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Mold and water damage restoration at your Brewster, NY business

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold and water damage restoration at your Brewster, NY business Water damage in your Putnam County office is not only inconvenient, it can shut down your business and cause you to lose money.

Time is essential in keeping your financial losses to a minimum and re-opening your doors when a water or mold emergency strikes your Cold Spring, NY area business. At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we use our twenty years of experience to get the job done fully and efficiently so that disruption to your business is minimal.

Call us immediately upon discovering a mold infestation or water damage at your business. Whether it be a Carmel shopping center in which mold behind a shared wall affected multiple businesses, a store under construction in Brewster with water damage due to a plumbing malfunction or an apartment complex in Mahopac in which a kitchen sink leak damaged 4 apartments, our team is specially trained and has the equipment to mitigate the damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 immediately  if your business experiences a toilet overflow, leaking pipes or electrical fire. We are on call 24/7 and can respond to emergency and get your company back in business as soon as possible.

Freezing temperatures cause pipes to burst in Putnam County, NY

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Freezing temperatures cause pipes to burst in Putnam County, NY If your pipes freeze and burst, call SERVPRO of Putnam County to restore your home.

Discovering that the pipes have frozen and burst in your home or business is always a surprise. As devastating as this might experience can be, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the damage while you wait for help to arrive. 

Turn off your water and electricity. 

If you live in a house, turn off your water supply. (and don't wait until a pipe bursts to locate it!) as well as the electricity  to the area of the house where the burst has occurred. If you live in an apartment building or condo, be sure to alert your building manager immediately as the water could also affect neighboring units. 

Place a catch bucket under the leak 

If water is coming through the ceiling, place a bucket or garbage can under the leak to catch the water. If the ceiling is bulging or the leaking is widespread, piercing a hole in the sheetrock will allow the water to flow through one spot.  

Drain your pipes 

Run all of the faucets throughout your house with cold water to clear as much water from the pipes as possible. Flush the toilets as well. Turn off your hot water heater and run the hot water from all faucets.  

Call a plumber 

Again, preparing ahead will work in your benefit. It can be difficult to find a plumber who is   immediately available to respond to your frozen pipe emergency.  Choosing a plumber and establishing a relationship with a local Putnam County plumber ahead of time will go a long way in getting quicker service. 

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County 

Our water mitigation team will respond quickly and begin the clean up process. The sooner we are called to dry the home out and remove wet sheetrock, carpets, flooring  and other materials, the less the damage can spread and cause additional problems. 

Call your Insurance Agency 

The sooner you submit a claim, the quicker you will be reimbursed for payments made to plumbers and contractors.  Our experienced office staff, Keri and Bianca, will handle insurance negotiations and paperwork from our end so that you don't have to.  

We've been told by many customers throughout our twenty years as a franchise that having our team come out quickly and efficiently mitigate the damage has taken much of the stress out of the situation.  Give us a call  at (845) 228-1090
 24/7 if your pipes freeze  this  winter in the Yorktown Heights area!

Choosing a live Christmas tree this year? Follow our tips to find the perfect one!

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing a live Christmas tree this year? Follow our tips to find the perfect one! Yes! You can have a real Christmas tree in your Brewster home. Follow our fire-safety tips to keep it safe!

For many families in Putnam County, the start of the Christmas season is marked by picking out a live Christmas tree from one of the area’s wonderful tree farms. For some, the annual ritual of the family venturing out into the cold together to find that perfect tree for their home, cutting it themselves and tying it to the roof of the car cannot be replicated with an artificial tree.

We appreciate a live tree ourselves however have also seen in over twenty years in the fire and damage business the devastation caused by a tree that has caught fire. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination. If your holiday is not complete without a live tree, follow these safety precautions this month.

1. Choose your tree carefully: Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. If a tree is shedding easily, choose another! The best trees that retain moisture the longest are Fraser fir, Noble fir and Douglas fir. Eastern red cedar and Atlantic white cedar rapidly lose moisture and should be used only for a week or two.

2. Location, location, location: Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.

3. Check your lights: Check old lights for any fraying of the wires. Do not overload light strands or electrical outlets. Also keep in mind that miniature and LED lights produce less heat than larger ones and will reduce the drying effect on trees.

4. Keep it watered: Choose a tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water and be sure to keep it full at all times.

5. Unplug your lights every night and when you leave the home. This will reduce the drying effect of lights and reduce the risk of the tree igniting unnoticed.

6. Take down the tree before it dries completely. A tree that is totally dry has needles turned a greenish gray and all needles and twigs break with a crack or crunch when crushed. In some tree species, you will see a needle drop but always do the crush test to be certain.

Top Causes of Commercial Water Damage in Putnam County

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Commercial Top Causes of Commercial Water Damage in Putnam County Protect your Carmel business from the common causes of water damage.

If you own a business in the Mahopac area, there a few common causes of water damage that you should be aware of. 

1. Broken pipes - In upstate NY, this is the number one cause of water damage in both residential and commercial buildings. Make sure that your pipes are not vulnerable to freezing and bursting and that your plumbing system is professionally maintained.

2. Sewage backups- If sewage backs up into your business, you can be faced with having to keep your doors closed during restoration. Make sure that you have your system inspected yearly.

3.Malfunctioning appliances - If you have a restaurant in the Brewster area, a refrigerator leak or dishwasher flood can cause significant damage. Keep your eyes open to the small signs of a leak such as floors that are lifting, small puddles and rust on the exterior of the appliance. Call your plumber at the first sign of a leak before it is too late.

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County to schedule your Patterson mold inspection

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO of Putnam County to schedule your Patterson mold inspection Damp conditions plus organic matter makes basement floors under carpeting one of the most common areas that mold spores grow in Mahopac, NY homes..

Mold spores are not picky – they only require two substances to grow – water and food. Any organic matter can serve as food including wood, drywall, carpets and clothing. If you can reduce the moisture in your home, you will make it difficult for mold to grow.  

The SERVPRO of Putnam County team has inspected hundreds of homes with mold damage over the past twenty years.  We understand that mold spores exist everywhere and not all mold requires professional remediation. We also know that it is impossible to completely eradicate every mold spore. Naturally, mold spores live in balance with humans in a symbiotic relationship.  Our goal is to reduce mold down to acceptable levels.  

Contact your SERVPRO of Putnam County restoration professionals immediately after a water intrusion. Ignoring leaks or simply letting flood water recede are two of the most common reasons mold flourishes in a home. Investigate unusual earthy or musty odors in your home, including under cabinets and in walls. 
  
As part of our inspection process, our crew also counsels homeowners on how to reduce their mold risk. A home may require the repair of attic soffits or vents, the installation of exhaust fans, a slow leak repaired or a dehumidifier.   
  
If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 to schedule an inspection.

Putnam County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Putnam County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Putnam County Home.

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

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 845-228-1090 

Smoke and soot removal in Brewster, NY

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and soot removal in Brewster, NY Smoke and soot can cause substantial damage to your Carmel home.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

After a home fire has been extinguished, homeowner's are left with the aftermath. The flames have not only damaged the home, they have also left behind a layer of soot and smoke that is embedded in every exposed item.  Smoke and soot can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and even cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over. 

Even a small home fire can cause a great amount of damage due to soot and smoke damage. We have arrived at jobs where a small kitchen fire may have caused minimal structural damage, yet smoke has managed to permeate items throughout the home and soot has covered every surface of the home.  In the pictures, the home doesn't show much damage, yet the clean up job is a big one.  

When called to a job in the Garrison, NY area, SERVPRO of Putnam County crew members have the expertise and equipment to properly treat all surfaces of ash and soot. Because ash can reactive negatively to certain cleaning agents, possibly causing permanent damage and toxic fumes, this is not a job that can be done with store bought cleaning agents. 

At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we keep thermal foggers and other sophisticated odor removal equipment on hand to counter noxious smoke odors. We can reach into all parts of your Mahopac home, including inside floors and walls. We have a large production facility where we are able to take possessions off site and clean them while your home is being restored. 

Protect your home from fire damage in Mahopac, NY

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protect your home from fire damage in Mahopac, NY While using a surge protector outlet strip is recommended, take caution not to overload them, as this can also be a home fire risk in Putnam County!

Experiencing a house fire is one of the most devastating experiences that our customers can go through. Although many fires cannot be avoided, there are some safety precautions that Brewster area homeowners can take to lower their risk.   

Install Surge Protectors in your home – Protect your home electronics and  install a surge protector. These devices prevent sudden surges from causing a fire. Use surge protectors wisely by not overloading them. Turning outlet strips off at night can also saves on electricity.  

Install smoke detectors where they are needed. Common sources of fire in the Connecticut area are the wood stove and fireplace as well as the kitchen. Install smoke detectors in these areas so that the fire doesn't have a chance to spread.  

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

Home fires are the cause of death of approximately 3,400 people are killed in home fires or by burn injuries each year. The Putnam County community has experienced the devastation a home fire can cause. Please take care and follow our tips to keep your home and family safe. 

Protecting your Putnam County home from fire damage

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Fire Damage Protecting your Putnam County home from fire damage Check your smoke detectors regularly

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week- a time to make sure that your home has fire safety measures in place. In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. Every 86 seconds, one home structure fire was reported and every day, 7 people lost their lives to residential fires.  At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we have seen firsthand the devastation a home fire can cause.  

Many home fires are preventable with some forethought and care to minimize the risks. Among the common causes of home fires are leaving candles unattended, smoking and leaving unattended food cooking on the stove top.  Make it a habit to double check that the flame is out and properly extinguished when smoking or using candles. 

Electrical fires can start from overloaded outlets, equipment malfunction or overheated appliances. Clothes washers and dryers account for over 16,000 home fires each year.  We recommend that you check your dryer vent to make sure there aren't any blockages and clean your lint screen regularly.  

While lightning fires are not preventable, personal injury  from lightning can be. Unplug electrical appliances, avoid using plumbing fixtures  and do not use corded devices during thunderstorms.

Tragically, Christmas trees are one of the main causes of home fires. Take care to always keep trees well watered, do not use faulty Christmas tree lights and always turn off your tree at night. Try to avoid using a live tree in a room with a wood stove or near heat sources that will dry them out.

Here in upstate New York, many of us use alternative heat sources such as wood burning stoves and portable heaters. Take care to be sure that wood stoves are used properly and that wood is stored away from the stove and furniture and other combustible items are at least 3 feet from the stove. Portable electric heaters should also be kept 3 feet from flammable items such as curtains and bedding.  Additionally, do not leave a space heater on overnight or while sleeping. 

Despite taking preventative measures, home fires will still occur.  Be prepared with ways to minimize the damage and protect your family from injury. Smoke detectors should be on each floor of your home and in each bedroom. Test all smoke detectors regularly and replace detectors over 10 years old. Keep fire extinguishers on each floor of your home and make sure you know how to use it. Many newer homes are equipped with a fire sprinkler system. If you are building a home, having a system installed may be included in your mortgage.  Having rope or fire ladders on the second floor of the home can help family members escape. Make a family escape plan and rehearse it with your family.  

Taking these measures can help minimize the damage of a home fire and protect your loved ones. If you do experience a home fire in your Carmel home, please call us at (845) 228-1090. We specialize in fire damage restoration – from  cleaning soot, removing smoke smells and residue from personal items and cleaning up the secondary water damage rescue efforts leave behind.

Snowstorms cause water and fire damage in Mahopac, NY

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Snowstorms cause water and fire damage in Mahopac, NY Raking the snow off of your roof will help you avoid ice dams, which can cause water and mold damage to your Brewster home.

Winter is around the corner and with it will come snowstorms in Putnam County. Before the storm, there are steps that you can take to lower the risk of damage to your home.  

  1. 1. Check the shingles on your roof to ensure that they are not damaged and are properly installed. Damaged roofing shingles can allow water to enter your home through the attic, causing water and mold damage.  
  2. Avoid ice dams by using a roof rake to clear snow off of your roof. Also make sure that your attic is properly insulated, as this will reduce the risk of ice dams, which can cause water damage to the interior of your home.  
  3. If you have a woodstove or fireplace, have your chimney cleaned annually to reduce the risk of fire. If there is a power outage, heating your home will be necessary to avoid frozen pipes! 
  4. Have an emergency supply kit which includes enough food, water and medicine for at least 5 days.  
  5. If you have a generator, make sure you have extension cords handy and enough gas for several days. Generators should always be used outside of the home.  

Burst pipes, ice dams and chimney fires are some of the damage that can occur from snowstorms. Hopefully, by taking these few precautions beforehand, you can sit back and enjoy the snow!