Recent Storm Damage Posts

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

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Professionals in Middletown are Experts in Dealing with Storm Aftermath

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

Dealing with Debris and Black Water

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

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

We Restore Your Basement to Pre-Loss Condition

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

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

Recovering from Flood Damaged Newburgh Property

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

moisture meter checking wall SERVPRO extracts standing floodwaters, dries and monitors for moisture content, to ensure your Newburgh home is "Like it never even happened."

Newburgh and SERVPRO Storm Damage Mitigation

Torrential rainfall and high winds can spell disaster for homeowners in Downstate New York’s Hudson Valley. Exterior damage from wind-tossed trees, branches, and other debris can break windows, crushing roofs, and punch holes in siding. Water pouring in through exterior damage joins any overland flash flooding entering your Newburgh home at the foundation level.

What Makes Flood Waters Dangerous?

Large quantities of water exert pressure as they flow through your Newburgh home, causing flood damage immediately by destabilizing structures. Muck-filled fluids rise in lower levels, carrying contaminants including industrial waste, roadway and landscaping chemicals, and sewage from overflowing municipal sanitary systems. Rainwater invading from roof leaks, broken windows, and damaged siding seeps through building materials that can contain lead and asbestos, or other toxic substances.

What Is Your Timeframe for Flood Response?

Even if the rain soaking your home’s contents and structural components starts relatively clean, the corrosive effects of water are incredibly destructive. Drywall, insulation; ceiling tiles, floors, and subflooring; wood framing and trim; and furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions all take a severe beating from water. The damage is immediate and intensifies with time. Within 24 to 48 hours, mold growth proliferates, complicating flood recovery.

How Do Professional Flood Restoration Companies Help?

When SERVPRO accepts a flood damage project, we follow the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines to mitigate and remediate the harm. The job moves through several phases to get your property back to “Like it never even happened.”

- Safety assessment

- Securing and stabilization of the structure

- Mucking out mud, silt, and debris

- Moisture detection and metering

- Pumping and extracting of water

- Disposal of contained contaminated water per local hazardous waste rules

- Cleaning and disinfection of affected surfaces

- Structural drying using high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers

Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County for flooding help at (845) 241-8707. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Newburgh Homes Require Fast Extraction After Flooding

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water covering the floors When flooding affects your home, the situation needs to be handled with haste to avoid additional damages. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7.

Flood Damage to Newburgh Homes Leaves the Need for Several Types of Water Removal

Water removal is among the most immediate needs a house has after flood damage. Leading mitigation specialists of our SERVPRO team arrive fast to begin emergency services like these to mitigate loss and prevent greater harm to the structure.

Clearing Standing Surface Water

When people consider flood damage in Newburgh homes and businesses, it is typical to visualize several inches or more of standing water. When these threats are consistent throughout the property, several extractors and water removal devices are necessary to help. Some of the equipment we use includes:

  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Trash pumps
  • Submersibles
  • Wet vacuums

Draining Trapped Water

Floodwater can find its way into structural cavities and assemblies the same as moisture migrates through open areas. When pooling results within these systems, weep holes and controlled demolition are used to regulate the draining of trapped water and better promote the circulation of dry air into the exposed cavity.

Capillary Suction

The capillary suction process results from deploying devices like drying mats on hardwood and engineered wood flooring. When water has penetrated the surface of these flooring types but not yet chemically bonded with the cellulose of the wood, water can still be pulled to the surface for removal with drying tools.

Deep Moisture Extraction

Another possible method of removing water from affected materials after a flood is the need to pull moisture from carpeting and padding. Carpets are a standard installation for modern homes, and they rapidly absorb standing water and humidity in a room. Using tools like carpet wands or weighted extractors, we can remove trapped moisture in layers of carpet floors.

Cleaning up after water damage incidents and flooding requires a team of professionals able to understand the urgent needs of a property and the best water removal services to manage the threats. Our SERVPRO of North Orange County professionals have 24/7 availability for storm damage restoration and repairs. Call today at (845) 342-3333.

Prepare for Newburg Area Storms to Prevent Flood Damage

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

blue tarp on roof Plan emergency measures for flooding of your Newburgh home--Call SERVPRO to prevent secondary water damage like covering exposed roofs from rain.

If Storm Flood Damage Occurs, Call SERVPRO in Newburg for Restoration!

Major storms and natural disasters are often sudden and unpredictable. Because of this, Newburgh residents should always be prepared in an emergency flood situation. Should you find yourself dealing with a leaking roof from storms or floodwater coming into your home, SERVPRO is here to assist. We know what it takes to navigate home floods carefully, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

If you have been unable to think about how various disasters and storm flood damage in Newburgh could impact you, SERVPRO challenges you to take the following steps to ready a plan:

Making a Plan

  • Map out evacuation routes – mark all hallways, stairwells, and emergency exits.
  • Keep important numbers handy – this includes your insurance agent should your home encounter damage.
  • Know your property’s systems – always know how to turn off your power as well as the main water line should there be a damage issue.
  • Have a trusted team for restoration – SERVPRO is available 24/7, and we arrive within hours of your call to start board up, tarping, water removal services, and anything else necessary.

By having our certified water restoration technicians (WRT) on your flood damage project, you will have all bases covered for debris removal, water extraction, drying, and odor control. We can cover exposed storm-damaged roofs with tarps to keep out the elements. The goal is to return your property to a state of normalcy while ensuring no moisture or bacteria from the floodwater gets left behind.

Controlled Demolition

Soggy drywall, damaged subfloor, soaked carpeting, and many porous contents will require disposal after contacting contaminated floodwater after a storm. We handle removing and replacing all unsalvageable building materials to return your interior to pre-flood condition whenever possible. This may include new flooring, flood cuts to replace discarded drywall, and more.

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County are there whenever you have flood damage after a sudden storm. Call us at (845) 342-3333, and we can dispatch a crew to your property as soon as possible.

Dealing with Frozen Pipes and Ice Damage in Newburgh Homes

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of the edge of a roof Ice dams in the winter can certainly cause some storm damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO for prevention methods or to mitigate current damage.

Prevention Strategies in Newburgh can Help with Storm Damage

It is the time of year when frozen pipes and ice dams cause problems for homeowners in Newburgh. Winter storms not only bring lots of ice and snow, but the outdoor temperatures also drop. If your home is vulnerable to freezing temperatures, you could experience thousands of dollars in damage from burst water pipes. There can be subsequent damage to the insulation inside walls, the flooring, and the contents.

SERVPRO provides repair and drying services for Newburgh frozen pipes and ice dams. We can help thaw frozen pipes, arrange for plumbing repairs and provide water removal and drying after a water leak caused by thawing water pipes.

When water freezes inside copper or plastic pipes, the ice expands, cracking the water lines. You may notice a joint that has opened or a long thin crack along one of the pipes. Once the ice inside the water pipe melts, water will stream out of the cracked line at full pressure until someone turns off the main water supply.

SERVPRO recommends that homeowners consider winter preparedness steps to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Install pipe insulation on all water pipes, especially those inside walls or near exterior walls
  • Open cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens with water pipes on cold days to allow warm air circulation
  • Allow water to drip from a faucet to prevent freezing
  • Increase the indoor temperature on chilly days
  • Maintain the same temperature during the day and night
  • Leave the temperature set to no lower than 55 degrees if you are going to be away
  • Add insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and basements
  • Seal cracks around windows and doors to reduce cold drafts

Our team at SERVPRO can help with water removal services, water damage restoration, and water damage remediation after a water leak caused by cold weather and frozen pipes.

Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County in Newburgh and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (845) 342-3333.

What Can I Do When a Storm Causes Flood Damage in My Newburgh Home?

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged closet Storm and flood damage is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate storm damage remediation services for your home.

SERVPRO Can Produce Flood Damage Solutions to Your Newburgh Property! 

Living adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean can bring heavy rainfall and windy storms to your back door. It is something you grow used to when living in a coastal area. However, it does not change the fact that a storm could bring damage to your home at any time, especially if you live in an aging building. 

When in need of Newburgh flood damage restoration services, it is best to reach out for help immediately, even if you fear the roads may be blocked. Here at SERVPRO, we make a commitment to arriving where you are as soon as we can. The sooner we get your call, even if many roads are flooded, we can still plan to get to you when the way is clear. Planning helps us move faster. To speed up the process, we can: 

  • Stay on top of weather reports and know which areas are closed 
  • Use the quickest route to your home 
  • Travel to your home with the equipment already packed

For the sake of an example, let's say a heavy storm broke your basement window and allowed flash floodwaters to enter your home. The water is dirty and murky, making it even more important to get professionals on the job. Blackwater is not safe, as it could have chemicals, biohazards, and other dangerous debris in its currents. 

SERVPRO can clean up the water swiftly using advanced technological devices, such as industry-grade wet/dry vacuums and extractors. Should the volume of water be severe, we can use truck-mounted equipment, which allows us to transport the black water away from your home and dump it elsewhere. For a finishing touch, our team can use drying equipment designed to help combat mold growth. 

If you need flood water restoration, call us today! Dial (845) 342-3333 to call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County. We're ready to help you out!

Priorities of Cleaning Up a Flooded Middletown Garage

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water everywhere Flooding can cause damage even in your garage. Contact SERVPRO right away to arrive on the scene and remediate the flood damage.

Several Mitigation Actions can Make the Restoration of Middletown Property More Efficient and Thorough

When flooding occurs to your home’s garage or main property, you need fast and reliable help. SERVPRO professionals are experts in flood restoration and water damage mitigation, which aids you in getting back to normal life after these emergencies.

Extraction Solutions for Concrete Garage Flooring

Flood damage in Middletown garages might not overwhelm concrete flooring, but the lack of absorbency can cause issues in other ways. Pooling can happen much faster with concrete floors, impacting sensitive materials like drywall and wood. Quick extraction solutions are critical, which can vary based on the presence of solids in the floodwater.

Surface Cleaning and Mold Prevention

Flooding into the garage space might require surface cleaning options to overcome any possible contaminants and biological hazards. Viral pathogens and fungi can often travel with natural floodwater, and affected surfaces that do not require removal and replacement must be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectants and mold-inhibiting biocides to protect the structure from further damage.

Drying a Damp Garage Space

Flooding into the garage often requires several days of drying and evaporation. Continual monitoring of the progress of drying tools and instruments ensures that we have the appropriate number of devices and the best placement of these tools to maximize output and production. For broad, open spaces like a garage, some of the best drying tools include:

  • Axial Air Movers
  • Desiccant and LGR Dehumidifiers
  • Portable Electric Heaters

Give our SERVPRO of North Orange County a call today at (845) 342-3333.

SERVPRO in Newburgh Removes Damaged Hardwood Floors if Needed

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded family room with water covering everything Did your home suffer from flooding? Team SERVPRO can help with BOTH water removal and remediation services.

Extraction is a Crucial Process to Protect Damaged Hardwoods in Newburgh Homes

Removing flood water from the property must be a priority for technicians to protect hardwood flooring and engineered floors common to apartment structures and townhouses around Newburgh. Between our experienced team of water restoration technicians (WRT) and our industry-leading water removal tools, we are ready to help when you need it.

Surface Extraction Solutions for Hardwood Flooring

Before any other flood damage in Newburgh homes can be addressed by our professionals, the team must remove any standing water or pooling on the surface of flooring elements. This process is often not challenging with hardwood floors, as a stable base exists for using much of our extraction tools and methods, including:

  • Mopping
  • Toweling
  • Squeegee Wands
  • Truck-Mount Extractors

Efficient Drying Options for Trapped Moisture

Water can become trapped in porous flooring materials, making the removal of this moisture challenge for responding technicians. Drying mats can often be a critical instrument in removing this trapped moisture before damage to the hardwood results. When planks begin to warp or distort, there is no reversing this process.

Flooding can be a devastating situation for the entire house, and the flooring can take a beating when standing water threatens these elements over prolonged periods. Our SERVPRO of North Orange County team can help with extraction and cleaning solutions. We are ready 24/7 to help at (845) 342-3333.

Newburgh Residents Look to SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with items floating everywhere Flooded home? Team SERVPRO has the tools and expertise to remediate the damage. Contact our technicians today!

Why do Local Newburgh Residents Trust SERVPRO for Water Damage Remediation After a Storm?

Finding your home flooded with water can be a harrowing experience for any homeowner. You might feel helpless and devastated. But a quick call to SERVPRO experts can save your Newburgh property from any permanent damage and put your mind to ease. Our technicians have years of experience to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO experts can handle all sorts of water damages, including

  • Leaking roofs due to a storm
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Basement flooding
  • Burst pipes
  • Sewage cleanup

A successful restoration of storm flood damage depends on how quickly SERVPRO restorers can spring into action at your Newburgh home. Water loss restoration after a flooding incident due to a storm is complicated and takes time. Our restorers have years of experience, training, and proper equipment to carry out the flood restoration process with ease.

How do SERVPRO Experts Execute Water Cleanup and Flood Damage Restoration Process at Your Newburgh Property?

Our professional cleanup team can begin the process, starting with a thorough inspection of the flood-affected area. SERVPRO experts identify any potential hazards on the site and take appropriate measures to ensure safety. The process of water damage repairs begins after the floodwater is removed from your Newburgh home. After this, we use our state-of-the-art air moving equipment to remove any residual moisture.

Call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County at (845) 342-3333 for a 24/7 service.

Is Furniture Ruined After Flooding in Your Newburgh House?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning in night sky Do you know how to dry and restore flood damaged possessions? SERVPRO does. We can restore what is salvageable and remove the rest.

SERVPRO Can Help Newburgh Residents by Assessing and Salvaging Contents in a Flooded Property

Upholstery and other furniture can often be high-value items in the home. These are unfortunately adversely affected by floodwaters. When there is a high level of water contamination, such as in a road overflow event, it may be necessary to replace contents altogether.

Restorable contents in flood damage at your Newburgh home are often those exposed to clean or greywater. These can still cause damage via swelling, water spotting, color bleeding, or mildew growth. Color bleeding can also result in rust on upholstery buttons or other metal parts, which must be treated with an effective pesticide.

  • Water spots can often be remedied by wetting the entire furniture to reduce the potential of line-marks.
  • Mildew growth is preventable by rapidly drying the affected upholstery using a box fan or air-mover.
  • Blocking furniture to remove it from direct liquid exposure is essential to mitigating losses in the property.

Recovering wet furniture is complex. Contact SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County for flood damage at (845) 342-3333.

Is Flood Damage Permanent?

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

storm clouds Spring and spring floods are on the horizon. SERVPRO is available to handle any water and storm damage your home incurs.

SERVPRO Offers Detailed Flood Damage Restoration After a Newburgh Storm to Return Your Home to Pre-Loss Condition

There are many exciting details about Newburgh, NY, including being one of the state's largest historic districts. Whether you are visiting the region or looking to relocate, you will have incredible Newburg Waterfront nightlife, stunning outdoor parks, and amazing Hudson River views. There is always something to explore, including plenty of restaurants, bars, and local events.

Several Notable Historical Facts About Newburgh, New York

Because Newburgh is one of the principal cities within the metropolitan area of Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, you will find diverse culture and rich, fascinating history, including:

  • At one time, General Washington lived in Newburgh –These are the grounds where General Washington eventually took charge. He led the war while in Newburg and claimed peace for the region. He resided in the Hasbrouck House during part of the war, and the last year he stayed in Newburgh. The state purchased this house in the mid-1850s, then named it a historic site.
  • The 1700s saw a significant expansion in the area –Newburgh began to expand streets in 1750, and mill operation began to thrive. Farms flourished, and docks got constructed as well. Ferries worked to bring passengers for local excursions, thus adding to commercial growth and expansions in years to come.
  • The infamous Henry Hudson was once a Newburg visitor –Henry Hudson was a European explorer and the first to travel around the river, making his way north into Newburgh. In 1609, his ship the Half Moon spent a short period docked in town.
  • During WWII, Newburg took part in critical ship-building efforts –With the ever-growing need for shipyards and plants during WWI, Newburgh stepped in to help with some of the demand. All the ships built in Newburgh got named after various towns throughout Hudson Valley, including the S.S. Walden and the S.S. Firth Cliff.

Enjoying Activities and Attractions in the Newburgh Area

There are many opportunities to enjoy time outdoors throughout all seasons in Newburgh, NY. In addition to outdoor concerts during the summer and wintertime activities, there are many restaurants, shopping centers, and bars to explore, including:

  • Pride of Hudson boat tours and excursions
  • Motorcyclepedia Museum
  • Chadwick Lake for swimming, playground, and outdoor activities
  • Cosimo's On Union for Italian dining
  • Blu Pointe for steaks, seafood, and craft cocktails
  • The Lakeview House for casual American dining

After a Storm, Newburgh Residents Count on SERVPRO for Effective Flood Damage Restoration and Cleaning

Flash-flooding that happens during a storm can ravage your interior. Whether you have significant flooding in your basement or the first floor of your home, SERVPRO features water restoration technicians to quickly restore your Newburgh property. Even if it does not seem as though your contents, furnishings, and building materials are salvageable, we have methods to save as much as possible.

When addressing your flood damage in Newburgh, we enlist one or more of these options for restoration:

  • Submersible pumps that help to pull out high-level water
  • Industrial-strength extractors mounted on our Green Fleet trucks, able to handle hundreds of gallons of water riddled with debris
  • Professional-grade dehumidification and drying equipment
  • Moisture detection equipment

Call SERVPRO of North Orange County at (845) 342-3333. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Enjoy a Virtual Craft Night in Newburgh

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

a bucket of potted plants on a table It will be exciting to see the community making their herb garden from the pre-made kits!

Newburg Homeowners Get Active with the Local Library

Create a clothespin herb planter with the Adult Curbside Craft Kit at the Newburgh Free Library. Enjoying an herb garden in a kitchen window during the winter months is decorative and useful for preparing meals. Pre-made kits are available for curbside pick-up for registrants since the Library is currently closed. The supplies include various household items like tuna cans, clothespins, twine, soil, and a variety of herb seeds. Check your email after you register to find out instructions for picking up your personal kit.

Details about the Adult Craft Night: 

  • This is a virtual adult program on 1/12/2021.
  • The class is a pre-recorded video available on Tuesday, January 12th, from 6:00 until 7:30 pm. 
  • Kits go to the first 12 people to sign up for the virtual event through email registration. 
  • If the registration is full or you have supplies, you do not need to sign-up for the class to view the video. 

If you need help with storm damage in Newburgh, contact SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County anytime, at (845) 342-3333.

What Plants Can Reduce Ground Flooding Risk on My Property?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Rain garden SERVPRO recommends a variety of native plants to aid in reduce possible flooding around your Middletown property.

SERVPRO Technicians Help You Restore Your Middletown Home After Flood Damage.

Middletown residents have a variety of options available to them for flood prevention to keep damage to a minimum. Simple tweaks to landscaping, garden planning, and drainage systems on your property can all go a long way toward preventing thousands of dollars in damages.

When your Middletown property requires flood damage removal, SERVPRO is ready to return your home and its contents to a preloss state. These highly-trained technicians undergo continuous training and education, even after receiving The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accreditation, to ensure that their knowledge of industry benchmarks remains current.

What Plants Work Best for a Rain Garden in New York State?

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a variety of native plants are well-suited to rain gardens in the Empire State. Consider the following for your garden planning:

  • Add herbaceous plants such as great blue lobelia, red milkweed, wild bergamot, and cinnamon fern.
  • Plant hardy shrubs like witch hazel, arrowwood, sweet pepperbush, and winterberry.
  • Rain gardens typically cost approximately $10 to $12 per square foot of surface area covered.

How Can SERVPRO Mitigate Flood Damage Odors?

SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) utilize a broad array of commercial-grade, EPA-registered biocides, deodorizers, and ventilation box fans after a flood to remove microbes from the air while improving indoor air quality. Surfaces in a basement with standing water still inside may be sprayed down with a strong disinfectant before proceeding with debris removal and water extraction.

Sanitation is performed before structural drying when dealing with flooding to prevent microbes and mold from traveling through the air during the operation of air movement equipment.

SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County offers residential cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (845) 342-3333 at any time of the day or night to have a team at your home within hours.

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My Home is Flooded After a Storm. Where Can I Get Help to Restore it to Normal?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

lightning and heavy rain on blue background Did recent storms damage yoru home? Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Reach out to SERVPRO Technicians for Professional Storm Flood Damage Restoration in your Middletown Home

During a storm, heavy rains may lead to flooding, and powerful winds can ruin your Middletown home's roof or other parts. Some post-storm damage can also create health and safety hazards. Once you notice flooding in your home, act immediately by contacting professionals to prevent further damage.

Why should I contact professionals?

Water is pervasive, progressive, and can cause irreversible damage to costly building materials and possessions. You can prevent this by handling the storm flood damage in your Middletown residence within the first 48 hours. Our SERVPRO team can take several steps to prevent long-term damage. We have state-of-the-art equipment and products that help us handle flood damage of any magnitude. We have decades of experience and skills that help us provide effective and prompt restoration services.

Is your inspection process thorough?

We inspect the affected property to determine the proper steps need taking to restore it to its preloss condition. We use advanced equipment and tools to conduct the assessment. Our technicians can use borescopes to look into cavities and other hard to reach areas. The devices help us examine the construction method and determine visible contamination. We also have motorized inspection cameras that allow us to inspect the ductwork.

How do you remove moisture in hard to reach areas?

The drying process is a significant step in restoration. Our technicians can remove the water using portable pumps. We can then use structural cavity drying equipment that helps us to direct airflow into wall cavities, replacing the moist air with warmer, dry air. The machine increases the surface temperature and lowers the vapor pressure, leading to a high evaporation rate. We can direct air into wall cavities, below cabinets, and other structural cavities by drilling small holes in ceilings, walls, or under the cabinets.

Do I have to worry about odors?

If you begin the restoration process quickly, you can minimize the chances of odors persisting in your property. However, if there is an existing odor, we can use various products to combat the smells, including:

  • Odor counteractant beads
  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl machines 

After a storm strikes, dealing with the aftermath can seem overwhelming. SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County can take the right steps to stabilize and restore your home to normal. Call us today at (845) 342-3333.

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My Newburg Home Has Flood Damage After a Storm. What Should I Do?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Call SERVPRO to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Newburg Residence

Precipitation is essential since it either directly or indirectly provides the water we consume. However, at times, storms occur, and the heavy rain that accompanies them often leads to flooding. If your Newburg residence is flooded, it is critical to hire professionals from SERVPRO because we can restore it to its preloss condition.

What kind of damage can flooding inflict on my property?

The flood damage in your Newburg residence could include roof damage and knocked down doors and windows. Floodwater can also cause secondary damage, which may range from the development of mold on the walls to the weakening of the foundation. Floodwaters can carry debris of every type, silt, sand, sewage, and chemicals. The good news is that we can mitigate and reverse the primary damage, while the secondary damage could be avoided altogether.

Why choose SERVPRO restoration services?

Restoring your property after floods have deluged your household requires a certain level of professionalism. Professionalism can only be attained through numerous years of experience in the restoration field. Our goal is to ensure that you get high-quality restoration services. With our round the clock services, we can make sure that you get the help you deserve from our highly trained experts.

As the restoration company in the highest rungs of service provision, we pride ourselves in the expertise and experience we have. Our technicians endeavor to make sure that the property you treasure is back to its tip-top condition. We use state of the art technology to ascertain that a building is fully dry and everything is okay before the homeowner moves back in.

What does storm flood damage restoration involve?

To restore your home after flood damage, we can do the following:

    •    Property inspection
    •    Debris removal
    •    Water extraction
    •    Drying
    •    Disinfection
    •    Deodorization

For effective restoration, we remove and replace contaminated carpets and other porous materials. Our team uses powerful pumps to remove as much water as possible and drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to eliminate the moisture.

We regularly take both moisture and humidity readings throughout the restoration process to get the drying effectiveness. We can use inspection cameras and borescopes to look into cavities and check if there is any contamination. SERVPRO technicians use this equipment in telecommunication chases and any other cavities that can be costly to repair if demolished.

As soon as you notice the flooding, call SERVPRO of North Orange County and SERVPRO of South Orange County at (845) 342-3333. Irrespective of the time, we can assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

We Act Fast In Newburgh After A Flood

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

The ceiling and part of the roof tore off after a storm Part of the roof tore off from high winds during a rainstorm and water came down into the area, which caused damage. We arrived right away and began.

Why Bigger Is Not Always Best for Newburgh Flood Extraction

You might be in the camp of people that would assume when standing water exists in your Newburgh home that the best solution is the most powerful piece of equipment in the extractor inventory. While it would stand to reason that larger water removal units could relocate this flood damage more efficiently, there are multiple reasons why smaller submersible units are a better fit for the extraction needs of your residence.

Challenging Damage Areas 

One of the first considerations that our responding technicians must make about flood damage in Newburgh homes is the location of these effects. Accessibility is one of the most significant disadvantages to engine-driven pump systems attached to trucks in our SERVPRO Green Fleet. With a larger intake and discharge hoses and attachments, confined spaces limit the functionality of powerful truck-mounted pumps.

Longer Discharge Lines 

A unit is only as good as where it can move standing water to, and while truck-mount systems can pull water at 300 psi, it requires a much shorter discharge hose length for the diameter. While higher volumes can get moved, you have to ensure that you have the right positioning of the intake unit, or it might be ineffective. Submersibles often only have a 2” discharge line, allowing it to span greater distances once water gets collected.

Multiple Units 

While we might have more than one extractor truck in our Green Fleet of service vehicles, several do not typically roll out to the same job site. Our technicians can place multiple electric submersible pumps in clean water residential flooding emergencies to simultaneously move thousands of gallons of water during their runtimes. Our electric sump pumps utilize little power, so we can run multiple units off of a generator at the same time when flood damage severs electricity to the structure.

With extraction being such a vital element to flood recovery after an emergency, choosing the right tool is vital to saving customers time and money. Bigger is not always better, but our SERVPRO of North Orange County team can ensure that you get the most efficient tool for the job. Give us a call anytime at (845) 342-3333.

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Winter Time in Orange County NY

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon of man with hair dryer on a frozen pipe Do not do what this man is doing; hairdryers are not the option. Call a plumber who is a professional to take care of the frozen pipe.

Most winters in New York are pretty cold. This winter is looking like it is going to be substantial. This includes both snow and deep freezes. Most times, when there are deep freezes, and then a high spike in temperature causes those frozen pipes to break. 

Here are some precautions you can take to try to prevent pipe breaks:

  1. Keep Water Faucets Running at a Drip
  2. Direct Warm Air To Cold Areas Of Your Home
  3. Leave Your Cabinet Doors Open
  4. Disconnect Your Hose From The Outside Faucet
  5. Seal Leaks That Allow Cold Air Into Your Home
  6. Keep the Temperatures at 65 Degrees or Above
  7. If you are Going to Be Away from the Home for a Long Time - Winterize your Home
  8. If a Pipe is Frozen - Call a Professional Plumber

SERVPRO is here to help with any water damage from a pipe burst throughout the winter months. Call us any time (845) 342-3333.

Tornado in Newburgh, NY

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

top of roof with glass shards second floor This photo is just one of the many houses that had damage after the tornado. This home is only one of the windows that had the glass blown out.

When you live in New York, you do not think of Tornadoes. Well, we were all surprised this year when a tornado touched down in Newburgh. Our houses are not made to withstand a tornado that touches down and barrels through a town. The whole city was in shock as were the homeowners in surrounding areas, which had damage to their homes. 

Types of damages we mostly saw were trees on houses or broken windows due to trees or wind. These damages are luckily covered by insurance, but due to the number of houses affected and the little amount of tree removal companies, the homes developed secondary damage. This additional damage included mold growth throughout the home due to moisture and humidity. There were damages smaller that were a small amount of shingle damage but still caused interior water damage. 

During this time, Newburgh all joined together to help the locals who were affected by the tornado. SERVPRO was able to donate their generator to help a florist without power to keep their refrigerators running that had the flowers for the local college graduation that upcoming weekend. 

Small Storm Damage leads to Large Interior Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

One shingle falling off from your home could cause extensive damage on the inside. Whether your home is in Newburgh NY or Ellenville NY, we can help!

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

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

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

Storm Damage in Marlboro, NY

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Freezing Pipes causes Water Damage during winter storm

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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. 

Can my carpet be saved after flood damage?

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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