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Use SERVPRO's Expertise to Succeed With Watertown Flood Damage Remediation

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Use SERVPRO's Expertise to Succeed With Watertown Flood Damage Remediation Flooding can affect the area and enter your home. Many times the floodwaters have unsafe debris and PPE must be utilized. Contact team SERVPRO.

Why SERVPRO Technicians Use PPE for Flood Damage Cleanup in Watertown

When an area in Watertown goes underwater, even for a short time, the environment changes. Microbes flourish, chemicals from roadways saturate the ground, and debris gets littered everywhere, tangled in landscaping and other outside structures. The area becomes a place of risk, and extra precautions need to be in place to protect anyone entering.

Such dangers are why SERVPRO specialists wear special gear when mitigating homes that sustain flood damage in Watertown. Personal protective equipment or PPE keep our employees safe from the dangers of microbes and other possible harm. Microbes can cause many different health effects and debris can contain these and other dangers. Sharp glass, metal, and wood can puncture the skin, but our PPE drastically minimizes the possibility.

Our PPE makes it possible for us to work in dirty environments, and efficiently clean everything up, so your family never needs to face these same dangers. The equipment we use to clean up your home, get it dry again, and then restore it are also practical and efficient.

Flooding brings in water that quickly saturates everything, but a good percentage of this water quickly turns to water vapor and spreads. Your upper floors also require the use of desiccant machines. We run these during the majority of our work, so they quickly trap any moisture that travels upward. Pumping out any standing water happens much more rapidly than allowing the water to drain away naturally. Contacting us gets sandbags placed around your property's perimeter so pumping can commence.

Tearing out ruined, waterlogged walls leaves the studs behind, and we test these to ensure they still meet minimum standards. Our PPE continues to protect us during this stage, as well, from nails and other sharp objects. Carpeting is notorious for its tacks, and it only takes one to cause a small but painful injury. Our gloves keep this from happening to us. To prevent similar incidents from happening after your family returns, we thoroughly vacuum all floors to remove such dangers.

Paying attention to the details that matter most, SERVPRO of Jefferson County is always available to help make things “Like it never even happened” for you, safely, and efficiently. When you find your Carthage or Adams property mired in flood damage, call us at (315) 777-8377.

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Our Advanced Equipment And Techniques Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Fire Damaged Home In Watertown

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Advanced Equipment And Techniques Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Fire Damaged Home In Watertown It is common to experience bad odors in your property after a fire incident.

Why SERVPRO Relies On Advanced Techniques During Fire Damage Odor Removal In Watertown

It is common to experience bad odors in your property after a fire incident. The type or strength of the odor depends on the kind of materials consumed by the fire. Fires involving synthetic materials like plastics or natural ones such as proteins leave a bad stench all over the property, even in sections unaffected by the flames. We offer professional cleanup and deodorization services to restore your Watertown property to its preloss state. Our IICRC certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, utilize different techniques to achieve this.

The process of fire damage odor removal in Watertown involves different steps. Identifying the source of the odor is crucial before taking other steps because as long as the source is present, any other deodorization measure is not likely to work. Burnt residues produce most of the odor. Our SERVPRO technicians remove all unsalvageable materials from the house and clean salvageable ones eliminating most of the odor sources.

The smoke residues deposited in different parts of the house can prolong the presence of bad odor in the house after the blaze. Because heat opens up pores in materials and some of the particles of smoke residue are tiny, they reach deep into materials. The selected method of cleaning or deodorization must reach these residues to be effective. Our SERVPRO technicians are skilled in different deodorization procedures including fogging which allows the deodorizer in vapor form so that it can penetrate the material just like the smoke residues causing the odor.

Sometimes, the agents causing the odor might not be visible. This outcome is common in grease or protein fire. In such cases, cleaning the entire property helps remove all residues left on surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians focus attention close to the source of the fire first. In case of a grease fire, we do a thorough cleaning to the stove, vent hood, countertops, vent filter, cabinets, walls and ceilings in the kitchen. After finishing with the areas close to the source, we proceed to the rest of the house.

With help from SERVPRO of Jefferson County, it is easy to eliminate bad odors. You can reach us at (315) 777-8377 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fort Drum Home After A Fire

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fort Drum Home After A Fire SERVPRO experts can ellimniate fire odors after you suffer a fire.

How Smoke Odor Spreads Through Fort Drum Homes

While many homeowners might find themselves preoccupied with the state of their Fort Drum home after a fire, the other effects that you cannot readily see can be equally problematic. Odors from a fire are often among the hardest to remove, and why it takes specialized equipment and specific training for qualified professionals like ours to eliminate permanently. Smoke odors cannot get concealed with a stronger smell, as it often gets embedded into materials, fabrics, and the air.

Fire odor damage can spread quickly throughout your Fort Drum home both during and in the days after a fire. This odor can move far beyond the combustion areas to provide a challenge for homeowners still living in the home to endure. Many fire damage situations are small and localized, but overcoming this noxious odor then becomes a priority for those still exposed to the harsh scent every day.

The smoke from a fire can spread throughout your home through many different avenues. Often the HVAC system plays the most significant role in moving this odor from one location in the house to another, but this also posits residue, soot, and debris inside of the ductwork in between all of these areas. Our experienced SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to effectively remove buildup and sediment from the ductwork to help this system slow its spread of the odor.

Our industry-leading equipment such as our thermal foggers release a dense chemical compound and can help to deodorize open areas of your property and break apart foul odor molecules on contact. This equipment is also safe to use on softer materials and textiles throughout the property, making it an excellent choice to deodorize carpeting, clothing, drapes, furniture, and other structural elements.

Overcoming fire damage odors in your home is not something that homeowners can do on their own. Our SERVPRO of Jefferson County rapid response team has advanced technology to remove smoke and fire odors, along with the residue and damage that they cause quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (315) 777-8377.

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Watertown Property Owners Can Count on SERVPRO for Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Watertown Property Owners Can Count on SERVPRO for Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration Watertown Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Protecting Plumbing While You Are Away from Watertown for the Winter

The winter and even early spring can bring about severe temperature drops. Remaining mindful of the effects of freezing temperatures can help to protect your home and its belongings from substantial damage when pipes that get exposed burst. Worse than this, many homeowners are far away from their properties during the long winter months, leaving them unaware of damages that could occur when at risk plumbing components dam up, build pressure, and disconnect or burst.

While no one wants to pay someone to periodically monitor their property for any sign of danger, there are ways that you can keep your Watertown property from widespread water damages while you are away from your home for the season. Neighbors and relatives can check on your house at regular intervals to ensure that they do not notice anything out of place. Your municipality can also help you by shutting off your water to the house while you are away, allowing you to drain the lines and prevent the possibility of plumbing damages.

If water damage does get discovered at this time, it does not mean that your time away in likely warmer weather has to come to a halt. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24 hours a day to offer effective mitigation and restoration solutions for customers in our area. Even without you being at home, upon formal agreement, we can get to work quickly on restoring your home and could have it back to its original condition before you even return from your extended travels to warmer climates for the winter months.

Our SERVPRO trained technicians utilize state-of-the-art equipment to monitor moisture levels in wall cavities, flooring, and in ceilings that are hidden from view. We employ FLIR camera thermal imaging, moisture meters, and sensors for this purpose. This identification helps to direct our fast-drying equipment like heated air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent the need for demolition. Our goal is always to preserve and restore, and not remove and replace.
Disasters can happen at any time, even when you are miles and miles away from home. Our SERVPRO of Jefferson County rapid response team can help with effective solutions that can restore your home fast, "Like it never even happened."We are available 24/7 by calling (315) 777-8377.

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Commercial Buildings Need Protection After a Fire

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Commercial Buildings Need Protection After a Fire Commercial building fire damage in Adams,NY

Before the fire, the building was the center of a thriving business. It was alive during the day, and there was an active security presence during the off hours. Then came the fire. Today, the building is dark and an invitation to the kind of trouble that a security fence could prevent.

Unsecured, Unoccupied Buildings Invite Trouble

Your commercial insurance company will help with the costs related to the fire. However, with an unsecured building in Adams,NY, you can’t expect them to help with the costs of

  • Theft.
  • Vandalism.
  • Damage caused by squatters and other unauthorized occupants.

You need to secure the building by installing a security fence. Your insurance company may even help with the cost of the fence as part of the settlement. Speak to your adjuster and see what is possible. Your fire restoration specialists can help arrange for its installation.

Unsecured, Unoccupied Buildings Invite Accidents
Unoccupied buildings are magnets for children and teenagers. They don’t necessarily mean any harm, but their curiosity gets the best of them. An unoccupied, burned building is especially dangerous. If there is an accident and a someone is injured, you have a serious liability problem. Without a fence, a judge might rule that you did not try hard enough to keep unwanted trespassers out.

Unsecured, Unoccupied Buildings Invite Squatters, Homeless or Drug Dens
If trespassers move in, the risks are substantially higher. The possibility of another fire is also substantially higher because they may light fires for heat or cooking. You don’t want this type of settlement or the problems they bring to your commercial property.

Install a Security Fence for Your Peace of Mind
You’ve already had the fire. You don’t need any of these other problems. Install the fence, and you will never wonder what’s going on in your building. Of course, there are always people who will find a way to get in, but at least you made a bona fide effort to secure the property.

3 Simple Ways To Prepare Your Home for a Storm

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Simple Ways To Prepare Your Home for a Storm Storm damage to home in Carthage,NY

Steps To Help Minimize The Chances Of Flooding

Being in the path of a severe storm in Carthage,NY, can be overwhelming. Not only do you have to think about your safety, but you also have to consider the damage that your home might sustain from flood water. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to help minimize the chances of flooding or other issues.

1. Check Your Gutters

Your gutters are one of your home’s main ways of preventing water from leaking into your home. However, they likely won’t work properly if they aren’t clean. Leaves, sticks and other debris can get stuck in the gutters, which can lead to water damage in your home. Double check that they are clear before it starts raining. Additionally, check for damage to your gutters so you have time to repair them before the storm hits. This will reduce the chances of a flooded building.

2. Inspect Trees Around Your Home

Flood water isn’t the only thing you need to look out for when preparing for a storm. If you live in an area surrounded by trees, then you should consider having your trees trimmed before the storm arrives. Trees that still have a lot of leaves on them or have particularly heavy branches are more likely to fall due to heavy wind and rain. Furthermore, you might see branches that already look like they are about to detach and fall, which should be removed immediately.

3. Do Your Homework

Sometimes, even when you do everything right, there is nothing you can do to prevent flood water from entering your home. Finding a storm damage restoration company beforehand can help relieve stress if your home winds up needing repair. It’s also a good idea to keep important phone numbers in a safe location. If you do not evacuate, have an emergency kit and be prepared for an extended time without power.

It can be helpful to take these steps when you know a storm is headed your way. Ensure your gutters are clear, your trees are trimmed, and you are prepared with emergency items. These things can reduce water damage, stress and danger during a storm.