Recent Fire Damage Posts

Should Mahopac Property Owners Rely on Fire Damage Experts?

11/22/2022 (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.

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.

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. 

Remember These Precautions When Lighting a Backyard Fire

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County.

Backyard Fire Damage Caused When Lit



Sitting around a backyard fire with your family is a great way to spend a summer evening. S’mores, scary stories, and hotdogs are just a few activities you can enjoy around the fire.

Backyard fires can be helpful for enjoyment, preparing a meal, controlling insects, or clearing out yard debris. However, even the most contained fires still have their hazards. The National Park Service states that humans ignite around 85% of wildfires.

Wildfires create fire damage in heavily forested areas of Mahopac. The leading cause of these outdoor fires is improper open-burning, which leads to the spread of flames.

Of course, if local laws permit, you can still burn your debris, light your tiki torches, toast your marshmallows, and grill your burgers. As long as you practice proper fire safety measures every time you burn, you can still enjoy your backyard fires and prevent the spread of flames.

Recreational Fire Hazards

Every open flame comes with its own set of hazards. Still, barbecues, campfires, fire pits, and fireworks are some of the most prevalent causes of outdoor fires. Grills are responsible for around 8,800 home fires each year, usually due to improper usage. Before firing up your grill, check the propane tanks and gas lines, and always supervise your grill even after you’re done using it.

When creating a campfire, locate it in a safe spot away from buildings or vehicles, and only use a match or lighter to ignite the flame. Once your campfire is burning, use only wood to fuel the flames. Never leave your fire unattended, even after you’re roasting marshmallows.

Fire pits are a simple way to create a camp-like feel in your backyard, but this equipment should be used with the same precautions as a regular campfire. If your fire pit is movable, make sure to place it away from an area with an overhang and off of wooden decks.

While it may seem like an easy way to get rid of construction or yard trimmings, you should only burn approved firewood.

If you plan to celebrate with fireworks, set them off in an open area and give them room to land away from trees, vehicles, or other debris. In Mahopac, some fireworks, like wood-based sparklers, are legal, but firecrackers and cherry bombs are not. Even though the 4th has already passed, ensure to only light legal fireworks when celebrating.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Fire and flammable materials can still be put to good use, even with their hazards. In the fall, if your yard collects many leaves and you don’t have a street pickup or garbage disposal option, burning your debris might be the only way to keep your yard tidy.

Before burning anything, make certain local authorities allow you to burn debris in the first place. Stay aware of any burn bans and apply for a permit if necessary. In Mahopac, a burn ban has been put in place until further notice, so you should refrain from burning until given the green light.

We all use our sheds or garages to store materials like gasoline, but irresponsible storage can have a disastrous impact. Only keep your gas in approved containers and reserve your container in an area where kids are unable to reach it. It would help if you only used gasoline for its intended purpose. If you’re having trouble lighting that campfire, don’t turn to your gasoline can for help.

Before lighting any outdoor fire, check the local weather forecast and your area‘s regulations. If conditions are dry or there are severe winds, reschedule your campfire and save your marshmallows for a better day.

If an outdoor fire impacts your home, contact our experts at SERVPRO. Our team has experience restoring fire-damaged properties and can repair your home as quickly as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County today at (845) 228-1090 to get restoration started faster if you have experienced fire or smoke damage.

How Do Commercial Calamities Occur?

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Putnam County is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Businesses are the foundation of the United States. Whether it's the one you work for, the one you visit every day, or the one you own, we all benefit from these local companies.

Throughout the day, business owners can expect a handful of unforeseen situations. Commercial Storm emergencies in Putnam County are one of the concerns that business owners and their employees sometimes face. Because these events are unavoidable, advanced planning is the greatest method to prepare your business for any emergency.

The devastation caused by these natural disasters only worsens in the United States. According to the NCEI, our country has suffered an average of $153 billion in damage annually over the last five years. This is a significant increase over the previous period.

In Mahopac, businesses can expect weather conditions such as severe storms, floods, lightning, and even snowstorms. In 2011, severe storms unleashed lightning, which struck three businesses and started a fire.

Be aware of all the disasters that may strike your commercial property to prepare your business for any catastrophe. Continue reading to find out more.

Water Damage

Water damage is a significant concern for businesses around the country. Flooding can wreak havoc, and even little leaks around appliances might become a massive water problem. Both types of water damage can result in difficulties such as infrastructure damage and mold growth.

Flooding from an overflown river or severe weather conditions can destroy your property. Floodwater can infiltrate your facility's floors, essential company data, and any equipment inside. Knowing your area's flood risk will help you understand how severely floods can affect your business when they strike.

Leaks within your facility can also cause water damage. Inspect your plumbing for signs of leakage, such as discoloration and corrosion. These precautions can save you from a minor leak turning into significant water damage.

Storm Damage

Every year, severe weather impacts several local businesses. Storms can rip down walls and uproot trees. Minor weather occurrences can bring down power lines and send branches flying, putting your business at risk.

Storms can generate winds ranging from 10 to 45 mph, but the worst storms can produce wind gusts reaching extreme speeds.

These more extreme storms can generate winds above 100 mph, resulting in a 100-mile-long path of destruction that can demolish anything in its way. These heavy gusts of winds can uproot large trees and tear your facility's roof!

To reduce the risk of damage, you can install storm shutters on your windows and anchor down your roof. However, these prevention efforts can be expensive.

Simple tasks such as tying down any outdoor equipment to keep it from blowing away and trimming any large branches that may hang over your property are easy ways to prevent damage. Consider turning off utilities and relocating essential appliances and documents away from windows to a secure location before a storm if it is predicted to be particularly severe.

Know Who to Call

Commercial disruption can be detrimental to a company. These disasters can cause significant financial damage, but there are ways to protect your firm from the unexpected.

Fortunately, our crew is trained to repair any water or storm damage. Our team is available 24⁄7 to respond to any size disaster. We can get on the job as soon as possible to determine a solution and begin the restoration process.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We're here to act fast, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Our Experts Discuss Steps For Cleaning Up After A Fire In Your Carmel Home

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Bathroom Soot We can deal with the destruction to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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 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 and 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 for categorizing 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.

Clean Around the House to Avoid Fires

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Putnam County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

More than 20,000 house fires have happened in the United States since the beginning of 2022.  

Knowing what creates fires in your home and what you can do to protect your Putnam County property could save you from devastation. Decluttering your home is one essential step you can take to protect your property against flames:

Clear the Clutter

A cluttered home can quickly spiral out of control. Clothes, towels, and blankets may end up on your floor. When these items are near heating appliances such as a space heater or a water heater, they act as fuel for a flame and catch fire when in contact with the heat source.

Items scattered about the house may also obstruct doorways, hallways, and staircases. In the event of a house fire, a cluttered home would be dangerous since it would be difficult for you to make a timely exit.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Because California experiences multiple wildfires each year, defensible space is required to slow the spread of these fires, trees and plants are grown in strategic places to act as a fire barrier, slowing the spread of fires and making it easier for firefighters to approach homes in the event of an emergency.

Living in Putnam County puts you at moderate risk of wildfires, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have safeguards in your yard to control the spread of any outside fires. In the case of a fire, a well-kept yard could save your home. Remove any dead plants and dried leaves, and trim any overgrown branches. Because dried grass can quickly catch and spread fire, frequent mowing and watering your lawn will help.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Cleaning up fights fires in more ways than one. Dust bunnies are an unexpected cause of house fires. One way to prevent flames is to thoroughly dust your home, ensuring no dust covers outlets or space heaters.

Dusting and vacuuming your home regularly will not only leave it spotless but it may also prevent dust from gathering in certain spots and lighting a fire. It’s also a good idea to have your chimney and fireplace cleaned out and inspected yearly since they can be fire hazards on their own.

There are numerous methods for protecting your home against fires. Cleaning your home is one preventive measure you should regularly take to ensure your safety.

SERVPRO of Putnam County is there for you when you need fire remediation services. If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (845) 228-1090.

SERVPRO’s Experts in Mahopac Are Skilled at Resolving Fire Damage

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Chair in a Fire Fire damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

They Chemically Clean Up Mahopac Fire Damage 

When a fire impacts your Mahopac residence, it generally leaves behind damaging residues and foul odors. Fortunately, it is possible to resolve these troublesome issues. Fire-related residues can be removed by chemically altering them, and odors are often effectively counteracted and neutralized with the appropriate gases.

SERVPRO has successfully cleaned up and restored fire damage in the Mahopac area for decades. Our highly-trained professionals have routinely addressed fire and smoke damage and performed the services fire-damaged homes typically require, like smoke remediation and fire restoration. They employ various measures to perform their work and specifically target the particular fouling elements involved. Some of the chemically counteractive actions SERVPRO technicians take are:

  • Digesting protein residues, like blood, sweat, eggs, dairy products, and other bodily fluids and protein-containing foods, with living organisms known as enzymes and then removing the residues with detergents, ammonia, or water
  • Bleaching staining soils, with either oxidizing (oxygen adding) or reducing (oxygen removing) bleach, to remove them from materials and thereby eliminate stains without adversely impacting the materials’ colors.
  • Using Brown Out (#257) to remove water stains from synthetic carpets/materials and Natural Fabric Brightener (#153) to eliminate those impacting things made of natural fibers like wool and cotton
  • Removing rust from carpeting and another cotton, wool, linen, silk, and synthetic fibers with the strong oxalic-phosphorus acid solution Rusticide (#116)
  • Oxidizing and breaking down offensive odor particles with ozone gas to neutralize unpleasant, fire-related smells

In each way, we alter the chemical structure of residues and problematic particles to better deal with them and return your home to its pre-fire state.

So, with all of this in mind, remember that your neighbors at SERVPRO of Putnam County are always ready to help you with your fire damage. Call us anytime at (845) 228-1090.

Emergency Actions Before Fire Damage Restoration in Mahopac Homes

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on wall Fires leave smoke and soot damage behind. But no worries! SERVPRO can tackle the damage.

Early Mitigation Helps Fire Damage Restoration for Mahopac Properties

Fire recovery and restoration is often a complicated and involved process utilizing multiple tools of our inventory and strategies of our experienced FSRT-Certified technicians. Before much of this restoration work can begin, however, there are often pressing concerns in the residence that must be addressed through a series of emergency services our rapid response team can complete. Using a combination of experienced mitigators and our general contractor license, we can prepare a property for fire restoration. 

Clearing Fire Debris

Among the first obstacles to restoring fire damage in Mahopac homes is the present debris and bulk materials throughout the structure. Combustion destroys many materials and surfaces, leaving behind harmful byproducts that negatively impact the property. Debris removal focuses on:

  • Ash
  • Soot
  • Smoke Solids
  • Charred Materials

Indoor Air Quality

Airborne contaminants are another concern for responding technicians. These migrating carcinogenic products or toxic solids can be hazardous for the house's occupants, and it can create a volatile environment for even our experienced restorers. Improving indoor air quality (IAQ) begins with the calculated placement of HEPA 500 air scrubbers. These units trap solids and microscopic contaminants to make a worksite safer. 

Controlled Demolition and Temporary Construction

Structural concerns are another focus of the emergency response team, and this is where our contractor license benefits the homeowner and their respective residences. A damaged structure should be removed when it cannot be repaired. The controlled demolition process and temporary construction solutions should be completed before other mitigation actions. 

Content Relocation

Whether it is removing carpeting from a fire damaged living room or cleaning surfaces of a kitchen, the loose contents of a workspace are an obstacle to the restoration process. It is often advisable to relocate these belongings to a safe place on the premises or transport them to our SERVPRO facility if focused cleaning and restoration is necessary. 

Fire damage must be managed quickly, so getting emergency services started fast helps Mahopac homes. Our SERVPRO of Putnam County team is ready to mobilize 24/7 when you call (845) 228-1090.

We Can Repair and Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Mahopac

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

heavily fire damaged kitchen Our skilled technicians have the certifications and training to handle any type or size fire damage. “Like it never even happened.”

Getting Fire Damage Home in Mahopac Ready For Rebuilding

An essential part of reducing loss from fire damage is retaining as much of the structure as possible for rebuilding. This process saves not only time for property owners but also out-of-pocket costs.

When our SERVPRO technicians answered a call from a Mahopac homeowner to mitigate fire damage to her home, just under half of the house was a loss. An overheated plug caused a fire inside a wall which raised upwards and burned through the attic and roof.

Our experts placed a tarp over the damaged roof area. They then contained the affected area from the portion of the home without charring. Still, the entire premises had a strong smoke odor. Our technicians arrived within hours of the initial call and immediately carried off-site the charred home contents and building materials with no potential for restoration through our proprietary techniques.

The home had no electricity due to the fire. We brought our generators to power our portable extractors while removing water and powering our other necessary equipment. Using a technique known as "controlled demolition," we removed the damaged sheetrock. Still, we were pleased to find the framework unharmed so the homeowner could rebuild their home without the need for replacing the structure in the fire loss areas.

Deploying air filtration equipment that included HEPA filtration to remove dangerous particles from the property during drying helps speed the restoration process. Once SERVPRO technicians completed that phase of restoration, it was time for odor removal.

Sometimes, in the case of strong scents, more than one removal technique to successfully remove deeply embedded smoke odors is needed. There is no point in rebuilding over residual odors as they can permeate fabrics, furnishings, and other porous materials.

Our technicians first used hydroxyl generators, which is a safe machine that uses the same hydroxyls as our sun. These elements bind to odor molecules and change them, eradicating the odor. The framework and rest of the home carried a light, smoke odor, so we used thermal fogging to neutralize the remaining odors and thoroughly cleaned the ductwork to give the house a fresh start for rebuilding.

SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 when you need assistance with fire damage. Our skilled technicians have the certifications and training to handle any type or size of fire damage. "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning Ceilings and Walls of Carmel Homes After a Fire

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

soot on a white wall Call ERVPRO of Putnam County when it comes to your fire damage needs. We know what your home needs.

Smoke damage can affix to surfaces during a fire in Carmel properties. 

Fire and smoke damages can be formidable for even experienced restoration professionals. Despite the extensive training and education necessary to produce our FSRT-Certified roster, it is vital to immediately start mitigation and restoration to avoid irreparable harm.  

The Movement of Smoke Damage

There is undeniable turbidity to the airflow during smoke and fire damage of Carmel homes. Active fires churn the hot and cooler air, rocketing smoke particle-laden warmer air towards the ceiling. 

Clearing Loose Debris 

Mechanical action and preparing a surface are critical elements in protecting the underlying substrate and providing more efficient house restoration. Debris and soil deposits are the first obstacle in restoring a property from post-fire effects. These must be managed with direct actions to remove buildup and reach the marrying residue underneath the soils. Some of the mechanical actions possible include:

Dry Cleaning Solutions

There are times where high-heat fires produce less thick, formidable residual soot damage and instead have a thin chalky film on surfaces. Cleaning drywall and painted surfaces with this type of damage lean on dry approaches instead of introducing restoration products. We use tools like chemical sponges whose composition grabs this film and clears it from the surface.   

Powerful Wet Cleaning Products

Wet cleaning cannot often happen right away, but once the debris and loose soil have been managed with mechanical actions, introducing solvents and detergents is possible. Dissolving residues is an effective cleaning approach to managing oil-based deposits on building materials and contents. 

After a structure fire, much of the house can be overwhelmed with soot and smoke debris and residues. These soil deposits can heavily coat ceilings and the upper portions of walls. Our SERVPRO of Putnam County team can address formidable soot obstacles quickly with effective cleaning products and approaches. Call today at (845) 228-1090.

Teaching Kids Fire Safety at Home

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire If a fire issue pops up, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of Putnam County.

In the case of a fire at home, there are a lot of things you may be thinking about in the moment. Emotions are heightened, blood pressure rises and thoughts can scatter.

One thing you definitely don’t want to have to worry about is whether your children know what to do. If a fire occurs, you want to know they’re ready to react, just as you are.

So what do your kids need to know, and how can you keep them ready for fire emergencies at home? Let’s look at a few of the most important things.

Maintain smoke alarms. Yes, this part is technically something you do, but part of keeping your kids safe involves making sure smoke alarms are installed and working properly. After you’re sure of that, educate your kids about what smoke alarms do, let them hear their alerts in a non-emergency situation, and make sure they associate the sound with the need to spring into action and not to freeze in fear.

Know the plan, practice the plan. Ensure that your kids know exits, both main and alternative—this may include window and ladder drills, and you might even consider exercises that teach them to leave the house by feel rather than sight, knowing that smoke may cause low visibility indoors. Teach them specific plans and meeting places, and practice the drill at least twice a year, if not monthly.

Get out, stay out. Teach the young ones that once they’re outside, no toy or belonging is important enough for them to re-enter the house. Make sure they understand the danger of smoke inhalation and risk of explosions and let that impress on them the importance of staying out and letting firefighters handle the rest.

Other practices. Teach kids how to open their windows, check doorknobs for heat and find alternative routes if doorknobs are hot. Show them how to use towels to cover their faces or mouths for ventilation and protection, and to use them for handling any items to avoid burns.

Nobody wants to think about these kinds of scenarios, but thinking about them in advance will truly help you to better equip and prepare your family to be ready to escape in the event of a fire.

Should the unfortunate occur and you find yourself in need of fire restoration, SERVPRO is here to help you recover and restore the damage done to your home. Click or call anytime; we’re available 247 for emergency help.

The 4 Foundations of Fire and Extinguishment

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

a small paper house burning If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Putnam County is ready around the clock to help you recover.

If you happen to recall the tetrahedron shape from geometry class, you’ll remember that it’s a three-dimensional triangle shape with four triangular faces. You had it—we know you did.

If you’re wondering why we brought it up, it’s because we want to introduce you to something called the fire tetrahedron, which is a shape scientists use to represent the four things fires need to start and survive.

These things are all equally important, and without a single one of them, fires can’t start—which gives us insight also into how fires can be extinguished.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. This is what will burn; it’s what will actually be ignited. Sources like wood or dry leaves, or any number of organic or inorganic materials, will do.

Heat. Almost every substance has a heat threshold, above which it becomes unstable and ready to burst into flame.

Oxygen. Fires, like humans, require oxygen to keep going. Oxygen fuels the fourth part of the tetrahedron, which is the…

Chemical Chain Reaction. The oxygen in combination with the other elements creates a chain reaction, which will continue until something enters the fray to put a stop to it.

Speaking of stopping it…

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. When you think of putting out a fire, this is likely what your first instinct is. Cooling a fire with water is one of the most common techniques. Water can be used to quickly cool a fire’s fuel source to a temperature that won’t allow it to continue to combust. Cooling the burning element to a thermal balance means it reaches a point at which heat can’t be generated fast enough to overcome the cooling process. The larger the fire, the more water will be required, in part because some of it will sublimate.

Smother it. If a fire is deprived of oxygen, it can’t continue to grow. Smothering a fire with a thick substance that separates it from the air around it is an effective stoppage method. This can be done with something like a fire blanket, but it can also be accomplished with other methods, as we’ll see in a moment.

Starve it. Simply put, if a fire runs out of material to consume, it stops. This is why wildfires are often contained by intentionally burning an area around them, to keep them from gaining further ground.

Interrupt the chain reaction. Certain chemicals and gases can be introduced into a fire to disrupt the reaction that keeps it going. Halon in particular is very good at this, but because of its negative effect on the ozone layer,, it is no longer being produced. The remaining store, however, is allowed to be used, and it often is, in places where using water would damage electrical equipment.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

The Leading Causes of House Fires

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Putnam County is here for you if your home is affected by a fire.

Home is where your heart is—that is the famous quote, and it’s very true. Your home is where you go to enjoy your life and keep your valuable memories. But while we all try to practice safety precautions every day and take care of our investment, more than a quarter of all reported fires still occur in the home.

So, as you snuggle in for the evening, let’s review some of the top causes of house fires and do what we can to help bring that number down.

Cooking. This is the top cause of house fires and injuries! Almost half of all house fires are started because of unattended cooking. While it may seem like common sense not to leave something cooking while you fold laundry, life gets busy and we tend to forget. The best thing you can do is stay put. Devote your time to your family meal so that you can sit together and enjoy it.

Heating equipment. Heating implements contribute to14% of all house fires. There are several reasons why this can happen, including mishaps or malfunctions, but the most likely reason is space heaters that have gotten too close to flammable materials.

Electrical fires. Older homes weren’t built with the safety precautions in place today, so if you live in an older house, have it inspected regularly. Faulty wiring or circuits being overloaded are big factors that can contribute to the risk of house fires. It’s also important to ensure that electrical cords are not frayed and that you’re using the right wattage in lamps.

Intentional fires That’s right, you read that correctly. Believe it or not, there are more than 28,000 intentional home fires started every year. This type of fire isn’t set for another reason before getting out of control; these fires are set specifically with the intent of destruction.

Smoking materials. Smoking materials are only responsible for 5% of house fires, but they are the leading cause of civilian fire deaths. This type of deadly fire often occurs when someone falls asleep while smoking.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by a fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Know the Fire Hazards of Fall

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful of fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Putnam County is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

Can you feel that crisp in the air first thing in the morning or in the late evenings? It’s about to be that time of the year where leaves start to fall from the trees, and we all enjoy sitting by campfires and discussing life.

As you dream about that scenery, let’s discuss the fire hazards that accompany this time of the year.

Campfire Safety

With cooler temps starting to sneak in, this is the perfect time to get away and go camping or hiking! When you do that, it’s almost a given that you must add a campfire to either keep you warm, cook a little something or maybe simply create the perfect ambiance.

We all can become a little impatient when we are trying to create the perfect scene, but it’s best to not ever use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. Make sure you keep your fire contained and away from anything flammable. And before you head in for the night, ensure that it is completely out.

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are one of the biggest causes of fires in the fall and winter. They come in handy in so many ways, but if you aren’t careful, they can cause serious damage.

When using a heater, make sure you keep it away from flammable items, kids, or play areas. These space heaters can put out major heat, so it’s important to make sure you have a heater that has an automatic shutoff capability any time it tips over.

Halloween

While Halloween can be quite spooky, what’s even spookier is the fact that all that cute front porch décor can be a fire hazard. While decorating your home, whether inside or out, make sure you are attentive to these items as they can easily catch fire.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Where Do I Find Good Fire Restoration Services in Mahopac?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the dining set and counters Did a recent kitchen fire affect your home? Team SERVPRO has the certified technicians and equipment to help remediate the fire damage.

SERVPRO Can Supply Expert Fire Restoration Services to Your Mahopac Home

Cooking gone wrong can be the reason for many fires inside of American homes. You work all day, are tired, and forget to turn the stove off. Or, you end up leaving a crockpot plugged in all night. Accidents can happen to anyone, no matter how cautious they are. Imperfection makes us human. Fortunately, help is not far.

When it comes to the damage in your house, you need expert local Mahopac fire restoration services to do the job. Here at SERVPRO, we want your experience to go as smoothly as possible. Our ultimate goal is to get in your home and restore your home as swiftly as we can. As an example, imagine leaving the stove on by accident after you finish supper. Nearby paper towels are knocked over just close enough to catch fire.

By the time you smell the smoke, your kitchen backing has been blackened by soot. What is left of the food has all but been burned to char. Flakes of ash from the paper towels coat the counter and the floor. It may seem like a significant mess, but here at SERVPRO, we're fire and smoke remediation experts.

Our technicians can start by removing debris, such as the ash. We can use specialized cleaning agents to remove soot from your counters, walls, and flooring. Finally, using devices such as air scrubbers or thermal foggers can help us trap malodorous airborne particles. Even if the smell has truly leached into the surrounding walls, we can use odor-locking priming paint to seal the scent. We hope to restore your home to something close to its previous state and leave you feeling happy. 

Never wait if you need fire restoration services. Dial (845) 228-1090 to call SERVPRO of Putnam County. We're ready to assist you.

SERVPRO's Fire Restoration Service Saves Carmel Homes from Permanent Damage

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Odor particles travel quickly in a fire and leave a foul odor behind. Our SERVPRO techs have the training and tools to restore you home.

How do SERVPRO Techs Combat Odors During Fire Restoration in Carmel Homes?

One of the biggest challenges that a restorer faces during a house fire cleanup is getting rid of the lingering odor left behind. SERVPRO technicians use several deodorization techniques during fire restoration of your Carmel home, leaving it smelling "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO techs encounter several types of odor-causing particles during fire restoration of your Carmel home. Most of the particles can be as small as 0.1 to 4 microns in size. Consequently, they can penetrate surfaces easily. The deodorant particles must also find a way to reach and combine with the particles to neutralize them. To achieve this, SERVPRO fire restoration experts end up recreating penetration conditions but with the deodorant particles.  

Factors Causing Odor Particles to Penetrate Surfaces After Smoke Damage to Your Carmel Home

Apart from the size of the particles, several other factors also help them to penetrate the surface in your fire-damaged home in Carmel:

  • Temperature- Odor penetrates much deeper if the temperature of the fire is higher. The heat can cause porous surfaces to expand, causing more odor molecules to penetrate. SERVPRO technicians use thermal foggers to break deodorant into tiny particles with enough thrust behind them to reach and neutralize the odor effectively. 
  • Humidity- Higher humidity allows the odor particles to dissolve in the air's moisture carrying them to the nose. It is for this reason that odors in humid air seem more pungent than those in dry air. 

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090; our experts are available 24/7 to help you.

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.

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.

Fire Damage Restoration Includes Smoke Remediation in Carmel

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Soot and Odor Residues in Your Mahopac Home.

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can help you with house fire clean up in Mahopac

Many fire-damaged homes can contain several burnt materials that restorers must remove safely. During a substantial blaze, many building materials and contents could get covered in soot. Residues can find their way into even the smallest openings, and it is possible that items in boxes could get affected.

During fire cleanup in Mahopac, our SERVPRO technicians start by inspecting the entire structure to see where the smoke traveled. House fire clean up procedures can be conducted while also providing the following services:

  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Fire Restoration

After we determine where the smoke traveled and what items got affected by soot residues, we can start the cleaning process. In some fire and smoke damage situations, we can set up a containment chamber with negative air pressure created by an air scrubber. The air scrubber will trap any loose soot particles that get dislodged during the cleaning and debris removal process so that the soot does not spread to previously unaffected areas. Air scrubbers can also be used to clean the air if there is a large amount of soot present in fire-damaged homes. 

If you ever notice smoke damage in your house after a fire, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. 

Fire and Odor Damage in Your Carmel Home.

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

soot and fire damage SERVPRO has all the manpower and experience needed for your fire damage restoration project.

SERVPRO can provide fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup in Carmel

People have inhabited Carmel, NY, for several centuries, with the first known settlers being the Wappingers tribe. In 1697, a wealthy New York merchant purchased all of the lands that are now Putnam County. 

During the Revolutionary War, the town made the history books when 16-year-old Sybil Ludington rode on horseback through Carmel and Kent to summons her father. Her father's "Ludington's Regiment" then went to work to fight off a British attack on Danbury, Connecticut.

After the Revolutionary War was over, the region broke into several towns, and Putnam County was formed. The city of Carmel was not officially established until April of 1785.

Carmel prides itself on having an exquisite parks system.

Now the small city of a little more than 30,000 people has a lot to offer to locals and visitors. The town has the following parks that people can enjoy:

  • Sycamore Park: This facility is located between Long Pond Road and Long Pond. The park is 32 acres in size, with 18 being developed for land and water activities. The grounds contain a baseball/football field, four tennis courts, picnic and playground areas, a spacious beach, a dog park, a concession stand, and a paddle ball/handball court. 
  • Jimmy McDonough Memorial Park and Skate Park: This complex sits off Long Pond Road at the end of Angela Drive. The facility has a 60-foot diamond, a 90-foot diamond, three football/soccer fields, and a skate park. The park is open from March to November, and it also contains restrooms and concession buildings.
  • Chamber Park: This facility is located in downtown Mahopac at the corner of Routes 6N and 6. The waterfront park is a carry-in and carry-out facility that is open year-round from dawn until dusk. The park has benches, walking trails, a gazebo, a fountain, and a playground.
  • Red Mills Park: These grounds span about seven acres and are located at the corner of Hill Street and Route 6N. The facility contains watercourses running through it with walking bridges leading over the water. The park's features include benches, a gazebo, walking paths, and an open meadow.

SERVPRO can help with fire restoration in Carmel

One main problem with fire-damaged homes is the presence of unpleasant aromas. Smoke damage can come in the form of burnt aromas when the particles penetrate your contents and building materials deeply. 

In many cases, fire damage restoration can include cleaning and deodorization procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians can assist with the following services:

  • Fire Restoration
  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • Smoke Remediation

The first step to restoring fire and smoke damage is to secure the work area and remove any burnt debris. Next, we can clean any surfaces in your home that have soot residues.

If foul odors still exist after these first two steps, we can then conduct deodorization procedures as a part of the smoke remediation process. Ultra-low volume (ULV) and thermal foggers break down deodorants into microscopic particles so they can move through your structure in the same way the smoke did. Ozone generators can be used to neutralize malodor particles.

If you ever need fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. 

Get Some Fresh Air On The Putnam Trailway Near Mahopac

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Get Fit And Enjoy Time Outside in Mahopac This New Year

If you need to blow away the cobwebs and get in shape this New Year, look no further than the Putnam Trailway. The Trailway is a paved cycling and walking path that follows the old New York Central Railroad route.

The Trailway runs for 12 linear miles across Putnam County, starting at the Westchester Border and running to Brewster village. Along the way, you can see some of the original station stops, at:

  • Tilly Foster
  • Carmel
  • Mahopac
  • Lake Mahopac
  • Baldwin Place

If you are starting at Mahopac, you will find the old Mahopac station site at the American Legion Post Building, situated on Bucks Hollow Road.

There are plans to add some active branch lines so trains can run in the area again. Until then, however, it is an ideal place to walk or cycle.

Even when the weather is cold and damp, fire is still a risk. If you need help with fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Putnam County (845) 228-1090.

Get Away From The Bustle Of NYC In Picturesque Carmel

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Fire damage is no laughing matter. Call the IICRC trained professionals of SERVPRO for the fire restoration services you need.

Carmel Is A Charming Historic Town With Plenty Of Open Space

When people think of NYC, they naturally think of the hustle and bustle. The city's vibrant busyness is fun, but sometimes you need a quieter place to relax and take some time out. Carmel is situated just an hour away from midtown Manhattan, but spend an hour here, and you will think you are in the country, far away from the rush.

Explore Picturesque and Historical Places In and Around Carmel

Carmel is full of exciting and pretty places to visit. A trip here is a lovely way to spend some leisure time and unwind from everyday life stresses. While you are in the area, why not check out:

  • The Reed Memorial Library is the oldest in Putnam County. In 1911, local woman Arietta Crane Reed donated the money for a dedicated library building in her husband's memory. The library is a one-story stone building with a slate roof and three gables. The library is the only prominent example of Tudorbethan architecture in the Carmel area. It features an oak-paneled oval lobby, marble trims, and a rather unusual mantel carved in the shape of monks' heads.
  • The Putnam County Courthouse is a historic courthouse in downtown Carmel that was built in 1814. In 1847, architect James Townsend undertook extensive renovation. Townsend added a Classical Revival style portico and columns, and copies of column sections from the Monument of Lysicrates, near the Acropolis in Athens. The result is a striking looking building which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Carmel Hamlet is a village that is home to both the Putnam County Courthouse and the statue of Sybil Ludington. You can also enjoy viewing several historic buildings or relax beside the picturesque Lake Gleneida.
  • Visit the village of Mahopac, which is contained within the bounds of Carmel. Mahopac is home to a library with a reading room overlooking beautiful Lake Mahopac. It is also home to the Carmel Historical Society Museum, where you can see many interesting artifacts. You might also recognize some famous filming locations. For example, several scenes from the 1982 movie Tootsie were filmed outside the Mahopac Farm Playhouse.  

The area is also home to several lakes and waterfalls where you can get fishing and boating permits. There are many lovely lakeside homes in and around Carmel, and you can find plenty of pubs and restaurants to relax in the evening and enjoy the views.

Find Your Inner Peace At A Nearby Monastery

Anyone seeking peace will want to schedule a stop at Chuang Yen Monastery in nearby Kent. This peaceful place, whose name means "majestically adorned," is a working monastery, so it is advisable to check online when it is open for visitors. Once you are there, you can:

  • Walk around the peaceful grounds and sit by the lake for some contemplation.
  • Visit the Woo Ju Memorial Library with its extensive collection of Buddhist books.
  • Book a place on a retreat or class.

You can also view the largest Buddha Vairocana statue in the Western Hemisphere. Buddha Vairocana is a celestial Buddha, and the figure stands 37 ft tall. 10,000 smaller Buddhas surround it, and there are other statues throughout the temple and grounds – indeed an impressive site and an unforgettable place.

A Local War Hero Warned Putnam County Residents About British Fires

Of course, things have not always been peaceful in Putnam County. The Carmel area is home to a unique Revolutionary War hero named Sybil Ludington. Ludington was born in 1761 in nearby Fredericksburg, NY, which is now named Ludingtonville in her honor.

Sybil's father fought in the French and Indian War, so he volunteered to lead local militia during the Revolutionary War. Sybil and her siblings saved her father from capture when Ichabod Prosser led a band of loyalists to attempt to capture her father. The Ludington family, led by Sybil, lit candles around the house and then marched around it militarily. This fooled Prosser and his loyalists into thinking the house was under military guard, and they made no captures that night.

In 1778, when she was just sixteen years old, Sybil undertook a ride of 40 miles to warn militia in the Carmel and Putnam County areas that the British were coming. Her father had learned of a planned British raid on the town of Danbury and dispatched Sybil to sound the alarm. As she rode, she banged on the shutters of the homes she passed, shouting, "The British are burning Danbury!"

By the time Sybil rode through Carmel and on to Mahopac and Farmers Mills, she was soaked through and suffering exhaustion. However, by the time she got home again, she had 400 troops ready to march. Although the forces could not prevent the attack on Danbury, they were able to drive the British to Long Island Sound. General George Washington himself congratulated Sybil on her bravery.

Sybil died in 1839 and was buried in Patterson Presbyterian Cemetery, Patterson, NY, where you can still visit her grave. There is also a statue in her honor right here in Carmel.

SERVPRO Helps Residents Deal With Fire Damage

Unfortunately, we do not all have a Sybil Ludington to warn us of approaching fire. However, SERVPRO understands that Carmel Residents are worried about the effect of fire damage, and we are here to help.

We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we aim to arrive at your home within four hours of your initial call to us. Time is of the essence when dealing with fire damage because:

  • The longer soot is allowed to sit, the harder it is to scrub it away.
  • Your home and contents might be wet from firefighting efforts, which increases the risk of mold growth.
  • The sooner we start cleanup efforts, the better the chance that we can save your personal belongings.

Our experienced technicians take care of every aspect of fire damage repair. We scrub and vacuum away soot and can also use media blasting on exposed brick or wood. We restore as many of your belongings as possible and send textiles and clothes out for specialist cleaning. We also dry out any areas that are wet from firefighting, and we can talk to your insurers on your behalf.

SERVPRO of Putnam County is here to help you deal with fire damage in your home. Call us today at (845) 228-1090.

What Facts Should You Know about Fire Damage Restoration in Carmel?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Carmel Residents should be Armed with all the Fire Damage Facts

People living in the Carmel area hope that a disaster will never befall their property, but unfortunately, tragedy is not always avoidable. SERVPRO of Putnam Country believes that education is essential not only for our skilled technicians but also for our customers. The more you know about disaster remediation, the better placed you are to choose a reliable remediation company, and the less stressful the process will be.

If you need fire damage restoration in your Carmel home, it is useful to know a few critical facts about remediation and what to expect.

How quickly should a remediation company come to you?

Fast action is essential when it comes to Carmel fire damage restoration. This is because:

  • Soot is corrosive and damaging, and the longer you leave it, the worse the damage can become
  • Ash can discolor plastic, metal, and fabric in a few hours, and within a few days, the discoloration can be irreversible
  • Lingering smoke odors can get worse if they are left untreated for too long
  • Fire can leave your home structurally unsound, and it is better to have someone assess and secure it quickly
  • Firefighting can leave parts of your home wet, and mold can start growing in as little as 48 hours

SERVPRO will call you back within an hour of your first call to arrange a time to come to your home. You can expect us within four hours, and you can expect a full assessment and plan of action within eight hours.

Why does the kind of soot matter?

The incomplete combustion of materials creates soot during a fire. The kind of soot makes a difference to the cleanup process, so it is crucial to choose a company like SERVPRO whose technicians understand the different soot types and how to clean each of them. Types of soot include:

  • Dry soot from the fast, hot burning of natural materials is the most straightforward kind to clean, and we can usually brush it away
  • Wet soot from slower burning fires is thick and smeary and requires damp-wiping and the application of cleaning solutions
  • Oily soot from burning rubbers and oils is stubborn and clings to everything, requiring more vigorous cleaning
  • Protein soot from burning proteins in a kitchen fire is incredibly smelly and hard to get rid of and requires extensive cleaning

Fast action is essential, especially in the case of protein soot, because the longer it has to set in, the harder it is to get the stink out.

Why is training so necessary?

Fire damage cleanup is not a DIY job. There are health risks associated with smoke fumes and soot, and your home may be structurally unsound after firefighting efforts. Firefighters sometimes have to cut holes in walls to check the fire has gone out, or make holes in the roof to vent smoke from the building. Do not attempt to enter the building or start cleanup yourself. Instead, wait for the trained professionals to arrive.

SERVPRO offers extensive Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to all its staff. The IICRC is a non-profit body that provides standards and procedures for the remediation industry. When you call on a company with IICRC-certified remediation experts, you are getting a company that knows the best techniques and practices.

Why is mold a concern during fire damage restoration?

Fire damage remediation is not only about cleaning away soot and getting rid of smoky smells. We need to be aware of the dangers of mold, too. After a fire, there may be many damp spots as a result of firefighting efforts. Those spots can quickly become home to mold colonies, which can propagate rapidly and spread throughout your home.

We will check for wet areas during our assessment. We can use a range of meters and probes to look for hidden moisture under the carpet, on the subfloor, and across the walls' surface. If we find any problem areas, we will set up drying equipment and dehumidifiers to restore moisture levels to preloss conditions.

Why should you choose restoration over replacement?

The heart of SERVPRO's philosophy is to restore your items rather than replace them. That could mean:

  • Vacuuming and wiping residue from your furniture
  • Spot-cleaning damaged upholstery to remove smoke stains
  • Employing ultrasonic or hydraulic cleaning to get out the more stubborn soot stains
  • Deep-cleaning carpets, rugs, and drapes
  • Calling in a technician to restore electronics and test them before use

In most cases, restoration is the cheaper option, and it is the option preferred by most insurers, too.

For a fire remediation service you can trust, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

What Type of Damages Occur in a Burnt Building in Carmel?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Turning a burnt structure back into a home requires professional expertise, resources, and equipment.

Fire Damage Restoration is a Multi-faceted Task. SERVPRO Technicians Work Diligently to Return your Carmel Home to its Pre-loss condition.

What are the core methods used in fire restoration?
When a resident of Carmel experiences a house fire, it can be a traumatic event. The initial appearance of a burnt property may be tough to assess without professional assistance. When structure or contents burn, several complex reactions are occurring, which can lead to considerable damages. Many materials combust completely after catching fire. Others show charring or exterior blackening. Even walls and ceilings several meters away from the fire source can become soiled by hot smoke and soot residues. Our technicians are capable of dealing with various damages associated with a property fire and are confident of getting your home back to its normal condition, “Like it never even happened.”

What do fire restoration services offer for residential properties?
    •    Mitigation services to prevent further harm occurring and to secure it during the interim period of restoration.
    •    Cleaning the structure of the home to remove soot residues from walls, ceilings, floors, and windows
    •    Removing smoke residues and fire odors from the contents of your home, including furniture, fabrics, and ornaments

Can the firefighting procedure cause harm to a property?
Firefighting procedure secures your home from significant harm, but fire damage restoration technicians in Carmel may need to mitigate against water losses after the fact. The presence of moisture can often set soots into soft furnishings like mattresses, carpets, or upholstery. Water can also enhance unpleasant burnt odors and complicate issues relating to restoring power. SERVPRO has a roster of technicians with the skillset required to mitigate water losses in a burnt property. These often involve systematic drying of the affected area and emulsifying powders to draw moisture, and soils, from damaged surfaces.

What may additional services be required to deal with fire damage?
Some contents cleaning services may require specialists to deal with expensive artworks or furniture refinishing.
Electrical repair is usually conducted by a third-party
Reconstruction of some parts of a home, for example, staircases or kitchen fittings

Turning a burnt structure back into a home requires professional expertise, resources, and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

Why Does a Homeowner See Smoke Webs After a Carmel Fire?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged oven in kitchen Fire damage to your Carmel home can be tricky to deal with. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO Cleans All Types of Smoke Residue in Carmel

After a plastic fire in your Carmel house, smoke particles can become electrically charged. These particles travel throughout your home to attach magnetically to oppositely charged surfaces. The smoke from plastic burning has a stronger electric charge than smoke from paper or wood. These smoke particles attract themselves to surfaces around the home, creating a web-like formation. At first glance, you may think it is a spider web. However, the smoke tags are formed by ionized smoke particles spread out over surfaces.

What Do Ionization and Magnetism Mean?

Smoke Residues Attach to Surfaces with Opposite Electric Charge

During your fire restoration project in Carmel, you may notice smoke residue sticking to different surfaces throughout your home. Ionization means that smoke particles, usually from a plastic fire, become electrically charged. Then, these electrically charged smoke molecules attach magnetically to opposite-charged surfaces. Synthetics tend to hold more of a charge than natural fibers. For example, a plastic bag might have more residue than a linen or silk dress. Ionized smoke particles also attract to metal surfaces similarity to a magnet. You may notice smoke particles attaching themselves to nails, coat hangers, and metal fixtures around the home.

How About Furnace “Puff Back?”

Oil-based fuels in heating furnaces can “explode” when the equipment is not properly maintained. This buildup includes sooty deposits, with high electrical charges, that can cause a dramatic “spider web” result in cooler corners of a structure. The soot, as aerosol particles, can also leave thick, unsightly films on surfaces like ceilings and walls. This cleanup may require painting an odor-killing primer as part of the restoration process.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Smoke Webs and Other Ionized Smoke Particles?

  • Technicians typically perform a surface test to determine the most effective way to remove the smoke residue. 
  • SERVPRO technicians attempt dry cleaning with a vacuum or broom to gently remove the smoke webs.
  • If dry cleaning smears the webs, technicians use wet cleaning techniques with cleaning solvents and water.
  • In some cases, technicians may remove items from the home for more extensive cleaning in our offsite facilities.

For help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How Does Fire Restoration In Mahopac Work?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen with broken shelves and oven after fire Dealing with fire damage on your own can leave room for many mistakes. Contact SERVPRO for professional restoration services.

To Handle Fire Restoration, SERVPRO Technicians Utilize a Range of Methods and Equipment While Working on Your Mahopac Property

Nobody wants to see their house or prized possessions ravaged by fire. However, once this happens, having a team on your side that you can trust for rapid, reliable restoration services is priceless. At SERVPRO, we understand the difficult time you are having and how overwhelming it can be. This is why we have perfected our processes to execute the handling of the restoration to your Mahopac home once you call us for help.

Can I Start Cleaning Up on My Own?

While it might be tempting to try fire restoration in Mahopac on your own, the damage goes well beyond the charred items and materials that you see.

  • Within minutes of the first spark of the blaze, your walls, ceilings, and surfaces start to discolor
  • Smoke and ash continue causing damage as well as corrosion to the materials inside the home
  • Within hours after the fire gets extinguished, appliance finishes begin to yellow
  • In just a short time, smoke tarnishes metals and creates etching on glass surfaces
  • Smoke odors remain in affected rooms for an extended period after the fire event, continuing to create problems if not adequately addressed

SERVPRO takes care of many aspects of the fire restoration process, including services such as:

  • Cleaning of carpeted and upholstered furniture
  • Tarping and boarding up
  • Washing of walls, cabinetry, and ceilings
  • Fabric and clothing cleaning
  • Soot and smoke damage
  • Water extraction and chemical cleanup
  • Controlled demolition, and more

It is vital that you understand not all fire damage is the same from one incident to another. As part of our restoration process, we identify the source and type of fire so that we can adjust our techniques accordingly. Our team also works to remediate any water damage or chemicals left behind by first responders working the fire. Everything gets handled so that your interior is left “Like it never even happened.”

Call (845) 228-1090 to talk with a member of our team at SERVPRO of Putnam County. We will discuss your need for fire restoration and send out a crew as soon as possible for an assessment.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Mahopac After A Fire

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage hit the chimney in this home This chimney fire was minimal and we were able to get the homeowner's back into their home as quickly as possible.

Restoring Mahopac Homes After Fire Damage

Despite having Lake Mahopac and Kirk Lake inside the city limits, Mahopac residents understand that fire can still strike any home. A swift, expert response can mean the difference in thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs in even a small fire.

Fire damage in Mahopac can be everything from a cigarette fire in the bedroom to the thick, pungent residues generated by a fire in the garage that spreads through the home. SERVPRO response crews train their personnel as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians, or FSRTs. These specialists use the latest cleaners and equipment to clean every surface in a home from drywall to upholstery and linoleum to wood.

Each team member is highly qualified to perform four primary actions. Each is designed to loosen residues from surfaces after fire damage. Depending on the type of residues and surfaces, specialists use Chemical, Lubrication, Mechanical, and Suspension and Dispersion methods.

Chemical methods alter residues after FSRTs apply a cleaning agent. The alteration allows them to more easily remove them with sponges, vacuums, and extraction wands to pull residues off floors and out of carpets.

Lubrication methods break the link between surfaces and residues by making the contaminants slippery. The detergents and other cleaners surround residues so they nearly slide off surfaces by wiping them off with a sponge or cloth. Lubrication is especially useful on metal and glass surfaces.

Mechanical methods break up the residues with stronger cleaners and devices that agitate the residues on diverse surfaces such as fabrics, metal, stone, wood, and marble. Where certain surfaces like fabrics and wood absorb cleaners, FSRTs use scrub brushes or mechanical agitation devices exclusively to remove not just fire residues, but soil and other contaminants as well.

Suspension and Dispersion is the most common method used by team members, however. They loosen and suspend residues within the cleaning product, which becomes suspended in the solution, and eventually disperses into the mixture. It is a method especially useful for drywall and other building materials.

At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we understand that a home is far more than four walls and a roof. Our response teams use every method available to clean and restore property and memories for homeowners here and in Southeast, Kent, and Carmel. To schedule a service call and receive an estimate, call today at (845) 228-1090.

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How to Perform Fire Odor Removal In Your Mahopac Residence

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke with word "Smell" Don't let odor from a fire keep you from occupying your Mahopac home. Call the Experts at SERVPRO today.

We have what it takes to improve the air quality in your home and provide you with an odor free living space

During a fire, smoke and soot are emitted at a high rate and travel to other rooms of the affected property fast. The smoke can access void spaces and cracks in the property, leaving a distinct charcoal-like odor. Do not allow the situation to make you feel desperate because SERVPRO can help you to remove the scent.

An intense smoke odor can make your property uninhabitable even after the fire cleanup process. Fortunately, we have highly trained and experienced technicians who can perform fire odor removal in your Mahopac residence effectively. Our technicians can eliminate the smoke odor within a short time, leaving you and your family breathing fresh and healthy air.

Improper odor removal can cause odors to remain in the property for an extended period, becoming trapped in the fabrics, upholstery, cavities, and furniture. During summer, extreme temperatures can cause the pores within porous materials to re-open and release the odor in the air. We have state-of-the-art odor removal equipment and products. We can also use unique restoration techniques to handle the fire odor effectively.    

Generally, most of the odor lingers on damaged surfaces and furniture. To decrease the fire odor, our crew can demolish the affected building materials and remove them from your home. We can also remove all damaged contents out of the building. We can separate the salvageable items and the ones that cannot be salvaged. Our crew can adequately dispose of the extremely damaged items and help you list the extremely damaged items for your insurance claims filing process.

Cleaning all surfaces with smoke residues in the building is also essential. We choose the right cleaning and deodorization procedures depending on whether the smoke residues are heavy, medium, or light. Our team can use dry cleaning sponges to clean non-washable surfaces like the ceiling. However, for the other surfaces, our technicians can use liquid crème cleaners that not only clean but also deodorize the affected surfaces.

After cleaning the smoke residues, fire odors may persist. To remove the odor, our SERVPRO team can use equipment like air scrubbers to remove odor particles from the air. The machine takes dirty indoor air through a series of filters to capture odors, particles, and gases. It then blows out clean air back into the building. The HEPA filters in air scrubbers capture particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Fire odors are challenging to remove. For professional fire odor removal services, call SERVPRO of Putnam County today at (845) 228-1090. We can remove the smell to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Fire And Smoke Damage Professionals Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Carmel

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damage to home after a fire Together, we can leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

What Is That Foul Smell In Your Carmel Home?

Not surprisingly, the hustle and bustle of the holidays and winter months can bring added risks for your family.  Everything from someone slipping on an icy sidewalk to a touch of frostbite to a small fire erupting as you cook for friends and neighbors, it is all possible in the next weeks.  Even when the incidents seem small, the repercussions can be long-lasting.  For example, fire damage from the kitchen fire can leave behind a plethora of problems far beyond what's evident to the naked eye.

When your home in Carmel is the one suffering from fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO to help you get everything back to normal.  Our fire restoration technicians specialize in the latest and most advanced industry techniques focusing on restoring your home after flames, smoke, and soot have descended upon it.  As small as the damage appears, it takes an expert team to avoid further damage during the cleanup process.  All you need to do is contact our 24/7 hotline and rely on our assessment and action plan to return your home to mint condition.

It is common for our SERVPRO team to hear that the worst part of a small fire is the resulting smell.   Due to ventilation systems, fabrics, and the chemical composition of all that burned, the odor permeates beyond what seems commensurate to the size of the fire.  Analyzing and acting in the interest of our client is where we excel.  Our technicians have at their disposal the latest in deodorizing techniques and the training to identify the best solution for your situation.

When we arrive, we may choose from a wide variety of options.  Perhaps one of the more straightforward options, odor-counteracting beads are easy to disperse, and their impact is evident as time goes on.  The beads release an aroma that helps mask the smell of smoke and gives your home a fresh scent.  Similar to the beads, we may use deodorizing pellets, which absorb the odor instead of masking it.  These are but two of the treatments readily available to you through our SERVPRO staff, and they show that fire damage does not have to be catastrophic to benefit from the input of a professional service.

SERVPRO of Putnam County is at your service this winter.  Call us at (845) 228-1090 as soon as the incident happens and let us work for you.  Together, we can leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Some Steps Towards Carmel Fire Damage Remediation Success

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

yellow fire line do not cross sign across a fire damaged home Fire damage can be overwhelming to deal with. Partner with SERVPRO to remediate after a fire in your home.

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

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Yes! You can have a real Christmas tree in your Brewster home. Follow our fire-safety tips to keep it safe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Putnam County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

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

Smoke and soot removal in Brewster, NY

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can cause substantial damage to your Carmel home.

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

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

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

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

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

Protect your home from fire damage in Mahopac, NY

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

While using a surge protector outlet strip is recommended, take caution not to overload them, as this can also be a home fire risk in Putnam County!

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

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

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

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

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

Protecting your Putnam County home from fire damage

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Check your smoke detectors regularly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire damage causes smoke and soot damage to Putnam County, NY homes

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Putnam County team professionally removes smoke and soot from the walls of a Brewster homes after a kitchen fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow our cooking safety tips this Thanksgiving!

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

From all of us at SERVPRO of Putnam County, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a day filled with family, parades, football and, of course, food! The kitchen is the heart of home, especially during the holidays when most of us in Putnam County are preparing a meal with many more recipes, in larger quantities and with more cooks in the kitchen than usual!  

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving Day also has the highest number of  home fires annually.  In 2013, Thanksgiving Day had 1,550 reported kitchen fires, which is  230% above the average number of fires per day. Keep these kitchen safety reminders in mind as you prepare your Thanksgiving feast! 

"Be on time"

With so many things on your "to do" list, guests coming and going and multiple items cooking, be sure to set timers so that you don't remember to take something out of the oven too late! (nobody likes their stuffing THAT dry!)

“Stand by Your Pan”

Have a designated cook in the kitchen at all times so that food is not left unattended. This is the most common source of kitchen fires. It only takes a moment for a kitchen fire to start and with a vigilant cook in the kitchen, catching it immediately is the key to avoiding the fire spreading. 

"If you fry, don't make it too high!"

The popularity of deep frying the turkey has soared (We at  SERVPRO of Putnam County haven't gone this route because we are traditionalists but we hear it's quite delicious!). An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire. Play it safe and fry your bird outside. 

"For grease fires, water makes it go higher!"

Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water or a wet towel. Water will cause the flames to flare up and spread quickly. Turn off the stove and cover the fire with a lid if it is safe to do so, thereby removing the oxygen from reaching the fire. Use a fire extinguisher, which should be stored in a convenient kitchen location (not hidden under the kitchen sink!) If you do not have a fire extinguisher, baking soda is also effective at putting out grease fires however you do need to use quite a bit of it. 

We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fire Prevention Month - Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

The theme for this year's Fire Prevention Month is "Every Second Counts- Plan 2 Ways Out".

Created to educate the public on fire safety, fire prevention month is observed during October to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The tragedy killed more than 250 people, left 100,000  homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. This month, SERVPRO of Putnam County will be sharing  information on fire safety.

This year, the theme for National Fire Prevention Month is "Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out".

  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

 If you experience a fire in the Brewster, NY area, SERVPRO of Putnam County is ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Prevention Week in Putnam County, NY

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Plan an escape route with your family during Fire Prevention week- have at least 2 ways out as exits are often blocked during house fires.

October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week- a time to make sure that your home has fire safety measures in place. In 2016, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. Every 86 seconds, one home structure fire was reported and every day, 7 people lost their lives to residential fires.  At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we have seen firsthand the devastation a home fire can cause.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbecue Safety in Putnam County, NY

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let your summer barbecue turn into a trip to the emergency room or a call to the fire department! Follow these safety tips to keep it safe.

It's grilling season and we have enjoyed taking the cooking outside. Unfortunately, over 7,000 Americans get injured while using their backyard grill each summer. If you plan to fire up the bbq at your Lake Carmel home this summer, follow these tips to keep it safe.  

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, including areas with overhangs. 
  2. Clean your grill regularly.  Grease is a major source of flare ups so clean your grill after each use.
  3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough. 
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Keep patio furniture, pillows and hanging baskets away from your grill, as they are highly combustible.
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy.That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. 
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. Make sure that you know how to use it

Don't: 

  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. This can cause the gas to build up and explode when the lid is opened. 
  2. Leave a grill unattended. No, this isn't the time to go prep the corn on the cob.
  3. Overload your grill with food. In particular, fatty meats which can drip onto the flames and feed them, causing the fire to get out of control. 
  4. Use a grill indoors. No size grill is safe indoors. Between the fire hazard and CO2, it's dangerous to your home and your health.

Smoke and soot removal in Mahopac homes

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Even a small kitchen fire can cause soot and smoke damage

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


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


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


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


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


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