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How Water Damages Hardwood Flooring in Carmel

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Leave It To The Professionals To Remediate Your Water Damaged Home in Carmel

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Is It Time To Call For Water Removal For Your Carmel Property?

If you notice water damage anywhere in your home, it is best to determine whether or not the issue is old or new. The quicker you determine whether you are dealing with recent damage or an older problem, the faster the water removal can begin.

Calling SERVPRO to help you assess the potential water damage in your home is essential if you are not sure where the issue stems from. Water removal in Carmel can help you to eliminate the moisture and also make it easier to locate the source of the intrusion. The following are helpful steps that you can use to find out if the signs of water damage are new or if it has been brewing for some time:

Determine the Materials

SERVPRO technicians can show you how water can impact different materials in various ways. Brick, tile, and other sturdy materials show if water damage has been around for a while because it takes time for the signs of wear to show up and create leaking. However, if you see damage on hardwood flooring, carpeting or drywall, this could be new damage.

Spot Rings

With materials like wood floors, drywall, and other soft materials, they could develop rings if the damage has built up over some time. Water soaks in and starts discoloring the material, leaving a stain behind as it dries. Once this pattern goes on, it leaves several rings showing the pattern of water damage.

Touch the Area

When water damage is newer, the area can be wet but not yet soft. Should you touch your drywall or ceiling and the material is soft to the touch, water has had ample time to soak in, ruining the integrity of it. This is when it is time to think about detection services and water removal in Carmel, which is where SERVPRO is more than happy to help. 

Contact us today at SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for high-quality water cleanup. We are available 24/7 to help, including emergency calls. 

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SERVPRO Cleaning Products for Post-Water Loss Recovery

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will be there to show you how it's done, with your water loss in Carmel. 

Cleaning up after water loss incidents damage your Carmel home is often more complicated than many property owners initially believe. Because of how important a task this is for the recovery of properties, even our SERVPRO team has a division of certified cleaning technicians accredited in multiple facets of the restoration industry, including Carpet Cleaning (CCT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), Odor Control (OCT), Rug Cleaning (RCT), and even biohazard recovery.

No two loss incidents are the same, so water cleanup for Carmel homes varies as well. Because of how different these situations can be and the people that could become affected, our professionals have an extensive line of cleaning agents designed and distributed through our parent brand. These products have all met the approval of OSHA, giving us a full spectrum of cleaning agents that can target specific materials, effects, and residues. We categorize our line of cleansers based on their task in your damaged home.

Disinfectants 

These cleaners are an everyday staple in the arsenal of our SERVPRO cleaning technicians, as they can destroy nearly all of the organisms they touch when they are applied. Depending on the material and the product used, it might even eliminate bacterial or fungal spores present on the surface.

Sanitizers

Unlike disinfectants, sanitizers are used to decrease microbial threats within parameters. Often these parameters have been established by health authorities regarding safe exposure levels.  

Antimicrobials

These products have been specially formulated to prevent the production or slow/stop the growth of microbes. While the literal definition of these products implies working against microbial threats, it can also be a general term to refer to all products designed to eliminate microbes as well, including disinfectants, fungicides, and sporicides.

Biocides

We have many products in our cleaning product arsenal that end in the suffix -cide. These products detail an ability to eliminate organisms on contact, though it most often indicates the ability to control the growth of microbes rather than eliminating them.

Now that you can see how many of our cleaning products have gotten distinguished and labeled, you can better appreciate their role in restoring your water damaged home. You can count on our SERVPRO of Putnam County professionals to help however you need it. Give us a call today at (845) 228-1090.

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We Discuss The Equipment Used In Flood Damaged Schools In Mahopac

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Extraction Equipment Used In Flooded Mahopac Schools

Flooding can be a detrimental situation that completely ruins areas like carpeting and linoleum tilework of a Mahopac school. With how quickly these effects can spread throughout your institution, it can easily exceed the reach and resources of your custodial and maintenance staff. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast response to flooding and water loss emergencies that affect our area schools because we know that hundreds of people get impacted by loss incidents like these.
 
Standing water can often be one of the most hazardous effects of flood damage in Mahopac schools, as this can continually damage the surfaces exposed and saturate structural elements until this high volume gets removed. Our professionals have a massive inventory of recovery tools and equipment, including a wide selection of extraction machines and devices. From light wands to trash pumps, we have the equipment to suit the specific needs of your building. It is our objective from the moment that mitigation work begins to get your doors back open to students and faculty as promptly as possible.
 
Flood loss scenarios can be widespread and destructive, spreading beyond the penetration point throughout other rooms and communal areas on the same level of the school. Our professionals can begin extraction work as soon as we arrive, especially using wet-vacs and light wands to prevent the further spread of debilitating water damage. Our prompt response with these extraction tools can help us to reach the point where the combination of air movers and dehumidifiers can remove the lingering moisture.
 
High-capacity extractors can protect flooring in your school, such as linoleum, from succumbing to water penetration and popping tiles loose. As a standard flooring option for public schools, our protection of these materials can help to get the facility cleaned quickly and ready for the return of students and your employees.
 
We have multiple extraction tools that can suit the specific needs and immediate effects in your area school. It is our utmost priority to clean and restore this loss quickly, so you can count on our SERVPRO of Putnam County team to show that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give our skilled professionals a call whenever you need us at (845) 228-1090.

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The Best Ways to Remove Water From Hardwood Floors in Carmel

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Efficient Water Removal from Hardwood in Carmel Homes 

Standing water in your Carmel home can absorb quickly into specific materials exposed, such as paneling, drywall, and other porous surfaces. Authentic hardwood can also fall into this category, though porosity of this material varies based on the specific wood used and if installed correctly. With cutting-edge equipment and fast response to water losses, our professionals can help to reduce the need to remove or repair flooring options, including hardwood and carpeting. 

Contending with high volumes of standing water can present widespread obstacles for our technicians to overcome, including water removal in Carmel homes. As pressing as the need for extraction might be, many other factors play a vital role in protecting the exposed materials, flooring, and other structural elements throughout the house. Our SERVPRO professionals have a ready trailer that arrives with our Green Fleet stocked with solutions for drying and water removal. 

For flooring concerns such as saturation, moisture meters get used initially to determine the saturation and exposure once the extraction has taken place. Some finishes on hardwood can help to make the surface less porous, so it resists water penetration better. The state of your flooring when we clear outstanding water guides our professionals on-site to the best approach for your house. In many cases, our fast response to these emergencies only requires drying mats to bring the moisture content level to acceptable parameters. 

In more extreme cases where saturation began almost immediately, and this moisture persisted for a prolonged period, the only solution remaining might be controlled demolition and reinstallation of this flooring. Our SERVPRO team originally began as a construction outfit in 1997, so we know how to provide quality general contracting services for our customers that match our experience and cutting-edge equipment in the restoration fields. We can repair hardwood, linoleum, tile, marble, and carpeting following water loss incidents. 

As much as water losses can be a damaging situation for your home and its contents, our fast and confident response can help save both time and money on the restoration of your property needs. You can trust our SERVPRO of Putnam County team to help, however you need. Call us at (845) 228-1090. 

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We Are The Leaders In Carmel Flood Damage Restoration Services

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling caving in from winds and rain High winds mixed with torrential rains can be a dangerous combination for homeowners. We are here to help right away after you experience this.

Common Damages Seen After Flood Damage in Carmel Homes

When SERVPRO cleans up and restores a home from flood damage in this area of New York, each job site is unique. However, there are common damages left behind, in some cases are preventable by taking action before we arrive.

One of the first things a Carmel homeowner with flood damage can do before help arrives is to prevent staining on a carpet affected by water. Printed materials and the stain on wood furnishings are two frequent culprits of this type of carpet discoloration. Other helpful actions to take include:

  • Blotting up water if possible
  • Picking up small objects from the floor and setting them aside for inspection and cleaning
  • Putting foil or plastic under furniture legs to get them off the wet carpet

Why SERVPRO? You do not want to hand off the mitigation of water damage anything less than a certified, professional restoration company. Our technicians undergo extensive training in a diverse array of cleaning and repair technicians to ensure the best outcome for every type of home disaster we work on.

SERVPRO technicians spend extra time on the water extraction step because it lessens the amount of time needed to dry a property thoroughly. We most often rely on portable pumps and utilize attachments such as weighted extractor heads to pull embedded moisture from within carpet padding or upholstered furnishings.

Another concern many homeowners have during flood damage restoration is they have no control over what is happening in their home. Our technicians do not discard any items without prior approval of the homeowner or adjuster, and we are careful to work within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprise charges.

Mold is always a concern after water damage. We take steps to be certain spores do not germinate by controlling the interior humidity levels and using our proprietary antimicrobial cleaners after drying.

When your home has water damage, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. Our emergency response team is ready 24/7 to clean up your property and make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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