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Freezing Pipes causes Water Damage during winter storm

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frozen Pipes. What do they mean for your Orange County Home.

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen Pipes. What do they mean for your Orange County Home. Call us today at 845-342-3333

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  This can occur a lot during the winters here in the Hudson Valley. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

When Storms or Floods hit Orange County, SERVPRO is ready!

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Orange County, SERVPRO is ready! SERVPRO of Orange County provides 24 hour emergency service.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Orange County has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Orange County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Flood Damage Affecting Orange County

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Affecting Orange County Basement flooding is often difficult to work with, having massive damage within a small confined space, SERVPRO Professionals can help.

Orange County Flood Damage

Throughout history, the area in which we live has battled with a reputation of slow moving thunderstorms that cause torrential rains and difficulty with hail storms that cause constant flooding. Heavy downpours leave our drivers stranded on roadways, while several inches of golf ball sized hail cause clogged drains and become major catastrophes that interrupt our daily routines. It's a constant battle that we all face, and it spurs to mind the questions of, "Why aren't we prepared?" and "Who do we call for help?" 


We have many services available to assist with restoring your  property in Orange County when flood damage strikes. You can start by contacting our locally owned and operated office to assess the flood damage on your property as soon as possible. Don't let this typically serious and costly disaster that affects your lives go unattended. Whether you have a single room or an entire building affected by flooding, we can help. We have the personnel and years of experience dealing with floods of all sizes. 

Any area of your home that is in direct contact with flood waters needs a damage assessment and professional inspection performed immediately. Quick and efficient services assist with preventing subsequent damage from developing. SERVPRO technicians understand that different areas of your home are more likely to be affected by flooding than others and should be prepared to defend against future damages. 

Basements commonly take on several inches or even feet of water at a time and water ends up resting in this low-lying area with nowhere else to go. Basement flooding is often difficult to work with, having massive damage within a small confined space, SERVPRO Professionals can help. To prevent costly damage to your belongings stored in your basement, you should consider storing everything a few inches off the ground for protection against flooding. 

SERVPRO uses extreme caution when working in a flooded basement. We have access to both portable and truck mounted water extractors that assist us in removing any remaining water, with water detection devices and air moving equipment that help dry the surrounding area as quickly as possible. Broken glass and other dangerous contaminants get caught up in the flood waters and may cause hazards that you should avoid.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO of Orange County have the experience to handle any size flood damage situation you face, make the call to our offices today.

Fact About Flood Damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fact About Flood Damage Flooding is important to take care of quickly.

Rivers, streams, and lakes are almost always overflowing their banks, given a couple of rainy days. 

With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of flood damage in your home or commercial building. A flash flood can often bring a wall of water that is 10 to 15 feet high. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase our flood risks. Most insurance plans do not include flood damage, and this must be purchased separately, in most cases. 


Some Other Interesting Facts About Flood Damage 

Prevention Tips:

 The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from, so any tips that can help prevent this has to be worth the time to try them.

  • An inspection and flushing your water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
  • Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided ones can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses; even the metal braided ones every year. 
  • Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base. Ask everyone in the family to stand in the bathroom, after flushing and watching for any tell-tale leaks. 
  • Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe burst, inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
  • If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
  • Always be looking for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; you are looking for stains and moisture on those walls and floors. 
  • Leaking or even broken pipes are often gushing water, and it is not noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
  • Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
  • Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, furniture and provide the moisture needed for molds to grow, doing whatever can be done to prevent leaks is a good exercise to undertake. 

Protecting yourself from a thunderstorm when you are outside

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting yourself from a thunderstorm when you are outside Thunderstorms can strike unexpectedly. Be Prepared for anything.

Finding yourself outside during a thunderstorm can be extremely scary.  While the safest thing you could do to protect yourself from being struck by lightening is to find shelter, sometimes shelter is too far away.  

Before going on any outdoor adventure, know the daily forecast and the weather patterns of the place you are going to visit.  If there is a high chance of thunderstorms for the day, opt to stay inside and plan your trip for another time.

According to the National Weather Service, there are still several ways you can protect yourself if you are outside during a thunderstorm and cannot find shelter.

  1. Plan ahead.

  2. Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top.

  3. Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects.  If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees.  

  4. If you are in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members.  

  5. If you are camping in an open area, set up camp in a valley, ravine or other low area.  Remember, a tent offers NO protection from lightning.  

  6. Stay away from water and wet items, such as ropes, and metal objects, such as fences and poles.  Water and metal do not attract electricity but they are excellent conductors of electricity.  The current from a lightning flash will easily travel long distances.   



Snow could cause flooding

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Snow could cause flooding Excessive amount of snow fall

This winter we have not had a crazy amount of snow but there was many days of a couple inch snow falls that add up. Outside it may look clear and the grass looks dry. Underneath the ground may lie the issue of high water tables pushing water into your home or business. 

Even though snow may be beautiful, it can be harmful to your home in many ways. Most times in the New York, flooding (water intrusion from the outside) is not covered under your insurance policy unless you buy flood insurance. At this point, the homeowner or business owner would be responsible for the clean up. 

Now the clean up could be as simple as extracting the water from concrete and placing drying equipment. The clean up could be complex when it is a finished basement with sheetrock walls and carpeted flooring. 

During the winter months when there is extensive water in the ground and the flood tables are high, check your basements regularly and be prepared for anything. 

SERVPRO is always here to help with any questions you may have during the process of flood water cleanup.

Icicles? Aren't they beautiful?

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Icicles? Aren't they beautiful? Even though they are beautiful - there was quite a bit of ice damming damage inside this home.

WINTER

Winter is a beautiful time of year and most people in the northeast experience it. Winter can be a love/hate relationship for many people. Snow fall can be so majestic. 

After some serious snow fall normally comes some melting that turn into those amazing icicles hanging from your roof or the back of your car. What if I told you that icicles can be very dangerous to see on your home. 

Icicles that form are from the ice on your roof melting down and then refreezing when it hits the edge. The ice can continue to build up causing shingles to push back which is called ice damming. Once the shingles are pushed up and the ice starts melting you are more likely to start seeing some of that water come into your home.

Sometimes this is an easy fix once all the ice has melted. In some cases it is not that easy. Ice damming can cause some serious issues to your home and the water can enter the home in multiple areas. 

During the winter you should be prepared to have a company on speed dial that is able to SAFELY remove the snow off of your roof after a large snow storm to lessen the chance of the ice damming happening. 

If it is too late - do not hesitate to call SERVPRO. We can help in many ice damming situations and are very experienced in it. 

Storm Damage in Home

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Orange County we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. This job classifies as storm damage as you can see the amount of debris on the floor when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with the proper tools to get rid of all the garbage and debris and make this home look like a home again. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO is #heretohelp.

Can my carpet be saved after flood damage?

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can my carpet be saved after flood damage? Flooding from Clean Water can save you money. Call SERVPRO immediately to remediate!

The Three Types of Water that Can Flood Your Home

One of the major casualties of a flooded home is flooring, particularly carpets. Once it's soaked, both it and the underlying padding will potentially need replacing, which is an added expense that most homeowners would like to avoid. In the case of heavy flooding, whether it's from a natural disaster, broken appliance, burst pipe, or other water emergency, many people think that there's no chance their carpet can ever be saved. 
 
Homeowners who have experienced flood damage in Orange County are often unaware that it's not just the amount of water in a home that affects whether they'll have to get new flooring, but the type of water as well. Here's some information about the three types of water damage that can occur due to flooding and how each affects carpet and rugs. 
 
Clean Water 
 
If the flood damage in your home is caused by a burst pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or tub or sink that has overflowed, odds are it's a result of what's called clean water. Basically, this type of water is treated and contains no contaminants or waste and is the least risky to clean up. When you contact SERVPRO and you have flood damage resulting from clean water, we're typically able to save your area rugs, carpeting, and floor pads so you don't have to incur the extra expense of replacing it. 
 
Gray Water 
 
This type of water doesn't contain any solid animal or human waste, but it has been used. An example of this would be a toilet that's overflown or a broken washing machine that leaks a large amount of water mid-cycle. Flood damage from gray water comes with more risks than clean water, as it has significantly more potential to cause illness if it's touched. However, the threat of disease usually isn't present since there's no solid waste. Though the carpet pad that's been soaked with gray water has to be thrown out for safety reasons, the carpet itself can often be saved. SERVPRO will carefully clean and dry it so that you can save money by only having a new pad installed. 
 
Black Water 
 
This is the most dangerous type of water involved in flood damage and it's unsanitary because it either has organisms in it that can potentially carry disease or solid waste. If your home was flooded due to a natural disaster, storm, or sewage backup, it likely involves black water. While some area rugs can be disinfected by our team, cleaned, and thoroughly dried, carpet and padding need to be replaced for the sake of keeping your family safe. 
 

  

How much snow on your roof is too much?

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How much snow on your roof is too much? Snow roof risks

Snow levels totaled over 19 inches in the Orange County area after the Superbowl blizzard this weekend. When snow/ice on your roof exceeds 20-25 lbs. per square foot, your roof may be in the 'Danger Zone.' A roof rake can help to safely remove snow and prevent damage to your home. As the ice and snow begin to melt, it's the best time to check for leaks. Check for soft spots on your roof, ceilings, and walls. Look for signs of water around windows, showers, and toilets.

If you happen to have roof damage or water leaks from the snow, SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties is here to help 24/7! We provide emergency board-ups, water mitigation services, and reconstruction including roof repairs. 

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Storm Damage Issues in Orange County, NY

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Issues in Orange County, NY Storms can damage your home as they pass through. Call SERVPRO today to remediate!

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Assess and Tackle Storm Damage to Your Property

Although snow is only expected for two days over the next week, we all know that the forecast can change on a dime. With the threat of a new polar vortex coming our way, now is the time to consider what to do if your home suffers damage from the coming weather.

Storm damage to New York homes does not have to be a permanent problem. Roofs can be fixed or replaced, and outside walls can be repaired. SERVPRO has a full construction division, so we are one of the largest restoration companies in the State of New York when it comes to putting the interior & exterior of your home back together after the snowstorms have passed.

First, our response team will remove any standing water or puddles that are in your home. As a company with a nationwide network available, we can use the exact size pumps needed to get the job done.

Next, we will use specialized vacuums and extractors to draw out the water from your carpets and floors. Technicians will then use heaters that are designed to touch and dry carpets without scorching the fibers or discoloring them. If the carpets have been under water for too long, the pads underneath may need to be removed and replaced.

As the carpets are dried out, commercial heaters and dehumidifiers will be used to dry out floors and walls. Besides the need to prevent wood floors from warping, returning your home to a normal level of moisture also helps to prevent the growth of mold.

If the water removed from your home has a large amount of dirt or other soil in it, you will need us to clean and sanitize the carpets and floors as well. We have a large inventory of cleaners and sanitization agents to accomplish this. If the water has been standing for too long, we may also need to apply deodorizing cleaners to furniture and walls to remove lingering odors.

Dealing with the aftermath of a severe storm is never simple. At this time of year, it can be a disaster. SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties is here to help you restore your home to its original state and hopefully get you back in the holiday spirit. Call us today at (845)-342-3333 to get started.

Storm Damage Issues in Orange County, NY

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Issues in Orange County, NY Storms can damage your home as they pass through. Call SERVPRO today to remediate!

Although snow is only expected for two days over the next week, we all know that the forecast can change on a dime. With the threat of a new polar vortex coming our way, now is the time to consider what to do if your home suffers damage from the coming weather.

Storm damage to New York homes does not have to be a permanent problem. Roofs can be fixed or replaced, and outside walls can be repaired. SERVPRO has a full construction division, so we are one of the largest restoration companies in the State of New York when it comes to putting the interior & exterior of your home back together after the snowstorms have passed.

First, our response team will remove any standing water or puddles that are in your home. As a company with a nationwide network available, we can use the exact size pumps needed to get the job done.

Next, we will use specialized vacuums and extractors to draw out the water from your carpets and floors. Technicians will then use heaters that are designed to touch and dry carpets without scorching the fibers or discoloring them. If the carpets have been under water for too long, the pads underneath may need to be removed and replaced.

As the carpets are dried out, commercial heaters and dehumidifiers will be used to dry out floors and walls. Besides the need to prevent wood floors from warping, returning your home to a normal level of moisture also helps to prevent the growth of mold.

If the water removed from your home has a large amount of dirt or other soil in it, you will need us to clean and sanitize the carpets and floors as well. We have a large inventory of cleaners and sanitization agents to accomplish this. If the water has been standing for too long, we may also need to apply deodorizing cleaners to furniture and walls to remove lingering odors.

Dealing with the aftermath of a severe storm is never simple. At this time of year, it can be a disaster. SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties is here to help you restore your home to its original state and hopefully get you back in the holiday spirit. Call us today at (845)-342-3333 to get started.

Flood Damage Restoration

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties will wash away all of your worries!

Flood Damage Restoration in Orange County

Flood damage in Orange County is often unexpected but always has the potential to inflict severe damage to residential properties. Particularly vulnerable are homes located at the bottom of a hill or valley, which will receive incoming water from their uphill counterparts. However, even homes on high ground may be susceptible to unpredictable flash flooding, and should always be prepared for the damages that may result from even a small flood.

 

Soaked and Ruined Flooring

Perhaps the most common casualty in a home is its flooring.Floods will typically cover the entire first and lower floors of a building, soaking in between cracks and holes and causing large and obtrusive damage. In many cases, full replacement of the flooring in each room is necessary, as grout, paste, and all manner of other adherents are dissolved or washed away by water. Additionally, floodwater can contain staining materials and mud, which can visually ruin a floor.

Destroyed Electronics and Electrical Hazards

Depending on the intensity of the floods, floor-based electronics such as speakers, lighting fixtures or even some televisions may be destroyed by floodwaters. These can, however, be exceedingly dangerous as they may have open circuits leading into the water. If the floodwaters are high enough, they may pour directly into an outlet. Electrocution is a major hazard, so be extremely cautious if you enter a home while water is still there.

Mold and Fungus Growth

Mold and fungi like dark, damp places to grow. During a flood, the conditions are perfect for their growth. Call SERVPRO immediately so we can identify and clean up the mold, as it may cause adverse health effects.

Your Finances

If you don't have flood coverage, you may end up being forced to pay out-of-pocket for any damages. Regular homeowners' insurance doesn't typically cover flooding, and a separate policy may be necessary. If you don't have flood insurance, be sure to consult with your insurance provider.

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is a well-respected local business specializing in many different kinds of restoration services.. We can help to repair and restore flood damage of all kinds, and will help you to get through the process. Call us anytime at (845) 342-3333 for a consultation or advice.

How To Prepare for the Summer Storms

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Prepare for the Summer Storms Do not let a thunderstorm strike you unprepared!

Storms can happen in the blink of an eye with little to no warning.  If you do not take the time to prepare, the aftermath of the storm can be stressful and costly.  Taking the time to address key areas of your home can make a huge difference between staying high and dry or flooded with worry and damages.  

 

Your home is your most valuable asset so don’t get swept away with the summer thunderstorms this season.  Take steps now to prevent any rain showers from dampening your mood.

Start getting prepared by pretending there is a giant storm cloud hovering over your home right now and take action today.  The following steps below will help you.

  1. Go out and purchase supplies you may need if you lose power or water supply for a long period of time.  Batteries, flashlights, bottled water, canned food, gas and backup generators are items you should have at all times in your house in case of emergency.  Consider buying board games or a deck of playing cards for something for you and your family to do to pass the time.

  2. Make sure you have the proper insurance plan in place.  Check on your policy so you are familiar with what is and is not covered.  It is imperative you make sure everything is current.

  3. Do what you can to secure your property.  Seal up any cracks or gaps around windows, doors and check your roof for any broken or loose shingles.  Just to be safe, you might consider installing items such as window shutters, garage door braces and roof clips to protect your home as well.  While these resources can be costly, they can ultimately save you money in the long run.

  4. Take care of any trees surrounding your home.  Remove any dead branches and trim back any limbs that could become a danger to your house.  Overhanging limbs can scrape the roof, damage shingles or bust through windows.  All of this could lead to water damage in your home. Properly maintaining your landscape is easy and can do wonders at protecting against storm damage.  

  5. Secure patio furniture and pick up any items such as sporting equipment or lawn items and store them properly.  



Got Swept Away With The Storm?


Storms are at times unpredictable and despite precautionary measures, damage can be at times unavoidable.  If you find your house damaged from a storm, you can relax knowing SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties has your back.  Our trained professionals are available 24/7.   To contact us or learn more about our services, please call 845-342-3333 or go to www.SERVPROnorthorangecounty.com.      

First Time Hurricane hits Orange County in 2011

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

In 2011, Hurricane Irene was the first large hurricane to hit the east coast that caused serious damage to Orange County, NY. The morning after the storm, Sunday morning, SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S. Ulster Counties received over 400 calls within 5 hours. SERVPRO was prepared before the hurricane came through by calling other SERVPROs in the area so they were prepared to come and help. Once calls started coming through, SERVPROs from Ohio, Rhode Island and Syracuse came in to help our SERVPRO get to customers in our area who needed help.

SERVPRO was non-stop for 12 weeks, without any days off. Working almost around the clock to get to people’s homes and businesses and help them in their time of need. Being a part of a franchise system is vital to preparing for hurricanes or other major storm events. You are able to all work together and help out even more people in the area. SERVPRO is available 24/7 365 days a year for any size disaster in a home or business. 

Residents of Orange County – Do Not Get Swept Away with the Storm This Hurricane Season!

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Residents of Orange County – Do Not Get Swept Away with the Storm This Hurricane Season! Do not let the storm get the best of you - call SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan and S.Ulster Counties with all of your storm damage needs.

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season officially began on June 1st and will run until the end of November.  According to the Weather Company, an IBM business, the 2016 hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012.  Fourteen named storms have already been forecasted by weather professionals.

SERVPRO of North Orange County wants to make sure you and your family are safe and prepared in the event of a hurricane.

Below are several steps you should take to ensure you will be ready in the event of a storm:

  • Prepare an emergency supply kit

  • Stock up on batteries and water

  • Check to make sure your flashlights are all working

  • Ensure your generator is in good working order  

  • Clean out gutters and trims trees and shrubs

  • Inspect your roof, siding, foundation and basement to identify areas that need to be repaired or replaced

  • Check that your sump pump is working

 

You happen to hear on the television that a hurricane is supposed to be hitting North Orange County this weekend.  A few days prior to the storm you should:

  • Bring lawn furniture, trash cans and toys inside

  • Cover windows with 5/8 inch plywood that’s cut to fit and ready to install

  • Fill your gas tank

  • Park car in a garage or next to a building to protect from wind and debris

  • Charge your cell phone and other important electronics

During the storm it is important that you:

  • Listen to the radio or television for information

  • Avoid using the phone except for in emergencies

  • Stay inside unless you are told to evacuate

  • Stay away from windows and external doors

  • Keep your emergency kit with you

  • If water starts to come in your home, lift any clothes or valuable items to a higher place

Remember, fixing water damage in your home is not a DIY project.  Due to some of the severe after-effects of water damage, including health risks, it’s always best to have the professionals take on your water damage repair.


If your home suffered from storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties to take advantage of our water damage restoration services.  For more information on SERVPRO os Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties Services, call 845-342-3333 or visit www.SERVPROosu.com