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Is Professional Water Cleanup Best for Commercial Emergencies?

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Person at hotel front desk checking into the hotel 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

Whether you manage a production facility or hotel, a water emergency often causes downtime and unexpected costs. 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 at your commercial space. SERVPRO of North Orange County is available 24/7!

Frustrated Managing Recurring Mold Damage in Your Newburgh B&B?

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall A leaking pipe while the homeowner was away caused this mold event. SERVPRO made it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Mitigates Mold, Advising Pro-action to Newburgh Businesses

Hasbrouck House stands in Newburgh, New York, commanding a view of the Hudson River. The building and its grounds are fascinating to visit. Its location within Newburgh's 445-acre East End Historic District ensures visitors are also near other noteworthy homes and other buildings in the city, making for a busy and exciting trip.

What Is the Earliest History of the Hasbrouck House?

The home was the first built in what is now Newburgh. An original fieldstone farmhouse was erected in 1725. Subsequently, Elsie Hasbrouck purchased the property. After she deeded it to her son, Jonathan, and his wife, they built the current home in 1750 on the foundation still existing from the earlier building. The house centered on a large farm. 

Did the Hasbrouck House Have a Role During the War for Independence?

General George Washington, who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, used the home as his headquarters. Although Washington established other command centers during the long conflict, spanning April 1775 through September 1783, he called Hasbrouck House his base for the most prolonged period, near the end of the war. The General made many critical decisions and agreements vital to the future of the country here:

  • Washington and his family resided in Newburgh from April 1782 to August 1783.
  • He rejected the establishment of an American monarchy.
  • He defused the Newburgh Conspiracy with a heartfelt plea to his officers to remain loyal to the Continental Congress and avoid a military coup.
  • He set up the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart predecessor.
  • He authored a treatise listing key principles for the new Republic.
  • He announced the Cessation of Hostilities.

What Other Factors Set Hasbrouck House Apart as a Newburgh Destination?

The State of New York purchased the home in 1850. Proclaimed Washington's Headquarters, State Historic Site, the property was the first National Historical site, owned and operated publicly as a National Landmark. New York designated it as a state historic site in 1961. Known for architectural details such as the original "Dutch Jambless" fireplace, Newburgh's Hasbrouck house features furnishings reflecting Washington's tenure. The public can tour the home and the grounds, featuring:

  • Seven acres 
  • Three buildings -- the house, a 1910 museum, a 1942 Colonial Revival style maintenance shed
  • Tower of Victory -- commemorating the centennial of Washington's residence

Is There a Permanent Solution to Mold Growth and Structural Harm?

As the owner of a historic B&B in Newburgh, mold damage is a constant concern. You worry about the integrity of antiquated building materials and adhering to local lodging codes, as well as desiring a comfortable, clean, and fresh space for your guests. SERVPRO mold remediation follow EPA protocols:

  • Locate the mold -- arranging testing if indicated.
  • Contain the mold -- physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbing systems.
  • Remove the mold -- brushing and careful scrapping, adding gentle soda or dry ice blasting techniques for delicate or porous surfaces.
  • Bag and dispose of mold materials per local regulations.
  • Apply EPA-registered antimicrobials, including special fungal inhibiting primers.  
  • Find and eliminate the moisture source -- mold does not grow without water.

SERVPRO of North Orange County has the skilled crews and specialized tools and products to manage current mold problems. Call (845) 342-3333 for an assessment, including tips on keeping mold at bay by drying vulnerable areas.

Newburg Office Workers can Improve Health with Wellness Activities

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Sail boats on the water in front of a town with a caption of “The New Newburgh!” Your worries will sail away when you contact SERVPRO for mold removal services.

Laughter Yoga Sessions on Zoom Teach Participants how to Fight the Effects of Stress

Daily stress, sitting for extended periods, and take-out meals can leave you feeling sluggish, tired, or even depressed. Dr. Shah combines Yoga and laughter to achieve fantastic results for students. Contact Carol Greiner at (914)366-1661 or cgreiner2@northwell.edu for your Zoom invite to one or all of the upcoming Zoom sessions on November 5 and 19, and December 10, 2020.

How Does This Work Better than Regular Yoga?

Research shows that patients’ cortisol (stress hormone) levels decreased after one simple thing – laughing for a short period.

  • Laughter also increases endorphins (feel-good chemicals).
  • Yoga increases strength, flexibility, stamina, and circulation.
  • Combined, Laughter Yoga brings everything together, decreasing stress, and increasing overall wellbeing.

You can rely on SERVPRO of North Orange County for any mold removal services your Newburg office might need. Call (845) 241-8707, 24/7, for fast service.

How Can Owners and Managers Get Rid of a Water Spill in Their Businesses?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO inspecter's vehicle on location When the SERVPRO vehicle arrives, commercial clients in Middletown breathe a sigh of relief--soon, no more water damage!

Middleton Business Owners Should Call SERVPRO for Thorough Restoration After a Water Spill

It’s Clean Water, Do Owners of a Delicatessen Still Need Professional Help?

Absolutely! Commercial facilities, especially food-service operations in Middletown, need SERVPRO to ensure their businesses can reopen safely for customers. If left standing for too long, even clean water becomes a home for bacteria and mold, not to mention small bits of food particles that otherwise go unnoticed.

Can Removal Happen Quickly?

Commercial water removal in Middletown depends on the size of the building and how much water spilled before someone shut-off the source. These are our primary tools:

  • Water Pumps – These large machines are excellent for water about ankle-deep or higher. Technicians have the option to truck-mounted pumps for big facilities and eventually move to small, backpack-wearable pumps designed for finishing off small offices and storage rooms.
  • Extraction Wands – These smaller devices are preferred for lower levels of water spread out over a large floor area. The design is very effective for any surface.

Is There Anything Else That Needs to be Accomplished?

Yes, if there are any carpets or rugs in the customer areas. Water is amazing in how much dirt and food particles it can lift out of what looks like a clean, commercial carpet. With the owner’s approval, our technicians shampoo them with a cleaning agent that also leaves a pleasant odor for customers and employees. To avoid affecting the glue that holds carpets in place, team members follow-up with a water extraction wand designed for commercial use.

To schedule a service visit or if you have more questions about what SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County can do for your business here or in Newburgh, call us today at (845) 342-3333. We are here for you.

When Is The Right Time To Take Action After A Flooding Incident?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Evaluates the Processes Needed to Restore Flood Damage in Newburgh Restaurants Determining What to Prioritize.

Responding to a flooding incident in a business establishment requires a wide range of actions. A faster response is necessary because it helps resolve a water incident quickly or reduces the level of damages. Since the measures are taken to resolve separate issues, the right timing of each action is essential for maximum efficiency. SERVPRO helps Newburgh restaurant owners schedule flood mitigation exercises correctly by prioritizing crucial processes.

What are the main actions taken in response to flood damage loss in Newburgh properties?

  • Moving items 
  • Securing the structure to limit damages
  • Cleaning soiled areas and items
  • Disinfection or deodorization

Once your restaurant fills up with filthy floodwaters, it is hard to imagine that other issues can develop, causing more damages. However, it happens and can worsen the situation you already face. Securing the structure is one way to prevent unnecessary secondary water damages. You can secure the structure to seal openings, thus preventing intrusion by small animals or vandals. Securing the structure also helps prevent weather elements such as rain from wreaking havoc inside your premises. 

Securing the structure is one of the actions you should take as soon as possible after realizing your restaurant is flooded. Our SERVPRO staff is well versed with the steps necessary in securing flood-damaged properties, including:

  • Installing roof tarps
  • Boarding up openings
  • Erecting isolation barriers inside the property

How difficult is it to move contents? 

You might need to move contents for various reasons, including the need to stop contact with floodwaters or create room for other restoration processes. Such movement can be to another location or within the same premises. Completing a move out before starting cleaning processes adds more convenience. The difficulty involved in a move out differs, depending on the kind of contents being moved and the conditions the flooding incident creates. 

Our SERVPRO crews address any moving challenges that might complicate the process when you do it independently. For instance, we pre-clean items before moving them to ensure they do not contaminate or soil the new area once relocated. We avail accessories such as air sleds or hand trucks to move heavy appliances, conveniently, eliminating chances of accidental damage. In case it is not possible to store the contents within the premises, we also make arrangements for relocation to an off-site warehouse eliminating your worries about the safety of your items while awaiting the restoration of your facility to its preloss state.

What does cleanup involve after a restaurant flooding incident?

Cleaning is a multi-step process which varies on a case by case basis. Some of the things you might need to accomplish during a cleaning process include:

  • Removing solid wastes such as mud or silt
  • Extraction of soiled water
  • Removal of deteriorated materials on the walls and floors
  • Washing of soiled surfaces to restore sanitary conditions

The ability to complete such processes speedily depends on the resources you can access. For instance, removing water filled with solids such as silt is not possible using the regular water extractors. You might therefore opt to downgrade to a bucket or other manual process to scoop out the solid-filled water. 

Our SERVPRO technicians overcome such bottlenecks easily using specialized equipment such as self-priming trash pumps that extract water containing solid wastes. The capability of such pumps varies, with some only handling slurry while others handlings solids as big as 3 inches. For silt and muddy water, the slurry pump is sufficient, but we evaluate the situation to determine whether other more capable pumps are necessary. We also have rotating brushes and other powered tools that quicken agitation of soiled surfaces, thus expediting the cleaning processes.

At what stage should disinfection and deodorization happen in a flooded restaurant?

Processes such as disinfection and deodorization help finish the cleaning process by taking care of invisible substances introduced by the floodwaters into the premises. For a business handling food, decontamination is crucial to guarantee sanitary conditions. However, waiting until the last stages of the restoration process might not be the ideal approach. Our technicians incorporate both deodorization and disinfection in every aspect of the restoration. For instance, we spray EPA registered disinfectants directly into the flooded sections before starting water extraction and cleaning. We also use cleaning products with deodorizing properties or mix deodorizers with the cleaning solutions to control odors while cleaning various sections of your restaurant. 

When properly planned and taken promptly, mitigation processes can help limit the damages associated with such incidents. Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County at (845) 342-3333 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Office Lunchroom in Newburgh Has Mold Around the Water Cooler – What Can Be Done?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room by the door Mold damage can occur so many ways in a lunchroom. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for commercial mold remediation and mitigation services at your location.

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Mold Damage in Your Newburgh Business

Newburgh is a wonderfully historic town with landmarks such as Washington’s Headquarters, the Dutch Reformed Church, and the New York Armory. It sits along the Hudson River and today is home to numerous thriving businesses. Unfortunately, many of those businesses have mold problems.

Can Mold be Removed from the Lunchroom?

A water cooler can slowly leak, allowing moisture to seep into the flooring. Spills can occur and, if not cleaned up correctly, can cause damp floors and walls. Either one of these scenarios creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. This company needed to deal with the problem before the mold spread. SERVPRO technicians are Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), who know what is needed in dealing with mold remediation in Newburgh. They can provide the necessary mitigation to restore your Newburgh lunchroom to preloss condition.

What Happens Next?

Mold can cause health effects and ruin the content of the employee’s lunch area. To keep the mold from spreading and mitigate the existing infestation, our technicians use proprietary techniques. Cleanup typically involves:

  • Containment – this is the first step in the mold remediation process. To prevent the spreading of spores, the crews use:
    • Physical barriers such as plastic sheeting
    • Air scrubbers
    • HEPA filters
  • Mold Removal – There are two options for materials with mold. Either the mold is removed, or the material is removed for disposal. Porous material such as carpeting often needs removing if the hyphae are embedded deep enough. Soda blasting and agitated action can remove surface mold.
  • Dust Removal – A byproduct of mold removal is the dust and mold spores that settle. SERVPRO uses vacuums with HEPA filters to remove these. Surfaces can get wiped down as well.
  • Drying – When the mold is removed, and the lunchroom is clean; the facility gets dried. Air movers and dehumidifiers enhance the process.
  • Sanitizing – Our techs use EPA-registered antifungals and antimicrobials on all affected surfaces.
  • Sealants – Specific surfaces may need sealants applied to prevent moisture from returning and allowing the mold colonies to reform.

The lunchroom suffered minimal damage. The area around the water cooler was cleaned and restored by our technicians. The leaking water cooler was replaced. 

If you need mold remediation in Newburgh, contact SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County at (845) 342-3333.

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Why Should I Call a Professional Team to Remediate Water Damage In my Business?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

submersible pump at work SERVPRO professional water technicians can mitigate your water leak situation in your Newburgh Business district.

Professional Water Restoration Technicians Can Perform a Comprehensive Cleanup Job in Your Newburgh Business

Whether your Newburgh business is big or small, trusting a professional water restoration company gives you the peace of mind you need. Business owners worry about outsourcing cleanup tasks versus a do-it-yourself solution, but they fail to factor in the financial consequences of a poorly done job. When water stands and soaks your floors, walls, fixtures, and inventory, you stand to waste time and money later in time.

The business community  can rely on SERVPRO for commercial water damage restoration in Newburgh commercial district. Our comprehensive assessment of the damage and ability to address your needs is like no other. When you enlist our help by calling our 24/7 hotline, you add a competent partner focused on returning business operations to normal as soon as possible.

Do I need to empty my business after water damage?

Even though we can perform complete move-outs, our SERVPRO crew first determines whether we can isolate affected areas and undertake cleanup tasks safely. When appropriate, we approach the drying process with efficiency, focusing on achieving fast and successful results. Among the equipment available to remove excess water we include-

SERVPRO of North Orange County is your business partner during a crisis. Call us at (845) 342-3333 and trust us to leave your business "Like it never even happened."

How Can I Mitigate the Effects of Standing Water on My Newburgh Business?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged warehouse with water dripping When water damage occurs, team SERVPRO is there to mitigate the situation and dry out your property. We are standing by 24/7 to take your call.

In Order to Protect Your Business from the Damaging Effects of Water, It is Essential that You Quickly Enlist the Services of Commercial Water Cleanup Professionals.  

There are numerous ways in which your commercial establishment may experience standing water and related problems in Newburgh.  Oftentimes, these issues result from roof leaks and storm damage, but they can also arise from faulty plumbing, operational accidents, and problems from neighboring businesses.  These troublesome occurrences usually happen without prior warning and when you least expect them. They threaten your livelihood, damage your commercial site, and often affect neighboring establishments.  Whenever such a water event befalls your business, it is crucial that you act fast and contact the right commercial water cleanup professionals.

When Faced with Water-Related Troubles, Who Should I Call?       

Finding a commercial water cleanup service in Newburgh is fairly easy, but some companies are better than others.  One of the better area service providers is SERVPRO, a company with advanced expertise, experience, and equipment to handle your job effectively.  Our technicians understand the particular needs of impacted businesses and diligently work to meet them. They follow the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) guidelines to ensure that all work conforms to professional and governmental standards.  Moreover, they effectively and efficiently complete all of their work using the most advanced equipment currently available in the industry.       

How Do We Clean Up Your Water Issue?

SERVPRO employs several methods and uses a wide range of high-tech equipment to solve your water problem in Newburgh.  The process we generally follow is:

  • Our technicians usually arrive on-site within four hours of receiving your call
  • Once on-site, workers secure the area
  • We evaluate your particular situation and work to prevent further damage
  • Standing water is removed
  • A drying goal is established
  • The moisture content of affected structural elements and contents is determined
  • We dry the structure and contents until the drying goal is reached
  • Our experts professionally sanitize and deodorize your business property

Each step of the process methodically works toward eliminating your water issue as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO technicians, following expert drying theory and using the industry’s most advanced tools, endeavor to do the best job, save you time and money, and help you avoid potential losses resulting from water damage.   

How Do We Secure Your Area and First Work to Prevent Further Damage? 

SERVPRO immediately gets to work on noting hazards and preventing further damage to your property.  We initially take the following measures:

  • When our workers first arrive at your Newburgh location, depending on existing water levels, they note any hazards like dangerous electrical issues, falling ceilings, and collapsing floors, and post warning signs
  • Next, they shut-off or block water sources contributing to the problem and place tarps where they are needed to prevent further roof leaks, etc.
  • Then, depending on the situation, standing water is removed with submersible pumps, heavy-duty extractors, or wet vacs

How Does SERVPRO Thoroughly Dry My Structure and Contents? 

Your structure and contents are professionally dried in the following way:

  • First, we establish a drying goal based on local conditions in Newburgh and the moisture contents of unaffected structural elements and items
  • Using moisture sensors and meters, our professionals next determine the current moisture content of things in affected areas  
  • Technicians then calculate the right ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers and place these around your business to dry out the air and its interiors
  • Wet areas behind ceilings and walls are dried with an injectidry system, which is connected to a dehumidifier-air mover network
  • Moisture sensors/meters and thermohygrometers are used to periodically measure moisture levels and determine when the drying goal has been reached

After SERVPRO Dries My Newburgh Business, How Does It Attempt to Prevent Harmful Microorganism Growth and Unpleasant Odors?

Our workers are experts at eliminating fungi responsible for dry rot, as well as mold and mildew, and are often able to neutralize unpleasant odors.  They do this by: 

    • Employing thermal foggers in confined areas to deploy cleaners and deodorizers in the form of a dense fog
    • Using ultra-low volume foggers to inject fungicides and deodorants into difficult-to-access areas
    • Cleaning and painting over affected structural elements to seal in odors

Operating a business can be tough, but an unforeseen water crisis adds an additional layer of difficulty to your operation.  When such trouble arises, you need to act fast to protect your facilities, inventory, and the surrounding businesses. As a responsible owner, you must also think about your customers, employees, and the adjacent business owners.  If ever faced with such a problem, call SERVPRO of North Orange County at (845) 342-3333 for help.      

Keeping the doors open after a disaster

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

shop window with a sorry were closed sign Do not let your business fail after a disaster, call SERVPRO immediately.

When a disaster strikes at a commercial building, the main goal of the owner is to keep the doors open. We have been called into locations such as Urgent Care, dollar store, banks, and so on. Each of these locations cannot lose any working hours without losing a substantial amount of money. When a fire or water damage happens, it is our goal to get the business back open as soon as possible. 

For example, we were recently called into a medical facility that had a fire in the bathroom of their urgent care. This happened in the building on a Sunday when only urgent care is open. We arrived on-site within one hour of the initial call. We had a full crew on site to start extracting the water from the sprinklers that went off and placed equipment to help with the odor. Throughout the day, we cleaned, extracted, and made sure the areas that were the most important were taken care of first. The most critical area was getting the urgent care cleaned up to open on Monday. Due to the additional damage, we were able to get the urgent care open by Tuesday. The urgent care only lost one day of business because they called SERVPRO. We concentrated on their needs and was able to succeed in minimizing in loss of business. 

SERVPRO is always here to help no matter what time of day. We will put your needs first to ensure your business is put back together as soon as possible. 

Vandalism to a Commercial Property

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

red doors with glass broken Broken glass doors from a jewelry store.

There are other services that some people are not aware that we perform. We were called into a storefront that sells jewelry. This location is known as a high-end area. The business owner has never in their 20 years in this location had a concern about some robbing their store. Unfortunately, two teens broke the front windows of the place and stole several pieces of jewelry and were able to run away before the cops arrived. Not only was the front doors broken but also several jewelry cases. There was glass throughout the store. The police department mentioned to the building owner that SERVPRO is a company that can handle the cleanup for them. The business owner called us, and we quickly responded. We arrived and boarded up the front door, cleaned up the majority of the glass, and secured the building as you can imagine, the jewelry needed to be taken out of all the cases and placed into a safe off-site. The business owner realized that it was a substantial amount of work that needed to be done before he could open back up. Luckily he had business interruption insurance to cover his losses until the store was put back together. 

SERVPRO was able to secure the area and make the store a safe place so that the owner and his employees were able to pack up the jewelry without having the risk of getting cut by glass. Vandalism is a tricky thing that many business owners are not prepared for, but if it does happen, feel free to call SERVPRO. We will be there to help and secure the area. 

File Storage Center

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

multi shelves with boxes and files disorganized Is this how your office basement look? Are you prepared if a fire or water damage happens?

Do you know that stack of folders or boxes in your basement? What about a file storage facility that holds important documents for Lawyers or Medical Facilities? These places are the same as other locations that could have a loss. Don't worry, SERVPRO also helps out with these damaged boxes and files. 

SERVPRO has an extraordinary department called Document Drying Department. They can dry out the files and bring them back to save the documents. They can also digitize all the documents and properly dispose of the papers to ensure the security of the papers. If they are returning all the papers, they pack them in new boxes. Every box and document is inventoried from the main location to SERVPRO Document Drying Facility and back. 

Most times, these files have confidential information involved, and we are fully prepared to make sure all records are kept that way. 

Call the professionals at SERVPRO to make sure the documents are taken care of properly. 

Strip Mall Fire in Goshen NY

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

night time 4 store fronts with fire trucks and water hoses This is only a sample photo of a possible fire that could happen to any strip mall in the area.

Strip malls are full of multiple businesses and possibly numerous owners and even a property manager. When the unfortunate event of a fire happens in one of the businesses, most of the time, all of the stores are affected by either water or smoke damage. This becomes a very confusing process for everyone involved. SERVPRO is well versed in dealing with these situations. We can get all the customers in one area to discuss the next steps. We also speak to each of their insurance companies to confirm what they will be paying for. Each person needs to be on the same page, and SERVPRO is the company to help you through the process. 

Each business may have different coverages as well as various aspects of their business they are most worried about. SERVPRO takes all the information in and makes the best course of action to move forward with the claims. 

SERVPRO may be locally owned and operated, but they have a large group of professionals able to help quickly, including other surrounding SERVPROs. No job is too large for us to handle. 

What to do when your commercial business has a fire?

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Service

The word “fire” strikes fear in the hearts of most people and for good reason. Whether it’s your home or business it can bring life, as you know it, to a screeching halt. 

If your business or commercial property caught on fire, don't panic. Instead, call the professionals of SERVPRO and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process, and choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition.

Knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle fire damage successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:

1. Call The Insurance Company Immediately.

Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.

2. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your business may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.

3. Assemble Your Records.

In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have your entire files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.

4.  Get Permission To Reenter The Building.

Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, a fire can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.

Prevent Water Damage from Dishwasher Leaks.

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup

Many restaurants in rely on dishwashers to keep things ticking over and ensure a regular supply of clean crockery for their customers. A dishwasher is a handy appliance for any eatery looking to save some time and make things run more smoothly. However, just like any appliance, a dishwasher might break down and cause water damage to your premises. A leak is inconvenient and even costly if you have to close down during cleanup.

SERVPRO recommends all restaurant owners take the following steps to take care of their automatic dishwashers and reduce the risk of water damage from leaks.

Tell Staff Not to over fill 
it is tempting to put lots of crockery and cutlery in the tray to get cleaner in each load. However, instruct your staff not to crowd the rack, as an over-filled dishwasher is much more likely to leak. It is better to do a couple of smaller loads than trying to fit everything into one big load.

Do Regular Maintenance On Doors 
Loose hinges, misaligned door latches, or broken seals, can all cause leaks. Sometimes the problem can be fixed by simply adjusting and tightening a few screws. You could use an epoxy patch kit to remedy minor seal breaks. However, if it is not possible to right the door or seal, it is better to replace it.

Check The Tub And Hose 
The tub and hose can both develop faults over time. Constant use might corrode the tub and make a hole, and aging hoses can become unstable or cease to fit properly. Check all the components of the unit regularly and replace it at the first sign of wear and tear.

Use The Correct Detergent 
Make sure every staff member knows which detergent is best. Always use a dishwashing detergent, and always follow the manufacturer instructions. The incorrect dishwashing detergent or too much of the correct cleaning agent might cause suds or even a blockage.

In the event of a leak, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup. We extract water from your premises and use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surrounding area so you can resume business as soon as possible.

For help with water damage remediation in SERVPRO

Sprinklers Emptying Completely In A Strip Mall

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Sprinklers can sometime empty out, flooding whole businesses.

Sometimes a normal day working at a retail store could go terribly wrong. The weekend before Christmas, a Dollar Store had this nightmare. In the back of the store a customer decided to start lighting cards on fire. This caused the sprinklers to go off. This sprinkler system emptied out completely flooding the dollar store, bridal store, office supply store and a large back corridor where shipments are received. There was over 100,000 square feet affected with anywhere from 1 inch to 3 inches of standing water left in the area. After the fire department cleared, this was when SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties were called in.

SERVPRO arrived quickly onsite to start scoping out the damages and what needed to be done first. The main priority was getting the water out of the areas and start drying as quickly as possible. SERVPRO called in all crews, a total of 15 people to work that Saturday. After 14 hours the first day, SERVPRO finally got all the water out of the areas ready to start the drying process. Demolition and disposal of some contents were completed both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Drying occurred throughout the week. SERVPRO not only set up equipment to get the stores open quickly on Sunday but continued to come back to the stores to setup equipment at night and return early in the morning to move equipment so the stores could stay open.

SERVPRO was there to help the commercial strip mall get back up and running as quickly as possible. We are truly ready for any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at 845-342-3333.

How You Can Prevent Mold In Your School Buildings

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Does your school have a mold problem?

Although not visible to the naked eye, mold spores exist almost everywhere indoors and outdoors.  Spores float in the air, grow on the ground and can even be present on indoor surfaces.  All mold needs to grow is moisture, warmth, oxygen and organic matter for food.   

Microscopic amounts of mold generally aren’t harmful.  However, larger populations can potentially cause serious health problems in those with allergies or weakened immune systems.

With back to school season rapidly approaching, school administrators around are preparing school buildings to be ready for the year.  Occasionally over the summer, mold can cause a potential problem.  

Below are three tips to prevent mold growth in your school district.   

Tip #1: Keep on the HVAC system.

Over the summer, some school administrators make the mistake of turning off HVAC systems in order to save money.  HVAC systems keep humidity in check and by turning them off you can potentially create the perfect environment for mold.  While it may cost more to keep the HVAC system running, it can ultimately save you money in the long run.  

Tip #2: Purchase a humidity sensor.

If keeping your HVAC system on in your school building is not an option, consider buying a humidity sensor.  Rather than running the HVAC system day and night, a humidity sensor can allow you to track the levels of humidity in the air and turn on the HVAC system when necessary. According to Sensors Online, a humidity sensor works by detecting changes that alter electrical currents or temperature in the air.

Tip #3: Keep a watchful eye on problem areas.

Remember, the perfect environment for mold is anywhere that has moisture.  Some problem areas might include storage areas, bathrooms or kitchens in a school.  The earlier you are aware of a mold problem, the less likely you are to suffer costly damages. 


The professionals here at SERVPRO are trained to help you with all of your mold remediation needs.  In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.  We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (845)-342-3333.  

Are your Commercial Ducts in a Row?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & So. Ulster Counties.

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity. If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system.

You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning.

You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system. If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.

If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well. If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup.

SERVPRO of Orange County understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & So. Ulster Counties.

Having fire damage in your commercial property can be upsetting and shocking. When you experience such losses, you get reassurance from getting clear support and guidance in rescuing as much as possible from the fire damage. We are here to help you get your property back to its prior state before the damage. Our crew of technicians is experienced and trained to help you get back your home or commercial property as fast possible. We can fix any imaginable kind of fire damage. Fire damage comes in different forms and causes which include;

  • Kitchen grease and stove burners fire
  • Electrical fires probably due to overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wiring
  • Accidental fire ignitions such as from flammables like propane and gasoline

These are just a few of the many probable causes of fire at your home or business property. If you experience such tragedies in the Hudson Valley, we are here to help you by;

Identifying the source of the fire

This helps us to come up with the best solution possible for restoration. We evaluate the degree of the loss so that we can determine the best approach to start the restoration.

Assessing the damage

In this process, we evaluate to see if there are further damages like water damages that might have resulted from the firefighting process. We then deal with the water damage if there is any.

Removal of items from the building

We will need to vacate the building to ensure that all parts are touched during the restoration process.

Structural restoration

This involves the cleanup of charred contents, evaluation of floor coverings and carpets that may need removal, inspecting the house for safety, disinfection and treatment of the areas and smoke odor removal.

Returning the items

We help you get the items back to their location assisting you to restore your normal life.

Fire damage is at times an inevitable tragedy, and we are here to see things get easier for you. Contact us for help. We are available 24/7 to offer you help whenever you need us.

Commercial Mold is Serious

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

This is the mold found on a wall of a commercial building in its utility room after water heater broke.

In certain large buildings undiscovered water damage could be unfound for a long period of time. There are certain areas that could even dry before being discovered. The photo with this blog shows an area showing after they had a small leak in one of the many boiler rooms. It is important to have checks daily on the areas where water damage could happen. Regular maintenance should be done on all machinery and equipment in the commercial building. You should also always have a plumber on speed dial just in case water damage arises. If this happens, the quicker you fix the damage; call SERVPRO to begin drying, the less secondary damage you may have. This building in the photo did not do their checks and balances. Once they had a large water damage that started coming down the hallway is when we discovered the mold growth behind the walls in the utility room.

Be Prepared, Have an Exit Plan

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Important arrows marking the exit plan.

If you are a building owner with tenants or a property manager, you should always have an exit plan in case of a serious fire or water damage in the building. Part of the plan should be multiple exits for all occupants of the building and a meeting spot for each group of people. There should never be a question when an emergency arises where people should go and what to do. It is very important to have your occupants, staff or visiting persons apprised of this information and is prepared. The details of these plans should be both a visual drawing and written directions. If you are able to, the building should have arrows marked on all areas where the exit plan is activated. For example, take a look at the photo. Never forget, SERVPRO is always here to help in case of an emergency in your commercial building.

What to do when your commercial business has a fire?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of North Orange County to deal with all of your fire damage needs on any commercial property.

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration and Repair Service

Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.

The Damage Caused by a Fire

When you experience commercial fire damage to your Chester business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call

After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when do you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of North Orange County is as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business. Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response, by calling (845) 342-3333.

Orange County Businesses - Does your business have water damage?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

You can trust the professionals of SERVPRO of North Orange County will get your business back up and running after a water damage

Water intrusion in one room can mean water damage in other rooms. This can only be the start of other damages. 

Water intrusions invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point in your business’ structure. Water from an overflowing bathroom stall or other water incidents will search for pinhole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down in the building.

Some common signs of water damage in your business include:

  • Water rings on the ceilings or walls
  • Warped or cracked flooring
  • Rust on the hot water heater
  • A smell could develop

If your business has recently fallen victim to water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages.  There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible. SERVPRO focuses on keeping the business operational or getting the business back up and running quickly.

You can depend on SERVPRO of North Orange County to provide reasonable prices for water damage and other services in the Middletown area.  Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage and storm damage.  Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your business’s restoration.  Whether the water damage is big or small, call us at 845-342-3333.  

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Orange County is a part of a large franchise system. There are over 1,700 franchises in the country and Canada. SERVPRO of North Orange County is a part of the Large Loss Team. This means that we are prepared with equipment and man power to mitigate large commercial losses. These could include fire damage, water damage or mold remediation. SERVPRO is always on call ready to help. Any size disaster we can handle. We are ready 24/7 to help business owners mitigate their loss and open quickly after the disaster or figure out a plan to keep the business open. Any questions about how we prepare, feel free to call our office at 845-342-3333. You may ask for our office manager, Brittany. She is ready at any time to answer your questions

Emergency Ready Profile FAQ

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens.

ERP FAQ

The marketing team at SERVPRO® of North Orange County has been busy helping local businesses prepare for their next challenge by creating an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Here are the most frequent questions we encounter when introducing the ERP to property managers and business owners.

What Is an ERP?

An Emergency Ready Profile® compiled by a SERVPRO® franchise professional is a document that organizes critical emergency information so that a property owner or manager can respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster. While many emergency plans focus on getting people out of a building safely, our plan aims to get everyone back in the building again as soon as possible.

What Will an ERP Cost?

There is no charge for an ERP. Homeowners are encouraged to download the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App to create their own personal Emergency Ready Profile® for their home. Commercial property owners and business managers can contact their local SERVPRO® franchise to have a professional come out and create the profile for them.

What Is in It for You?

With an ERP, you will be able to reduce business interruption and quickly mitigate a loss following an adverse event, saving both time and money. Important information like where to find your water, gas, electric and sprinkler shutoffs and key contacts for beginning restoration will be right at your fingertips in the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App, and you will be able to share this information quickly and easily with anyone who needs it.

What Is in It for SERVPRO®?

You may be wondering what’s in it for us if there is no charge for an ERP. That is a fair question. First, we hope that helping you prepare before you need our services makes it more likely you will think of us when disaster strikes. Second, we know that having this information organized ahead of time will allow us to better serve you should you choose to call us following an adverse event. However, even if you never use our services, we will still have the satisfaction of helping our community be better equipped to survive a disaster.

Who Has Access to Your Information?

Once we compile a commercial ERP, we deliver the following to the business owner or any approved personal at your company:

  • A printed document ERP.
  • A username and password for each user the mobile Ready Plan app version of your ERP, so you can immediately share it with all necessary parties at your discretion.

Here at SERVPRO® of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster the document is stored locally on our server, and the mobile version is stored in the SERVPRO® corporate Ready Plan app, in case you need us to respond to an emergency at your site.

Schedule Your Commercial ERP Today

Call us today to schedule your commercial ERP, so we can help your business be ready for whatever Mother Nature sends your way. Contact brittany.johnson@ocSERVPRO.com or 845-342-3333.

Orange County Commercial Businesses - Protect Yourself From A Fire

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Do not let your business go up in flames!

The owner of a commercial business has many things to keep track of.  From the amount of profit the business is drawing in, keeping track of the competition and struggling to stay on top, it is easy for owners to forget about something as important as fire safety.  

 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, in 2014 alone there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States.  These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries and $11.6 billion in property damage.  

It is imperative that business owners and employees in a commercial business understand the most common causes for commercial fires so they can avoid them.  According to safety.blr.com there are 8 common causes of workplace fires and how you can avoid them.    

  1. Heating equipment

Heating equipment can easily cause commercial fires if they are improperly installed, operated or not maintained correctly.  Make sure to keep any materials or building components away from the minimum clearance distances on all sides and above.  Do not use any temporary heating units like portable heaters in public buildings and never store combustible materials in furnace rooms.    

  1. Electrical

Misused, overloaded, damaged or improperly maintained electrical equipment are a common cause of a workplace fire.  Do not leave any cords coiled up when plugged in and only use extension cords for temporary power for equipment in use at the moment.  Use multiple outlet strips for computer equipment, not for appliances of other electric equipment.  Avoid overloading circuits.  

  1. Cooking equipment

Make sure all of the cooking equipment in your breakroom never go unwatched when they are being used.  Ensure any room with cooking materials is equipped with a smoke detector.  In addition, be sure to follow cooking instructions for anything that is made in the microwave.  

  1. Mechanical friction

Keep mechanical bearings properly lubricated and aligned. Keep conveyors and mobile equipment cleaned and free of accumulations of combustible materials. Any improperly maintained or cleaned mechanical equipment can lead to a fire.   

  1. Housekeeping

Not only can poor housekeeping conditions cause a fire, it can also make it that much easier for an existing fire to spread.  Avoid excessive storage of boxes and other combustible material.  In order to ensure your employees can get out in case of a fire or other emergency, make sure stored material never blocks exits, walkways, electrical panels or emergency equipment.     

  1. Proximity hazards

Nearby fuel tanks or dumpsters could cause a fire hazard.  Avoid putting them extremely close to your building.  In addition, keep landscaping neat to avoid excess grass, weeds or brush near your business.

  1. Smoking

Consider banning smoking from your facility.  Poor setup of smoking areas and people who are careless with their cigarette butts can put everyone at risk for a fire.  

  1. Special Hazards

Keep track of any special hazards your business might have.  Examples of this would be any cutting/welding and other hot work that could produce flames, flammable liquid, storage and handling, chemicals, hay or leaves.



SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is Here For All Your Commercial Needs


With over 30 years of experience, SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is the business to trust with your commercial fire, water, storm damages and more.  Our  trained professionals are available 24/7 with all of your commercial business restoration needs.  Call us at (845) 342-3333 to find out more information.  

Auto Body Shop Fire

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties was called into a fire loss at an Auto Body Shop. The fire was caused by a lift mechanics burning up. Multiple cars were burnt and many other mechanics were severely damaged. SERVPRO was able to get a crew of 20 people there for a short period of time to get everything cleaned up at the Auto Body Shop. Also, SERVPRO was able to call in an Electronics Restoration Company to check all the machines to see if they are restorable. Restoring is inexpensive compared to replacing. SERVPRO focuses on restoring as much as possible to keep costs down and minimize replacement. Even though the Auto Body Shop was closed for a longer period of time, they were happy with SERVPROs services and glad they got there quickly to clean and restore a great amount of their machinery and equipment. 

Sprinklers Emptying Completely in a Strip Mall

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Sometimes a normal day working at a retail store could go terribly wrong. The weekend before Christmas, a Dollar Store had this nightmare. In the back of the store a customer decided to start lighting cards on fire. This caused the sprinklers to go off. This sprinkler system emptied out completely flooding the dollar store, bridal store, office supply store and a large back corridor where shipments are received. There was over 100,000 square feet affected with anywhere from 1 inch to 3 inches of standing water left in the area. After the fire department cleared, this was when SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties were called in.

SERVPRO arrived quickly onsite to start scoping out the damages and what needed to be done first. The main priority was getting the water out of the areas and start drying as quickly as possible. SERVPRO called in all crews, a total of 15 people to work that Saturday. After 14 hours the first day, SERVPRO finally got all the water out of the areas ready to start the drying process. Demolition and disposal of some contents were completed both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Drying occurred throughout the week. SERVPRO not only set up equipment to get the stores open quickly on Sunday but continued to come back to the stores to setup equipment at night and return early in the morning to move equipment so the stores could stay open.

SERVPRO was there to help the commercial strip mall get back up and running as quickly as possible. We are truly ready for any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at 845-342-3333.