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Pipe Bursting Season

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Pipe Bursting Season

Water pipes burst because the water inside them expands is it gets close to freezing, and this causes an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain, it ruptures. 

When water freezes, its molecules crystallize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form — that is, the water molecules expand as they freeze.

As the ice expands, it pushes water toward the closed faucet. This causes an immense amount of water pressure to build between the ice blockage and the faucet — eventually, the pipe ruptures under the pressure, usually at a spot where there's little or no ice.

Pipes that are the most at risk of bursting are those located outside of building insulation, or those in unheated interior areas, including basements, attics and crawl spaces.

If you have a pipe burst this season, call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford immediately so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Do's and Don’ts of Vandalism Damage

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Do's and Don’ts of Vandalism Damage

Has your home or business suffered from vandalism? Here are some quick do's and don'ts of the possible damage vandals may have caused.

Do:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints

Don't:

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford understands your discomfort finding a place damaged by vandalism. Take comfort in knowing that when you call our office, our team will restore your property back and make it "Like it never even happened." 

So, give us a call today at (914) 358-9000 or email us with questions at SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com

And remember, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is faster to any size disaster! 

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The two primary components of a proper water restoration are: 1) fast action; and 2) thorough drying. 

  • Identify the source of water and take immediate steps to stop further intrusion.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and other table top items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and carpet.
  • Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpets.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
  • Avoid the use of all electrically-powered devices while standing on wet carpets or floors.

If you have any questions or need to help ensure your property is drying properly, contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000. 

Who is SERVPRO?

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Who is SERVPRO?

SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 45 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon. 

You may be aware that SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is part of a Franchise System that has been helping make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened," since 1969. But did you know that system has grown to include more than 1,700 Franchises in North America? 

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, you can count on SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford to respond quickly.

Call our office at (914) 358-9000 or send us an email to SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com to speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members!

1000 North Division Street,

Suite 11A 

Peekskill, NY 10566

Cure a Musty Basement

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Cure a Musty Basement

There are 4 types of water proofing that you can do for your basement 

1.Concrete waterproofing coatings: These thick coatings are cement-like; once dry, they adhere permanently to concrete and masonry walls. You apply the coating with a heavy brush made with tampico bristles — a natural fiber. Swirl the brush at the final stage of application to give the wall an attractive, finished look.

2.Silicate-based concrete sealers, also known as densifiers, are also suitable only for walls that haven’t been painted or sealed. The sealers soak in and chemically react with ingredients in the concrete or brick, forming a hard, waterproof surface.

3.Waterproofing paint is an acrylic formula, not all that different from ordinary wall paint. But you brush, roll, or spray it on much more thickly — one gallon covers just 75 square feet, not the 300 square feet typical with standard paint.

4.Plastic sheets and panels are suitable as wall waterproofing only in combination with interior basement drainage systems. They don’t stop water from getting through the wall, but they do stop it from ruining things in the basement.

None of these products will work unless cracks and gaps are properly sealed. So make sure you fill cracks and gaps! 

Specialty Cleaning Services

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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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

Don't let STRESS in!

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Experiencing Any Kind of Loss in Your Home or Business Can be Very Stressful.

No one wants their lives to be flipped upside down due to a water or fire loss. Many customers dread the thought of having to deal with another contractor to get their lives back together after a fire or water loss. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides a One-Stop-Shop to help homeowners feel less stressed. 

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford understands there is a lot of stress that can come along with any kind of loss in your home. It is our goal to help minimize the interruption to your life and make everything "Like it never even happened." 

  • SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties. 
  • SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can lower your stress by limiting the number of contractors you have to deal with.
  • SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford also specializes in the reconstruction of your property after a fire or water loss. 

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding to any size disaster with 24-hour emergency response. Contact us today, at 914-358-9000, to see what SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can do to help you!

Holiday Safety

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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The holiday season is an exciting time of the year for most families but that excitement can quickly be extinguished if a fire occurs in the home.  The U.S. Fire Administration says that almost 47,000 fires occur during winter holidays taking more than 500 lives.  The National Fire Protection Association and U.S. Fire Administration have found that 1 of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in death and candle fires are four times likely to occur during the winter holidays.  These are only two of several frequent occurrences during the holiday season for too many families.  To help keep your family safe this season, below are some safety tips to follow.

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree…

Setting up the Christmas tree can mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday for many families. Unfortunately, if they are not properly set up and taken care of, they pose a large fire risk.

  • Freshly cut trees are more resistant to ignition. So considering that while picking out the perfect tree for your home.
  • Remember to constantly keep your Christmas tree watered and away from any heat source such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, or heat vents.

 Christmas lights, Christmas lights, lighting up December nights...

While holiday lights can add a fun ambiance to your home, it’s important to decorate safely. 

  • Make sure to carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords and loose connections.
  • When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and make sure you match the voltage and wattage to the original bulb.
  • Be sure to remember to always turn off those beautiful holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when you are going to bed.
  • While purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, gas appliances, or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.

Danger, Danger, High Voltage...

  • Remember to never connect more than one extension cord together; instead you should use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home .
  • We recommend you use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to switch lights on and off. Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.

Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah
Let's light the menorah...

If your family uses menorahs for Hanukkah, you could consider using an electric one to cut down on fire hazards. If you prefer traditional candles, just be careful.

Keep the menorah at least three feet away from flammable items, and make sure you place a non-flammable surface, like an aluminum foil-lined tray, underneath the menorah to catch the melting wax.

Hey good lookin' whatcha got cookin'....

The holidays don’t feel like the holidays without delicious food. While cooking always presents potential fire hazards, home cooking fires always spike up around the holiday season.

  • When you have lots of cooks in the kitchen, it’s easy for things to get messy and confusing. However, a cluttered, chaotic kitchen is a hazardous kitchen.
  • Make sure to keep flammable objects, like towels, packaging, and potholders, away from the stove.
  • Communicate with everyone in the kitchen so you don’t leave the stove-top or oven on when it’s not in use.
  • Wipe up spills quickly, and don’t let grease pile up around a burner.
  • If a deep-fried turkey is on the menu, make sure you fry it on a flat surface outside at least 10 feet away from the house.

Try to remember…

  • To help prevent CO hazards in your home, have an HVAC company perform a yearly maintenance check of your furnace and venting system, and clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons.
  • Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.
  • The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. 

Taking steps to prevent holiday fires can help reduce the risk, but there’s always a possibility of a fire. If your home suffers fire damage, SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford can help.

We have the knowledge and experience to properly treat fire and smoke damage to make your home “Like it never even happened.” We offer 24/7 emergency service; call us anytime at 914-358-9000.

Safety Tips for Burning Candles

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Safety Tips for Burning Candles

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"

Are your Pets Emergency Ready?

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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This month is National Emergency Preparedness Month and we are following up today to give you pet and animal safety and planning advice for emergency situations. In an emergency situation you want to make sure your furry family member is included in your emergency planning.

  1. Make a Pet Emergency Plan:
    1. ID your pet. Make sure your pet’s tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Also consider microchipping your pets.
    2. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
    3. Make a pet emergency kit.  Download Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners for a full list of items to include in your pets kit.

Check out this quick list:

  • Pet food
  • Bottled water
  • Medications
  • Veterinary records
  • Cat litter/pan
  • Manual can opener
  • Food dishes
  • First aid kit and other supplies
  1. Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers.
  2. Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.
  1. Prepare Shelter For Your Pet:
    1. Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
    2. If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.
    3. Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your "pet survival" kit along with a photo of your pet.
    4. Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster but this should be considered only as a last resort.
    5. If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside – NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in your home and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.
  1. Protect Your Pet During A Disaster:
    1. Bring your pets inside immediately.
    2. Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
    3. Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
    4. Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
    5. In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.
    6. If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
    7. If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
    8. Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.
  1. Caring For Your Pets After A Disaster:
    1. If you leave town after a disaster, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
    2. In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
    3. The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.
  2. Tips for Large Animals:

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

  1. Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  2. Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  3. Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers. Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  4. Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  5. If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.

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.