Extreme Storms Are Really Costing Us | SERVPRO® of Jefferson County
When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County to start the restoration process.
You don’t have to tell New Yorkers that 2020 was a dubious year. But it goes deeper than you might realize—not only did the year see a global pandemic and a months-long lockdown across the country, it also broke records for severe storms and extreme weather.
In fact, 2020 saw more weather disasters than any previous year on record.
A “disaster” weather event is defined as one in which there is at least a billion dollars in damage, and 2020 saw a history-making 22 of these events hit the United States. There were so many Atlantic storms, in fact, that the NWS exhausted its list of names before the year was over and had to resort to its backup nomenclature, the Greek alphabet, for only the second time ever.
Here in upstate New York, we saw record-setting snow events, and our neighbors just to the south saw the wrath of Hurricane Isaias and other heavy storms.
Not Just Hurricanes
Hurricanes are the most common thought when it comes to financially disastrous weather, but it turns out that the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorm systems and the tornadoes some of them birthed: indeed 14 of the 22 classified weather disasters were thunderstorms or storm-related.
Not Just 2020
We can hope that the destruction of 2020’s storms was an aberration, and that following years will treat us more kindly, but to be realistic it seems that 2020 was just following a trend toward more extreme annual weather patterns. 2018 and 2019 joined forces to cause for $136 billion in damages, and 2017 begat a record-high $300 billion in weather damage.
What’s more, each of the last 10 years has seen at least eight major weather disasters in the U.S., and the last six years have seen at least 10 each.
Storms can and do happen year-round and coast to coast, to it’s of vital importance that home and business owners stay alert and prepared when storms are forecast. But if those preparations should prove insufficient or become overwhelmed in an extreme storm situation, just remember that your local SERVPRO office is here 24 hours a day for emergencies.
When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.
Grills Are Top Causes of Spring Fires | SERVPRO® of Jefferson County
Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County to learn more.
Spring is a time of hope, life and a renewed sense of purpose. Plants and trees have survived the long, cold winter and found a way to bloom again, and hey…we have, too.
The mild weather and absolute glamour show of nature call us to get up off the couch and do something. Maybe we can even use some of these workout pants we’ve stocked up over the last year.
And of course when the weather warms up we love to barbecue. We’ll use just about any excuse to get some fresh chicken wings going.
But the increase in outdoor and backyard activity also means an increased risk of fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year.
But there are a few basic things you can take care of to ensure that your backyard time is safe and enjoyable.
The grill. Grills present the most danger and cause the most accidental spring fires. And it’s not hard to see why—they combine many elements that increase fire risk and throw them all in a confined space. So when you grill, make sure your grill is in good working order, with no leaks or rusted-out areas. Make sure you cook on solid ground away from any flammable leaves or materials. And don’t forget to clean your grill regularly. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.
The fire pit. Marshmallows and stories around the fire pit are a regular spring activity, but enjoy your cool evenings safely. Never allow pets or children near the fire unsupervised, and definitely never leave the fire to itself. Don’t add leaves or pine needles, because they create lots of potentially destructive embers. And keep a bucket of water on hand for putting the fire out, which you should do slowly and repeatedly until all ashes are cool to the touch.
Chimneys and dryer vents. These aren’t really backyard-related, but they are fire safety measures all the same. So while you’re at it, get the ash and soot cleaned out of your chimney, and check the ventilation pipe attached to your dryer to make sure there’s not lint in there waiting to catch fire.
Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 24⁄7 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.
What Are the Signs of Basement Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of Jefferson County
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Basements are an extremely useful, versatile part of many homes. They can be furnished for extra living space or a bonus den, or kept bare and used for storage. They can serve as a space for the weekly card game or the monthly book club.
Basements do have one drawback though—they tend to draw in moisture from the outdoors, because they’re built into the ground.
While it’s not guaranteed that your basement will have a water problem eventually, the chances are good enough that it serves you well as a homeowner to be aware of the signs. Let’s go through some of the most common indicators of water trying to muck up one of your most useful home spaces.
How to Know if You May Have Water Damage
Unpleasant, musky odors. Basements just have a smell, right? Well, they shouldn’t. The smell so many associate with our favorite underground rooms is actually an indicator of moisture trapped inside. In fact, this smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while these are often hard to see, they are easy to smell.
Flaking paint on masonry or walls. While a coat of waterproof paint may seem like a one-time solution for preventing moisture from coming inside, it’s more complicated than that. Waterproof paint really only masks the problem until it’s so bad that it breaks through anyway, bubbling and cracking your paint and letting water inside.
Foundational cracks. Homes do shift over time, that’s true. But if you discover a serious crack in your foundation, it’s likely you’ve got something spilling a lot of water under your floors. Cracks may show up first in the floor, the ceiling, or in your walls,, and they often indicate that a cracked or shifting foundation is causing undue stress on the rest of your home’s structrure. Hairline cracks are no cause for alarm, but if they grow larger, they should be dealt with immediately.
If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.
What to Know About the Dangers of Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Jefferson County
Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County if you experience any damage.
Hello, warmer weather! Hello, blooming flowers! Hello, time spent outdoors! And hello, thunderstorms?
It’s true. While we love the warmer weather that late spring brings, it also brings an increased risk of thunderstorms. While these storms are incredibly common, they also have the potential to be dangerous.
Let’s talk through some basics first. Thunderstorms are defined as storms containing thunder. That means that they also contain lightning, since thunder and lightning always go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other.
While many thunderstorms pass without incident, there are those that do not—and between high winds, lightning, hail, flooding and other issues that thunderstorms can cause, there are many ways that the weather can turn dangerous quickly.
Because of that, it’s important to pay attention to the weather and heed warnings and watch alerts. That’s especially true for severe thunderstorms, a more serious type of storm that contains hail that is one inch or larger and straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or more.
Why Thunderstorms Are Dangerous
Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Every thunderstorm has lightning, even if you can’t see it. This aspect of storms is actually among the most dangerous. In fact, it is reported that they cause around 300 injuries every year. And that only considers the bodily harm caused. Lightning strikes can also cause property damage through fires and indirect harm such as trees being struck by lightning and falling on the house.
Property damage due to hail. When it comes to hail, there are two important aspects to consider: size and force. Hail varies in size from tiny to very large, and the larger the size, the more dangerous it is. The force with which the hail strikes is also a key factor. In severe thunderstorms, where large hail is pummeling a roof, it can result in damage that may lead to leaks and water damage.
Harm from flash flooding. “Turn around, don’t drown” is much more than simply a catchy phrase! It’s a serious guideline in the case of flash flooding. This type of floods can literally occur in a flash due to a variety of reasons, including intense rainfall or a blocked drainage ditch. If flash flood conditions are possible, it’s best to stay off the road—and definitely don’t drive through water.
Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 24⁄7 for more information about our storm restoration practices.
Why Education Matters When Choosing a Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Jefferson County
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Did you know that one in about 20 American homeowners will file a claim on their homeowners insurance this year?
That includes damage from water, fire, wind, storms and more.
Not every damage incident with an associated claim will need restoration services. But some homes do need the professional touch to come back the way you remember them after damage.
Home damage is probably one thing you haven’t put a lot of thought into dealing with. But you should think about it because it’s more common than you would think.
It’s a good idea to have a plan in place before your home is impacted by a natural disaster. Restoring your home can be a complex job, and you’ll want it done by experts.
The restoration team you choose can make all the difference in your quality and satisfaction with the job.
Disasters Impact Americans Frequently
The Insurance Information Institute tallies statistics about the yearly numbers of insurance claims. The one in 20 homeowners estimate is from their yearly report.
Beyond the overall statistic, III also looks at individual causes of homeowners insurance claims. Water damage is the most common, but even fires aren’t rare.
About one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year.
So having a quality restoration team in mind now can make a difference for you or someone you love later.
Training Makes All the Difference
Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides an array of certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians are able to use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.
And when you choose your local SERVPRO, these restoration experts will take the knowledge they’ve gained through our intensive training programs and use it to restore 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 24⁄7 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.
Take Control of Your Rain Damage Risk With These Simple Steps | SERVPRO® of Jefferson County
If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County today.
Have you ever had to file a claim for home water damage?
No one wants to deal with water damage, but the reality is that many homeowners will be faced with it at some point during the time they own their home. One in every 50 Americans will also be filing a claim this year. That means if you don’t file a water damage claim this year, someone you know (statistically) will.
Heavy rains aren’t usually the first thing people named when they’re asked about water damage. But rain is common and if your home isn’t prepared, it really can cause damage that will need costly repairs over time.
It’s not as difficult as you might think to lessen your risk, though. A little creativity and some thoughtful planning can go a long way.
Keep Your Home Safe From Heavy Rains
We see many water-damaged homes, so we know some of the basic home maintenance tips that can make a difference.
Understand how your yard drains and correct any problems. This is vital. If your yard drains toward your home, you may want to get professional advice on ways you can fix the problem. Talk with one of your local landscaping experts. They’ll suggest ways to protect your yard.
Don’t overlook native plants when you’re landscaping. You might not believe it, but landscaping really is a form of protection for your home when you do it right. Native plants can be helpful. Talk with a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.
Consider sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.
If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.
Helping Fort Drum Business Owners Thrive During Uncertain Times
If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County to learn more.
Did it take a lot of work for you to get your Fort Drum business ready to open its doors?
If you’re like most business owners, the answer is, “Yes, it was a lot.”
But if it’s something you’ve dreamed of doing for yourself and your family, how could you do anything but work hard to get it started? We’re a locally owned business, so we understand what you’re doing and want to support the community.
You’re a big part of the community. We know what you do to make your business a success. It means a lot to research and planning—and everything that goes into operating and growing your business, too.
Every business owner has had to find new ways to serve our customers during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. We want to help you with that process, including the ways you now interact with customers and keep them safe.
Finding the Right Resources
The good news is that we’re all rooting for you to succeed. Resources are there to help you do it. They include available business loans and tips, advice, and more from trusted local and national resources.
Our team is here to help you, too. We’ll get your office, store or restaurant ready for customers.
The technicians on our team will get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” This is a powerful process that will let you rest assured that your business is protected by the latest cleaning technology. Here’s how we do it:
The first step is to consult with you about your needs.
Next, we’ll clean your space using proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Our cleaning and decontamination standards come directly from the CDC.
The next step is the final one. Our teams certify your space, providing evidence for your customers that your space is safe.
If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.
Tips for Adams Businesses That Need Disaster Recovery Services: SERVPRO® of Jefferson County
SERVPRO of Jefferson County knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right restoration
If you’re a business owner in Adams, our team has a question for you to consider: When was the last time you evaluated your business disaster plan?
For those that might answer “never,” it’s a good idea to think about what you need to do to keep your business going if a fire, flood or storm strikes. Even if you have a solid plan prepared already, it’s essential to evaluate it on occasion. Your business and your needs can change, and your plan should reflect that.
Because we regularly work with business owners who need our expertise and support to complete a restoration process, we know that even the most prepared business owners sometimes have difficulty moving forward and knowing what to do when faced with a natural disaster.
Our team already knows a lot about what it takes to get a business up and running again. We’ve pulled together our best tips to help local business owners who may need our services.
Getting Your Business Restoration Project Moving
Here’s what you might want to consider if your business needs restoration services:
Follow your outlined plan. It may seem simple, but the shock of dealing with a disaster can make it difficult to think clearly. That’s what your disaster plan is for. Follow the steps you laid out and look at your options, which could include moving to a backup location.
Get your insurance company the information they need—fast. You’ll be asked to provide things like photos of the items’ damage and inventory inside your business. Have these prepared and ready to share.
Keep members of your community in the loop. Stay connected with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community.. Social media is the right way for you to reach your wider community, but consider reaching out personally to your employees, suppliers and your loyal customers.
If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.
Working hard to keep Jefferson County residents safe
We are here to help 24/7/365
As some know, we have been offering and performing COVID-19 disinfection since the beginning of the pandemic. We cannot thank our employees enough for being diligent with practicing social distancing, wearing their masks, and staying healthy so they can better serve our community.
We are regularly performing proactive and post exposure disinfections at many local businesses. We strictly adhere to all CDC recommendations while performing this work. Our employees are protected with Tyvek suits and respirators.
We strive to go above and beyond with all of our services, this is no different. We know that there are other companies offering services for a much lower cost, but the work is not being performed correctly. Per the CDC, high touch areas must be cleaned prior to disinfection. This means that going in and just "fogging" an area isn't good enough. We take the time to make sure every high touch area is cleaned, then disinfected, and we then fog as a final step as we are leaving.
With all products, especially disinfectants, there is what is called a "dwell time". This is the amount of time that the product has to stay wet in order to be as effective as claimed. When an area is just fogged and a company is in and out in a short amount of time, it's almost impossible to know that the dwell time was adhered to. We take the extra time to ensure that the dwell time is reached.
We know that things revolving around COVID-19 will be evolving for quite some time. We are working hard to make sure that we have the most up to date information to help keep the communities that we love and live in safe.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to call the office at 315-777-8377
Soot damage in Jefferson County
Sometimes you don't notice all of the soot until we start to clean
As much as we don't want to admit it, it's time to turn our furnaces back on. We know all too well that things don't always go as planned. Sometimes furnaces malfunction with what is called a "puffback".
The term "puff back" refers to the sudden expulsion of soot into the dwelling area caused by a malfunction in the heating system. The soot from a puff back is a sticky, greasy, grimy mess that is second to none. It can also present a severe health hazard in the place that's supposed to be your haven- your home.
All of those minuscule, oil based particles embed themselves into curtains, carpets, and clothing while contaminating the air with known carcinogens. Running a vacuum over it only grinds the soot deeper and creates stains that will never come out. Wiping the soot from walls and ceilings creates a place where paint will no longer stick. Unless the soot is quickly and professionally removed, it can cause corrosion of metal on doorknobs, faucets, and even electronic equipment throughout the home. Because every inch of the home is affected, a puff back is an overwhelming job to clean properly.
This is where the SERVPRO team can help - you can trust SERVPRO to clean everything. We're your one stop shop for puff back and smoke damage cleanup in the Jefferson, Lewis and St Lawrence County areas.