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

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

We Take Pride in Our Expert Restoration Technicians

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

The first call you make after your home is damaged can make a big difference.

That’s the call you make to a restoration partner who can help you get your home back to its original state.

No one likes to think about their home being damaged, but it’s wrong to think home damage is an uncommon occurrence. The facts just don’t support that.

The Insurance Information Institute states that every one in 350 Americans will have to file a fire damage claim annually. The fire statistic includes things like lightning damage, appliance fire damage or furnace accidents—basically any possible fire cause.

That doesn’t sound like a large number. But fire damage claims aren’t the only type of damage homeowners deal with.

When you add fire damages in with other types of household issues, such as water, wind, storms and general accidents, nearly one in 20 Americans will have to file a damage claim within the year.

That is why we train our teams extensively, so homeowners can trust in our team’s expertise and quality of work when they choose to work with us.

You Can Trust Our Restoration Experts

We’re proud of the quality of services we provide. It’s important to us that residents of Putnam County know that we’re here to help and support them and that they can trust us to provide the highest possible level of restoration service.

In addition to training from SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians also receive certifications Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is a non-profit that has set the industry standard when it comes to restoration and cleaning technician credentials, and they always provide the most up-to-date knowledge in their training.

Our commitment to training means you can trust that everything we offer and suggest is in line with the industry’s best practices. It will give you added peace of mind when you reach out to us. You can be sure we’ll do everything possible to restore your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always 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 and how we can help your family.

Giving Help and Support to Patterson Business Owners

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

a crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial buildng If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County to learn more.

Do you own and operate a business in Patterson or one of the surrounding communities?

If you do, we’re here to help and support you. In fact, we’re passionate about it.

Why do we place such a priority on local businesses? It’s because our SERVPRO is locally owned and operated.

We know firsthand how much hard work goes into running a business in our community. Plus, having a strong business community ensures our whole community is strong and vibrant.

Your personal success is important, too. We know you’ve worked hard for it, after all.

Building a business takes time and dedication. That dedication leads to long days and nights and time spent planning and looking for new ways to grow.

Knowing how to tackle challenges is part of owning a business, too.

Even if you’ve put together a thorough five-year plan, it’s impossible to take every possibility into account. The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful example of unpredictability. If you own a business, you’ve likely spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.

While some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers digitally and work from home, others opt to open up restaurants, stores and companies for in-person services.

You can get help and support for a safe reopening regardless of how you’ve decided to move forward.

Putting the Priority on Safety During Reopening

The good news is that a lot of people are here to cheer on and support business owners. There are business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust.

Businesses choosing to open for in-person interactions also deal with the challenge of providing customers and employees with a safe environment. That’s where our team comes in.

We’ll do the work to ensure your business location is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s how we do it:

First, our team will consult with you about your business’ needs. Then we’ll suggest an individualized cleaning plan.

Next, we’ll work to clean your space. We work with a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers. We use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

The last step is when we certify your business. You can open again with confidence.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Mold Removal is Best Left to Reputable Companies

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Trust SERVPRO when looking for mold removal companies once your Mahopac home has an outbreak

Putnam County is where you will find Mahopac, New York. This is a hamlet located within the town of Carmel, which is situated just under 50 miles to the northern region of New York City. Due to the location, residents have access to a wealth of entertainment, dining, and other activities while also enjoying the ability to take in their natural surroundings. 

If you are a nature-lover or simply someone that likes to get out for fresh air once in a while, Mahopac has plenty of beautiful sites to explore, including:

  • Mahopac Lake – This is a lovely place within walking distance from local neighborhoods. People visit for boating, fishing, and taking in all of the sights.
  • Mahopac Point – Located on the cusp of Mahopac Lake, this is a great spot to go for watching local fireworks in the summer and Christmas light displays during the winter due to the outstanding views.
  • Mahopac Hiking Trails – There are also many beautiful hiking trails in and around the Mahopac area, including various parks and nature preserves.

Notable People from the Mahopac/Putnam County Area of New York

There are several famous names that many people may know who have come from the Mahopac region, including:

  • Richard Yates
  • Lou Albano
  • Albert L. Ireland
  • Keith Hughes
  • William J. Brewer
  • Alex Garbowski

Whether you will be visiting the hamlet of Mahopac as you travel through or are looking to put down roots, you will never run out of nice places to go for a bite to eat. The area is well-known for brunch-culture, with many diners and restaurants in the area providing an excellent spot for breakfast or brunch with friends. Some of the top eateries in and around the Mahopac area include:

  • Carriage House Restaurant and Tavern II – This is a classically-styled restaurant featuring American cuisine and a full bar. 
  • Kobu Asian Bistro – If you are looking for sushi or Asian fusion cuisine, this is an excellent choice, well known for perfectly sliced sashimi and classic sushi rolls.
  • Countryside Kitchen – When you know you want a good, old-fashioned breakfast or brunch, this place is cozy and features a menu filled with breakfast, brunch, and lunch favorites.

Why Mahopac Residents Choose SERVPRO – The Best Technology and Methods of All Mold Removal Companies

Many Mahopac homeowners may not realize that mold removal and water restoration often go hand-in-hand. Where mold and mildew colonize, there is usually an underlying water leak or moisture problem as the root cause. 

Something mold removal companies in Mahopac, like our team at SERVPRO, work to cover when handling mold remediation includes addressing things like:

  • Containment
  • Removing Standing Water or Addressing Hidden Leaks
  • Reducing Relative Humidity
  • Air Movement/Airflow
  • Application of Anti-Microbial and Anti-Bacterial Agents

The relative humidity (RH) in the air is the amount of moisture that holds at a specific temperature. If the relative humidity is too high, it presents a breeding ground for mold and mildew. We also utilize powerful drying equipment, dehumidifiers, and moisture detection tools to restore your interior.

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 when you seek the help of the best mold removal companies.

Cleaning Carpets after a Water Leak

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet being removed Water removal is the first step in water mitigation. Leave it to the professionals for this dirty job. SERVPRO can handle any size disaster.

Are You Dealing with Soaked Carpets in Your Mahopac Home?

You may assume that you need to rip out your carpet after a leak in your home. However, there are ways to extract excess moisture and thoroughly clean carpets to foster restoration rather than having the expense of replacement. Our trained professionals at SERVPRO have the equipment, products, and knowledge to take care of your home after a water leak. 

Our SERVPRO technicians manage water removal in your Mahopac home. Removing water is the first step to cleaning your carpets. After our team removes water with extraction equipment, they can go about the task of cleaning the carpet.

Here are some steps in cleaning carpet:

  • Remove any lingering dry soil.
  • Identify the types of soil on the carpet to determine the appropriate cleaning agent.
  • Use cleaning agents to suspend and dissolve the soils.
  • Thoroughly rinse the carpet to remove both the soils and cleaning agents. 
  • Dry the surface of the carpet using extraction equipment and air movers to facilitate evaporation. 

For 24/7 assistance with water removal, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Find Peace With A Buddhist Meeting In Mahopac

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

EPA- stamp of approval Mold can be very detrimental to everyones health. Call SERVPRO for their expertise and updated equipment for the mold remediation needed.

Find Your Inner Zen In Mahopac This Month

If you have ever been interested to learn more about Buddhism, you can do so from the comfort of your own home with a virtual class. The Center at Mariandale, in nearby Ossining, is offering regular sessions on Eastern Wisdom For Today’s Times.

  • Listen to Buddhist monks read relevant Buddhist texts.
  • Learn about Buddhist philosophy and how to apply it to everyday life.
  • Suitable for beginners and the more knowledgeable.

Sessions take place twice monthly on a Saturday. January meetings are on January 16 and 30, 2021. The fee per session is $10, and you can book your slot at the Mariandale Center website. The classes are held over Zoom so that you can join from your couch!

A reading list will be provided, but this is optional as all essential topics will be covered in the class.

While you are at home this winter, please be mindful of the risk of mold damage. If you suspect fungal growth and need a mold removal company, call SERVPRO of Putnam County (845) 228-1090.

Our Team Can Help Putnam County Residents Overcome Fire Damage l SERVPRO® of Putnam County.

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Putnam County to fully restore your home.

Putnam County residents like you can rely on a team of local experts if your home ever needs fire damage restoration or repairs. We’re prepared to work with you to remediate and repair in the aftermath of a fire.

No one likes to think about dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, but millions of them happen here in the U.S. every year. And that number could include members of the community here.

Why Your Risk Rises in the Winter

Fires happen more often during the winter than they do during any other season of the year. Many of them are due to the way we heat our homes or celebrate the holiday season.

Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires over the holiday season..

If you’re using a space heater without an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can topple over and cause a fire. Broken furnaces and mishaps with other appliances happen sometimes.

The SERVPRO Difference

Want to know why so many customers in Putnam County trust us? Here’s how we’re able to provide excellent service:

We can help with all your restoration needs. House fires can damage everything from your walls to your furniture’s upholstery. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues.

We believe in restoration over replacement. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

We’re available to help 247. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state and ready for you to make good memories once more. When it’s an emergency, we’re available at any time. Our team is here when you need us most.

We are a local business. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. But this location is locally owned. It’s staffed by team members who live in the Putnam County area. But since we are a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

You Can Protect Your Home From Winter Water Damage

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gutters due to heavy rain If you have water damage in your home due to a leaky roof or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Putnam County is available 24/7.

According to industry experts, about one in every 50 American homeowners will file a water damage claim in 2020. Water damage claims cover a variety of issues—from major natural disasters to busted pipes.

With regular maintenance, you may be able to avoid some of the common problems that cause homes to need repairs.

Homes can suffer water damage at any time during the year. But it’s important to keep in mind the seasonal dangers that are unique, especially in places with harsh winters like we have here in Putnam County.

The Power of Preventive Maintenance

If you want to protect your family’s investment from hazards like water damage, there are steps you can take to do so.

What should you do before the weather gets colder? Experts have some advice about places to look when you’re getting your home ready to weather winter’s unique home maintenance needs:

Preserve your home’s pipes. Plumbing problems are the most common reason homeowners file claims during the cold winter months. You don’t have to be one of them. If there’s a winter storm or particularly cold night coming, leave the faucets in your home dripping. It doesn’t have to be much. All you need is water flowing to protect your plumbing.

It all starts with getting the gutters clean. Most articles about protecting your home from water damage will mention cleaning out your gutters. This is especially important in the winter when leftover fall debris and colder temperatures can lead to overflowing water and ice.

Check your foundation. Water damage in basements is a common reason homeowners need remediation services. Additionally, water seeping into cracks during the winter, and freezing can cause cracks to widen. That happens because water expands when it freezes. You can stop the process by ensuring your foundation doesn’t have cracks to allow water into your home.

Find spots that need to be sealed. Like checking the foundation, this step is important because water expands when it freezes. If shingles, siding or window panes aren’t secure, they can allow water to seep into your home and freeze. As the ice thaws and the water melts, these cracks gradually allow water into your home and cause problems that lead to repairs and remediation.

If a busted pipe, leaky gutter, or other winter hazard damages your home, our team is here to help you restore your home. You can get in touch with us 247.

Does Water Damage Repair by Mahopac Professionals Differ from Using Other Approaches?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

couple on flooded floor “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Helps Simplify the Renovation Exercise by Using Superior Resources to Handle Various Processes

Since water damage in Mahopac leads to financial loss and the repair processes also cost money, it is common to look for ways to minimize costs. You might wonder whether hiring a professional to handle the restoration for you increases or minimizes the costs of repairing your home. However, when you understand how a professional restorer helps improve the renovation process, cost becomes a secondary consideration.

How do professionals help during water damage repair in Mahopac properties?
    •    Establishing the true extent of damage
    •    Utilizing superior restoration procedures
    •    Safe removal of damaged materials

Although, in most occurrences, you can readily observe the areas of your property affected by the water intrusion, and damages can extend to hidden areas.  For instance, moisture can affect wall cavities, subfloors, and installations such as cabinets. Without training and specialized equipment, it is difficult to pinpoint such areas. At SERVPRO, our technicians are IICRC certified, meaning they are updated on the current water restoration procedures. We also have a variety of equipment to trace moisture spread patterns, including:
    •    Thermal cameras
    •    Pin-less or pin-type moisture meters
    •    Thermo-hygrometers

Which superior restoration procedures do professionals use to deal with water damage?
The method used to restore water loss depends on the level of damage involved. For instance, the water pooling around a property requires extraction. Stains and soiling, on the other hand, require various clean-up procedures.  Performing the procedures on your own or involving a handyman might offer only a limited set of options. For instance, apart from using mops and wet-vacs to remove water, a professional team also has specialized extractors, thus simplifying the process. Our SERVPRO team is equipped with:
    •    Weighted water extractors such as ride-on rovers
    •    Drying mats and Injectidry systems  
    •    Cavity drying equipment

Such equipment not only eases the process but can also limit the need to teardown materials during restoration.

SERVPRO of Putnam County can help simplify restoration after water damage affects your Carmel, Southeast, or Kent home. Call us at (845) 228-1090 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why Should I Call Trained Restoration Technicians After a Fire?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer Fire damage creates a stressful event for homeowners. SERVPRO has the equipment and experience to make your home, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Addressed by SERVPRO Cleans Up Your Mahopac Home Faster and Safer Than DIY Methods Alone 

A Mahopac house fire is devastating no matter the size or the cause, so you must act fast to minimize loss after extinguishing the fire. Waiting too long to start the cleanup leaves you with lingering odors and the chance of secondary damage. There is also the potential threat of mold growth if moisture is left behind from the process of dousing the flames. Calling in trained experts gives you the prompt action you need to make it just "Like it never even happened." 

The Fire is Out, What Now? 

SERVPRO is here when you need us with 24/7 emergency services to help you face the Mahopac's fire damage that ripped through your home. We come in to assess the debris and structural damage throughout the home, while also remaining mindful of airborne threats and hidden moisture. Our crew chief works with the team to formulate a plan using our specialized process to determine the best tools and equipment in our arsenal to address your cleanup project. Early mitigation and specialized techniques for cleaning up stubborn soot and smoke residue cut back on the damage severity and any potentially hazardous and long-last effects. 

What is Your Company Able to Do for Fire Restoration? 

We remain mindful of any cracks or crevices throughout your interior where the residue from soot and smoke may have traveled. Our skilled technicians remove all debris and damaged materials so that we can smoothly transition into the restoration and replacement steps. We always treat each job as unique and utilize our resources in the best way possible, such as: 

  • The removal, or pack out, of any personal belongings that would benefit most from off-site cleaning at our facility.
  • Inspecting structural elements thoroughly to ensure safety.
  • Inhibiting corrosive action and further damage to all surfaces by carefully removing soot.
  • Cleaning all ceilings, walls, and other surface areas safely to salvage whatever possible.
  • If smoke permeated into the walls and insulation, we can remove the first few inches and replace it with new insulation. 

Why Call Your Team Rather than Cleaning the Damage Myself? 

Charred debris and stubborn odors linger for a long time after a Mahopac fire, primarily when they do not get addressed with professional techniques. We recommend intervention from our IICRC-certified team after a fire in your home for several reasons: 

  • Toxicity left behind from charred debris and residue is a potential health hazard for you and your family after a fire. SERVPRO arrives and gets to work fast while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to work as safely as possible for you and our team.
  • It is not uncommon for ceilings, walls, and floors throughout your home to be unstable after a fire. We carefully assess your structure to determine what needs attention first.
  • Whatever chemicals or water used to put out the flames need cleaning to inhibit secondary damage. We use specialized extraction techniques and moisture detection tools to be sure nothing is left behind.
  • Our detailed plan of action tells us the cleaning agents and methods required on all of the different materials and surface areas throughout your home. This plan is essential so our team can salvage as much as possible while also determining what must be entirely removed and replaced.
  • Disinfectants and cleaning agents approved by the EPA allows our team to effectively clean and disinfect your interior so that everything is ready for you to enter once again. 

We Address Charred Building Materials  

Charring is a common find with fire damage restoration, and our team has the skills and experience to address everything to get your structure back to preloss condition. 

  • If the wooden studs within your walls are slightly charred, we have special techniques to remove the charring only. We can strip away the charring so that it can be sealed and refinished, if necessary.
  • Should we find that the charring is substantial, we may be able to use steel brushes. In some cases, we use soda blasting or dry ice blasting to pull away more charring successfully. 

What About this Discoloration and Sticky Residue on My Belongings? 

Our skilled crew's cleaning methods to clean this smoke and soot residue depend on several factors. During a fire, the hot smoke travels through the home to flow through walls and penetrate porous materials. The type of smoke created plays a role in the exact measures taken during restoration. We can use wet or dry-cleaning methods to pull up this residue and restore your belongings and surface areas to like-new condition. 

SERVPRO of Putnam County is here when you need help with harsh fire damage in Mahopac. Have a crew deployed to your location in as little as four hours or less by calling (845) 228-1090.

What Should I do When a Pipe Bursts in my Mahopac Home?

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Flood Damage in Mahopac

After shutting off the water supply to prevent further losses, contact your insurance provider and professional restoration service. SERVPRO is an expert restoration company that can bring your Mahopac home back to its preloss condition.

How Much Water Spills from a Burst Pipe?

When a water pipe bursts, it can eject up to four hundred liters an hour into your home. It can be challenging to move gallons of water from your property without using a professional flood damage restorer in Mahopac. SERVPRO responds quickly to emergency call-outs and can efficiently drain your property to prevent further damage. Our crew chiefs have extensive experience in dealing with flood recovery and can quickly assess the situation before putting in place a sound restoration strategy.

Should I Worry About Water Contamination from a Burst Pipe?

Problems in your home's plumbing system are frequently clean water emergencies. This means that there is a low chance of water contamination with many of your possessions and building materials salvageable. However, even clean water contains some microbes. These microbes can reproduce and escalate a clean water emergency into a grey or black water emergency overtime- as little as seventy-hours in some cases. You must reach out to professional restorers as soon as you discover flooding in your property to limit loss.

What Damages can Occur from Burst Pipes?

    •    Large amounts of water in a property can put pressure on a building's frame and warp natural construction materials like wood
    •    Mold thrives in the presence of moisture which can quickly spread throughout the house
    •    Water migration into subfloors and wall cavities can require lengthy structural cavity drying procedures
    •    Water stagnation can affect possessions and items like carpets causing permanent damages.

How can you Prevent Water Damages after a Pipe Bursts?

The strongest method of mitigating loss is to remove excess water and thoroughly dry the affected area. SERVPRO can deploy powerful electric submersible pumps to transport water out of the property. In smaller areas, our team can use water extractors as well as equipment like air movers to increase the drying procedure and restore your home.

If a water emergency strikes, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090.

Who Can I Call to Apply a Disinfectant in My Mahopac Office?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

female wiping a white computer monitor with a blue rag Remind employees to wipe down everything on their desks. When the job calls for more, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Teams Can Disinfect Offices in Mahopac on Your Schedule 

The US Department of Homeland Security has created guidelines to designate certain businesses as essential, which will remain open and operating during the mandatory shutdown. They provide the things we need to maintain some level of consistency for basic living including, grocery stores, all food and beverage stores, laundromats, gas stations, hardware stores, healthcare offices, and skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers, and vehicle repair shops. Essential infrastructure in Mahopac is also vital at this time, including utilities, garbage pickups, and public transportation, as well as services such as law enforcement and companies with the resources to support businesses with preventing the spread of germs.

SERVPRO can help keep the environments that essential businesses occupy clean to protect the Mahopac employees and the public who need to utilize these services.

What sanitizing agents does SERVPRO use to help with the cleaning and application of a disinfectant?

  • We utilize EPA-Registered List N cleaners and disinfectants
  • To effectively apply these products, SERVPRO technicians adhere to instructions specific to each cleaning agent, including application methods, dilution requirements, contact and dwell times, and viral pathogen cleanup instructions approved to mitigate any contaminants.  
  • Our SERVPRO crew administers products to high-touch surfaces with powered applicators such as thermal and ULV foggers, misters.  
  • Our equipment and crews are suitable for any size facility from large manufacturing plants to retail stores, food preparation facilities, or even a small medical office.

SERVPRO of Putnam County provides cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster so that your facilities stay safe. Whether you need a one-time cleaning service call or want to set up a more regular schedule, please call us today at (845) 228-1090.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Mahopac, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Putnam County today at (845) 228-1090 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Did You Know SERVPRO is Certified for Lead Cleanup in Mahopac

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Get EPA-Licensed Lead Cleanup From SERVPRO 

Historic homes offer a unique charm and character that contrasts with the way homes are constructed today. However, these gorgeous buildings often have lead-based paints. An estimated 87% of homes built before 1940 have lead paint on their walls. When disturbed, these surfaces can produce chipping or hard-to-detect dust that can affect the safety of a structure. 

If your Mahopac residence requires lead abatement, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to clean your home and make it a safer space for occupants. Your local SERVPRO is an EPA-certified lead-safe firm (#NAT-F114159-2) and is RRRP certified, meaning they are licensed to offer cleanup and renovation for homes with lead-based paints. This team complies with both EPA and Institute of Inspection, Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for safe, effective removal of lead materials from your home.  

Protecting Your Family from Lead 

To minimize your family's exposure to lead dust and paint chips: 

  • Clean walls, windows, floors, and other surfaces regularly. You can use an all-purpose cleaner with warm water or specialized cleaners made for lead-painted surfaces.
  • If you notice paint chips, clean them immediately. 
  • Wash sponges, mop heads, cleaning rags, and other multi-use cleaning materials after cleaning.
  • If you are renting your property, contact the landlord immediately if lead paints are peeling or chipping 

SERVPRO's EPA-Approved Lead Cleanup

Cleanup protocols break down into three steps:

  • This process ensures that lead dust and paint chips do not contaminate the air, water, or other areas of the home.
  • We perform renovation with tools and procedures that create minimal additional lead dust or chips.
  • Lead materials are thoroughly cleaned and removed from the property for safe, EPA-approved disposal methods.

As of 2000, EPA regulations on lead disposal requires storage in sealed trash bags, containers, or covered mobile dumpsters. SERVPRO technicians can then coordinate with local authorities to determine the best disposal site for leaden materials.  

SERVPRO of Putnam County provides cleanup and rebuilding services that leave your property looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (845) 228-1090 at any time of the day or night for reliable mitigation from certified professionals.  

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How Water Damages Hardwood Flooring in Carmel

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water and hardwood flooring don't mix. We have the equipment to your flooring. Call us today!

Stages of Wood Flooring Water Damage in Carmel Homes 

No water loss situation starts as bad as it can get, and that is especially true when considering the stages of damage that can affect wood flooring in Carmel homes. Depending on the stage of damage that your flooring type might be in when our SERVPRO team first arrives to begin mitigation and recovery, the approach and necessary response changes. Each material cycles through these phases at different rates. These cycles depend on the porosity of the wood and the severity of the water loss incident. 

Our assessment of the spread and severity of the water damage in Carmel homes when we first arrive dictates the appropriate restoration response. We have a team of qualified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and those accredited in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) as well. This experience, combined with the information obtained through testing of the affected materials with discovery devices such as our surface moisture meter and thermography, can guide our team in the best available approaches for damaged wood flooring. 

Surface Water 

There are many instances where the worst of the water damage that our SERVPRO team faces exist on the surface of flooring materials. If reached quickly enough, our professionals can avoid excessive penetration into the wood or to the subflooring materials altogether. For this stage of water damage, we would utilize our extraction and drying tools like pumps and air movers. 

Free Water 

Free water has penetrated the wood planks, often through the seams or through direct absorption. During this phase, the molecules of water and moisture have not bonded or changed the composition of the host material. This free water still needs to dry, and our restoration process includes installed drying mats and other advanced techniques. 

Bound Water 

Once water chemically bonds to the wood, it can be a considerable challenge to dry out and restore. In most situations, it is easier for our SERVPRO team to remove the damaged portions and reinstall them rather than spend our time and excessive resources on drying that might not solve the problem. Our team started as a construction unit back in 1997, so we can manage controlled demolition and build back in a fast and cost-effective manner as well. 

No matter what damage your wood flooring endures, you have experienced SERVPRO of Putnam County technicians to help when you call (845) 228-1090. 

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SERVPRO Cleaning Products for Post-Water Loss Recovery

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

Female holding a blue bucket catching water from the ceiling, with yellow gloves on. We have all you need when it comes to your Carmel home water loss.

SERVPRO will be there to show you how it's done, with your water loss in Carmel. 

Cleaning up after water loss incidents damage your Carmel home is often more complicated than many property owners initially believe. Because of how important a task this is for the recovery of properties, even our SERVPRO team has a division of certified cleaning technicians accredited in multiple facets of the restoration industry, including Carpet Cleaning (CCT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), Odor Control (OCT), Rug Cleaning (RCT), and even biohazard recovery.

No two loss incidents are the same, so water cleanup for Carmel homes varies as well. Because of how different these situations can be and the people that could become affected, our professionals have an extensive line of cleaning agents designed and distributed through our parent brand. These products have all met the approval of OSHA, giving us a full spectrum of cleaning agents that can target specific materials, effects, and residues. We categorize our line of cleansers based on their task in your damaged home.

Disinfectants 

These cleaners are an everyday staple in the arsenal of our SERVPRO cleaning technicians, as they can destroy nearly all of the organisms they touch when they are applied. Depending on the material and the product used, it might even eliminate bacterial or fungal spores present on the surface.

Sanitizers

Unlike disinfectants, sanitizers are used to decrease microbial threats within parameters. Often these parameters have been established by health authorities regarding safe exposure levels.  

Antimicrobials

These products have been specially formulated to prevent the production or slow/stop the growth of microbes. While the literal definition of these products implies working against microbial threats, it can also be a general term to refer to all products designed to eliminate microbes as well, including disinfectants, fungicides, and sporicides.

Biocides

We have many products in our cleaning product arsenal that end in the suffix -cide. These products detail an ability to eliminate organisms on contact, though it most often indicates the ability to control the growth of microbes rather than eliminating them.

Now that you can see how many of our cleaning products have gotten distinguished and labeled, you can better appreciate their role in restoring your water damaged home. You can count on our SERVPRO of Putnam County professionals to help however you need it. Give us a call today at (845) 228-1090.

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We Are The Leaders In Carmel Flood Damage Restoration Services

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling caving in from winds and rain High winds mixed with torrential rains can be a dangerous combination for homeowners. We are here to help right away after you experience this.

Common Damages Seen After Flood Damage in Carmel Homes

When SERVPRO cleans up and restores a home from flood damage in this area of New York, each job site is unique. However, there are common damages left behind, in some cases are preventable by taking action before we arrive.

One of the first things a Carmel homeowner with flood damage can do before help arrives is to prevent staining on a carpet affected by water. Printed materials and the stain on wood furnishings are two frequent culprits of this type of carpet discoloration. Other helpful actions to take include:

  • Blotting up water if possible
  • Picking up small objects from the floor and setting them aside for inspection and cleaning
  • Putting foil or plastic under furniture legs to get them off the wet carpet

Why SERVPRO? You do not want to hand off the mitigation of water damage anything less than a certified, professional restoration company. Our technicians undergo extensive training in a diverse array of cleaning and repair technicians to ensure the best outcome for every type of home disaster we work on.

SERVPRO technicians spend extra time on the water extraction step because it lessens the amount of time needed to dry a property thoroughly. We most often rely on portable pumps and utilize attachments such as weighted extractor heads to pull embedded moisture from within carpet padding or upholstered furnishings.

Another concern many homeowners have during flood damage restoration is they have no control over what is happening in their home. Our technicians do not discard any items without prior approval of the homeowner or adjuster, and we are careful to work within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprise charges.

Mold is always a concern after water damage. We take steps to be certain spores do not germinate by controlling the interior humidity levels and using our proprietary antimicrobial cleaners after drying.

When your home has water damage, contact SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090. Our emergency response team is ready 24/7 to clean up your property and make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Mahopac Neighbors Breathe Easier When SERVPRO Is on the Scene for Cleanup and Restoration Services

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

The back of a SERVPRO truck full of equipment and ready to go, with the words "SERVPRO is Always Ready" across the top Whether your property damage is from water, fire, mold, or storms we are loaded and ready to role to your location at a moment's notice.

High-Quality Disaster Restoration Services: Why SERVPRO Is a Valued Resource to Mahopac Residents

When water, fire, mold, or storm losses challenge the Mahopac community, hiring reliable local restoration professionals is crucial. Not only is it easier to research the reputation of an established company, but it is also essential that you can contact your restoration contractor even years after the work completes with concerns. Our roots grow deep here in Putnam County, and you can rely on us to be here for you now and far into the future.

Water Damage
When most people think of Mahopac water damage, they imagine gallons of water pouring through a hole in the roof, backed up sewer pipes, or ruptured water heaters, flooding a house with inches to feet of water and contaminants. Although these severe events can happen, and we respond quickly when they do, many water losses seem less extreme, yet can still cause significant harm, both to the structure and the contents of a residence.

Looking up at your ceiling or inspecting a wall can reveal signals that all is not well. Staining, bulging, and peeling paint are common signs of hidden water damage. Tiny leaks in pipes or connections can be the cause or dried-out, cracked caulk around tubs and sinks might be allowing water to flow into cavities. Migration of water is inevitable and wet moves to drier areas. Permitting water to saturate building materials eventually leads to substantial deteriorating and even collapse of everything from drywall and ceiling tiles to the framing and subflooring of your home.  

When you notice something that makes you suspect water leaks scheduling an assessment by one of our experienced project managers is a smart move. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained employees have many resources available to detect water losses challenging to trace, which is why SERVPRO is the call to make. Thermal imaging and moisture meters help map out a waterscape you had no way of knowing flowed out of sight. Once we sketch out  the extent of the damage, we devise a plan and implement it immediately.

Fire Damage
Smoke and soot cleanup for your Mahopac home must proceed quickly, starting within hours of the firefighters leaving. Water removal usually happens first for safety reasons, but our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) shift seamlessly to their roles as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT). Categorization of the sooty residues left on every surface is the key to appropriate cleaning, and our team is skilled in both evaluation and removal.

Hot and swift burning of wood and paper results in an ashy, crumbling soot that we vacuum or dry sponge to remove. Fire that smolders in fabrics and padding or electrical cords or connections produces a thick, sticky “wet” soot we use agitation and surfactant and wetting agent-infused cleaners to loosen and wipe away. Protein-based soot from food and grease fires is thinly deposited and hard to dislodge. Solvents and abrasives help clear the almost colorless but pungent residue.

Odors cannot be ignored or merely masked with distracting perfumed agents. Our inventory of thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and access to ozone machines means we can eliminate the odor in the tiny particles carrying it through chemical changes at the molecular level. The experience and skill in using these devices our deodorization specialists hold are why SERVPRO has success in neutralizing the malodors that otherwise would remind you and your family of the fire despite successful smoke and soot cleanup.

Mold Remediation
Summertime presents unique opportunities for mold damage in Mahopac. Mold spores need water to grow. Warm, sticky weather can raise relative humidity levels inside your home to over 60 percent, enough moisture to impel some strains of mold to begin multiplying on an organic surface such as drywall, woodwork, or insulation. If you run an AC system, the cold air near a warmer exterior wall can offer mold spores water if it condenses. A clogged drain on an air conditioner can drip as well.

Water tracked in from backyard pools and wet towels stuffed in duffel bags or behind bedroom doors are great mold incubators. Unvented dryers and steamy kitchens also add to the moisture load mold seek out. When we work with you on a mold remediation plan, we sometimes spend more time advising on microbial limiting moisture control than completing the removal itself. This attention to resolving not just responding to the problem is why SERVPRO is highly rated by customers.

We use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol when performing mold remediation, first locating the mold, then containing it with physical barriers, and often sealing the area with negative pressure air scrubbing equipment. The mold scapes or bushes off, and porous surfaces can respond well to gentle abrasives like soda blasting. A surface antimicrobial approved for this purpose by the EPA is used to inhibit rebound of the mold growth.

Storm Damage
Storm damage results in Mahopac due to high winds and heavy precipitation 12 months out of the year. The form the water takes as it batters your home might change, rain one month and snow another, but the harm your residence suffers is devastating regardless. Straight line or rotating winds can topple trees and utility poles, crashing into the exterior of your home and causing significant damage. You need the gaping holes in roofs and siding secured, and broken windows and doors tarped or boarded up.

Our team can answer that call and take care of a broad range of other issues, including water removal after overland flooding or the draining of rainwater through breaches of your home’s structure. The IICRC training our managers and technicians master supports our efforts to evaluate water categories and contain and dispose of contaminated flood waters appropriately.

Flood water can include sewage, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can put your family in harm’s way. In addition to containing and disposing of the fluids as hazardous waste following local regulations, we treat the affected areas with EPA-registered antimicrobials after a thorough cleaning. Our extensive training and experience with Category 3 water are reasons why SERVPRO uniquely qualifies as an efficient and effective responder when your home suffers from storm damage.

SERVPRO of Putnam County is well-prepared to meet the needs of our community during and in the aftermath of a disaster affecting the safety of your household and the integrity of your home’s structure. Call us at  (845) 228-1090 to schedule an assessment and get the recovery rolling.

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Why We Are The Leader In Carmel Flood Damage Restoration

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

High winds mixed with torrential rains can be a dangerous combination for homeowners. We are available 24/7 to help, so don't hesitate and call us.

The Importance of a Fast Response for Flooding in Carmel Homes

There might be multiple choices for Carmel residents combatting flood loss effects in their home, and after a traumatic disaster like this, it can be challenging to feel like you are making the best choice for your property. While many homeowners would like to offer the attention and restorative actions their house needs after a loss incident like this, it is rarely feasible and effective to do so. Our professionals can offer a full-service approach to restoring your property after a substantial loss event like flooding, and we can help you through every phase of this recovery process.

While there might be multiple reasons why our SERVPRO team can be a wise choice for flood damage in your Carmel residence, one of the largest considerations that homeowners should make is the speed of response to the emergency. With a 24/7 rollout to all loss incidents in every niche of the restoration industry, we offer our customers a full-service solution to the damages their property experiences at any time of the day or night.

This quick response to emergencies can help to protect your property. With the speed in which flood damage can spread throughout your home, and the potential contaminants and bacteria that natural disasters like this can introduce to your house, it is critical that the right steps get taken quickly to prevent the situation from getting worse. We have a crew of biohazard cleaning technicians, but immediate mitigation, including extraction and drying efforts, can reduce the need for these trained professionals.

Containment is a large factor in successful mitigation and recovery of your flood damaged property. Our SERVPRO team can work to address these conditions with advanced extraction tools like our gas-powered and submersible pumps, as well as rapid drying solutions with our air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers.

Flooding can greatly damage your home without a fast response from trained professionals like our SERVPRO of Putnam County team. With how quickly these situations can get out of control, you can trust that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (845) 228-1090.

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Our Highly Skilled Water Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Carmel Home

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

You can depend on our knowledge and water damage experience to get the job done right. Give us a call anytime at (845) 228-1090.

Extensive Training Makes Carmel Water Recovery More Effective

Carmel houses. You may think most water loss incidents only require a mop and drying efforts. It is often more complicated and involved than this. In many cases, water can spread far beyond the source and affect materials, contents, and provide the appropriate conditions for even more hazardous and concerning effects. Understanding when a situation is out of your skill set to correct can save you time and money on the restoration that your property often requires after a water loss incident.

These same homeowners often question not only if professional restoration is the right response to water damage in their Carmel residence, but if our SERVPRO team is the right choice when professional intervention is necessary. We have spent numerous years serving the area and have worked to build your trust and our reputation as a team that can respond immediately with confidence and skill to any emergency that threatens your home or business.

We seek to provide every customer with skilled and knowledgeable technicians for water emergencies or any disaster that could be hazardous to their properties. Every one of our team members must complete some facet of training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) organization. This group sets the standard for the restoration industry, and our team members responding to this type of emergency have accreditations as both Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technicians.

We encourage every staff member to pursue continued education opportunities to understand the best new practices and equipment available for water damage recovery. The better prepared our technicians are for these emergencies and their symptoms, the faster we can complete our projects and keep them within budgetary confinements.

Our SERVPRO of Putnam County team can help every home throughout the area navigate the often stressful times that water loss incidents can present. You can depend on our knowledge and water damage experience to get the job done right. Give us a call anytime at (845) 228-1090.

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Call SERVPRO of Putnam County to schedule your Patterson mold inspection

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Damp conditions plus organic matter makes basement floors under carpeting one of the most common areas that mold spores grow in Mahopac, NY homes..

Mold spores are not picky – they only require two substances to grow – water and food. Any organic matter can serve as food including wood, drywall, carpets and clothing. If you can reduce the moisture in your home, you will make it difficult for mold to grow.  

The SERVPRO of Putnam County team has inspected hundreds of homes with mold damage over the past twenty years.  We understand that mold spores exist everywhere and not all mold requires professional remediation. We also know that it is impossible to completely eradicate every mold spore. Naturally, mold spores live in balance with humans in a symbiotic relationship.  Our goal is to reduce mold down to acceptable levels.  

Contact your SERVPRO of Putnam County restoration professionals immediately after a water intrusion. Ignoring leaks or simply letting flood water recede are two of the most common reasons mold flourishes in a home. Investigate unusual earthy or musty odors in your home, including under cabinets and in walls. 
  
As part of our inspection process, our crew also counsels homeowners on how to reduce their mold risk. A home may require the repair of attic soffits or vents, the installation of exhaust fans, a slow leak repaired or a dehumidifier.   
  
If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Putnam County at (845) 228-1090 to schedule an inspection.

SERVPRO of Putnam County can clean your ducts before summertime!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

With summertime rolling in and the weather warming up, many Brewster area homeowners will be turning the air conditioning switch on their wall to the "ON" position. Before you do so, call the SERVPRO of Putnam County office to schedule an appointment for your yearly duct cleaning.

Having your HVAC ducts cleaned on an annual basis is recommended. Ducts are the perfect area for dust, debris and other particles to collect. This can decrease the efficiency of your system and cost you money. Our team will also inspect your ducts for mouse droppings, mold and mildew. Cleaning these from your system will eliminate any potential health hazards that can result from the spores being part of the air circulation in your home. 

Give the SERVPRO of Putnam County office a call at (845) 228-1090 to schedule an appointment to have the HVAC ducts cleaned in your Garrison, NY home cleaned this spring. 

Yorktown Heights Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Putnam County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Putnam County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (845) 228-1090

Mold Removal or Remediation?

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Putnam County professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  • Step 1: Call SERVPRO of Putnam County at 845-228-1091
  • Step 2: Have one of our highly trained estimators come out for and inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Call your local NYS licensed Mold Assessor and get a protocol for remediation.
  • Step 4: Mold Containment
  • Step 5: Air Filtration
  • Step 6: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 7: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 8: Restoration

Signs of Mold? Call Today 845-228-1091

If you discover mold in the basement of your Brewster home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

The basement is a place in the home that has the ideal conditions for mold growth. Basements are usually more humid than the rest of the house, have condensation and often have water leaks and seepage. Additionally, there is a lot of clutter in basements and they are not frequently visited, allowing mold to go unnoticed.  Follow these steps to reduce the risk of black mold in your basement.

  1. Stop water from entering the basement: Mold cannot grow without moisture and can grow from even a small water leak. You can slope the land away from your home in order to redirect water if you notice leaks or puddling around the exterior.  Do an inspection of your gutters and downspouts to make sure that they are functioning and pointed away from the house. Consider having your Kent basement sealed to keep water out.  
  2. Reduce the humidity: You can check humidity levels using a hydrometer. Check the levels seasonally, as humidity levels often rise in warmer weather.  Try to keep your humidity levels under 60% - with 30% being ideal. Using a home dehumidifier can effectively reduce levels. Many basements have a floor drain that can be used with a dehumidifier. Purchase a dehumidifier that is capable of draining the water vertically into a sink if your basement doesn't have a floor drain.
  3. Organize your space: Love to store your unused items in the basement? Keeping your items organized and in plastic bins and off of the floor can help in reducing the risk of a mold infestation. Porous materials such as clothing, carpeting, books and cardboard boxes can dampen easily and be a perfect breeding ground for mold spores. We do not recommend carpeting in the basement if there is any moisture. 

 If you notice mold in your Garrison basement, call the SERVPRO of Putnam County office at (845) 228-1090. We can start the remediation process and make your home safe again