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Efficient Fire Damage Restoration for Tarrytown Property Owners

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians in PPE removing debris from a fire damaged room For soil and soot removal after a house fire in Tarrytown, call SERVPRO. We have skilled technicians and equipment for fire damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Technicians for Results in Tarrytown

The work is not done once emergency services arrive at your property and extinguish the flames. House fire cleanup or commercial fire restoration calls for many working parts and experienced personnel to get results. SERVPRO offers fire mitigation and repair to help you return your property to pre-fire condition. Where DIY methods can take a lot more time and not generate the same results, professional practices show proven results and save you money. When it comes to content cleaning, moisture mitigation, charred debris removal, and reconstruction, nobody beats our proven processes here at SERVPRO.

Even the most minor fire brings on costly fire damage in Tarrytown. We understand the recovery process and the requirements to help your insurance claim go as smoothly as possible. We can ensure the budget and timeline are met. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor and well-known within the restoration industry, making it “Like it never even happened.”

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

But what does that mean? Once you contact SERVPRO’s customer care center, we begin mobilizing a crew of IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) for your project. After first responders deem your property safe to enter and the blaze gets extinguished, you can expect:

  • Inspection and estimation – Our crew chief examines all areas of damage to your structure. This includes the cause of the blaze, any accelerants, materials burned, moisture present, and more. This gets done to help formulate the best course of action for drying, cleanup, and reconstruction. 
  • Safety and structural integrity – For our SERVPRO team to work, all possible hazards get addressed, including the strength and integrity of all building materials and structural components. 
  • Protection – The SERVPRO crew wears standard personal protective equipment (PPE) for all restoration projects. Our attire includes coveralls, rubber boots, gloves, goggles, eye protection, and respirators. We also have disposable foot coverings (booties) we wear to limit the tracking of soot and soils into unaffected areas of your Tarrytown home or business.

Can My Contents Get Restored with Fire Restoration Efforts?

Many people attempting house fire cleanup will mistakenly throw out items thinking they are unsalvageable. However, SERVPRO technicians have experience using various cleaning techniques to tackle even the most heavily soiled furnishings and contents. We make your personal belongings a priority with specialized methods that may include:

  • Detailed drying approaches to handle moisture and chemicals used to douse the flames
  • Soft material wash stations for thorough cleaning
  • Hard contents get put into a submersion tank for immersion cleaning
  • Ozone chambers help to deodorize items thoroughly

SERVPRO is Here for Local Businesses Requiring Fire Restoration

Whether you run a busy restaurant or you have a manufacturing plant that employs hundreds of area residents, we are here for all of your fire cleanup needs. SERVPRO’s scalability and access to hundreds of pieces of equipment in our warehouse mean that no job is too big for us to tackle. As large loss recovery providers, we are here to help fully restore:

  • Bakeries, restaurants, bars/pubs, commercial kitchens
  • Schools, daycare facilities
  • Office buildings and retail spaces
  • Hospitals, clinics, laboratories, assisted living and nursing home facilities
  • Production, manufacturing, and industrial facilities
  • Government buildings, financial institutions

Thorough Reconstruction Using Controlled Demolition

We handle charred debris and dispose of unsalvageable contents and materials following local guidelines. Building materials get replaced after structural elements get addressed by trusted area contractors and vendors. Everything gets a thorough cleaning, deodorizing, and finishing touches to bring your home or business back to pre-fire condition. 

Request help online or call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 whenever you require assistance with fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Rapid, Effective Water Damage Results in Tarrytown

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians setting up equipment in a water damaged kitchen SERVPRO provides 24-hour water damage restoration service to your home or business in Tarrytown.

Choose Water Damage Restoration with SERVPRO in Tarrytown

Once a destructive water event occurs in your home or commercial property, you need to act fast. Water travels quickly into dry spaces, saturating building materials and creating moisture pockets in hidden areas. Moisture migration stops when skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) are there to handle water removal services and drying. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to begin water mitigation and restoration efforts to bring your property back to pre-water event condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Locally Owned and Operated SERVPRO for Water Damage in Tarrytown

We care about area residents and business owners, so we bring care, experience, and precision to each water damage restoration project in Tarrytown. Early intervention is critical while following our restore versus replace motto, which helps prevent avoidable secondary damage and cuts the overall restoration cost.

Containment is Vital when Addressing Water Damage

Once we arrive and perform the initial assessment of the areas impacted, containment measures get put into place. We work with poly sheeting and other methods to create physical barriers while our technicians implement power-drying techniques around work zone perimeters. Everything gets done to cut back on moisture migration or track any soils present within the affected areas. Our basic drying principles include the following major elements:

  • Proper airflow
  • Optimum temperature
  • Humidity reduction

How Do Water Removal Services Work?

SERVPRO focuses on handling the extraction of standing water almost immediately upon arrival. We have various strategies to address pooling and surface water within your structure using a combination of industrial-grade tools and equipment in our inventory. Some of the elements used include:

  • Pumps – Including submersible, gas-powered, truck-mounted extractors, etc.
  • Extractors – Including extensions and attachments to get into areas like carpeting, carpet padding, wood plank floors, etc.
  • Vacuums – Lightweight, portable vacuum units are great for handling shallow pooling, multi-story structures, etc.

All Water Affected Areas Need Thorough Drying for the Best Results

There is no one way to handle drying in all water damage projects. Each property is unique, so our IICRC-certified technicians adapt as needed, adjusting the number of drying equipment units to achieve our goals. We handle all levels of drying to return your property to pre-water loss condition, including:

  • Cavities and tight spaces – We must remain diligent in drying areas where water may have become trapped. This includes cavities behind walls, under stairwells, beneath cabinetry, and more. In some cases, we put boreholes (weep holes) into the walls and force air inside to speed up the drying process.
  • Surface level drying – Whatever water is not pulled up by pumps, squeegees, and vacuums must be dried with equipment like industrial-grade box fans and centrifugal air movers.
  • Building materials – Any building materials impacted by moisture must get dried, including drywall, carpeting, flooring, and structural wood.

What Equipment Does SERVPRO Have that I Don’t?

Many of the tools and equipment we stock our Green Fleet with are either unattainable or difficult to find in traditional stores. For example, dehumidification equipment is paramount with all water-related calls:

Desiccant Dehumidifiers

  • These units are highly effective, even in colder conditions.
  • The dehumidifiers pull moisture from the air with chemical attraction rather than condensation.
  • We often utilize this humidifier style when pulling water from challenging materials, such as hardwood flooring.

Refrigerant Dehumidifiers

  • These units work to lower and maintain relative humidity (RH), condensing airborne water molecules into liquid.
  • They feature a double cooling system that facilitates more moisture removal.
  • The units are great in challenging spaces with higher amounts of moisture.

Whether a commercial or residential water damage incident, big or small, you can count on SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford to get results. Request help online or call us for 24/7 response at (914) 358-9000.

Don’t Let Mold Damage Fester in Your Tarrytown Property

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

microscopic view of mold with the caption “what to know about mold” SERVPRO understands and remediates the many species of mold causing damage to your Tarrytown home.

Expert Mold Damage Cleanup with SERVPRO in Tarrytown is Best

Whether you suspect mold growth or can see visible spots within your Tarrytown property, time is of the essence. Once mold starts to colonize, it can take hold of building materials and interior contents and begin impacting the pertinent structural elements of your building. SERVPRO is here for commercial and residential mold remediation services to help you bring your building back to pre-mold condition. Far superior to DIY cleanup, SERVPRO’s methods get fast, efficient results so that you can breathe easy in your home or business once again. 

Why call SERVPRO to start in on mold damage fast in Tarrytown? As with any restoration, early mitigation and remediation generate the best results. SERVPRO starts right away with an initial assessment so that we can select the right tools and put containment measures in place. Some of the steps you will see us take include:

  • Containment and moisture management
  • Contents cleaning or relocation
  • Surface cleaning and deodorizing

One of the critical puzzle pieces for SERVPRO technicians when beginning any mold cleanup project is determining how the mold occurred. Locating the source of the excess moisture, or root cause, of the problem, is paramount at the beginning of the project. Damp areas and excessive moisture make for ideal conditions that allow mold to colonize and thrive. 

  • The cause of water/moisture damage must get addressed right away; otherwise, mildew and black mold can just come back. 
  • Common reasons for mold development include hidden plumbing leaks, a leaking roof from storms, spills that were not adequately cleaned and dried, increased moisture due to lack of ventilation, HVAC system malfunctions, etc.

Will All the Mold Be Removed Once SERVPRO is Done?

There is no such thing as total mold removal, as microscopic mold spores are all around us at all times. Countless types of mold are present in the air, outside amidst the environment, on the clothing we wear and can come into the home on us or our pets. Any company or product claiming mold removal is false; however, SERVPRO works to thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces to bring mold levels back to minimal levels. 

Know the Possible Hazards from Mold Infestation

You may think that spraying and wiping mold will be enough, but the problem might be deeper seated than you think. Some of the issues that come from mold development include:

  • Further colonization – Once you suspect mold by smelling it or seeing visible patches, know it can multiply. If you do not address the moisture and colonies, mold reproduces and creates even more costly damage. It can also become dislodged and move into unaffected areas of your home or business. 
  • Daily life interruption – Nobody likes foul, musty odors, but a mold problem brings just that. Rather than living with mold and the potential harm it causes to your building, you can have skilled IICRC-Certified mold remediation technicians from SERVPRO go through and ensure all surfaces are carefully inspected and cleaned. Your interior will get the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval.
  • Structural issues and loss of contents – A significant concern with mold damage is the impact on porous materials, including contents, building materials, and structural components. Failing to address mold growth adequately the first time leads to secondary damage and immense materials degradation.

Should mold damage repairs be required, SERVPRO removes unsalvageable materials so that trusted area vendors and contractors can replace them to make it “Like it never even happened.” All surfaces and spaces get treated with EPA-registered cleaning agents, antimicrobials, and deodorizing methods. 

Contact us at SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford when you require help with commercial or residential mold damage. You can reach us by calling (914) 358-9000 or requesting help online.

The Things Fire Restoration Helps Fix in Tarrytown Properties

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damage before and after photo Fire damage restoration for your Tarrytown home should be handled by SERVPRO. We are here 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Offers Handy Fire Damage Solutions in Tarrytown

Excessive heat and flames consume materials reducing them to ash and soot. Several other changes also develop within the property. Fire restoration removes the destroyed materials and repairs the salvageable ones for a Tarrytown property to regain its preloss state.

Executing fire restoration in Tarrytown homes is challenging because you might miss some damages or cause new problems. Prior knowledge of what the renovation process should fix can help prevent such negative outcomes. SERVPRO provides a highly experienced team that can address all fire-related issues.

Likely problems after a fire include:

  • Melted, warped, or damaged pipes
  • Damaged electrical system 
  • Compromised air ducts
  • Warped trim and floor

Since most utilities, including electricity, water, and HVAC systems, are turned off during the fire, it is easy to miss or overlook the fire's effects on them. Such oversight can lead to severe future problems like leaks or electrical mishaps. Our SERVPRO technicians help strip off the electrical system, including cables, outlets, and lights. We also check whether water is flowing well through pipes. We can also use thermal cameras to check for hidden leaks in pipes enclosed in walls.

Restoring Pre-loss Conditions After Fire Damage

Some of the problems left by the fire may not be that severe, but they are inconveniencing. For instance, if you keep tripping over a raised part of the floor or if the doors or windows no longer fit in properly, you will not enjoy staying in your home as usual. Residue smells, and particulate matter also diminishes the indoor air quality making it uncomfortable to stay indoors. Our SERVPRO crews consider your general comfort when doing restoration, thus taking action to resolve situations that might inconvenience you. Our SERVPRO technicians perform controlled demolition to remove warped floorboards and door or window trim. We also take action to restore air quality by running air filtration devices on the property.

Essential filters in an air filtration device

  • Pleated filters
  • HEPA filters
  • Activated charcoal filters

SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford is a reliable partner to call when you need fire damage restoration services. Call us at (914) 358-9000 for assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Importance of Mold Inspection in Tarrytown Properties

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

mold growth along wall and baseboard SERVPRO's techs are highly trained to remediate mold damage. Call us at the first sign of an infestation.

SERVPRO Confirms Mold Damage Effects in Tarrytown Homes

Among the damages that can affect homes, mold stands out because of its unique characteristics. First, factors you may consider harmless such as moisture interacting with the numerous organic materials in the house, cause the contamination. It also tends to thrive in concealed areas. Mold inspection is a reliable way to identify the contamination source and spread patterns at your Tarrytown home.

Because of the clear signs contamination usually exhibits, the primary goal of mold inspection at your Tarrytown home should not be to identify whether there is mold. Even a casual observation can reveal discolored patches, flaking paint, and musty odors that indicate the likelihood of microbial growth. An inspection helps reveal the best course of action to contain growth and restore the affected materials.

Helpful actions against mold

Before taking any corrective action, understanding the contamination dynamics is essential. Since moisture is the main contributing factor, it is vital to establish possible moisture sources and whether they are active. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced tools to inspect suspected areas to identify leak points and moisture spread patterns. Moisture meters and thermal cameras are convenient for this purpose.

Inspection Eases Mold Remediation

Mold readily develops in wall and ceiling cavities. Remediation in such cases requires demolition to remove the panels on the surface and filler materials such as insulation within the cavities. Demolishing and reconstructing entire rooms is costly and time-consuming. However, if such demolition is restricted only to affected areas, the inconveniences and costs are minimized. Our SERVPRO technicians can take the necessary actions to facilitate targeted remediation by identifying the affected areas and opening them up for cleaning. Drilling small exploratory holes is one non-invasive way to confirm where the colonies have spread.

Useful equipment for such remediation

  • Drilling equipment
  • Borescopes
  • Negative air pressure machines

SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford performs mold inspection and remediation for satisfactory outcomes. Call us at (914) 358-9000.

Unforeseen Issues Arising From Water Damage in Dobbs Ferry Homes

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Leaking appliances cause water damage Water damage restoration for your Dobbs Ferry home needs the help of SERVPRO. We are ready at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO Streamlines Water Restoration in Dobbs Ferry

Once a pipe bursts or a dishwasher malfunctions, water readily flows, reaching unwanted areas where it soaks into materials, causing problems like staining and rusting. After your Dobbs Ferry home is affected, you might not realize the potential for the water damage metamorphosing into something else, creating problems that you might not anticipate.

When you seek help in addressing water damage at your Dobbs Ferry property, it would be advisable to involve a professional who can handle the evident and unexpected issues. The level of experience and how well equipped the restoration service is are some guiding principles to ensure you get adequate services. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated but with national resources, so we are capable of addressing all moisture issues.

Typical advanced problems include:

  • Moisture transfer from condensation
  • Contamination when water is from a clean source
  • Severe deterioration like rot or delamination

It is common for water to spread once it leaks. For example, gravity forces it to flow towards the lowest points in the house. However, the damage can spread from lower areas like the floor to elevated ones like the ceiling. Wicking occurs as moisture migrates to dryness. Evaporation and condensation are most likely to cause this issue. If the restorer only uses fans to help quicken drying, the evaporated moisture might condense once it reaches cooler sections of the house. Our SERVPRO technicians ensure drying is balanced by setting up a dehumidifier to manage the humidity vaporized by air movers.

 Clean Water Contaminates Property

The clean water you use to cook or clean can precipitate contamination once released into your house. When water stagnates or materials remain wet over time, microbial growth processes set in, leading to the proliferation of bacteria and fungus. One typical sign that contamination is developing -- bad odor or mold growth.

Actions that limit contamination

  • Expediting extraction within the first 24 hours
  • Thoroughly drying wet materials 
  • Applying biocides on surfaces

Expediting extraction has another advantage since it limits the time moisture interacts with materials. If left submerged, wood rots and composite materials disintegrate while carpets delaminate.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford takes care of all water damage in a home “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (914) 358-9000.

Hardwood Floors in a Dobbs Ferry Home Suffer due to Flood Damage

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign SERVPRO flood damage restoration technicians use the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

Call SERVPRO for Help with Water Damage Restoration in Dobbs Ferry

The hardwood floors of your Dobbs Ferry home most likely add timeless character to your home, and when floodwater damages them, the outlook may seem grim. As you evaluate your situation, you probably worry about the cost and the quality of the repairs. Most importantly, you need to know whether the water and debris that made its way into your home have damaged the floors forever or if they can be salvaged.

To assess flood damage in Dobbs Ferry, call SERVPRO and let us use our specialized equipment and establish a plan for restoring your home. We pride ourselves on being quick to react so your home doesn’t suffer from standing water longer than necessary. Mold growth is typical after a water event, and your home’s structure can also suffer from prolonged water exposure. As far as hardwood floors are concerned, three common issues occur whenever the floors absorb excess moisture:

  • Buckling, which happens when wood planks separate from the subfloor
  • Cupping, observed by a downward curvature of the floor
  • Crowning, which presents an upward rise of the wood planks

As the homeowner, your instinct may move you to find the most powerful dehumidifier possible to restore natural humidity levels and allow the hardwood floor to settle back into its original shape. Although removing excess humidity is critical to the water restoration process, it has to be done methodically by constantly observing changes to the flooring and adjusting your efforts. Even your subfloor runs the risk of mold growth if it’s not treated correctly. Thankfully, SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience to help you. When restoration is not possible, we can also handle the removal and disposal of the flooring materials.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is ready to help in the toughest situations. Call us at (914) 358-9000 and invite our team of experts to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Assessing Fire Restoration Services in Tarrytown

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire job site Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service.

Tips for Finding the Right Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Team for Your Tarrytown Home

Fire damage can happen to Tarrytown homeowners in the blink of an eye. A sudden distraction that takes you away from the kitchen or something placed by accident on a still-hot stove can cause flames to erupt within seconds. Even if the homeowner or firefighters control the flames relatively quickly, smoke and soot travel even faster, leaving an unpleasant trail behind. The minutes following the fire are critical, and calling a fire restoration technician is the top priority.

To find fire restoration services in Tarrytown, you don’t need to look further than SERVPRO. As soon as you call our 24/7 hotline, the process begins, and our fleet arrives at your home to thoroughly assess the damage. Fire often involves damage thanks to the high temperatures and burning materials and damage caused by the water used to extinguish the flames. Our team of experts excels at treating both types of damage and counteracting the smell characteristic of home fires.

If you have never interacted with a fire and smoke remediation team, you may be unsure of what to ask. Aside from finding a certified team like ours (certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), it would help if you are looking for experts who focus on the following-

  • Removing soot from surfaces with specialized equipment before treating surfaces with solvents and cleaning solutions
  • Using the latest tools to apply cleaning solutions and mechanically loosen particles trapped in furniture, walls, and flooring
  • Deodorizing your home with thermal foggers, ozone generators, and odor counteracting pellets that neutralize and kill smell particles

When you want a team of experts to take care of your Tarrytown home, look no further than SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford. When you call us at (914) 358-9000 and experience our level of service, you will feel “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage to Tarrytown Homes Caused by Storms is Unpredictable

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Storm and flood damage restoration services for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We have the equipment and experience needed.

Prepare for the Unexpected by Including a Water Restoration Company in your Tarrytown Home’s Safety Plan

Prevention is important in almost everything we do in life. It is critical for your health, but it is also crucial to protect your home. A winter storm in Tarrytown can cause as much damage as a torrential summer downpour, so thinking ahead of what to do if water damage puts you in a good position to act quickly when disaster strikes. Identifying who can provide the latest in water extraction and removal is the first step in being ready.

Property owners in Tarrytown know that storm damage remediation is a job for SERVPRO and its team of experts. The impact of floodwater in your home can be devastating if water extraction and drying happen beyond the 48 hours after the incident. Storms, in particular, bring with them contaminants and debris that require careful attention. Our highly skilled staff is ready around the clock to assist you in assessing how widespread the water damage is and begin the restoration process without delay. Most importantly, we inspect the whole property, even those areas seemingly unaffected by the storm.

As you watch our SERVPRO certified crew, you may notice that we concentrate on three main goals when we enter your home-

Water extraction- using pumps and state-of-the-art extractors, we remove standing water from each room. Advanced monitoring tools help us detect hidden deposits, and we take care of those.

Disinfection- we apply anti-microbial solutions to prevent mold growth and disinfect surfaces. Our equipment aims to penetrate every surface in the home, including furniture, fixtures, and structural elements.

When relevant, our staff takes care of drywall replacement and other repairs. All our actions are carefully documented for record-keeping purposes and for support in the insurance claim process as needed.

At SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford, we work with you from the minute you call us at (914) 358-9000. With our assistance, your home will feel and look “Like it never even happened.”

How to Repair Water Damage to Floors in Dobbs Ferry

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

injectidry on hardwood flooring SERVPRO's injectidry system saves hardwood flooring in Dobbs Ferry from extensive water damage and demolition

SERVPRO Has Significant Expertise in Water Cleanup and Floor Restoration

Water intrusion can cause damage to a property in many ways. However, flooring is often where water intrusion has the most impact. Professional restoration technicians have several methods to overcome the challenges presented by floor damage. Usually, the most effective method is determined by the type of floor surface. In residential properties, common floor surfaces might be carpets, laminate, hardwood, or, in the case of basement flooding, concrete. Each of these materials requires a different approach which means technicians need to be well-rounded in their water restoration knowledge and utilize a wide range of drying equipment. SERVPRO technicians receive qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) for water restoration. We can help with:

  • Wet carpets
  • Water mitigation
  • Water damaged floors

Floors that have water damage in your Dobbs Ferry can become susceptible to mold, structural weakness, or discoloration. Carpets may suffer from delamination, the peeling away of the adhesive between the fibers and base, or compression of the fibers themselves. Laminate flooring tends to distort following exposure to moisture which presents itself as surface bubbling. Since floors are comprised of several layers, including a subfloor, it can often be time-consuming to get to the source of the issue. One effective method of reducing drying times is creating a smaller drying chamber that allows for higher concentrations of warm air or dehumidification.

  • Technicians place air-proof polyethylene sheets to set up drying chambers and seal the drying chamber with tape.
  • Air movers or dehumidifiers can be fed into the drying chamber and sealed, allowing them to provide concentrated drying action to the specific area of flooring.
  • Drying tents are most useful in rooms with high ceilings or lots of air space because they allow technicians to control atmospheric conditions better.

If your floors are damaged by water intrusion, contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford for water damage restoration at (914) 358-9000.