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What is Black Mold?

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

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What is Black Mold?

When we hear the words "black mold", we think of only one type of dangerous mold. But is there really such a thing as black mold? And, is that the only mold which is dangerous for your health?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Toxic black mold is a greenish-black gelatinous mold. It is usually slimy because of a wet layer on the top. However, if a toxic black mold colony's water source runs out it can appear dry and powdery.

There are several molds that look similar to toxic black mold. If you find what you think might be Stachybotrys the only way you can tell for sure is to have a mold expert look at a sample under a microscope.

If you suspect you have mold, call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000.

Mold: The First 72 Hours

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold: The First 72 Hours

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants. 

Mold is present in all buildings in some form and quantity. However, certain species of mold spores, in large enough concentrations, can be toxic. 

Mold needs water or moisture and oxygen to grow. Water does not have to flow into the building for there to be enough moisture to promote the growth of mold. Although one-time leaks or burst water pipes may not be a problem if repaired, even a one-time leak, if not properly addressed, can cause unacceptable mold growth.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Fire and Water Damages are Never Scheduled... Are You Prepared?

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire and Water Damages are Never Scheduled... Are You Prepared?

From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. 

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford know there's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenant and the revenue of the property owner.

Have you developed a thorough Contingency Plan? Is the emphasis on the first 24-48 hours to help you get back to your building as quickly as possible? 


SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Ready Profile. As part of a well thought-out Contingency Plan, your Emergency Ready Profile will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs. 

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 and ask about an Emergency Ready Profile for your facility!

Do you know what to do after a fire has been put out?

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Do you know what to do after a fire has been put out?

Follow the DO's below to avoid any further damage:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.  
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford for a quick emergency response. 

Air ducts and HVAC Units

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminants.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on duct cleaning contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional today. With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.

Methamphetamine Labs

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces. According to Occupational Health & Safety, cleaning up meth labs can be dangerous as well.

Chemicals, such as ammonia and hydrochloric acid, can be found in such high amounts that they can cause severe damage to the skin and eyes. Meth is made from many poisonous and harsh chemicals that, when combined, can release toxic fumes. They can even ignite, causing huge fires and explosions. In some cases, the residue may be dumped outside, which can cause damage to water and the environment. The harsh liquids can cause stains and damage to houses as well.

Is YOUR Business Emergency Ready?

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a free quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

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.  If you’re like most people you are probably wondering why we would be willing to help you compile this information for free. Well, SERVPRO® is a national sponsor of the Red Cross’ Ready Rating Program, and as a part of our community service, we are helping local businesses prepare for disasters. Our mobile app is just one part of your overall preparedness plan, but it’s out way to help you get started. We would like to complete an ERP for you in hopes that you will consider using SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford’s services if/when the time arises, but it is certainly not a requirement.

Your Comprehensive Emergency Ready Profile includes the following information:

- Emergency Action Checklist

- Advanced Warning and Emergency Contacts

- Emergency Contacts (Local Fire Dept, Police Dept, Hospital, Security COmpany, Etc)

- Main Utility Information (Electricity, Gas, Sprinkler, Alarm, Server and Water) shut off information and Utility Company phone numbers and account numbers

- Primary Contact Information (Work Authorization Contacts)

- Insurance Company Information

- Miscellaneous Contact Information

- Property Overview (photos of the property, SF of each room, hazardous material information, etc)

- Building Access Information

We also will provide you with an Emergency Ready Profile Application for your phone or tablet so this information can be available at any time day or night!!

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility! You can also email is for additional information at

Toys for Tots Collection Campaign

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

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We are excited to announce that SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's Toys for Tots collection campaign has begun and will last until Friday December 18th. 

Toy distribution takes place mid to late December. We encourage members of the community to mail/drop off a new unwrapped toy or a check made payable to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Coordinators will pick up these toys and store them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender. On Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community.

The Marine Toys for Tots Program distributed 18.6 million toys to 7.3 million less fortunate children during the 2019 Christmas Holiday Season, allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas and receive a message of hope that otherwise would not have been there. This community action program took place in 807 communities covering all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

Over the years, Marines have established close working relationships with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies which are well qualified to identify the needy children in the community and play important roles in the distribution of the toys.

While Toys for Tots Coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.

We encourage you to help us Fill the big green truck!

Drop off will be available M-F 8AM-5PM at 1000 North Division Street Suite 11A Peekskill, NY 10566. You can also make monetary donations through our Venmo account: @SERVPROoftarrytown. No amount is too big or too small!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our office at 914-358-9000 or via email to

Check Your Smoke Alarm!

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Commercial Water Damage

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. No matter what type of business you own, one of the things that you will always want to do is to make sure that the other people in the industry are able to see you in the best possible light. If this is the case, then you should find that you can get more business, and ultimately make more money in the long term. If you take a look around your place of work, and consider the fact that it has to be kept clean and tidy at all times, you might feel as though you are a little bit overwhelmed at the amount that needs to be done. Because of this, if you try to take everything on yourself, you will find that you are simply not able to clean to the standard that you should be able to.