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Dry Ice Blasting

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Technician performing dry ice blasting in customer's attic Technician performing dry ice blasting in customer's attic

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.

What is lurking in YOUR ducts?

9/19/2020 (Permalink)

Green air ducts with "Don't Forget" written on the corner A Clean Duct is a Happy Duct! Call us today to schedule your cleaning!

Have you ever wondered what is lurking in your ducts? 

Sweeping away years of dust and dirt - reducing potential for damage and health risks.

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home. 

A routine part of SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which can in turn save you money. 

If you want your ducts cleaned, call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford today at (914) 358-9000 or send us an email to SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com to schedule your appointment! 

The Truth about Mold

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold with SERVPRO logo and MOLD DAMAGE? written Mold Damage? Call the Professionals!

The Truth about Mold

Mold Spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter home easily. Most types of mold grow quickly if they have a water source, and organic food source and temperatures between 60 and 86 Fahrenheit. 

An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors is a public health problem by encouraging growth of molds, dust mites and other organisms. 

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water. 
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air air handling units. 
  • Replace washing machine hoses with steel mesh lines. 
  • Move large objects away from the walls to provide good air circulation. 
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. 

Healthy Home Checklist

  • Do you smoke in your home?
  • Do your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
  • Do you change your air filters once a month? 
  • When cleaning or doing laundry, do you use bleach, ammonia or aerosol spray cans?
  • Is your gas fireplace and/or gas stove checked yearly for emissions?
  • Was your home built before 1978? If so, has it been checked for lead-based paint?
  • Do your bathrooms have carpet? 

Causes of Indoor air Pollution

  • Asbestos building products when dislodged( No longer intact)
  • Biological contaminants such as mold, dust mites, viruses and pet dander
  • Carbon Monoxide 
  • Formaldehyde found in pressure treated wood
  • Lead (pre-1978 house paint) 
  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Particulates found in dust, pollen, cleaning sprays and poorly ventilated areas
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Volatile organic compounds including household cleaning products, pesticides and aerosol propellants 

Structural Cleaning after a Fire

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO Technicians cleaning ceiling from soot SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford technicians are highly experienced in cleaning your structure after a fire.

Did you know?

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States.

A back drift of emotions often sweeps over the owners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of property can overwhelm the owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Our experienced SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. 

If you experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 anytime day or night! 

Also, make sure to check out our other blogs on how to prevent fire damage. 

The People

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford employees standing in front of a green SERVPRO truck Our amazing technicians and office staff!

A fire in your business, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming. You can regain control quickly to avoid disruptions in your business functions, possibly even closure. Trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will arrive onsite within four hours of loss notification to begin mitigation services understanding timely response could prevent business closure and revenue loss. Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are some of the initial steps taken to begin restoration process.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer a variety of services including: 

    1. Smoke and soot removal. 
    2. Water removal and dehumidification. 
    3. Document and equipment restoration.

Proper Removal of fire, smoke, and water damage can prevent further damage, such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent equipment damage.

Service Response Guidelines 

  1. Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact to arrange for a service. 
  2. Within four Hours of a loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be On-site to start mitigation services. 
  3. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

What is an ERP?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Ready App on IOS and Android Devices Give us a call today to set up an appointment at 914-358-9000. It’s quick, easy, and no cost to you!

"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.

Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month September is National Preparedness Month

Every year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month in hopes of encouraging families to participate in disaster planning now and throughout the entire year. The Ready.gov website has come up with a timeline for you to use this month in order get yourself and your family prepared in case of a disaster.

Here is a week by week breakdown on what you can do this month to prepare:

Week 1: Make a Plan 

It's important for you and your family to know how you will contact each other in case you are separated. Make a plan by discussing topics such us how emergency alerts will be received, what is your evacuation route, shelter plan, and family communication plan. Remember to take into consideration any specific needs of your household. Once you are ready, fill out and print an emergency plan for each of your family members to have.

Week 2: Build a Kit

An emergency kit should have a collection of basic items your household may need in case of an emergency. It should also include any unique items that your family members may need such as supplies for your pets. Click here to download an print a checklist that will help you build your own emergency kit.

Week 3: Prepare for Disasters

Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we are at a high risk for winter storms and hurricanes. It is important to learn the risks of disasters in your area. Check your insurance coverage and learn how to make your home stronger against those disasters. 

Week 4: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Teaching your kids about preparedness may be hard but it is an important step to ensure that you are all prepared in case of an emergency. Involving them in the planning process may be reassuring to them. Visit Ready.gov/Kids for more tools and tips to help teach your kids about preparedness. 

We here at SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford hope that this guide helps you and your family prepare in case of an emergency. As leaders in cleanup and restoration, we are always HERE TO HELP! 

Tips for getting your home ready for Fall

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fall Now is the time to prepare your home for the Fall

Now that Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer, has gone and passed, fall is quickly approaching. You may be ready for the fall season but make sure your home is also ready for the fall and winter's unpredictable weather conditions. With September being National Preparedness Month, we want to share with you some tips of how to get you home prepared for the Fall.

Here are 7 tips that can help get your home ready for Fall:

1) Replace the batteries on your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

2) Clean your chimney and fireplace.

3) Inspect your windows and doors for drafts.

4) Drain outdoor faucets and sprinklers to prevent them from freezing.

5) Clean the gutters and do a roof check.

6) Have your furnace inspected. An HVAC professional can test heating efficiency, check for leaks, and change out the filter.

7) Fertilize your lawn. According to experts, fertilizing your lawn can help protect it through the winter months.

Emergency Water Damage Process

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

water coming out of dishwasher Water damage can occur anytime!

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to pre loss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

EXPLANATION: A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

PRETESTING: A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

CLEANING & RESTORATIONSERVPRO Franchise Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

September is the month of Emergency Preparedness.

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Child standing on the road with an orange backpack Now is the time to think about what to do in an emergency!

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 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.