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Should Mahopac Property Owners Rely on Fire Damage Experts?

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Car in front of a firehouse Our skilled technicians have the certifications and training to handle any type or size of fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Prioritizes Advanced Training for Mahopac Fire Damage Technicians 

The home and business owners of Mahopac take pride in their beautiful, often historic homes and commercial properties nestled in charming towns and hamlets from the highlands and rolling over the hills and valleys between the Hudson River and the Connecticut border. Losing a property to fire damage in Mahopac is truly a loss for individual owners and the communities.

SERVPRO takes seriously its responsibility to assist property owners faced with the devastation posed by smoke and fire damage restoration and clean-up. We seek dedicated workers eager to master advanced fire and smoke restoration coursework from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC international standards form the foundation for the best practices used to make the aftermath of fire damage in Mahopac “Like it never even happened.”

What Are the Benefits When Water and Fire Damage Restoration Companies Invest in High-End Equipment and Updates?

SERVPRO managers and technicians rely heavily on research-based fire damage restoration training. However, implementing best practices while delivering water, fire, and smoke damage mitigation and remediation tactics depends on effective and superior quality fire damage recovery equipment, tools, and products. 

  • Air Quality

The smoke filling a home or business during and after fire damage is removed using a range of air-moving devices to exhaust the smoke. Negative pressure air scrubbing technology often uses suction to trap soot particles within HEPA filters before venting to the outside.

  •  Water Removal

The quantity of water used to extinguish a fire can be substantial, and SERVPRO has the submersible pumps, portable and truck-mounted extractors, and other tools to remove it. Fire damage debris contaminates the fluids, so our trained crews contain the watery residues for lawful disposal.

  • Fire Residue Removal

The heat and flames that create fire damage combust building materials and contents, creating a variety of soots that soil surfaces depending on the fuel. SERVPRO’s IICRC-trained technicians match the soots to appropriate cleaning products and the tools that facilitate the fire damage removal. The four elements of cleaning mastered by technicians using the equipment include:

  • Chemical action--the composition of the cleaner helps dissolve or emulsify the fire damage residues.
  • Agitation--scrubbing with tools fashioned with gentle to heavily abrasive features (feather dusters to steel wool or ridged scrapers) to loosen adhered soils.
  • Temperature--heat raised judiciously increases the speed of chemical actions.
  • Time--referred to as “dwell time,” permits cleaning solutions to soak into the soiling to release the bond between the affected surface and the fire damage.

Those living and working in the region take solace that SERVPRO of Putnam County is committed to providing water and fire damage restorations of the highest caliber. Call (845) 228-1090 to schedule an assessment and plan for business and house fire clean-up.

Whom Can Mahopac Property Owners Trust for Water Damage Restoration?

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Car in front of the SERVPRO building SERVPRO of Putnam County provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Mahopac, NY

Customers Give SERVPRO High Marks for Reputable Water Damage Cleanup in Mahopac

When flooding occurs to Mahopac properties, the time available for residential or commercial owners to react is short and moves at breakneck speed. Minutes count as building materials are incredibly susceptible to severe and progressive water damage. Delays can result in permanent and irreparable harm regardless of the source of the intrusion or its resolution.

  • Fierce winds and heavy precipitation from storms cause leaking roofs or basement flooding resulting in water damage in Mahopac
  • Exterior storm damage needs securing post-haste, including boarding and tarping up services to keep out unwanted weather.
  • Burst pipes lead to ceiling leaks, drywall destruction, and flooring water damage, most of which talented and trained restoration technicians can restore if contacted and hired quickly.
  • Overwhelmed municipal sanitary systems cannot accept individual properties' wastewater after storms, forcing infectious fluids back into homes or businesses.
  • Clogs from root invasion or years of debris buildup create dirty water and sewer backup and cleanup crises in residences and commercial buildings.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Provide Water Damage Emergency Services?

The SERVPRO team awaits residential and commercial customer calls 24/7, our signature green service vehicles stocked with state-of-the-art specialized equipment, tools, and EPA-registered products to address water damage at the ready. Piloting and accompanying the trucks are the heart of the SERVPRO operation -- crews consisting of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)--trained technicians, schooled and skilled in a wide range of water damage mitigation and remediation strategies. 

The IICRC is an international disaster restoration education and standards development organization. SERVPRO chooses to train our employees to the best practices curated by the IICRC because the standards are research-based and proven effective in water damage restoration the world over. The IICRC training our crew members master combines with the years of experience seasoned managers and crew chiefs bring to every water damage or flood restoration.  

How Does SERVPRO's Community-Based Model Benefit Water Damage Victims?

SERVPRO's owners and crews live and thrive in Mahopac, experiencing the same storms, stresses, strains, and triumphs as our commercial and residential customers. We are a local business helping neighbors with everything from ceiling leaks and water damage clean up after a basin overflows to containment and contamination disposal after overland basement flooding and sewage cleanup.

Our daily presence in Mahopac communities supports residents and businesses struggling with water damage and needing removal services, providing solutions today and standing by to answer customer questions tomorrow. We offer innovative resources at our production facility for the unique needs posed by each water disaster and also leverage a nationwide network of affiliated water and flooding cleanup experts if a significant water catastrophe at home or business requires a scaled-up response. 

Do not delay your call to SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 when water damages business or residential property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, ready to make a water emergency "Like it never even happened."

Need Mold Damage Answers for Mahopac Homes and Businesses?

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

EPA logo on a white background Mold remediation is a job for SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians have all the training and equipment for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation in Mahopac Uses EPA Research-Based Protocols

Property owners in Mahopac find mold growth a constant worry, struggling to remove it in both residences and commercial buildings. Unfortunately, the remedies commonly used by even the most professional housekeepers and cleaning companies can accelerate mold damage.

Rather than battle endlessly with mold and the destruction it causes to building materials and contents, seek out the expertise of SERVPRO and our licensed and certified mold damage remediation technicians in Mahopac. We use scientifically proven methods to eradicate currently growing colonies and to inhibit the rebound effect, avoiding new microbial growth despite the impossibility of eliminating all spores.

How Can DIY Mold Removal Approaches Make the Problem Worse?

Property owners and their cleaning crews often rely upon a diluted bleach solution as the primary attack on colonies of mold damage. Although bleach can kill surface microorganisms and lighten any staining, the hyphae, root-like structures making up the fungus, extend far into porous structural components. The water in the bleach solution soaks into the materials but often fails to reach all the hyphae, which then regenerate into new mold damage. Water from the cleaning solution accelerates the growth as all mold needs to live is a source of moisture and air.

Can Mold Damage Remediation Improve Mahopac Property Outcomes?

Mahopac businesses and individuals understandably want a long-term and sustainable intervention to mold damage, remove current outbreaks, and avoid future issues. SERVPRO employs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) procedures to reach these goals, managing mold damage by:

  • Locating mold damage inside the residence or commercial spaces -- SERVPRO can arrange for testing if owners have concerns about the involvement of building cavities
  • Containing the affected area and using personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent dispersal of residues for technician and occupant safety and to limit the spread of the damage
  • Wrapping the space in 1.6 mil polyethylene
  • Setting up negative pressure air scrubbing technology to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outside 
  • Mechanically removing the mold damage from non-porous surfaces using brushes, scrapers, and scrubbers.
  • Adjusting mold removal for porous materials by adding a gentle abrasive option, usually adapting blasting technology to use soda, dry ice, or corn to remove mold damage and incapacitate the hyphae to inhibit microbial rebound 
  • Vacuuming and wiping up debris for double-bagging
  • Disposing of mold and ruined materials according to local hazardous-waste regulations
  • Applying EPA-registered cleaning solutions and antimicrobials to decrease the likelihood of mold damage recurring on surfaces 

Is Moisture Management Crucial to Mold Damage Remediation?

Mahopac residents and businesses wisely choose to hire SERVPRO for mold damage consultation and remediation. Our familiarity with water damage tracing, mitigation, and structural drying ensures that spores endemic in buildings have little chance of growing and damaging structures or contents. 

When arranging for mold damage remediation in our communities, be confident that SERVPRO of Putnam County has home and commercial buildings covered. Give us a call at (845) 228-1090 to schedule an evaluation and agree on a plan.

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

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling Damage 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 experienced technicians longer than necessary. With flooding scenarios, cleaning and deodorization are vital components of returning a property to a safe condition. 

Both of these practices become intertwined during the recovery process, where cleaning flood damage in Carmel homes also affects the lingering odors in residences. 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 ago. The inspiration had not spread for finished lower levels at this point, so even now, many basements remain with concrete block walls and 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, debris, and other threats. Cleaning up after this mess can only begin once the floors have been cleared of excess water and moisture.

Cleaning up after these flood damage disasters involves many possible cleaning agents, but few are as consequential 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.

Protect Your Home From the Dangers of Lightning Strikes

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

multiple lightning strikes off in distance of dark purple night sky If you are dealing with smoke or fire damage from a recent fire, call SERVPRO of Putnam County to learn about a restoration solution for your issue.

Protect Your Putnam Home From the Dangers of Lightning Strikes

More than 70,000 damage claims resulting from lightning strikes were made in 2020. While it is relatively uncommon for us humans to be struck by lightning, your property is considerably more vulnerable. And when lightning does hit, it has the power to wipe out your electricity, destroy trees and even ignite a fire.

Fire damage in your Putnam home can be avoided; with the right fire safety gear, you can essentially guarantee your safety and safeguard your family. But while house fires frequently begin while cooking in the kitchen, your house is also at risk from natural hazards that are harder to prevent.



Approximately 6,000 lightning strikes are thought to occur per minute. This indicates that we could all be impacted by this hazard, and we should all be equipped to defend our houses and ourselves in the event of a storm.

What Is Lightning?

Lightning is a massive flash of electrical current between clouds in the air and the ground. While lightning is always present during thunderstorms, it can also occur during volcanic eruptions, violent wildfires, and even severe snowstorms.

Although we equate lighting with extreme storms, it can strike even when the skies appear clear and the air is calm. “Dry lightning” occurs when there is no rain, which is hazardous since it commonly sparks wildfires.

So, as we prepare for the risk of hazardous weather, we should also plan for potential fires.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

Lightning strikes could cause substantial damage to your property, including fires. When your home is struck, flames may ignite immediately due to the high temperature of the strike or the electrical charge caused by the strike.

When a fire begins due to a hit, it may not be instantly apparent as it will usually start behind your walls or in your attic. Inspect for burning after the strike, and notify the fire department when you spot black streaks or smell smoke.

A tool that can be useful when preventing lightning-related fires is a lightning rod. This metal pole creates a channel that directs the electrical current and heat produced by the impact straight into the ground.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Lighting is a frequent source of ignition for outdoor fires like wildfires. Varying parts of the country experience “peak” seasons for lightning fires, but around 9,000 fires are sparked each year by lightning.

Keep your property safe from the impact of lighting, keep a tidy yard free of decaying plants or excess debris, and utilize defensible zones to safeguard your property. Install smoke alarms in your home so you’ll be instantly notified if a fire starts.

Our team at SERVPRO specializes in fire damage restoration and can make the brutal aftermath of a fire much easier on you. Through specialized training and cutting-edge equipment, we can quickly restore any damage caused by flames and smoke. We will return you to your home as soon as we can.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Putnam County today at (845) 228-1090 to get the restoration finished fast.

Flood Protection for Your Property

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in backyards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Putnam County to get the restoration process started right away.

Flood Protection for Your Residential Home

Regardless of where you live, flood protection is essential. A small amount of water—as little as an inch—can cause a significant amount of damage to your home. This can be costly and require repair and restoration services.

Depending on your geographic location, your home may be at a higher risk of flooding. Suppose you aren’t in a flood-prone area, though. In that case, there may not be many resources or insurance plans available to cover flood damage. It is even more critical to protect your Putnam property from flood damage before it happens.

Fortunately, there are things that can be done to the inside and outside of your home to prevent flood damage. The regional risks our area faces should be well-known. Putnam County often experiences flooding from excessive rainfall, closing roadways, and damaging homes.

Flood Protection Outside Your Home

Expected or not, heavy rainfall can leave your gutters overflowing. Take the time to prepare your home outside to prevent the water damage from spreading inside.

Regular maintenance to your gutters can ensure that water exits away from the property instead of building up and entering your home. An extended downspout can even be added to improve water flow on a budget.

Intentional landscaping, such as a garden, can help pull heavy rainfall into the soil down to the roots. This prevents overflowing grassy areas, which can ultimately enter your home. Mulch can also increase water absorption.

Protecting your home from flooding should be viewed as an investment. When you can, adding rain barrels and anchoring fuel tanks can be beneficial during severe weather events.

Flood Protection Inside Your Home

Sealing your basement and patching cracks in your foundation are the first steps to preventing water from entering your home. In areas at high risk of flooding, investing in a battery-operated sump pump will be beneficial if water enters the basement.

Sometimes, flooding is caused by internal factors, such as leaky pipes. In this case, maintenance is vital. Plumbing can become worn and fail without notice. When you notice a leak, act immediately to prevent floods.

Make sure to keep important papers and irreplaceable items in waterproof containers off the ground. They can become damaged quickly when wet, so keeping them out of the way in the first place is essential.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 today to get your restoration completed faster.

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

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Car In front of Fire Station 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 the 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

Get Rid of Foul Odors

Deodorization is one of the common elements of nearly every single house fire, regardless of its size or severity. Smoke and burning odors can 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.

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.

Need Fire Damage Restoration in Mahopac? Call SERVPRO

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

fire big flame Don’t let fire damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Putnam County.

Why is SERVPRO the First Choice of Mahopac Residents for Fire Damage Restoration?

Looking at all the damage, you might find it difficult to determine how and where the restoration process begins. The first thing to do in such a situation is to call in the experts. SERVPRO's certified technicians can help you round the clock to manage the situation and minimize the loss.

Witnessing fire and smoke damage at your Mahopac home can be overwhelming. Yet, cleaning residue during a fire and smoke restoration and cleanup are difficult. Different types of residues require different approaches. The most common types of residue left after the fire, and smoke damage fits into one of the following three categories:

  • Dry smoke residue - Often the easiest to clean, is formed by burning natural substances such as wood. 
  • Wet smoke residue - Difficult to clean and is formed by burning synthetic material, including plastics and polymers
  • Protein smoke residue is formed due to burning proteins such as meat and fish. It is not easy to clean and requires deodorization as well.

SERVPRO techs apply a different approach for each of these residues to get your Mahopac home to a state "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We are here 24/7 to serve you. 

How to Dry Water Damaged Carpet in Carmel

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Fluffy Carpet Corner Not all water damaged carpet is lost. Call SERVPRO for our advanced drying equipment and restoration process.

Is a Carpet That Needs Water Removal in Carmel a Loss? 

One of the most common areas we deal with for water damage in a home is the flooring. The restoration services training and certification each of our team members undergoes extensively cover the techniques and equipment for handling water loss to the carpet. The training also includes subfloor, tile, and floor joists, the space between levels where excessive moisture has the potential to lead to weakening, odors, and mold infestations. 

When our SERVPRO location answers a call for water removal in a Carmel home, we arrive quickly to begin extraction. If it is safe to do so, we ensure the homeowner has turned off the water and sometimes the electricity or gas service to the home for safety. Once our team arrives on-site, we scope the property with our different kinds of moisture detection equipment to find all areas of migration to ensure we do not miss places retaining excessive moisture. 

Our technicians have specialized training in handling water extraction from carpeting and padding. Just because a hot water tank failed or a supply line broke upstairs does not mean the saturated carpeting is a loss if cleanup efforts begin within 24 hours or so. 

Specialized fittings on our equipment, such as weighted extractor heads, push the water to the surface of the carpet for removal. To limit the disruption to the home during water cleanup, SERVPRO technicians use a drying configuration known as "floating." This method involves loosening the carpet on one side and using our air movers to deliver warm, dry air to the underside, drying it in place while other air movers blow across the top. This process can also keep the pad in place during the drying. We can remove area rugs for in-plant drying and cleaning when required and approved. 

Once the carpet verifies as dry through our equipment, we clean and sanitize it using various methods as applicable to the type and condition of the carpet: 

  • Bonnet Cleaning: used for short piles and rugs that are slightly worn
  • Hot Water Extraction: deep cleaning method suitable for most carpet types
  • Deluxe: Used in cases where soiled areas remain after spot cleaning 

If any residual water odors remain in the home after complete drying and cleaning, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) have numerous applications for eradicating those and returning the house to its pre-damaged condition. 

When you need fast water removal and cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. Our technicians arrive quickly and work until the water loss in your home is "Like it never even happened." 

Three Most Common Forms of Storm Damage

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Putnam County your first call.

Severe Storms Can Be Terrifying For Homeowners

While many current houses are built to endure these dangerous weather hazards, most houses will experience some degree of damage when an extreme storm passes through town. Strong winds and wind-related disasters can throw debris everywhere and create cold rain, snowstorms, lightning, and flash floods, all depending on the kind of storm and the time of year. Any weather threat puts your property and structure at risk of severe damage.

Based on the kind of storm damage and events that may occur to your Mahopac home might be vulnerable to different levels of damage. The landscape surrounding your home, the area’s geography, and the quality of your home’s foundation or construction materials are just a few of the many variables that affect potential damage. (We admit, there is also a component of luck.)

Being aware of the many weather threats that impact homes can be helpful, but knowing what puts your own home at risk is even more crucial. Your Mahopac house could face the effects of snowstorms, thunderstorms, and severe winds.

Living inside a storm-damaged home is never safe unless safety professionals approve. Many types of damage will be visible right away, but others won’t be evident to the naked eye.

So that you are better prepared for them, let’s examine the three primary types of storm damage:



Wind

When violent wind gusts that blow at absurdly high speeds come in contact with buildings, this type of damage occurs. Strong winds are commonly created by tornadoes and hurricanes, but even thunderstorms can produce gusts of up to 100 mph.

Debris left in your yard may be picked up by strong winds and thrown into the side of your home or your car, and the winds themselves can rip shingles off the roof. It’s important to stay indoors during storms and stay far away from windows and exterior walls in case glass breaks or the walls are pierced by flying debris.

You can also take action before the storm to reduce the amount of wind-related damage. Keep your property free of limbs, big rocks, loose furniture, and dead trees, so storm winds have fewer things to throw around.



Water

Water damage can find its way into your home following a storm. Even a small storm can create heavy downpours that cause water to build up outside your home and seep into any openings around your property.

If there is enough water present, it may potentially seep into your foundation and seriously harm its structural integrity.

Try to utilize unique landscaping to allow water to run away from your home and reduce the amount of damage that water may do to your property. You could also try a rain garden, a creative way to enhance your yard and stop all that rainwater from becoming a major issue.

Additionally, to ensure that your gutters function as intended and to keep water off your roof, you need to continually keep them clean. A clogged gutter can send water down from the top, allowing water to collect and flow to the ground.



Impact

“Impact damage” is another typical storm damage that can affect your home. Strong winds causing downed trees or other debris to crash into your home are examples of this devastation. It basically refers to anything that hits or impacts your home and anything you own.

Trimming the trees surrounding your property and making sure any trees that are decaying are removed are the best ways to prevent this kind of catastrophe from happening.

Weather-related catastrophes cost more than $145 billion in losses in 2021, just in the United States. These suggestions could help you save a ton of time and money while also making your home safer by stopping these regular disasters in their tracks.

If your home is struck by sudden severe weather, do not hesitate to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Putnam County. Our restoration specialists are equipped to handle any size of the damage and develop a successful restoration strategy tailored to your specific situation.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County today to get your storm damage restoration started faster. Call now at (845) 228-1090.