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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.

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