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Should Mahopac Property Owners Rely on Fire Damage Experts?

1/25/2023 (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?

1/25/2023 (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?

1/25/2023 (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.

Premier Fire Damage Restoration in Mahopac

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

Tiny Wood House On Fire Contact SERVPRO to effectively tackle the fire damage in your property. Call now!

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore your Home

Housefires happen when stoves are left on, electrics malfunction, or candles and cigarettes are not put out. While these occurrences may feel like a disaster, they are often controlled quickly with minimal harm to the occupants. However, fire does produce smoke which can cause significant damage to walls, ceilings, and belongings. Much work is ahead to get your home back. That work includes removing charred materials, cleaning soot or smoke, and removing odor. SERVPRO technicians are experts for:

  • Smoke Restoration
  • Fire damage
  • Odor control

Since the immediate impact of fire damage in your Mahopac home is smoke, it makes sense to hire professional technicians that understand how smoke behaves and how to remove its residues. High temperatures cause combustion, which releases smoke. The type of smoke it releases depends on what each material is made from. A fuel or grease fire releases oily, greasy smoke. Dry organic matter like wood releases a dry smoke. Each type requires a different set of cleaning equipment and chemicals to remove. 

Removing smoke residues is challenging, so we recommend waiting for SERVPRO technicians before tackling residues on walls or ceilings. General cleaning methods such as light vacuuming or ventilating the space can be helpful and are unlikely to exacerbate the damages. We usually perform these prep cleaning services first before moving on to tackle more stubborn damages. For odor control, our team uses various equipment and chemicals to remove burnt smells.

  • Oily smoke deposits require the removal of oil-based cleaning solvents, sometimes called dry solvents.
  • Dry soot can often be removed with vacuuming, scrubbing, or a household detergent.
  • Odor-counteracting pellets, hydroxyl generators, and vaporizers are different methods of dispersing deodorants to counteract malodor.

For a quick solution to smoke and odor problems, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County for fire damage restoration at (845) 228-1090.

Water Removal Required for a Waterline Break in a Mahopac Clinic

12/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained water remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you.

Our Scalable Water Removal Services Mitigates Loss

Due to the nature of a physician's practice, clinics in Mahopac have running water in almost every room. When a water line breaks or a sink's drain leaks, your clinic needs fast water removal services so you can avoid changing your patients' scheduled appointments.

Many doctors want to accommodate as many patients as possible and their office hours reflect this goal. Because of this, it could be many hours before anyone discovers a leaking water line. You need water removal services in Mahopac when you open the doors to your now-drenched clinic. SERVPRO can help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

The amount of time the water remains standing in your clinic helps determine how much restoring your clinic might take. Calling us right away can reduce costs and make it easier for us to get things back to normal for you. Along with water removal and extraction, we also perform related tasks, namely:

  • Carpet cleaning and other treatments,
  • Repairing any plumbing or appliance leaks, and
  • Drying the interior of your clinic.

Our carpet cleaning specialists can save your floor coverings from secondary damage like mold and mildew. Special applications leave carpet fibers and padding unable to support the growth of unwanted microbes. Other applications prevent odors and staining. Carpet cleaning can also help dry the carpeting uniformly and to avoid stretching.

We can replace any water lines or plumbing fixtures that caused the leak in your clinic. Sometimes, it is only the fastener that we need to replace.

Finally, after all the extraction and cleaning, we can concentrate on drying everything. Drying out sometimes requires the removal of drywall sections when water levels reach a few inches above the baseboards. After we finish making the necessary flood cuts, we clean the area up, also. Opening these spaces allows air currents to dry the interior of wall sections, further preventing mold and mildew.

SERVPRO of Putnam County is always on standby to help other businesses, especially our local doctors and other medical professionals, with water removal services. Call our emergency services line at (845) 228-1090.

SERVPRO Is Quick To Respond for Water Mitigation in Mahopac Homes

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Here to Help with air scrubber SERVPRO's advanced drying equipment can mitigate water damage to your Mahopac property. We are always HERE TO HELP.

Treating Water Damage at a Mahopac Property

Sometimes, unwanted water makes its way around a home. This could be due to internal sources like burst pipes or exterior sources such as leaky gutters. When you notice some water on the floor, wet ceiling, or wall, you should not ignore it. There could be underlying issues way more serious than what you see on the surface. A burst pipe, for example, can put out more than 160 gallons per hour, spewing thousands of gallons when no one is in the house. Call an expert when you see telltale signs of moisture damage in your Mahopac home to prevent an escalation.

Professional water mitigation services in Mahopac homes ensure no further damage happens. The process can be done during or soon after the incident. Before anything else, experts should determine the moisture source in your home, as the severity level of each source is different. When SERVPRO offers emergency response to water incidents, we help minimize secondary damages, such as moldy drywall and buckled floors.

Different categories of water

  • Clean
  • Gray
  • Black

Clean water does not contain any waste products. This is typically unused water from burst pipes, overflowing sinks, and defective appliances. However, if not removed and treated, it can become infested with microorganisms and become black water (contaminated) in days.

Preventing moisture damage from spreading

Proper mitigation measures enable the restoration process to run faster and smoother. SERVPRO crews run an inspection to determine the source of moisture. In case of a burst pipe, the obvious should be done - fixing the problem to prevent more moisture from spreading in the house.

Other tasks to mitigate damage include

  • Check the home’s structure for stability
  • Remove moisture by drying the environment and regulating humidity levels
  • Remove damaged materials such as drywall
  • Clean and disinfect materials and surfaces

Moisture damage can be a pain in the neck. When you need expert water mitigation, SERVPRO of Putnam County is here for you day or night. Call us at (845) 228-1090. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Select a Local Restoration Partner for All Your Repair Needs

10/12/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO crew unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No job is too big or small. Call SERVPRO of Putnam County today to schedule your estimate.

For All Your Repair Needs

There are so many advantages that go along with selecting SERVPRO for your restoration job. Our experts can execute rapid cleanup and repair services after a fire, a water emergency or a severe storm.

Suppose you have a mold problem growing in your house or business. In that case, we provide licensed mold remediation services to help you safeguard your property and eliminate the problem. And when you require unique needs, like the disposal of biohazards or the removal of graffiti, we can clean up the mess!

However, one element of SERVPRO that separates us from the competition: We’re local!

SERVPRO of Putnam County is here to clean up your mold damage. Why is this helpful, and how does it distinguish us from other repair companies? Here’s why a local provider is so important.

3 Reasons Being Locally Owned Is a Difference-Maker

When hiring a restoration company, you must consider various features, including consistency and a good history. However, it will help if you also have a team that is close by. Here’s why it’s essential:

  • We Can Respond Fast

When your property is struck by disaster, you must act fast! Postponing repairs will only allow the damage to escalate and result in a much longer and pricier restoration process.

When you choose SERVPRO of Putnam County, that will never be an issue. Our 24-hour emergency services allow us to be on the scene ASAP. And since we are your neighbors, you won’t have to wait around for us to arrive.

  • We’re Prepared for Local Weather Conditions

Since we operate right down the road, we follow your exact weather predictions. Our team gets everything needed to respond prepared when severe weather is predicted in Mahopac, so we can move quickly once the storm is over.

And since we respond to calls of damage from conditions like winter storms, floods and severe thunderstorms, our team has years of experience repairing the destruction left over.

  • We Know Mahopac Front and Back

When you hire a restoration partner from out of town, they’ll arrive without any knowledge of our area. They won’t just be uninformed about our unique community; they probably won’t even know their way around town!

With our crew, this will never be a problem. We know exactly what makes our community, city and state so special. Lake Mahopac is the heart of our community, decorated with locally owned stores, a massive library and plenty of year-round activities.

Besides recognizing our town functions, we also understand local government rules and how to comply with them. This knowledge allows us to start and finish your restoration project quickly to return your house or company to its preloss state.

An Extra Benefit

You may be confident that we’ll be prepared to tackle any calamity that strikes our community. While we usually manage all restoration demands with available materials and nearby experts, there are occasions when a large-scale disaster impacts a lot of homes in a single area or even the entire city.

Here’s where the SERVPRO advantage comes to your rescue: We are both locally owned, operated, and supported by a well-established national brand. When a disaster strikes suddenly and results in widespread destruction in our area, we can alert other SERVPRO sites and ask for assistance as needed to dry it up making sure there is no moisture left behind.

When disaster strikes your home or your business, we’re the team you can trust—located right here, close to home. Get in touch today to get started!

Call us today!; Call SERVPRO of Putnam County today at (845) 228-1090.

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.