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After The Storm: Watch for Leaks That May Cause Mold Growth

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Did You Know?There is a Water Damage Time Line

Intrusion of water into your home from a storm can result in mold growth. When water damages are not addressed right away, the result is an increased risk of mold growth. Mold may appear within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage intrusion event if the conditions are conducive to mold growth.

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County New York, handles water damages every day, and we know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or business building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which help prevent the secondary damage like mold growth. 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may begin to bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears. Mold spores grow if conditions are conducive to microbial growth.

Before risking further damage to you home, and belongings don't try to clean a water damage incident on your own, instead call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County at (845) 400-4888 to handle the water damage cleanup and restoration. 

Fire Mitigation Requires Quick Action

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

The faster our SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County team of professional Service Technicians arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better you home and contents will recover from the fire disaster. We will make sure the fire damage cleanup will be handled properly by utilizing the following steps:

Structural Cleaning: After a smoke, soot or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Our experienced Service Technicians will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found with the structure.

Contents Cleaning: All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County can provide both dry and/or wet cleaning services. Additionally, restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss conditions.

Deodorization: Our SERVPRO Rockland County team of Service Technicians provide specialized services, equipment and cleaning products that will rid the property of offensive odors left behind by the fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up the lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out the source of the odor and remove it.

Don’t leave the cleanup of your Rockland County home or business after a fire to just anyone, call in the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County. We have years of experience and knowledge dealing with fire, smoke and soot damage, our team can help you through the process of cleaning and restoring your home. Call (845) 400-4888. To learn more visit Fire Cleanup and Restoration Information

Home and Business Fires are preventable when precautions are taken

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to your Rockland County, New York home or business property, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires. 

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately ad do not run cords under rugs of furniture. 
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never try to force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut-off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplace and Wood-stove Safety

  • Inspect and clean wood-stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. 
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. 

Source: ready.gov

Don't forget to have a working fire extinguisher in your home, and read all the instructions before emergencies happen.

When you're Rockland County home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration. 

Is Your Rockland County Business Prepared If Disaster Strikes?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

How quickly your Rockland County company can get back to business after a fire, flood, or storm often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency.

While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.   

Be Informed: Do you know what types of emergencies might affect your company?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan: Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Are you ready for utility disruptions? Do you have a plan if your building is not accessible? What will you do if your suppliers are impacted? 

Prepare Your Emergency Plan: Do you have an plans  for evacuation and shelter? Do you have plans for communications with employees before and during? Do you have copies of buildings and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are any employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan: If you have a plan, have your practiced it recently? How often do you review the plan? Do you have to coordinate the plan with other businesses?

Review Insurance coverage: Have you review your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment: Have you conducted a room to room survey to determine what can be strapped down and secured?

Improve Cyber security: Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness: Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan? 

If you answered "NO" to any of these questions, visit https://www.ready.gov/ and learn how to better prepare your business, employees, and family.

Also, call Art at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County to complete an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. This is a great first step to better prepare your business for any type of disaster. 

After the Fire: Destroy Odors with Deodorization

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Even small fires in your Rockland County home or business can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damages in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn the odorous residues and deposits on surfaces are left behind. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

We have Production Managers and Service Technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), to handle specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. 

Our services don't cover up the odor with fragrance; we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, we use the SERVPRO proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any savable items in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies, upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC ducts and more. 

We also handle other odors that may require deodorization:

  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Pet Odors
  • Decomposition
  • Mold

Whether it is a fire, water, mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County will make it "Like it never even happened." Call to learn about our Fire Damage Cleanup Services (845) 400-4888. 

Is Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter Storms

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Cold weather and winter storms can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rains and wind, freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. Take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of the winter blues.

  • After winter storms check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Downed limbs can cause damage to your property and lead to possible water damage issues.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutters should be clear of debris and directed away from buildings. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems. 
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairs, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post cautions signs.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temps fall below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the cabinet doors open.
  •  Consider turning outdoor faucets off at the main valve. Once shut remember to drain the outdoor faucet. 

Check out our Water and Storm Damage tips.

When winter weather strikes and causes a disaster, call SERVPRO to strike back!

Does Your Rockland County Business have an Escape Plan?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.

Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. 

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County can help you and your business with the cleanup after any water, sewage or fire disaster. But first make sure your employees, and customers are safe by planning ahead and having a plan. 

Read our about our Fire Damage Cleanup Services.

*Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

September is National Preparedness Month: Preparing Your Business Property Makes Sense

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, employees and family. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
  • The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens.

To learn more about National Preparedness Month visit: https://www.ready.gov/september 

Ready to start your ERP? Call our office at (845) 400-4888 or contact us via Email.

Water Damage in a Commercial Space is always treated with a Quick Response

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County we are experienced at dealing with any size disaster scenario, a large scale event that effects many floors, offices or warehouse space, and even a small office with a limited water damage disaster. We work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professional Service Technicians are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area of your business. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland Rockland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial properties after a water damage event.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet our Crew  

Mold, Biohazard and Cleaning Services: Not just water and fire damage cleanup

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire, water, and mold restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, also offers fast and reliable biohazard, vandalism and crime scene cleanup and restoration services. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

SERVPRO of Rockland County technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. 

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Rockland County helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. 

Our services cover the following issues:

  • Bloodbourne Pathogens: SERVPRO removes and disposes of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substance resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Technicians clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.
  • Methamphetamine Labs: Many chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces. 
  • Crime Scene Residues: Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues can be cleaned from surfaces and contents to restore your property. 
  • Arson and Vandalism: After the fire trucks are gone, your home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 
  • Sewage Backups: Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
  • Black Water Intrusions: This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation: Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation.

Don't leave the cleanup of your home or business to just anyone call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County at (845) 400-4888. We are a locally owned and operated company that has been proudly serving the local Rockland County, New York area for 25 years. 

Plan Ahead: Make sure your Business is Ready for Potential Disasters

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Ready App

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO Southern Rockland County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 25 years of experience in water, sewage, mold and fire cleanup.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the FREE SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building quickly following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes--resolve to Be READY.

Call SERVPRO to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020 and 2021. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is #heretohelp

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County Has Drying Down To A Science

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Did You Know There is Actually a Science Behind the Drying Process?

Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. Our SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County Service Technicians are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damage to your home or business property. 

What is the Science of Drying?

The Science of Drying is a process that was created to establish industry guidelines, regulated techniques, and provide validation and documentation on the drying process.

Why is it important?

When it comes to water damage, there’s nothing more important than making sure the job is done right the first time. Doing so relies on a restoration company like SERVPRO that is dedicated to training, technology and technique. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is an industry leader in all three. We have the equipment to help dry hardwood floors, hard to reach spaces inside walls and much more. We also have state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. The technology of DryBook a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry standards are met. 

Our Service Technicians Will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in the wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature-by using professional drying equipment. 

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County has the training, equipment the technology to make your water damage or storm flood damage disaster "Like it never even happened."

Stay Safe From Summer Storms

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

While the spring season is known for severe thunderstorms and heavy rainstorms, the threat also exists throughout the summer months as well.

It’s difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to help ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency Ready profile (ERP). Contact SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County ((845) 400-4888) to discuss how this program can help your business. For home owners download the Ready Plan APP for free and select SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County as your preferred restoration specialist. 

Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm:

Before the Storm:

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains

During the Storm:

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials
  • Avoid contact with corded phones, cordless and cellular are safe to use
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items or devices. Power surges can cause serious damage
  • Avoid contact with plumbing, fixtures can conduct electricity
  • Stay away from windows and doors

After the Storm:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately

Here is a recommended emergency supply kit:

  • Water-1 gallon for per person per day
  • Food- non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio-preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing-fast drying
  • Dust masks or bandanna
  • Plastic sheeting or garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents or photos of documents-copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof container

Fire Alarms: Save Lives

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Assoc. (NFPA). 

Follow these tips:

  1. In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met. 
  2. Test Smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other smoke alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms are present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. (source NFPA)
  3. In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building is smoke is detected in just one area. (source NFPA)

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarm, contact your local fire department, electrician or the American Red Cross.

Visit our Fire Damage Information page for more information about our Fire Cleaning Services.

(Source: Restoration Newsline Vol.29, Issue 9)

Do You Know What To Do When Your Home Has Water Damage?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Flood Tips

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage to your Rockland County New York home or business. To help ensure a water damage is handled correctly follow these steps:

Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County:

SERVPRO Southern Rockland County Technicians will provide the following services in a timely and professional manner. 

Inspection: Our Service Technicians will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. 

Emergency Service: Technicians will take steps to help protect your home of business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damages by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step.

Monitoring: To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently be communicated to you. 

Restoration Services: Are available upon request. We will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property. A final walk-through of the job-site will be conducted with you.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place. 
  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water *this could cause electrical shock and/or damage to the vacuum.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. Watch for a possible Ceiling collapse.

SERVPRO is an IICRC Certified firm and our Service Technicians will quickly and professionally clean and restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Grilling Safety Tips to Avoid Home Fires

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Grilling Safety Tips

As the season for grilling outside officially kicks off this summer, here are some tips to remember while grilling at your BBQ. 

  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  2. Make sure people especially young children and pets stay away from the grill
  3. Use long-handed tools made for cooking on the grill
  4. Don't place your grill close to your home 

If a fire damage does happen at your home or business, SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is ready for any size fire cleanup disaster. 

Our Service Technicians are highly trained and have years of experience cleaning fire damage properties. SERVPRO also uses cleaning products specially formulated to safely and throughly clean fire damaged properties. 

We clean and restore Fire, Smoke and Soot damage "Like it never even happened." 

Find out why it is important to choose a firm with IICRC certifications

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is proud to be an IICRC Certified Firm. The IICRC, or the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a non-profit organization that set standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

The goal of the IIRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration and installation industries. To accomplish this goal, the IICRC sets standards and certifications for inspection, cleaning and restoration. The IICRC ensures that when the customers hire a certified firm or technician that they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industries “standard of care.”

The Certified Production Managers and Service Technicians of SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County set themselves apart through IICRC Certification, SERVPRO training, and years of experience on the job. 

SERVPRO is the company you can trust to get the job done right, which is important especially when it comes to cleaning and restoring your home or business property. 

Our Service Technicians are on call 24 hours/7 days a week for emergency service. 

Severe Weather Safety

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, and anywhere. According to NOAA.gov each year, we cope with an average of

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98% of all presidential declared disasters are weather related, and cause nearly $15 billion dollars in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather events, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist others during weather disasters.

Know Your Risk: The First step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you work and live. Check the weather forecast regularly, learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio especially if you live in a heavily impacted weather area. 

Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important documents and valuables in a safe place. 

Be An Example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends via social media. Your story will inspire others to do the same.

Watch vs Warning: Do you know the difference?

Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather and it is possible. Remain alert for possible further warnings. 

Warning: Severe weather has been spotted or indicated by radar. Take Cover!

Once you are safe, you may need a damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County to help with any damage your home or business property may have suffered during the storms. Click here to learn more about our storm services .

*source: ready.gov

Defense Against Mold: Rapid Water Damage Cleanup

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know? Prompt water damage mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions.  The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage or excessive mold growth will happen to your building. 

Follow these tips to help prevent mold growth in your home or business. 

  • Keep the humidity between 30 and 60 percent.
  • Provide proper drainage away from building foundations.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
  • Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately. 

Don't forget to contact SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County for professional water removal and mold mitigation. We are a local company with over 25 years of experience in the water and mold remediation industry. Our Production Managers are IICRC Certified and our Service Crews are highly trained and have professional grade equipment to facilitate proper cleanup. Don't hesitate to call us at (845) 400-4888. We are Faster to any size disaster.

Got Water? Mother Nature May Need Help

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

What exactly does it mean to "help" Mother Nature?

A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages like mold may occur while the building is drying out. 

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County has  the tools and professional equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, and tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more. 

The bottom Line? SERVPRO has the equipment and training to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Celebrate Summer Safely: FIREWORKS

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Fireworks Safety Tips

Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. 

  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear. 
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. 
  • Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
  • Have a Happy Fourth of July.

Firework Facts:

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
  • In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires, more than any other cause of fire. 

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is locally owned and operated company in Rockland County, New York. We are a premier fire cleanup and restoration company with over 25 years of experience and training. We also have the professional cleaning products and equipment to get your property restored properly and quickly. 

AND the answer to the question is E!

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Assoc

Water Damage Disaster at Commercial Properties

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air movers drying carpet in retail store SERVPRO provides expert water damage cleanup and restoration in Suffern

There's no such thing as a small disaster: especially when the water you don't see trapped behind walls and under floors contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage until it is out of control.

Water damage can affect the value of your Rockland County property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your business if it is not cleaned properly and quickly. 

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County knows how disruptive water damage can be for your business. Our Office Staff, Production Manager, and Service Technicians are trained and equipped to manage the drying process from start to finish. By assessing the damage and utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your commercial building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary damage such as mold. 

With rapid response time, 24/7 emergency service, and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Rockland County can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, cleaned, and deodorized.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your commercial property, and losing precious hours doing business call your local professional cleanup crew  at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County (845) 400-4888.

Does Your Business Have a Fire Emergency Plan?

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An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however the Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business. OSHA suggests the following when creating your plan: 

  • Organize a Preparedness Procedure review with employees to review your company's emergency plan. You may want to select an individual or team to lead and coordinate your emergency plan. 
  • Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. At all times ensure all routes are clearly marked, well lit, unobstructed, and wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel.
  • Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once conducted, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training is needed. 

Every second counts during a fire, help your employees and business by being prepared by having a plan in place. 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County to help with restoring your business after a fire damage event. Our company is a local to the Rockland County, New York area.

Our Service Technicians are professionally trained in fire and water damage restoration techniques, and use industry standards protocols for proper cleanup and restoration. Don't trust your business to just anyone TRUST the professionals at SERVPRO.

Managing Mold

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When there's a water intrusion event like a leaky roof or leaky water line, mold can quickly become a problem in you home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Our Service Technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle any size mold problems at your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mitigation process remains the same, the following is a typical mold removal process. 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County: A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed. An independent Air Quality/Environmental Professional may be needed to do the initial mold testing. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment: Your property will be carefully inspected by SERVPRO for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment: Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration: Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. We have powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials: The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents and Belongings: Restorable items such as furniture, decorative items, and curtains affected by mold can be cleaned. We use a variety of cleaning methods and techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Technicians are trained to remove odors with specialized fogging equipment. 

Restoration: Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs or major reconstruction.

Our Professional Technicians have the training and equipment to mitigate mold in your home or business, don't hesitate to call (845) 400-4888.

Protect Your Home From Floods: BE FLOOD SMART

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Did You Know? 

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you home or business is near a coastline, along a city street, in the mountains, near a river or even in a desert--there is always a potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. 

Follow our tips for minimizing the damage to your home after a flood.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County at (845) 400-4888 as soon as possible.  Even minor floods can lead to major damage when not treated quickly and properly, and cleanup is often an overwhelming task soon your own.

Call the Professionals

SERVPRO Service Technicians are trained to  handle any size water damage disaster. Our company also has the equipment that can extract water, dry the entire environment/room and then deodorize your home. We can also help your rebuild and restore your home. SERVPRO is here to help!

Weather Disaster Preparedness: Build an Emergency Kit

5/19/2020 (Permalink)


Is your family prepared for a weather emergency? Build an Emergency Kit

The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week May 3-9, 2020 is to inform the public about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take action. We may not suffer hurricanes in Rockland County often, but we do have severe storm weather, and being prepared for these types of events is critical.  Visit the National Weather Service website for more information. 

The American Red Cross offers a Hurricane Safety Checklist visit the website for more information.

Build An Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water-1 gallon per person per day
  • Food-non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust mask or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench/pliers
  • Hygiene items
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a water proof container

Responding to storm damage quickly is critical, and our Service Technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because you never know when a storm disaster may strike. To learn more about our storm restoration services visit: https://www.SERVPROsouthernrocklandcounty.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Smoke Detectors: LIFE SAVERS

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Here are some guidelines to follow for properly using and maintaining a smoke alarm:

  • Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarms unit replaced every ten years.
  • If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.
  • Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half the fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA)

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA)

If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. 

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency escape plan in place and conduct regular drills to ensure proper execution of the plan. The NFPA website  is a good resource for information. 

If your home or business has suffered damage from a fire SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County has the experience, training and equipment to clean and restore your property from any size fire damage loss. Learn about our services here Fire cleanup and restorations services

May is Building Safety Month

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council. Building Safety Month-is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public, on "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings," according the ICC website. 

The theme for 2020 is Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World. Which highlights managing the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

They state:

"All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe."

Important Tips From The ICC

Disaster Safety & Mitigation

  •  If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade plywood. Visit www.flash.org for more info.
  •  Flooded roads could have a significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It only take 6 inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of moving water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. Want more info visit www.iccsafe.org

Here are a few tips to follow from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – (FLASH®) when preparing your family for any emergency.

  • Develop a family disaster plan that includes a list of food and water supplies needed for each member of your family and supplies for your pets. Make copies of important documents like insurance policies, the deed to your home, and other personal papers, important phone numbers and a home inventory. Create a checklist of important things to do before, during and after a disaster.
  • Review your evacuation route and emergency shelter locations with your family. Options for evacuation would include staying with friends and relatives, seeking commercial lodging, or staying in a mass care facility operated by disaster relief groups in conjunction with local authorities.
  • Taking shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering in place is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, place of employment, or other location where you are when disaster strikes.

The general public may not be aware how codes and code officials improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play, so this type of "monthly" awareness is important. 

The Science to Drying Water Damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know?

There is actually a science behind the process of drying. Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County technicians are trained in the science of drying and follow IICRC industry approved standards. This helps lower the chances of any secondary damages like mold growth

Here are the steps we will take to ensure your water damage restoration is handled correctly and efficiently.

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up mother nature"?

A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air-is drier.  The only issue is that nature often takes too long and secondary damage such as mold may occur. SERVPRO has special equipment and tools to help dry hard wood floors, and hard to reach spaces inside walls. We use modern moisture monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process called DryBook to help speed the drying of your home or business. DryBook is a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process. It helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County has the training, equipment and technology to help make your water damage disaster "Like it never even happened."

The Behavior of Smoke

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

soot webs covering a homes walls and ceiling Fire soot and webbing damage

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke.

We Are Trained and Certified

SERVPRO Service Technicians are thoroughly trained and IICRC Certified in fire cleanup and restoration. We know the different types of smoke and its behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, the technicians will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on your precious items. 

Smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems helps us to investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. 
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke dries. 

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO technicians can, in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly. 

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

Our SERVPRO Southern Rockland County Service Technicians are trained to handle even the toughest fire damage losses. And make any smoke disaster "Like it never even happened."

You Can Be Ruined or You Can Be READY! And SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County Can Help!

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With the Help of Technology

Technology can be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters. The following are tips to help you be ready and use technology in the event of an emergency disaster.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store information securely online. Services like Google Drive, and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records and information on your pets if necessary.

Follow the News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well Chick-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish.

Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you're located in the affected area at that time. 

Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family,  friends, business contacts and others whom you may need to contact before, during and after a disaster. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County have the READY Plan APP. Simply, download the APP (available for both Android and Apple) and be READY for any fire, water or mold disaster. 

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. 

Get an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County offer an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for free to help you prepare, your property or your business for an emergency. By having an ERP done in advance you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely and cost effective mitigation.

Call our office for more information regarding your ERP Profile for your property or business. 

As always please don't hesitate to call our Customer Service department if you have any questions regarding all our cleaning and restoration services at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, call (845) 400-4888.

Leaking Pipes can lead to Water Damage and Mold Growth in your Rockland County Home

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Did You Know?

Water damage from leaky faucets can often cause mold growth in your home or business; therefore, it is important to have your water damage cleaned properly, professionally and quickly. 

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:

  • Visible Mold
  • Strong, musty odors
  • Excessive humidity
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

The Next Step

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth before clean up can happen. After a Mold testing company is used to test the mold, and determine what kind of mold your home has. Our SERVPRO Service Technicians will assess the situation and advise how best to clean the area.

Trained and Certified

Production managers and Service Technicians are IICRC Certified, so they have the training needed to handle any situation. We have all the PPE gear to safely handle any type of mold infestation. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County also has the commercial grade equipment and cleaning products to mitigate mold safely.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Rockland County, New York community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

Minimizing the Impact of a Water Damage Disaster

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water causes millions of dollars in damage to residential and commercial properties every year.

What is the Cause of the Damage?

There are frequent leaks in plumbing, overflowing bathtubs and toilets, malfunctioning hot water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines, and many more. The water spreads from the source, and if the cause is not contained quickly, water can spread to every area of the home. There are steps the average homeowner can take to contain the damage until help arrives.

How can SERVPRO Help?

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County provides water damage mitigation and restoration services in Rockland County and surrounding areas. Our Production Managers are IICRC Certified and Service Technicians are trained to follow IICRC certified water mitigation and removal techniques to minimize the damage to your home. We aim to remove all excess moisture and dry your home to avoid potential mold infestations that can affect your health as well as the structure of your home or business.

What Can You Do to Minimize the Impact of Water in Your Home?

After shutting off the valve to the central water intake to your home and calling your plumber for repairs and SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration help, there are several things that homeowners can consider to minimize the damage. First, make sure that it is safe to enter the area. There is no need to make a bad situation worse by slipping and falling or being shocked by an exposed electrical connection that has been immersed in water.

Secondly, colorful items such as pillow cushions and magazines can leak and stain porous  surfaces. If possible, remove all wet items away from wet carpeting and furniture. Lift furniture legs and place aluminum foil under the legs. High humidity can damage decorative items such as paintings and other valuable items. Remove these items as quickly as possible to another area where there are lower humidity levels. 

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day and arrives on-site as soon as possible. Our Service Technicians can pack out your contents, and move heavier items if needed. After removing contents we will begin removing water and moisture from your home with commercial grade fans and air scrubbers. We want to return your home to normal humidity levels quickly to avoid mold growth.

Call our Customer Service department at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County at (845) 400-4888 to learn about all our cleaning and restoration services. We proudly serve all of Rockland County and the surrounding areas. We are #heretohelp when it matters most. 

Mold Cleanup and the Remediation Process

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Does Your House have a Mold Problem?

 When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak from a storm or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business.  Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County technicians have the training, protective gear, specialized equipment and cleaning products to handle your mold problem. Many of our Production Managers and Crew Chiefs are IICRC Certified,  which is a highly regarded damage restoration industry standard.

Call SERVPRO, the mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call. Our customer service will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed. 

 Mold Containment, we use various containment procedures that prevent the spread of mold.  The contaminated  area is isolated  with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup. 

 Air Filtration, equipment captures microscopic mole spores our of the air. Technicians use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

 Removing Mold & Mold-infested materials, is dependent on the amount of mold growth and the type of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies forming.  Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings, we clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other items affected by mold. A variety of cleaning techniques are used to clean and sanitize your belongings. Technicians will also remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration, may include removing drywall, subfloors, and other building material depending on the level of mold damage. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new flooring. Or major renovations if the mold damage is extensive. 

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide quality mold remediation services in our Rockland County, New York community.

We are Cleaning Experts

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SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County is Here to Help during this time of need. During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Specialized Training. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County - (845) 400-4888

Sources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?cdc_aa_refval=https%3a%2f%2fwww.cdc.gov%2fcoronavirus%2f2019-ncov%2fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

SERVPRO Bio-hazard, Vandalism and Crime Scene Cleanup and Restoration

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire, water, mold cleanup and restoration provider by insurance companies, property managers, home and business owners, SERVPRO of Southern Rockland also offers fast, reliable bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. SERVPRO Southern Rockland is trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.  Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO Southern Rockland help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO Southern Rockland can help with: 

  • Blood-borne Pathogens
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backup
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Blood-borne Pathogens: SERVPRO Southern Rockland can remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure. 

Crime Scene Residue: From fingerprints powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO Service Technicians can clean and restore your property and contents. 

Arson and Vandalism: General cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and waste. 

Sewage Backup: Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly situations-the damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO Southern Rockland technicians remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. We help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized to eliminate any secondary damages. 

Here are some Helpful Do's and Don'ts for handling Vandalism Damages.

DO:

  • Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
  • Record all damage and photograph when possible.

DON'T

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture, or other contents that may be used for repair. 

CALL SERVPRO Southern Rockland (845) 400-4888

Mold From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

wall covered in mold damage Mold spores cover interior basement wall.

Service Technicians at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County work hard to control and remove contaminants while protecting the health and safety of our clients and building occupants.

From the Ordinary: Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold. 

To The Unhealthy: Intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth because the moisture levels inside are out of balance.  Water intrusions and excessive moisture levels can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When these problems are not addressed immediately the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside buildings such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation provide a food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that can potentially pose a health threat.

Health Concerns: Health concerns may arise from excessive mold growth indoors. Concerns are more likely to arise for "at risk" people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. 

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County professionals are trained to handle various water and mold issues.  Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber. Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact 
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment (may need to be done by an outside source)
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Don't hesitate to give us a call at (845) 400-4888, we are locally owned and operated, to provide the service you expect. 

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious damage. While you cannot control weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather. 

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Obstructions can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the doors open allowing warm air inside. If you have outdoor faucets, turn off the water at the main valve.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County about completing an Emergency READY Profile for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know? 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire in your Rockland County home or business. 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment., like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid free" zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container a safe distance away from your home. 
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. 

If your Rockland County property does suffer fire damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage: Being Flood Smart

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen fast even in the winter months. Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. 

The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency or evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water-3+ day supply; one gallon per day per person
  • Food-3+day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries (all sizes)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items (hearing aids, glasses, contacts, syringes, canes)
  • Multi-purpose tool, supplies to secure your home
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication lists, deed/lease to home, insurance policies, birth certificates)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Blanket
  • Baby supplies, pet supplies
  • Maps
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Extra clothing for both warm, cold and rainy weather-sturdy footwear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Being safe should be your first priority, minimizing the impact of a flood or storm damage to your property is also important. At SERVPRO of Southern  Rockland County we are here to help and can handle any water disaster left after the flood. Visit our Flood Tips page to learn more.

SERVPRO Donates Some Time to Clean A Veterans Carpet

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County recently donated our cleaning services to a Captain in The Salvation Army and her service dog living in Nanuet, New York. Felix our SERVPRO carpet cleaning expert has been with us for over 20 years and did a great job cleaning and deodorizing the carpets in the Rockland County home.  

This years 2019 Veterans Day theme is "SERVICE" which  observes and honors military veterans who have played a critical role in our local communities and countries history. 

We were happy to help this very nice veteran and her service dog. A big Thank you to Karen for coordinating this effort, Felix for his great Carpet Cleaning skills, Charlie for always supporting such efforts and most of all the Veteran and her service dog! #HERETOHELP 

Cleaning Your Dryer Vents can Prevent Home Fires

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County would like to remind homeowners by cleaning your dryer vents on a regular basis you can reduce the risk of fires happening in your home.

According to FEMA , failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. 

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include:

  • Cleaning the lint filter before and after each load.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird's nest, or other potential obstacles. 

For more information visit  https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County will treat your family with empathy, and your property with care during the difficult cleanup process after a fire damage event. Call our office today: (845) 400-4888

If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Extreme Heat

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

As hot days of summer swing into full gear it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but is particularly dangerous for the sick, elderly and young. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.

According to the EPA, "the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50-90° F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces often in more rural settings remain close to air temperatures." 

Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for an prevent extreme heat from affecting you and your family. If possible stay indoors I the air conditioning. Remember to bring your pets indoors, or have shade and water available for them at all times. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. 

If you must venture outdoors, wear light-colored, and loose-fitted clothing. It is also important to wear sunscreen when outdoors, and follow the instructions for application. 

Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which include: heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, and fainting according to the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Try to reduce the body temperature with cool, wet clothes or a bath. Do not give the person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency. (CDC)

If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter. 

Extreme Heat Safety Tips to Prepare Your Home

  • Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper ventilation
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes). Aluminum foil covered card board can be used to reflect heat back outside. 
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers, to reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.

source ready.gov

Extreme Heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit https://www.ready.gov/ or https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/index.html

Celebrate Summer Safely

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Q&A on a grey background SERVPRO 4th of July Safety Tips

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. 

  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eye-wear. 
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. 
  • Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
  • Have a Happy Fourth of July.

Firework Facts:

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
  • In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires, more than any other cause of fire. 

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County would like to have everyone celebrate summer safely. However, accidents do happen and homes can have fire damage disasters.  We provide professional clean up and restoration after a fire.  Visit our fire restoration page to learn more:

 https://www.SERVPROsouthernrocklandcounty.com/fire-repair-process

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Assoc.

The Problem is: The Water You Don't See

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

room with pieces of drying equipment setup Water Damage Clean up

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. 

We have a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our trained SERVPRO staff. 

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters  are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO staff can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easliy penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. 
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

The bottom line? At SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County we have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today (845) 400-4888.

Understanding the Behavior of Smoke

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

smoke on a black background Smoke

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke.

There are two different types of smoke--wet and dry. As a result, there are different typed of soot residue after a fire. Southern Rockland County SERVPRO technicians are trained in fire cleanup and restoration, and know the different types of smoke and its behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, the technicians will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on your precious items. 

Smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems helps us to investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. 
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke dries. 

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Southern Rockland technicians can, in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly. 

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

Our technicians are trained to handle even the toughest losses. And make any smoke disaster "Like it never even happened."

Understanding Different Types of Water Damage Disasters

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

When your Southern Rockland County home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. 

There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. 

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water: 

DO:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so. 
  • Turn off the circuit breakers for wet areas of the building is access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 
  • Move moisture sensitive items like paintings, documents, and computers to a safe dry place. 

DON"T:

  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your house hold vacuum to remove water as there is potential for electric shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water:

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated area. 

DON'T:

  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants. 

When you have a water damage disaster, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County we are your remediation and restoration experts.

Safety First Before the Feast

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen are unattended cooking. It's important to stay alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be On Alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stove top.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire away from the stove top--that includes oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains.

If you have a cooking fire, consider he following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe. 

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, and near sleeping areas. Use the teat button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year. 

Have a safe Holiday Season!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Presidential Proclamation encourages citizens, government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other interested groups to join in activities to increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent breast cancer. Visit the Breast Cancer Awareness Website for valuable information about Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Disasters Happen: Plan Ahead

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This year For National Preparedness Month (September), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters Happen" and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your employees, company and its infrastructure. This will maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  1. Plan to stay in business-develop a Emergency READY Profile with SERVPRO 
  2. Encourage your employees to become ready-Download the READY Plan APP
  3. Protect your investment-Plan Ahead

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • No Cost Assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes us as your local SERVPRO restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authoring work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and critical contact information

We must all work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, and neighborhoods are ready when disaster strikes. At ready.gov/business companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. Contact SERVPRO to find out more o how to be ready when disaster strikes wit the Emergency READY Profile program and APP.

Is Your Business READY? Commercial Disaster Prepardeness

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, employees and family. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • The no-cost assessment ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
  • The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens. 

Extreme Heat Safety Tips

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Now that summer time is here, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but mainly the young, elderly and sick. There are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. If you must go outdoors, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting and fainting. (according to the Center for Disease Control) Heat Exhaustion can lead to Heat Stroke which is life threatening. Signs of Heat Stroke are a high body temperature (103 Degrees or more) rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has Heat Stroke, call 911, and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce the body temperature with cool wet clothes or a bath. Do not give a person with Heat Stroke fluids- treat the situation as a serious medical emergency. For more info visit ready.gov  Extreme Heat Tips to Prepare Your Home 

  • Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outdoors.
  • Weather strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

Carbon Monoxide: A silent Cold-Weather Killer

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment such as portable generators. There are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes. Reduce CO fumes exposure in your home or workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside bedrooms. Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from openings to prevent fumes from entering the home/building. Visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov for more info on CO safety.

Prevent Home Fires

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO and American Red Cross logos Fire Prevention Tips

Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that everyone can take to prevent a home fire disaster.

Cooking

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Portable Space Heaters

  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

Woodstoves and Fireplaces

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Do not put any decorations near the fireplace.

Source Ready.gov

Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire escape plan graphic Fire Restoration and Safety

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your home and business.

  1. Do you have a fire escape plan?
  2. Have you changed your Smoke Alarm batteries within the last year?
  3. Are you prepared? 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on Fire Prevention. This years theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 ways out!" 

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off "you have less than two minutes to get out safely," yet only 8% of people surveyed said getting out was the first thought after hearing the alarm. Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy. Make your plan today. Visit http://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Every Second Counts: October is Fire Prevention Month

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire escape plan: 2 Minutes to escape

Every Second counts during a fire.

Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home. That is why every second counts, it is critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. Once a plan is developed, it is important that everyone in the home understands the plan. The best way to do this is to practice the escape plan at least twice a year. 

A survey by the American Red Cross shows only 26% of families have a fire escape plan in place. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. 

  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. (Store them by the window)
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped, emergency personnel will also be able to see you. Make sure to mark this on your plan. 
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. 
  • Practice your plan twice a year during the day and at night. 

Increase your chance of surviving a fire by having working smoke/fire detectors in place, developing an escape plan, and then practicing the plan with the family. 

At SERVPRO our priority is your safety. We are here to help you to prepare for possible disasters, and restore your home after a disaster strikes.

Follow these Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold in Your Home

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

leaking pipe with SERVPRO logo Be careful! Without proper training or tools, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. 

What To Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the HVAC systems and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County for mold remediation.

What Not To Do:

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold
  • Don't blow air across any surface with visible mold growth
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

About our Mold Remediation Services:

SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professional that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

If you see mold, call SERVPRO today!

Portable Fire Extinguishers

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Safety and Fire Clenaup

Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest remembering the word PASS

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. 

Aim low. Point the extinguisher as the base of the fire. 

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. 

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards?mode=code&code=10

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know? 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire. 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment., like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid free zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container a safe distance away from your home. 
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. 

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO to help make it "Like it never even happened".

Can You Do It In Under 2 Minutes?

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Safety, Cleanup and Restoration

EXIT a Fire

Every Second Counts during a fire. Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.* In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few tips to help you develop a plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by recognized testing laboratory.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Mark this place on your escape plan map.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your escape plan during the day and nighttime.

*Tips provided by the American Red Cross

October is fire Prevention Month

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire, soot and smoke cleanup and restoration

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

Do:
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during the winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
Don't:
  • Don't attempt to wash walls, painted surfaces, furniture or carpets. Instead call SERVPRO.
  • Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances before consulting authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as it may be contaminated. 
  • Do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

10 Ways You Can Be Prepared

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Disaster recovery, restoration and preparedness

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation. 

  1. Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  2. Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  3. Assemble or update emergency supplies. 
  4. Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  5. Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class. 
  6. Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  7. Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  8. Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  9. Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
  10. Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

Does Your Home or Business have a Mold Problem?

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

floor and wall covered in water damage In Rockland County mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. SERVPRO has specialized mold removal equipment and trained technicians to get the job done right. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any source of water must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your porperty and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (845) 400-4888. Visit our Mold Web Page to learn about all our services. 

Managing MOLD

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

wall covered in mold damage Mold Growth-Mold Remediation

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 


CALL (845) 400-4888 
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our office. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the neccessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. 

Mold Containment
Various containment procedures will be places to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress. 

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents and Belongings
SERVPRO will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.  

Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpets; or it may involve major repairs such as the reconstruction of entire rooms within your home or business. 

No matter how big or small your mold problem is SERVPRO will make your mold problem "Like it never even happened."

Fire & Smoke Damage: Top 3 Do's and Don'ts

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

soot webs covering a homes walls and ceiling Fire and Soot damage in a basement of a recent job

DO:

  1. Limit Movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  2. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  3. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linins on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 

DON'T:

  1. Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO.
  2. Attempt to clean electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water withour first consulting an authorized repair service.
  3. Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage. 

Remember:

Call (845) 400-4888

National PrepareAthon Day -April 30th

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

National PrepareAthon! Day, revolving around taking the actions to prepare for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms * America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare. Visit this website for more information http://1.usa.gov/1NAblCS

Celebrate Earth Day all week

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Deals with the aftermath of weather disasters all the time- but this week lets celebrate all things green.  Did you know starting a personal/community garden and buying local food makes a huge difference? SERV the world by PROtecting the environment. Earth day is Friday April 22!  

Suburban Home Show Carpet Cleaning Contest Winner

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Lina M. of Piermont, NY.

She was the winner of our Carpet Cleaning raffle valued at $225 at the Suburban Home Show.

Spring has Sprung Get Ready For Wild Weather

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Get Ready For Unpredictable Weather

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians, who employ specialized equipment and techniques, to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.  Visit Weather.gov for all types of weather alerts and safety information.Visit weather.gov website

Home Safety during Spring Break

3/8/2016 (Permalink)

Remember these quick tips to keep your home safe. 

  • Keep Valuables away from your windows
  • Set up timed lights around your home
  • Have a neighbor watch your house
  • Turn off your home phone ringer
  • Don't post your vacation photos while your away

If any mold, water or fire disasters happen while your away use your READY Profile App or call SERVPRO. 

Clean Homes Sell Faster

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

It is a fact:

A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Home owners should keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased maket value
  • Reduced list to sale conversion times

SERVPRO offers professional cleaning services:

  • Carpets, Upolstery and Drapery Cleaning
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Home Fires Occur More Often in the Winter Months

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know?

Home fires occur more often during the winter than in any other season. 

A home or business fire can be a very stressful event. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and rocevery costs. 

Be Prepared!

  • Install Smoke Alarms- on every level of your home
  • Test Smoke Alarms at least once a month
  • Replace batteries at least once a year
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years

After the Storms: Flood Tips

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

The rains and wind have stopped but the aftermath of the storm may still be affecting you and your home. Here are some helpful tips if you have flooding in your home. SERVPRO can handle any size water damage disaster.

SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App: Help for any size disaster

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Help At Your Fingertips

The SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile Application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in to SERVPRO when disaster strikes. The Ready Plan App is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO, and can be downloaded on your Android or iPhone.

The application allows both residential and commercial property owners and managers to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, key contacts; stores photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forcasts and more, including our SERVPRO contact information. 

Through the application, the user can quickly call SERVPRO or submit an electronic "First notice of Loss" to the SERVPRO National Call Center setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Rapid response can help the owner evaluate options, and start the insurance process and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

Call the CLEANUP TEAM that's faster to any size disaster

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

A home or business fire can be a very stressful event for the property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contenets of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs.  We offer 24 hr. 7 days a week emergency service. The rapid response and the training of our professional staff will help limit damage and get your home or facility back in operation quickly and help make it, "Like it Never Even Happened." 

Ice Can lead to Water Damage

1/28/2016 (Permalink)

Got icicles? It could be a sign that heat is leaking from your home into the attic, and it's probably a good idea to check for cracks or gaps.

Freezing Pipes may lead to Water and Mold Damage

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold damage from a frozen pipe and water disaster.

Mold can quickly become a major problem. After a water damage event, an infestation can spread throughout your home in just 48 to 72 hours. Molds come in multiple colors. Most have a musty odor and appear like blotches or spots. Since there are no clear standards for determining acceptable quantities of mold, there's no need to identify the specific type of mold. Instead, simply treat all molds as potential health threats and remove promptly and safely. Call SERVPRO your professional mold remediation company. We can make mold disasters "Like it never even happened".

Heating Hazards

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

The winter season is in full swing! 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February. 

SERVPRO handles Fire, Smoke and Soot cleanup and restoration.  The first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss.

SERVPRO professionals help meet the real needs of insurers and property owners by supplying reliable and consistent service.

Be READY!

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

The New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings! start 2016 off right by being READY! SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County wants to ensure you enjoy a safe an happy New Year by helping you be prepared for any Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration you may need. Call (845) 400-4888. 

Holiday Safety

12/17/2015 (Permalink)

Trees, though festive, can be the cause of serious fire damage. 

  • Keep your tree away from fireplaces.
  • Avoid high-traffic areas.
  • Don't forget to water it!

Did You Know? December is the peak time of Year for Home Candle Fires.

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

Candles, pretty lights and decorations are just a few of the tems that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season, however, if not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

SERVPRO handles Fire, Smoke and Soot cleanup and restoration.  The first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss.

SERVPRO professionals help meet the real needs of insurers and property owners by supplying reliable and consistent service. 

Did You Know? We offer Professional Mold Remediation Services

11/19/2015 (Permalink)

Mold can quickly become a major problem. After a water damage event, an infestation can spread throughout your home in just 48 to 72 hours. Molds come in multiple colors. Most have a musty odor and appear like blotches or spots. Since there are no clear standards for determining acceptable quantities of mold, there's no need to identify the specific type of mold. Instead, simply treat all molds as potential health threats and remove them promptly.

Keep Your Holiday Safe

11/17/2015 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous. 

Here are some safety tips to ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

Never leave cooking food unattended.

Check food  regularly, use a timer as a reminder.

Keep young kids away from the cooking area. 

Keep anything flamable away from the stove, oven or any other hot surface. 

Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.

Clean cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.

Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it properly.

Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home, to make sure all appiances are turned off. 

Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

SERVPRO wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Here is a link with additional safety tips. http://www.nfpa.org/thanksgiving

Did You Know? Cooking and Fire Safety tips.

11/17/2015 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

On average, there is an 183% increase in fire incidents on Thanksgiving Day. 

Here is a link to help keep your hoiday safe, http://www.nfpa.org/thanksgiving

Turn on the Green Light to Honor Verterans

11/10/2015 (Permalink)

Waldwick - Every Nov. 11, the nation takes a day to honor all those who have served in the armed forces.

This year, in addition to a procession at 10:45 a.m. in front of American Legion Post 57 and a ceremony at Veterans Plaza at 11 a.m., Mayor Thomas Giordano is urging residents to take part in an initiative that would make it more obvious just how much the borough supports its veterans.

"To show our thanks to our veterans in all they have done for all of us, I ask all Waldwick residents to change a single light bulb in the front of your home to green to show support for those who have served," Giordano said in a statement.

Giordano's call is part of the nationwide initiative called Greenlight A Vet. The website describes the initiative as a "campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green" with the color green signifying "hope, renewal and well-being" as well as offering a "greenlight" forward for veterans who are back home.

American Legion Post 57 Commander John Vervoort said he appreciated the initiative and Giordano's support of veterans.

"[In] our post, we've got men from the 'Greatest Generation' that served in the Pacific and European theaters and all war eras, up until now," said Vervoort. "I know, to me, I'm going to be very interested to see how many green lights are out there. It's going to touch my heart to see it."

For Giordano, along with recognition, the green lights will serve as a quiet "thank you" to all veterans.

"As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all our Waldwick veterans and all veterans for your sacrifices and selflessness as you make our country a better place," said Giordano. "Your dedicated service to our country will never be forgotten. You are examples of how courage and leadership leads to service. And we owe all of you a debt of gratitude."

For information about local Veterans Day ceremonies, visitlegionpost57.org

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/community-events-and-announcements/waldwick-turns-on-the-green-light-in-thanks-to-veterans-1.1450550

BY RODRIGO TORREJONSTAFF WRITER | WALDWICK SUBURBAN NEWSE-mail: torrejon@northjersey.com

Fire Prevention Month

10/15/2015 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans, for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a Fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

Fire Prevention Week

10/6/2015 (Permalink)

A dog with a red hat on a poster We support National Fire Protection Association.

National Fire Protection Association Fire Prevention Week, longest running public health and safety observance on record. U.S. President has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

Turn the Town Teal

9/8/2015 (Permalink)

Teal ribbons on a light pole SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County are big supporters Turning the Town Teal.

SERVPRO is Turning the Town Teal in support of Ovarian Cancer awareness month.

Know the symptoms. Visit the website at www.turnthetownteal.org

Rockland Boulders Baseball Game

9/8/2015 (Permalink)

Four women in at all ball field SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County likes to support their community.

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland hosted a fun night of food, fireworks, and baseball at a Rockland Boulders game.

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