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Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's job is to reassure the customer, perform quality service and to report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim... and not to deal with problems from vendors! Working together we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you are assigned. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file are available to you within hours. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals’ documented, measured performance increases value to you and your shareholders, managers and customers.

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your company’s competitive advantage.

Specialty Cleaning

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Specialty Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. The residential cleaning services performed by SERVPRO professionals will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants.  We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.  Our cleaning services include the following:

·         Air Ducts and HVAC

·         Biohazard and Sewage

·         Trauma and Crime Scene

·         Carpet and Upholstery

·         Drapes and Blinds

·         Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors

·         Odor Removal and Deodorization

·         Vandalism and Graffiti Removal

·         Hard to reach Cleaning

·         Warehouse and Industrial Cleaning

·         Conveyor Belts System Cleaning

Have Questions?  Call Today – 914-358-9000

Safety Tips for Burning Candles

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

As we begin to welcome the Holiday Season, it is important that our families and homes stay safe. Published by the National Candle Association, the following are important tips to keep in mind when using candles.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

HOW TO BURN A CANDLE SAFELY

BEFORE LIGHTING

  • Before burning, always trim the wick to ¼ inch. You can use a wick trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

WHILE BURNING

  • Never touch or move a burning candle. Never move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquefied.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
  • Always keep the candle within your sight. If you are going to leave the room, be sure to first blow out all candles.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.

WHEN EXTINGUISHING

  • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.

 *SOURCE: HOME CANDLE FIRES, FIRE ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH DIVISION, NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, DECEMBER 2015. BASED ON 2009-2013 ANNUAL AVERAGES"

Commercial Building

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford spends a lot of time doing post construction clean ups for commercial buildings such as libraries, ambulance cores, fire departments, and churches. It is important for us to do what is best for the business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO® Tarrytown/Elmsford

SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s training facilities to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us today at 914-358-9000 to schedule your no cost walk through for all your building needs.

Commercial Storm Remediation

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Let’s face it: The weather is unpredictable — you never know when a severe thunderstorm or other natural disaster is going to blow through town — but, when it does, storm damage happens fast. Gusting winds knock down structures. Hail damages roofs. Lightning strikes. Debris flies into buildings. Ongoing rain floods offices. When something like this happens, you don’t have to face it alone.Any individuals will ignore minor damage in order to handle bigger problems that seem more pressing. While this approach may seem intuitively correct, it’s important to note that what appears to be a minor problem could quickly become a big issue. Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Let Us Clean Your Walls and Ceilings

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can help! 

Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. Learn more about cleaning. Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

NYS Mold Law

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Following superstorm Sandy many contractors who were not familiar with mold remediation rushed in to provide service to property owners.  As well-meaning many of those contractors were the service provided by many of them was inappropriate, ineffective, or improperly performed. This resulted in unnecessary or overpriced work, or resulted in secondary damage, and wound up costing property owners and insurance carriers significantly more than it should have in order to achieve successful mold remediation service.  So, the insurance industry lobbied the NYS legislature to pass a law governing mold remediation.

In January 2015 Governor Cuomo signed Senate Bill S3667D requiring all remediation firms and employees performing mold remediation work in NYS to be licensed.  Administrative control was given to the NYS Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Safety and Health, Asbestos Control Board (ACB). Enforcement of the law took effect in January 2016.  With this bill mold became a regulated industry similar to asbestos.

As part of this bill several current industry best practices became law.  One of these best practices is that the Mold Assessor (the person/company performing air and/or surface testing) may not work as the Mold Abater (the person/company performing the abatement) on the same project; basically, they could do one or the other but not both on any single project.  Additionally, the Mold Assessor must provide a written Remediation Plan providing specific information to the client and Mold Abater.  The Mold Abater must than provide the client a written Work Plan providing specific information on how the Remediation Plan will be executed.

The law does provide for specific exemptions.

If this is a single-family residence, or a multi-family residence of four (4) or less apartments, there is an exemption to this law.  This exemption allows the property owner to act as the Mold Assessor and the Mold Abater and perform the work them self.

If this is a commercial property the exemption allows the owner, managing agent, or a full-time employee of either to act as the Mold Assessor and the Mold Abater provided that the owner, managing agent, or full-time employee does not engage in the business of performing mold assessment or abatement for the public.

Unfortunately, even if one of these exemptions apply in your situation, if you want to hire a licensed Mold Abatement contractor to perform service you must first hire a Mold Assessor to provide a Remediation Plan.

We strongly recommend that you not consider performing the mold remediation yourself.  You should bring in a professional Mold Assessor who can perform pre and post remediation testing; post remediation testing is also known as Clearance Testing.  The results of the Clearance Test can be presented to the building occupants or potential buyers in a real estate sale to provide laboratory results confirming the environment has been returned to Condition 1 status (i.e. normal ecological environment) after remediation.

Are your children/students Emergency Ready?

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

September is the month of Emergency Preparedness. We will be coming out with some great content to help our followers stay prepared in all sorts of emergency situations.

Scholastic has come out with a fun filled activities for children in grades 1-3 to encourage disaster planning and teaching them how to stay connected in the event of an emergency. These activities feature the characters from the new animated film "Ice Age: Collision Course." Check out some of the activities below:

1 - Teachers (and parents) can help the children complete these "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) cards Click Here to download the ICE card. 

2 - Phone number fun. The materials needed "know your number worksheet" (click here), ICE card, and pencils. This is a 30-minute activity to help practice dialing the numbers on their ICE card and how to have an emergency communication plan. (Click here for the activity info in full and directions). 

3 - Learn the prep steps. The materials needed "The Prep Step" worksheet (click here)The Big Bad Blackout by Megan McDonald, Kenta and the Big Wave by Ruth Ohi, Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell, crayons, markers, paper, and pencils. This is a 45-minute activity that helps children learn the steps to take in case of an emergency. They follow the stories and analyzer what the characters did in case of emergency. This activity also teaches children a fun "Prep Step" song that will help them memorize the steps. Click here for the activity info in full and the directions. 

4 - What goes in a supply kit/Go bag? The materials needed  “What Goes in Scrat’s Go-Bag” (Click here) supplies—flashlight, soap, comb, toothpaste, tissues, teddy bear, radio, can of food, toothbrush, water bottle, washcloth, blanket, first-aid kit, notebook, ICE Card, pencils, fishbowl, heavy books, globe, large clock, folding chair, beach ball, apple, flip-flops, dinner plate, whistle (if these items are not available, feel free to modify slightly or use photos of items), three reusable bags or backpacks, chart paper, paper, pencils, scissors, and crayons and/or markers.  This activity helps the children learn what supplies should be gathered in case of emergency and helps them learn what each of these items do. Click here for the activity info in full and the directions. 

Scholastic also wrote a Family Resource Sheet to help your students and family be ICE ready. 

Along with the ICE Card Scholastic also created a "Family Emergency Plan" which is a packet of very important information needed to help the children learn their information, meet up locations, create their own supply kit, and draw an emergency plan and blueprint of your home/school. 

Making preparedness fun and easy for kids is one of the best ways to get them involved in their own safety. 

Be sure to stay tuned for other Emergency Preparedness Tips and Activities. Also, be sure to check out our other blogs for useful information and services that SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford offers. If you have any questions or would like further information please call our office at 914-358-9000 or email us at SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com.

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 

Some employees have to work outside in the harsh of cold, for which we are grateful for. Those people include 24/7 emergency responders and other public servants. OSHA recommends the following tips for employers:

  • Train your workers properly. Teach your employees winter safety tips for the workplace that will keep everyone safe and sound. These include essential skills like learning how to spot unsafe areas during blizzards, how to properly dress themselves for severe winter weather, and how to monitor themselves and their co-workers for signs of hypothermia, frostbite, or other winter ailments.

  • Keep an eye on your employees. Stay in touch with your employees and/or supervisors to keep tabs on how the crew is doing. Sometimes, people suffering from hypothermia experience confusion and disorientation, so having an outside observer can save their life.

  • Form a buddy system. Either suggest or require all workers to travel in groups of at least two. This will raise winter workplace safety and awareness, while reducing the possibility of a worker being abandoned or left behind to freeze in harsh winter weather.

  • Provide areas of warmth and refueling. Plan ahead and make sure that your employees have a safe place to go in the event that they get too cold or need a warm beverage. This could be as simple as designating a tent with a space heater and some hot coffee. A little goes a long way, and a kind gesture can increase employee happiness and productivity in the long run.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Site

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

The Marine Toys for Tots Program collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children in this past year allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas and receive a message of hope that otherwise would not have been there. This community action program took place in over 800 communities covering all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's collection campaign begins Monday November 26th and will last until mid to late December. Toy distribution also takes place mid to late December. We encourage members of the community to mail/drop off a new unwrapped toy or a check made payable to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Coordinators will pick up these toys and store them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community.

Over the years, Marines have established close working relationships with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies which are well qualified to identify the needy children in the community and play important roles in the distribution of the toys.

While Toys for Tots Coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.

We encourage you to help us Fill the big green truck!

Drop off will be available M-F 8AM-5PM at 1000 North Division Street Suite 11A Peekskill, NY 10566.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our office at 914-358-9000 or via email to SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com.