Recent Storm Damage Posts

Roof Damage Done by a Storm to Your Mahopac Home.

5/9/2021 (Permalink)

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A Leaky Roof from Storm Damage Can Sabotage a Mahopac Home

During the spring, it is possible to see both cold temperatures and vicious rainstorms. If a substantial amount of rain comes down quickly, it is possible that water can leak from your roof and into your dwelling. Moisture entering from above can cause several problems as it follows gravity to your house's floors.

During storm damage mitigation in Mahopac, our SERVPRO technicians can use specialized equipment to test moisture content in your building materials and contents. If we find moisture inside your home, we can conduct the following procedures to return your structure to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

  • Emergency Services Water Damage
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Damage Repairs

The first step we take when dealing with a leaking roof from storms is to repair the damage source so that no more moisture can enter. If part of your roof is damaged, we can temporarily seal it while we conduct our water damage remediation efforts in the rest of your structure. 

If you ever find out that your ceiling leaks after a heavy rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. 

When Is a Thunderstorm Dangerous?

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County if you experience any damage.

That’s really a trick question. Any thunderstorm, at any time, can be dangerous.

It’s hard for us to think about, really. Thunderstorms occur so frequently that we often disregard them as insignificant. But with conditions such as high winds, lightning, hail and flooding, these storms can quickly become a danger.

What even is a thunderstorm? It’s exactly what it sounds like! A thunderstorm is any storm that includes thunder. By extension, that means the storm also has lightning, since thunder and lightning work hand-in-hand at all times.

Regular thunderstorms occur all the time, but occasionally, they turn severe. Severe thunderstorms are defined as storms that contain hail that is one inch or larger and straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or more.

The Facts About Thunderstorms

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. We mentioned above that thunderstorms always have lightning. In fact, lightning is one of the most dangerous elements of a storm. Reportedly, lightning strikes cause around 300 injuries every year. In addition to causing bodily harm, lightning can also lead to property damage from fallen trees or even fire.

Property damage due to hail. When you hear about hail, you probably first think about damage to cars. But car damage isn’t the only result from hail. These ice pellets range in size from tiny to very large, and the bigger they are, the more dangerous. How hard they come down is also a factor. Large hail pummeling your house can cause damage to the roof and the siding, which can eventually cause leaks and water damage.

Harm from flash flooding. Flooding can occur any time there’s a large amount of water. While your property or home may flood due to excess rain or other factors, flash flooding is also a concern. This type of flooding literally occurs in a flash, as high levels of water accumulate, presenting a danger to everyone in the surrounding area. It’s particularly dangerous for drivers, so if flash flood conditions are possible, stay off the road.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Stop Heavy Rains From Damaging Your Valuable Home

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County today.

Is your home ready to withstand rainy weather?

If you haven’t already, you should put some thought into the ways you are protecting your home from water damage. After all, statistically, you or someone you know will be dealing with it over the next year.

One out of every 50 American homeowners will have to file a water damage claim in 2021.

So if you have to file a claim for water damage this year, you’ll have a lot of company. Statistically, it’s like that someone you know will have to file a water damage claim this year, too. Depending on the size of your network, it might even be more than one person.

When asked how the water damage happens, homeowners cite various problems like severe floods and storms or problems in the home, like a burst pipe. But there are other common sources, as well.

Getting Your Home Ready to Deal With Wet Weather

Use these basic home maintenance tips to ensure your yard looks its best—and that your home is prepared to withstand rainy weather.

Correct yard drainage problems when you find them. Proper yard drainage is vital to protecting your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, talk with an expert about ways you can protect your yard.

Find ways to make your landscaping into another form of protection. Your yard can be more than a way to ensure your home looks nice in photographs or is noticeable from the road. It can protect your home, too. Research different varieties of protective native plants and use them where you can.

Be sure your roof is ready for a rainstorm. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

These Projects Can Help Protect Your Home From Spring Storms

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County.

Are you ready for winter to be over? If so, you aren’t alone. Most of us are ready for another cold, snowy New York winter to turn to spring.

And since it’s already March, spring is definitely in the air. With spring comes many new ideas and projects for many. Maybe you’re looking for new ways to cook some old favorites on your grill. Or you might be planning to hit a few parks and hiking trails as the weather warms up.

Regardless of how you’re planning to spend spring, it’s a good idea to make time for home maintenance now, so you’re protected for one of spring’s weather threats—strong thunderstorms.

It would be nice if we could change the weather, but we haven’t been able to do that yet. Instead, we have to look for ways to ensure our homes are safe when thunderstorms hit.

Seasonal Projects for Your To-Do List

Check out your seasonal to-do list to see if these important projects have a place:

Check for problems with your roof. Don’t let the first time you realize your shingles are loose or your roof is leaking be when it starts storming. Check for missing shingles and signs of leaks first. Repair them to keep your home safer.

Don’t leave items around your home unsecured, either. Don’t let unsecured furniture or other similar items become tools for wind damage. Trim back trees that need it and secure everything you can.

Remove tree limbs and branches that can cause issues. Branches and limbs overhanging your roof or garage can fall during heavy winds. You can fix them before they become a problem, though. Cut down limbs or branches hanging over your garage and roof.

Ensure your sump pump is working (if you have one). Every homeowner doesn’t need one of these. But if you do need one to regulate water levels in your basement, it’s vital to keep it working. Be sure yours is in good shape before it starts raining.

Declutter any debris that’s in your gutters. Clean, clear gutters keep water around your home flowing the right way, instead of causing water damage.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

A Strong Carmel Storm Can Leave Your Home with Interior Damage

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Storm water is no easy task to do yourself. Call the professionals at SERVPRO, their IICRC trained and experienced technicians for the job.

SERVPRO Handles Removal and Restoration Following a Storm

Heavy storms can make their way into the interior of your home. Rain can come through a ceiling or under a doorway causing damage to drywall or flooring. After the heaviest of storms, homes are often left with a lot of dirt and other debris. Professional home restoration services like SERVPRO can help you deal with damaged building materials and the mess left behind after a storm.

Storm damage removal from your Carmel home requires quick attention to mitigate further damages to your home. The more prolonged moisture lingers after a storm, the higher the chances of secondary damage occurring. 

When removing stormwater and cleaning the impacted area, it is essential to remember:

  • Stormwater (from flooding) is contaminated black water (category 3) and needs proper disposal according to local and state regulations.
  • To wear appropriate PPE to protect against contaminated water and cleaning chemicals.
  • Some materials and items may require replacement if too severely damaged. 

For assistance restoring your home after a storm, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

How to Deal with Flood Damage in Carmel

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

flooded home Floods are no easy task to handle by your own. Call the professionals of SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed for your home.

Flooding in the Hudson Valley Can Cause Damage to Your Home

Carmel New York is within commuting distance to New York City and a great place to visit if you are looking for some time away from city life. It is just over an hour from Manhattan to Carmel, where you can find lush state parks, golfing, and the Walkway Over the Hudson. Fahnestock State Park is a gorgeous state park featuring hiking in the mountains and along the beach's trails. There are picnic areas and campsites for the outdoor lover. 

There are some historical sites, including the Vanderbilt Mansion and Crown Point Historic Site. The Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, is a fantastic visiting option if you are interested in history or architectural design. The mansion that was home to America's wealthiest families at the time and became a historic site in 1940. Before the Vanderbilts purchased it in 1895, it was owned by George Washington's personal physician Dr. Samuel Bard. Hyde Park had formal gardens, greenhouses, and lawn tennis games, and other characteristics of Hudson River mansions. 

Crown Point was a military stronghold dating back to before the American Revolution. The French built Fort St. Frederic at Crown Point in the 1730s and used it as a base to raid the British settlements nearby. In 1759, the British took control of Crown Point and renamed the Fort His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point. Fast forward to 1775, at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the American colonists took the Fort until the end of the war. Now it is a museum and historical site.

Interestingly enough, Carmel is home to a Buddhist monastery, Chuang Yen Monastery. It sits on 225 acres of property. The monastery houses the largest indoor Buddha statue outside of Asia. The founder purchased the land in 1975 and built the monastery in 1981.  The 14th Dalai Lama participated in the Great Buddha Hall's opening. Since the opening of the original building, the Woo Ju Memorial Library and several other halls. It is a fully functional monetary campus with learning and volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can stay at the monastery during extended visits. 

Here are some activities often hosted by the Chuang Yen Monastery:

  • Group meditation.
  • Courses about all different aspects of Buddhism.
  • Ceremonies for the lunar calendar. 
  • Vegetarian lunches on the weekend.

Melting Snow Combined with High Elevation Draining Into the River May Cause Flooding

If you experience flooding in Carmel, our trained professionals at SERVPRO can help you repair the damages to your home. Our technicians have experience removing floodwater appropriately and adequately drying the affected area. 

Technicians Mitigate Damage After Flooding By:

  • Extracting the contaminated floodwater and disposing it into the appropriate sewer lines according to local ordinances.
  • Performing flood cuts in the drywall ensure the drying of wall cavities and prevents moisture from spreading higher up the walls.
  • Using industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers to dry and lower humidity levels in your home adequately. 

For assistance with home damage in Carmel and the surrounding areas, Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Carmel Residents Can Build Their Career Skills

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

car at house SERVPRO can remove the flood waters from your Carmel home while you study for your IT exam.

Danbury Marketing Training is Available to Professionals in Carmel

Professionals from Carmel and the surrounding area are cordially invited to learn the ins and outs of digital marketing at Tech Training Solutions’ IT Training Center in Danbury, Connecticut. The only prerequisite skill you need is a basic ability to navigate your computer and Internet browser.

This instructor-led digital marketing course covers such topics as:

  • Search engine optimization and marketing, also known as SEO and SEM, respectively
  • Social media marketing and optimization, which is also referred to as SMM and SMO
  • Branding, sales, and customer service
  • Tracking metrics and drafting analytics reports
  • Industry-standard digital marketing tools

The 35-hour training course starts on Monday, December 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. After that, the class lasts for six weeks, two hours each on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. The last session is on January 15, 2021.

SERVPRO of Putnam County is a phone call away from providing flood damage cleanup for Carmel homes. Contact the team any time of the day or night at (845) 228-109o.

What are the Best Steps to Take When a House Floods in Mahopac?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom interior When flooding occurs where you sleep, fast action is necessary. Contact our experienced team for water damage remediation services.

When Your Mahopac Home Floods After a Storm, Calling in SERVPRO to Address Flood Damage is the Best First Step

Many disasters can happen to your home, but flooding happens to be the least predictable when thinking of the potential damage that may develop. Many homeowners can salvage most of their interior and belongings while only having to dispose of some items, including curtains and carpeting. In other cases, the devastation of water intrusion after a major storm can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars with significant repairs. Of course, the threat of potential mold development behind walls and other small spaces means that you need to help trained professionals. SERVPRO is available for help to ensure that you can save as much of your Mahopac home as possible.

What About Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage?

When it comes to flood damage in Mahopac, many people may not realize that their current policy does not offer flood coverage until it is too late. Even if there is the chance to qualify for a bank loan or disaster relief, such sources may sometimes fall short of all costs involved - which includes ensuring that your water-logged home is not only safe, functional, and sanitary once again.

SERVPRO knows how scary and disheartening it can be to get displaced from your home once flood damage occurs. You may worry if the structure is compromised and safe to occupy. Then, there is the worry that your family gets subjected to potential health effects from mold onset. This is where we spring into action to get to work on water extraction, drying, and sanitizing your home so that you can get back to life before the flood. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our crew is here to inform you of your options for handling your flood-damaged home.

Are There Risks of Contamination with Flood Water?

When there is a massive storm, and the waters get high, there is potentially a broad range of contaminants, including:

  • Mud
  • Debris
  • Bacteria
  • Sewage
  • Chemical toxins, and more

When flooding occurs in Mahopac, it generally disrupts local sewage disposal and water purification systems. This, along with chemical spillage and overflow from toxic waste sites, creates a perfect storm for harmful contaminants.

Once this contaminated floodwater gets absorbed by the porous materials throughout your home, they bring potential hazards to your health and anyone living in your home. SERVPRO will help you to determine what must get disposed of, including items like:

  • Rugs
  • Carpeting and carpet padding
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Saturated belongings
  • Vinyl flooring, and more

Some of these items might especially call for disposal if they have been submerged in water for longer than 24 hours. Any salvageable items like those made with plastic, glass, porcelain, and concrete will have to be thoroughly cleaned, dried, and disinfected as soon as possible.

What Other Hazards Could Be Present?

Once you have a flood, it is essential to note that there may be a risk of fire in addition to water damage. Fire can become a problem because of:

  • Attempting to use any electronics or appliances that have been exposed to floodwater or moisture
  • The improper use of a generator
  • Gas line leaking
  • Water that is electrically charged
  • The inappropriate use of heating devices, and more

When SERVPRO is on the job, we can handle all of your flood damage needs. We come in so that we can fully assess your interior, never leaving any area unaddressed. During our inspection process, we take a look at:

  • Walls and ceilings
  • Electrical systems
  • Flooring and floor coverings
  • Behind baseboards and cabinets
  • HVAC (heating and cooling) systems
  • Air ducts, and more

Time is of the essence when extracting water from and drying your home. We work fast to include mold prevention while ensuring that we can preserve as many of your personal belongings as possible. All of our crew wear the appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) for our safety and keep tracking of contaminants to a bare minimum.

When cleanup and restoration begin, we set up a staging area to have our equipment handy and ready to go. Our crew will also seal off zones within your home to keep flooded areas and unaffected areas safe from cross-contamination. The specialized methods and planning that we have in place allow us to mitigate the flood effects while continuously adjusting our course as we go along. Everything is done in unison so that we can achieve our drying goals faster.

To wrap up your restoration project, your interior is fully finished with the help of repainting, refinishing, and deodorization. All traces of the storm and subsequent flooding get removed so that your interior is back to preloss condition, just “Like it never even happened.”

Never wait when you have flood damage looming in your home. Call SERVPRO of Putnam County today at (845) 228-1090, and we will send out a crew to get to work as soon as possible.

How Should We Handle Contaminated Materials After Flood Damage Incidents in Mahopac?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Home in flood water Flood damage can result anywhere in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Helps in Evaluation and Restoration of Affected Properties Removing All Traces of Contamination.

Contamination of surfaces and materials is a common phenomenon after flooding incidents. Knowing how to deal with contamination is necessary to restore sanitary conditions at your home. SERVPRO helps with cleanup and removal of contaminated materials from Mahopac properties. 

How far does contamination spread in the flooded property? 

To remove contaminants after flood damage affects your Mahopac home, you need to know where to look. Although you can assume all soiled areas are contaminated, dangerous materials can spread further within your property. Common interest areas when investigating contamination include: 

  • The indoor air where particulate matter might accumulate 
  • Areas in the house where water stagnates 
  • Sections deteriorated materials than might release dangerous substances 

Since contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and other microbes, as well as dangerous chemicals, are difficult to identify through physical observation, you need a way to confirm which sections are contaminated. Even when decontaminating the entire property, confirmation is necessary after the process to establish that the effort was sufficient. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to confirm what kind of contaminants are present in your property. For instance, we use a tool such as a Luminometer to test stagnant water or surfaces for traces of organic contamination.  We can also rely on our training to identify areas within the house that might contain harmful materials such as asbestos. Some typical sections of a house might contain asbestos which can be released during flooding include: 

  • System insulation around ducts, tanks or boilers 
  • Unique surface finishes such as textured paint coats  
  • Floor materials such as flooring felt and joint compounds such as sheetrock mud 

Is there a decontamination solution that removes all types of contaminants? 

Contamination is a complex issue that requires separate processes to resolve. The needs change on a case by case basis, so there is no single solution for all contamination-related problems.  Some of the actions necessary to eliminate contaminants include: 

  • Stopping biological processes such as microbial growth 
  • Physical removal of contaminated materials 
  • Chemical action 
  • Standard cleaning  

When our SERVPRO technicians discover organic contaminants such as bacteria or other microbes which continue developing if left undisturbed, we look for ways to limit or stop such growth. Antimicrobial products such as germicides, virucides, fungicides, or disinfectants help stop such growth. We combine such intervention with conventional cleaning processes to help remove all traces of the contaminants.  

Sometimes, mechanical intervention is the only way out of a contamination situation, especially when there are porous materials involved.  Items such as carpets, pad, and drywall readily absorb floodwaters accumulating high levels of contaminants. Physical removal of such porous materials helps eliminate all traces of the harmful materials flooding introduces into the house. Our technicians also handle the menial work involved in such removals, including cutting carpet seams, making flood cuts on walls, or slicing pads into small pieces for convenient disposal. 

Does decontamination provide satisfactory outcomes in the long term? 

Since the harmful materials introduced by floodwaters into your house can pose serious health problems, you might be concerned about the effectiveness of the decontamination efforts. Since our goal is to resolve the issues caused by the incident, “Like it never even happened,” our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to guarantee a positive outcome whether you consider the short term and long-term state of the house. The main factors that help include: 

  • Use of EPA-registered products 

The standards established by the EPA require that products meet the absolute minimums to be registered. The use of such products guarantees that the expected outcome is achieved. 

  • Ensuring physical contact with all affected materials and surfaces 

When decontaminating your flooded property, our technicians apply generous amounts of cleaning products to ensure there is the necessary physical contact that destroys harmful materials. 

  • Following product labels 

Manufacturers provide instructions on the best set of conditions for using products when they release them into the market. Our technicians follow such instructions to the letter during mixing and application to ensure maximum efficiency. 

  • Observing dwell-time, pH and temperature requirements 

The effectiveness of the best decontamination agents can be diminished if external factors such as the temperature, pH levels of the cleaning solutions, and dwell-time provided are not appropriately regulated. Our technicians make careful considerations when mixing and applying the products to ensure minimal interference.  

If a flood has contaminated your Carmel, Southeast, or Kent, property heavily, call SERVPRO of Putnam County to help with cleanup and other restoration processes. You can reach us at (845) 228-1090, at any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Should I Remove Water After a Flood?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof; frees in background Did you know floodwater is contaminated? SERVPRO has the training and protective equipment to remove the water.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Several Techniques to Remove Flood Water in Mahopac Properties 

As a homeowner in Mahopac, dealing with the mess and damage from floodwater after the water recedes is daunting. It is essential to reach out for professional assistance as soon as possible to mitigate possible secondary damage such as mold growth, warped flooring, and now needed demolition. SERVPRO's emergency response team is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. While waiting for the professionals to arrive, you can sop up excess moisture with old towels or rags to begin the cleanup process. We only suggest this if you wear sufficient personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves and boots, facemask, and clothing to prevent contact with the probably contaminated water. 

Is Flood Water Contaminated?

Water Present in Flood Damage is Black Water (Level 3)  

Although floodwater may look clear after flood damage in your Mahopac house, it is essential to note that the EPA considers floodwater Category 3 contaminated water. Since the water comes from outside, it can contact harmful microbes like bacteria or viruses. Groundwater always contains contamination, however it is crucial to maintain safety considerations. Allow SERVPRO to inspect for risks and hazards. 

What Are the Components of Water Removal?

  • Extraction: Technicians remove the water with extraction equipment such as portable hand-held extractors, or roving extractors that remove more substantial quantities of water. 
  • Disposal: Technicians dispose of water according to local and state regulations. Depending on the volume of water, we may need to take it offsite for proper disposal. 
  • Drying: Through the combined use of dehumidifiers and air movers, technicians dry the air to standard RH relative humidity levels. Flooring, upholstery, and other surfaces also dry more fully using this equipment.  

For 24/7 assistance returning your home to preloss status after a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. 

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Will My Flooded Mahopac Home Ever Get Back to Normal?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

aerial picture of flooded residential area When our area faces flooding, many homes can be affected. If your home gets flooded, call the certified technicians at SERVPRO right away.

Calling in the Help of Trained Technicians at SERVPRO Ensures Your Mahopac Home Is Restored Quickly After Flood Damage

Water infiltration due to heavy storm rain in Mahopac can wreak havoc throughout the basement or first floor of your home. This potentially contaminated water is not only a threat to your health but also your home’s structure and all of your belongings. Hiring trained flood restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team gets you the prompt service you need.  We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are available when you need us, 24/7.

How Do You Assess My Property After the Flood?

Following flood loss, your interior must be thoroughly assessed. Once SERVPRO arrives to determine the level of flood damage in Mahopac, we can put a solid plan into action. Because safety hazards are common with floodwater, we take all of the necessary precautions before starting the water remediation and restoration plan. Some of the steps that we take to ensure a safe environment for everyone on the worksite includes:

  •   Scoping the property for any potential electrical hazards
  •   Testing the flood water to determine the level of contamination 
  •   Placement of ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on various electrical equipment
  •   All of our team members wear appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE)
  •   We work diligently to locate any areas where mold can grow.

How Does the Flood Cleanup Work?

Once our team onsite has a plan in place, we use professional-grade pumps and extraction tools to bring as much water out of your home as possible as quickly as we can. After all standing water is removed, our team then uses a unique formula that tells us how many drying implements to place throughout the flood loss zone in Mahopac. We use drying equipment, such as:

  •   Industrial fans
  •   Air movers
  •   Dehumidifiers

While some homeowners try the DIY route for cleaning drying their interior, you should know that there is a significant difference between industrial-strength and consumer equipment. SERVPRO uses high-powered centrifugal air movers that help increase airflow in the space so that any embedded moisture rises. From there, the dehumidifiers work to capture the moisture from the air.

What Do You Do to Stop Foul Odors from Developing?

Along with the use of powerful pumps to extract the standing water in your home, our skilled technicians also remove any porous materials such as carpeting and padding. In most flood water situations, these materials must be disposed of and replaced entirely. Here is what we know about microbial growth and how it can impact your home:

  •   All surfaces are susceptible to mold and mildew growth, with saturated porous materials and hidden moisture pockets posing the most significant threat
  •   Microbial growth can begin to develop within about 24 to 48 hours of the start of the flood loss
  •   The application of antimicrobial agents to the surfaces throughout your house help to slow and inhibit microbial growth

Why is Moisture Such an Issue?

Any humidity or moisture left in your home after flood loss should never be ignored. Failing to locate and address all water and hidden moisture pockets can bring about dangerous mold. It is our goal to keep all clients safe from the infestation of mold by providing same-day cleanup. If any of the walls within your home show water damage, flood cuts are made just above the waterline. The damaged drywall is removed to allow for ample drying, then replaced to make the walls look like their preloss condition.

We Implement Special Drying Methods When Necessary

If you have hardwood floors within your home impacted by the flood, we have specialized drying methods. A drying application known as “tenting” may be used to extract moisture from floorboards. By using plastic sheeting taped to the floor and placing air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, our team can force warm air in and then extract the vapor. 

In some instances, we may use drying mats strategically placed on the floors. These drying mats must be moved regularly throughout the drying phase so that the boards do not suffer permanent damage from over-drying, such as splintering. After the humidity levels and moisture content is back to normal, any slight crowning or cupping of the flooring can be sanded lightly before the surface gets refinished.

How Can I Be Sure My Interior is Safe?

For the final steps of the flood damage cleanup, our trained technicians double-check to ensure structural integrity. We inspect all areas that were impacted by water, and each surface gets thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with EPA-registered products. Our team also generates a detailed report of the cleanup for you to have that goes over all repairs. 

Whenever you find yourself in need of emergency flood damage restoration, you can trust our team at SERVPRO of Putnam County to be there. We are available 24/7 for water cleanup and restoration to make everything “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (845) 228-1090, and we will send a team out as soon as possible to get started with your assessment.

We Have The Best Techniques To Restore Your Mahopac Home After A Flood

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

A ceiling caving in after a storm hit This homeowner experienced major storm damage to their home after a tornado ripped through the area. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Flood Damage Restoration In Mahopac Could Involve Spot And Stain Removal

Winter storms that come through the Mahopac region can bring with them high-speed winds. When it gets windy during a storm, it is possible that objects like rocks or branches can get blown into your roof's shingles or a window and create a hole for moisture to enter. If the breach in your structure occurs in the middle of the storm, there is a chance that rain or snow can enter your home.

Broken windows or roof shingles can also cause other water on the roof of your house to enter your structure. Before beginning any flood damage work in Mahopac, a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO first finds the leak and seals it to keep moisture from entering. Next, we can take several steps to mitigate any moisture-related issues present.

When the contents and building materials inside your house get wet, your carpets especially can start to attract dirt and soils. Water coming into your home from the outside can also contain dirt and cause your carpets to stain. After our SERVPRO technicians remove all of the moisture from your structure using extraction and drying procedures, our last step is to conduct a final cleaning process, which can include cleaning your affected carpets.

When cleaning carpets, our SERVPRO crew pays extra attention to any stains or spots that exist on your floors, caused by flood damage. We can treat high-traffic areas, stains, and spots before we clean them to help remove them. The first step to removing spots is to vacuum up all of the loose debris on the carpets.

Next, we determine what type of soiling exists. Soils can either be tracked in or dropped in, and we start by trying to figure out what made each stain. Once we know what caused the staining, we can then implement the best carpet cleaning detergent and spot removal agent for each specific spot. The general rule is that like cleans and dissolves like so oil-based stains are best removed with oil-based products, and water-based spots get cleaned well water-based solutions.

If you ever have rain or snow enter your home during a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Best Drying Practices In Mahopac After A Flood

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

The ceiling in this home is caving in due to high winds that blew through High winds mixed with torrential rains can cause a significant amount of damage to a home. We have the state of the art equipment necessary.

Post-Flood Cleaning Tactics for Mahopac Homes

Even though floodwater can get removed from the floors of your Mahopac property, there are many other steps still left before this house can feel like home again. The process can feel overwhelming, especially to those unfamiliar with the professional restoration process, but our SERVPRO team can help. We have strategies and tactics for cleaning and recovering flood-damaged properties that can begin as soon as extraction efforts complete.

The faster that cleaning and restoration tactics can begin, the less threatening that flood damage in Mahopac home continues to be. With concerns like contamination and bacteria present in the intruding water, saturated materials and structural elements can host both the bacterial microorganisms, as well as microbial threats like mold and fungus. Cleaning up the mess that a flood has left behind is an immediate approach that can reduce the severity of these contaminants and mold threats.

Muck-Out Cleaning

Much like fire losses, our SERVPRO team must contend with high volumes of debris and material remnants throughout the property after a flood. Muck-out helps our team to shovel out this debris and work to clean and clear mud and other solids carried in with the water coming into the house.

Controlled Demolition 

With potential contamination, there is little work that can get done to protect surfaces like drywall and flooring from staying installed once exposed. It is often more cost-effective to remove and replace these items than the testing and deep cleaning necessary to ensure that surfaces have gotten appropriately disinfected.

Media Blasting 

Our professionals have numerous strategies designed to remove soiling and even microorganisms from surfaces of damaged areas of the house without compromising the top layer of the material. With media blasting, we use products like baking soda along with pressurized water or air to thoroughly remove surface contaminants and reduce odors.

After extraction nears completion in a home, flood damage recovery is still in the early stages. We have advanced techniques and equipment to help get your property back to preloss condition as soon as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Putnam County team a call today at (845) 228-1090.

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You Can Rely on Us After Storms Roll Through | SERVPRO® of Putnam County

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If storms are on the way, it is normal to feel apprehensive about what comes next. Storms can cause serious damage to homes and property—in fact, they resulted in $2 billion in damage costs in 2018, and are one of the top reasons that homeowners must file insurance claims.

Because every storm has the potential to cause damage, homeowners should consider putting a plan in place for how they will recover, including the restoration company they would like to work with. Because of our 247 emergency number, you can always count on us to be there for you after storms come through.

How You Can Count on Us After a Storm

You’ll Receive Comprehensive Restoration
Damages that storms cause are complicated, and often compound on one another to lead to bigger issues. The good news is that we can handle any type of damage, and are fully certified to help you with everything from water buildup to structural issues. By approaching all damages with a comprehensive mindset, we can ensure that everything is correctly and completely restored.

You’ll Work With Well-Trained Technicians
We invest heavily in our technicians because we understand just how important the work that they do is. We base our training on the industry standards put in place by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and we also provide e-learning courses, seminars and other continuing education opportunities so our technicians are fully aware of the most recent restoration developments.

You Can Count on Enough Resources to Be Available
As a local business, we have the benefit of getting involved with the community and caring deeply about our neighbors. However, when severe storms impact the area, we are able to scale our resources to match the demand thanks to our national SERVPRO® partners. This means that regardless of how large-scale the damage is, everyone will receive the attention they need.

You Do Not Have to Worry About Post-Disaster Scams
Whenever a disaster or severe storms occur, there are always post-disaster scammers that enter an area and attempt to take advantage of the community. Our reputable business history speaks for itself, so when you work with us, you will not have to worry about whether your restoration will be completed.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

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

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling caving in after a storm in this home This celling was effected by high winds and torrential rains and our team arrived right away to begin restoration and prevent further damage.

Cleaning and Deodorization of a Flooded Carmel Basement

Knowing the best solutions for flooded basements in Carmel homes is not something that can happen without inspections and assessments of the environmental conditions. Our SERVPRO professionals commit to arriving at your house within four hours of the first notice of loss (FNOL), ensuring that no customer waits for the experienced technicians longer than necessary. With flooding scenarios, cleaning and deodorization are vital components to returning a property to a safe condition.  

Both of these practices become intertwined during the recovery process, where cleaning flood damage in Carmel homes affects the lingering odors in residence as well. In many situations, eliminating microorganisms can help to reduce the concentration and severity of flood odors. The technicians of our team must assess the best approach to dry out the damage so that cleaning and later deodorization efforts can be useful in your house.

Many of the basements in the area belong to older homes constructed decades or longer ago. The inspiration had not spread for finished lower levels at this point, so even now, many basements remain concrete block walls and concrete flooring. When age and hydrostatic pressures compromise a portion of the block wall, extraction and drying are priorities of our responding team responsible for emergency services. Water from the outside can carry in the dirt, mud, bacteria, debris, and other threats. Cleaning up after this mess can only begin once the floors have gotten cleared of excess water and moisture.

Cleaning up after these flood damage disasters involves many possible cleaning agents, but few as powerful and direct as chlorine-based cleaners. Because of their disinfection properties, these agents can also begin to nullify odors. Additional deodorization products can get used in the basement in portable machines like our thermal foggers. These units heat deodorization solutions into a vapor and can disperse it wherever the moving SERVPRO technician takes it.

Overcoming the lingering effects of a flood loss begins with the extraction and drying of the area. With the damages that remain, our SERVPRO of Putnam County team can offer effective and efficient solutions designed to protect your home and its contents. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (845) 228-1090.

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Our Storm Damage Experts Discuss the Least Invasive Technique For Drying Your Carmel Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor From Storm Give Our professionals a call whenever disasters strike at (845) 228-1090.

What Is the Least Invasive Technique for Drying Carmel Homes?

There are many practices for reducing moisture and recovering your Carmel home that is very direct and can require the reinstallation of portions of materials, the repairs of probing holes, or the refinishing of surfaces. Not all of the water loss incidents and flooding that your Carmel home might experience requires these invasive approaches, no matter how efficient they might be. Our objective as professional restorers is to protect your property and keep costs as low as possible for the recovery efforts necessary after disasters.

Minimal invasiveness is a staple of the effective customer service our SERVPRO professionals strive to provide after flood damage to Carmel homes. Because of how quickly floodwater can migrate through a property, especially in situations where structural breaches must get repaired, the least destructive drying and extraction approaches can reduce more considerable reconstruction and build back costs. We have several options that can reduce our impact on your property while still effectively eliminating moisture and saturation threats.

Because of the threats of contamination, it might not be possible to avoid the removal of exposed surfaces and materials entirely. Carpets and padding, for example, do not get disinfected and restored in place. Instead, they get entirely removed, and the structural supports and subflooring get dried and disinfected if necessary.

The least invasive drying method is the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. We can connect multiple units together to minimize our need to run cords throughout the property and maximize our total airflow output. Direct air mover blasting on wet surfaces or moisture-damaged contents can quicken evaporation so that deterioration and degradation do not become an obstacle our SERVPRO team must overcome as well. After minimal flood cutting to drywall where necessary, this same strategy can help to continue drying out exposed areas of the house.

While we have many strategies for drying out properties after flooding, including our positive pressure systems and air movers, we utilize whatever method is most efficient and cost-effective for our customers. You can count on the expertise and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Putnam County team. Give Our professionals a call whenever disasters strike at (845) 228-1090.

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We Provide Expert Cleaning And Restoration In Carmel

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

a ceiling caved in by flood damage in a home High winds mixed with torrential rains can be a dangerous combination for homeowners. When disaster strikes we are one call away.

Answers To Flood Damage On Your Carmel Area Property

Water intrusion into your Carmel home can be a traumatic event. One that often disrupts your healthy lifestyle, creating stress and uncertainty for your entire family. A professional flood damage restorer can provide guidance and assistance that help you make quality decisions through the difficult times ahead.

When dealing with flood damage on your Carmel area property, you want access to a company that is prepared, experienced, and completely capable of handling the situation you find yourself facing. Luckily, there is a team of trained mitigation professionals, only a phone call away. 

Floods fall into three categories, including; 

  1. Sanitary
  2. Significantly Contaminated
  3. Grossly Contaminated

During your flood damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians can deploy remediation procedures for dealing with contaminated water that help ensure your protection and safety. Both significantly and grossly contaminated flood damage remediation procedures require the use of Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, respirators, water-proof boots, eye protection, and full-body suits to reduce potential exposure.

Since the spread of contaminants can happen with foot traffic, equipment movement, debris disposal, or even air movement, SERVPRO technicians use various techniques to prevent contaminants from spreading into other uncontaminated areas of your home. We understand that once work begins, contaminants can easily dislodge or aerosolize, so we minimize cross-contamination by establishing containment areas with negative pressure.

SERVPRO can erect containment by sealing off doorways or openings of all affected areas with 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting. It helps to go beyond the affected area, utilizing a decontamination chamber that allows workers to enter and exit while removing debris. Your HVAC or ventilation system must remain turned off, and the supply or return registers sealed with plastic to ensure containment.

Our technicians use a piece of equipment called an air filtration device to blow air out of the affected areas. This device helps us control airflow, allowing clean air into the area, without mixing with contaminated air. Once done with containment, we can begin to extract standing water and remove bulk materials contaminating your home. Our technicians provide a variety of services designed to adjust to your unique situation, giving you much-needed solutions to a stressful event.

SERVPRO of Putnam County stands ready to provide expert cleaning and restoration services, along with flood damage mitigation throughout the area. We proudly service Mahopac, Kent, Patterson, and surrounding areas, call today. (845) 228-1090

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You Can Depend On Our Specialists To Save Your Flood Damaged Home In Mahopac

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO stands ready to assist local homeowners with flood damage mitigation and make it “Like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Saves Items From Flood Damage In Mahopac

Water damage from floods that enter your home can be overwhelming. Saving furnishings, clothing, and personal treasures is a priority for most homeowners.

When SERVPRO mitigates flood damage in a Mahopac home, our first concern is for the health and safety of homeowners and our employees. Flood water has the potential to carry toxins and contaminants, and we determine the restorability of saturated items on a case by case basis.

Our goal is always to assist homeowners by restoring items whenever possible to keep replacement costs down. We have several methods for cleaning even extensive water damage and doing controlled demolition for sheetrock and other building materials counted as a loss by the adjuster. SERVPRO technicians work hand in hand with both homeowners and insurance adjusters to ensure the most favorable outcome for restoration and mitigation of water loss in the home.

SERVPRO provides a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) that gives homeowners a detailed list of your belongings as a room-by-room inventory with photos and if necessary, barcodes to identify items. This action assists the adjuster in seeing the preloss list of items and values as well as helping claims settle more quickly.

We have different methods for cleaning and treating surfaces and items in the home ranging from hand cleaning with wet and dry sponges to foam to prevent bleeding or shrinkage of fabrics or the immersive method which involves dipping items into a solution for thorough cleaning.

In cases where a home requires extensive restoration efforts, our technicians perform move-outs or pack-outs as needed. This allows for a faster remediation process and protects items from any further damage from exposure to water. Best of all, upon completion of the restoration on the home, we coordinate with the homeowner with a "move-in," and this is often covered by insurance as part of mitigation. Check with your carrier to see if your individual coverage allows for this.

Electronic equipment is not automatically a water loss. While devices should not be tested on-site, we arrange to have qualified electronics technicians inspect water-damaged electronics to determine restorability of televisions, computers, and more. Photographs are memories and books are like old friends to many people, and the prospect of losing them can feel stressful. When either receives damage in a water intrusion incident, We can restore documents, photos, and books on a case by case basis.

SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 stands ready to assist local homeowners with flood damage mitigation and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Required Training To Restore Your Mahopac Home After A Flood Damage Disaster

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

We have the necessary equipment to handle drying in order to get your house back to looking like a home. We are available 24/7 to assist you.

Intense Storms Deliver More Than Flood Damage in Mahopac

After flood damage happens in a home, the faster cleanup efforts begin, the more potential there is to limit water loss for both building materials and contents. If the cleanup efforts fall short or are otherwise incomplete, secondary issues such as foul odors and mold become issues.

Our SERVPRO team responded to a call to assist with flood damage in a Mahopac home. A tree limb broke a window during a storm and rainwater soaked one section of a room while the homeowner was at work two days prior. She had cleaned the water up, used fans to dry the carpet, and had the window repaired.

When we arrived, it was immediately apparent that water alone was no longer the most significant issue. The homeowner showed our technicians where the water damage occurred, the carpeting felt dry to the touch, but our probes showed excessive moisture underneath. An upholstered chair that was near the window also showed signs of moisture retention and a strong odor.

SERVPRO technicians have training and certifications in the science of applied structural drying. We know that ordinary household fans do not have the power to dry water-logged objects thoroughly, higher velocity air is needed to pull out deeply seated moisture.

First, we used weighted extractors to push any remaining water out of the carpet and padding, and then with the homeowner's permission, we lifted one side of the carpet in a technique called "floating" so adequate airflow from our air movers happens which works to pull moisture from the padding and carpet underside.

We used our air movers with dehumidifiers. This method works to lower moisture levels in a room quickly as the air movers cause water vapor to rise, the dehumidifier removes it and ports it away from the area. This way continually dry air blows as the humidity levels in the room progressively lower, resulting in faster drying.

Complete drying of the carpet, padding and chair reduced odor levels in the room substantially. Our technicians have different kinds of odor control equipment when stronger efforts are required. We chose to use an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger. Using a water-based deodorizer, it spreads like a fog and neutralizes odors, leaving the room without pungent reminders of water damage.

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090, and our technicians can be on-site within hours to mitigate your water loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

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What Everyone Must Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Mahopac

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Floods and storms can be extremely challenging to clean up without the right knowledge and equipment. Save yourself the headache and contact SERVPRO.

Flash Flooding Can Threaten Mahopac Homes

Flash flooding is a phenomenon that is more and more common to the Mahopac area as years go by and is as challenging as ever to prepare for to protect your property adequately. With so many properties in the valleys and lower lying areas throughout this region of the Hudson Valley, instances of flash flooding can send massive waves of damaging water towards neighborhoods, causing substantial damage to structures. With the speed that homes can become damaged by this powerful force, it is important to reach out to trained responders like our team so that the right equipment and personnel get in route immediately to help.

Our professionals have considerable experience with the flood damage that has occurred in Mahopac, arriving with a broad inventory of recovery equipment designed to address the most pressing concerns within a flooded house. Flash floods can often bring contaminants, mud, debris, and other hazardous substances into a property depending on the path that it travels to reach the residence. Damage assessment is one of the most critical phases of restoration, as it shows both our SERVPRO team and the homeowners what must get accomplished to return a compromised property to preloss condition.

When our team first arrives at your home during the emergency, we work to establish the boundaries of the damage to get the appropriate containment strategies started. In flooding situations, it is critical to prevent the spread of contaminated water to new areas of the property when possible to protect and preserve as much of the original construction materials and contents as we can.

Our SERVPRO estimator takes the time to determine the full extent of the damage while mitigation work gets underway to remove standing water. With black water situations where contaminants could be present, the solution is often to remove materials that could house bacteria and germs rather than to attempt to restore or clean them in place.

Flash floods can create multiple problems for a single residence within its path. Our SERVPRO of Putnam County rapid response team has the expertise to get effective mitigation and restoration started immediately upon our arrival. Give our professionals a call anytime at (845) 228-1090 to make flooding “Like it never even happened.”

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Snowstorms cause water and fire damage in Mahopac, NY

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Raking the snow off of your roof will help you avoid ice dams, which can cause water and mold damage to your Brewster home.

Winter is around the corner and with it will come snowstorms in Putnam County. Before the storm, there are steps that you can take to lower the risk of damage to your home.  

  1. 1. Check the shingles on your roof to ensure that they are not damaged and are properly installed. Damaged roofing shingles can allow water to enter your home through the attic, causing water and mold damage.  
  2. Avoid ice dams by using a roof rake to clear snow off of your roof. Also make sure that your attic is properly insulated, as this will reduce the risk of ice dams, which can cause water damage to the interior of your home.  
  3. If you have a woodstove or fireplace, have your chimney cleaned annually to reduce the risk of fire. If there is a power outage, heating your home will be necessary to avoid frozen pipes! 
  4. Have an emergency supply kit which includes enough food, water and medicine for at least 5 days.  
  5. If you have a generator, make sure you have extension cords handy and enough gas for several days. Generators should always be used outside of the home.  

Burst pipes, ice dams and chimney fires are some of the damage that can occur from snowstorms. Hopefully, by taking these few precautions beforehand, you can sit back and enjoy the snow! 

Avoid puffback's and soot in your Cold Spring, NY home this winter

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Having your oil burner serviced annually can help reduce the risk of a furnace puffback in your Kent, NY home.

Most of the leaves are on the ground in the Hudson Valley and we've all begun wearing layers. It's time to switch gears and settle in for the long, cozy New York winter.  Now is the time to take a few steps to ready your Carmel, NY home for the months to come.

Oil Burner Servicing - If you have not already done so, schedule an appointment  to have your oil burner serviced. This is recommended on an annual basis. Having the burner tuned up and cleaned of dust and grime that has accumulated improves system efficiency, which means better heating performance and lower heating costs. It also minimizes the risk of your oil burner requiring a major emergency repair in the midst of freezing temperatures. At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we respond to many homes each winter that have water damage due to frozen pipes caused by a malfunctioning oil burner.

Wood Stove and Fireplace Cleaning - Many of our customers heat their homes with wood or pellet stoves and fireplaces throughout the NY winter. These alternatives to oil heating provide what is often a more affordable source of heat. We recommend that you check your fireplace for any signs of excessive soot, cracks in the chimney and that your chimney cap is secure. Have your chimney swept annually to avoid soot buildup, or creosote. A blocked chimney can cause a  chimney fire, which is not always easily detected. These can spread quickly through the walls and roof of your home and result in massive damage to your home. A blocked chimney or a chimney with an improperly functioning flue can also  cause a buildup of carbon monoxide, putting those inside your home at risk. 

Prepare the outside of your home - Trim trees with branches that are low laying and may be an issue when covered with snow and ice. Snow and ice causes them to be heavy and possibly cause damage to your home during winter storms. Also, check your gutters to make sure they are free of leaves and debris so that they can function properly. If ice dams on your roof have been an issue for your Brewster  home in the past, consider installing roof heat cables that help snow and ice melt on your roof before causing water damage inside your home. 

At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we are ready 24 hours a day to respond to your call. If you do experience a frozen pipe that bursts or a chimney fire or puffback this winter, call us at (845) 228-1090. 

When Storms or Floods hit Putnam County, SERVPRO is ready!

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Putnam County.

SERVPRO of Putnam County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

 When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Carmel community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Putnam County we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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Inspect your roof for winter storm damage in Brewster, NY

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

As the winter has come to a close, it is time to attend to some of the damage winter storms have done to your home.  In particular, your roof may have taken a beating from all of the snow and wind. With the snow and ice having melted off of the roof of your Kent, NY home, now is a good time to inspect it for damages. 

Tree limbs. Check out the trees around your house. Look for any limbs that may be touching the roof. Tree limbs can reduce the lifespan of your shingles by scraping them.  Have tree limbs that are of concern cut back. This will also assist in inhibiting moss growth on your roof since the sunlight hitting the roof will dry out any moisture.  

Leaves, branches and evergreen needles Remove any that have accumulated on the roof. Mildew can form on your roof as a result of wet piles on the roof which hold moisture. You can use a roof rake or leaf blower to clear the roof.  

Inspect for mold –Mold, algae and fungi can eat away at your roofing material and in time cause leaks. There are products at a home improvement store formulated for exterior sanitation. We advise against using a power washer on roofs, as they can damage shingles.  

Ice dam damage – If you noticed icicles forming on your roof this winter, it's possible that you had ice dams. These can lift and damage shingles. Inspect roofing for any signs that water made it's way under the shingles.  

Gutter damage - Check to see if there are any missing or loose  pieces to your gutters and that they are sitting securely along the roofline. Also make sure that they are not clogged with leaf and twig debris.  

Missing shingles, chimney, and flashing -Winds from snowstorms can rip pieces off of your roof. Check for missing shingles and  flashing. Also inspect your chimney cap to make sure that it is in place and secure.  

Inspecting your roof now will reduce the likelihood of you discovering water or mold due to roof malfunction later on. If you do discover that a leaking roof has caused mold in your Putnam County home, call SERVPRO at (845) 228-1090.

Prepare your Putnam County business for hurricane season

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Protect your Lake Carmel business from storm damage by calling SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is the perfect time for Brewster business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans. Hurricanes have historically caused substantial damage to New York homes and businesses in September and October. Flooding, downed trees from wind and  the loss of electricity and heat are possible damages from hurricanes. 

“Business owners who think they are prepared for an emergency because exits are clearly marked and fire or flood drills are parts of the regular routine really need to take another look at their preparations,” said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc. chief executive officer. “A comprehensive emergency plan also contains critical information about the location of shut-off valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers and more—information that can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury.”

Because SERVPRO knows the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before you need it, they have developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The business owner works with SERVPRO to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strikes. Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free smartphone app.

Protect your Kent, NY business from storm damage by calling SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

Protect your Patterson home from water damage while you are on summer vacation.

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you come home from vacation to water damage from a supply line leak, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090

Summer is here and many Hudson Valley families will be going on vacation soon. Take the following steps to make sure that your return home doesn't result in a call to us! 

Make arrangements for someone to watch your house 

  • Ask a neighbor or friend to be an emergency contact. 
  • Leave written directions for alarm codes and any other information needed to care for your home care for your home. 
  • To protect from intruders, a timer can be set on the lights to give the impression that someone is home. Either putting your mail on hold or having someone collect it also helps. 
  • Do a walk through your house to make sure all windows are securely closed and locked. 

Protect against water and fire damage 

  • Shut off your gas on appliances and the supply tank 
  • Turn off the water valves to toilets, washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher. 
  • Unplug electronics to avoid a short that can start a fire 
  • Test your smoke detectors 
  • Keep your thermostat at a moderate temperature 

Clean up before you leave

  • Dispose of your garbage prior to leaving on vacation. It can attract pests and create a foul odor in your home.
  • Clean out your refrigerator of perishables
  • Double check that all toilets are properly flushed.

Hopefully, by taking these steps you will avoid coming home to a flood or fire damage but if you do, call SERVPRO of Putnam County  at (845) 228-1090 to clean it up. 

Summer rains cause basement flooding in Southeast, N.Y.

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Even the best prepared Hudson Valley homeowner can experience basement flooding with heavy rain. SERVPRO of Putnam County will dry it out!

Putnam County has experienced unusually heavy rains this summer! Along with the rain has come several calls from homeowners with flooded basements. Even Brewster, NY homeowners who tell us they have always had a dry basement are experiencing water in their basement. 

The source of the rainwater can come from many different sources including:
 

  1. Water leaks in from the outside through a basement window  
  2. Sump pump failure, which can cause water overflows from your sump pump crock  
  3. Water seepage from cracks in your concrete floor or foundation  
  4. A sewer system back up into your basement 

We have discussed in previous blogs the ways to protect your basement form flooding, including properly grading your lawn away from your home. Yet, floods can happen to even those who have followed all of the rules.

If your Mahopac, NY basement is flooded from rainwater or a sewage leak, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We are available 24/7 and ready to respond to your water damage emergency.