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Prevent Fire Damage in Newburgh NY

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Fire Damage in Newburgh NY This picture shows how a small kitchen fire can escalate quickly causing additional damage.

Each day there is a worry that a fire might occur in your home. There is not always a way to prevent a house fire. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind to do what you can to prevent a house fire:

1. Test your smoke alarms regularly. Each time change, change the batteries

2. Inspect all heating sources in the home. This includes pilot lights and candles. Make sure all candles are only burning when you are in the room.

3. Maintain and clean your dryer vents. Lint mustn't fill up the dryer vent.

4. If you are cooking, do not leave your kitchen. The most important one is boiling water or frying chicken. It is vital to make sure you keep an eye on whatever you are cooking. 

These are a few short steps you can keep in mind when being fire safe in your home. 

Check out our website for more details!

Small Storm Damage leads to Large Interior Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Small Storm Damage leads to Large Interior Damage One shingle falling off from your home could cause extensive damage on the inside. Whether your home is in Newburgh NY or Ellenville NY, we can help!

Even though you may have been lucky not to have a tree fall into your house, have your windows broken into or have an electrical fire due to a shortage: you could have a shingle missing you may not see. 

One shingle off of a roof could cause a substantial amount of damage inside a home. This shingle piece could have flown off during the storm and maybe in a location on your roof you cannot see. At this point, that void in the roof will allow water to come into the home. This may be an easy place to see, like in the middle of the bedroom ceiling or it could be trickling down a wall where you do not see it for an extended period of time. This damage could become substantial and could cause secondary damage like mold in a home. It is essential after any storm damage to thoroughly check around your home to ensure no damage is hiding. 

If damage does become apparent at any time, please call the cleanup team at SERVPRO to help in any way we can. Check out our website for more information on how we can help you with storm damage. 

Pet's Alive - Middletown, NY

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Pet's Alive - Middletown, NY Donations we were able to provide after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.

SERVPRO is a massive supporter of Pet's Alive in Middletown New York. They are a non-profit animal shelter. SERVPRO can provide them with supplies to keep the animals safe and happy in their time of need. We donate personal protective suits for when kittens come in with fleas, and the employees need to be protected. We also give food, gloves, and flea/tick collars for the animals. 

Pet's Alive also takes in dogs when hurricanes hit other shelters throughout the country. Pet's Alive took in 12 dogs from Houston area in Texas and was able to give them homes here. SERVPRO of Orange County put on a fundraiser to help raise money and supplies for those dogs from the hurricane relief. 

SERVPRO loves to give back and support local charities across Orange County and beyond. It is a massive aspect of our local service we feel is extremely important as a local business to be a part of. Each day, as long as one animal is getting taken care of, we are happy to help. Pet's Alive is a fantastic organization to be a part of! Check out their website here

Fire Damage in Chester New York

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Chester New York Photo shows the cause of loss area where most of the severe fire damage was contained to in Chester NY.

This fire damage occurred around 6 PM at night. There was a homeowner of a neighboring unit who saw the smoke starting to exit the garage. He called the fire department immediately. The fire department arrived onsite but was a little to late. The fire engulfed the middle unit of a five unit building. Most of immediate damage was contained to the main unit in the middle which is shown in the photo. Unfortunately the homeowners lost everything in their home. 

SERVPRO was called in to help the neighboring units as well as board up the windows of the standing units. This was all completed on a Saturday. SERVPRO was able to help each homeowner individually with their different needs. We were able to pack out the salvageable contents, clean contents they were looking to save and threw out materials that were burnt. 

The property manage also hired SERVPRO of Orange County to clean up the debris from the fire department and burnt building material that was in the driveways. We helped in all aspects. 

SERVPRO is always here to help. 

Storm Damage in Marlboro, NY

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Marlboro, NY Lots of debris and contents all around causing an expansive scope of work for the SERVPRO crew in Marlboro.

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 the 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.

Professional business with trained staff

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Professional business with trained staff We take care of your home like our own. We hold it in our hands and walk our customers through the whole process.

When you have a disaster in your home the last thing you want to think about is worrying about who is coming into the house. SERVPRO in Middletown, NY is trained professionals who handle homes like their own. We understand and are compassionate about the difficult scenario our clients are going through. We want to ensure that a homeowner feels comfortable about the situation. We are invading their comfort zone. We are touching all the objects that they own if we need to clean in detail after a fire or puffback. When we walk into a water damage, we assess what can be saved versus what needs to be disposed of. We take our time to go through the items with our customers and make sure we keep as much as possible. 

Surge Event

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Surge Event This photo shows one of the many pipe breaks in the home under the stairs as you can see the ceiling has already started to fall.

Every year there is a surge event. This event is very similar to a hurricane event. Surge means a high influx of calls over our standard daily phone calls with losses. During these events, we do our very best to get to everyone as quickly as possible but not hurting our excellent service. Customers turn very frustrated quickly because they do not know when someone is coming to help and they are amid a disaster in their home or office. 

Surge events can last as long as three months and as little as two weeks. Most of the time they start occurring during the winter months when there is a deep drop in temperature for a few days (below 32 degrees) then jump to temps over 40 degrees for a few days. These changes in temperature, in turn, turns into several pipe break losses for our office. Being in the northeast, most people are aware that this is an issue that may come up in their home or place of business. There are instances that people have never had a pipe break in their house or several pipe breaks in their home. This frustration that these losses have on people are exponential but we are here to help. 

As these days continue to get warmer now that we are officially in spring, we are back to regular hours and officially out of the surge event. 

We want to thank all of our customers who were grateful and understanding through these last few months! 

Winter Season Puffbacks/Smoke Damage

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winter Season Puffbacks/Smoke Damage In the photo, you can see where we tested the ceiling for soot.

Damages in a home may not cause physical damage to the structure but could create smoke or soot to go all over the house in every nook and cranny possible. These losses are better known as Puff Backs. This type of damage caused by a malfunction in a furnace that produced smoke and soot to go throughout the home through all the vents or baseboard heat. There are times that this type of loss could be worse than small fire damage. Since most houses have vents and/or baseboard heat in every room, the soot gets to every area. 

In certain cases, puff backs can happen over some time and are not even noticed for months. Most of the time this is still covered through your insurance company due to you not being aware of what was happening. We also fully check everywhere in the home. Checking insures that every where they have soot is cleaned properly with proper products and put back to preloss condition. 

These are severe cases where the need for painting or full pack out of houses from a puff back is necessary. Puff backs at this severity are visibly extremely dark soot. 

SERVPRO is always ready to help with these types of losses as well. 

Orange County Business goes Solar

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Orange County Business goes Solar This photo is from the progress of the expansion showing the solar panels on the roof.

SERVPRO of North Orange County in New York installed solar panels on our existing roof to cover both current and future expansion needs. It is essential for SERVPRO to have a green footprint for our area. Solar was one of the many ways we could do so. With our recent expansion, it was needed to be able to prepare for the future. The solar panels have helped us be for effecting and aware of our usage of power. All lights also were changed to LED to make sure we are even more economically friendly moving forward. We were excited to move forward into the future with these advancements. It only makes sense for SERVPRO to go "Green," isn't it the best color after all?

Freezing Pipes causes Water Damage during winter storm

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Freezing Pipes causes Water Damage during winter storm Basement floods after pipe break during Winter Storm

When pipes freeze in extreme winter weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, these pipes tend to crack and burst, causing leaking and flooding. 

A home in New York without a working furnace, even for a couple of hours can cause serious risks.  Recently SERVPRO was called out to a home that was for sale in the  area to mitigate a water damage.  Upon entering the home, the technicians discovered several feet of standing water in the basement. Moisture from the basement caused extensive damage to the upper floors.  Most of the materials including walls, ceilings, floors, and cabinets removed due to the water damage.

Prevent frozen pipes from damaging your home by keeping your home’s thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you will be out of the home for a lengthy period, consider shutting off and draining your water system. 

SERVPRO Professionals have the experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

If you have damage due to bad weather, Call SERVPRO.