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How Can Business Owners Perform Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Carmel Businesses?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Bio-hazardous waste left after a commercial fire4 is a job for SERVPRO. Our team is IICRC certified and has experience in all-size disasters.

Investors Should Involve Professional Restorers to Help them Handle Fire Damage Restoration in Carmel. 

Fires may be devastating. The bio-hazardous residue left behind after the unfortunate incident can cause severe damage to your property if not handled on time. It can lead to serious health effects and more property damage problems if not handled by professional restorers like SERVPRO.

Commercial fire damage restoration in Carmel businesses is a lengthy procedure that entails much more than a simple clean-up. When the unfortunate happens, having a fire restoration plan in place can save you time and money. The first 48 hours following a fire are crucial for healing. Our SERVPRO restorers are always available to help you handle the unfortunate incident professionally.

How SERVPRO technicians clean inventory affected by fire

Using specialized skills and tools, we can clean your inventory on time. However, the severity of damage determines the outcome of the repairs. When inspecting the damage, our restorers look at several things, including:

Since some walls and inventory have sensitive surfaces, our SERVPRO team of restorers can use the wall, and all surface cleaner, which is slightly alkaline, and a cloth to clean the surfaces. We involve a special team of restorers during this process to make sure your inventory and business are back to their preloss state.

The secondary damages of fire begin to take effect immediately after the flames are out. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 to avoid more losses in your business and ensure efficient fire damage restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Is Defensible Space? | SERVPRO® of Putnam County

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Putnam County is ready and able to repair any damage.

Wildfires happen more than people think, and they often cause property damage! Since your home is one of the most valuable investments you’ll ever make, it’s important to be aware of safety measures to protect it in the case of this type of natural disaster. Wildfires can spread at incredible rates, and it’s in part because of the combustible materials our world is made up of.

Wildfires are usually beyond anyone’s control, but we can help a good deal by simply being more careful. You can also practice a home protection philosophy called “defensible space.”

Making Sense of Defensible Space

Defensible space will help slow or stop the spread of wildfires by creating a buffer around a certain space, such as your property. Wildfires spread when they have fuel to keep them going, which can include tree branches and dry leaves. That is why it’s important to use responsible planting and pruning practices. You can also enhance your protection by incorporating fire-resistant landscaping elements such as gravel.

Defensible space creates an invisible barrier of protection, designed to protect your home from wildfires. Removing fuel sources helps slow or stop the spread of fire as it draws nearer, and it also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it reaches your home.

In some places, defensible space is a requirement, but it’s important to implement even when it’s not mandatory.

The Rise of Wildfires

We often see the state of California on the news for incredibly large and fast-traveling wildfires. But in reality, wildfires can—and do—happen anywhere.

There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020. Yes, California did account for 10,000+ of that number, but the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was still right under 1,000. Here in New York, we saw 192 wildfires last year, burning 1,123 acres of land.

Though we are fortunate enough to not have as large wildfires as California, we do still experience them. So, it’s essential that we do everything we can to help prevent them. Defensible space is one way that we can do our part.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

Whom Should Homeowners Trust With Water Removal in Mahopac?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Water damage restoration to your home is a job for SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every size job.

They Should Hire Expert Restorers to Perform Water Extraction in their Mahopac Homes

Water intrusion is a common and often destructive issue that homeowners can deal with. It is crucial to act fast to mitigate the problem to prevent permanent loss, especially in highly trafficked areas of your home. The water damage restorers from SERVPRO can help you to recover.

To perform water removal in their Mahopac homes, we can use powerful pumps or wet/dry vacuums. During the water extraction process, our goal is to mitigate the damage, but also to:

  • Minimize the risk of permanent damage to valuable possessions
  • Prevent mold growth that can pose health effects
  • Remove affected structures like flooring, drywall, and upholstered furniture.
  • Conduct moisture and humidity testing
  • Restore your property to its former condition

The team at SERVPRO can remove visible and non-visible pockets of water on all affected surfaces. Water extraction is a series of tasks that requires a variety of uses. Our restorers can use self-propelled extraction tools powered by an independent motor that moves the unit over carpeting consistently. The device compresses the carpet and pad to squeeze out water and extract moisture through an extractor's vacuum system. A self-propelled extraction system can move either backward or forward. Weight is vital for the tool's effectiveness, and they are therefore designed to allow restoration professionals to ride on them.

Our SERVPRO team can also use axial-type air movers with built-in ventilators and exhaust fans to dry your property. We can also use moisture probes to check for moisture in hard-to-access areas.

After a water intrusion incident, you need expert assistance to get things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We can make the water intrusion seem "Like it never even happened."

Severe Storms and the Cost to Americans | SERVPRO of Putnam County

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County to start the restoration process.

Damage From Severe Weather

The year 2020 brought about many challenges, and in the weather world, it became a record-setting year for weather and climate disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

There were 22 official weather disasters in 2020, which are storms causing at least $1 billion in damages, plus other damaging storms not counted in that statistic. Some astounding information is that in 2020 there were so many hurricanes and tropical storms that the NWS had to revert to the Greek alphabet in order to name all of them.

As we have all seen, hurricanes bring immense destruction and large amounts of monetary damage, but the high costs are not only from hurricanes. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Of the official weather disasters in 2020, 14 of them were severe thunderstorms, and some wreaked havoc with ravaging tornadoes. Thunderstorms are normal, and they can happen during any season and in anywhere in the United States. And as of lately, it’s becoming quite normal to see them with the intensity that we see now.

A single storm system can become quite dangerous and disastrous without any warning. In August 2020, a seemingly typical line of thunderstorms in eastern Nebraska exploded into a derecho, which is something like a tornado but with straight winds instead of swirling ones, and this impacted more than 10 million acres of cornfields. This is almost half the state’s corn crops—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s cornfields.

While we may not typically deal with hurricanes in New York, it’s safe to say that storms definitely can take a toll. In 2020, we survived two tropical storms (Isaias and Fay), along with other storms throughout the year. One was the winter storm that happened right before Christmas.

Is This the New Trend?

We can’t help but ask ourselves, is this weather the new normal? 2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters.

2018 and 2019 combined saw a total of $136 billion in damages, and 2017 saw a total of over $300 billion, which was the highest total on record!

Thunderstorms are expected, and they’re bound to happen. But what is becoming scary is that the frequency and their intensity are showing no signs of relief. So as a home or business owner, it’s imperative to take whatever precautions are possible in order to minimize the damage to your property.

You should know that if precautions fail you, you’ve got friends in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County to see how we can help.

How Homeowners Can Handle Water Damage in Carmel at a Cost-Effective Price

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO is second to none when it comes to disaster restoration. Water damage remediation is a specialty of ours.

A Certified Restorer Like SERVPRO Can Handle Water Damage Restoration in Carmel Effectively

Most property owners disregard minor water leaks, believing that they cannot cause any damage. Mold development and odors, on the other hand, are possible in the property. You may avoid these problems by contacting a professional restoration company like SERVPRO as soon as possible to assist you in restoring your property to its former glory.

SERVPRO is one of the most reputable water damage restoration companies in Carmel. Water damage in your property never happens at a convenient time. The more you delay the restoration process, the more severe the damage. Contact our response team at any time of the day to minimize damage and manage the consequences. SERVPRO is:

  • A trusted leader in the restoration industry
  • Open around the clock
  • Has a highly trained team of restorers

How Our Team Dries The Affected Areas

No matter the magnitude of the problem, SERVPRO restorers can handle the damage and get you to a safe condition. We are well equipped with innovative technology that helps us deliver services that exceed our customer’s expectations. Our technicians can use several centrifugal air movers to dry even the hard-to-reach areas. The device moves dry air from outside into the property to increase the rate of evaporation.

Water damage can cause costly damage if not handled properly. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for professional restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Better Way to Clean Your Business

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of Putnam County team.

There’s a lot of good news these days! Areas of our country that were previously hotbeds for COVID-19 transmission are now experiencing major turnarounds. Hopes are high that “real life” is here, and businesses are starting to look forward to the future.

Part of that future? Meeting expanded customer expectations. As more customers make their way back into stores, they bring with them a new understanding of how fragile our health is. In many cases, that means they’re looking for businesses that take the extra step to protect them.

How can your business meet customer needs? SERVPRO can help.

What Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Does

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program offers peace of mind to your business by taking worries over sanitation out of the equation. But its value goes beyond that, because we do more than simply clean.

Imagine your business as the cleanest it’s ever been. Now double that feeling because SERVPRO has advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond your traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

What makes Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned a better program than the others? Take a look at the three C’s:

Consult. Your business is unique, which means your cleaning should be unique to meet your particular needs. We will meet with your team and do a thorough review of your business to understand specifics. Since SERVPRO of Putnam County is locally owned and operated, we have a leg up—we know the ins and outs of how our community works.

Clean. Once our SERVPRO specialists establish the specifics, we get down to business. We show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. We provide your business with solutions meeting (or exceeding) the CDC standards. These cleaning tools go beyond simply protecting your employees and customers from COVID-19; our certified clean also clears out other viruses and bacteria.

Certify. Once our technicians have completed the job, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield. Having this shield proves to your customers that you care for them and their well-being. You’ll receive physical signage to place on your window or door, as well as a digital emblem for your website and social media. Show your customers safety is a priority before they even walk through the door!

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Can Chamber of Commerce Membership Strengthen Both Member Companies and the Community in the Hudson Valley Area?

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Putnam County joins forces with The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, supporting residents and businesses in the region

SERVPRO of Putnam County prioritizes the well-being of the communities we serve, involving ourselves in causes, events, and celebrations as well as lifting up businesses and residents when disaster strikes. Participation in The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce enhances our ability to be there for those who need our loyalty, protection, and assistance under all circumstances.

Do SERVPRO’s Goals Align with Those of The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce?

The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce’s stresses that members “are engaged and work alongside us on community events, networking events and local advocacy while keeping our Chamber in position to always help our Members.” The Chamber’s mission and vision complement ours at SERVPRO. As a local, family-owned business, SERVPRO stands with other commercial endeavors to “advance economic development” as well as guiding home and business owners through stressful structural and content recovery challenges after fire, water, storm, or mold crises.

Our solidarity with other area businesses through Chamber of Commerce membership benefits our customers daily. Give SERVPRO of Putnam County a call at (845) 228-1090 to evaluate your needs after a disaster.

Smoke and Fire Damage Remediation in Your Mahopac Home

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

a kitchen with a fire raging by the stove Fires can leave soot debris on the contents of your home and the walls. Call SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate the damage.

Types of Smoke Damage That Could Occur in Mahopac Homes

When fires occur in Mahopac homes, the effects that occur are not always the same from incident to incident. Smoke damage, for example, can vary based on the type of materials involved in the combustion and ultimately the heat of the flames spreading through the property. Our professionals have experience overcoming each of these varieties of smoke damage, and identifying the proper approach begins with a thorough inspection of the property after the first responders and firefighters have left the scene.

While many fire damage effects in your Mahopac home that professionals must overcome after an incident, one of the most potentially hazardous and widespread of these is smoke damages. With two primary varieties of this damage, wet and dry, unique approaches and equipment must be used to address these effects in your home to return it to preloss condition.

Wet Smoke Damage

Wet smoke comes from a slower and smoldering type of fire. The heat of these flames is much lower than the other type of smoke damage, and as a result of the slower moving progression, residues are much thicker and harder to overcome. Much like soot staining that can also be problematic for our SERVPRO professionals, we must address wet smoke residue with a combination of high-powered vacuums and effective cleaning agents to prevent staining.

Dry Smoke Damage

While dry smoke effects are much easier for our SERVPRO team to overcome when addressing the damage, the conditions that leave dry smoke residue can often be more damaging overall to the house. Dry smoke scenarios leave chalky dust along uncharred surfaces and contents, usually only requiring wiping and cleaning agents to remove successfully. As it comes from a much hotter and faster-moving disaster, a greater area of your home may have smoke and fire damage.

While there are multiple effects our SERVPRO of Putnam County professionals must overcome in your home after a fire, smoke damages can be among the most challenging. We have the experience and the equipment to make any symptom of a fire “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (845) 228-1090.

Mahopac Businesses Stay Open with SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall of a building Did you find mold in your office common area? Contact our certified SERVPRO technicians for mold damage remediation services.

Several Challenges from Mold Damage in a Mahopac Office

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

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

Containment Before Remediation

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

Standard Cleaning Solutions for Items with Mold Damage

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

Drying and Cleaning Surfaces with Mold Damage

Mold cannot exist without moisture. Our technicians dry the areas with mold growth and carefully remove the desiccated matter. Post-drying treatment with their antimicrobial solutions assists with limiting any reestablishment before repairs happen.

Odor Control Measures

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

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

Fire Damage Restoration Includes Smoke Remediation in Carmel

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged bedroom with debris everywhere Affected by a recent fire and smoke damage situation? Call our SERVPRO team for the certified technicians and the equipment to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage and Smoke and Soot Clean Up for Carmel Residents

Invasive in nature, soot and smoke can make their way into various cavities throughout your Carmel home. This makes it challenging to eliminate with DIY methods, but you run the risk of lasting foul odors and corrosion from soot and smoke residue acidity. SERVPRO has highly-trained technicians that will tackle your fire restoration, ensuring no area gets left unaddressed where smoke, soot, and indoor air quality (IAQ) are concerned.

When handling fire damage in Carmel, our technicians understand that there is a lot to remember about soot and smoke. Not only will there be charred debris, but several facts about smoke particles and soot residue include:

  • Smoke travels into upper levels of a building and cooler areas
  • When traveling, smoke can get into plumbing and HVAC systems, as well as holes where piping is networked from one floor to another
  • The kind of smoke present will impact how our technicians proceed

Understanding Different Types of Smoke

There is both wet and dry smoke that our fire damage restoration team encounters. We determine which residue is present before selecting equipment, tools, and cleaning products for the job.

  • Dry smoke is fast-burning and comes from materials like wood and paper
  • Wet smoke occurs at lower, smoldering temps and comes from rubber and plastics
  • Protein-based smoke is not detectable to the naked eye, and it comes from kitchen fires and material evaporation rather than the fire itself

Trust the restoration of your fire and smoke damage to the trusted team at SERVPRO of Putnam County. You can reach us at (845) 228-1090, and we will dispatch a crew as quickly as possible.