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Build a kit with everyone in Mind!

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Build A Kit

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own foodwater and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

How to Clean Your Gutters

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

red and yellow leaves stuck in gutter Fall is the perfect time to check your gutters!

"Preparing to Work on Your Gutters

Thoroughly cleaning your home’s gutters every spring and fall will keep them working like they should. Leaves can build up and clog the downspouts, which can cause water damage to your roof and fascia (the board behind the gutter).  Water pouring over the gutters or from leaks can end up next to your home’s foundation, in the basement or crawlspace.

Cleaning the Gutters

A hose-end attachment specially designed for gutters may make this project a lot easier. If you need to clean from a ladder, follow these steps.

Step 1

Begin cleaning the gutter near a downspout.

Step 2

Remove the large debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) with a trowel and dump it in a bucket.

Step 3
To clean out finer materials, flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout. Alternatively, you can use a gutter-cleaning attachment on a hose. If the water doesn’t drain, recheck the downspout strainer and clean as necessary.

If gutter water still doesn’t drain, the downspout may be clogged.

  1. Check the drain end. If the downspout runs underground, remove it from the pipe as needed.
  2. Install a small nozzle on the hose, and lock it at full pressure. Turn on the water and feed the hose up from the bottom of the spout. If this doesn’t clear the downspout or the nozzle is too big, use a plumber’s snake tool to clear the blockage.
  3. Reattach the downspout.
  4. Flush the entire gutter again.
  5. Be sure to clean the downspout strainers.

Gutter Maintenance and Repair

Step 1
If there's still standing water after the gutter has been flushed, the gutter may not be sloped correctly and will require adjustment. The length of the system should decline at least ¼ inch every 10 feet toward the downspout.

If the gutter doesn’t slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter enough to drain properly, then reattach. It may be easier to work on small sections at a time to prevent the entire gutter system from falling.

Step 2

Inspect the gutter sections and downspouts for obvious damage and missing parts. Support hangers should be spaced every 2 feet along the gutter.

To replace or add hangers:

  • Install screw and ferrule hangers by marking their position on the gutter, drilling the holes in the gutter lip and fascia, then driving the screw with a drill through the ferrule.
  • Install screw-in or hidden hangers following the manufacturer’s directions. Most are attached through the rear of the gutter and into the fascia board, then clipped to the inside-front of the gutter.
  • If no fascia board exists, use roof hangers with straps, following the package instructions. Typical installation involves attaching a hanger across the gutter channel, clipping a strap to the hanger, then attaching the hanger under the shingles.


Step 3
Repair any leaks in the gutter.

  • To repair leaks at the seams, make sure the gutter lengths are tight against each other, and run a bead of gutter sealant on both sides of all joints.
  • To repair leaks at the end caps, add sealant along the inside of the joint.
  • To repair holes in the gutter material, ask a Lowe’s associate for products designed to repair aluminum or fiberglass gutters.

Step 4
Apply gutter touch-up paint to cover any blemishes as desired. If necessary, repaint some or all of the gutters."

One Week Left to Donate! Feeding Westchester

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Food Drive can with blurry food in the background Last Week to donate!

There is only one week left to donate to Feeding Westchester through our First Annual FOOD DRIVE!

You can drop off your items directly to our office located at 1000 N. Division St. Suite 11A in Peekskill, NY 10566 

OR

you can donate monetary gift through our fundraising website just click Feeding Our Neighbors Fundraiser

Food Drive Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM

Please drop off non-perishable food donations in the food collection bin located inside of our office

All donations will be delivered to Feeding Westchester at the end of the drive.

FEEDING WESTCHESTER MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

  • Brown or White Rice
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Canned Meat/Fish
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Canned or Dried Fruit
  • Canned Meals

When looking for food to donate, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Non-perishable items only. Please no fresh produce, prepared foods, refrigerated, or frozen items
  • No glass containers
  • No pre-opened items
  • No items past date printed on label
  • Look for labels that list the following:
    • Low sodium
    • No sugar added
    • Reduced sodium
    • Lite
    • No salt added
    • Unsweetened
    • 100% fruit juice

If you cannot donate food, please consider donating monetary gift directly through our fundraising site Feeding Our Neighbors Fundraiser 

If you have any questions or need help finding our office, please give us a call at (914) 358-9000 and mention it's in regards to the Food Drive!

First Annual Food Drive

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Food Drive can with blurry food in the background Food Drive held from Monday June 21st to Friday July 9th

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is holding its First Annual Food Drive for Feeding Westchester!

The Food Drive will be held from Monday. June 21st until Friday, July 9th

Food Drive Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM

Food Drive Location:

1000 N. Division Street,

Suite 11A

Peekskill, NY 10566

Please drop off non-perishable food donations in the food collection bin located inside of our office

All donations will be delivered to Feeding Westchester at the end of the drive.

FEEDING WESTCHESTER MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

  • Brown or White Rice
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Canned Meat/Fish
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whole Grain Cereal
  • Canned or Dried Fruit
  • Canned Meals

When looking for food to donate, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Non-perishable items only. Please no fresh produce, prepared foods, refrigerated, or frozen items
  • No glass containers
  • No pre-opened items
  • No items past date printed on label
  • Look for labels that list the following:
    • Low sodium
    • No sugar added
    • Reduced sodium
    • Lite
    • No salt added
    • Unsweetened
    • 100% fruit juice

If you cannot donate food, please consider donating monetary gift directly through our fundraising site Feeding Our Neighbors Fundraiser 

If you have any questions or need help finding our office, please give us a call at (914) 358-9000 and mention it's in regards to the Food Drive!

Residential Cleaning Services

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Residential cleaning SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is being called on by numerous home owners and property managers to perform the necessary bio remediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford uses EPA approved products and follows the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we're here to help - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.

We know how stressful and unpredictable this time is, but we will get through this together and in the meantime we will be here for you!

Contact us by phone or email for any additional information or to schedule a cleaning!

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford

(914) 358-9000

1000 N. Division St.

Suite 11A,

Peekskill, NY 10566

SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com 

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2021

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Preparedness Week informational graphic Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Preparedness Week starts today and we are sharing tips to help you create a plan. Here are some things you can do this week to prepare:

Day 1: Create an Emergency Plan

Start by creating an emergency plan for your family that includes emergency meeting places in your home, neighborhood, and outside your neighborhood. Create a plan here.

Day 2: Build an Emergency Kit

Build an emergency kit to have at work, in your car, and at home. This could include a backpack, water, nonperishable food, a blanket, etc. See the full list here.

Day 3: Review and Gather Documents

Look at your policies ahead of time to see what's covered and if flood insurance is available to you since it's the leading cause of damage from tropical systems. For more insurance tips visit https://bit.ly/2PupnxJ.

Day 4: Be Informed

Plan your route and have an alternate. Remember, you may not have to drive hundreds of miles to evacuate, only far enough away from the evacuation area.

Day 5: Strengthen Your Home

Trim your trees to prevent damage from snapped branches and board up your windows to protect them from flying debris. For more ways to strengthen your home click here.

Only ONE Fire Matters to You

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Roof of a house is burned and only the beams remain. House suffered severe fire damage in Chappaqua, New York.

Did you know?

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States (U.S. Fire Administration). However, when you suffer a fire, only one fire matters to you.

Personal belongings are a treasure of life, and a reflection of hard work and achievements. Photographs, books, and other personal items have a value that cannot be put into words nor numbers. SERVPRO  of Tarrytown/Elmsford Professionals have the ability to help restore your belongings. 

Why do we try to restore versus replace?

  • Restoration reduces claims payout and saves you money.
  • In most cases, we are able to return belongings to pre loss condition.
  • Many treasured belongings and keepsakes can be saved!

If your home or business suffers fire damage, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 immediately. 

We are working to make fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

Tornadoes!

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado Tornado

Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotation, funnel-shaped clouds extending form the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long. 

 The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction. 

The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour.

Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.

Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.

Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

For more information, email our office at SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com or give us a call at (914) 358-9000. 

Water Damage DO'S and DON'TS

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water on hardwood floor Water on hardwood floor

Water Damage DO'S and DON'TS

SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 38 years of leadership. Our track record of results has earned us trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon. 

SERVPRO Franchise professionals are a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal Belongings. 

What Can the Customer do before there is any professionals around to help? SERVPRO has some tips for you. 

Water Damage Clean Water DO'S

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture. 
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors. 
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Water Damage Clean Water DON'TS

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining. 
  • Leave oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining. 
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Water Damage Contaminated Water DO'S

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated air.
    • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
    • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 
    • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items. 

Water Damage Contaminated Water DON'TS

      • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
      • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 

      These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives. 

Flash Flooding

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rainfall Heavy rainfall
Flash Flooding

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in terms of human hardship and economic loss. As much as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters (excluding droughts) is caused by floods and associated debris flows. Most communities in the United States can experience some kind of flooding. Over the 10-year period from 1988 to 1997, floods cost the Nation, on average, $3.7 billion annually. Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam, and flash floods can catch people unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan now to protect your family and property. 

Know the Difference Between Watches and Warning

A National Weather Service (NWS) WATCH is a message indicating that conditions favor the occurrence of a certain type of hazardous weather. The NWS Storm Prediction Center issues such watches. Local NWS forecast offices issue other watches (flash flood, winter weather, etc.) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible hazardous-weather or flooding event. Each local forecast office usually covers a state or a portion of a state.

An NWS WARNING indicates that a hazardous event is occurring or is imminent in about 30 minutes to an hour. Local NWS forecast offices issue warnings on a county-by-county basis. 

Plan for a Flood

  • Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Please see the "Family Disaster Plan" section for general family planning information. Develop flood- specific planning.
  • Contact your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, local National Weather Service office, or planning and zoning department about your area's flood risk.
  • Knowing the elevation of your property in relation to nearby streams and dams will let you know if forecasted flood levels will affect your home.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's trained technicians are available 24/7 to assist with your cleanup and restoration needs,  call (914)358-9000