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Biohazard Bathroom Cleanup

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Bathroom Cleanup Bathroom tiles after our services were provided.

Here at SERVPRO we take pride in our long list of services we provide to our clients. On this list is bio hazardous damage removal and restoration. These types of jobs are a sensitive topic but we at SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & So. Ulster Counties are always up for any type of job where it’s possible to give the customer a sense of relief and satisfaction. Not pictured here is where the blood on the floor of the bathroom was. The removal of this should only be done by trained professionals. Our crew went in with the proper equipment and tools they needed to remain safe while simultaneously fixing the damage. Pictured here is the tiles after our job was done. You can see the tiles have been restored to working conditions and no longer look like damage had ever taken place there to begin with.

Shed Fire

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Shed Fire Shed fire causing damage to another shed on the property.

Outdoor fire damage can sometimes happen very unexpected. When we arrived onsite and met with this insured, he was very upset about his shed burning to the ground because of all the memories he kept safe in the shed. SERVPRO is the company to call when you want someone to help walk you through the process. It is not always an easy situation to go through belongings that have burned and will not be able to be saved. 

SERVPRO not only cleans up debris and homes but we can also clean up outside debris from a fire. The steps that will be taken at this home are to inventory what we can, dispose of the items that are non-salvageable and try to clean the items that we can save. Unfortunately this is not always how it works. Sometimes there is nothing to save. 

We are a team that is there to help during any size disaster. Call SERVPRO, we are always here to help. 

Commercial Mold is Serious

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold is Serious This is the mold found on a wall of a commercial building in its utility room after water heater broke.

In certain large buildings undiscovered water damage could be unfound for a long period of time. There are certain areas that could even dry before being discovered. The photo with this blog shows an area showing after they had a small leak in one of the many boiler rooms. It is important to have checks daily on the areas where water damage could happen. Regular maintenance should be done on all machinery and equipment in the commercial building. You should also always have a plumber on speed dial just in case water damage arises. If this happens, the quicker you fix the damage; call SERVPRO to begin drying, the less secondary damage you may have. This building in the photo did not do their checks and balances. Once they had a large water damage that started coming down the hallway is when we discovered the mold growth behind the walls in the utility room.

Be Prepared, Have an Exit Plan

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Be Prepared, Have an Exit Plan Important arrows marking the exit plan.

If you are a building owner with tenants or a property manager, you should always have an exit plan in case of a serious fire or water damage in the building. Part of the plan should be multiple exits for all occupants of the building and a meeting spot for each group of people. There should never be a question when an emergency arises where people should go and what to do. It is very important to have your occupants, staff or visiting persons apprised of this information and is prepared. The details of these plans should be both a visual drawing and written directions. If you are able to, the building should have arrows marked on all areas where the exit plan is activated. For example, take a look at the photo. Never forget, SERVPRO is always here to help in case of an emergency in your commercial building.

Unknown Water Damage Turned Mold

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Unknown Water Damage Turned Mold Mold found behind furniture after water heater burst.

Sometimes you may have water damage in a basement that you do not go into very often. Make it a point, set an alarm, to check your basement once a week. In the photo, this is a basement that does not get checked very often. The only way the homeowner found out something was wrong was when there water stopped getting hot during the day. When he entered his basement he noticed that the water heater had a slow leak that finally broke causing a large amount of water throughout the finished basement. After they called SERVPRO, we inspected the basement thoroughly to make sure we had a full understanding of what needed to be done. SERVPRO is fully licensed in New York State to handle all Mold Remediation Projects from start to finish.

Second Homes Not Visited Often Turns to Mold

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Second Homes Not Visited Often Turns to Mold Mold across the entire ceiling of this mountain home after visitors where not there for four weeks.

Many people in New York State have secondary homes in the mountains that only have visitors during the summer or parts of the winter for winter sports. Secondary homes should always have someone checking on the house at least once a week for the entire time that there are no visitors to the home. This will help avoid a situation like in the photo of this blog. This is a ceiling inside a beautiful mountain home that had sudden roof leaks after a large wind storm. When the homeowner arrived back at the home after four weeks away, there was a substantial amount of mold throughout the entire home. Since this was found in the summer, the humidity in New York caused the mold growth process to speed up and caused the whole home to be affected. We were able to start the project quickly and get the homeowners back into their gorgeous mountain home for the summer.

Dandelions and Mold

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dandelions and Mold Mold is like Dandelions

Did you really think Dandelions and Mold had a lot in common? Believe it now, they really do. SERVPRO tries to educate their customers about mold and how it spreads easily. Think back when you were a child, you were walking home from the school bus, picked up the one Dandelion in the lawn and blew all the little seeds flew all over the grass. The next day, you start walking back from the bus; there is magically thousands of Dandelions now throughout the grass. Mold is like Dandelions; once you put air onto mold it will start to spread. This is why at SERVPRO we do not ever spray mold or Hepa Vacuum quickly. This will push the mold spores throughout the home or office and cause mold to spread to unaffected areas. If you find mold in your home or office, consider calling the professionals at SERVPRO first and they will help you through the process.

Storm Damage in Home

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Orange County we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. This job classifies as storm damage as you can see the amount of debris on the floor when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with the proper tools to get rid of all the garbage and debris and make this home look like a home again. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO is #heretohelp.

What to do when your commercial business has a fire?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What to do when your commercial business has a fire? Call SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties to deal with all of your fire damage needs on any commercial property.

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration and Repair Service

Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan. 

The Damage Caused by a Fire

When you experience commercial fire damage to your Chester business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call

After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when do you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of Orange County is as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business. Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response, by calling (845) 342-3333.

Orange County Business Owners - Does your business have water damage?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water intrusion in one room can mean water damage in other rooms. This can only be the start of other damages. 

Water intrusions invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point in your business’ structure. Water from an overflowing bathroom stall or other water incidents will search for pinhole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down in the building.

Some common signs of water damage in your business include:

  • Water rings on the ceilings or walls
  • Warped or cracked flooring
  • Rust on the hot water heater
  • A smell could develop

If your business has recently fallen victim to water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages.  There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible. SERVPRO focuses on keeping the business operational or getting the business back up and running quickly.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties to provide reasonable prices for water damage and other services in the Middletown area.  Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage and storm damage.  Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your business’s restoration.  Whether the water damage is big or small, call us at 845-342-3333.