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Fireworks Safety!

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

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What's a better way to celebrate Fourth of July then by watching the fireworks? As beautiful and intriguing as they are, fireworks have the potential to cause a lot of serious damage to people and properties if not professionally handled. 

Here are a few facts from the National Fire Protection Association:

  •  "Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage."  
  • "In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries. These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2015 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu."

For more information regarding firework safety, visit https://www.nfpa.org/

If you experience fire damage, call (914) 358-9000! 

Stay up to date: COVID-19 Phase Three

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

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As of June 17th, 2020 the following counties have entered phase three: the Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier.

Long Island and Mid-Hudson Valley are in phase two, and New York City is in phase one. 

Face masks or face coverings are still mandated to be worn in public, according to Governor Cuomo's executive orders 202.17 and 202.18. 

Gatherings of groups of up to 25 people are allowed in phase three. 

Phase three also includes the reopening of restaurants/food services and personal care. To see if your business is eligible to reopen, click the link below:

https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward

To learn more about phase three guidelines, click the link below:

https://forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries

For more information about COVID-19 Testing and to find a testing site near you, click the link below:

 https://forward.ny.gov/covid-19-testing

Do you know enough about Lead Paint?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Toddler with orange shirt peeling off paint off a window sill Young children can unknowingly peel off lead paint and accidentally eat it

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

Roofs can let water in

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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This is the best time of the year to inspect your roof for leaks and have any repairs needed tended to. The weather is warm and it makes it so much easier to inspect inside and out. During the cold weather months is not a good time to discover that you have loose shingles exposing the roof wood decking to rain, snow, or ice. The cost of having a roof repair done in winter weather might even cost you more.

Examining the inside of your roof in the attic might be a job that you can handle yourself if you know what to look for. Actually, the best time to get in the attic to inspect is during a good rainfall. This way it is much easier to tell where a leak is coming from. If you find a place that is leaking, mark it in some way so you will be sure and know where it is again when you have it repaired. If you check when it is not raining, you may be able to see spots on the floor, walls, or rafters where it has leaked and dried up. Check for signs like this on the insulation as well. Checking the rooftop outside might present more of a problem than the inside. There can always be an element of danger anytime you climb up onto a rooftop. If you are not afraid of heights and are sure footed enough, you might be able to handle it, but anytime the roof it very sloped or you have a fear of heights, it is probably for the best if you have a professional contractor come out to inspect for you. Even if the roof top is visible to you pretty clearly, you might not be able to see where shingles are loose in spots and will be in danger of blowing off in a strong wind. This is not good to happen anytime because when it rains, the water can seep into cracks and possibly cause damage to wood surfaces underneath shingles and tar paper. Shingles around vent pipes and chimneys need to be checked carefully too

Update: Phase Two of New York Moving Forward

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Phase Two of New York Moving Forward

Hudson Valley Region is on track to enter Phase 2 on June 9th as confirmed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

What does Phase 2 look like?

Non-essential businesses will begin to open. These businesses include:

  • Offices,
  • Real Estate,
  • In-Store Retail,
  • Vehicle Sales, Sales, and Rentals,
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops,
  • Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services

To see if your business is eligible to reopen, visit https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward

As New York State and the rest of the country begin to return to the “new normal”, many businesses will not be reopening in Phase 2.

These businesses include:

  • Malls, although stores which have their own separate entrance may open,
  • Dine-In and on-premise restaurant or bar service
  • Large gathering/event venues
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes
  • Movie theaters, excluding drive-ins
  • Public amusement parks such as theme parks, water parks, zoos, and aquariums.

For more information and details on Phase 2 reopening, visit https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Or visit https://forward.ny.gov/ for latest updates and to view the Four Phases for Reopening of New York. 

How Does Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Differ From Janitorial Cleaning?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Technicians Cleaning Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a level of clean that goes far beyond janitorial and carpet cleaning. How you ask? SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has experience dealing with biohazardous contaminants in the past and we have multiple EPA approved products.

Due to competitiveness in the industry, janitorial services usually employ people at minimum wage. One might think that gives them an edge but would you want an untrained, minimum wage person attempting to do this correctly in your house or business? We wouldn't. Our technicians have a high degree of training and experience performing hazardous type work, whether its bio-hazard or even our typical mold work. Our people definitely make a difference!

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s: 

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community.

Our process follows CDC and specific product recommendations so it may not be "ours" but we do own the correct equipment to do the job. Using a fogger is not a beginner's task and we have a long history of utilizing PPE too. How many janitorial companies have a Chemist on staff?

We have SERVPROXIDE...#100 SERVPROXIDE is a Hospital Grade EPA Registered water-based disinfectant. It contains the active ingredients of stabilized chlorine dioxide and quaternary ammonium chloride. It also contains a biodegradable, non-hazardous blend of surfactants to help solubilize the microbial proteins which allow the active ingredients to oxidize and kill the microbe more efficiently. #100 SERVPROXIDE carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity category and is NSF certified for direct food contact surface use. It has a wide spectrum of applications on both porous and hard non-porous surfaces. In addition, it has an extensive efficacy list which includes norovirus, rotavirus, and adenovirus. Finally, it is a strong and robust disinfectant without the safety issues of other disinfectants that have comparable kill claims.

We have some other great products available as well! Here at SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford we like to warn people about the dangers of using bleach. Mixing bleach with other products may cause serious health problems especially when mixed with ammonia, vinegar, or any other acid type cleaning material. Bleach can be toxic to every living being and our environment.

Lastly, unlike janitors and general cleaning services, we are licensed and insured to perform biohazard, mold, water, and fire cleanups.

About Us: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is always ready to help with your restoration needs! Joseph and Denise Comilloni have been working hard to make sure every customer’s property damage is remediated with the highest quality possible since 2005. They have lived in this area their entire lives and have been involved in the communities they serve. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides 24-hour, 7 days a week, residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster© , with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Our mission is to help minimize the interruption to your life as quickly as possible and make it  "Like it never even happened." Why Choose Us SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has extensive cleaning experience in both Residential and Commercial buildings. Training SERVPRO Technicians have been OSHA Safety, Water, Fire, Biohazard, and Mold Remediation Certified. In addition, our Technicians have received comprehensive training for CODVID-19 proactive and confirmed cleanings. Experience SERVPRO of Tarrytown has an expanded background in CODVID-19 cleanings. From cleaning Emergency Response Vehicles to Residential Homes to Commercial Buildings; SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has always been here to help. Documentation Unlike many Remediation Companies, we make sure to carefully document all our cleaning restoration activities. All this documentation is available to you once the work has been completed. Products and Equipment All our cleaning products are EPA registered and CDC approved. We utilize a wide variety of tools and equipment to apply our products which helps ensure a swift and thorough application of cleaning and disinfection products. Some of our application methods include ULV Fogging, Electric Spraying, and a Foam Application. Speed and Efficiency Due to our wide range of training and experience, we can perform CODVID-19 proactive and confirmed cleanings in a timely and efficient manner. We will carefully document every stage of the cleaning and disinfecting process. Call us today to learn more at 914-358-9000.


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Here to Help® Gyms Reopen!

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Gyms play a vital role in keeping people healthy and happy. Allow us to help protect what matters most. 

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is being called on by numerous businesses to perform the necessary services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. 

All our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call us today at (914) 358-9000, we are Here to Help®

About Us: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is always ready to help with your restoration needs! Joseph and Denise Comilloni have been working hard to make sure every customer’s property damage is remediated with the highest quality possible since 2005. They have lived in this area their entire lives and have been involved in the communities they serve. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides 24-hour, 7 days a week, residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Our mission is to help minimize the interruption to your life as quickly as possible and make it "Like it never even happened."

Hurricane Storm Damage

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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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! 

COVID-19 Guidance for Reopening Your Business After Shutdown Based on CDC Recommendations

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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As New York State has entered Phase 1 of reopening, below is a guide posted by the CDC website for businesses which are preparing to reopen after a shutdown or reduced operation.

The complete shut off of reduction of water usage in your facility may cause two types of safety hazards: mold and Legionella. Legionella is the pathogen which causes Legionnaires' disease. 

Mold grows wherever there is moisture present and can grow on most surfaces. Having mold present, whether visible, or hidden behind walls, can have negative health effects on those people with asthma or other preexisting health conditions. 

When reopening your business, make sure that there is no visible mold or musty odor. If you suspect there may have been a flood, pipe burst, or high humidity with no sign of visible mold or musty odor, consider contacting a mold hygienist to perform air testing. If you need help finding NYS Certified hygienists, contact our office via email at SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com and we will be more than happy to provide you with that list.

Legionella may grown and spread from standing water in the plumbing system. Stagnant hot water can cool down to the Legionella growth range and may also lead to low or undetectable levels of disinfectants. 

For more in regards to minimizing the potential for mold growth and possible Legionella and how to handle it, click the link below to be taken directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html

The information in this blog is for educational purposes only.

To learn more about Mold and how SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can assist in detecting and remediating your mold situation, contact our office 24/7 at (914) 358-9000. 

Update: CDC Clarifies how COVID-19 may be spread through surfaces

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance clarifying that Coronavirus may indeed be spread by touching infected surfaces. Per the CDC's updated information:

“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.”

“Routinely cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces” continues to be recommended in the new guidance as a key precaution individuals can take to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus. “COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are still learning about how it spreads…” 

As it is important to be up-to-date on the latest expert guidance, read the CDC's updated recommendations here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html