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Quickly Mitigating Standing Water in Middletown Restaurants

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

a Christmas tree in a restaurant Whether it’s the holiday season or any time of the year, facing water damage in your busy restaurant can be tough. Contact SERVPRO 24/7.

The Fast Response of SERVPRO Professionals Protects Middletown Businesses From Preventable Water Damage

Because there are multiple types of water damage possible in area restaurants, the impact of these emergencies can change dramatically. As leading water damage restoration professionals, we understand the urgency of mitigation and recovery services to protect a restaurant and prevent prolonged closures while extensive cleanup continues.

Containing the Damaged Areas 

Water removal for Middletown restaurants is the most effective when the threat of migrating water has been stopped. In many restoration approaches for area businesses, containment of the damaged zones prevents the situation from worsening and maximizes restoration production. Physical barriers are a good method to isolate damaged areas.

Repairing the Water Damage Source 

With a general contractor license, we can quickly evaluate the cause of water damage and provide necessary build-back services to help. Some of these include:

  • Plumbing repair
  • Bulk material discarding
  • Controlled demolition
  • Flooring removal and replacement

Clearing Standing Water and Surface Moisture

Standing water poses a significant risk for restaurants and patrons, especially when this pooling reaches the dining area. SERVPRO has multiple powerful extraction tools to help regulate this threat and begin critical phases like drying as soon as possible.

Cleaning Exposed Surfaces 

Whether it is stainless steel shelves and cabinets, or tile floors common to the kitchen areas of restaurants, surface cleaning is an intricate part of post-water damage recovery. Not only can surface cleaning remove any residual film, relocated dirt, and other possible deposits, but is also discourages mold growth.

There is no mistaking the impact of water damage on area businesses like restaurants. With rapidly spreading standing water and the threat of absorption into flooring and wall assemblies, it makes sense that many depend on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County is waiting for your call anytime at (845) 342-3333.

Dealing with Frozen Pipes and Ice Damage in Newburgh Homes

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of the edge of a roof Ice dams in the winter can certainly cause some storm damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO for prevention methods or to mitigate current damage.

Prevention Strategies in Newburgh can Help with Storm Damage

It is the time of year when frozen pipes and ice dams cause problems for homeowners in Newburgh. Winter storms not only bring lots of ice and snow, but the outdoor temperatures also drop. If your home is vulnerable to freezing temperatures, you could experience thousands of dollars in damage from burst water pipes. There can be subsequent damage to the insulation inside walls, the flooring, and the contents.

SERVPRO provides repair and drying services for Newburgh frozen pipes and ice dams. We can help thaw frozen pipes, arrange for plumbing repairs and provide water removal and drying after a water leak caused by thawing water pipes.

When water freezes inside copper or plastic pipes, the ice expands, cracking the water lines. You may notice a joint that has opened or a long thin crack along one of the pipes. Once the ice inside the water pipe melts, water will stream out of the cracked line at full pressure until someone turns off the main water supply.

SERVPRO recommends that homeowners consider winter preparedness steps to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Install pipe insulation on all water pipes, especially those inside walls or near exterior walls
  • Open cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens with water pipes on cold days to allow warm air circulation
  • Allow water to drip from a faucet to prevent freezing
  • Increase the indoor temperature on chilly days
  • Maintain the same temperature during the day and night
  • Leave the temperature set to no lower than 55 degrees if you are going to be away
  • Add insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and basements
  • Seal cracks around windows and doors to reduce cold drafts

Our team at SERVPRO can help with water removal services, water damage restoration, and water damage remediation after a water leak caused by cold weather and frozen pipes.

Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County in Newburgh and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (845) 342-3333.

Is Your Newburgh Home At-Risk for Winter Water Damage?

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of a snow covered roof Has the extreme weather caused ice dams and thus damaged your home? Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 to help. Call our technicians today for services.

Homeowners Should Stay Alert to Possible Water Damages Newburgh Homes Could See This Year

When you consider how rapidly the weather can change to extreme and hazardous conditions during the winter, it is no surprise that exposed plumbing and vulnerable structural points become catalysts for rapidly-spreading water damage in the house.

How Do Pipes Freeze?

Frozen pipes and ice dams in or on Newburgh homes create costly and threatening conditions to overcome. Common threats like freezing water lines occur when stationary water in the pipe becomes influenced by cold air surrounding it.

Can Frozen Plumbing Be Prevented?

It is crucial to note that frozen pipes are avoidable when taking specific preventive measures. Some of the direct actions capable of reducing the chance of freezing in the lines include:

  • Letting Water Drip 
  • Insulating the Pipes
  • Circulating Warmer Air 

Potential Threats to the Roof 

Yet another potential threat that your home could experience during the winter is a buildup of ice along the roof eaves. Damming can force water back into the attic space and create costly restoration needs. Heated cables and ice belt barriers can help prevent this buildup.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Help? 

Homeowners must act fast when flooding or burst pipes threaten the residence. Standing water and migrating moisture is substantially destructive, so our professionals combat this with fast mitigation solutions like extraction, drying, content management, and surface cleaning. 

 Because the winter season can lead to several types of water damage for your home or business, it is important to have a plan in place to restore and recover after these compromising events. Our SERVPRO of North Orange County and also SERVPRO of South Orange County teams work fast to provide needed mitigation after water damage emergencies occur. Call today at (845) 342-3333. 

Which Water Removal Step Is Most Crucial in Middletown Homes?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

removed carpet, dehus and airmovers working SERVPRO removes water, non-salvageable carpets and dries plywood subfloor in Middletown homes with LGR dehumidifiers and air movers

Professionals Like SERVPRO Take Comprehensive Water Removal Approaches

You probably know that addressing water intrusion in your Middletown property would take several processes. What may not be clear is what actions are essential and thus require faster completion or extra attention to ensure positive results.

All the steps taken during water removal at your Middletown home play a crucial role. What matters is whether they are done exhaustively, thus delivering the necessary outcome, which is why involving professionals like SERVPRO helps.

Exhaustive water removal takes:

  • A thorough extraction, especially from porous surfaces
  • Sufficient circulation of air over the wet areas
  • Balanced dehumidification and evaporation rates

The order in which the water removal processes are done matters in determining the efficiency. Finishing extraction processes before starting drying processes improves efficiency since extraction is 1200 times faster than evaporation. Our SERVPRO crews can maximize the amount of water removed through extraction by using equipment with superior vacuum lift or weighted extractors that squeeze materials first to support extraction efforts.

Correctly finishing the water removal process is essential since it prevents additional problems that might develop later, whether it is strong odors or microbial growth. Carefully planning and closely monitoring the drying process is essential. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs calculate the number of air movers and dehumidifiers necessary to complete drying within 72 hours, thus ensuring mold does not develop in the wet areas. We also keep monitoring the progress by taking readings with moisture meters.

Other simple steps such as correct equipment positioning also help. For instance, when using axial fans, our technicians position them at a 15°angle and 45° when using centrifugal fans, creating a vortex of circular airflow for sustained drying.

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County manage water removal from any property professionally. Call us at (845) 342-3333. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Does Odor Removal Require Unique Approaches After Fire Damage Affects Your Middletown Business?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

firetrucks at stationhouse Firefighters and station houses in the Middletown area rely on SERVPRO for odor removal and fire damage cleanup and restoration, so should you!

SERVPRO Starts Managing Odors Before Executing Removal Ensuring Comfort at All Stages

Fire damage has many inconveniences, including the accumulation of bad odors within your Middletown business premises. Such odors can be a significant issue if you have not vacated the property for restoration since many people, including your staff and customers, have to spend some time in the facility. Finding a way to control the odor levels would be a great solution.

Dealing with fire damage odors in Middletown premises requires a comprehensive approach. Otherwise, it can be very difficult to maintain a comfortable environment during or after the restoration. SERVPRO has IICRC certified odor control technicians who have the necessary expertise to handle different odor management needs.

Odors in a fire-damaged property can originate from:

  • Charred materials
  • Soot and other fine residues
  • Decomposing or moldy materials
  • Cleaning chemicals

Apart from odors being unpleasant, the prevailing conditions at the loss site can aggravate the issue. High humidity, for instance, can make an odor problem seem worse than it is because it heightens the awareness of any present odors. Therefore, before starting odor removal processes, our SERVPRO technicians look for ways to make the affected area more comfortable.

Useful tricks to make odor manageable include:

  • Regulating humidity levels using dehumidifiers
  • Masking odors with nice smelling products such as time-release beads
  • Separating affected areas and the rest of the house by setting up airtight barriers

Controlling the intensity of the odor is only a temporary measure until definite deodorization action can be taken. Such actions should be taken in good time since leaving odors unaddressed only worsens the situation. Our SERVPRO technicians start by removing odorous materials such as the charred remains and cleaning all residues. We also spray or mist humectant or counteractants in the affected areas. Thoroughly drying the property also helps.

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County consider each case of fire damage unique and thus make an effort to understand the dynamics at play when delivering solutions. Call us at (845) 342-3333.

Water Cleanup Issues that Affect Fabrics in Newburgh Homes Ruining the Outcome

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

two fabrics with water splotches Call the Pros from SERVPRO to rescue your fabrics and drapes from water damage at your lovely Newburgh home

SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate the Outcome of Cleaning Exercise and Find Solutions for Unexpected Problems

A water cleanup exercise may seem straightforward, especially if the water involved is not contaminated. Extracting pools of water, cleaning surfaces and contents before drying the entire property takes care of the problem. However, you might notice some unpleasant things once the process is over.

Trying different solutions that do not work can be one of the toughest challenges when fixing problems stemming from water cleanup in your Newburgh home. However, if a professional like SERVPRO handles the restoration for you, it is easier to deal with the issues since our experienced crews have probably encountered similar problems in the past.

Some of the confusing problems might include:

  • Colors bleeding from fabrics
  • Black marks on arms and back of upholstery items
  • Fabrics seeming dull after cleaning
  • Yellowing or streaking of fabrics

Fabrics usually bleed if they are non-colorfast or because of the cleaning procedures used. Our SERVPRO crews pretest upholstery, draperies, and carpets to establish the colorfast and non-colorfast ones. Such testing must address all fabrics and colors in an item for ultimate effectiveness. Another reason why fabrics might bleed is using extreme temperatures and water pressure during cleaning, so our technicians use moderate settings.

Dark spots appear because of marks made on filling materials by the item's manufacturer to indicate points for cutting padding. Wet cleaning the item causes the color from the marks to bleed through. If the item is not wet initially, our technicians prefer dry cleaning methods such as vacuuming or applying limited moisture to prevent spotting. Small spray bottles containing the correct detergent can produce the desired results.

Streaks and yellowing are very disappointing. Yellowing is mostly caused by BHT, a preservative used in plastics, acrylic polymer coatings, and adhesives. Streaks, on the other hand, can result from overwetting.

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County manage all aspects of water cleanup, including controlling the finishing to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (845) 342-3333.

Key Considerations When Planning Storm Water Removal From Middletown Business Premises

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

two people standing in rain boots in a flooded room Commercial flooding can affect your whole business flow. Contact our SERVPRO team to quickly come out and evaluate the situation in your home.

SERVPRO Provides Resources to Handle Significant or Solid-Filled Water

After your Middletown property floods, you have to find a way to remove the water allowing you to continue serving customers or running other operations conveniently. Removing stormwater also helps safeguard the property from the additional deterioration that comes from extended moisture exposure.

Planning is necessary for successful storm water removal from your Middletown property. Otherwise, you might trivialize the process, thus creating more problems. SERVPRO is a great partner to involve when you want to remove water from your premises. Apart from facilitating the removal, we also help analyze and break down the issues that you face.

The main considerations when planning for water removal include: 

  • Amount of water involved
  • Presence of solid wastes
  • Location of the stagnant water within your premises 
  • Level of contamination in the intruding water 

Flooding happens when significant amounts of stormwater breach your property. Various things can happen after the initial breach, including the water receding. So the amount of water to be removed varies on a case-by-case basis. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians check the depth of standing water and the total square feet covered to determine the amount involved and thus choose the right pump size.

The stormwater in your premises may have different characteristics. Apart from the depth of the pools left within the property, other factors such as the contamination levels and the presence of solids such as silt and mud also vary. Our SERVPRO technicians establish whether your property is primarily flooded by rainwater or surface runoff. In the case of rainwater, contamination levels and solid wastes are minimal. 

When flooding is from groundwater removal requires:

  • Special pumps to handle solid-filled water
  • The use of full PPE including bodysuits when entering the flooded area
  • Decontamination of the entire property during and after water removal

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County has all the resources, including self-priming trash pumps for handling solid-filled stormwater and EPA registered disinfectants for safe decontamination. Call us at (845) 342-3333. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Is the Appropriate Approach to Combat Fire Damage in Newburgh Properties?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering everything Fire damage residues will remain long after a fire. Call our certified SERVPRO team to assess and formulate a fire damage remediation plan for you.

SERVPRO Develops a Response Plan that Addresses All Effects of a Fire Simultaneously

Fire is both destructive and disruptive. After an incident at your Newburgh property, you need to address all damages to restore normalcy and do it cost-effectively. You need an appropriate restoration approach to achieve both goals.

Before you start resolving the problems caused by fire damage at your Newburgh property, you need to understand the loss clearly. That way, you can develop a proper response plan. SERVPRO helps by inspecting the destroyed sections of your property to establish issues like residue types left by smoke and the extent of heat and flame damage.

An appropriate response to fire damage should:

  • Remove all residues
  • Restore any salvageable materials
  • Refinish contents and structural materials

Fire residues cause many problems, including ruining the visual appeal of surfaces and leaving pungent smells. Thorough removal of such residues is essential to restore preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO crews can facilitate that since we use several cleaning methods, including vacuuming, pressure washing, and wiping surfaces with chemical sponges.

Damage from the fire can destroy materials partially or completely. Partially damaged materials can be salvaged through skillful and timely intervention. Some typical salvageable materials include solid wooden furniture and structural materials charred by heat or flames. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians check the charring depth before deciding whether items are salvageable. Then we can use a method such as sanding or blast cleaning to remove the residues. 

Refinishing materials also help eliminate traces of fire damage and involves:

  • Special cleaning to remove yellowing
  • Repainting materials
  • Reupholstering 

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County crafts unique responses to fire loss, eliminating all traces of damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (845) 342-3333.

How Crucial Is Having a Safety Plan When Addressing Flood Damage Incidents in Newburgh?

10/24/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water everywhere Whether flooding is from a storm or an appliance malfunction, team SERVPRO can help. Call right away after an event to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Identifies Safety Issues at Your Flooded Property and Finds Ways to Address Them during Restoration

The intensity of flooding incidents varies, thus resulting in different levels of damage to properties. The safety issues caused by such incidents in Newburgh properties may not be very clear until restoration is underway, thus exposing people to unnecessary risks.

Safety issues vary, just like the destruction of Newburgh properties by flood damage. So you must come up with a unique safety plan before embarking on any restoration task. Hiring a professional like SERVPRO is a simple way to cover all bases since every member of our restoration team is trained about safety, thus equipping them with the skills to protect themselves, the structure, and anyone around the property.

Common safety issues after a flooding incident include:

  • Damaged utilities such as severed gas or power lines
  • Loss of structural strength in crucial structural areas 
  • Presence of sharp objects like broken glass, exposed nails, and wood splinters
  • Exposure to Asbestos-containing materials

The different safety hazards require distinct responses. Damaged utility lines require immediate action. For instance, turning off valves to stop gas supply and switching of electricity mains are crucial actions. Our SERVPRO technicians can readily locate the necessary valves or switches and also test the lines afterward to ensure there is no gas or power transmission.

Other safety hazards are better off left untouched until the correct solution is found. For ACM, Asbestos-containing materials, disturbance worsens the problem since it releases harmful fine residues. Our SERVPRO technicians help identify ACMs and also facilitate removal after establishing containment and using the right PPE.

Other steps necessary to establish safety during flood restoration include:

  • Spraying EPA-registered disinfectants into any standing water left in the house
  • Doing controlled demolition to release the water trapped within structural elements
  • Organizing the loss site by zip-tying hoses and cables and collecting debris in trash large cans

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County take simple and advanced steps to guarantee safety during flood damage restoration. Call us at (845) 342-3333. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Can I Do About the Mold Damage in My Middletown Basement?

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

spraying police car, tech with respirator Guess what company does the mold remediation for Middletown and Newburg squad cars? Yes, you are correct---SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Quickly Send Mold Damage Experts to Your Middletown Home!

Microbial growth can occur in your home when omnipresent mold spores are exposed to excess moisture. Unfortunately, it is that easy. Excess humidity, water damage, or flooding could activate dormant spores, and a colony could begin to form within 72 hours. However, finding mold is no reason to panic. Help is never far!

Should you discover microbial growth in your home, calling for Middletown mold damage remediation experts is easy when you call SERVPRO. Our expert technicians are always ready to go, no matter when you discover mold in your home. Our techs are always equipped with advanced technology, specifically designed to combat the mildew in your home. Some devices we can use to remediate active spores include:

  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filters
  • Antifungal cleaning products
  • Vacuums with HEPA filters

As an example, let us say the mold damage in your basement happened due to a water leak. Insulation between walls has become impacted, and mold has begun to grow. You might think our process starts with removing the drywall, but that is the second step. Before disturbing the active spores, we must set up a containment barrier made of plastic sheeting. Doing so prevents the spread of active spores to other areas of your home.

After removing the affected drywall and insulation, which we can bag and dispose of, our next task is to remove as much of the colony as possible. Afterward, we can apply antifungal cleaning agents and protective sprays to help lessen the chances of regrowth in the future. Finally, should we need to use drying equipment, we can do so to return the moisture levels in your home to an appropriate level.

If you find mold damage on your property, don't wait. Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County by phoning (845) 342-3333. We are always ready to help!