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Fire Damage Restoration for Newburgh Residents

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car and three technicians in front of a Fire department SERVPRO supports the local fire departments and the Newburgh community after fire damage disasters.

SERVPRO in Newburgh Offers Expert Fire Cleanup

Property fires can be an emotionally draining situation for homeowners. Over 450,000 structural fires occur in the US every year, primarily from cooking, smoking, electronics, and appliance malfunctions. Restoration services are usually enacted as part of an insurance program between insurers and policyholders. Our role as restoration technicians is to salvage or repair the structure and contents of your home. 

Our role as a fire damage restoration service in Newburgh is manifold encompassing assessment, estimate, and repair. On arrival, our technicians can communicate directly with you to inform you of what can be repaired, what needs replacing, and whether any mitigation activities can help to reduce loss. One example of mitigation is expediently drying parts of the property that may have become wet during the firefighting procedure. Moisture can cause soot or ash to bond with surfaces and fabrics. It increases our perception of malodors and leads to secondary damages such as microbial growth. Using fast-drying procedures in the home can help to limit potential losses in the immediate aftermath of a home emergency. 

Smoke residues, ash, and debris can make parts of the home unsafe or uninhabitable. SERVPRO can help reduce the timeframe of restoration service to minimize the impact on your everyday life. We record the testing, loss detailing, and the extent of the damages process on behalf of your insurer. We can help your insurer return an accurate estimate quickly by conducting these tasks. Once a breakdown of damages and repair is in your hands, we can begin restoration immediately. But before any work is complete, we provide you with an authorization to begin services form. Our crew chiefs are happy to answer any queries you may have before work starts. Once you provide your signature, we can set to work in an organized and efficient manner. 

Repairing a Burnt Structure

  • Removing smoke residues and odor from the structure is essential for restoration.
  • Sorting materials into salvageable and non-salvageable can assist with the speed of recovery by avoiding wasting time on heavily damaged or inexpensive materials.
  • Repair of salvageable items can include repainting, refinishing, or resurfacing high-value items like hardwood furniture.

There can be many variations when it comes to restoring a fire damaged structure. Our technicians have to think on their feet and make informed choices regarding performing services. They rely on industry-leading training to formulate a game plan and advanced equipment to help with the execution. A burnt property is full of material remnants destroyed beyond repair during the combustion process. Additionally, the heat and smoke produced can damage surfaces extending several meters beyond the ignition source. Restoration involves replacing materials damaged beyond repair and restoring those surfaces, furnishings, and belongings that may have been impacted by smoke.  

Severity of Damages

  • Smoke residues in the ignition area usually characterize minor property damage. That damage does not extend beyond the initial flames. Usually resolvable with wet and dry cleaning.
  • Medium damages feature significant charring of materials at the ignition point, with smoke residues spreading to adjacent rooms. Replacement and refinishing of surfaces are often necessary.
  • Significant damages require extensive structural repair and emergency services such as boarding up or sealing the property. Restoration may take several months to complete.

Contact SERVPRO of North Orange County for urgent property restoration and SERVPRO of South Orange County for fire damage restoration at (845) 342-3333.

Correcting Water Damage for Newburgh Homeowners

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

technician holding a moisture meter on a water damaged wall SERVPRO always uses advanced equipment and technology for water damage cleanup and restoration in Newburgh properties.

SERVPRO Offers Effective Water Cleanup 

Property water damage can be disruptive to the everyday lives of homeowners. These emergencies are inconvenient, but they can also be dangerous to occupants and destructive to structures or contents. While most homeowners have insurance to deal with unexpected emergencies, restoration services are responsible for returning their home to a preloss condition as efficiently as possible.

Reducing losses relating to water damage in your Newburgh home is essential to reducing stress, expense, and time scales. SERVPRO works with a restore-over-replace mentality that focuses on mitigating losses rather than wide-scale replacements. In a wet property, the most urgent task to complete is drying. The length of time a property is exposed to moisture is critical in the amount of damage caused. Part of this process is because of how materials in the building assembly respond to moisture. The other part is because the water itself begins to stagnate. The amount of materials in need of replacement is significantly influenced by the contamination levels of the water they are exposed to. For these reasons, reducing losses through mitigation and drying is a time-sensitive issue that should be enacted as soon as possible.

Professionally drying and restoring a residential property requires advanced drying equipment, experience, and expertise. A solid understanding of how indoor structures contain moisture and the science behind removing that moisture are essential components of a water damage restoration technician's skill set. When mold infests a property, it is usually because of a previous water intrusion that was not professionally restored. To prevent this from occurring at your home, our technicians use a range of measuring and monitoring equipment. These include intrusive and non-intrusive moisture meters, borescopes, and thermal hygrometers. The combination of this equipment allows our technicians to avoid missing potential problem areas such as cavity damage, vapor damage, and moisture migration. 

Work Process for Restoring Properties

  • Ensuring the safety of both technicians and occupants on-site and documenting the damages.
  • Mitigation of water damage through emergency drying systems or pumping of liquid out of the property.
  • Cleaning or repairing salvageable items and replacing non-salvageable ones.

Contamination can pose significant challenges to restoration. We measure contamination levels through a tiered system, with class one referring to clean water and class three being highly contaminated. Class one contamination is generally benign and requires little replacement of materials. Technicians can dry the property as well as most materials that were exposed to moisture. In these circumstances, light cleaning methods on carpets or walls can remove all signs of damage. Class three contamination is the highest grade and can involve liquid with biohazardous substances, which require technicians to utilize extensive personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hazmat suits. In class three damages, all porous materials that come into contact with the liquid must be removed and replaced. 

How Contamination Affects Restoration

  • If there are signs of significant contamination, you may need to be relocated during the restoration of your property.
  • Technicians can pack out salvageable belongings for safe storage during the restoration of your home. 
  • Often carpets, drywall, and textiles must be replaced to reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination. 

For emergencies at your property, contact SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County for water damage restoration at (845) 342-3333.

Using Containment to Reduce Mold Damage in Newburgh

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on a tan wall Our SERVPRO technicians can remediate mold damage with advanced equipment and IICRC-Certified training in Newburgh and the surrounding area.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Teams Can Cleanup Infestation

A mold is a form of fungi that grows in humid environments and indoor spaces. Sometimes, this microbial organism may develop in the rooms or structure of your home. Getting rid of infestation usually requires the assistance of professional remediators that have the know-how and expertise to strike at the source of the issue. 

SERVPRO has mold damage remediation technicians in Newburgh. We have decades of experience helping residents and local business owners overcome potential microbial growth issues in their properties. Microbes rely on spores to reproduce, found in almost all environments on earth, including your home. Spores are a relatively benign feature that only becomes a problem when combined with moisture which allows them to grow and reproduce. Correcting a microbial infestation relies on discovering the source of the problem, which is usually a moisture issue. Our technicians are well-versed in the problems that cause moisture issues in a home environment. These are commonly due to structural exposure, for example, faulty roofing, insufficient insulation that leads to condensation issues, or leaking pipes. Using our training, we can rectify the source of the problem to prevent further infestation. 

Once the source of the problem is under control, our technicians can begin to reverse the damage. Depending on the scope of damages, the removal of infestation may involve chemical action, controlled demolition, or abrasive cleaning. A prime candidate for chemical action is when a microbial infestation visibly affects a surface, but the surface remains dry. A dry, moldy surface usually indicates that there was a one-time spillage or leak that allowed fungi to grow but has since dried. Technicians can apply a biocide or antimicrobial chemical directly onto the surface. After a few days, the chemical destroys the infestation, and any residual elements can be cleaned easily using detergents or other rinsing agents. 

Practices for Removing Microbial Growth

  • Chemical agents that destroy microbes include biocides like anti-microbial sprays like sanitizer. 
  • Controlled demolition involves removing an infested material such as drywall which is then replaced once an infestation is removed.
  • Abrasive action can involve corrosive chemical agents or abrasion tools such as sand and soda blasting machines. These remove the surface layers of the material itself along with the infestation. 

Our IICRC MRS-Certified remediation technicians can help identify and destroy mold damaged infested materials in your home. By carefully establishing containment protocols, we can not only remove the existing infestation but decrease the likelihood of it spreading to unaffected areas. A containment protocol is a system of checks and balances that prevents spores from spreading during remediation or removal of moldy materials. Spores are microscopic, which makes them easy to inadvertently spread on items of clothing, airways, or air conditioning systems. 

Setting up effective containment begins with the application of common-sense practices. Communicating areas of infestation and reducing foot traffic in those areas are an example of common sense containment practices. More advanced containment procedures can involve using physical barriers and sealing areas with non-porous sheeting. Furthermore, our technicians can take extra care to avoid spreading spores by removing hazmat suits when entering or exiting the affected spaces. 

Containment and Removal of Microbial Infestation

  • When demolishing mold damaged materials, it is vital to pack debris into double-sealed bags for disposal at the appropriate waste disposal facility. 
  • Negative air pressure machines can be used during demolition to capture airborne spores from the surrounding air. 
  • Replacing older filters on venting ducts and fans or temporarily sealing them can prevent the spread of spores through air conditioning systems.

Remediation can help you get rid of the infestation for good. Contact SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County for mold damage remediation at (845) 342-3333.

Is Professional Water Cleanup Best for Commercial Emergencies?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Hotel Front Desk Should water damage 'check into' your hotel, call SERVPRO. Our Green Fleet is standing by to handle your water restoration emergencies.

Save Time and Overhead in Middletown by Calling SERVPRO to Handle Your Commercial Water Cleanup

A water emergency often causes downtime and unexpected costs when you manage a production facility or hotel. The best way to mitigate the damage and ensure you get the most cost-efficient results, calling in skilled technicians is the way to go. SERVPRO is available to handle the cleanup at your Middletown commercial location should you have any water emergency type.

There are several reasons to look to skilled water restoration technicians to address your water cleanup needs in Middletown, including:

  • Certifications –All of our technicians have been through training following guidelines set forth by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). This knowledge allows our team to select the right equipment, the appropriate number of units, and methods to get the project done right the first time.
  • Insurance Liaison –We understand the insurance claims process concerning water damage events. We are happy to ensure all of the proper paperwork is in place, photos get taken, and details are covered to satisfy your insurance provider.
  • Streamlined Processes –We arrive with a fleet of trucks equipped with tools to remove water fast. Not only that, but we have proven methods to speed up the cleaning and drying of your commercial property.

By calling (845) 342-3333, you will have all the water cleanup help that you need in your commercial space. SERVPRO of North Orange County is available 24/7!

Fast Mold Damage Remediation in Newburgh Offices

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

Mold Damage Solutions Help Newburgh Buildings

Offices are often high-traffic and bustling areas of your building, making it noticeable and challenging when threats like mold growth occur. We move fast to help with the impact of these microbes and spores on the rest of the office. 

Removing Ruined Drywall

Drywall is a standard component of a wall system, so when mold damage in Newburgh offices takes root, these are typical victims of this spreading colony. Porous wall surface materials can easily support colonization, often needing to remove and replace this impacted structure. 

Assessing Mold-Damaged Carpeting

In an office, low pile carpeting is standard. When mold begins to spread in moist environments, it is also typical that this flooring material supports microbial and mildew threats. Glued down carpeting, once infested, requires removal.

Overcoming Active Colonies

Wherever organisms overwhelm hosting materials and contents, SERVPRO professionals must respond with quick action. We have several remediation steps that can be instrumental in removing the microbial threat and protecting the underlying substrate acting as a host for the mold colony. Depending on the condition of these hosting elements and the location of the infestation, various remediation approaches are needed:

  • Surface Cleaning – This approach uses antimicrobial products to eliminate spores on contact. It can also be used as an inhibitor for colonies. 
  • Controlled Demolition – This more aggressive approach ensures that impacted materials are thoroughly removed and discarded before build-back. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning – Using pressurized media or sanding approaches, we can reach beyond the surface of hosting materials for deeper cleaning.

Mold is a threatening presence in office buildings, primarily because spores can spread through the open floor plan to impact considerable areas of the structure. Our SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County remediation professionals are ready to mobilize 24/7 to help. Call us anytime at (845) 342-3333.

Fire Damage Incidents In Your Middletown Property

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Flame Close Up The first step to resolving fire damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO.

Various Reasons Fire Damage Incidents In Middletown Can Leave Property Uninhabitable

Fires can start anywhere in a property, causing widespread damage. In many cases, such incidents displace the occupants. Although most fires start in the kitchen, fires can start in other parts of the property. Faulty appliances or unattended candles are other likely sources of sparks that lead to fire damage.

Although the extent of a fire damage incident in Middletown is the primary determinant of whether the continued occupation of a house is possible, other factors play a role too. Common reasons why house occupants may need to vacate the house for restoration include:

  •   Massive residue deposits on surfaces and contents
  •   Severe structural damage, including holes in the walls or roof
  •   Noxious fumes or bad odor
  •   Damaged utilities such as plumbing or electrical lines

A single factor or a combination of several factors can make a house uninhabitable immediately after a fire. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site thoroughly to establish all issues that may affect you or your family if you continue occupying the house. In the case of noxious fumes and aerosols, ventilating the property with axial fans, which move large volumes of air across a wide area, helps remove the contaminated air inside the house faster.

Structural or utility damages can lead to life-threatening situations. Our SERVPRO technicians can handle some of these damages, including boarding up openings on walls and installing tarps on the roof in case the fire leaves a gaping hole. Such stopgap measures help keep a property habitable until complete repairs can be done. In case of severe damage, such as when frames and other structural supports are damaged, we involve construction specialists. The damage to utility lines like power cables and water pipes also varies. Our crews use circuit testers to identify electrical faults. In case of severe damage, we strip off the wires so they can be replaced.

Regaining access to your property after a fire incident is a top priority, although it is not always easy. Call SERVPRO of North Orange County at (845) 342-3333 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Can the Debris Be Removed from My Middletown Basement After a Flood?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Living Space We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO Professionals in Middletown are Experts in Dealing with Storm Aftermath

Summer stormy seasons can sweep through Middletown, leaving havoc in their path. Flooding disrupts your life and can do permanent damage to your home. It would help if you had emergency mitigation when water intrudes from storms to keep the situation from becoming worse.

Dealing with Debris and Black Water

When there is flood damage in Middletown homes, it brings debris, and silt. Not only are there items floating around from your home, but any number of things can be swept in by rising water. This includes dirt and plant matter. There are several things our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians do to clean up the muck and mire in your basement. This includes:

  •   Mucking out and removing debris with shovels and rakes.
  •   Use truck-mounted water extractors that can handle water filled with debris (trash pumps.)
  •   Use other water extractors, such as submersible pumps.
  •   Spray EPA-approved disinfectants on affected areas.

We Restore Your Basement to Pre-Loss Condition

Once the dirt, debris, and water get removed from your basement, we begin further clean up and restoration. In the case of flood damage, some things cannot be restored and need replacing. Carpeting, padding, upholstered furniture, and mattresses are all items that need to get discarded if they have been in contaminated water. We restore as much as we possibly can. We always strive to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

If you need help with flood damage, contact SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County at (845) 342-3333 for expert flood damage service seven days away, twenty-four hours a day.

What Happens When a Pipe Bursts and Floods My Carpeted Hallway?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO Always Uses Advanced Equipment and Technology for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Middletown Properties

The Water Removal Experts from SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home in Middletown.

A leaky pipe in the bathroom of your Middletown home might seem like a minor problem at first as you catch the drip in a bucket. Then one morning, you walk out of your bedroom and find your feet sinking into a very wet carpet. The pipe has burst in the night, and now water has soaked into the carpet. At this point, many residents in the Middletown area know to call SERVPRO.

What Can the Water Damage Experts from SERVPRO Do to Help?

Our team of trained specialists understands the cleanup and restoration process with water damage to carpeted areas in Middletown homes. There are several steps for this process which are listed below

  • Inspect and develop a plan
  • Water Removal using advanced equipment
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Monitoring the process throughout the service

How Do You Determine the Tools and the Protocol?

  • We utilize moisture meters, sensors, infrared camera imagery, and even boroscopes for peering into voids to determine the wet or damp areas and then develop an action plan. Some of the devices we use are:
  • Light Wands connected to portable wet vacs – Used for initial water removal
  • Deep Extraction Tools like Riding Rovers or weighted wands – Used to remove water that has soaked into the padding beneath the carpet
  • "Float" the carpet to dry without removing it from the room

What About Water That Has Soaked into the Walls and Baseboards?

 If the water has reached into the area behind the walls, then we can use the Structural Cavity Drying Equipment like injecti-dry systems utilizing positive or negative air pressure and heat. We can drill small holes to insert the tubes.

The water removal and damage experts at SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County are available 24/7. So, whenever you need an immediate response, call (845) 342-3333.

Types of Deodorizing Products for Newburgh Fire Damage

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

box hydroxyl generator blue hue The SERVPRO hydroxyl generators safely remove malodors from fire damaged Newburgh homes and businesses

Removing Malodors Is a Large Portion of Newburgh Fire Damage Restoration

Odors are one of the troublesome byproducts of combustion and fire damage. When your home or business deals with these offensive malodors, direct action is necessary to overcome the smell and return the property to preloss conditions. Several products and tools are used in this process.

Counteractant Products

The first step that can be taken about odors from fire damage in Newburgh homes is applying and using counteractant products and chemicals in our supply. Often, products in this vein are used to absorb smoke odors as they pass through airflow pathways or the HVAC system. Beads and granules placed in small containers can considerably reduce odor severity at these junctions.

Cleaning Products

It is possible to reduce the severity of malodors after fire damage through the cleaning process. Removing soot and smoke residues can directly impact the powerful smells generated throughout the structure. This process weakens the concentration of odors throughout the house while also protecting the surfaces of building materials from irreparable harm.

Deodorizing Tools

One of the final steps in deodorizing and neutralizing harsh odors after combustion is applying and using specific equipment designed for this purpose. We have several tools in our inventory capable of reacting directly with odor molecules. Based on the severity of the situation and the affected materials involved, the choice in equipment can include:

  • Thermal Fogging – a vapor deodorizing product in portable dispensing equipment.
  • Hydroxyl Machines – HEPA filtration and UV deodorization. 
  • Ozone Generators – Creates unstable molecules that neutralize odor compounds on contact. 

Deodorization is a considerable part of the restoration process after a fire. Harsh malodors can quickly take over the property, preventing comfortable living conditions. We prioritize neutralizing harsh smells after combustion using products and equipment on our Green Fleet of service vehicles. Trust SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County restoration professionals to help when you need it. Call now at (845) 342-3333.

Newburgh Carpet Cleaning After Water Damage

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

cleaned and dried off-white carpet in living room When your Newburgh carpets are damaged due to water, don't worry SERVPRO has you covered.

SERVPRO Helps Newburgh Homeowners After Water Extraction

Anyone living in Newburgh who suffers a flood or leak knows how worrying it is when water enters a home. You might be asking yourself where to start with cleanup, or how much of your property can be saved.

Waterlogged carpets are one of the most unpleasant after-effects of water entering your home. Whether the rug is submerged in standing water, or soaked from a leaking appliance, you want to deal with it as soon as possible. SERVPRO is on hand to help Newburgh homeowners dry out their carpets after water extraction.

Why should I worry about my carpets after water extraction?

Carpets are generally quite expensive items, so naturally, you do not want to throw out your carpet unless you have to. Some homeowners think the best thing is to leave the carpet to dry naturally, but this is not a good idea. Leaving your wet floor coverings untreated can lead to several problems:

  • Stains can set into the fabric and become very hard to remove
  • Water damage can harm the structural integrity of the fabric and backing
  • Wet material is a breeding ground for mold which smells unpleasant 
  • Untreated wet patches can cause your home to smell damp and nasty
  • Moisture can seep through to the floorboards and warp them

However, do not despair – many carpets can be restored with the right cleaning method, and SERVPRO is here to offer advice and practical help.

How does SERVPRO know what the best cleaning method is?

We train our technicians to carry out a thorough assessment of your carpets and rugs to decide on the best cleaning method.

The first step is to determine the type of carpet fibers and the level of colorfastness. Our teams use a range of professional tests to assess the composition of your carpet. Knowing which materials are present is vital because the material type is key to deciding on the best cleaning method. We also look at the style of carpet, such as loop, plush cut, pile, shag, or Berber. Different fibers and piles have different levels of robustness. It is essential to keep this in mind to safeguard your carpet during the cleaning process. Finally, we test for colorfastness to reduce the risk of fading or bleeding during restoration.

Next, we look at the kind of soiling and the amount of dirt. This is important because oil-soluble dirt particles require different treatment than water-soluble ones, and a lightly soiled carpet will need less vigorous cleaning than a heavily soiled one.

Finally, we look at the pre-existing condition of the carpet. If the carpet already has marks, burn stains, footprints, fading, worn areas, or fraying, this can affect cleaning. Examining the existing condition lets us give you an honest assessment of the results you can expect after treatment.

We will also ask you some questions to determine how best to wash the carpet, and if you happen to have a copy of the manufacturer’s care instructions, we will look.

What cleaning methods are available?

SERVPRO teams have several cleaning methods to choose from. The three most common ones if a carpet is heavily soiled, such as following water extraction, are:

  • Deluxe precondition and rinse – this uses a method similar to hot water extraction to saturate the carpet with a cleaning solution and then carefully rinse it clean.
  • Rotary jet extraction is similar to precondition and rinse, except that a rotary extractor is used instead of a wand for more significant agitation of the fibers to dislodge more firmly embedded dirt.
  • Showcase – this is the most vigorous cleaning method, utilizing the rotary jet machine and a careful program of cleaning and rinsing to cleanse the most heavily soiled carpets.

Depending on the situation, we might also use dry shampoo, carbonated foam shampoo, or spot cleaning. We train our technicians to choose the best cleaning method for the fiber type and level of soiling. The depth of the carpet’s pile, the material, and any pre-existing wear and tear can affect which cleaning method is the safest.

What happens after my carpet is cleaned?

Once your carpet is clean, our team moves on to the drying process. We use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry over, under, and around your carpets to ensure they are thoroughly dry, and there is no risk of mold growth.

We deodorize your home when we have finished, leaving it smelling fresh and "Like it never even happened."

If you are worried about your carpets after water extraction, SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County is here to help. Call us today at (845) 241-8707.