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What is an ERP?

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." 

-Benjamin Franklin

If a disaster strikes, are you ready with a solid plan for your place of business? Are you equipped with information to handle a disaster remotely? Do you have vital business data and emergency contacts right at the palm of your hands?

If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s time to be proactive and get prepared. Luckily SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford has you covered. With our Emergency READY Profile or ERP you will be able to handle any disaster remotely right at the palm of your hands. Our ERP comes in form of an app that can be downloaded right to your smart phone. The app can hold all of your emergency contacts, specific instructions, and can be shared with all important members of your team.

We offer this very handy service for FREE.

Why free you might ask? Well, SERVPRO® is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross' Ready Rating program, and as a part of our community service, we are helping local business prepare for disasters. Our mobile app is a way to help you get started and in the event of a disaster we at SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford would hope you consider us for service, but it’s not a requirement.

By working with SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order and minimizing the amount of time your business is inactive hence saving you money.

Give us a call today to set up an appointment at 914-358-9000. It’s quick, easy, and no cost to you.

Flooding: Be Prepared!

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management 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.

Remember the differences in the terms used by news reporters and emergency personnel. 

Flood Watch:

Flooding is possible. Listen to weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for information.

Flash Flood Watch:

Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground.

Flood Warning:

Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately. 

Flash Flood Warning:

A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

Helping Schools

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Educational institutions can depend on their local SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford Professional for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage.

With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO® of Tarrytown and Elmsford Professionals provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. Your local SERVPRO® of Tarrytown and Elmsford Professional also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup.

Our Franchise Professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

So don't wait, call SERVPRO® of Tarrytown and Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 today!

It Doesn't Cost a lot to be Prepared!

8/28/2019 (Permalink)


It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and man made, can you afford not to be prepared?

Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.


• Make a Plan

Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go
and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan


• Update Contact Information

Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.


• Check Your Policy

Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get
you back on your feet.


• Make a Ready List

You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/familysupply-list


• Plan Your Purchases

You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.


• Shop Sales

Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.


• Make Sure it Keeps

Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight. 

• Request a Gift

We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.


• Trade a Night Out

Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.


• *The best tip

START NOW!

Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!

Fireworks Safety!

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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! 

Who Will Put the Pieces Back?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern for how to properly handle a fire damage. Their priority is helping you and your customers regain control. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals also understand business closures due to fire damage don't just affect the business owner; they affect the employees, their families and the community. 

Preventative Tips: 

  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area on every level of a home
  • Check Smoke alarms once per month and change the batteries at least once per year
  • Plan an escape route and practice it at least twice a year

Pre Testing 

When a SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives on the scene following a fire, their first step is to calm the customer's fears. The second step is to pre-test the smoke to determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns is crucial 

  • Wet smoke - Plastics and rubber.
  • Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood. 
  • Protein smoke- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
  • Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs. 
  • Other- Tear gas, Fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue. 

Smoke and soot residue can damage carpet, upholstery and contents if not removed quickly and efficiently. In a fire-damage structure with soot on the walls and other surfaces, cleaning and restoration is less disruptive and more cost-efficient than replacement. 

Dry Ice Blasting

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

What is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets. (Co2 in solid form) as the blasting material. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment.

The Benefits to Dry Ice Blasting

    • A Dry cleaning process - Dry ice blasting is a completely dry process because dry ice pellets consist of CO2 and vaporize immediately on contact with the surface to be cleaned. 
    • No waste disposal - The system produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor. 
    • Environmentally friendly - Dry Ice blasting is completely non-toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used. Costs connected with disposal of blasting materials and solvents are saved. 
    • No abrasion - Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and therefore surfaces are treated very gently. Wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and other blasting materials is avoided. 
    • Improved production quality - Dry ice blasting often allows for your production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without a need for dismantling or costly downtime. 

Dry Ice Blasting is a Three-Step Process

    • Kinetic - When Dry ice pellets are accelerated in a jet of compressed air and strike a surface at the speed of sound, they crack and loosen the coating of the surface being treated. 
    • Thermal - The low temperature of dry ice pellets (-79 degree C/110 Degree F) makes the coating brittle, cracks it and loosens it. This allows dry ice to permeate the coating. 
    • Sublimation - dry ice penetrates the coating and immediately sublimes (passes directly from solid to vapor state). This results in a 700-fold increase in volume, an explosive effect that lifts the coating off the surface.

Back to School Drive!

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford we are doing something special...

We are hosting our first ever Back to School Drive!

Across the US parents are preparing to send their kids back to school and we all know what that means.... shopping for school supplies. Kids LOVE getting new school supplies, I know my daughter does. The unfortunate truth is there are many families that cannot afford school supplies for their children each year. I know from personal experience that each year the list gets bigger and BIGGER! 

Starting today until August 9th, we will be collecting donations of new

  • Backpacks
  • Notebook paper
  • Subject Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Composition Books
  • Scissors
  • Calculators
  • Rulers
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Cases
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • 1" Binders

You can also make monetary donations and our office staff will purchase supplies!

Here at SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford we find it very important to be involved in our community beyond the mitigation business. We are fortunate enough to work, live, and Serv our communities, so we feel as if we should give back as well. All the supplies collected will be donated to John Paulding Elementary School in Tarrytown NY.

Drop Off Locations:

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford

The Hat Factory

1000 N. Division Street

Suite 11A

Peekskill, NY 10566

(914) 358-9000

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce

1 Neperan Road

Tarrytown, NY 10591

(914) 631-1705

*Hours may vary, please call before dropping off

The Look of Success Hair Salon

516 North State Road

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10511

(914) 923-0078

We thank you all in advance for any support you can provide. If you have any questions please call our office at 914-358-9000. If you would like to make a donation, but cannot make it to one of the locations, please contact the office staff to arrange a pick up.Thank you. Have a great day!

Grilling safety tips

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Family cookout is always a pleasant way to kick-off the summer, but to keep your family and friends safe follow these general guidelines.

General grilling tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Propane grills

Before you use your grill:

  • Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
    • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

When the grill is on:

  • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

Charcoal grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Grilling/Grilling-safety-tips

Roofs can let water in!

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.