Recent Water Damage Posts

Is My Basement Showing Signs of Water Damage?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Putnam County is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

Many Mahopac and Cold Spring area residents love their basements. They’re a very versatile addition to many homes, and they’re useful for extra storage space, an extra living room or a place where the kids can watch their shows while the adults Netflix and chill upstairs.

But by their nature, basements are prone to developing water problems—due in part to the fact that basements are dug into the ground and also to the fact that any water leak in your home is going to try to find the lowest spot to settle.

It’s not set in stone that your house will encounter a serious basement water situation, but it’s likely enough that you need to be aware of situations that may arise, and how to identify a burgeoning problem. Below, we’ll examine the most common signs of a water damage issue on the rise.

The Most Frequent Signs of Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. Regardless of whether water that gets in your basement is clean or dirty, it will eventually develop bacterial growth, leading to a certain musty smell that is so widespread it’s often just considered “the basement smell.” While this may sometimes be true, it shouldn’t be, at least not in a safe, clean home. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, which means water has settled in to stay. You may not see mold right away, but if you smell it, it’s there.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Even a waterproof paint won’t prevent a steady leak or invasion of water from creating bubbles, cracks and flaking of your interior paint. And even worse, a waterproof paint may simply mask an issue until it has become something worse. If the paint if bubbling, act immediately to locate a water leak.

Foundational cracks. While it’s true that homes can shift over time, a crack in your home’s foundation should never be ignored Cracks may show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, often indicating that your home’s structural integrity is being compromised by a crack in the foundation, causing interior cracks to form under the pressure. Hairline cracks are nothing to panic over, but if they grow, they should be treated immediately.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

Can We Rescue Photos from Water Damage in Carmel?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

water covered floor SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment when it comes to water restoration for your home.

SERVPRO helps Carmel residents with water damage

Water damage can sneak up on you before you know it. Sometimes it is from something dramatic like a flood or a damaged roof. Other times, a leaking appliance or broken pipe is the culprit.

If you suffer water damage in your Carmel home, you might assume your photographs will be beyond repair. We understand how upsetting this is. Pictures are treasured family heirlooms, especially if they are older photographs from the days before digital images. However, do not despair. It is possible to save water-damaged photos.

Whether or not a photograph can be salvaged depends on:

  • The type of water and if there are any contaminants present in it.
  • How badly damaged the paper is.
  • Whether the photographs have got stuck together.

Damage gets worse the longer you leave it, which is why it is vital to call SERPVRO at once. Do not wait for the structural integrity to worsen or mold to set in. We have access to state-of-the-art freeze-drying technology, which can dry out damaged paper and photographs.

If you are worried about water-damaged pictures, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

Mahopac Residents Need Water Restoration after Sewage Backup

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Water and sewage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO. Our techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Sewage backup and water restoration in Mahopac are preventable.

Mahopac is a cozy Carmel suburb of just over 8,000 residents. Carmel is a lovely, laid-back place to live or work, and it is close enough to New York that you can reach the big city easily if you want to.

Adolphus Philipse, the son of a wealthy Anglo-Dutchman, patented a massive parcel of land in the Mahopac area in 1697. Families migrated from all over the place to rent land from Philipse. Many incomers were farmers, but the area was also home to blacksmiths and wheelwrights, who assisted the farmers. Through the American Revolution, Mahopac was strategically important, with many troops stationed nearby. 

From the mid-nineteenth century, the area became famous as a summer resort. Today, Lake Mahopac's beauty, combined with easy access to gorgeous rolling countryside, makes Mahopac and Carmel popular with those who want to escape New York and enjoy some time in the country.

Explore Mahopac and the Hudson River Valley

Mahopac makes a fantastic base for exploring the wider Putnam County and Hudson River Valley areas. There are several fascinating towns within reach of Mahopac, so why not take a tour of the place? Be sure to stop and visit:

  • Poughkeepsie is a fascinating college town filled with educational history and beautiful luxury homes from America's Gilded Age. You can visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, enjoy the hundreds of trees at Vassar College Arboretum, or stroll along the Hudson.
  • White Plains is a popular city just 30 minutes from NYC, and it is a shopper's paradise. The famous Westchester Mall features several luxury flagship stores. If you get tired of shopping, the city has a wealth of outdoor leisure options, including parks, hiking, and even an aquatic playground.
  • Hopewell Junction is a tiny, wealthy hamlet with excellent schools and a gentle pace of life, an ideal destination for a quiet afternoon.

Enjoy the best hiking and views near Mahopac.

Mahopac also offers easy access to stunning hiking trails and nature destinations. Be sure to check out:

  • Wonder Lake State Park is home to artificial Wonder Lake and also boasts miles of walking trails. You can spot otters, ospreys, and even turtles in the area.
  • Mt. Ninham State Forest has well-signposted trails through the trees and a fire tower that offers fantastic views.
  • Fahnestock State Park offers the perfect balance of rugged mountain hiking trails and easily accessible clean beaches. There are lots of benches, picnic spots, and even camping spots so that you can enjoy yourself at your own pace.

Can you prevent sewage backup?

No one wants to deal with sewage backup in their home. Several causes of sewage backup include clogged drains, damaged lines, or tree roots growing into the sewer system.

A sewage backup is a potential biohazard, which is why you should call SERVPRO as soon as it happens. Our team will arrive equipped with personal protective equipment and anti-microbial treatments.

There are things you can do to prevent sewage backup, too:

  • Dispose of paper products correctly and do not flush anything that is not flushable.
  • Do not pour cooking oil down any of your drains.
  • Maintain your sewer system – deal with suspected tree roots or other maintenance issues quickly.

For help with sewage backup, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

When is a Water Spill an Emergency?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle Mold can begin to grow within 72 hours of a water damage in your Mahopac home. Call our certified water damage technicians for assistance right away.

All water spills in your Mahopac home must be addressed fast – Contact SERVPRO for rapid water restoration

If you have ever had an overflowing sink or tub, you may just think that a few towels or a mop will do the trick. However, water likes to migrate into dry spaces where it can saturate your subfloor and behind baseboards. It would be best to have skilled technicians ensure moisture does not create secondary damage or mold infestation within your Mahopac property. SERVPRO is here to help!

When you contact us for water restoration in Mahopac, we never leave anything to chance. We have a variety of moisture inspection devices to ensure nothing gets left behind, such as:

Once we arrive at your home:

  • We assess the situation to avoid all slip, trip, and fall hazards
  • We also work to contain the water so that it does not migrate into unaffected zones
  • Water extraction begins as we carefully follow the path of migration to stop moisture in its tracks
  • Air movers and powerful dehumidifiers get set up to work in tandem to speed the process and achieve our drying goals

There is nothing like the advantages of having skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) on the job. Call SERVPRO of Putnam County 24-hours a day for emergency service at (845) 228-1090.

Tips to Help You Spot Water Damage at Home in Carmel

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

If you filed a water damage claim last year, then you weren’t alone.

You were one of literally millions of American homeowners who needed to seek water damage restoration services in 2020. One in 50 American homeowners file one of these claims each year.

Did you know water damage claims have been growing steadily every year?

And even before the number of claims started rising, they were some of the most common claims made by homeowners.

Helping You Fight Home Water Damage

Homeowners don’t often know where to start if they notice the early signs of water damage. You may be wondering when a leak and the resulting water becomes an issue that requires professional services.

There’s a team of specialists here in Putnam County who can help you need water damage restoration.

Here’s what you might see when your home has water damage that needs remediation by professionals:

You notice your home has an unusual odor. Have you noticed a musty smell? That can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.

Your windows or walls are damaged. Wood in your home, like your window panes and walls, can start to warp if the water damage is severe. That means it’s vital to get remediation help if you notice these signs.

The floorboards or furniture are warped. Wet wood will start to warp within days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Disaster Mitigation for Mahopac Homeowners is Only One Phone Call Away

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of Mahopac Library Read a book at your local Mahopac library while SERVPRO mitigates the water damage to your home

SERVPRO of Putnam County Offers IICRC-Certified Cleanup and Rebuilding Services for Mahopac Homes 24/7

Mahopac, New York, is an idyllic hamlet that 8,000 Putnam County residents call home. This quiet southeastern New York resort town sits less than 50 miles north of The Big Apple and occupies much of Carmel’s southern half. Mahopac was developed in the 19th century as a summer resort town, but its history goes back centuries prior.

Before colonists settled the land, Lake Mahopac was home to an Algonquian tribe known as the Wappinger, who agreed to fight for the British in the French and Indian War. After the war, most Wappinger tribespeople relocated permanently to the Stockbridge, Massachusetts area due to the British’s refusal to return their land.

The land was owned by the Anglo-Dutch Philipse family, who purchased it with the 1697 Philipse Patent on behalf of the British crown. Settlers from all around New England came to rent land and grow crops there. However, the Philipse lost the land after the American Revolution due to their British ties. It was seized by the State of New York and resold to land speculators and farmers.

Today, Mahopac is a year-round resort area and commuter town for residents who travel to New York City for work.

Famous people from Mahopac include:

  • Acclaimed semi-autobiographical novelist Richard Yates, who wrote such books as Revolutionary Road, A Good School, and Cold Spring Harbor
  • Actor Henry Winkler, most known for his role as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on Happy Days
  • Tampa Bay Rays pitcher CJ Riefenhauser
  • Singer and The Voice contestant Amanda Ayala
  • Comedian Michael “Sour Shoes” DelCampo, part of Howard Stern’s “Wack Pack”

Mahopac: A Resort a Stone’s Throw from the City

Mahopac’s roots lie in providing a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City life, especially considering its proximity to Manhattan. In the early days of the resort, carriage races and steamboat rides across Lake Mahopac’s tranquil waters were common. By the mid-20th century, weekend visitors could easily move to Mahopac for good with the construction of Interstate 684 and the Taconic Parkway.

One of the most popular summer camps in southeastern New York lies in Mahopac at Kiwi Country Day Camp, which opened in 1952. This summer camp getaway for kids is also well-known for its ziplining courses and year-round cooking classes for both adults and children. The December 2020 season hosts the year’s most popular workshop, which focuses on holiday cookies.

The lake, of course, is a central feature of the town’s recreation opportunities. Whether anglers or water skiing enthusiasts want to enjoy the verdant waters of Lake Mahopac, there is plenty of room for visitors to indulge in their favorite recreational activities. The local marina stages “float-in” movies on a massive projector screen for boaters to watch during the summer.

Fishing in Lake Mahopac

Mahopac has plenty to offer both novice and seasoned fishing enthusiasts. The lake spans almost 600 acres with nearly four miles of shoreline. The water is on average 28 feet deep, with maximum depths reaching 62 feet.

Some of the species found in Mahopac include:

  • Largemouth bass, rock bass, smallmouth bass
  • Several species of sunfish, like bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redbreast
  • Black crappies, brown bullhead, panfish, and yellow perch

Fishing access on Lake Mahopac’s shoreline is limited to two marinas off of South Lake Boulevard, which charge fees for launching boats from there. However, Lake Mahopac does allow for the use of gas-powered watercraft when fishing. This waterbody is renowned for having excellent bass fishing opportunities, and there are even annual tournaments for bass fishers.

Not far from the marinas on the south shore is a vibrant downtown community filled with shopping, dining, and entertainment. Popular stops include gastropub Dish and the health-centric Freight House Cafe in an old freight depot.

However, if you want to go fishing in Lake Mahopac, you need a New York State Fishing License. These can be ordered online or over the phone from an official state License Issuing Agent. Several exist in the Hudson River Valley region, including in Mahopac.

Fishing licenses are required for those age 16 and older that want to catch freshwater fish or frogs, as well as baitfish. For saltwater fishing, a marine fishing registration is necessary. Fishing licenses are not required for such situations as fishing during a free fishing weekend, at a free fishing clinic, or on an authorized fishing preserve.

How Does SERVPRO’s Sanitation Process Make Mahopac Residential Water Damage Cleanup Safer?

Certified SERVPRO technicians perform water mitigation for Mahopac properties with the help of commercial-grade tools and EPA-registered biocides. Sanitizers are crucial for such tasks as killing mold and controlling water damage odors. SERVPRO uses a diverse array of proprietary solutions and equipment designed to tackle various facets of water damage and microbial growth that can affect a home. The broad range of tools available to technicians allows teams to formulate a mitigation and restoration plan unique to your situation.

Sanitation products and equipment available to SERVPRO professionals include the following:

  • Luminometers, which can help determine if organic contaminants are present in a water damage situation
  • HEPA filter air filtration devices (AFDs) can remove 99.97% of microbes and other air contaminants from an affected area. AFDs can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns in size: a fraction of the diameter of a human hair
  • Odor-Cleanz cartridges in AFDs are specially-made to filter out volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are highly effective for mitigating VOCs in a water damage situation
  • Hand-pump or electric sprayers can implement antimicrobial solutions at an average of 50 psi

SERVPRO of Putnam County is committed to providing Faster To Any Size Disaster service to homeowners in need of mitigation and restoration services. Homeowners can call (845) 228-1090 for emergency-response cleanup.

Mahopac Business Professionals – Don’t Miss the Spins Bowl Mixer

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

bowling alley SERVPRO strikes swiftly to remove water spills from Mahopac property

The Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce is Hosting an Exclusive Bowling Mixer

Gathering with other like-minded business professionals just got a little more fun! If you are a professional in the Mahopac area and love bowling, you do not want to miss the chance to connect with others at the Bowling Mixer hosted by the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. Social distancing in accordance with local guidelines will be in place - six people per two lanes, with masks being a requirement. Advanced reservations are required for this event. Included: one beer or wine, one hot dog or pizza, and a game of bowling.

  • Date: November 18, 2020
  • Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Location: Spins Bowl Carmel, 23 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY
  • Cost: $20 per person

At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we love to make sure we support our local community, all of the businesses, professionals, and the fantastic team at the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. If you find that you need assistance clearing out any standing water or damage from an incident, you can trust our skilled technicians. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (845) 228-1090 to have a crew sent to your property to handle all of your water restoration needs.

What Processes Are Necessary to Complete Water Removal in Carmel Homes After Pipes Leak?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from a silver pipe. Water damage due to a pipe leak can get extensive, SERVPRO will help you with the damage.

SERVPRO Helps Expedite Water Extraction, Locate Hidden Moisture Pockets and Perform Finishing Services Like Deodorization 

A pipe in your house can spring a leak at any time because of reasons such as changing temperatures or high pressure. Although the water is released into the house almost instantaneously, the process of removing it might not be that easy, considering it might cause some damages in the areas it reaches. SERVPRO can help restore your Carmel home to its preloss state by providing highly trained technicians and other critical resources.

Are there crucial steps that must be performed during water removal from Carmel homes?

  • Extracting all visible water
  • Scoping the property for hidden moisture
  • Performing water remediation

After realizing there is a water leak in your Carmel home, the steps, you take next play a significant role in determining the outcome. Extracting any standing from the structure fast can help prevent the spread of damages or limit the extent of any damages that occur. A quick extraction is indeed crucial because the absorption rate of most materials in the house, including wood and concrete, is much faster compared to the drying rate. Completing the extraction before the materials become saturated cuts down the recovery time and costs. For instance, it can take over 4 days to reduce 85% moisture content in wood to around 25%, so removing water before it causes such high saturation brings down the recovery time. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use high-powered water extractors that can cut down the time it takes to remove all standing water from your house. We chose the extraction equipment based on the circumstances of the incident. We have a vast stock of equipment that we can use to extract water, including:

  • Truck-mounted water extractors
  • Portable wet vacs
  • Submersible pumps
  • Weighted water extraction tools

How often does water reach hidden areas within the property?

Water moves through openings or materials. Even the air can transport water through the processes of evaporation and condensation. Therefore, there is always a possibility that water might end up in the ceiling, wall, or floor cavities. Water can also pass through the grout, thus penetrating beyond impervious surfaces such as tiles. 

Our SERVPRO technicians check for signs such as sagging ceiling panels, peeling paint, or soft drywall, which are indicators that the spilled water might have found a way into hidden areas within the property. Sometimes we also use tools such as Borescopes or thermal cameras to inspect areas where we suspect there is damage beyond the surface. 

Removing water hidden within cavities requires some form of demolition to help release the water. In case of water within the wall or ceiling cavity, our crew drills weep holes to release the water through a gravity-aided flow. We can also create broader vent holes to help push dry air into the cavities using specialized cavity-drying equipment. In a case of significant flooding, flood cuts are necessary. We cut a few inches above the waterline, removing all the soaked drywall and insulation. 

Is water removal enough to restore my home?

When a water spill is significant enough to require assistance from professional water restoration companies, it is also likely to require additional remediation processes apart from the removal of standing water. For instance, the excess moisture is likely to spark mold development within the property. Our SERVPRO team can help address this in three different ways, including:

  • Preventing mold development
  • Cleaning areas where mold develops
  • Removing moldy materials

If possible, prevention is a better solution since it is less tedious and cheaper. Since mold starts developing 24-48 after materials are exposed to water, taking proactive steps can help prevent development. In addition to expediting water removal and drying, our technicians also apply products with antimicrobial properties in the areas we remove water from because such products help stop microbial growth. 

The house might also develop unpleasant odors after a water intrusion, mostly due to microbial growth processes, soils, or finishing products such as paints.  Deodorization can help eliminate such odors. Our technicians take different approaches to deodorize the affected property. For instance, we mix specially formulated water-based deodorizers with the cleaning solutions we use to wash soiled areas ensuring that we not only remove the dirt but also leave a sweet scent. We can also spray or fog a deodorizing agent into the house after cleaning.

Water removal is an elaborate process that requires the right resources to accomplish the intended goal. Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 to help address any issue that you face after an incident at your Mahopac, Southeast, or Kent property, "Like it never even happened."

A Leaking Water Heater Caused Water Damage in My Property. Where Should I Seek Help?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Man fixing hot water heater Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Southeast to Help You with the Water Damage Restoration Process

In the past, it was common for people to consider the homes that water had devastated as lost. Fortunately, the technological innovations that professionals use these days can restore your Southeast home to its former state. The process is challenging since it involves a thorough inspection, water removal, drying process to ensure no pockets of moisture remain.

How do you restore a property?

After inspecting water damage in your Southeast property, our SERVPRO technicians can begin extracting the stagnant water using portable pumps. We extract as much water as possible to hasten the drying process. If water remains standing in your home for over 48 hours, microbes can multiply. Items in your property, such as furniture and carpets, can also sustain significant water damage. 

Can you prevent mold growth?

The best way to prevent mold growth is to begin the drying process quickly. Stagnant water creates the ideal habitat for mold to thrive. Therefore, it is essential to take countermeasures as soon as possible. We have advanced products that help us treat affected areas and make it unfavorable for mold growth. We can use concrobium, which is an antimicrobial product that destroys 99 percent of organisms it comes across on the surfaces where we apply it. If we come across mold, we use the most effective technique of treating the affected area. This includes removing moldy materials. 

How can you dry my property? 

After a water intrusion incident, water can get to many different places. Therefore, even after using pumps to remove the water, your property may still have moisture, especially in confined spaces. Over the years that we've been in business, we have learned various drying techniques that we use depending on the level of the damage. We can use air movers to speed up evaporation at the surface level and minimize the drying time for porous materials such as:

Wood

Carpets

Furniture 

Drywall

Our SERVPRO technicians can also use refrigerant dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. These dehumidifiers work similarly to an air conditioner. It may be necessary to rebuild parts of your water damaged home. We can remove and replace severely damaged structures and contents such as drywall, shelves, carpets, and ductwork. 

It is possible to incur costly losses due to water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 to save your valuable items and restore your property to its preloss condition.

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What Causes Bathroom Sink Leaks?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

leaking under sink drainpipe; blue background Inspect the plumbing under your sink often for signs of leaks.

IICRC-Certified Technicians Perform Water Restoration Services for Southeast Homes 

Whether the source is as simple as a loose connection or requires more thorough repairs, a bathroom sink leak can wreak havoc on your under-sink cabinetry and create a thriving environment for mold. Catching a leak too late can mean higher repair and replacement costs for Southeast homeowners without professional help. 

If your Southeast home needs bathroom water restoration services, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to remove water damage, eliminate microbes, and restore or replace your cabinets. 

Troubleshooting a Bathroom Sink Leak 

  • Loose connections. One of the most prevailing causes of a sink leak in your bathroom is easily rectified by tightening the retaining nut with a pipe wrench and adjusting connections with channel lock pliers. Reapply plumber’s tape where needed.
  • A malfunctioning drain flange. The metal “collar” surrounding your drain can crack or erode over time, which can often be fixed by removing the old plumber’s putty and replacing it with new material.
  • Some pipes may require replacement. Before attempting replacement yourself, shut off the water in your home and take your old assembly to a hardware store to determine what size sink trap and tailpiece you need. Make sure to have plumber’s tape ready to cover visible pipe threads and get new slip nuts. 

SERVPRO Dries Bathroom Cabinetry to a Pre-Loss State 

SERVPRO technicians use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to address water damage after extracting the bulk of moisture with tools like extraction wands. Before drying can begin, however, technicians can prepare your cabinetry by removing the toe-kick and drilling small holes to facilitate an even distribution of airflow. We sanitize water-affected spaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials. 

SERVPRO of Putnam County helps homeowners save with mitigation services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (845) 228-1090 for cleanup 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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How Do I Remove Water Damage from My Attic?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

view of attic in home Attics are frequent locations of water damage. Inspect your attic often.

Mahopac Residential Water Damage Cleanup Pros at SERVPRO Stand Ready to Help 

Roof damage and storms are not the only causes of attic water damage. Pipe leaks and HVAC malfunctions can also affect this already vulnerable area of the home. A fast and proactive response is the optimal way to minimize repair costs and property loss. 

When HVAC or plumbing issues affect your home's safety and comfort, SERVPRO is ready to provide cost-effective water damage mitigation for your Mahopac residence. This team is available for cleanup 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist homeowners with any size disaster. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Attic Water Damage? 

Minimize attic water damage with ventilation, insulation, and maintenance. Keep these tips in mind: 

  • Ensure that your attic has proper ventilation. This ventilation reduces the humidity of the space, but it can improve overall indoor air quality.
  • Check on your insulation. Insulation in your attic should be thick, dry, and soft. Moist, thin, or flat insulation can create humid conditions that allow condensation to damage your attic.
  • Make sure appliances vent outside. IF vents in your home blow into the attic, your ducts may not be able to handle that much moisture. 

How Can SERVPRO Dry My Attic? 

This team uses a combination of centrifugal air movers and commercial grade dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of surfaces and isolate it for disposal. Refrigeration coils and desiccant materials are common materials used for dehumidification. 

While low-grain refrigerant dehumidification is ideal for general drying down to approximately 20% relative humidity (RH), they are not ideal for every surface that needs drying. Desiccant dehumidifiers are an excellent option for drying structural materials that require even lower humidity levels for restoration, like hardwood and plaster. 

SERVPRO of Putnam County has the tools and techniques needed to keep your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (845) 228-1090 for restoration services at any time of the day or night. 

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Why Quick Water Extraction Prevents Further Damage in Mahopac

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing on wall and ceiling Undetected water leaks can cause mold growth. SERVPRO is always available locate the leak and dry your home.

Water Extraction Mahopac – Fast Response, Detection, and Drying

Once water leaks onto a floor, it can spread quickly, into other rooms, into crevices and under furniture and cupboards. Water and moisture in humid conditions can quickly become the perfect environment for mold to grow, and if left in place long enough, cause structural damage. Mold and mildew may also cause health issues for some people.

SERVPRO provides water extraction services in Mahopac and surrounding areas. We educate our team members in the art of removing water and moisture from your home or commercial building. We believe that fast response, early detection, and thorough drying can mitigate the potential damage caused by water leaks. We are available to respond on a 24 hour / 7-day basis and aim to be onsite in less than four hours.

Detection and Extraction of Water and Moisture

Liquid water is easy to identify and remove with our high capacity vacuums. But what if water and moisture reside in a carpet or under cupboards or inside walls? Detection of moisture in these hard to access areas is incredibly important to prevent further water damage. Mold can also grow in these spaces and become an infestation. We use moisture measuring equipment to detect moisture in these areas.

We use weighted water extractors to remove moisture from carpeting and underpads, without removing the carpet in many cases. If moisture is detected inside walls or under cupboards, SERVPRO may drill holes into the area. We can insert small wands to vacuum excess water from the area, which avoids causing more damage to the structure.

Complete drying is the last step in the process. We use specialized hoses to blow dry air into hard to access cavities. Air movers blow dry air across or under carpeting to remove moisture from the flooring. Our drying technicians calculate the dehumidification requirements. We then place dehumidifiers in the space to reduce the humidity to normal levels.

Our objective is to restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lake Carmel, Cold Spring, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Most Effective Techniques To Restore Your Mahopac Home After A Water Damage Disaster

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

A soaked carpet after a water damage disaster Our technicians removed the affected carpet in this home and restored it so the homeowners could live normally again.

Water Damage Mahopac – Leaks Can Affect Materials Differently


Whenever there is a water leak, many consumers focus on whatever is assumed to be the most important. Some clients mop up water to avoid water migrating to carpeting and other rooms. Many wait for help to arrive. What is the right approach to take?

SERVPRO has been providing help to customers in Mahopac deal with water damage events for many years. Our team of restoration experts has studied the best approach to deal with water damage, the effect on various materials, and the best method to removing liquids and moisture from the area of the home where the leak has occurred.

Initial Steps

If possible, SERVPRO recommends that the source of the water leak should be controlled quickly. Shut off water valves that are connected to the area of the leak. Consumers may need to turn the main water supply off. Sometimes valves cannot be located, or seized valves cannot be turned due to corrosion.

Next, mop up as much water as you can. Focus on areas adjacent to hardwood floors and carpeting. Call for help to dry out your floors and any other items or structure exposed to moisture.

Permeance of Materials

Permeance measures how quickly water vapor passes through a material. Carpeted floors absorb water and moisture quickly. Particleboard commonly used for subfloors and cupboards absorbs water faster than hardwood floors. While hardwood floors absorb moisture more slowly, this type of flooring is also more challenging to dry once it has absorbed moisture and swelled.

SERVPRO can respond to water damage events in most cases under 4 hours. Consumers can mitigate the amount of damage by mopping up as much water as possible and keeping the moisture away from hardwood flooring. While carpeting can absorb moisture quickly, it can be dried relatively rapidly as well. We also aim to reduce the level of humidity in the home to normal levels to avoid secondary damage to ceiling tile, wallpaper, and other highly porous materials.

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Peach Lake, Brewster Hill, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Leave It To The Professionals To Remediate Your Water Damaged Home in Carmel

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

water dripping down through the ceiling Sometimes water damage is not immediately evident. But when it becomes visible, it’s time to contact the technicians at SERVPRO.

Is It Time To Call For Water Removal For Your Carmel Property?

If you notice water damage anywhere in your home, it is best to determine whether or not the issue is old or new. The quicker you determine whether you are dealing with recent damage or an older problem, the faster the water removal can begin.

Calling SERVPRO to help you assess the potential water damage in your home is essential if you are not sure where the issue stems from. Water removal in Carmel can help you to eliminate the moisture and also make it easier to locate the source of the intrusion. The following are helpful steps that you can use to find out if the signs of water damage are new or if it has been brewing for some time:

Determine the Materials

SERVPRO technicians can show you how water can impact different materials in various ways. Brick, tile, and other sturdy materials show if water damage has been around for a while because it takes time for the signs of wear to show up and create leaking. However, if you see damage on hardwood flooring, carpeting or drywall, this could be new damage.

Spot Rings

With materials like wood floors, drywall, and other soft materials, they could develop rings if the damage has built up over some time. Water soaks in and starts discoloring the material, leaving a stain behind as it dries. Once this pattern goes on, it leaves several rings showing the pattern of water damage.

Touch the Area

When water damage is newer, the area can be wet but not yet soft. Should you touch your drywall or ceiling and the material is soft to the touch, water has had ample time to soak in, ruining the integrity of it. This is when it is time to think about detection services and water removal in Carmel, which is where SERVPRO is more than happy to help. 

Contact us today at SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 for high-quality water cleanup. We are available 24/7 to help, including emergency calls. 

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The Best Ways to Remove Water From Hardwood Floors in Carmel

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged and warped hardwood flooring We have the training and experience to restore your water damaged hardwood floors!

Efficient Water Removal from Hardwood in Carmel Homes 

Standing water in your Carmel home can absorb quickly into specific materials exposed, such as paneling, drywall, and other porous surfaces. Authentic hardwood can also fall into this category, though porosity of this material varies based on the specific wood used and if installed correctly. With cutting-edge equipment and fast response to water losses, our professionals can help to reduce the need to remove or repair flooring options, including hardwood and carpeting. 

Contending with high volumes of standing water can present widespread obstacles for our technicians to overcome, including water removal in Carmel homes. As pressing as the need for extraction might be, many other factors play a vital role in protecting the exposed materials, flooring, and other structural elements throughout the house. Our SERVPRO professionals have a ready trailer that arrives with our Green Fleet stocked with solutions for drying and water removal. 

For flooring concerns such as saturation, moisture meters get used initially to determine the saturation and exposure once the extraction has taken place. Some finishes on hardwood can help to make the surface less porous, so it resists water penetration better. The state of your flooring when we clear outstanding water guides our professionals on-site to the best approach for your house. In many cases, our fast response to these emergencies only requires drying mats to bring the moisture content level to acceptable parameters. 

In more extreme cases where saturation began almost immediately, and this moisture persisted for a prolonged period, the only solution remaining might be controlled demolition and reinstallation of this flooring. Our SERVPRO team originally began as a construction outfit in 1997, so we know how to provide quality general contracting services for our customers that match our experience and cutting-edge equipment in the restoration fields. We can repair hardwood, linoleum, tile, marble, and carpeting following water loss incidents. 

As much as water losses can be a damaging situation for your home and its contents, our fast and confident response can help save both time and money on the restoration of your property needs. You can trust our SERVPRO of Putnam County team to help, however you need. Call us at (845) 228-1090. 

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How to Dry Water Damaged Carpet in Carmel

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Damage in Carmel? We Can Help Right Now, Call SERVPRO for Restoration Services

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water Getting You Down in Carmel? SERVPRO Promises Excellent Extraction and Restoration Services!

SERVPRO Provides Expert Water Removal in Carmel and Surrounding Areas

One of the best things about our restoration company in Carmel is our commitment to responding fast to your call for help during emergencies. Our promise to customers is to schedule your restoration job immediately and to arrive on-site within four hours. A commitment like this helps prevent additional damage and dramatically increases your home’s chance at a full restoration.

If you are looking for a quality restoration company that provides reliable, professional water removal services in the Carmel area, your search is over. We have all of the restoration personnel, extraction equipment, and resources necessary to return your home to a quality condition you’ll enjoy. Our restoration team uses time-tested water removal services in a fast, efficient manner without ever skimping on quality.

SERVPRO technicians eliminate any dangerous situations before starting work, posting signs, and ensuring your safety throughout the restoration process. We move and block furniture, appliances, and any other household contents covering the floor that may lead to stains, such as books, papers, area rugs, and curtains. Our goal is to remove anything that could cause or suffer secondary damage as a result of exposure.

SERVPRO uses both hand-held and truck-mounted water extractors to remove as much water from the affected area as possible. Extraction is far more efficient than dehumidification for removing moisture from your saturated contents, which makes extraction essential for producing quality results. It also helps reduce drying time and limits the chance of rust and furniture stains and fabric bleeding and reduces the chances of mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians inspect your carpet, upholstery, rugs, and other flooring options carefully. After initial extraction, we raise your carpet, extract moisture from the padding and subfloor underneath, and check the carpet, padding, and subfloor for damage. Each section receives anti-fungal treatments to eliminate the possibility of mold growth and to prevent future problems.

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County for additional information about our services or to schedule your home’s initial inspection, today. We offer quality full-service solutions throughout Mahopac, Southeast, and Kent and make the same rapid response commitment to every member of our local community. Our emergency response teams are available 24/7, 365, day or night for your convenience. (845) 228-1090

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The Complete Guide to Understanding Water Damage in Mahopac

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Whether water damage has affected the foundation or other parts of your home, the best recourse is to contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation.

Untreated Water Damage in Mahopac Can Lead to These Safety Risks

Water damage to your Mahopac home may not seem like anything significant at first but can lead to significant consequences if left untreated. Some of these long-term damages may even pose safety hazards or be difficult to repair without special protective equipment and efforts. Services like SERVPRO exist to help solve water damage crises with minimal risk of additional problems developing later on but, if necessary, we can also come in to take care of any lasting after-effects that may have beset your home.

Damaged Foundations

One of the most expensive possible consequences of water damage in your Mahopac home is damage to the building's foundation and structural components. When significant amounts of water seep into foundations and other supporting elements of the structure, they can form cracks and break down materials, potentially leading to a collapse if left untreated. Foundational restorations are costly and time-consuming, so your best bet is to avoid them entirely by calling SERVPRO soon after the initial damage occurs.

Mold Growth

Mold can start to grow from even the smallest types of water damage, such as leaks below a sink or behind a wall. With just a bit of excess water, large fungal colonies can start to take over your home and may cause health effects. Signs of mold growth include discoloration of any materials in your home and a foul, musty odor originating from an area of damage. SERVPRO technicians use preventative anti-mold treatments and products to keep your home secured against mold infestations after a water damage incident.

Electrical Damage

Some water damage scenarios can cause damage to electrical lines and features within the home. While most of these issues result in nothing more than a few dead power outlets, they can also create fire hazards in your home as well. Many cases of water damage we see happen in the kitchen, where electronic appliances may soak up water and create a fire hazard. Our safety inspectors can help to identify these threats and provide recommendations on handling any risks they see.

SERVPRO of Putnam County can help you take care of water damage in your home before anything else can happen. Call us as soon as possible after an incident at (845) 228-1090.

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Freezing temperatures cause pipes to burst in Putnam County, NY

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

If your pipes freeze and burst, call SERVPRO of Putnam County to restore your home.

Discovering that the pipes have frozen and burst in your home or business is always a surprise. As devastating as this might experience can be, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the damage while you wait for help to arrive. 

Turn off your water and electricity. 

If you live in a house, turn off your water supply. (and don't wait until a pipe bursts to locate it!) as well as the electricity  to the area of the house where the burst has occurred. If you live in an apartment building or condo, be sure to alert your building manager immediately as the water could also affect neighboring units. 

Place a catch bucket under the leak 

If water is coming through the ceiling, place a bucket or garbage can under the leak to catch the water. If the ceiling is bulging or the leaking is widespread, piercing a hole in the sheetrock will allow the water to flow through one spot.  

Drain your pipes 

Run all of the faucets throughout your house with cold water to clear as much water from the pipes as possible. Flush the toilets as well. Turn off your hot water heater and run the hot water from all faucets.  

Call a plumber 

Again, preparing ahead will work in your benefit. It can be difficult to find a plumber who is   immediately available to respond to your frozen pipe emergency.  Choosing a plumber and establishing a relationship with a local Putnam County plumber ahead of time will go a long way in getting quicker service. 

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County 

Our water mitigation team will respond quickly and begin the clean up process. The sooner we are called to dry the home out and remove wet sheetrock, carpets, flooring  and other materials, the less the damage can spread and cause additional problems. 

Call your Insurance Agency 

The sooner you submit a claim, the quicker you will be reimbursed for payments made to plumbers and contractors.  Our experienced office staff, Keri and Bianca, will handle insurance negotiations and paperwork from our end so that you don't have to.  

We've been told by many customers throughout our twenty years as a franchise that having our team come out quickly and efficiently mitigate the damage has taken much of the stress out of the situation.  Give us a call  at (845) 228-1090
 24/7 if your pipes freeze  this  winter in the Yorktown Heights area!

Protecting your Mahopac, NY home from water damage while you wait for help to arrive

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

It's always a shock to walk into a room of your home and discover water damage. Nobody is prepared to see their ceiling lying on the floor and water dripping everywhere. As soon as you have pulled yourself together, taking immediate action can reduce the permanent damage to your Mahopac, NY home. 

First, it is important to ascertain the type of water you are dealing with.  Water from sewage or flooding is considered black water because is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. If you have black water, stay clear of the area and allow SERVPRO to perform the clean up.  While waiting for the SERVPRO of Putnam County team to arrive, avoid all contact with water and items that have been contaminated. We also advise that you leave your air conditioning and fans off to avoid spreading contaminants in the air. 

Clean water is water from the rain or from a broken pipe, or other internal water source.  If you have damage from clean water, call your plumber  immediately.  It can be difficult to find a plumber who is   immediately available to respond to your water damage so prepare ahead!  Choosing and establishing a relationship with one of our fantastic local plumbers here in the Brewster area will go a long way in getting quicker service when you have an emergency. 

Your next step is to call SERVPRO of Putnam County– we are available 24/7 to respond to your call and the sooner we get to your home, the less damage there will be. 

If you have determined that it is safe to stay in the house, the first step you want to take is to turn off the water source. This can usually be found in your basement near the front wall or near the oil burner. While you are in the basement, turning off the electrical circuit breakers for the affected areas of the home. 

Place a bucket or garbage can under the leak to catch the water. If the ceiling is bulging or the leaking is widespread, piercing a hole in the sheetrock will allow the water to flow through one spot. A broom handle works well for this.  

Remove all items that are not yet damaged, such as wall art, computers, books and documents to a dry room.  Wipe down wood furniture and cover what cannot be moved if there is still a risk of water damage. Wet upholstery cushions and small area rugs can be propped up for drying.  

Large furniture such as tables and couches can be protected by placing the legs on wood blocks. Making a protective cup out of aluminum foil for the legs is a good substitute to wood blocks if they aren't available. 

You will want to call your home insurance company to report the claim. You can document the damage in your home by photographing damaged items and the water source itself. 

Although it can take a few days for the adjuster to come to your home, do not throw away any water damaged items. The adjuster will need to inspect them himself in order to give you compensation for replacement. Your adjuster might also recommend some items be restored by SERVPRO.  

Our office staff speak with hundreds of insurance adjustors a year and can help you with this sometimes overwhelming process.  If you wake up one day and have water dripping from your ceilings, take a deep breath and remember these steps. And don’t worry, SERVPRO of Putnam County will make it "Like it never even happened".

Making an insurance claim if you have water damage to your Southeast, NY home

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

No homeowner is prepared to see their home damaged by water. When a pipe bursts, a homeowner might walk in to their house to see the ceiling on the floor, water everywhere and personal possessions soaked with water. Although it is a traumatic scenario, quick action is paramount in reducing the damage. Calling a plumber, if necessary, and SERVPRO of Putnam County immediately are your first steps.  

Once help is on the way, call your home insurance company and report the event. Every insurance policy is different and offer a range of coverage. Many water damages are covered and allowing your insurance company to begin their work as soon as possible is beneficial to everyone involved.   
 
We recommend that you take photos of your home prior to any restoration work beginning if possible.  The adjustor can refer to them in their inspection if necessary. Do not remove or throw away any damaged items.  Try to stay calm and report all of the available information to the insurance company. 

Fully document any involvement of others. For instance, if your water damage was caused by a faulty new refrigerator or an upstairs neighbor's toilet overflowing, collect and report all of that to your insurance company.  If they determine a third party is at fault for the event, they may subrogate the claim.  

The SERVPRO of Putnam County office can help you in the process. We have over twenty years of experience in the water restoration business and communicate directly with your insurance company so that you have less to worry about. If at any time during the restoration process you have questions, call us at (845) 228-1090. Our office staff will have the answer for you! 

Basement flooded? We're here to help.

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

The heavy rains and melting snow are resulting in flooded basements throughout Putnam County.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Brewster, NY basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (845) 228-1090

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Putnam County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (845) 228-1090

Ice dams on the roof of your Carmel home can cause water damage

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Icicles are a big clue that the ice is damming up on your roof and making it's way under your shingles.

Water damage due to ice dams is the reason for many of the calls we receive at our office in Brewster, NY. What causes ice dams and how can you avoid them from forming?

After a snowfall,  the roof over the attic of a home can get warm enough to melt the underside of the layer of snow on the roof. This water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the eave of the roof, which stays cold because it extends in the unheated area beyond the side of the house. There, the water freezes, eventually becoming a mound of ice. As the water accumulates, it backs up under the shingles of your roof. In time, it will drip through your insulation and into the ceilings and walls of your home. 

Prevention of ice dams can be achieved by insulating your home properly, using heated cables and using a roof rake to clear snow off of the roof.  If an ice dam has already formed on your roof, you can rake your roof with a special tool to remove the snow as well as deice it as described in the link above.

If the ice has already started to melt into your home, call SERVPRO of Putnam County! The leaking water will cause wet insulation, wall studs and sheetrock, not only damaging your home but also creating an environment perfect for mold and mildew growth. 

SERVPRO of Putnam County's team is IICRC certified for water and mold damage and has the training required to mitigate the devastating effects water and mold can cause.  Call us any time at (845) 228-1090 if you discover water damage in your home. 

If you have water damage in Putnam County, take caution with wet appliances

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Your TV doesn't need to be floating in order for you to be concerned about electric shock.Never handle any electronics after exposure to water damage.

When water damage strikes a home, it can be from a variety of reasons. At SERVPRO of Putnam County, we respond to homes that have water damage from burst pipes, flooding, toilet overflows and supply line leaks. Regardless of the cause, it is important to proceed with caution in a flooded home. In particular, be careful if you have wet electrical appliances in your home.  

Most likely there will be appliances and electrical devices such as T.V.'s and computers plugged in to electrical outlets in the wet areas of your home. Although it might be tempting to go in and "save" your laptop, keep your distance. You could suffer electric shock from water that you may not see in the appliance or outlet. Short circuiting electrical items also pose a fire hazard. We recommend that you go to your breaker and turn off the electricity to the affected areas, even if the area appears to be dry.  

Our experienced team have handled water damaged appliances and other electrical devices. Our office staff work with your insurance agency to determine which items can be restored and which need to be replaced. Call us at 845-228-1090 if you have water damage in your Lake Carmel home. With over twenty years of experience, we know which steps to take and when to take them in bringing your home from disaster to "like it never even happened".

Water mitigation is not a DIY project in Putnam County, NY homes.

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Putnam County has the equipment and training to clean up water damage in your Mahopac home.

When a home has water damage, whether it be from burst pipes, a flooded basement or a refrigerator supply line leaking, many Garrison, NY homeowners consider whether they can clean it up themselves.  While it is possible for homeowners to safely clean up very minor water damage safely, most homes with water damage that we are called to require professional mitigation.   


Often, the water from flooding is contaminated. Sewage from a toilet overflow or septic malfunction can contain pathogens  parasites, bacteria and fungi that pose serious health risks. Floodwaters entering a home can contain chemical residues, animal feces and viruses. This type of water is classified black water and requires professional mitigation to protect the health of your family. 


Water from leaks easily becomes widespread as it makes it way behind walls, into carpets and padding and into ceilings. Although a carpet may feel dry, it's likely that mold spores have had the opportunity to grow. It only take 48 hours for mold to grow and all of the damp, porous materials such as sheetrock, insulation and wood are the perfect breeding ground for it to spread. This causes a situation where the home now requires mold remediation as well as water mitigation. 


Calling the SERVPRO of Putnam County office at (845) 228-1090 as soon as possible minimizes the losses to your home. We have twenty years of experience surveying Cold Spring area homes for structural damage – including what's behind the walls and under flooring. SERVPRO of Putnam County uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible.  Our industrial fans and dehumidifiers ensure that the home is dry. We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Getting your Carmel home ready for spring break!

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Turning the water valves off in your Lake Carmel home will protect it from water damage.

Spring break is coming and many Brewster area homeowners will be going on a much needed vacation. March can be an unpredictable month for weather here in Putnam County – temperature's in the 60's one day, a snowstorm the next. Leaving your home prepared for any weather will ensure that it will be in good shape when you return! Here are some steps that we recommend you take if you are leaving your home vacant while on vacation. 


1. Turn off all your water:  


Turn off your water at the main source.  


Open up all of your faucets and drain the water lines.


Drain your toilets and close the valve on them as well.


Locate the valves for your exterior faucets and close them.  


Turn off water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and all sinks  


2. Warm your pipes:  


Opening the cabinet doors under your kitchen and bathroom sinks will allow the warm air to circulate and keep them warm.


Purchase foam or rubber insulation for any exposed pipes from your local hardware store.


3.  Check appliance hoses: 


Inspect the hoses of your appliances- such as washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators. Check for any wear, kinks or damage that might affect their proper function. 


4. Close all windows properly: 


Check that all doors and windows are securely shut and locked. A rainstorm can do a lot of damage through a non-latched window. 


5. Clear your gutters and downspouts:


Clear your gutters of any potential blockages and take the time to make sure that your downspouts are still moving water at least 10 ft. from the home.  


6. Have a sump pump? Inspect it!  


If you have a sump pump for your Putnam County basement make sure that it is in working order. The last thing you want to do is come home to find your basement flooded. 


7. Unplug everything:


It's easy to do and can prevent fires. Unplug your electronic devices and small appliances.  


Check your fireplace and wood stove to make sure they are out and confirm that all ashes are removed from the home.  


8. Set your temperature:


 It's tempting to lower your temperature to save money but don't go too low! Set your thermostat to a temperature closer to outside temps (warmer in the summer, cooler in the winter) but which still protects your plants, pets and furniture. 


It's always a good idea to have a friend check on your Garrison, NY home while you are away. Make sure someone has your contact info and our number (845) 228-1090 in case there is water or fire damage while you are away.  


If you have a vacation planned this month, we at SERVPRO of Putnam County hope that you enjoy the sun and relaxation! 

Avoiding ice dams in your Cold Spring home or business

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Ice dams can cause damage behind the walls of your home

Water damage due to ice dams is the reason for many of the calls we receive at our office in Brewster, NY. What causes ice dams and how can you avoid them from forming?


After a snowfall,  the roof over the attic of a home can get warm enough to melt the underside of the layer of snow on the roof. This water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the eave of the roof, which stays cold because it extends in the unheated area beyond the side of the house. There, the water freezes, eventually becoming a mound of ice. As the water accumulates, it backs up under the shingles of your roof. In time, it will drip through your insulation and into the ceilings and walls of your home. 


Prevention of ice dams can be achieved by insulating your home properly, using heated cables and using a roof rake to clear snow off of the roof.  If an ice dam has already formed on your roof, you can rake your roof with a special tool to remove the snow as well as deice it as described in the link above.


If the ice has already started to melt into your home, call SERVPRO of Putnam County! The leaking water will cause wet insulation, wall studs and sheetrock, not only damaging your home but also creating an environment perfect for mold and mildew growth. 


SERVPRO of Putnam County's team is IICRC certified for water and mold damage and has the training required to mitigate the devastating effects water and mold can cause.  Call us any time at (845) 228-1090 if you discover water damage in your home. 


 

Carmel Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

This Yorktown Heights home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains. 

 

 

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Brewster, NY basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (845) 228-1090

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Putnam County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (845) 228-1090

Faster to your Brewster, NY Water Damage Event

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Putnam County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Peekskill, NY

 

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Putnam County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Putnam County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Putnam County

SERVPRO of Putnam County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.