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Will Your Roof Withstand Winter's Snowy Fury?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

While snow-covered roofs can make for a picturesque winter scene, the combination of freshly fallen snow with the melting and refreezing of snow can place stress on the roof of your home or business. If more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice have accumulated on the roof, you should have it removed as soon as possible to prevent ice dams from forming.

Remember to avoid using ladders in snowy/icey conditions. This can be extremely dangerous and should be left to the professionals. 

For Sloped Rooftops:

It may be possible to remove the snow and ice from your sloped roof using a roof rake – a long-handled tool designed specifically for this purpose. Stand on the ground and pull as much of the snow off the eaves as you can safely reach.

If you cannot safely reach the roof, contact a home builder, landscaping and roofing contractor, or property maintenance company to remove the snow and ice.

For Flat Rooftops:

If your flat roof is easily accessible from an interior stairway, you may want to shovel the roof, but be careful not to damage the roof covering.

Remember to put safety first any time you are on a roof, especially one that is covered in snow and ice. If you have any doubt, leave it to professionals.

How much snow is too much snow?

If you have had a big snowfall in your area and you are wondering whether or not your roof can support the extra weight, do not reach for a ladder or a shovel - reach for the telephone. Calling in a professional to remove the ice and the snow from your roof is always the smartest - and safest - option. Check out this article from that gives excelent advice on what you can do in this situation by clicking the link below:

Snow Removal

Remember, if you experience a water damage as a result of an ice dam, frozen pipe, or snow covered roof, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford so our trained technicians can make your loss "Like it never even happened."  

Just Call (914) 358-9000 and one of our staff members can assist you on getting your home restored as quickly as possible.

The Water You Don't See

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

It's the Water you don't see, that causes the most damage.

About SERVPRO Franchise Professionals 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the Source/Type of water
  • Measure Temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect premises for hidden moisture
  • Preform Emergency water extraction
  • Move and block Furniture & Contents
  • Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and provide service
  • Apply necessary treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
  • Utilize Advanced Drying and monitoring equipment
  • Dispose of refuse 

 Areas that can be affected by a Small Water Leak

  • Sheathing
  • Wall Stud
  • Insulation
  • Interior Area
  • Drywall
  • Baseboard
  • Carpet
  • Carpet Padding
  • Bottom Wall plate
  • Subfloor
  • Floor Joist
  • Sill Plate
  • Basement 
  • Foundation

A Small Leak Could Be a Big Problem! 

There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your client's property by calling a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To help small leaks from becoming big problems call 1-800-SERVPRO.

Do you know enough about Lead Paint?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Some facts about lead paint:

  • Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.
  • Lead can affect children's brains and developing nervous systems, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
  • Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies. 
  • Lead is also harmful to adults and the elderly.
  • Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.
  • Projects that disturb lead-based paint can create dust and endanger you and your family.
  • In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.

Does your property contain lead?

Older homes, older child care facilities, schools and other buildings are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Homes may be private, government-assisted or public housing. They may be urban, suburban or rural. 

Percentage of homes likely to contain lead:

  • Built between 1960-1978 = 24%
  • Built between 1940-1960 = 69%
  • Built before 1940 = 87%

What can you do to protect your family from lead in pre-1978 homes?

  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.
  • Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces. Use mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil. 

Source: SEVRPRO "What You Need to Know About LEAD PAINT" Brochure. 

Everything you need to know about SMOKE

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Behavior of Smoke

A fire loss is very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke. That is why it is important to have trained technicians. SERVPRO Professionals know their smoke!

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

Type of Smoke:

  1. Wet Smoke- Plastics and Rubbers
    Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  2. Dry SmokePaper and Wood 
    Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises. 
  3. Protein- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  4. Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs
    While the "puff backs" can create havoc, SERVPRO can normally restore the contents and structure quickly
  5. Other Types- Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue
    Special loss situations require special care. SERVPRO Professionals are trained to handle your toughest losses!

Fire Dangers and Safety Tips

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Want some great advice on how to keep your home safe from fire? Just follow these tips and suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention:

  • The most common causes of residential fires are cooking and heating equipment. When cooking, never leave food on a stove or in an oven unattended, and avoid wearing clothes with long, loose-fitting sleeves.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths and the second most common cause of residential fires. If you are a smoker, do not smoke in bed, never leave burning cigarettes unattended, do not empty smoldering ashes in a trash can, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children's reach. Safely store flammable substances used around the home, and never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Install smoke alarms outside each separate sleeping area and on every floor of your home, including the basement.Working smoke alarms can reduce the risk of death in a residential fire by 40 to 50 percent. The CDC suggests smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries and hush buttons. A lithium-powered battery can last up to 10 years, and a hush button allows you to quickly stop nuisance alarms that are caused by steam, oven smoke, etc.
  • If 10-year, long-life smoke alarms are not available, install smoke alarms that use regular batteries and replace the batteries every year. (A useful tip to help you remember: In the fall, when you change your clocks to standard time, change your batteries!)
  • Test smoke alarms every month to make sure they work properly.
  • Make a family fire escape plan and practice it every six months. In the plan, discuss at least two different ways to get out of every room and designate a safe place in front of the house or apartment building for family members to meet after escaping a fire.

Frozen Pipes

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Severe winter weather ranks third as a cause of insured catastrophic losses, after hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Losses from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures across the United States average about $1.2 billion a year, according to the New York Times.

Have a water damage as a result of pipes freezing? Call Us Today – (914) 358-9000

Preparing your home for cold weather can help avoid potentially costly problems, like frozen pipes. When water freezes it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if you put it into a freezer to chill quickly and forget it. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If the water expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and major damage can begin.

Take preventative action:

  • Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
  • During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
  • If you need to be away from home, leave the heat on and drain your water system before you go
  • Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts

To thaw frozen pipes:

  •  If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe.  Likely places include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open.  As you treat the pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area.  Running water will help melt the ice inside.
  •  Apply heat to the section of pipe like using an electric heating pad or hairdryer.  Never use an open flame.
  •  Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.  If you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

 Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes.

***If in doubt about any of the above steps or if you do not feel comfortable with the situation, it is always best to contact a licensed plumber.

In the event you incur frozen pipe damage, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's trained technicians are available 24/7 to assist with your cleanup and restoration needs,  call (914)358-9000! 

Hurricane Storm Damage

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day.The difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is wind speed – tropical storms usually bring winds of 36 to 47 mph, whereas hurricane wind speeds are at least 74 mph. High winds are a primary cause of hurricane-inflicted loss of life and property damage. Another cause is the flooding resulting from the coastal storm surge of the ocean and the torrential rains, both of which accompany the storm.

Ways to Protect your Home

  • Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage
  • Secure your windows and doors
  • Protect your roof
  • Trim your trees
  • Take inventory
  • Update your insurance

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's trained technicians are available 24/7 to assist with your cleanup and restoration needs,  call (914)358-9000! 

Harmful waste DO's and DON'TS

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 38 years of leadership. Our track record of results has earned us trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon. 

SERVPRO Franchise professionals are a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal Belongings. 

What Can the Costumer do before there is any professionals around to help? SERVPRO has some tips for you. 

Harmful Waste DO'S

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening. 
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated

Harmful Waste DON'TS 

  • Attempt cleanup of any time. 
  • Touch or handle items that might contaminated with bodily fluids. 

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives. Follows DO's and DON'TS to reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

Be prepared for flooding

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

The following are tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Managment Agency) for preparing your home or business for a flood.

Before the Flood:

  • Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.

During the Flood:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.

After the Flood:

  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. 

What should I put in my Emergency Supply Kit?

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storms happen, so why not be ready for it? Here is a list of recommended items to include in your basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water- 1 gallon per person per day 
  • Food- non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Other basic items to include:

  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Prescription Medication