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Storms in Tarrytown Can Lead to Extensive Flood Damage

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is a Licenced Flood Damage Restoration Service in Tarrytown

Violent storms and gale-force winds can quickly become natural disasters by causing widespread flooding. These elemental disasters can cause water damage and structural damage to your home. Once you have secured your safety, you must contact a licensed restoration service to help repair the damages and mitigate losses.

When flood damage strikes your Tarrytown home, it is vital to act quickly. The first few days of a restoration project are often the most valuable in terms of saving belongings and reducing pressure on the structure of your home. The sheer weight of standing water can exert enormous pressure onto the walls, jointing, floors, and property foundations. Equally, any structural insecurities could expose the property to rainfall, theft, and unlawful entry. In severe storms, electrical faults can occur across neighborhoods resulting in a widespread power outage. SERVPRO is a recognized storm restoration provider. We act fast in an emergency to mitigate many of the losses that are common in natural disasters, including:

Our equipment includes portable generators and full-scale lighting to allow technicians to work in a flooded building efficiently. These portable generators can power pumping and extraction equipment for up to twelve hours which allows our technicians to extract liquid quickly. By alleviating water weight and its pressure on floors, walls, and ceilings, we can significantly reduce the risk of structural collapse. Our technicians can safely secure the property by boarding up potential entranceways with sturdy plywood boards bolted into place to discourage potential theft and trespass. We can also waterproof the property by fitting tarpaulin over any gaps in the roof or windows where rainwater could potentially enter.

Contamination in floodwaters

  • Contamination is measured in three distinct classes: clean, grey, and black. Blackwater contamination presents the most risk and causes the most damage.
  • Most floods are categorized as blackwater damages since they can bring human pathogens, herbicides, animal carcasses, and debris into the home environment.
  • Porous materials that show exposure to class three contamination (black) must be destroyed and replaced to return the property to a safe state.

Act quickly to reduce storm damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford for flood damage assistance at (914) 358-9000.

Recovering Dobbs Ferry Properties from Fire Damage

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

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House Fire Recovery in Dobbs Ferry

Picking up the pieces after a property fire can be a traumatic experience. At SERVPRO, we are here to help organize a restoration to ensure it is as efficient and causes as little disruption to your everyday life as possible. We achieve this by providing our technicians with industry-leading equipment and training. Our crew chiefs have experience dealing with properties with minor, moderate, or severe fire damage levels. The process begins with the careful examination of damages and is swiftly followed by the setting up of staging areas and delivering the equipment necessary to perform the restoration. We can help you with:

  • Fire odor
  • Smoke damage
  • Fire restoration

Reversing fire damage in your Dobbs Ferry home is often possible without resorting to expensive replacement of materials or belongings. Restoration over replacement is a core part of a technician's remit. It can benefit homeowners because it reduces the expense and allows the return of sentimental belongings to a preloss condition. Restoration goals can include professionally washing textiles in the home or immersion cleaning for high-value items. Immersion cleaning involves submersing belongings in a tank of cleaning fluid and then using ultrasonic waves to generate pressure. The pressure works as an effective agitation method for removing microscopic soot or ash from the surface. 

  • Agitative cleaning can be exceptionally effective on belongings that have high material density and, therefore, the ability to withstand aggressive action.
  • Metal appliances such as stove tops or washing machines are prime candidates for agitated cleaning. They can often be finished with a proprietary polish to return them to preloss condition.
  • When attempting agitative action on porous materials, they must be pre-tested on discrete areas to avoid inadvertently causing surface damage.

If a property fire damages your belongings, contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford for fire damage restoration at (914) 358-9000.  

Key Steps in Water Restoration of a Tarrytown Property

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damaged Homes in Tarrytown can Recover with Professional Help

Water incidents in Tarrytown require the help of a professional water restoration team to return the home to its original condition. Whether the water damage is new or just newly discovered, there are real consequences to leaving standing water unattended, and every minute counts. Homeowners who reach out to certified water restoration technicians to assess the scope of the problem and take steps to remediate it typically mitigate their loss and return to their life as usual.

For professional water restoration help in Tarrytown, look no further than SERVPRO. Our staff shines because of its expertise and professionalism, which they demonstrate on every job we complete. Our group is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle the toughest jobs from beginning to end. 

As we arrive, we address the source of the issue and inspect your home closely to find where the water has traveled and the damage in its wake.

Many people who haven’t needed water damage and restoration services think that mopping up the water and drying the space is enough. Our SERVPRO crew will show you how water can settle behind cabinets and walls and weaken your drywall, among other things. A successful remediation process involves taking water extraction, drying, and treating it with anti-microbial solutions. Some of the equipment we use to achieve these goals may include:

  • Desiccants and dehumidifiers to remove excess humidity
  • Pumps and wand extractors to eliminate water
  • Ultra-low volume foggers to disperse anti-mycotic solutions once the space is dry

Modern techniques and equipment help us restore your home, as does our expertise in the field, which is why SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is your ally when disaster strikes. Call our offices 24/7 at (914) 358-9000 and let us show you how, with our help, your home will look “Like it never even happened.”

Professional Fire Restoration Services Are Available in Tarrytown

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Recovering a Tarrytown Home After a Fire Is Possible Thanks to SERVPRO

Fire damage varies in severity and extent. Homes and businesses alike are vulnerable to accidental fires that require professional services to move forward. Having the staffing with the expertise and equipment available to address the multiple needs resulting from a fire in a home is crucial, and SERVPRO can help you with that. Prompt attention from a certified team is the first step in minimizing the damage to your home's contents and the building itself.

For fast action and thorough fire restoration services in Tarrytown, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to respond to your call. The key to our success is our technical knowledge, which we learn and refresh with leaders in the fire and smoke damage restoration industry. The modern equipment we house in our business is also crucial, and we dispatch it as soon as we receive your call. When fire strikes, taking a do-it-yourself approach can be harmful and allow for secondary damage to escalate and create a bigger and more expensive problem.

One of the reasons our SERVPRO staff excels at its job is that we understand that not all fires are created equal. Their origin and path through the home help us decide on equipment and cleaning solutions necessary to return your residence to pre-fire conditions. Some of the most common culprits of a home fire include-

  • Electrical malfunctions- keeping your wiring in good shape and promptly addressing any electrical issues can help prevent a destructive fire.
  • Human error- We often see fires happen because a candle was left unattended, or a space heater sparked a flame. Always be vigilant of your actions to avoid starting a fire inadvertently.
  • Kitchen fires- grease fires require a specific approach to emulsify and eliminate the sticky residue they leave behind. Always prioritize safety and don't leave the stove unattended to avoid accidents.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is at your service when you call us at (914) 358-9000. Our staff puts all its expertise to work for you until your home feels "Like it never even happened."

Understanding Mold Removal in a Tarrytown House

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Signs of Mold Damage in Tarrytown Require Swift Action

Signs of mold in a Tarrytown home may not be alarming at first, but homeowners should take them very seriously. Detecting discoloration in your walls, a musty smell, and even some black spots should be enough to prompt you to call a team specialized in handling mold removal and restoration. Failure to address the spread of mold quickly can translate into a costly and time-consuming endeavor, so taking quick action is your first line of defense when mold appears.

In Tarrytown, mold removal services are within reach when you call our team of experts at SERVPRO. Our staff is certified in mold remediation and can guide you through the process, including mold removal, application of anti-microbial solutions, and discarding unsalvageable items. Just place a call and answer a few questions to get us started, and we take care of the rest. Our staff is ready with state-of-the-art equipment to help handle your emergency.

Many of our clients try to tackle mold on their own, which can provide short-term relief. But it isn’t until our SERVPRO crew arrives that the problem is put under control. Upon arrival, our team performs a thorough inspection, including looking under your floors and even cutting through your drywall to detect mold colonies growing unseen. Other steps we take include the following-

  • Setting up containment zones with plastic sheeting and even creating negative pressure chambers where mold cannot travel easily. This step helps stop cross-contamination.
  • Cleaning your air with HEPA filters and air scrubbers to eliminate microscopic mold particles.
  • Spreading anti-microbial solutions to prevent a recurrence of mold in your home. Keep in mind that mold always exists in a home, and the goal is to keep it under control as complete elimination is not a reasonable expectation.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is your resource when mold spreads and grows inside your home. Call us at (914) 358-9000 and let us leave your house “Like it never even happened.”

Fixing Water Damage in Dobbs Ferry Bathrooms after a Leak

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO moisture detection tool Water damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training needed for the help of your home.

A Room in  Dobbs Ferry Residence Requires Attention after Water Damage

The bathroom can be a common area for a water damage event to occur. Because there are so many plumbing fixtures and piping within the walls of the small space, a single damage event can be destructive to both the building elements and the contents of the bathroom. We can help quickly.

Identifying the Cause

When water damage in Dobbs Ferry occurs, it can be challenging to clean and restore depending on the case. The rupture of plumbing lines, for example, can be more widespread and destructive than the bathroom area alone. Our production managers work with the customer to inspect the affected areas and determine what plumbing portions are involved and the mitigation actions necessary to help. Common water damage catalysts include:

  • Faucets
  • Pipe leaks
  • Separations
  • Bad drainage
  • Freezing

Wall Systems

Because most of the plumbing is stored within the wall systems, the entire structural cavity can become impacted when leaks or separations occur. With sensitive materials in this construction like wood framing, insulation, and surface drywall, resolving trapped water in these structural systems is critical.

Plumbing

Another consideration for affected areas is the damage to the plumbing network. With a contractor license, we can provide many of the repairs your property needs, including the reinstallation of impacted plumbing and fixtures. We determine the system's condition for any additional replacement needs for upcoming concerns as well. 

Flooring

While installing water-resistant flooring is common in bathrooms, when these problems begin in the structure of cavities, it is not complicated for water to penetrate underneath the surface layer and start impacting sensitive subflooring options. Moisture detection tools must identify quickly when this migration occurs to respond with effective drying techniques.

Water damages frequently occur in bathrooms, so having a team of experienced professionals capable of helping quickly is beneficial. Our SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford crew features many WRT-Certified technicians and mitigation specialists. Give us a call now at (914) 358-9000.

Priorities of Flood Damage Cleanup in Tarrytown Bakeries

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

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Professional Post-Flood Damage Restoration Is Critical for Tarrytown Businesses

Because your business sells and maintains food products, a Tarrytown bakery must rapidly manage flood conditions as they develop. We have a team of mitigation specialists capable of helping your business through the most pressing needs it has following costly flooding. Our experience, equipment, and contractor license can all help in providing:

Moving Out Equipment

Protecting your equipment is one of the earliest stages of managing flood damage in Tarrytown bakeries. It is no surprise that your electric appliances and equipment are the foundation of food preparation. When these devices become threatened by standing water, relocation can prevent costlier destruction of these staples of your kitchen area. Our cleaning technicians can relocate on-site or to our nearby SERVPRO facility.

Extracting Standing Water

Another pressing obstacle of flood restoration is the removal of standing water. We must rapidly extract intruding floodwater from the property to prevent absorption into porous materials like wood trim, flooring, and drywall. Flooding is often best managed with a combination of truck mount extractors, trash pumps, and wet vacuums.

Determining the Contamination

Contamination is a considerable concern for food preparation businesses. Natural flooding can introduce contaminants and health hazards to the property, so having experienced cleaning technicians to manage this threat is paramount. We can assess what materials must be replaced and whether certain non-porous objects, flooring, and building materials can be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectants rather than demolished.

Thorough Drying Solutions

Drying is one of the final steps to getting your doors back open and the bakery operating again. The position of air movers and dehumidifiers is the base of this process, though additional tools like portable heaters can increase the productivity of evaporative drying.

Businesses like bakeries can be hit hard by intruding floodwater and rely on the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford team to help. We are ready to help you when you need it too; call (914) 358-9000.

When Trash Pumps Are Best for Tarrytown Water Mitigation

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Mitigation Is Aided Using Powerful Extractors in Tarrytown Homes

From damaged appliances to water main breaks in your property, the need for water mitigation services is critical and urgent when these disasters occur. We appreciate the needs of your home and are available to help 24/7 when disasters strike with effective extraction tools like trash pumps.

The Choice of Extractors

Choosing the right extraction and water removal tool is vital in the water mitigation of Tarrytown homes. Water removal services are among the most necessary emergency services we provide customers after water damage events, and many variables impact the type of tool required. Wet vacuums are among the most versatile in our inventory, but choices like using trash pumps depend on:

  • Depth of the water damage
  • Impacted materials
  • Trapped water
  • Mold prevention

Deep Extraction Needs

Trash pumps are among the most powerful extraction devices in recovery inventory. They are ideal for situations where several inches or more of standing water exist. Depending on the size of the intake and discharge hoses for the unit, hundreds of gallons per minute (GPM) can be managed. A standard 2-inch intake of high-pressure pumps and stationary units can discharge more than 150 GPM.

Self-Sufficient Water Removal

Many instances where available electricity is limited. To combat this, we have several extraction devices and other restoration tools that do not require direct electricity or can be chained together to limit the needed power stores. Trash pumps run on fuels, making them ideal for situations where power might not be readily available.

Multiple tools are used to restore and recover homes after water damage events. It is critical to identify what extraction tools can complete the necessary tasks as fast and thoroughly as possible, and this job can fall to a powerful tool like the self-priming trash pump. Give our SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford team and its extensive inventory of recovery tools a call at (914) 358-9000.

How Water Restoration Companies in Dobbs Ferry Can Help You

3/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Restore Your Home by Hiring Water Restoration Companies in Dobbs Ferry Like SERVPRO

I’m feeling alarmed because my home has sustained water damage. Whom can I trust to clean up the mess and dry my house quickly?

You can trust water restoration companies in Dobbs Ferry to bring things back to normal after a water intrusion incident. SERVPRO is a leading restoration firm and is ready to assist you at any time. We take various steps to restore water-damaged homes, with every step serving an essential purpose. We can identify and remove the water and contaminants by doing the following:

  • Assessment and inspection
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Rebuilding

Assessment and Inspection

Our SEVRPRO team can make a detailed assessment of the water damage. We can use moisture sensors to determine how much work needs to be done. The handle of a moisture sensor contains a buzzer and a sensor light. When the points come across moisture, the buzzer beeps, and the sensor light flashes red. The buzzer and light change in intensity based on the degree of moisture present.

Water Extraction

We can use portable extractors containing a pump, heater, and vacuum system to remove water from floors. We also use them to clean upholstery and carpets.

Drying and Dehumidifying

After physically extracting water from a home, our SERVPRO team uses air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the materials that still contain moisture.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Our SERVPRO team can work to preserve as much of your possessions as possible through wet cleaning, dry cleaning, or spray and wipe cleaning. We can also remove and dispose of the damaged materials at this stage. We can also remediate mold if it is present.

Rebuilding

This involves returning your home to its original condition. For instance, we can replace the materials that sustained permanent damage and repair damaged drywall.

If you are looking for a trusted water restoration company, call SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford at (914) 358-9000. We can make the water damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Restoration in Tarrytown Requires Professional Services

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has a Qualified Water Damage Restoration Team in Tarrytown

Water damage is a menace that almost all homeowners in the United States face. It can be a source of immense stress and extensive damage if not tackled well and early enough.

For this reason, SERVPRO has competent technicians and advanced equipment required to perform water damage restoration in affected Tarrytown residences. The process we implement varies depending on the magnitude of the damage, but it can be simplified into the steps below:

  • Evaluating the damage
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning
  • Full restoration

Evaluating the Damage

Upon getting to your residence, our technicians can inspect the flooded area and assess the amount of damage sustained. This enables us to determine the right course of action.

Extracting the Water

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove the water by using light wands, stationery tools, or vacuum squeegees, depending on the affected surface. Light wands are ideal for removing water from glue-down carpets. Vacuum squeegees are suitable for extracting water from hardwood, concrete, vinyl, and laminate floors. Self-propelled tools are ideal for removing water from cushions and carpeting.

Drying and dehumidification

Our technicians can use moisture meters to check areas where water or excess humidity has accumulated. We can use axial air movers to minimize drying time and improve evaporation at the surface level. We then use dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the building.

Cleaning

SERVPRO technicians can use industrial-grade cleaners to clean all the affected, salvageable items. We also disinfect the affected surfaces to kill any mold that might have grown or prevent further mold infestation.

Full Restoration

Our SERVPRO technicians can carry out restoration activities like repainting the affected areas and replacing drywall panels to restore your residence to full functionality.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford takes pride in providing water damage restoration services. Contact us at (914)358-9000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration in Tarrytown Necessitates Expert Help

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Tarrytown

I have fire damage in my residence and need assistance in removing the contamination caused by soot, toxic fumes, and smoke. Which firm can I trust to restore my home to its normal condition?

Making the right decision after a fire ensures the success of the restoration process. You can trust SERVPRO to perform fire damage restoration in your Tarrytown residence using cutting-edge procedures and equipment. Our insured and certified restoration firm can take the following steps to repair your home.

  • Assessing the extent of the damage
  • Protecting the property
  • Debris removal
  • Smoke damage clean-up
  • Deodorization

Assessing the Extent of the Damage

Our SERVPRO team can inspect your property to assess the severity of fire and soot damage. We can also evaluate the destruction resulting from the water used to extinguish the flames. This enables us to discover the visible and hidden damage.

Protecting the Property

A fire can ruin the walls, roof, and windows leaving openings in your property. Our SERVPRO restoration crew can provide you with board-up and roof-tarp services to protect your property from intruders and damage from the elements of weather.

Debris Removal

We can carefully demolish the damaged materials and remove them along with other debris on your property.

Smoke Damage Clean-Up

Our SERVPRO team can use specialized products to remove soot from surfaces like floors, ceilings, walls, and personal possessions. For instance, our teas can vacuum heavy deposits of loose smoke particles and smoke webs from ceiling and wall surfaces. We can use the cleaning brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to agitate residues from the surface.

Removing Odors

We can use powered sprayers to spray deodorizers directly onto affected surfaces. We often perform direct spraying in smoke deodorization on heavily-charred structural components or on carpets and fabrics. Direct spraying wets the surfaces we are treating. Therefore, we only use this method when discoloration is not an issue or is unlikely.

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 to handle fire damage repairs. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Specific Damages from Soot and Smoke Damage in Tarrytown Properties

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Resolves Fire Damage in Tarrytown Faster by Isolating Unique Causative Factors

Businesses affected by fires in Tarrytown must deal with multiple issues involving deteriorated materials. It is interesting to note that problems originate from different aspects of fires, not just the heat and flames. Soot and smoke damage is one of the aspects that you should pay close attention to since it has a significant impact.

It is common to think soot and smoke damage at your Tarrytown property is less harmful than the damage from flames and heat. However, soot residues trigger secondary damages not related to the main fire. When SERVPRO intervenes, stopping these secondary damages is high on our agenda.

Specific damages caused by smoke and soot include:

  • Acidic corrosion of metallic items and finishes
  • Deep staining of stone surfaces
  • Stubborn odors

When materials burn, the typical outcomes include charring, blistering, and accumulation of residues on surfaces. However, you may end up with corroded surfaces as if a harsh chemical was spilled in the house leading to significant deterioration of metallic items like door handles and hinges. Such damage occurs when soot is left on vulnerable surfaces for a long time. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you avoid such an outcome even when the full restoration is delayed.

Practical actions to prevent soot corrosion include:

  • Pre-cleaning soot-covered surfaces
  • Applying a film of protective oil on surfaces
  • Establishing humidity control since moisture worsens corrosion

Timely action helps limit other problems such as staining by removing residues before they become deeply embedded on surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians also use powerful cleaning products and equipment to deal with stubborn soils such as wet smoke residues. For instance, chemical sponges clean flat surfaces like walls and ceilings without leaving streaks. Soda blasting helps remove residues from uneven or unfinished surfaces. If cleaning removes all smoke residues, there are additional benefits, such as improved management of fire odors.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford uses different approaches to manage soot and smoke damage "Like it never even happened." Call us any time at (914) 358-9000.

Why Cleaning During Fire Damage Restoration of Tarrytown Homes Is Unique

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is Prepared to Address Various Challenges When Cleaning Tarrytown Properties After Fire

One of the reasons you need to do restoration at your Tarrytown property after a fire incident is the severe soiling caused by smoke and other aspects. Therefore, even a small fire necessitates significant restorative cleaning processes to ensure the property regains its preloss condition.

The cleaning done during fire damage restoration of Tarrytown properties differs from other regular cleaning exercises. In most cases, you need help from a professional restorer like SERVPRO to manage many unique soiling challenges that develop.

Some unique soiling patterns after a fire include:

  • Widespread residues even in concealed areas
  • Residues adhering to surfaces
  • Soils with varying chemical and physical properties
  • Strong odors

Smoke is a collection of different-sized particles and aerosols, among other things. Since smoke spreads through convection currents, it deposits most of the residues all over the house on wall and ceiling surfaces and in concealed areas like the insides of closets or wall cavities. Cleaning requires lifting all the sooty residues. Our SERVPRO technicians are well prepared for this task since we combine several cleaning methods.

Common cleaning methods used against soiling from fire include:

  • Vacuuming
  • Dry cleaning with a special medium like chemical sponges
  • Wet cleaning with detergents
  • Specialized cleanings such as ultrasonic bath immersion or soda blast cleaning

Apart from reaching the widespread residues, using different cleaning methods is also beneficial in other ways. For instance, stubborn soils such as wet smoke residues are easier to manage. Wet smoke is a phenomenon that develops when the fire is not hot enough and thus smolders, producing thick, smeary residues. Better cleaning approaches also help diminish the pungent odors that fires leave in properties minimizing the work needed during the deodorization phase.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford puts all the necessary effort needed for successful cleaning during fire damage restoration. Call us at (914) 358-9000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How to Handle Water Removal on Wet Concrete Surfaces of Hastings-On-Hudson Premises

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO's Experienced Technicians Manage Hastings-On-Hudson Properties Affected by Water Leaks

Concrete is one of the highly durable materials used for construction. It is not easily damaged by water, as its widespread use in submerged structures such as bridges can attest.

The most common problems that afflict concrete from water exposure are superficial and include the flaking or blistering of painted surfaces. However, that does not indicate that you should not take action when water leaks affect concrete surfaces in your Hastings-On-Hudson premises.

The right water removal procedures help city properties in many ways when concrete surfaces are wet. Correctly handling the process is also essential for faster or better results. One unique benefit SERVPRO offers is providing a team that includes Applied Structural Drying Technicians who better understand the dynamics involved when concrete is wet. Preventing efflorescence is an indication that the moisture content has subsided to a standard level.

Essential technical solutions when managing such water removal include:

  • Using controlled drying since concrete is a low evaporative material
  • Breaking any vapor barriers such as sealing agents or paint
  • Finding the right solutions to soiling and any visible deterioration

Like other materials, limiting the time a concrete surface interacts with water is useful. That is why expediting the removal of any water pooling on concrete surfaces is essential. Our SERVPRO technicians use fast pumps to facilitate such extraction. Connecting the extractors to unique accessories such as squeegee wands helps ease the processes. After removal, other processes that address surface changes are necessary.

Typical ways of restoring concrete surfaces include:

  • Scraping
  • Etching
  • Repainting

Starting restoring the surfaces can be useless if there is still significant moisture trapped within the material. That is why drying procedures are a necessary part of any water removal exercise. Our SERVPRO technicians guarantee this by lowering the vapor pressure over the surface and increasing the temperature of the material. Stripping the surface might also be necessary to break any vapor barriers. The barriers could be products applied to the surface or materials installed on the concrete surface.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown / Elmsford anticipates most of the challenges that materials at your premises can impose on water removal and thus prepares appropriate solutions. Call us at (914) 358-9000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can a Business in Hastings-On-Hudson Recover Quickly After Suffering Fire Damage?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is Ready to Help Businessowners in Hastings-On-Hudson After a Fire Incident

Successful entrepreneurs in Hastings-On-Hudson take the time to keep their affairs in order. 

They ensure they run an efficient operation and that licenses and insurance policies are all up to date. However, even the most cautious business people can run into the unexpected and see unforeseen events threaten their careful planning. Fire and smoke damage can cause adverse effects, and knowing in advance how to handle those scenarios is extremely important.

Understanding the SERVPRO is your fire damage resource in Hastings-On-Hudson can save you precious time when incidents happen. Even if a small fire starts in the break room and doesn’t seem to have a large impact, it is best to let our expert team take a look and assess the damage. Waiting too long can allow fire and smoke damage to spread and result in more severe secondary issues, all of which affect your bottom line.

Our certified fire restoration technicians make SERVPRO a leader in the fire damage restoration industry. We are equipped with the best tools available and trained in the newest application techniques, and we bring that expertise to you upon receiving your call. For fire damage, in particular, you can count on our staff to pay close attention to the following-

  • Cleanup of affected surfaces using pre-tested EPA-approved cleaning solutions
  • Application of deodorizing agents to neutralize and kill the unpleasant smell of smoke in your business
  • Removal of water left behind by sprinklers and firefighters

We focus on safety in every step we take. Our staff approaches the job site wearing personal protective equipment and inspects the space to ensure all safety before entering the premises. We also document each action and make it available to help in your insurance claim process.

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is available by calling (914) 358-9000. Do not hesitate to give our team the chance to leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

Can a Damaged Roof Cause Water Damage to a Tarrytown Business?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Restore Tarrytown Commercial Establishments After a Ceiling Leak

Storms, bad weather, and routine wear and tear can cause damage to the roofs of Tarrytown commercial buildings. It may start with a loose tile and expand over time to expose the roof to the elements and cause more deterioration. Since the water damage can move slowly, it is easy to let it go until it becomes a larger problem requiring roof repairs, water extraction, and specialty drying solutions.

To restore water damage in your Tarrytown business, you can call SERVPRO to provide emergency water remediation services. Our trained specialists follow industry best practices while being mindful of your business operations and their needs. We have the equipment and skill necessary to manage water damage of all sizes and know not to let their size deceive us. Whether you see extensive damage or it appears to be confined to a small area of your location, our team inspects all corners of your space and makes recommendations to address your needs.

When the water damage source seems to start in your roof, we examine all parts of it and coordinate with roofers as needed, as well as any other construction sub-contractor we might need. As we move to the inside of your business, we focus on water extraction, drying, and restoring normal humidity levels. To reach our goals,

We can use equipment such as the following-

  • Air movers are especially important when insulation may restrict natural air movement
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers to absorb moisture from the air
  • Drying mats to help us extract water from flooring materials

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is your ally and partner when water damage occurs. Call us at (914) 358-9000 and let our team of experts leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

Can Businesses in Tarrytown Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Restoration?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

blue submersible pump SERVPRO provides high-tech submersible pumps for commercial floodwater extraction from Tarrytown businesses

SERVPRO Supports the Tarrytown Business Community by Providing Water Damage Emergency Services

Heavy storms can cause severe water damage to businesses in Tarrytown, leaving its owners and staff struggling to balance ongoing operations, financial needs and bring the company back to normal. It is important to understand that stormwater can be very damaging, as it can flood your store with debris and microorganisms. Additional humidity can damage your floors, walls, and furniture, plus it can also create a suitable environment for mold to grow and spread.

To tackle storm damage in Tarrytown quickly and efficiently, call our SERVPRO crew as soon as possible. We focus on providing water emergency services to our commercial clients while keeping in mind the nature of their business and their operational needs. Aside from completing a successful water damage restoration process, we aim to minimize your loss and help protect your bottom line.

The essential steps of restoring a commercial property after it presents storm damage center around water extraction, drying, and disinfecting. The equipment we use is industry-grade, as are the techniques we apply once we develop a work plan specific to your needs. In contrast to do-it-yourself approaches, ours keeps in mind the characteristics of each surface we clean and restore. We use EPA-recommended solutions previously pre-tested to assist in the water cleanup process. In addition, you may encounter the following equipment in your business as our SERVPRO staff conducts its work-

Awesome Equipment

  • Pumps specific to your needs, including submersible and truck-mounted
  • Dehumidifiers and specialized drying equipment are helpful in covering large areas as well as hard-to-access corners and crevices
  • Thermal foggers and air scrubbers to help purify the air in your business 

It doesn’t matter whether your water damage emergency is big or small. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is here to help. Call us at (914) 358-9000 and let us leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

Fireplace on Valentine's Day Safety Crash Course

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

There’s something magical about the crackling sounds and dancing, the soft light of a fire on a chilly February evening.

There’s no arguing that a fireplace is the perfect romantic complement to any Valentine’s Day evening. There’s something magical about the crackling sounds and dancing, soft light of a fire on a chilly February evening. A poorly maintained fireplace can turn that sense of romance into one of terror if it causes the fire to spread. So this Valentine’s day, before you start that fire and sit by the hearth with someone special, take a moment to go over these tips to make sure your home is safe.

  1. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected regularly

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 28 percent of heating fires are caused by failing to clean equipment, especially chimneys. Over time, creosote (a sticky, flammable substance that’s released when wood’s burned) can build up in the chimney. If the creosote isn’t removed, a chimney fire can result. This is not only dangerous in itself, but it can also cause damage to the chimney, increasing the risk that flames will reach the frame of the house.

Debris such as fallen leaves and animal nests should also be removed since they can restrict airflow and cause carbon monoxide to back up into the house. 

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, you should have the chimney professionally inspected at least once a year (before you use it). Ask for a Level 1 inspection, which involves a visual examination of readily accessible parts of the chimney. The inspector will ensure the chimney is sturdy and perform any necessary cleaning.

Have a gas fireplace instead of a wood-burning one? You should still get a regular inspection, as corrosive deposits can build up and prevent your fireplace from venting efficiently. Debris can block this type of chimney as well.

  1. Burn only dry, seasoned wood

Properly seasoned firewood contains around 20 percent water. Freshly cut wood can contain up to 45 percent water, so it takes a lot of heat to get it to catch fire (which means less heat inside your house). Burning wet wood also creates large amounts of smoke and causes creosote to build up more rapidly.

To be properly seasoned, firewood must be cut to length and allowed to dry for at least 6 months (up to a year in damp climates) before being burned. If you’ve gathered a stockpile of wood, be sure to protect it from rain and snow. If you’re buying wood to burn, look for dark edges with visible cracks. Well-seasoned firewood’s fairly lightweight and makes a clear, sharp sound when clapped together.

Resist the temptation to toss wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, or foam containers into the fireplace. Paper and cardboard can cause flames to burn too high, while foam releases toxic smoke and particles into the air.

  1. Make sure your damper’s properly adjusted

The fireplace damper is a plate or valve that controls airflow in your chimney. When the fireplace isn’t in use, keep the damper closed completely to prevent heat from escaping. When lighting the fire, open the damper wide to help create a good blaze and get smoke flowing up the chimney. Once the fire’s burning well, partially close the damper to keep in warmth while still allowing smoke to escape.

  1. Install and regularly check carbon monoxide detectors

Burning wood creates carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas) — but this poses little danger if your chimney’s properly maintained and free from obstructions and if your damper’s letting smoke out. Nonetheless, it’s wise to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors close to your fireplace as well as in your bedrooms.

In the event that you do have fire damage, it is best to know what the proper steps are to take in the situation to avoid further damage to your home. Take a look at the SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Process:

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

For more information on what steps you should take to begin the Fire Damage Restoration process and what SERVPRO of

Tarrytown/Elmsford can do for you, take a look at our website here. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us today at (914)358-9000!

Sources:

www.SERVPROoftarrytownelmsford.com

http://blog.esurance.com/4-must-read-tips-for-fireplace-safety/#.Vri1T_krKM8 

When Winter Weather Strikes

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.

When Winter Weather Strikes...SERVPRO Strikes back! Here are some tips for your home when the winter storm comes in. 

Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather 

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around the pipe.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs. 

Frozen Pipes

A Frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. Your SERVPRO Franchise Professional is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened." 

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. 

Puff Backs

A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles more gradually. Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional will help make your puff back "Like it never even happened."

Flu Season

Help prevent the spread of flu germs. Homes and businesses can depend on their local SERVPRO Franchise Professional to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces, and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are also trained and equipped to clean your HVAC and duct systems to help provide better air quality and help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants. 

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business. 

Do you know enough about Lead Paint?

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

child touching a window with pealing paint Young children can unknowingly peel off lead paint and accidentally eat it

Some facts about lead paint:

  • Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.
  • Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies. 
  • Lead can cause health effects to adults and the elderly.
  • Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead in their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.
  • Projects that disturb lead-based paint can create dust and endanger you and your family.
  • In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.

Does your property contain lead?

Older homes, older child care facilities, schools, and other buildings are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Homes may be private, government-assisted or public housing. They may be urban, suburban or rural. 

Percentage of homes likely to contain lead:

  • Built between 1960-1978 = 24%
  • Built between 1940-1960 = 69%
  • Built before 1940 = 87%

What can you do to protect your family from lead in pre-1978 homes?

  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.
  • Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces. Use mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil. 

Source: SERVPRO "What You Need to Know About LEAD PAINT" Brochure.

Holiday Safety!

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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®

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.

Tips for turkey frying during Thanksgiving

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 deep fire-related incidents each year.

With the popularity of turkey frying increasing every year, people are at risk for fryer-related fires and injuries. U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 deep fire-related incidents each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year. Here are some rules to follow when deep-frying a turkey.

Don’t Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey Frozen turkeys are full of moisture. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed out because water and hot oil don’t mix well.

Don’t Let Oil Get Too Hot If you see your oil smoking, it is too hot. When oil gets around 400-425-degrees it can catch on fire by itself. So, when deep-frying a turkey most oils should stay around 350-degrees.

Don’t Use Too Much Oil When deep-frying a turkey a common mistake people make is putting too much cooking oil in their pot. Overfilling your pot can result in the oil spilling over into the flame on the burner. If you need to figure out how much oil you need try putting your turkey in an empty pot, fill the pot with enough water to cover the turkey. Once you remove the turkey mark the waterline.

Don’t Deep Fry Indoors You should never deep-fry a turkey in your house, garage, or deck. You should always deep fry a turkey in a yard away from anything that’s flammable.

Hopefully, this Thanksgiving will go smoothly. However, if a fire does occur and your home suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time. 

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)

gutter full of leaves 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)

Yellow can with "Food Drive" written on it 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)

Yellow can with "Food Drive" written on it 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)

employee in white PPE gear 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

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)

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

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 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
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

Can I use bleach to clean mold?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

A Moldy Situation written on orange and green background
Can I use bleach to clean mold?

What exactly is bleach? Most people have a bottle of bleach as a staple of household cleaning items, which contains 5.0% NaOCl. Bleach is used for whitening and disinfecting. Household bleach is made up of 90% water. As we know, mold LOVES water. This is why you shouldn’t use bleach to clean mold. Also, if you do happen to spray some Clorox on a moldy patch, make sure the surface is a hard, non-porous material such as a tile.

When it comes to porous materials, such as wood, the bleach will actually worsen the situation. It may whiten the outer surface, but the water will soak inside through the pores and actually enable more mold to grow. That is why mold should not be cleaned, but rather removed. If you find you have a bit of mold growing on a surface you should cut that surface out, making sure that there is no more mold remaining. If even a little bit is left over it will start to grow again. Make sure to keep humidity levels low and keep an eye out on the moisture levels.

If you notice mold growing in the bathroom, keep the fan on or a window open while showering as well as whipping down the tiles and ceilings afterwards. This will help prevent mold growth.

If you happen to stumble on mold and not know how to handle it, leave it to the professionals! Our technicians are highly trained and will remove mold quickly and safely. 

So give us a call today at (914) 358-9000!

What should I put in my Emergency Supply Kit?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Kit

Storms happen, so why not be ready for it? Here is a list of recommended items to include in your basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water- 1 gallon per person per day 
  • Food- non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Other basic items to include:

  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Prescription Medication

The Water You Don't See

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Hidden Water Damage

It's the Water you don't see, that causes the most damage.

About SERVPRO Franchise Professionals 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the Source/Type of water
  • Measure Temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect premises for hidden moisture
  • Preform Emergency water extraction
  • Move and block Furniture & Contents
  • Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and provide service
  • Apply necessary treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
  • Utilize Advanced Drying and monitoring equipment
  • Dispose of refuse 

 Areas that can be affected by a Small Water Leak

  • Sheathing
  • Wall Stud
  • Insulation
  • Interior Area
  • Drywall
  • Baseboard
  • Carpet
  • Carpet Padding
  • Bottom Wall plate
  • Subfloor
  • Floor Joist
  • Sill Plate
  • Basement 
  • Foundation

A Small Leak Could Be a Big Problem! 

There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your client's property by calling a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To help small leaks from becoming big problems call 1-800-SERVPRO.

What are grease Fires?

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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A grease fire happens when your cooking oil becomes too hot. When heating, oils first start to boil, then they'll start smoking, and then they'll catch on fire. Most vegetable oils have a smoking point around 450°F, while animal fats like lard or goose fat will start smoking around 375°F.  

In an Event Where a Grease fire occurs, here are some steps to put it out: 

Turn the Heat Off - Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.

Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.

Pour on Baking Soda - Baking soda will extinguish grease fires, but only if they're small. It takes a lot of baking soda to do the job.

Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher - This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it's better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.

Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.

Dry Ice Blasting

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

CO2 pellets dry ice diagram

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. Dry ice blasting is one of the best ways to restore properties that have smoke or fire damage. Dry Ice blasting is ideal for the restoration of wood, concrete, brick and building materials because it’s fast, dries instantly and leaves little or no residue. It is very efficient with the removal of smoke, mildew, smell, mold and other damages without causing deterioration of the surface. 

A faster and more effective process for remediation and restoration 

KEY ADVANTAGES TO 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 the 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. 

Learn how our team is here to help with this revolutionary technology! 

Beware of Mold

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know that on January 1, 2016, New York State’s mold law went into effect? According to the law, "mold" means any indoor multicellular fungi growth capable of creating toxins that can cause health effects.  

Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

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

You can also email us at SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com with any questions you might have!

Does Your Business Have a Plan?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

When an emergency occurs, the first priority is always life safety. The second priority is the stabilization of the incident. There are many actions that can be taken to stabilize an incident and minimize potential damage. First aid and CPR by trained employees can save lives. Use of fire extinguishers by trained employees can extinguish a small fire. Containment of a small chemical spill and supervision of building utilities and systems can minimize damage to a building and help prevent environmental damage.

Some severe weather events can be forecast hours before they arrive, providing valuable time to protect a facility. A plan should be established and resources should be on hand, or quickly, available to prepare a facility. The plan should also include a process for damage assessment, salvage, protection of undamaged property and cleanup following an incident. These actions to minimize further damage and business disruption are examples of property conservation.

How to Prevent Sewage Backup

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Prevent Sewage Backup

Any water damage in your home is bad. But trying to clean it up yourself can be a disaster. Especially when the water is from a toilet overflow, sewer backup or other dark water source that contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect your health and the value of your property. Here are some tips to help prevent a sewage backup in your home.  

  • Regularly inspect and maintain all the pipes and valves on your property
  • Keep the drains “clean” – don’t flush napkins, tissues, diapers, and other waste down the toilet and avoid disposing of grease down the kitchen drain (grease and fat can harden within the plumbing and collect debris to create a clog)
  • Avoid planting trees directly above or near sewer lines
  • Have a sump pump in good working condition
  • Have a backwater valve installed on the lowest drain line and keep the sewer clean-out in your yard accessible

How does Mold Grow?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

So how does mold grow? Mold is part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees; indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores. The spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air. Mold may begin growing indoors when spores land on moist surfaces. There are many types of mold, but all require moisture for growth. 

Molds are found everywhere, and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present. They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents. When spores land on a moist surface suitable for life, they begin to grow. Mold is normally found indoors at levels which do not affect most healthy individuals.

Because common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth and mold spores are ubiquitous, mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture and may be caused by incomplete drying of flooring materials (such as concrete). Flooding, leaky roofs, building-maintenance or indoor-plumbing problems can lead to interior mold growth. Water vapor commonly condenses on surfaces cooler than the moisture-laden air, enabling mold to flourish. This moisture vapor passes through walls and ceilings, typically condensing during the winter in climates with a long heating season. Floors over crawl spaces and basements, without vapor barriers or with dirt floors, are mold-prone.  Some materials, such a polished concrete, do not support mold growth.

Significant mold growth requires moisture and food sources and a substrate capable of sustaining growth. Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, carpets, and carpet padding provide food for mold. In carpet, invisible dust and cellulose are food sources. After water damage to a building, mold grows in walls and then becomes dormant until subsequent high humidity; suitable conditions reactivate mold. Mycotoxin levels are higher in buildings which have had a water incident.

Cohen, Aron. “Indoor Mold.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Dec. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indoor_mold.

The dangers of flash flooding

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

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flash flood is a rapid flooding of geomorphic low-lying areas: washes, rivers, dry lakes and basins. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or melt-water from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields. 

Flash floods can occur under several types of conditions. Flash flooding occurs when it rains rapidly on saturated soil or dry soil that has poor absorption ability. The runoff collects in gullies and streams and, as they join to form larger volumes, often forms a fast-flowing front of water and debris.

Flash floods most often occur in normally dry areas that have recently received precipitation, but they may be seen anywhere downstream from the source of the precipitation, even many miles from the source. In areas on or near volcanoes, flash floods have also occurred after eruptions, when glaciers have been melted by the intense heat. Flash floods are known to occur in the highest mountain ranges of the United States and are also common in the arid plains of the Southwestern United States. Flash flooding can also be caused by extensive rainfall released by hurricanes and other tropical storms, as well as the sudden thawing effect of ice dams. The United States National Weather Service gives the advice "Turn Around, Don't Drown" for flash floods; that is, it recommends that people get out of the area of a flash flood, rather than trying to cross it. Many people tend to underestimate the dangers of flash floods. What makes flash floods most dangerous is their sudden nature and fast-moving water. A vehicle provides little to no protection against being swept away; it may make people overconfident and less likely to avoid the flash flood. More than half of the fatalities attributed to flash floods are people swept away in vehicles when trying to cross flooded intersections. As little as 2 feet (0.61 m) of water is enough to carry away most SUV-sized vehicles. The U.S. National Weather Service reported in 2005 that, using a national 30-year average, more people die yearly in floods, 127 on average, than by lightning, tornadoes, or hurricanes.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford, 914-358-9000

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford, 914-358-9000

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 914-358-9000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Frozen Pipes

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Severe winter weather ranks third as a cause of insured catastrophe losses, after hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Losses from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures across the United States average about $1.2 billion a year, according to the New York Times.

Have a water damage as a result of pipes freezing? Call Us Today – (914) 358-9000

Preparing your home for cold weather can help avoid potentially costly problems, like frozen pipes. When water freezes it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if you put it into a freezer to chill quickly and forget it. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If the water expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and major damage can begin.

Take preventative action:

  • Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
  • During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
  • If you need to be away from home, leave the heat on and drain your water system before you go
  • Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts

To thaw frozen pipes:

  •  If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe.  Likely places include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open.  As you treat the pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area.  Running water will help melt the ice inside.
  •  Apply heat to the section of pipe like using an electric heating pad or hairdryer.  Never use an open flame.
  •  Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.  If you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

 Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes.

***If in doubt about any of the above steps or if you do not feel comfortable with the situation, it is always best to contact a licensed plumber.

In the event you incur frozen pipe damage, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's trained technicians are available 24/7 to assist with your cleanup and restoration needs,  call (914)358-9000! 

7 Tips to Avoid Bursting Pipes

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

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7 Tips to Avoid Bursting Pipes

Let's start off by explaining why water pipes burst in the first place. 
As the temperature drops down, the water freezes expanding inside the pipe. This causes pressure on the pipe itself. When the pressure gets too high, the pipe ruptures. How this actually happens is through a chemical anomaly. As a liquid cools, its molecules begin to slow down. As they slow down, the molecules get closer together causing them to become more dense. However, water molecules try to align with other water molecules based on their hydrogen bonds, and this is what causes the expansion. Interestingly enough, ice has a volume up to 9% greater than the water it was formed from. You can also think of it as, ice is less dense but takes up more space. This is the reason why icebergs float. 
Now let's take a look at some tips you can do to avoid bursting pipes when the temperature drops down.  

Indoor:

  • If the temperatures dip below freezing, let warm water drip overnight
  • Keep the cabinet doors under sinks and appliances open to allow heat circulation
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving for a few days

Outdoor:

  • Wrap outside faucets
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house
  • Disconnect garden hose
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems 

Source: Berry, Nick. "Why Cold Weather Makes Your Water Pipes Burst"

Commercial Sewage damage causes

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Commercial Sewage damage causes

There are several causes for sewer blockages which can lead to sewage water backup in your building, requiring immediate commercial sewage removal. While some are easy to prevent, others are hidden and hard to detect before you realize you may need commercial sewage removal. 

  • Structural Defects - Different structural defects can develop in a sewage system over time. Misaligned pipes, pipe collapses and cracks or holes in the line can lead to sewage overflow, requiring commercial sewage removal and reconstruction of sewer lines.
  • City sewer backup or surge - If the backup occurs in a city sewage line, the wastewater will normally overflow out of the lowest possible opening. In some buildings, especially those with basements, the overflowing sewage wastewater may exit through the building’s lower drains and toilets.
  • Solid Flushes - The most common cause for commercial sewage removal is when sewage backs up from a blockage in the pipeline between the city main and your building. This is commonly caused by solid objects in the sewage system that do not naturally decompose.
  • Root Infiltration - Tree roots often cause sewage backups by entering the water pipeline at joints and spreading. As tree roots grow, they will often crack and break the sewage water pipes, creating additional structural defects.

Fire Dangers and Safety Tips

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Dangers and Safety Tips

Want some great advice on how to keep your home safe from fire? Just follow these tips and suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention:

  • The most common causes of residential fires are cooking and heating equipment. When cooking, never leave food on a stove or in an oven unattended, and avoid wearing clothes with long, loose-fitting sleeves.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths and the second most common cause of residential fires. If you are a smoker, do not smoke in bed, never leave burning cigarettes unattended, do not empty smoldering ashes in a trash can, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children's reach. Safely store flammable substances used around the home, and never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Install smoke alarms outside each separate sleeping area and on every floor of your home, including the basement.Working smoke alarms can reduce the risk of death in a residential fire by 40 to 50 percent. The CDC suggests smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries and hush buttons. A lithium-powered battery can last up to 10 years, and a hush button allows you to quickly stop nuisance alarms that are caused by steam, oven smoke, etc.
  • If 10-year, long-life smoke alarms are not available, install smoke alarms that use regular batteries and replace the batteries every year. (A useful tip to help you remember: In the fall, when you change your clocks to standard time, change your batteries!)
  • Test smoke alarms every month to make sure they work properly.
  • Make a family fire escape plan and practice it every six months. In the plan, discuss at least two different ways to get out of every room and designate a safe place in front of the house or apartment building for family members to meet after escaping a fire.

Building Services

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Building Services

You don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.  When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial service, you should call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford for prompt service.  Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work-space look its very best.

Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges.  You need a company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your operations and clients. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has the training and expertise to help make it "Like it never even happened."

·         Small Office Buildings

·         Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

·         Apartment Buildings

·         Restaurants

·         Hotel/Motels

·         Small Retail Stores

·         Large Retail/Big-Box Stores

·         High-Rise Residential

·         Manufacturing & Industrial Warehouse

·         Government/Military

Commercial Building

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford spends a lot of time doing post construction clean ups for commercial buildings such as libraries, ambulance cores, fire departments, and churches. It is important for us to do what is best for the business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO® Tarrytown/Elmsford

SERVPRO® of Tarrytown/Elmsford specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s training facilities to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us today at 914-358-9000 to schedule your no cost walk through for all your building needs.

Who is SERVPRO?

2/18/2021 (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

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Wet wood floor

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. 

Do's and Don’ts of Vandalism Damage

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Graffiti spray pained in stairway

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! 

Specialty Cleaning Services

2/16/2021 (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

Cure a Musty Basement

2/16/2021 (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! 

Don't let STRESS in!

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Technician speaking to customer

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!

Helping Schools

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Let us clean and sanitize so you can get back to what's important, teaching!

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!

Commercial Storm Remediation

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Commercial Storm Remediation

Let’s face it: The weather is unpredictable — you never know when a severe thunderstorm or other natural disaster is going to blow through town — but, when it does, storm damage happens fast. Gusting winds knock down structures. Hail damages roofs. Lightning strikes. Debris flies into buildings.

Ongoing rain floods offices. When something like this happens, you don’t have to face it alone.Any individuals will ignore minor damage in order to handle bigger problems that seem more pressing. While this approach may seem intuitively correct, it’s important to note that what appears to be a minor problem could quickly become a big issue. Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Teach your employees winter safety tips for the workplace that will keep everyone safe and sound.

Winter is here and below you can find some helpful tips to better prepare your business 

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 

Some employees have to work outside in the harsh of cold, for which we are grateful for. Those people include 24/7 emergency responders and other public servants. OSHA recommends the following tips for employers:

  • Train your workers properly. Teach your employees winter safety tips for the workplace that will keep everyone safe and sound. These include essential skills like learning how to spot unsafe areas during blizzards, how to properly dress themselves for severe winter weather, and how to monitor themselves and their co-workers for signs of hypothermia, frostbite, or other winter ailments.

  • Keep an eye on your employees. Stay in touch with your employees and/or supervisors to keep tabs on how the crew is doing. Sometimes, people suffering from hypothermia experience confusion and disorientation, so having an outside observer can save their life.

  • Form a buddy system. Either suggest or require all workers to travel in groups of at least two. This will raise winter workplace safety and awareness, while reducing the possibility of a worker being abandoned or left behind to freeze in harsh winter weather.

  • Provide areas of warmth and refueling. Plan ahead and make sure that your employees have a safe place to go in the event that they get too cold or need a warm beverage. This could be as simple as designating a tent with a space heater and some hot coffee. A little goes a long way, and a kind gesture can increase employee happiness and productivity in the long run.

Who Will Put the Pieces Back?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Entry way of the building destroyed by fire damage

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. 

Pipe Bursting Season

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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."

Are your children/students Emergency Ready?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Primary school child walking on the road

Are your children/students Emergency Ready?

September is the month of Emergency Preparedness.

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 new 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Understanding Mold

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  •  Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you would like to learn more about mold or have any questions about mold in your home or business, give our office a call at (914) 358-9000!

NYS Mold Law

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Seal of NYS

NYS Mold Law

Following super-storm Sandy many contractors who were not familiar with mold remediation rushed in to provide service to property owners.  As well-meaning many of those contractors were the service provided by many of them was inappropriate, ineffective, or improperly performed. This resulted in unnecessary or overpriced work, or resulted in secondary damage, and wound up costing property owners and insurance carriers significantly more than it should have in order to achieve successful mold remediation service.  So, the insurance industry lobbied the NYS legislature to pass a law governing mold remediation.

In January 2015 Governor Cuomo signed Senate Bill S3667D requiring all remediation firms and employees performing mold remediation work in NYS to be licensed.  Administrative control was given to the NYS Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Safety and Health, Asbestos Control Board (ACB). Enforcement of the law took effect in January 2016.  With this bill mold became a regulated industry similar to asbestos.

As part of this bill several current industry best practices became law.  One of these best practices is that the Mold Assessor (the person/company performing air and/or surface testing) may not work as the Mold Abater (the person/company performing the abatement) on the same project; basically, they could do one or the other but not both on any single project.  Additionally, the Mold Assessor must provide a written Remediation Plan providing specific information to the client and Mold Abater.  The Mold Abater must than provide the client a written Work Plan providing specific information on how the Remediation Plan will be executed.

The law does provide for specific exemptions.

If this is a single-family residence, or a multi-family residence of four (4) or less apartments, there is an exemption to this law.  This exemption allows the property owner to act as the Mold Assessor and the Mold Abater and perform the work on their own.

If this is a commercial property the exemption allows the owner, managing agent, or a full-time employee of either to act as the Mold Assessor and the Mold Abater provided that the owner, managing agent, or full-time employee does not engage in the business of performing mold assessment or abatement for the public.

Unfortunately, even if one of these exemptions apply in your situation, if you want to hire a licensed Mold Abatement contractor to perform service you must first hire a Mold Assessor to provide a Remediation Plan.

We strongly recommend that you not consider performing the mold remediation yourself.  You should bring in a professional Mold Assessor who can perform pre and post remediation testing; post remediation testing is also known as Clearance Testing.  The results of the Clearance Test can be presented to the building occupants or potential buyers in a real estate sale to provide laboratory results confirming the environment has been returned to Condition 1 status (i.e. normal ecological environment) after remediation.

Crime Scene, Biohazard, and Vandalism

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Person spray painting a wall

Crime Scene, Biohazard, and Vandalism

Our SERVPRO team here at Tarrytown/Elmsford are trained to safely and effectively clean bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

Anything that is a risk to human health or the environment arising from biological work, especially with microorganisms is Bio-hazardous. With Vandalism, like graffiti for example; Governments see graffiti as a negative externality because it largely inhibits or detracts from the beautification of a local community. Considering the great cost graffiti incurs on local communities, governments take the burden of the negative externality, through removal. Due to the nature of graffiti, it is near impossible to eliminate, despite changes to legislation to increase the fine for committing such offences. With Crime Scenes; Crime scene cleaners specialize in cleaning and sanitizing homes, businesses, and vehicles traumas while demonstrating compassion toward those receiving services.

As “second responders,” our #1 goal is to help families recover by relieving them of the burden of cleanup and return to them a home that is completely clean and sanitized.

Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Two men standing in front of SERVPRO van

Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's job is to reassure the customer, perform quality service and to report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim... and not to deal with problems from vendors! Working together we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you are assigned. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file are available to you within hours. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford Franchise Professionals’ documented, measured performance increases value to you and your shareholders, managers and customers.

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your company’s competitive advantage.

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 or email us directly at SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

There is nothing worse than a house fire. Not only are your house and belongings damaged but also there is often a risk to you and your family. Even after the fire has been dealt with, there is the aftermath of the fire to deal with. Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

snowy road

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 

Some employees have to work outside in the harsh of cold, for which we are grateful for. Those people include 24/7 emergency responders and other public servants. OSHA recommends the following tips for employers:

  • Train your workers properly. Teach your employees winter safety tips for the workplace that will keep everyone safe and sound. These include essential skills like learning how to spot unsafe areas during blizzards, how to properly dress themselves for severe winter weather, and how to monitor themselves and their co-workers for signs of hypothermia, frostbite, or other winter ailments.

  • Keep an eye on your employees. Stay in touch with your employees and/or supervisors to keep tabs on how the crew is doing. Sometimes, people suffering from hypothermia experience confusion and disorientation, so having an outside observer can save their life.

  • Form a buddy system. Either suggest or require all workers to travel in groups of at least two. This will raise winter workplace safety and awareness, while reducing the possibility of a worker being abandoned or left behind to freeze in harsh winter weather.

  • Provide areas of warmth and refueling. Plan ahead and make sure that your employees have a safe place to go in the event that they get too cold or need a warm beverage. This could be as simple as designating a tent with a space heater and some hot coffee. A little goes a long way, and a kind gesture can increase employee happiness and productivity in the long run.

Document Restoration Chamber

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Water affected documents

Document Restoration Chamber

List of Services

Vacuum Freeze Drying

  • Process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
  • Sublimation
    • The direct conversion of a solid (ice) into a gas (water vapor), without passage through a liquid stage.
    • Take dry ice for example. Dry ice is made of carbon dioxide, not water. When dry ice is exposed to normal atmospheric conditions it begins to sublimate, it turns directly from its solid stage into its gaseous stage bypassing the liquid stage.

Digitizing

  • With the new age of technology digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file rom was damaged by water, or smoke, and need to be cleaned, or dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.  

Gamma Irradiation

  • High-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions throughout a product). In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impact radioactivity in processed products.
  • Gamma irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting, and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  • In a CAT 3 situation (Sewage or Flood water) documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations you are dealing with CAT 3 water, therefore most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated. If this is the case than de-contamination is always a must.

Certified Destruction

Let Us Clean Your Walls and Ceilings

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Clean Home Living room

Let Us Clean Your Walls and Ceilings

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford can help! 

Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. Learn more about cleaning. Using SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford's time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford Franchise Professionals strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmford today at (914) 358-9000!

What is Black Mold?

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Black Mold Mold spores

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 that is dangerous?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black 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.

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

There are several molds that look similar to 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)

Mold Cleaning Technician in PPE performing mold remediation

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 cause health effects. 

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

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)

ERP Emergency Ready Profile

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? 

EMERGENCY READY PROFILE

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)

Fire Damage Kitchen House after fire, kitchen covered in soot

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)

Duct Cleaning Man looking into the HVAC unit

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)

Meth Lab

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)

Emergency Ready App

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 SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com.

Toys for Tots Collection Campaign

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Toys For Tots Poster with children's wooden train

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 SERVPRO9937@jdcrestoration.com.

Check Your Smoke Alarm!

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

smoke near smoke alarm

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)

flooded hallway

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.

Commercial Services

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Office space

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

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.

Thanksgiving Safety

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Pie split into percentage of home fires

We know that the kitchen is usually the heart of the home, and on Thanksgiving that is specially true. On a holiday that really brings families together in the kitchen, we want to remind you of some tips to keep in mind while you and your loved ones are busy prepping the big Thanksgiving dinner. 

10 Thanksgiving Safety Tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Every year, fire departments respond to hundreds of home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day and unattended cooking is the leading source of those fires. Click here to learn more about fire safety in the kitchen. Keeping these tips in mind on this joyous holiday will help you make sure you can enjoy the day with your loved ones and keep everyone in the home safe. 

We hope that everyone stays safe this Thanksgiving Day. However, if a fire does occur and your home suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through the tough times. 

Fire Safety during the Holiday Season

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

A dry Christmas Tree can erupt and consume all the oxygen in the room within 40 seconds.

With the onset of the holiday season, homeowners and business owners across the country will begin decorating their properties with festive lights, trees, candles and more. While these items can add plenty of charm and cheer, there are a few potential dangers your customers and loved ones should be aware of during the winter months. 

Candles alone cause an estimated 15,600 fires each year, causing 1,270 injuries and more than $539 million in property damage. December is the peak month for candle fires, and Christmas day is the peak day. More than half of all candle fires start because the candle is set too close to a combustible material. 

According to the U.S. Fire administration, Christmas trees account for an estimated 200 fires annually and cause more than $6 million in property damage. These fires can be easily prevented simply by keeping your live tree watered. 

Tips and statistics reproduced from NFPA's Web site. (2009)

Exercising Caution with Alternative Heat

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Always make sure there is plenty of room around your portable heater

Everyone wants to keep their homes and workspaces warm during the winter. In an effort to keep heating costs down, many residents and employees will turn to alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and portable space heaters.

When used and maintained as directed, there methods can effectively warm your home or office. However, there is also an inherent danger, as heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months.

Here are some helpful safety tips:

  • Never use the oven, range or stove to heat your home.
  • Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace. These items cause heavy creosote buildup, which could eventually start a fire in your chimney.
  • Only buy heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Purchase electric heaters with a thermostat control mechanism that will switch off should the heater tip over.
  • Never use electric heaters to dry clothes or other objects. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from any combustibles.
  • Plug your electric heater directly into the wall – do not use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Always unplug your electric heater when it is not in use.

Odor Removal

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Red and White dog laying on carpet

There’s nothing less inviting than walking into a home with a bad smell. There are many things that can contribute to a home’s less than rosy scent. Pets, smoke, mold and mildew, and cooking can create odors that permeate the air and linger around. 


As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (914) 358-9000 and leave the restoration to us!

Preventing an Ice Damming!

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

How ice damming occurs

ICE DAMMING - An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

The article put out by www.weather.gov, shows how you can prevent or minimize the chances of getting an ice dam.  We have had some nice warm weather up until now, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Take a look at the article by clicking the link below:

http://www.weather.gov/grr/roofIceDams

By installing extra insulation in your attic, adding roof cables to your soffits and gutters and making sure your gutters and downspouts are cleared you can help keep yourself and your home out of the path of water damaged ceilings, walls, floors or even flooded basements.  

Will Your Roof Withstand Winter's Snowy Fury?

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford

While snow-covered roofs can make for a picturesque winter scene, the combination of freshly fallen snow with the melting and refreezing of snow can place stress on the roof of your home or business. If more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice have accumulated on the roof, you should have it removed as soon as possible to prevent ice dams from forming.

Remember to avoid using ladders in snowy/icy conditions. This can be extremely dangerous and should be left to the professionals. 

For Sloped Rooftops:

It may be possible to remove the snow and ice from your sloped roof using a roof rake – a long-handled tool designed specifically for this purpose. Stand on the ground and pull as much of the snow off the eaves as you can safely reach.

If you cannot safely reach the roof, contact a home builder, landscaping and roofing contractor, or property maintenance company to remove the snow and ice.

For Flat Rooftops:

If your flat roof is easily accessible from an interior stairway, you may want to shovel the roof, but be careful not to damage the roof covering.

Remember to put safety first any time you are on a roof, especially one that is covered in snow and ice. If you have any doubt, leave it to professionals.

How much snow is too much snow?

If you have had a big snowfall in your area and you are wondering whether or not your roof can support the extra weight, do not reach for a ladder or a shovel - reach for the telephone. Calling in a professional to remove the ice and the snow from your roof is always the smartest - and safest - option. Check out this article from houselogic.com that gives excellent advice on what you can do in this situation by clicking the link below:

Snow Removal Houselogic.com

Remember, if you experience a water damage as a result of an ice dam, frozen pipe, or snow covered roof, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford so our trained technicians can make your loss "Like it never even happened."  

Just Call (914) 358-9000 and one of our staff members can assist you on getting your home restored as quickly as possible.

Floods Strike Everywhere

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Floods strike everywhere

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

  • Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
  • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night, when it's difficult to see. 

Vandalism

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

graffiti on walls

Vandalism is an action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. Vandalism is a broad category crime that is used to describe a variety of behaviors. Generally, vandalism includes any willful behavior aimed at destroying, altering, or defacing property belonging to another. Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.  Governments see graffiti as a negative externality because it largely inhibits or detracts from the beautification of a local community. Considering the great cost graffiti incurs on local communities, governments take the burden of the negative externality, through removal. Due to the nature of graffiti, it is near impossible to eliminate, despite changes to legislation to increase the fine for committing such offences.

Blood-borne Pathogens

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard red sign

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death.

Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to blood-borne pathogens. In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the work site with details on employee protection measures. The plan must also describe how an employer will use engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, employee training, medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other provisions as required by OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.

Prevent Your Home From Fires This Halloween

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Carved pumpkin and candles

Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but it's also a time to be cautious about fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires each year. Here are a few things you can do this Halloween to prevent fires in your home from NFPA and the American Red Cross.

  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. 
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards. 
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • When using a real candle to light your jack-o-lantern, make sure the candle gets blown out when you can't monitor it, especially when you leave your home.
  • Always remember to turn off any running electric appliances before you leave home, blow out candles, and unplug fire hazards, such as lights, that might get too hot.

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week 2020

Did you know that cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and fire injuries? 

Fire Prevention week is October 4-10. This year's campaign is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen". The purpose of the campaign is to educate people about simple steps they can take to keep everyone in the home safe. 

Below is a cooking safety checklist you can use to make sure you and your loved ones are taking as many precautions as possible to prevent accidents:

  • Does a grown-up always pay attention to things that are cooking?
  • Does a grown-up watch the stovetop when he or she is frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food?
  • If a grown-up must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, does he or she turns off the burner?
  • Are things that can burn, such as dish towels, curtains, or paper, away from the stovetop?
  • Are the stovetop, burners, and oven clean — no spilled food, grease, paper or bags?
  • Are pot handles turned toward the back of the stove when a grown-up is cooking?
  • Do children and pets stay out of the kid-free zone (3 feet or 1 meter from the stove) when a grown-up is cooking?
  • Are containers opened slowly when removing from the microwave? Hot steam can escape from containers and cause burns.
  • Does your family have working smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside all sleeping areas, and in each bedroom?
  • Does your family have a home fire escape plan?
  • Do you practice the plan?

To learn more about what you can do to prevent home fires and fire injuries visit firepreventionweek.org.

Halloween Safety Tips

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Three Pumpkins Carved out the word "Boo"

Decorating for Halloween can bring out creativity in everyone, but many elements of Halloween decorating can pose hazards to unsuspecting visitors. Now is the time to make your home safe for trick-or-treaters. We have gathered some information for you:

  • Consider candy choices:No doubt buying Halloween candy is fun, but keep in mind that not all candy is appropriate for every child. Avoid candy that poses a choking hazard for toddlers, and keep in mind that a number of children have peanut allergies. Even if the candy doesn’t contain peanuts, it could be made in a facility that handles peanuts. Check the candy bag’s label for a peanut allergy warning. Also, consider toys and other options for children with other allergies. Some examples are as follows:
  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

 The Teal Pumpkin Project is a new project that helps ensure all children on Halloween. How to take part:

    • Provide non-food treats (see the list above) for trick-or-treaters.
    • Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
    • Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.
  • Say “No” to knives: Don’t let your children handle sharp carving knives and keep an eye on them while you’re carving. If possible, purchase specific tools that are geared just for pumpkin carving (for your safety, too!). If the kids really want to participate in the carving, you can let them make the pattern or poke the pumpkin flesh in after you’ve done the carving.
  • Reconsider the candles: A glowing jack-o’-lantern makes your home warm and welcoming to candy seekers, but using a candle to illuminate a pumpkin can be dangerous. Costumes, paper decorations and ornamental straw can easily catch on fire. Instead of a traditional candle, use one powered by batteries or buy a bunch of glow sticks readily available at any party supply or discount store and place them inside your jack-o’-lanterns. They cast an eerie green glow and are safe all around.
  • Pay attention: Never leave a candle anywhere unattended, and never leave burning candles where anyone can reach them or accidentally knock them over.
  • Blazing fires aren’t allowed: Keep a fire extinguisher handy. You never know when a gourd will go up in smoke.
  • Secure the perimeters: Make sure that all props hanging, dangling, draped, staked, or set are steadily secured. Where there will be foot traffic, tape down loose wires with duct tape. You don’t want people to trip. And check these places often during the course of the evening for any loose edges that need fixing.
  • Follow the package directions: If a package of lights says that they’re only for indoor use, don’t string them outside. Read the fog machine directions. Take every precaution when it comes to decorating with materials you’re not familiar with.
  • Secure your railings: Young children, and the adults who often accompany them, will need the security and support of railings while climbing steps to get to your front door. If you’ve been putting off fixing that rickety railing, it’s time to get out the toolbox and make it secure.
  • Make room in the garage: If you’re headed out on Halloween, clean out the garage and store your car securely in it. From teen antics to serious vehicle vandalism and theft, your car is best kept in the garage on Halloween.
  • Clear walkways: Trick-or-treaters are too busy counting candy to pay close attention to where they’re walking, so it’s critical to survey your yard for potential trip and slip hazards. Be sure your yard is free of tripping hazards like hoses and sprinklers, clear walkways of loose gravel, and be sure to clean moss off steps. If your home has an irrigation system, turn the system off well in advance of the big night so your lawn and walkways have a chance to dry.
  • Use lots of lights: A dimly lit entryway helps set the spooky mood of Halloween, but it’s also increases the chance of an accident. Make sure the exterior lights of your home are working, and consider turning on flood lights to illuminate the darkest areas of your yard. Even if you’re not going to be home, leave on lights for safety reasons and to dissuade unsavory characters from vandalizing your home. And, if you won’t be there, make sure you set your security system, just to be safe.
  • Contain your pets: Barking dogs not only scare trick-or-treaters of every age away, they also present a danger. A dog that breaks away from your home might not bite, but he could knock down a toddler or scare a teen right into the street, causing even more danger. Keep all pets securely confined inside your home until the hustle and bustle of the night has passed.

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. 

Mold: Don't Let it Grow!

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Our highly skilled technicians are always ready to help!

From the Ordinary - Fungi and mold naturally occurs in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold, edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (penicillium chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health effects for some people. 

To the Unhealthy - Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

Take Precautions- SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. IF your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for: 

  • The presence of visible mold. 
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present. 
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth. 
  • Excessive humidity. 

These Conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. 

Help is here - If you think you might have a mold problem, call (914) 358-9000. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed. 

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed. 

Mold Prevention Tips

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Mold can grow on any porous material such as the drywall around this window

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.
  • To learn more about preventing mold in your home, see the Environmental Protection Agency’s publication A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home

Content source: National Center for Environmental Health

From Mitigation to Reconstruction- We've got you covered!

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Finished storage room done by our reconstruction team.

Did you know that our team at SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides reconstruction services? In addition to the cleanup and restoration services we provide, we also have a qualified reconstruction team ready to get your home or business back to its preloss condition. 

Our team can provide service starting from the initial damage mitigation to the reconstruction. Having one qualified company to do all the work you need is convenient and may help you keep costs down. After our pros are done with drying out a home or removing smoke-damaged materials, we can put homes back together just like they were before the damage occurred.

Whether you are looking for reconstruction services due to a loss or just looking to remodel your home, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is here to help! From drywall to flooring to painting and much more, our reconstruction team has you covered. Call us today to learn more about all the services we offer. 

Fire Damage DO'S and DON'TS

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Residential house in Croton-on-Hudson suffered fire damage

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 of Tarrytown/Elmsford technicians are a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal Belongings. 

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

Fire damage & Smoke DO'S

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep your 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 house plants. 
  • 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.

 Fire damage & Smoke DON'TS

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service. 
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated) 
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage. 
  • Send garments to the dry Cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford arrives. 

Follow the DO's and DON'TS to reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford for any remediation help at (914)358-9000.

Dry Ice Blasting

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

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)

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 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

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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

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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?

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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

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)

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

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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)

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. 

Flooding: Be Prepared!

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford if your business or home has been affected by flood!

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.

It Doesn't Cost a lot to be Prepared!

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow hazard Sign " Plan for Disaster Now"


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!

Have a Healthy Home

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Before and After photo of air ducts with mold and no mold
Have a Healthy Home

Cleaner Air Means a Healthy Home

Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the home. Your SERVPRO Franchise Professional uses a proven Portable Ventilation and Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

What are the Benefits of Cleaning Ducts and HVAC?

  • It Lowers indoor air pollution 
  • Reduces pet dander
  • Eliminates offensive odors
  • Restores peak operating condition 
  • Prolongs the life of your systems 

Clean Air in the Home 

  • Children in homes with high levels of mold show persistent, cold-like symptoms -300% more than those in clean environments.
  • Every year about 40 pounds of dust is generated 1,500 square feet in a home.
  • Roughly 80 Percent of the particles you see floating in your home in a ray of sunshine are dead human skin.

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford at (914) 358-9000 

Be Prepared for Flooding!

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford if you experienced flooding in your home or business

The following are 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. 

Everything you need to know about SMOKE

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

two technicians cleaning ceiling from soot

 Behavior of Smoke

A fire loss is very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke. That is why it is important to have trained technicians. SERVPRO Professionals know their smoke!

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas
  • Smoke migrates to upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process.

Type of Smoke:

  1. Wet SmokePlastics and Rubbers
    Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  2. Dry SmokePaper and Wood 
    Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises. 
  3. Protein- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  4. Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs
    While the "puff backs" can create havoc, SERVPRO can normally restore the contents and structure quickly
  5. Other Types- Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue
    Special loss situations require special care. SERVPRO Professionals are trained to handle your toughest losses!

Harmful waste DO's and DON'TS

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow Caution "potential biohazard present" sign

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 Costumer do before there is any professionals around to help? SERVPRO has some tips for you. 

Harmful Waste DO'S

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening. 
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated

Harmful Waste DON'TS 

  • Attempt cleanup of any time. 
  • Touch or handle items that might contaminated with bodily fluids. 

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives. Follows DO's and DON'TS to reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

Tips: What to do right after a Fire or Smoke Damage?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford

Experiencing a fire or smoke damage in your house is very stressful for the homeowner. Hopefully, you will never be put in the position of dealing with such a situation, however if you find yourself in this unfortunate position, follow some tips below to prevent further damage while awaiting the arrival of our highly trained technicians:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.  
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.  
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

Fireworks Safety!

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fireworks Photo

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! 

Roofs can let water in

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Close up image of roof shingles

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

How Does Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Differ From Janitorial Cleaning?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a level of clean that goes far beyond janitorial and carpet cleaning. How you ask? SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has experience dealing with biohazardous contaminants in the past and we have multiple EPA approved products.

Due to competitiveness in the industry, janitorial services usually employ people at minimum wage. One might think that gives them an edge but would you want an untrained, minimum wage person attempting to do this correctly in your house or business? We wouldn't. Our technicians have a high degree of training and experience performing hazardous type work, whether its bio-hazard or even our typical mold work. Our people definitely make a difference!

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s: 

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community.

Our process follows CDC and specific product recommendations so it may not be "ours" but we do own the correct equipment to do the job. Using a fogger is not a beginner's task and we have a long history of utilizing PPE too. How many janitorial companies have a Chemist on staff?

We have SERVPROXIDE...#100 SERVPROXIDE is a Hospital Grade EPA Registered water-based disinfectant. It contains the active ingredients of stabilized chlorine dioxide and quaternary ammonium chloride. It also contains a biodegradable, non-hazardous blend of surfactants to help solubilize the microbial proteins which allow the active ingredients to oxidize and kill the microbe more efficiently. #100 SERVPROXIDE carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity category and is NSF certified for direct food contact surface use. It has a wide spectrum of applications on both porous and hard non-porous surfaces. In addition, it has an extensive efficacy list which includes norovirus, rotavirus, and adenovirus. Finally, it is a strong and robust disinfectant without the safety issues of other disinfectants that have comparable kill claims.

We have some other great products available as well! Here at SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford we like to warn people about the dangers of using bleach. Mixing bleach with other products may cause serious health problems especially when mixed with ammonia, vinegar, or any other acid type cleaning material. Bleach can be toxic to every living being and our environment.

Lastly, unlike janitors and general cleaning services, we are licensed and insured to perform biohazard, mold, water, and fire cleanups.

About Us: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is always ready to help with your restoration needs! Joseph and Denise Comilloni have been working hard to make sure every customer’s property damage is remediated with the highest quality possible since 2005. They have lived in this area their entire lives and have been involved in the communities they serve. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides 24-hour, 7 days a week, residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster© , with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Our mission is to help minimize the interruption to your life as quickly as possible and make it  "Like it never even happened." Why Choose Us SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has extensive cleaning experience in both Residential and Commercial buildings. Training SERVPRO Technicians have been OSHA Safety, Water, Fire, Biohazard, and Mold Remediation Certified. In addition, our Technicians have received comprehensive training for CODVID-19 proactive and confirmed cleanings. Experience SERVPRO of Tarrytown has an expanded background in CODVID-19 cleanings. From cleaning Emergency Response Vehicles to Residential Homes to Commercial Buildings; SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford has always been here to help. Documentation Unlike many Remediation Companies, we make sure to carefully document all our cleaning restoration activities. All this documentation is available to you once the work has been completed. Products and Equipment All our cleaning products are EPA registered and CDC approved. We utilize a wide variety of tools and equipment to apply our products which helps ensure a swift and thorough application of cleaning and disinfection products. Some of our application methods include ULV Fogging, Electric Spraying, and a Foam Application. Speed and Efficiency Due to our wide range of training and experience, we can perform CODVID-19 proactive and confirmed cleanings in a timely and efficient manner. We will carefully document every stage of the cleaning and disinfecting process. Call us today to learn more at 914-358-9000.


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Here to Help® Gyms Reopen!

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Empty Gym Floor with equipment and machines

Gyms play a vital role in keeping people healthy and happy. Allow us to help protect what matters most. 

SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is being called on by numerous businesses to perform the necessary services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. 

All our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call us today at (914) 358-9000, we are Here to Help®

About Us: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford is always ready to help with your restoration needs! Joseph and Denise Comilloni have been working hard to make sure every customer’s property damage is remediated with the highest quality possible since 2005. They have lived in this area their entire lives and have been involved in the communities they serve. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford provides 24-hour, 7 days a week, residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Our mission is to help minimize the interruption to your life as quickly as possible and make it "Like it never even happened."

Hurricane Storm Damage

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Aerial View of Hurricane

Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day.The difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is wind speed – tropical storms usually bring winds of 36 to 47 mph, whereas hurricane wind speeds are at least 74 mph. High winds are a primary cause of hurricane-inflicted loss of life and property damage. Another cause is the flooding resulting from the coastal storm surge of the ocean and the torrential rains, both of which accompany the storm.

Ways to Protect your Home

  • Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage
  • Secure your windows and doors
  • Protect your roof
  • Trim your trees
  • Take inventory
  • Update your insurance

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

Update: CDC Clarifies how COVID-19 may be spread through surfaces

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Hand touching light switch with animated virus pictured on their surface

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance clarifying that Coronavirus may indeed be spread by touching infected surfaces. Per the CDC's updated information:

“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.”

“Routinely cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces” continues to be recommended in the new guidance as a key precaution individuals can take to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus. “COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are still learning about how it spreads…” 

As it is important to be up-to-date on the latest expert guidance, read the CDC's updated recommendations here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html

Fire Dangers and Safety Tips

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

House with the left side on fire

Fire Dangers and Safety Tips

Want some great advice on how to keep your home safe from fire? Just follow these tips and suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention:

  • The most common causes of residential fires are cooking and heating equipment. When cooking, never leave food on a stove or in an oven unattended, and avoid wearing clothes with long, loose-fitting sleeves.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths and the second most common cause of residential fires. If you are a smoker, do not smoke in bed, never leave burning cigarettes unattended, do not empty smoldering ashes in a trash can, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children's reach. Safely store flammable substances used around the home, and never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Install smoke alarms outside each separate sleeping area and on every floor of your home, including the basement.Working smoke alarms can reduce the risk of death in a residential fire by 40 to 50 percent. The CDC suggests smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries and hush buttons. A lithium-powered battery can last up to 10 years, and a hush button allows you to quickly stop nuisance alarms that are caused by steam, oven smoke, etc.
  • If 10-year, long-life smoke alarms are not available, install smoke alarms that use regular batteries and replace the batteries every year. (A useful tip to help you remember: In the fall, when you change your clocks to standard time, change your batteries!)
  • Test smoke alarms every month to make sure they work properly.
  • Make a family fire escape plan and practice it every six months. In the plan, discuss at least two different ways to get out of every room and designate a safe place in front of the house or apartment building for family members to meet after escaping a fire.

BBQ and Grilling Safety Tips

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire and words" on average 8,900 home fires are started by grills each year"

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

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Tarrytown/Elmsford today at  914-358-9000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Some Fun Activities and Virtual Museum Tours For People of All Ages!

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Sun Drawing Child's drawing of yellow sun

This is a stressful time not only for adults, but for children as well. As they stay out of school and out of contact with their peers, its important to keep their little bright minds engaged! 

Below are some links for you to enjoy with children of all ages as well as some museums which offer free virtual tours! 

Scholastic Magazine: online learning: *look for username & password to access free lessons* 
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html


San Diego Zoo-activities and live animal cameras:
https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/


Discovery education- space exploration:
https://www.boeingfutureu.com/virtual-field-trip

Discovery education- polar bear 
https://youtu.be/3pI22Seiqag

12 world-famous museums are offering "virtual" tours online:
    •    British Museum, London
    •    Guggenheim Museum, New York
    •    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
    •    Musée d’Orsay, Paris
    •    National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
    •    Pergamon Museum, Berlin
    •    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
    •    Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    •    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
    •    Uffizi Gallery, Florence
    •    MASP, São Paulo
    •    National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
 

Mystery Science - science lessons:

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

Smart Music-music education:
https://www.smartmusic.com/
 

Raddish- kids cooking:
https://www.raddishkids.com/ (Free kits currently sold out)

loads of free sources/subscription:
www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

more links to online activities:
https://mommypoppins.com/family/coronavirus-pandemic-update-indoor-activities-resources-kids

 CoderZ- STEM & coding:
https://gocoderz.com/

Metropolitan Opera: free opera streaming :https://www.metopera.org/about/press-releases/met-to-launch-nightly-met-opera-streams-a-free-series-of-encore-live-in-hd-presentations-streamed-on-the-company-website-during-the-coronavirus-closure/

We hope this brings a little sunshine to your day! 

Safety Tips for Burning Candles

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Candle Red Candle burning

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"

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