERVPRO today.

We have what it takes to improve the air quality in your home and provide you with an odor free living space

During a fire, smoke and soot are emitted at a high rate and travel to other rooms of the affected property fast. The smoke can access void spaces and cracks in the property, leaving a distinct charcoal-like odor. Do not allow the situation to make you feel desperate because SERVPRO can help you to remove the scent.

An intense smoke odor can make your property uninhabitable even after the fire cleanup process. Fortunately, we have highly trained and experienced technicians who can perform fire odor removal in your Mahopac residence effectively. Our technicians can eliminate the smoke odor within a short time, leaving you and your family breathing fresh and healthy air.

Improper odor removal can cause odors to remain in the property for an extended period, becoming trapped in the fabrics, upholstery, cavities, and furniture. During summer, extreme temperatures can cause the pores within porous materials to re-open and release the odor in the air. We have state-of-the-art odor removal equipment and products. We can also use unique restoration techniques to handle the fire odor effectively.    

Generally, most of the odor lingers on damaged surfaces and furniture. To decrease the fire odor, our crew can demolish the affected building materials and remove them from your home. We can also remove all damaged contents out of the building. We can separate the salvageable items and the ones that cannot be salvaged. Our crew can adequately dispose of the extremely damaged items and help you list the extremely damaged items for your insurance claims filing process.

Cleaning all surfaces with smoke residues in the building is also essential. We choose the right cleaning and deodorization procedures depending on whether the smoke residues are heavy, medium, or light. Our team can use dry cleaning sponges to clean non-washable surfaces like the ceiling. However, for the other surfaces, our technicians can use liquid crème cleaners that not only clean but also deodorize the affected surfaces.

After cleaning the smoke residues, fire odors may persist. To remove the odor, our SERVPRO team can use equipment like air scrubbers to remove odor particles from the air. The machine takes dirty indoor air through a series of filters to capture odors, particles, and gases. It then blows out clean air back into the building. The HEPA filters in air scrubbers capture particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Fire odors are challenging to remove. For professional fire odor removal services, call SERVPRO of Putnam County today at (845) 228-1090. We can remove the smell to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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