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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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Mahopac Businesses Stay Open with SERVPRO Mold Remediation

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

cannon on pedestal in park overlooking a body of water Historically, SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Damage in Mahopac Enterprises without the Use of Cannons!

Several Challenges from Commercial Mold Damage in a Mahopac Office

Mold damage smells and looks unappealing. When an office has a colony infestation, it does not get better with time, and instead, continues to spread.

Restoration for commercial mold damage in a Mahopac office requires several levels of expertise from SERVPRO technicians. First, the reason for the mold needs discovery, then the remediation of existing infestation and finally treatment against any further establishment of colonies after the cleanup.

Containment Before Remediation
Mold spores spread quickly, and to inhibit this from occurring, SERVPRO techs put up barriers around the work area. The technicians remove items with evidence of mold growth and determine whether they have the potential for restoration through cleaning or require disposal. If sheetrock and other building materials show signs of infestation, they get removed through a controlled demo tear-out to halt any further spreading. For a light, surface infestation, we attempt to remove the mold growth and preserve the underlying materials.

Standard Cleaning Solutions for Items with Mold
The technicians are certified as Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists AMRT and know the best course of action for any type of mold infestation. We follow the best practices of the IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to ensure a successful outcome. Not every object with mold growth is a loss. Through the use of their various antifungal and antimicrobial treatments, we can clean and sanitize many items in the office, such as upholstered chairs in a conference room, saving the business owner the cost of replacing these pieces.

Drying and Cleaning Surfaces with Mold
Mold cannot exist without moisture. The techs dry the areas with colony growth and carefully remove the desiccated matter. Post-drying treating with their antimicrobial solutions assists with limiting any reestablishment before repairs happen.

Odor Control Measures
Mold may have a particular, musty odor that lingers in some cases, especially in porous objects such as furnishings. The techs have access to various types of deodorization and neutralization equipment to render these pungent scents a non-issue. In some cases, they need to apply multiple applications to eradicate odors.

SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 is ready to handle any size commercial mold damage. The technicians have the knowledge and equipment to make the mold loss to the property, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Fire And Smoke Damage Professionals Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Carmel

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damage to home after a fire Together, we can leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

What Is That Foul Smell In Your Carmel Home?

Not surprisingly, the hustle and bustle of the holidays and winter months can bring added risks for your family.  Everything from someone slipping on an icy sidewalk to a touch of frostbite to a small fire erupting as you cook for friends and neighbors, it is all possible in the next weeks.  Even when the incidents seem small, the repercussions can be long-lasting.  For example, fire damage from the kitchen fire can leave behind a plethora of problems far beyond what's evident to the naked eye.

When your home in Carmel is the one suffering from fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO to help you get everything back to normal.  Our fire restoration technicians specialize in the latest and most advanced industry techniques focusing on restoring your home after flames, smoke, and soot have descended upon it.  As small as the damage appears, it takes an expert team to avoid further damage during the cleanup process.  All you need to do is contact our 24/7 hotline and rely on our assessment and action plan to return your home to mint condition.

It is common for our SERVPRO team to hear that the worst part of a small fire is the resulting smell.   Due to ventilation systems, fabrics, and the chemical composition of all that burned, the odor permeates beyond what seems commensurate to the size of the fire.  Analyzing and acting in the interest of our client is where we excel.  Our technicians have at their disposal the latest in deodorizing techniques and the training to identify the best solution for your situation.

When we arrive, we may choose from a wide variety of options.  Perhaps one of the more straightforward options, odor-counteracting beads are easy to disperse, and their impact is evident as time goes on.  The beads release an aroma that helps mask the smell of smoke and gives your home a fresh scent.  Similar to the beads, we may use deodorizing pellets, which absorb the odor instead of masking it.  These are but two of the treatments readily available to you through our SERVPRO staff, and they show that fire damage does not have to be catastrophic to benefit from the input of a professional service.

SERVPRO of Putnam County is at your service this winter.  Call us at (845) 228-1090 as soon as the incident happens and let us work for you.  Together, we can leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Give Us A Call Day Or Night In Carmel After A Flood

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling caving in after a storm in this home This celling was effected by high winds and torrential rains and our team arrived right away to begin restoration and prevent further damage.

Cleaning and Deodorization of a Flooded Carmel Basement

Knowing the best solutions for flooded basements in Carmel homes is not something that can happen without inspections and assessments of the environmental conditions. Our SERVPRO professionals commit to arriving at your house within four hours of the first notice of loss (FNOL), ensuring that no customer waits for the experienced technicians longer than necessary. With flooding scenarios, cleaning and deodorization are vital components to returning a property to a safe condition.  

Both of these practices become intertwined during the recovery process, where cleaning flood damage in Carmel homes affects the lingering odors in residence as well. In many situations, eliminating microorganisms can help to reduce the concentration and severity of flood odors. The technicians of our team must assess the best approach to dry out the damage so that cleaning and later deodorization efforts can be useful in your house.

Many of the basements in the area belong to older homes constructed decades or longer ago. The inspiration had not spread for finished lower levels at this point, so even now, many basements remain concrete block walls and concrete flooring. When age and hydrostatic pressures compromise a portion of the block wall, extraction and drying are priorities of our responding team responsible for emergency services. Water from the outside can carry in the dirt, mud, bacteria, debris, and other threats. Cleaning up after this mess can only begin once the floors have gotten cleared of excess water and moisture.

Cleaning up after these flood damage disasters involves many possible cleaning agents, but few as powerful and direct as chlorine-based cleaners. Because of their disinfection properties, these agents can also begin to nullify odors. Additional deodorization products can get used in the basement in portable machines like our thermal foggers. These units heat deodorization solutions into a vapor and can disperse it wherever the moving SERVPRO technician takes it.

Overcoming the lingering effects of a flood loss begins with the extraction and drying of the area. With the damages that remain, our SERVPRO of Putnam County team can offer effective and efficient solutions designed to protect your home and its contents. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (845) 228-1090.

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How Water Damages Hardwood Flooring in Carmel

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water and hardwood flooring don't mix. We have the equipment to your flooring. Call us today!

Stages of Wood Flooring Water Damage in Carmel Homes 

No water loss situation starts as bad as it can get, and that is especially true when considering the stages of damage that can affect wood flooring in Carmel homes. Depending on the stage of damage that your flooring type might be in when our SERVPRO team first arrives to begin mitigation and recovery, the approach and necessary response changes. Each material cycles through these phases at different rates. These cycles depend on the porosity of the wood and the severity of the water loss incident. 

Our assessment of the spread and severity of the water damage in Carmel homes when we first arrive dictates the appropriate restoration response. We have a team of qualified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and those accredited in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) as well. This experience, combined with the information obtained through testing of the affected materials with discovery devices such as our surface moisture meter and thermography, can guide our team in the best available approaches for damaged wood flooring. 

Surface Water 

There are many instances where the worst of the water damage that our SERVPRO team faces exist on the surface of flooring materials. If reached quickly enough, our professionals can avoid excessive penetration into the wood or to the subflooring materials altogether. For this stage of water damage, we would utilize our extraction and drying tools like pumps and air movers. 

Free Water 

Free water has penetrated the wood planks, often through the seams or through direct absorption. During this phase, the molecules of water and moisture have not bonded or changed the composition of the host material. This free water still needs to dry, and our restoration process includes installed drying mats and other advanced techniques. 

Bound Water 

Once water chemically bonds to the wood, it can be a considerable challenge to dry out and restore. In most situations, it is easier for our SERVPRO team to remove the damaged portions and reinstall them rather than spend our time and excessive resources on drying that might not solve the problem. Our team started as a construction unit back in 1997, so we can manage controlled demolition and build back in a fast and cost-effective manner as well. 

No matter what damage your wood flooring endures, you have experienced SERVPRO of Putnam County technicians to help when you call (845) 228-1090. 

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Some Steps Towards Carmel Fire Damage Remediation Success

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

yellow fire line do not cross sign across a fire damaged home Fire damage can be overwhelming to deal with. Partner with SERVPRO to remediate after a fire in your home.

Combatting Dry and Wet Smoke Residue in Carmel Homes

Knowing what to expect after a fire loss incident in Carmel homes can feel impossible, especially considering that no two disasters affect properties the same way. Even the smoke and soot residues that can be a staple of the combustion within your household can vary from one residence to the next, with the most typical difference being dry and wet smoke residues. The two are significantly different from one another, which requires specific products and practices to remove successfully. 

Wet and dry smoke residues can both be challenging obstacles of fire damage in Carmel properties for our experienced Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) to overcome. With our unique and extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can confidently determine the type of residue we are dealing with and the ideal approach to clean it from affected surfaces. Several factors can determine whether a smoke residue is wet or dry.

  • The rate in which materials burn or combust in the house.
  • The volume of available oxygen during the fire.
  • Which materials and substances burned during the disaster.

Dry smoke residues are often easier to clean from surfaces because the residue is lighter and has a dry dusting across affected surfaces. These particulates are not as likely to stain surfaces as wet smoke, and deodorization is not as severe of a need. While the cleanup might be easier, dry smoke comes from a faster burning, hotter fire. Dry smoke residues can often indicate more widespread and devastating structural damage.

Wet smoke is a considerable challenge to clean, as it is a slower moving event that can smolder rather than speed through a home. These residues contain solvents and liquid components, leaving a thicker and more problematic film on surfaces. Though there are practices for removing this residue, our SERVPRO team might have to resurface and refinish affected materials instead of attempting to remove wet smoke effects directly.

Many factors play a role in the behavior of smoke and the residue that combustion events can leave behind in your home. Our SERPVPRO of Putnam County team can work to address whatever you face after a fire. Give us a call anytime at (845) 228-1090.

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Our Storm Damage Experts Discuss the Least Invasive Technique For Drying Your Carmel Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor From Storm Give Our professionals a call whenever disasters strike at (845) 228-1090.

What Is the Least Invasive Technique for Drying Carmel Homes?

There are many practices for reducing moisture and recovering your Carmel home that is very direct and can require the reinstallation of portions of materials, the repairs of probing holes, or the refinishing of surfaces. Not all of the water loss incidents and flooding that your Carmel home might experience requires these invasive approaches, no matter how efficient they might be. Our objective as professional restorers is to protect your property and keep costs as low as possible for the recovery efforts necessary after disasters.

Minimal invasiveness is a staple of the effective customer service our SERVPRO professionals strive to provide after flood damage to Carmel homes. Because of how quickly floodwater can migrate through a property, especially in situations where structural breaches must get repaired, the least destructive drying and extraction approaches can reduce more considerable reconstruction and build back costs. We have several options that can reduce our impact on your property while still effectively eliminating moisture and saturation threats.

Because of the threats of contamination, it might not be possible to avoid the removal of exposed surfaces and materials entirely. Carpets and padding, for example, do not get disinfected and restored in place. Instead, they get entirely removed, and the structural supports and subflooring get dried and disinfected if necessary.

The least invasive drying method is the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. We can connect multiple units together to minimize our need to run cords throughout the property and maximize our total airflow output. Direct air mover blasting on wet surfaces or moisture-damaged contents can quicken evaporation so that deterioration and degradation do not become an obstacle our SERVPRO team must overcome as well. After minimal flood cutting to drywall where necessary, this same strategy can help to continue drying out exposed areas of the house.

While we have many strategies for drying out properties after flooding, including our positive pressure systems and air movers, we utilize whatever method is most efficient and cost-effective for our customers. You can count on the expertise and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Putnam County team. Give Our professionals a call whenever disasters strike at (845) 228-1090.

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Our Experts Discuss Steps For Cleaning Up After A Fire In Your Carmel Home

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

home with burned furniture and walls covered in soot We can deal with the destruction to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Steps for Cleaning Up Your Carmel Home After Fire Damage

Firefighters in Carmel respond to many emergency calls often. Fires can fill homes with soot, debris, and ash, and without immediate action, the damage may increase. Restoring a property after a fire is often a significant operation that involves following a complex systematic process. It is sensible to hire professionals to complete the tasks required to restore your property to its pre-fire loss state.

Fire damage in your Carmel residence might have caught you off-guard with the challenges of cleaning up the ruined areas. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO can help you go through the restoration process in a straightforward and stress-free manner. Through our restoration efforts, you can minimize losses. The sooner you contact our professionals, the sooner we can begin the process of getting your property back to normal. Before our crew arrives, here are a few things you can do:

    •    Prevent further damage in your house by boarding up openings.
    •    Limit movements to prevent soot particles from being embedded in the carpets.
    •    Use clean towels or linens to cover rugs, furniture, and carpeting in high traffic areas.

Although flames cause the most apparent damage to a home during a fire, soot, smoke, and ash can be silent hazards. You should not overlook smoke and soot damage when evaluating the destruction a fire has caused. Smoke travels upwards, landing on cooler surfaces, and it may leave thick soot deposits. It may cause extensive corrosion, etching, and discoloration of your property as well as odors. Our SERVPRO crew can prevent this damage by removing smoke residues from all affected surfaces.

Our team can also deal with ash damage. Ash particles are easily disturbed and can spread throughout a building quickly, damaging different items and surfaces. Ash tends to build up in layers forming a lacquer-like consistency, which is hard to remove. Our team can remove the ash so that they do not build up. We test the affected surfaces to categorize materials as either washable or non-washable. We wet clean washable materials and dry clean the non-washable ones. Our technicians can use dry cleaning sponges to dry clean non-washable surfaces and water containing detergents to wet clean surfaces. The wet cleaning process usually involves three steps, namely, washing, rinsing, and drying.

If your Mahopac, Southeast, or Kent residence has fire damage, you should call the experts at SERVPRO of Putnam County. We can deal with the destruction to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.” Our helpline is (845) 228-1090.

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We Provide Expert Cleaning And Restoration In Carmel

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

a ceiling caved in by flood damage in a home High winds mixed with torrential rains can be a dangerous combination for homeowners. When disaster strikes we are one call away.

Answers To Flood Damage On Your Carmel Area Property

Water intrusion into your Carmel home can be a traumatic event. One that often disrupts your healthy lifestyle, creating stress and uncertainty for your entire family. A professional flood damage restorer can provide guidance and assistance that help you make quality decisions through the difficult times ahead.

When dealing with flood damage on your Carmel area property, you want access to a company that is prepared, experienced, and completely capable of handling the situation you find yourself facing. Luckily, there is a team of trained mitigation professionals, only a phone call away. 

Floods fall into three categories, including; 

  1. Sanitary
  2. Significantly Contaminated
  3. Grossly Contaminated

During your flood damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians can deploy remediation procedures for dealing with contaminated water that help ensure your protection and safety. Both significantly and grossly contaminated flood damage remediation procedures require the use of Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, respirators, water-proof boots, eye protection, and full-body suits to reduce potential exposure.

Since the spread of contaminants can happen with foot traffic, equipment movement, debris disposal, or even air movement, SERVPRO technicians use various techniques to prevent contaminants from spreading into other uncontaminated areas of your home. We understand that once work begins, contaminants can easily dislodge or aerosolize, so we minimize cross-contamination by establishing containment areas with negative pressure.

SERVPRO can erect containment by sealing off doorways or openings of all affected areas with 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting. It helps to go beyond the affected area, utilizing a decontamination chamber that allows workers to enter and exit while removing debris. Your HVAC or ventilation system must remain turned off, and the supply or return registers sealed with plastic to ensure containment.

Our technicians use a piece of equipment called an air filtration device to blow air out of the affected areas. This device helps us control airflow, allowing clean air into the area, without mixing with contaminated air. Once done with containment, we can begin to extract standing water and remove bulk materials contaminating your home. Our technicians provide a variety of services designed to adjust to your unique situation, giving you much-needed solutions to a stressful event.

SERVPRO of Putnam County stands ready to provide expert cleaning and restoration services, along with flood damage mitigation throughout the area. We proudly service Mahopac, Kent, Patterson, and surrounding areas, call today. (845) 228-1090

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