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Hyde Park Mold Damage Is a Threat to Households

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car in a parking lot overlooking a lake When you need mold damage restoration in Hyde Park, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

Mold Damage in Hyde Park Properties Should Be Professionally Remediated

Along with water damage that typically serves as a cause, mold destroys homes and requires several cleaning, repair, and remediation levels. The threat to your house amplifies the longer that microbial threats go unchallenged and unresolved. SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County has a roster of qualified and experienced remediation professionals to help mitigate loss and clean up after microbial damage.

Discovering Mold Damage

Mold damage in Hyde Park residences and businesses is not always easy to distinguish and recognize. Even with the highly destructive nature of active colonization, you might not immediately notice a forming microbial organism if you are not conscious of this possibility. A few potential signals for a developing microbial concern include:

  • Malodors – An identifying condition that could indicate active colonization is an offensive, musty odor in specific areas of your household.
  • Physical Spotting – Drywall can show physical signs of mold exposure, often in the form of irregular spots appearing on the painted visible interior surface.
  • Damp Surfaces – Surfaces that stay wet to the touch or areas of your home that are noticeably humid can be ideal conditions for active colonies.

What Makes Mold Destructive?

Microbial growth is underrated because many homeowners do not realize what must happen to sustain and support a colony of mold spores. Organic matter is a food source for organisms, deteriorating structural elements hosting microbes. Wood particles in drywall, for instance, can be food for the colony and remain damp enough to facilitate the growth of the organism as well.

Remediation Solutions for Mold Damage

Even with containment barriers installed to limit the available migration of active mold spores, several surfaces can be impacted or influenced by colonies growing in the work area. Several remediation strategies can help, including:

  • Surface Treatment - Chlorine products and sporicidal solutions from our inventory have lower toxicity than other chemicals, so they are more widely used as the first defense against active microbial threats.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Media like sodium bicarbonate or ground corn cobs combined with pressurized air or water can effectively remove active surface mold concerns without ruining the host material. This is an appropriate next step if surface treatment solutions are not penetrative enough.
  • Sanding/Mechanical Action - Hand and power sanding approaches remove a thin layer of surface material from building elements like wood framing. If this process is enough to remove the full hyphae of the organism, it can prevent tear-out and reconstruction.
  • Controlled Demolition - This process utilizes the full spectrum of available services with our general contractor license to perform calculated and precise removal of affected building materials. Partial removal strategies improve reconstruction times and prevent higher remediation costs.

Full-Service Contractors for Mold Damage

Our contractor license is advantageous in choosing the high-efficiency remediation services our SERVPRO professionals provide. While controlled demolition is a staple of remediation approaches, having a team of capable professionals able to repair and build back the residence after mold damage cleanup is critical. Our reconstruction targets remediation-related damage and necessary steps to prevent mold recurrences.

"Like it never even happened."

As with all restoration and remediation actions that our team takes, we strive to remove mold and overcome the physical harm to the property however possible. Our objective is to return the house to preloss condition, which means a state where you can no longer tell that destructive mold impacted the residence.

When mold damage in Hyde Park is discovered, trust our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County remediation team to help. We are available 24/7 at (845) 635-4550.

Why SERVPRO Can Ease the Stress of Coping with Mold Damage in Hyde Park

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

signs of mold, mildew Mold and mildew problems in Hyde Park? Call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Hyde Park Property Owners and Mold Remediation

Nearly every homeowner in Hyde Park faces the frustration of mold growth at some time or another. As we retreat inside our homes and prepare for the colder weather and holidays, the last few weeks of the year are not an optimum time to discover the staining, musty odor, and possible structural harm mold can cause. Our research-based understanding of microbial growth and proven methods that can remediate current mold issues and help prevent recurrence are why we are in demand during an outbreak.

 Mold Growth Is Not a Sign of Poor Housekeeping

Merely keeping up with the cleaning and maintenance of your home in Hyde Park cannot prevent mold damage. Mold spores share our environment invariably, needing only a bit of water and 24 to 48 hours undisturbed to begin their life cycle. Ironically, vigorous cleaning methods and conventional cleaning and disinfecting products can worsen the situation. Training in microbial growth theory and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold remediation protocols are why we can abate mold problems effectively.

Look for the Water

The frequent development of mold colonies after a water event is a logical reason why SERVPRO added microbial remediation as a service. We vigilantly inspect for mold growth when we respond to a water emergency. Even without a water crisis like a leak or appliance overflow, millions of spores are probably settled or airborne near you as you read these words. They only become problematic when moisture is available and absorbed. During the late fall and winter, some of the ways mold colonies take hold can rely on tracking in wet leaves, snow, and ice. Holiday decorations might arrive with microbial growth already begun on branches or conifer needles. Keeping festive plants and fresh-cut trees hydrated can also accelerate mold growth with spills from traffic bumps and overwatering.

Diluted Cleaning Solutions or Disinfectant Sprays Can Be Ineffective

A diluted bleach solution is often a homeowner’s go-to when battling mold. Unfortunately, the bleach frequently does not penetrate the organism's deeply embedded “roots’”. The water in the mix ultimately feeds the mold rather than killing it. Broadcast applications of antimicrobials can reduce airborne contamination briefly to make the work area marginally safer but are not enough on their own to remediate mold colony growth and proliferation. These methods fall short, which is why SERVPRO employs the EPA protocol.

Effective Remediation Procedures

Contain the moldy area using heavy-duty plastic to create partitions and negative pressure air scrubbing technology to seal the perimeter.

  • Contain the moldy area using heavy-duty plastic to create partitions and negative pressure air scrubbing technology to seal the perimeter.
  •  Remove the mold from solid surfaces using scrapers and brushes, and try gentle abrasion techniques like soda blasting to clear porous materials of mold and incapacitate the embedded hyphae.
  •  Clean up the work area with HEPA-filtered vacuums and wipe downs with EPA-registered cleaning solutions
  •  Apply EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit regrowth and consider coating affected building materials with sealants containing antimicrobials to provide a clear surface for refinishing

Adherence to the research-based EPA mold remediation protocol is why SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County can return your home to pre-mold loss condition. Call us at (845) 635-4550 to schedule an evaluation if you have mold damage concerns.

SERVPRO Has a Full Team of Restoration Experts

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess has the tools and team to quickly help your home return to a normal state.

SERVPRO is more than a general services company providing clean-up, construction, or restoration. We are here for all manmade or natural disasters anytime they strike.

Our weather here in New York can be unpredictable. SERVPRO can handle any disaster we experience.

Water Damage

Heavy rains and snowmelt in our area have resulted in flooding and extensive damage. Flash flooding happens quickly and can cause extreme amounts of damage. More than $10 billion in damages results from floods nationwide every year.

Flooding can affect all those who own a home or business, but SERVPRO has the experience and tools to help. We can determine the severity of your damage and layout a plan for recovery so that you can make informed decisions.

We have the tools to detect hidden water damage and remove standing water. Our restoration plan will ensure that your home is clean, dry, and back to preloss condition.

Fire Damage

Every 23 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire, and there was close to $8.1 billion in damage and losses nationwide in 2020. If you have sustained fire damage, we’ll take action right away with our seven-step restoration plan.

This process starts with assessing and inspecting the damage and progresses through all the necessary steps before beginning repairs and construction. This ensures the proper restoration of your belongings.

Storm Damage

While our weather typically stays mild in most seasons, we still experience severe thunderstorms and heavy snow. These extreme versions of our weather can lead to severe damage. SERVPRO’s goal is to get you back to your restored home quickly.

Storm and water damage can reach everything from the exterior structure of your business or home to the items stored inside. We specialize in content restoration, and we want to restore rather than replace.

Our services include dry, wet, foam, and abrasive cleaning. If your home needs deep-cleaning, we also offer move-out services so that we can bring you back to preloss condition.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. You can reach out to us via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive assistance anytime.

Our team in green is part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years of experience. We’re your New York neighbors, but we’re also covered by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States, so you can rest assured we’ll have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

The Process Used During Mold Removal in Hyde Park

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing in the grout of a bathroom tile Finding mold in your bathroom does not need to be cause for alarm. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and for mold removal.

SERVPRO Offers Mold Damage Remediation in Hyde Park

One of the most common places in a house that mold can form is inside your bathroom. Slow leaks from your sink drain or water supply lines can often become a culprit. A fungus only requires moisture, an organic food source, the right temperature, and about two days to develop. Once fungi form, they can then release spores that help them spread to other areas in your house. 

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians conduct mold removal in Hyde Park, we utilize the same process each time that experts in the industry have proved to get the best results. Since mold can cause health effects, it is wise to contact professionals as soon as you notice you have an issue. Our highly trained team is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and we have access to the industry's most advanced technology.

Whenever we deal with contaminants like fungi, our number one focus is on safety. Our SERVPRO technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that meets the industry's safety standards. When entering your house, the first thing we do is establish a containment chamber around the contaminated area to prevent mold spores from getting into the air. 

Next, we remove the mold contamination. If a large section of your cabinets or drywall gets affected, we can remove them and place them in sealed bags. If surfaces of your cabinets or wall studs got contaminated, then we can sod blast or sand off the contamination. 

In some cases, the presence of mold might not be your only issue. Our SERVPRO technicians can also offer fast, 24/7 service and provide the following other services:

  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Black Mold Inspections
  • Water Damage Repairs.
  • Structural Deodorization

If you ever notice that even a tiny bit of black mold has formed inside parts of your bathroom, call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550.

Diving Into What “Full Service” Means

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess to get the job done.

If you see one of our big green vans headed to a neighbor’s house, you know that a disaster of some sort has occurred, and we’re on the way to help.

We provide cleaning services and are known widely for that, but we also offer more. We are a full-service company, so we can do it all whether you need cleaning, restoration, or reconstruction.

Let’s dive deeper into what SERVPRO can do for you:

Water damage recovery. No matter what kind of water damage you have or how it happened, it must be cleaned up quickly. All you have to do is call us, and we will walk you through the entire process.

Fire damage recovery. Fires happen every 23 seconds in the United States, and that’s part of a 40-year downward trend. Fires can cause significant damage to your home or business, and that’s why we bring out all the help we can.

Mold removal. Mold can be hazardous to your home as it can threaten the structure. Removing it yourself can be a hazard since it can quickly and easily spread, so call in the pros for help.

Storm recovery. Natural disasters can happen at any time and cause a large amount of damage. We can help restore your home or business in no time.

Commercial needs. Homeowners know the services we provide, and we offer those (and a few more) to our business owners as well.

General cleaning. Every space that is lived or worked in needs cleaning! Sometimes you need help getting to the little things. Carpets, upholstery, and curtains need specialized care, and we can offer that for your home or business.

Specialty cleaning. Anything that can get dirty, we can work to get it cleaned. Whether it’s air ducts that need cleaning or a biohazardous situation, we work to get your place cleaned.

Construction. Sometimes, your home or business areas can’t be restored and need to be reconstructed. You can rely on SERVPRO to do whatever is necessary to get your place back to its preloss condition. 

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

What to Expect From the Water Damage Restoration Experts

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

a house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

Every day, there are 14,000 Americans who experience water damage in their homes. At SERVPRO, we know that something like this can make for a terrible day.

That’s why we are here and ready for your call! We will take care of you and any needs regarding the restoration of your home after water damage.

Let’s talk about what a typical cleanup scenario would look like:

Emergency Contact. We understand that when an emergency happens, you need help instantly and don’t have time to spare. When you call us, we spring into action by asking questions about the nature of the accident. We then schedule an appointment for our technicians to visit your home and assess the damage in person.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. When we arrive, the first thing our technicians will do is ensure that water is no longer still flowing. Then we will walk around your home, assessing the damage and noting any potential hazards in the house. From there, we’ll determine the next steps.

Water Removal. The first thing we need to do is remove the standing water in your home. No matter the amount of water, we have powerful pumps and extraction units that will eliminate hundreds or thousands of gallons of water. This will help reduce the overall drying time and prevent mold growth.

Damaged Material Removal. While we attempt to restore as much as possible, some items affected by water damage will no longer be usable. Those items will be removed from the home and marked for replacement, while others may be removed to be restored.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorization. Water seeps into furniture or sheetrock, and nasty smells can result. So, it’s important to sanitize and deodorize the home, and we have the cutting-edge equipment to do just that.

Drying. While you may no longer have standing water in your home at this stage of the process, moisture is probably still around. Having excess moisture in your home can quickly lead to mold growth. We will use advanced technologies and tools to thoroughly dry the house and restore normal moisture balance.

Monitoring. As your home dries out, we will remain in constant contact with you and make daily visits to ensure that it’s drying correctly. If needed, we will adjust equipment and monitor the entire situation to make sure you are receiving peak effectiveness.

Repairs and Construction. At the end, the last and final step is to restore your home. Whether your home needs only a minor repair or something large like a rebuild, we will get it done for you and save you money along the way.

When water damage strikes, call SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”

What Types of Mold Damage Occur in Beekman Homes?

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

a mold covered wall Discovering a mold infestation in your home does not need to be a cause for alarm. Contact SERVPRO to evaluate and remediate.

Mold Damage Comes in Many Forms. SERVPRO in Beekman Can Help Identify and Remediate the Issue

Most homeowners use professional mold remediators when confronting a fungi issue in their home. Molds can vary greatly between species, and while some may disappear by themselves, others can return consistently or grow into full-size mold colonies. All mold species use digestive enzymes to break-down organic matter into energy. In a home environment, a persistent mold problem can cause permanent harm to drywall, fabrics, furniture, and framework in your home. The correct response is to enlist a professional that can help with:

  • Mold assessment 
  • Mold remediation
  • Mold removal

The impact of mold damage in your Beekman home can vary greatly. Sometimes molds can release spores into the house, causing odors and affecting indoor air quality. Other times a mold species can spread throughout the building assembly weakening structural components and deteriorating decor. 

Dry rot is an example of when mold is allowed to spread unnoticed and can result in the expensive replacement of lumber wood framing beneath floors. Drywall, the material commonly used for walls in homes, can break down over time, becoming powdery or generally weaker. Drywall infestation frequently requires the replacement of the material to avoid cross-contamination and reduce the likelihood of exterior wall collapse. SERVPRO technicians can:

  • Perform general construction activities such as removing floorboards, walls, or flooring to access building cavities. 
  • Oversee the removal of infested materials safely using the correct disposal methods and ensuring cross-contamination is reduced. 
  • Reinstalling parts of the building assembly that were deemed non-salvageable, including ordering necessary materials. 

When mold infestation affects your home, it is vital to act quickly to reduce damages. Contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County for mold damage remediators at (845) 635-4550.

The Water Damage Numbers Don’t Lie

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

the underside of a sink showing water damage from leaking pipes If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess.

Being an adult can be amazing. You have the freedom to make choices and do what you feel is right. But like everything in life, it certainly doesn’t come easy or without some kind of risk.

For most adults, it’s a milestone when it’s time to invest in a home. What you might not realize is that when you purchase a home, you take on a lot of other risks.

Water damage is something that can affect any and everyone at some point or another. That’s why it’s important to make sure your pipes and appliances are well-equipped and maintained. While not every instance of water damage can be prevented, being proactive can help limit your risk of becoming a part of the statistics.

24. This is the percentage of all home insurance claims related to water damage. That means that one out of every 50 homeowners files a water claim in any given year.

48. No matter the amount of water in your home, you have to react quickly. It only takes 48 hours before mold will begin to grow and cause major (and much costlier) issues for you. In some cases, it won’t even take that long.

98. As you shop for a home, you should remember that 98% of homes with a basement will experience water damage at some point. If you have a basement, keep a careful eye out for signs of leaks, such as discoloration on the ceiling or walls or a musty odor in the room.

10,234. Water damage can cause some minor issues like messing up a few rugs—or it can cause major issues that affect the structure of your home. This number is the cost of an average insurance claim for water damage.

14,000. At this point, you might be wondering how many water claims are filed each day. Well, here’s your answer—14,000. That’s right, 14,000 water emergencies happen each day here in the United States, meaning that every six seconds someone is having a crisis.

13,000,000,000. The number 13 billion reflects the amount of money paid out each year for water damage repairs. Yes, that’s $13 billion, and it accounts for the United States only.

Before you let these numbers scare you, you should understand that most water damage is preventable. If you’re doing your part in keeping your home well-maintained and making repairs as needed, you will lower your risk of a water situation occurring and be more prepared if one does.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

Finding a Restoration Company You Can Trust

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess.

We know all too well that life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine! Sometimes you and your home can be affected by something major like heavy storms, a kitchen fire, or a leaky appliance.

No matter the cause, when your home is in disarray, you need quick decision-making in order to decide who to call for help.

As you research a service company, there are a few questions that you need to have answers to before making your decision:

Are They Reputable?

Following an emergency situation, it’s important to know that not everyone who shows up is there to help you. Unfortunately, once disastrous situations happen, scammers tend to show up and either take your money or provide you with terrible service. And once these scammers are gone, you will never be able to find them again.

In contrast, here at SERVPRO, we have been doing this type of work for over 50 years. You can read reviews for yourself, but we work hard to earn a good reputation by putting in the hard work so that our millions of customers are highly satisfied.

Will They Be There When Needed?

When disasters strike, you can feel overwhelmed and alone, but it’s important to know that you can reach someone right away.

We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that we are ready to get started immediately. When dealing with something like water damage or mold, there’s no time to waste.

Do They Have an Army of Help?

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is locally owned and operated, so if you need help we are right here in Hyde Park ready to get to you. And if a major storm happens to our community and impacts multiple homes and businesses, you can rest assured knowing that we are backed by a national SERVPRO network.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Does SERVPRO Respond Fast for Fire Restoration in Hyde Park?

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector After the fire is extinguished, smoke and soot remain. SERVPRO can remove that odor and make your home "Like it never even happened."

Can SERVPRO Explain to My Insurance Adjuster the Fire Restoration Work Needed in Hyde Park?

Many people are overwhelmed after a fire occurs in their Hyde Park home or business. There are many issues to think about, and they wonder where to begin. Is everyone safe, where will they live, does the insurance cover everything, did their family mementos and heirlooms survive, and how will they ever rebuild their home? There are so many questions!

SERVPRO has responded to many fire restoration incidents in Hyde Park and other areas. We certainly understand all these concerns and more. That's why we have our 1-4-8 guarantee. We return your call in one hour or less - for emergency services, we can be at your home in 4 hours or less, and we can provide claim information to you and your insurance company adjuster in less than eight hours. We understand that a fast response not only helps people deal with these kinds of emergencies but our prompt response and action also mitigates the total damage to your home and contents.

Our SERVPRO team leader can explain our plan to restore your home and its contents after a fire to you and your insurance adjuster. We provide:

Not only do we work together with your insurance company, but SERVPRO's objective is also to return your building to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." Our trained reconstruction specialists are available 24/7 to provide assistance and make sense of all of the challenges ahead of you.

Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County for fire restoration in Hyde Park and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (845) 635-4550.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess is your local restoration expert.

As a home or business owner, the way the place runs depends on you.

If a disaster strikes, you might feel as if your job will never be complete. The normal tasks are now second in line, while you have a new priority. The pressure of day-to-day responsibilities, along with new roles is enough to get the best of anyone.

Our goal is to help take that pressure off. How? We can help because disaster recovery is what we specialize in.

We’re Always Ready

We stay on standby, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We look forward to the opportunity to jump to someone’s side and help them during a disaster.

We know that if a disaster strikes, you don’t have time to wait. So, when crisis calls, no matter how big or small, we are ready!

We’re Faster to Any Disaster

When disasters strikes, every second counts, and we know this better than anyone.

For every minutes that passes, there is more mold growth and more disaster damages to clean. A fast response is crucial, and since our company is right here in the heart of Dutchess County, we can get there quick.

We’re Trained for Both Residential & Commercial Restoration

Both homes and businesses experience damage when disaster strikes, whether it’s from a storm or a fire.

We offer custom solutions for any situation, meaning that we can get your home or business back to normal.

We Have a “Like it never even happened,” Mindset

We pride ourselves on seeing your restoration through from start to finish.

We know recovery and restoration, and we pride ourselves on your satisfaction. We hope to ensure that every trace of damage is restored to the best state.

We Offer the Services You Need

Disease prevention is more highly valued than ever. That’s why we now offer cleaning services that go above and beyond your normal janitorial services.

Like most business owners, we know that you want to offer a safe and clean environment for employees and customers alike. We can help give you a peace of mind because we offer you a hyper-clean space.

Disasters happen, and they can take a toll on your home or business. When this happens, your local SERVPRO is ready to get you on your way to recovery.

Regardless of the what, where or why, SERVPRO has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to let us tackle the hard stuff, get in touch with SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County.

What are Common Causes of Indoor Flooding Hyde Park Homeowners Should be Aware of?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Boots in flood water Regardless of the way that your home was flooded, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

Understanding the Causes of Indoor Flooding in Hyde Park Can Prevent the Need for Water Removal

Water damage is often caused by water intrusions in a home. Indoor flooding can cause serious problems and require professional water restoration help to repair the damage. 

Preventing Problems by Knowing What to Look For

A home is a labyrinth of pipes and flowing water. The dishwasher, toilets, and washing machines all require water to operate. All of these things can also be a cause of water overflow. Here are the most common reasons water removal in Hyde Park is needed:

  • Clogged sewage or drain lines – Toilet backup is the primary source for this problem.
  • Broken or leaking pipes – This can cause immediate flooding and is a source of hidden damage.
  • Faulty appliances – Refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers all have plumbing connections.
  • Water heaters – Leaky water heaters can cause flooding fast.

Preventing Water Intrusions in Your Home

You may not always prevent a pipe from bursting, but there are certain things you can do to prevent problems. Checking your pipes often is one of those things. Avoiding clogs is a big issue. Make sure you check appliances often for problems and have your water heater inspected annually.

What SERVPRO Offers

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County provides emergency services, water damage remediation, and basement flooding cleanup. We are experts at water clean-up. Give us a call at (845) 635-4550.

Need a Company That Understands Mold Remediation in Hyde Park?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on a white wall next to a window The smallest amount of condensation can cause large mold issues. Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County for mold remediation.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation Services in Hyde Park!

While mold spores are everywhere, mold needs a food source and a source of moisture to enable growth and the formation of a colony infestation. Condensation from air conditioning units, a slow leak from around a tap, or a leak around a window can be sufficient to trigger mold growth. Whenever you notice a strong, musty odor, there is probably a mold colony growing somewhere in your home.

SERVPRO team members are highly trained in mold remediation in our Hyde park franchise. Not only can we assist with mold remediation, but our people also coach our clients on the best approach to avoid future mold infestations. We also perform a complete inspection and damage assessment which we review with our clients to help them understand the process of mold containment and remediation.

SERVPRO’s process involves containing the mold infestation, filtering the air, and removing mold and materials infested with mold. We want to prevent further contamination in the remainder of your home. All of your affected belongings and contents are properly cleaned.

SERVPRO delivers the mold remediation to our clients and also:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal in all areas of your home
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold removal

Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County for mold remediation in Hyde Park and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (716) 694-7776.

Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Poughkeepsie

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

thermal camera Minor leaks will sneak into crevices and sit. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every water damage remediation service.

Why Advanced Training Helps SERVPRO Speed Up Water Removal in Poughkeepsie

Depending on the extent of water damage, removal can take time. In some cases, other issues, not the extent of the damage, prolong the process. Working with a highly skilled team of restorers can help overcome underlying issues hastening the process.  

Determining the likely source of the spill and the migration extent helps ease water removal in Poughkeepsie. Immediately stopping the source helps prevent more water from reaching unwanted areas paving the way for other processes to commence. Our SERVPRO technicians can stop minor leaks. We also help trace leaks in concealed areas such as wall cavities faster. We can use FLIR thermal cameras to pinpoint the source without tearing down materials. Our highly trained WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, can also check for residues in the spilled water to determine the likely sources.  

Having sophisticated equipment to extract standing water and dry the premises quickens the process. With a wide variety of equipment made to handle these tasks, it takes proper training to identify the optimal ones for the task. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on various aspects of their training to identify the correct equipment. If the water level is higher than two inches, we use submersible pumps instead of regular extractors. We also do calculations to determine the correct number and set up of air movers and dehumidifiers for optimal drying, allowing us to set achievable goals.  

Water spills soil properties in many ways and can leave permanent marks if not adequately addressed. If the water affects non-colorfast fabrics, it causes dyes to run, staining other fabrics and carpets. Furniture can also stain carpets through rust or resins. Our SERVPRO technicians perform spot removal before drying carpets to prevent stains from setting. We apply professional cleaning agents when cleaning other areas dealing with any form of soiling "Like it never even happened."

It is easier to handle water removal with a trained team helping you. Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County if there is a spill in your Poughkeepsie property. You can reach us at (845) 635-4550 any time.

Choose a Restoration Service That Values Education

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

The first call you make after your home is damaged is also one of the most important ones. That may seem like it puts a lot of pressure on homeowners, but you can take steps now to prepare for the day you may need to make that call.

That’s why it’s vital to know what you’re looking for in a home restoration company before you need their services.

We hope you don’t ever have to make that call, but if you do, you won’t be alone.

Home Damage Is Common

Most people think home damage is rare. But the truth is that it’s not, and it impacts more people in your community than you might think.

The Insurance Information Institute states that every one in 350 Americans will file a fire damage claim this year.

But fire damage claims aren’t even the most common ones homeowners file. Water claims, for example, will be filed by about one in 50 homeowners.

Overall, about out of every 20 homeowners will file a damage claim this year.

We know home damage will impact our community, and we want to be ready to help. That is why we train our teams extensively. We’re ready to be a resource for members of our community.

Education Matters to Our Team

When it comes to our team members, we feel a lot of pride in their training and accomplishments. And we want local residents to understand why can trust us to provide the highest possible level of restoration service.

Our technicians earn advanced certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is a non-profit that has set the industry standard when it comes to restoration and cleaning technician credentials, and they always provide the most up-to-date knowledge in their training.

Our commitment to training means you can trust that everything we offer and suggest is in line with the industry’s best practices. You can be sure we’ll bring all of that knowledge to your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Need Bathroom Mold Removal in Poughkeepsie – Call SERVPRO

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Mold removal services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for the help you need for your property.

Mold Inspection and Mold Removal Services in Poughkeepsie – Call SERVPRO

Poughkeepsie is in the Hudson Valley, midway between Albany and New York City. The population is approximately 40,000. The region was settled in the 17th century by Dutch settlers and charted as a city in 1854. Poughkeepsie is actually two different places. The city of Poughkeepsie and the town of Poughkeepsie. Residents generally refer to the two cities as the same place and combined; they have approximately 75,000 people.

Poughkeepsie is located in a great area of the state, offering attractions and outdoor activities for residents and visitors. Several are listed as follows:

  • Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
  • Locust Grove Estate
  • Vassar College
  • Frances Lehman Loeb - Art Center at Vassar College
  • Adams Faircacre Farms
  • Marist College
  • Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
  • Bardavan Opera House
  • The Waterfront
  • The Poughkeepsie Post Office
  • Adriance Memorial Library

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

The Walkway Over the Hudson is a State Historical Park, which was originally a railway bridge over the Hudson River and built-in 1889. The bridge was taken out of service in 1974 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The bridge was designated and upgraded in 2009 as the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. The bridge is extremely popular, hosting almost 600,000 visitors in 2017. It is the world's second-longest pedestrian footbridge – 6768 feet.

The footbridge connects the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to the Dutchess Rail Trail. The Walkway is part of the New York State Park System, opens at 7 am, and closes at dusk. There is a parking charge, and there are restrooms available at each end of the Walkway. Cyclists and walkers are welcome, and the Walkway is relatively wheelchair-free, and dogs must be kept on a leash.

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market features fresh farm vegetables, meat, fruit, poultry, eggs, maple products, and baked goods. In addition to prepared food vendors, there are also local artisans selling hand-crafted items. The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is located in the Pavilion on 75N Water St., Poughkeepsie. It will be open on Monday afternoons from 3 pm to 6:30 pm for the 2021 market season.

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is also open along the Poughkeepsie Waterfront and has helped focus on bringing fresh fruit and food to city residents and families. The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a certified SNAP Market and participates in the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (WIC).

Mold Inspections, Remediation, and Removal in High Humidity Areas

Many bathrooms are poorly ventilated and, combined with warm moist air, provide the perfect conditions for mold infestations to form. The bathroom may not be equipped with an exhaust fan, or residents forget to open a window while taking a shower. Mold can appear on ceilings inside on the top of the shower and other areas of the bathroom.

Mold removal must be accomplished carefully in Poughkeepsie homes to avoid releasing spores into the air. Plastic containment sheets may be required to prevent mold from spreading to uncontaminated areas.

Once we establish containment, we focus on mold removal:

  • We remove mold from Porous materials 
  • HEPA vacuuming or detergent solutions are used on nonporous materials.
  • Heavy concentrations may require removal if structural integrity is compromised.

Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County for mold removal in Poughkeepsie and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (845) 635-4550.

Poughkeepsie Residents Turn to SERVPRO Among Water Restoration Companies

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged building SERVPRO has the total package for your water damaged property. From start to finish we will be there all the way.

Residents in Poughkeepsie Trust SERVPRO As Their Choice For Water Restoration Companies

Poughkeepsie has a long history in the state of New York. English and Dutch colonists initially settled it after purchasing the land from a local Native American tribe in 1686. Although the original settlers were limited to the purchasers' families, the community increased, and one of the first buildings on the site was the Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie in 1720.

The settlement continued in much the same manner until it became incorporated as the City of Poughkeepsie in 1799 and finally had a charter filed in 1854. There is still a Town of Poughkeepsie and the City of Poughkeepsie although they are usually referred to collectively as a single entity. At present, the combined communities have a population of nearly 75,000 residents. 

During the American Revolutionary War, no battles occurred in this area, and for a short time, it was made the capital of New York after Kingston got burned by the British. In 1788, during the Ratification Convention for the State of New York, it entered the United States to become part of the original Thirteen Colonies. In 1799, after the incorporation of the City, the local municipal government created a new seal. 

Throughout the 1800s, the Poughkeepsie area continued to grown, and various industries established themselves. One of the main sectors for this city was fishing, including the rendering of whales. Other trades that flourished in this town included: 

  • Shipping
  • Millner
  • Paper mills
  • Several breweries

Many prominent American families built their homes in the area, such as the Astors, Rogers, and Vanderbilts. They could be within a short commute to New York City without living among the noise and rancor. The area continues to boast several historic homes built by American industrialists in the 19th century. Many beautiful buildings with detailed architecture got erected during this initial period of growth, including the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, which lays claim as one of the oldest continuously operating entertainment venues in New York State. 

Why Is It Better To Handoff Home Damage to Poughkeepsie Water Restoration Companies?

One of the biggest reasons for Poughkeepsie homeowners who need water restoration companies, entrust the cleanup of their home to a certified, professional service such as SERVPRO is the assurance that a reliable job gets done. 

Without the proper equipment and the understanding that using it entails, something as simple as mapping out a migration path for the water within the structure cannot get accomplished. The techs use various devices to determine if the water managed to seep under the flooring or wick into the walls. These situations call for specific responses to lessen the damage within the home through the use of:

  • Controlled demolition
  • Specialized drying applications
  • Use of professional extraction equipment

There are different types of water damage, and some varieties such as flooding from groundwater and sewage in the home are hazardous for humans and pets to come into contact with. SERVPRO techs have protective clothing and experience handling biohazard waste, including the proper disposal methods to ensure it gets dealt with safely for all. 

After the water and drying extraction, the technicians work on cleaning surfaces to bring them back to a sanitary standard for use by the home's residents.

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 supports the local Poughkeepsie community as the choice among water restoration companies.

Poughkeepsie Residents Have a Trusted Option for Fire Damage Restoration l SERVPRO® of NW & SE Dutchess County

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick hom If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess to fully restore your home.

House fires are more common during the winter months—especially in places like the Hudson Valley, where the temperatures get cold and adequate home heating is vital.

The ways cause many home fires in the winter we heat our homes. For example, if you’re using a space heater without an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can topple over and cause a fire. Broken furnaces and mishaps with other appliances happen sometimes.

Some fires are related to holiday decorations and celebrations. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires.. Kitchen fires are more common during the holiday season, too.

People who live in Houston County can count on our team if their homes ever need fire damage repairs or restoration work. Our team is ready to work with you to remediate and repair your home if a fire ever damages it.

Why SERVPRO Is a Trusted Partner

Here’s why Poughkeepsie residents know they can trust us when they need our help:

We believe in restoration first. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

We can help with any of your restoration needs. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery, and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues and more.

We’re here 247. Beginning the restoration process fast makes getting your home back to its original state and ready for your family a much faster process. We understand that, so we’re available at any time with a team that can help you get started.

We are locally owned. SERVPRO locations are all across the United States. But this location is a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

If a Burst Pipe Happens, Do You Have a Plan?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess is available 24/7.

Regardless of the cause or circumstances surrounding water damage in your home, it can be a difficult experience—but if the damage is due to a burst pipe, handling it can be even more frustrating. Because of the amount of water pipes can disperse, they can quickly saturate an area.

While planning for water damage may seem like a situation that is too hypothetical, having a plan in place is still important. Every year, one in 50 homes will experience some type of water damage throughout the country, but those who plan ahead tend to have a much better time recovering.

Make Sure You Plan Ahead in Case of Water Damage

Shut off your water main. If there is a burst pipe incident in your home, water can quickly saturate an area if it is left untreated. Knowing where your home’s water main is located and how to cut it off is a great skill so you can quickly turn the water off in case of an issue.

Shut off your electricity. Water and electricity never get along, so if it is safe to do so, turn off your electricity from your breaker box to prevent them from coming into contact with one another.

Contact your restoration company. Making a choice in regards to what restoration company you will use is a great way to be proactive about water damage, and it also means you can call to get started on your home restoration right away when you discover damages.

Take a record of the damages. For those who are eligible to file an insurance claim, keeping good records is key. Taking photos and videos is a great way to document the damages for your records.

Contact your insurance company. No two insurance policies are the same, which is why it is wise to get into contact with your insurance provider so you can determine what your coverage looks like. This way, if you are eligible to file a claim you can start the process right away.

Open windows and doors if possible. Reducing drying time can reduce the overall damage, so while you are waiting on your restoration company to arrive, you can go ahead and open all the doors and windows near the impacted area to boost airflow.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Mold Can Strike Any Poughkeepsie Home

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation to Keep Your Home Looking Great

Poughkeepsie is the beautiful Queen City of the Hudson and is a bustling city of over 30,000 residents. Settled by the Dutch in the 17th century, it became a chartered city in 1854. After the Revolutionary War, it became the capital of New York. Today it is a diverse community of people who live, work, and play together. 

The First Settlers Arrive

The land was acquired from a Native American Tribe in 1686 by Robert Sanders, an English colonist, and Myndert Harmense Van Den Bogaerdt, a Dutchman. The Dutch families of van Kleeck and van Oosterom were the first to settle in the area. The little community spread very quickly, and in 1720 the Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie began.

The city of Poughkeepsie is not to be confused with the town by the same name. This village was incorporated in 1799. Today the city and town are often considered one big community. 

American Revolution & Important Moments in History

During the war, the town was spared any severe damage. Revolutionary War giants such as John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and George Clinton were part of the Ratification Convention for New York State in 1788. New York was excited to be the eleventh state at this time and to take part in ratifying the United States Constitution. It was a solemn yet celebratory time in history. 

The Industrial Revolution Brings Change

Whaling was still a big business in the 19th century. Poughkeepsie was a hub for whale rendering. Soon would follow:

  • Shipping industries
  • Millineries
  • Paper mills
  • Breweries

Times were good, and money was flowing through the area. The rich and famous built magnificent vacation homes nearby. The Rogers, Vanderbilts, and Astors were able to escape to the beautiful location but yet still be close to New York City.  You can still see the Vanderbilt mansion in the town of Hyde Park. It is a stunning example of an American industrialist mansion. Many of these were built during the 19th century, and the families that owned them helped bring prosperity to the area. There are several historic districts in Poughkeepsie. These historic districts include:

  • Academy Street 
  • Balding Street 
  • Dwight-Hooker Avenue 
  • Garfield Place 
  • Mill Street – North Clover Street 
  • Mount Carmel 
  • Union Street 

Each district is rich in history with its own unique story.

Academy Street Historic District

Matthew Vassar, who founded Vassar College, started building an estate that was never finished. Today it is registered as a National Historic Landmark. The area is vast, consisting of 140 acres. There are 46 buildings on the estate, and was a planned neighborhood, the first in the city. It is a fascinating mix of 19th and 20th-century architectural styles. To preserve the area's historical value, the residents voted to establish the district in the late 1970s.

Balding Avenue Historic District

A middle-class district when it was built, it is comprised of four acres on which sits 27 houses. This district went on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. All of the homes here have similar architectural designs, and they all have clapboard siding. 

Dwight-Hooker Avenue Street Historic District

The homes in this community were put up between 1895 and 1915. The designs of the homes are in different revival styles. There are 17 residential structures. 

Garfield Place Historic District

This area is on 20 acres, and it is in the southern part of Poughkeepsie. Originally it was known as “Little Commons” and spanned over 53 acres. The van Kleeck family owned the property but eventually sold a portion of it to Bronson French. Several businessmen bought that portion in 1836 and planned for upscale homes to be built. Garfield District led the way in demonstrating the possibilities for the town when it came to residential homes.

Mill Street-North Clover Street Historic District

There are approximately 139 historic buildings on 27 acres in this area. Several of the buildings in this district hold their own place on the Register. They include the Church of the Holy Comforter, Vassar Institute, and Vassar Home for Aged Men. 

Mount Carmel Historic District

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is owed the honor of being the district’s namesake. The church began in 1910, and a parish school opened in 1935. This district drew immigrants into the town. The Irish were the first, followed by Italians, and today Latinos. It is still known as “Little Italy”.

Union Street Historic District

Sitting on approximately 42 acres, this eight-block district is the oldest neighborhood in Poughkeepsie. It was the first district to be placed on the Register. Its humble beginnings started in 1767. A path to the Hudson River turned into a street, and the rest is history. Many Slavic immigrants moved into the area. It was a working-class neighborhood with Irish, Germans, Poles, and Italians living there.

Any Home Can Have a Mold Problem

No matter where you live in Poughkeepsie, you can develop mold with the proper conditions. Mold is not something you want to try to clean up yourself. If you use the wrong cleanser, you could cause further damage to the impacted surface. It is also not something you want to ignore, as it can cause health effects. SERVPRO can provide mold remediation to your home that can stop the growth in its tracks. Depending on the extent of the problem, our technicians:

  • Locate the source of the moisture
  • Contain the area to prevent further spread
  • Clean impacted areas with agitative cleaning methods
  • Sanitize with antimicrobial agents
  • Deodorize if needed
  • Dispose of structural material or content not salvageable
  • Leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO has been providing mold remediation for the area for quite some time with many satisfied customers. When we arrive at the scene, we do a scope to determine exactly what needs to be done. We then put a plan of action together so the crew can be busy resolving the problem. 

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is proud to be part of such a historic town. For mold remediation services, contact us at (846) 635-4550.

What Makes Professional Fire Restoration Advisable for Poughkeepsie Homes?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Two firemen on ladder extinguishing flames from upper story of home Fire damage is devastating. Let the professionals of SERVPRO remediate your home. We have the knowledge and equipment to restore your home today.

Between our Fast Response and Our Experience in Restoration, our SERVPRO Team can Help Recover Poughkeepsie Homes After Fire Losses 

With how traumatic fire losses can be for Poughkeepsie homes and businesses, it is a situation that property owners want to resolve as soon as possible. With so many layers of damaging effects that can exist after extinguishment, worsening conditions persist after the actual fire has been stopped. As a leading fire restoration company for Dutchess County, we can work to provide a fast and reliable response when you are ready for both evaluations of the damage and the necessary steps to restore this damage. 

Fire damage restoration for Poughkeepsie homes involves numerous professionals in our roster, not only the Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) From cleaning technicians to odor control specialists, many qualified professionals on our SERVPRO teamwork towards making fire damage "Like it never even happened," for your residence. Choosing a comprehensive restoration approach from mitigation through build back and repair can ensure that you get back into your property faster and that the recovery is more cost-efficient. 

How is SERVPRO Faster To Any Size Disaster?  

Striving to be a consistently reliable restoration company in the Greater New York metropolitan area and the Hudson River Valley means a preparedness level that embodies water and fire damage concerns. With fire restoration service calls being such a constant need for the thousands of residents in Poughkeepsie, we ensure that we have several active strategies working simultaneously to reach most loss incidents within hours of the first notice of loss. Several of these include: 

  • Fire Chasing – This term for our professionals means staying aware of active emergencies in the city and what we might be asked to do to help. In some situations, knowledge of emergencies and conversations with insurance providers enables us to mobilize even before we get the customer's call. 
  • Experienced Technicians – Experience is not just knowing what to do on a job site, but also knowing how to quickly gather necessary tools, products, and devices to allow the Green Fleet to roll out faster. 
  • Production Vehicles at the Ready – Between our box trucks and trailers stocked with fire and water restoration equipment 24/7, we have little else that needs to get gathered up before our technicians can get boots on the ground to help your fire damage situation. 
  • 24/7 Staffed Emergency Lines – Speaking to real people after a crisis is comforting. However, we also staff emergency lines to ensure that we get all the pertinent information in the first conversation. 

How Can SERVPRO Help with Fire Damage Claims?  

A complete evaluation of your Poughkeepsie home's fire damage is information that your insurance company needs to approve damaged claims. We walk through the property with you to evaluate the origin point of the fire and catalog the current conditions. We determine what steps and processes are necessary to return the house to the preloss state during this phase. Our objectives to get claims approved quickly include: 

  • Job Scoping
  • Damage Cataloging
  • Data Collection 
  • Material/Content Discarding
  • Photographic Evidence 
  • Prompt Estimations 

What Tools Aid in Fast Fire Mitigation?  

The mitigation of fire loss effects often focuses on removing residues and soils from surfaces and contents. Wet cleaning, such as dissolving and emulsification, can help in these regards with suitable underlying materials. Mitigation also involves cleaning the environment of circulating particles and carcinogens. We also address water damage left behind after extinguishment. Some of the necessary tools for this include: 

  • Air Scrubbers – Through HEPA filtration, air scrubbers can remove a bulk of circulating particles as small as 0.3 microns. These microscopic particulates get trapped in the onboard filters as air is pulled and pushed through the unit.
  • Hydroxyl Generators – After a fire, simultaneously addressing multiple concerns is ideal when possible. In certain situations, hydroxyl machines can remove particles from the environment with HEPA filtration, but can also use a UV cleaning spectrum to eliminate harsh odors in open areas.
  • Extractors – Because water is often the standard choice for suppression and extinguishment when structure fires escalate beyond a fire extinguisher's capabilities, standing water can become a considerable concern where fires burned the worst. Extractors like submersible pumps and wet vacuums can help to eliminate these threats and wet debris left behind. 

As challenging as fire losses might initially appear, you can count on the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County team to help. Give us a call anytime at (845) 635-4550.

My Poughkeepsie Home Has Flooded – Can A Professional Water Restoration Company Help?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Living room carpet flooding Contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 for professional flood damage service.

SERVPRO Has Experienced Technicians Able to Handle Flood Damage to Your Home

Poughkeepsie sits along the beautiful Hudson River and was once a major whale rendering location. With such a lovely place comes the risk of annual flooding. Flood damage in Poughkeepsie should be handled by professionals who train to deal with biohazards that can occur.

Why are Biohazards a Concern?

Any time you have floodwaters from storm flooding, it is considered black water. Three types of water can cause flood damage in Poughkeepsie – clean, grey, and black. The first two come from water damage from a burst pipe or dishwasher overflowing. If left unattended, they turn to blackwater. But all water that flows through a home due to a storm is considered contaminated. It should never be entered without the proper PPE equipment. It becomes unhealthy due to any number of things in the water, such as:

    •    Pathogens and bacteria – tetanus, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases
    •    Dead animals and insects
    •    Dirt and debris swept up and carried along
    •    Chemicals from nearby factories
    •    Waste from hospitals in the vicinity

Because of the hazards, this poses to individuals you want a company like SERVPRO that has Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians. They are trained in dealing with biohazards and knowing what to use to disinfect the area properly.

Why is Time of the Essence?

Our motto is We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We understand the damage that can happen when water sits for any length of time. The health hazards increase, and secondary damage occurs very quickly. We start to work faster because we know that the sooner we get started, the sooner you are back in your home. Plus, we can protect your home's unaffected areas if early mitigation takes place.

Will Everything Be a Total Loss?

With flood damage, there may be more items that get discarded than in a water damage situation that involves clean or gray water. Carpeting and padding are not salvageable. Upholstered furniture and mattresses should be discarded, depending on the amount of water damage. Metal, plastic or solid wood furniture can be cleaned and restored. Any wooden kitchen items such as cutting boards, wooden spoons, or bowls should be discarded. Never attempt to salvage anything connected to a baby like bottles, nipples or pacifiers. Structural elements like walls get opened up so they can be disinfected, ventilated, and dried out. We do everything we possibly can do restore your home to preloss condition.

What Kind of Training Do Your Technicians Undergo?

SERVPRO prides itself on having the experience, training, and resources to take care of fire, water, and flood damage, whether residential or commercial. It's essential to know how a professional company trains its workers, and you should not hesitate to ask. Our techs undergo rigorous training that includes:

    •    IICRC Training – This institute sets the standard for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians study the practices set forth by IICRC and receive their certification.
    •    Employee Certification Training – A voluntary program that our techs receive certification upon successful completion. It covers water and fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and crew training.
    •    e-Learnings – on-going web-based training that assures our crews are current on industry standards.
    •    Continuing Education Classes – This further enhances the knowledge base of our teams. We strive to provide professional, quality flood damage service, and keeping up with the latest in our field allows us to do that.

Expedient, Professional Technicians are at Your Disposal

Water can quickly spread and become absorbed into everything from the walls to your furniture. Floodwaters are particularly hazardous. Catastrophes know no boundaries and do not keep business hours. SERVPRO does not maintain 9 – 5 hours either. We understand the Hudson River may not wait until noon to come flowing into your living room. We arrive on the scene as quickly as we possibly can. Sunday through Saturday and around the clock. We work holidays as well.

A Company You Can Trust

SERVPRO is a company you can trust with your home and your possessions. We live in Poughkeepsie, too, and understand the risk of flooding. The Hudson River is a beautiful thing that can turn uncontrollable fast. Flooding often means temporary displacement, and you need to focus on keeping your family together and calm. That's why we handle restoring your home. It takes time to recover from flood damage, but you can rest assured we will move along in a timely manner.

Contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 for professional flood damage service.

Is There a Trusted Local Service for Pandemic Cleaning in Poughkeepsie?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

hand spraying a blue liquid onto a silver door handle The last thing employees want to do at the end of the day is to disinfect door handles. SERVPRO does the job after they go home.

Yes, SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County is highly experienced with the intricacies of environmental cleaning.

Do Professional SERVICES Provide Value?

Professionals like SERVPRO use commercial quality equipment and hospital-grade supplies in Poughkeepsie. When trained and certified technicians work on a project, the work will be performed right, and that delivers real value in the fight against the spread of this pandemic. Professionals deliver better results over DIY cleaning.

We believe that our SERVPRO operation is the right sized specialty-cleaning and property damage mitigation company to really care and serve our clients. Have no concerns; we are also large enough to complete a job of any size. SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County has IICRC-certified technicians that provide proactive preventative pandemic cleaning services for any Poughkeepsie residential or commercial location. Our professional advantage:

  • Experts in environmental and biohazard cleaning
  • Trained in CDC and OSHA protocols
  • Use EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectants 
  • Have powerful commercial equipment
  • Available 24/7 
  • One-time or regular maintenance plans available
  • Meaningful advice and consultation 

Contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 for help.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. 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 in Poughkeepsie, 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 NW & SE Dutchess County today at (845) 635-4550 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

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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.

How Do I Clear Flood Water and Mud from My Poughkeepsie House?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

A home with standing water and sand bags at the front door. Let SERVPRO relive some of your flood damage stress.

Lower levels of your home can quickly get overwhelmed with flood water during a disaster, but our SERVPRO team can help with extraction, drying, and cleaning approaches. 

Cleaning up after a Poughkeepsie flood loss can be a considerable challenge, especially when you feel like you have to do it on your own. Many homeowners might not realize that despite not having adequate insurance to protect their properties against the flood forces of nature, that they are not without the possibility of securing knowledgeable and experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team.

Flood damage in Poughkeepsie homes after a storm loss can be widespread and overwhelming to see. It involves many different stages of restoration and recovery for even experienced professionals, ranging from the removal of flood debris in the house to protecting the contents of the residence with fast choices regarding recovery and restoration.

Where Can I Expect the Worst Flood Damages? 

Flooding is sometimes an unavoidable force that can target specific areas of your home worse than others. Because of factors like gravity and or access points that are not made from destructive storm forces, several points are more susceptible to contending with standing water and natural flooding threats. Some of these areas include:

  • Finished Basements
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Lower levels of split-level homes
  • Garages 

Who is Responsible for Flood Debris Removal? 

Because of the severity of natural flooding for properties and the potential contamination that these disasters can introduce, debris removal becomes a vital service to begin immediately. While some property owners might attempt this on their own, many potential health hazards could exist, and often DIY debris removal is less thorough than what our professionals can do for your home. Some of the emergency services that we can provide include:

  • Muck Out – Whether shoveling or wet vacuuming out mud, muck, and debris, removing solids from the property left behind by intruding floodwater is vital. 
  • Content Management – Assessing the condition of individual belongings in your home is another crucial step, as this can show when your possessions need cleaning or complex restoration solutions that can only occur off-site at our SERVPRO facility.
  • Controlled Demolition – With a team of in-house residential contractors experienced in nearly all facets of the building trades, we can offer efficient controlled demolition that can save time and money if reconstruction is necessary moving forward. 

What Tools Are Best for Removing Natural Flood Effects? 

One of the most hazardous obstacles for our restoration technicians to overcome, when we arrive at your home, is standing water. With invading murky waters that are expected to be contaminated with multiple substances, bacteria, and wildlife, we must carefully begin efforts like extraction to ensure that the right measures get taken at the right times to maximize water removal, drying, and disinfection of the house in their respective stages. There are several tools vital for the removal of contaminated surface water, and these include:

  • Trash Pumps – Gas-powered extractors like these have much larger intake and discharge than the more traditional electric submersible pumps that our professionals might use in clean-water incidents. By removing solids as well as water from the area, we can reduce cleaning times later or the obstacles present with controlled demolition. 
  • Truck-Mount Pumps – Truck-mounted pumps are the fiercest extraction tools in our inventory, capable of removing standing water at a force of 300 psi. When widespread water is a concern, especially several inches deep or more, truck extractors can be a wise choice in removal for the house. 
  • Wet Vacuums – Wet vacuums are among the most versatile of the extraction and cleaning tools that our professionals can use on a loss site. Not only can these portable machines make a substantial difference in shallow standing water, but they can also play a vital role in removing some of the solids carried in with the flooding. 

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice for these Emergencies? 

There are many reasons that our professionals have become a solid choice for post-flood recovery for homes and businesses. Part of this has to do with our fast and confident response that can often see our technicians arriving within hours of your first call to our emergency line. We also continually work to educate our technicians on the latest practices and approaches for efficient and effective drying and extraction using advanced tools and machines. We work hard to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.”

No matter how destructive flooding might initially appear in your home, our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County team can help with effective cleaning and restoration practices. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that means you can reach us 24/7 by calling (845) 635-4550.

What Few People Know About SERVPRO’s Certifications in Poughkeepsie

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

EPA lead certification logo It's important to find a company that knows what they are doing when it comes to lead. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians.

Why SERVPRO’s EPA Lead-Safe Trained Team Should Be by Your Side in Poughkeepsie

Homes, including apartments, townhouses, and condominiums, built before 1978 can expose you, your family, and anyone entering to the hazards of exposure to lead paint. A common ingredient in paints before the passage of legislation banning its use in the late 1970s, daily wear and tear, rehabbing, or repair of affected surfaces can create chips and dust easily inhaled or ingested by occupants. 

Disaster Restoration Efforts and Potential Lead Exposure

The efforts of restoration professionals after a water, fire, mold, or another disaster can unintentionally dislodge bits of lead-based paint. Particularly when building materials suffer from damage extreme enough to require tear-out and removal in Poughkeepsie, lead awareness by both property owners and restoration crews is vital. Protection for you and your loved ones is why hiring a firm such as ours that is EPA Lead-Safe Certified is mandatory.

Restoration Tasks that Disturb Lead Compounds 

When appropriately trained and certified managers and technicians devise and implement a restoration plan after water, fire, mold, and other losses, the agenda can include tasks likely to produce the lead dust dangerous to anyone coming in contact. Drilling holes, saw cutting, scraping, and sanding all can loosen the lead-based coating. The resulting particles are tiny, impossible to see with the naked eye. They drift on air currents, get pulled into HVAC systems, and settle on surfaces throughout all spaces in your premises. Proficiency in proactive management of this dust is why SERVPRO commits to EPA Lead-Safe certification.

Who Is Most Vulnerable to Lead Dust?

Children are most likely to be poisoned by lead dust, touching surfaces and objects, such as toys, sprinkled with it, and then putting contaminated fingers and items in their mouths. Ingestion of lead dust can lead to:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavior issues
  • Diminished motor skills
  • Lowered intelligence
  • Hearing loss
  • Brain damage
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches

Prevention of these severe and permanent problems is a primary reason why SERVPRO obtained EPA Lead-Safe certification.  

Lead Safe Work Practices

The EPA established a protocol to determine if lead is present --  the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. Restoration companies that disturb paint inside pre-1978-built homes, apartments, schools, and daycare facilities must follow this mandate. Compliance with this rule for the safety of occupants and technicians is why SERVPRO supervisors complete the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program. Straightforward safeguards can prevent the spread of and contact with lead dust:

  • Determine if the space under restoration contains lead, the inspection and testing completed by certified companies.
  • Communicate with building owners if lead is found, reviewing and receiving customer sign-off on documents that explain the risks.
  • Construct a work area containment system, sealing the HVAC system and employing negative pressure, HEPA filtered air scrubbers and personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers
  • Remove, bag, and seal all lead-contaminated materials, vacuum with HEPA-filter-equipped units and wipe down surfaces top to bottom. 

Our commitment to transforming lead-dust contaminated spaces to clean and safe environments is why SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County pledges to maintain our EPA Lead-Safe certification for our customers. Call us at (845) 635-4550 for an in-depth consultation and assessment of your circumstances.

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Professional Water Removal for a Poughkeepsie Kitchen

1/25/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher leaking water in kitchen SERVPRO of Poughkeepsie is ready to tackle your water removal needs.

Avoiding Problems That Can Occur After Water Removal in Poughkeepsie Homes

One of the appliances that is essential for any kitchen is the dishwasher. However, without regular maintenance and inspections, many parts can fail and cause water damage to nearby structures, cabinetry, and flooring. If left unchecked, this can make your kitchen host to mold and other bacterial proliferation. Fortunately, there is a team that can help.

If your Poughkeepsie residence needs water removal fast, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are available to assist you at any time of the day or night. This team serves the community with industrial-grade tools and a thorough understanding of the science behind water damage and cleanup of water-related disasters. No matter what size disaster is affecting your home, SERVPRO can reach you within hours of your call to restore your residence to a preloss condition.

SERVPRO is Always Prepared

There are over 1,800 SERVPRO franchise locations across the US and Canada, all owned by local residents who know what their communities need to thrive. This is a team that understands that disasters do not occur when it is convenient for homeowners to deal with them. As a result, SERVPRO is always available to assist homeowners. That means you get access to rapid cleanup service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

When a kitchen has a dishwasher leak, many things can be affected around it, including cabinetry and flooring. If you have a vinyl floor, for example, the moisture can affect the ability of your tiles to adhere to the floor, and they may require replacement or removal. If the floor covering is resilient linoleum, then rapid spillage removal can prevent seepage into the subfloor and mitigate damages and lower costs.

Soggy drywall and cabinetry can have holes drilled into them to facilitate ventilation and air movers and dehumidifiers can be strategically placed to address the damage. If contaminants are present, SERVPRO uses OSHA-approved, EPA-registered antimicrobials to remove residues and ensure that surfaces are thoroughly sanitized and disinfected. If odors are present, SERVPRO can use ultra-low volume foggers to spread water or solvent-based deodorizers that eliminate odor-causing particles by bonding with them.

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County provides speedy service. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you need rapid disaster cleanup service, call (845) 635-4550 today.

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Here is a Method That is Helping With Water Damage Remediation in Poughkeepsie

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

red couch in water damaged room Water damage can affect many areas of your home. Pick up the phone and call SERVPRO right after damage.

Securing a Water-Damaged Poughkeepsie Home Before Mitigation

After a disaster strikes, you want to take whatever steps are necessary to reduce the spread and severity of damaging effects in your Poughkeepsie home. Mitigation is a vital sequence that begins the efforts of our professionals when they arrive at a damaged residence, but before this can happen, we have to secure the property by addressing the immediate hazardous effects and reducing unnecessary risks to the safety of our technicians arriving at the house.

Knowing what to do in a crisis is not something that many homeowners have the experience to face, especially when it is a damaging situation like water damage to Poughkeepsie residences. Many have entrusted their homes to the skill and expertise of our SERVPRO professionals during water loss emergencies in the past, and the responsibility of recovering an area home is one of the rewarding aspects our accredited water restoration technicians and structural drying specialists experience.

Securing your home before mitigation begins can be a two-fold procedure that can begin before our professionals even reach your property. Before you vacate the premises or take a step back from the house to allow our experienced technicians access to the affected areas of the property, there are steps that you can take to better reduce your loss. Homeowners can move at-risk contents to a dry area of the house. You can also round up irreplaceable keepsakes and treasures to protect from migrating water loss effects.

Our SERVPRO technicians have a job to do to protect your home before our extraction, drying, and cleaning efforts begin. Setting up a staging area beside our sealed drying zones can help to minimize the incidental spread of water loss effects by having all necessary equipment and products conveniently stored in the house near the affected areas.

As detrimental as water loss emergencies can be for your home, taking the right initial steps can protect your home and its occupants from worse conditions. You can count on the fast response and the experience of our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County team to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (845) 635-4550.

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Experience and Education Make Hyde Park Water Cleanup Efficient

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Dirty standing water up stairwell in the home. SERVPRO has all of the right techniques to assist your water damage in Hyde Park.

Let us show you our expertise with water damage in Hyde Park.

While our franchise has been growing as a premier restoration choice through Hyde Park and all of Dutchess County, you are not without options when it comes to professional outfits working to help recover your property after a water loss incident. Our technicians have training and endorsements through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), many of which have secondary accreditations in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

The extent to which our field technicians stay educated and prepared for water cleanup in Hyde Park homes can offer our customers peace of mind. We know that disasters can strike at any time, and this is where experience and skill shine through the most. While many of our competitors might still be loading up their service vehicles and trailers, our Green Fleet stays stocked for mitigation and restoration tasks in the water restoration niche 24/7. We have powerful extraction tools, rapid drying machines, and an array of cleaning agents to make this loss situation “Like it never even happened.”

The degradation and deterioration of affected and saturated construction materials are often among the main areas in need of thorough and effective cleaning approaches. Our experts must often wait until extraction and drying complete before we can address the full cleaning of the damaged areas. Once we can begin, we have EPA and OSHA approved cleansing and antimicrobial agents, providing a safe solution to harsh chemical compounds that can be hazardous to the health of those exposed.

Our cleaning team is also able to handle the mess left behind after reconstruction and renovation. With debris and controlled demolition, two of the most significant projects to overcome and clean after a water loss incident demands renovation, you need a team of qualified contracting specialists to help. We have effective rebuilding and reconstruction experience, dating back as far as 1997 when our owners first opened the doors of a general contracting firm before it evolved into full restoration and recovery.  

With a full contracting firm within our walls and a growing listing of IICRC-Certified recovery specialists, our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County professionals can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call at (845) 635-4550.

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Upstate New York Homeowners Know to Count on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery After a Damaging Event to Their Residences

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Looks Like It is Time to Call SERVPRO to Visit Your Poughkeepsie Property for Restoration Services

What Makes Us a Leading Local Restoration Service for Poughkeepsie Property Owners

A premier restoration service in the Poughkeepsie area returns a property to its preloss state after damages caused by fire, water, mold or storms, whenever possible. Depending on the scale of the job at hand, this process could involve mobilizing large amounts of equipment and human resources in a short space of time. The severity resulting in an insurance claim could also incorporate the use of third-parties. These third parties may include first responders, like the fire department, or general contractors, architects and remodelers. We can liaise with third parties on your behalf to ensure that you only have to deal with one company during what can be a stressful and debilitating period.

Property concerns involving water damage in Poughkeepsie are more common than you might think. As a restoration service, water claims make up a significant proportion of our yearly call-outs. Anything from aging plumbing systems that burst or crack during changing temperatures, to accidental damages like frozen pipes or leaving a faucet open can be a reason to call SERVPRO.

Our certified water restoration technicians (WRT) have seen, and successfully dealt with, minor, medium scale, and major damages across Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County. One of the most crucial aspects of delivering this service is to remove excess water and dry a property as quickly as possible. Moisture can permanently stain, damage or weaken structure and contents with prolonged exposure.

SERVPRO uses a large arsenal of advanced equipment to dry your Poughkeepsie residence properly. Water removal can be achieved using pumps or, more commonly, portable extraction units complete with 40-50 gallon tanks. Drying a property involves careful measurement of saturation levels using moisture meters, sensors, and thermal imaging cameras. Rapid air movers used in conjunction with dehumidifiers can deliver exceptional results in removing moisture from a structure and guard against future microbial growth issues.

Homeowners with mold damage in Poughkeepsie can rely on us to provide expert remediation of the immediate and bothersome symptoms. Although mold spores exist in all home environments, these microscopic fungi can become a problem in ideal conditions of heat, moisture, and humidity. Ripe conditions can result in the rapid proliferation of mold spores into fully-formed colonies that affect indoor air quality and soil possessions.

Tell-tale signs of a microbial issue could be the presence of an unpleasant odor in some regions of the home. You may also notice visible signs of bacterial growth in corners, walls, ceilings, or fabrics. The material signs of fungi in your Poughkeepsie home are enough to bring in professional restoration services that can control microbial growth and eliminate colonies or odors. SERVPRO can effectively remediate these issues and, in most situations, return your home to a preloss condition.

In dealing with a microbial growth problem, the priority for a SERVPRO technician is to find the source of the issue. We often find that mold growth is the result of a pre-existing water issue, a damp spot or moisture pocket. By tackling the issue at the source using proper drying methods, we can prevent the mold from returning after service is complete. Removing colonies may require corrosive chemical agents that can remove finish or paintwork. SERVPRO can repaint areas of damage using an anti-microbial base coating to prevent future issues and ensure microbial growth is kept in check.

Carrying out restoration services on properties with fire damage in Poughkeepsie usually involves cleaning smoke residues and eliminating odors rather than restoring the structure. SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) try to recreate the conditions in which malodors were initially spread to neutralize them. In a fire, the odor spreads primarily through the smoke, which can be challenging to remediate, particularly when it enters ventilation systems or other cavities in the home.

Using the right equipment is fundamental to providing excellent restoration services in Poughkeepsie. Thermal fogging equipment uses heating elements to heat odor control liquids into a vapor. The vapor can then be expelled either into the affected area if smoke was contained, or throughout the property. The vaporized solvent used by SERVPRO contains chemical pairing agents which bond with odor particles, neutralizing them rather than merely masking them.

As a homeowner, it can often be tempting to assist in the restoration service. SERVPRO recommends that you follow the advice of your technician. Some dry soot that has settled on surfaces and flooring can be relatively simple to clean yourself. However, wet smoke deposits can be spread around, causing more damage if attempted without the proper training or equipment. Our technicians are happy to direct you to areas where you can assist but may also need you to stay away from certain areas in your Poughkeepsie home to avoid potentially causing further damage.

We operate emergency restoration services for storm damage in Poughkeepsie. Since these events can be challenging to predict and often occur out of hours, SERVPRO has a team of on-call technicians who can assist you in times of emergency. We operate on a safety first basis that ensures immediate hazards are dealt with quickly before preventative measures are taken to control the severity of property damages.

One vital part of our restoration services is to perform scoping. Scoping refers to the inspection of your Poughkeepsie home for safety hazards. These could include electrical hazards, broken glass or debris or the checking of floors and ceilings to make sure the structure itself is intact. SERVPRO technicians can also perform emergency board ups to maintain security in the property if the job site requires more than a few hours of restoration.

In severe storms, there is a high chance that your Poughkeepsie property may require general contractors. These general contractors may need to replace windows, doors, or other structural elements in the home. SERVPRO technicians can assess whether or not it is beneficial to perform emergency drying or deodorization of the property before the arrival of third-parties. In the case of contaminated water, it is a safety requirement to remove and dispose of the contaminated materials before general contractors enter.

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is a leading, local provider of restoration services covering storm, water, fire and mold damages. Contact us today at (845) 635-4550 to arrange a visit or service.

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Mold Removal or Remediation?

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  • Step 1: Call SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County at 845-635-4550
  • Step 2: Have one of our highly trained estimators come out for and inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Call your local NYS licensed Mold Assessor and get a protocol for remediation.
  • Step 4: Mold Containment
  • Step 5: Air Filtration
  • Step 6: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 7: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 8: Restoration

Signs of Mold? Call Today 845-635-4550

Understanding Mold In Your Dutchess County Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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 allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
  • 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.

Steps to take for Mold Remediation in Dutchess County and NYS

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold remediation can be a complicated and confusing process for any homeowner or potential homeowner in New York State and the Dutchess County Region.

As of January 1st of 2016, New York State passed a new law that requires any suspect mold or visable mold over 10 square feet be tested by a New York State licensed Mold Assessor before any licensed mold remediation company can come in to begin work.

This individual will do different styles of testing to determine factors that will allow for them to write a protocol for the remediation companies to follow in order to safely remediate.  SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County follows these protocols to the letter to ensure that your home or business is safe.

Have a mold problem?  Give us a call today and we can walk you through the process of mold remediation right over the phone!  (845)-635-4550

Taking Precaution Against Mold in your Dutchess County Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

When handling water losses, SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County knows that prompt response and action is required to prevent mold from occurring.  If your Dutchess County home or business as sustained water damage, it is important to call the professionals to remove excess water and to set up the correct drying environment.  An ongoing water issue, if left untreated, can lead to the correct environment for mold to occur.  

If there is any of the following, it is important to follow call in a New York State licensed Mold Assessor to do the required mold testing and develop a protocol for SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County to follow.

  • Visible mold growth
  • Strong musty odor
  • Evidence of moisture
  • Excessive humidity

Call SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County today to walk you through the necessary steps for when dealing with mold in your Dutchess County Home. (845)-635-4550

Does Your Dutchess County Home Have a Mold Problem?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and 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 allergens and irritants.
  • 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 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 your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 845-635-4550

Dutchess County Residents: Follow These Mold Tips If You Suspect Mold.

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –845-635-4550