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Why Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning? | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning? | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 to set up your carpet cleaning today!

For most homeowners, carpet cleaning isn’t a regular chore. Many assume that vacuuming will suffice, so it might not seem like something that needs to get done. However, there are a lot of messes that vacuuming can’t tackle.

Not only do carpet companies typically require regular cleaning to maintain the warranty, but there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By improving air quality, making your personal cleaning routine easier and even helping banish bugs and mites, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to extend the longevity of their floors.

Still not convinced? Here are some reasons that carpet cleaning is a smart choice:

Extend your carpet’s life. Older homes often have carpets that look “tired,” when the reality is just that they’ve been too dirty for too long. Dirt acts like sandpaper to the delicate carpet fibers, and every time carpet is walked on, it becomes more deeply embedded and shortens the lifespan.

Improve indoor air. It’s disturbing enough to think that carpet contains dirt, but there are also more heinous pollutants and bacteria lurking within the fibers. Every time outside air comes into the home, contaminants come right along with it. Because vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the chances are good that there are deeper factors hurting indoor air quality.

Remove mites and bugs. Just as with other soft surfaces in the home, plush carpet fibers are the perfect place for mites and bugs to reside. A thorough cleaning will make for an inhospitable living environment for the critters, while maintaining a regular schedule will keep them from coming back.

Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming serves as a surface-level solution to a deeper carpet problem, the two can be quite complementary! Carpets that are cleaned regularly will be easier to vacuum because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been eradicated.

Still not sure if carpet cleaning is for you? Get in touch with our team of carpet cleaning professionals today to discuss how it can benefit your home!

How to Build Your Family’s Emergency Kit | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Build Your Family’s Emergency Kit | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 for help building your family emergency kit!

In 2017, over $306 billion of destruction was declared from natural disasters. This means that not being prepared is a gamble, and the number of weather-related disasters makes it an expensive one.

At SERVPRO®, we know how important it is to be prepared for emergencies. That’s why we’ve put together tips on building your family’s emergency preparedness kit, so you can stay safe and comfortable while you weather the storm:

Stay Comfortable: When thinking about your emergency kit, remember that it might be your survival resource for a few hours to a few days. Things like pillows, blankets and extra clothes might not be needed for a short time, but when preparing for a worst-case scenario, it’s worth taking the time to pack them. Also, don’t leave out practical things like paper towels and hand sanitizer, which will help everyone stay comfortable until help arrives.

Tip: Feel like you’re forgetting something? Make note of what your family uses within a three-day period.

Food and Water: When packing food and water, experts recommend readying a 72-hour supply for each family member. Hearty items like granola bars, trail mixes or nearly anything you might find in a store’s camping section is a good place to start. If you’re OK with doing more preparation for your meals, canned foods and dehydrated dinners are a viable option as well.

Tip: Don’t forget about Fido! The same 72-hour rule applies to pet food and water.

Odds and Ends: Small items are easily forgotten but can be quite handy. First-aid kits are a necessity, as well as any prescription medication, copies of important documents, and cash or travelers’ checks. Additionally, flashlights, headlamps, a Swiss Army Knife and duct tape are useful to have in any scenario, while having the additional benefit of not taking up much room.

Tip: Pack small, fun items to keep kids entertained—puzzles, cards and books are great for this.

If you need help preparing for a disaster or rebuilding your home after one, SERVPRO can help. Contact our Kingston/New Paltz location today to get connected with our team of professionals.

Tips for Preventing Mold, Room by Room | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips for Preventing Mold, Room by Room | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County Call 845-255-4334 for your mold remediation needs!

In any home, moisture and dampness are impossible to avoid. Mold spores are resilient, and any moisture from faucets, pipes or steam accumulation will encourage them to take up residence if they are able.

Thankfully, you can prevent mold from finding a spot in your home through a bit of preparation.

We’re no strangers to mold remediation, so we’re familiar with the many surprising places it can take hold. Having a mold infestation is stressful, so we’re going room by room to help you keep your home clear.

###Laundry Room:

A typical laundry room isn’t the site of standing moisture, but piping and laundry machines themselves can mask the growth of mold. To stop growth in its tracks:

  • Check the connection between pipes and machines for leaks often.
  • Remove clothes from the machine immediately after the cycle ends.
  • Keep doors to the washer and dryer open after each use.
  • Check the dryer vents—lint can encourage mold to spawn.

###Bathroom:

There’s a lot of moisture in the bathroom, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of mold’s favorite rooms. Thankfully, preventing mold in the bathroom is just a few habits away:

  • Re-seal tile grout annually to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Replace curtain liners and launder shower curtains regularly.
  • Use a vent fan or window to clear out steam.
  • Keep a squeegee handy to remove excess moisture.

###Basement:

When people think basements, they think mold. While they’re notorious for moisture buildup, mold prevention strategies for basements are the most hands-off of any room. Here’s how to keep your underground mold-free:

  • Add an automatic dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low.
  • Clear out the clutter, as it can hide mold easily.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent bursting and leaks.
  • Examine the foundation for water seepage regularly.

If you need help with mold prevention or remediation, our team of experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will be happy to help!

Perfect Paint Is a Wall Clean Away | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Perfect Paint Is a Wall Clean Away | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 to set up a general cleaning today!

Because painting is a more accessible DIY project, it’s the one that homeowners commonly choose to do themselves. While sprucing up your home is great, there are steps to take toward perfect paint even before you pick out your new favorite color.

Most homeowners aren’t familiar with the dangers of not cleaning the walls until it happens to them. Fortunately, being properly prepared is just a few steps away. No matter how tight the budget, making room for proper preparation will stretch it further in the long term. SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz has seen a lot of paint go wrong—so here’s how to make it go right.

###Paint Will Chip and Flake The shelves of the hardware store are filled with paint brands advertising the highest tech product, but regardless of the brand, no paint can stick to everything. Painting over walls covered in dust or dirt might seem passable but will have long-term consequences. The particles will not only make the paint uneven, but it will begin to chip and flake in time. The cleaning and painting that will be required to fix this can quickly derail a remodeling budget and create future problems in your home.

###Paint Can’t Bind to Grease Dust and dirt are bad enough, but grease can derail your project from the very beginning. Grease and residues prevent paint from binding to the wall, leading to splotchy, uneven drying. Logically, your kitchen and mudroom might be the only place you consider this—however, with central air systems, grease and debris can go anywhere. The only solution for splotchy paint is sanding the wall and starting over—something most homeowners are not keen to do.

###High Long-Term Costs From home-flips to changing tastes, chances are, your walls will need to be painted again at some point. Even if the flaking has yet to begin, debris lodged between the paint and the wall will eventually require professional attention. Whether you are faced with this when you want to change the color palette or you have to deal with it when a potential buyer requests a painting budget, it will be an out-of-pocket expense either way.

No matter if you’re buying, selling or sprucing up, your future self will thank you for investing in a professional wall cleaning service. Whether your paint has to survive your lifetime or just until the next change in taste, a properly prepared wall will make it happen!

From total overhaul remodels to freshening up, SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz can help your walls look like new in no time!

Ready Your Home for Spring Showers | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ready Your Home for Spring Showers | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 for help with your storm damage today!

It’s March, which means April showers will be here before we know it. Spring is an exciting time, but not if you spend the season fretting about water damage to your home.

In just an afternoon, you can take precautions to defend your home and keep your interior dry through any weather the spring may bring.

SERVPRO® has handled our fair share of water damage with a variety of causes, and we know what a hassle it can be to your life. When it comes to keeping rain out, these are our best tips for sealing your home and keeping your family dry.

###Check the Roof for Pre-existing Water Damage Your roof goes through a lot, but don’t take it for granted. Since your roof is your first line of defense against rain, it’s worth taking the time to climb up and give it an inspection.

In many cases, homeowners find hidden issues from past storms that could lead to major water damage during heavy rains. We never know how much rain we’ll get from one season to the next, but ensuring a solid roof will help keep any weather out of your home.

###Rid Gutters of Clutter

You probably clean your gutters each autumn, but spring is a good time to give them another once-over. Leaves and debris gathered through winter can lead to severe drainage issues by spring.

If your gutters are working overtime to pump water out, your house will be forced to absorb the excess. Keeping water flowing away from your home is the best way to prevent this, so making sure your gutters are in top shape will go a long way.

###Check Sealant of Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are typically secure, but the sealant that holds them in place may not be. With weather and age, sealant can start to flake away, giving mold and moisture a place to hide.

If moisture sits for too long, the integrity of the walls can weaken and lead to structural issues later on. Sealant can be purchased from your local hardware store, so you can ensure rainwater stays outside your home instead of in your walls.

The thaw of spring is always pleasant, but worries of water damage can certainly dampen the experience. Ready your home now in preparation for the rains to come, so you can enjoy the new season without worry.

Water damage can change your life, but SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz can get your life back to normal.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is helping Ulster County and Dutchess County Prepare For Storm Emergencies

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is helping Ulster County and Dutchess County Prepare For Storm Emergencies An ERP is a 24-48 hours snapshot of all the building and contact information you may need in the event of an emergency.

What is an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

A 24/48 hour snapshot of everything you may need to know in case of an emergency. It includes:

· Photos of utility shutoff locations (i.e. water, gas, alarms, etc.)

· Emergency Personnel Contact Information

· Emergency Protocols

· Floor Plans (...don’t have one? We’ll create one for you!)

· AVAILABLE IN FLIPCHART AND MOBILE APP FORM!

Why get an Emergency Response Plan (ERP)?

· It’s FREE! We do all the work for you!

· Concise document that has all vital information in one spot

· Easy to understand and read for all personnel

· Access Available 24/7

· Password secured document

Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County and SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz today at 845-255-4334 or email us at kelly@SERVPROwdc.com to get started on your ERP!

We’re here to help make you future damage “Like it never even happened”.

Restoring Commercial Properties after Storm Damage | SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Commercial Properties after Storm Damage | SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz can help make your storm damage "Like it never even happened."

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (845) 255-4334

Why Choose SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz?

    • 24/7 Emergency Services
    • We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: When a storm hits your New Paltz home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
    • We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
    • We're a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
    • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.
    • Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources: As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our Hudson Valley communities! Call 845-255-4334 today for help!

The Types of Water Damage Pollution | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Types of Water Damage Pollution | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 to help with your water damage today!

If you’ve ever researched water damage, you’ve likely seen terms like “black water” and “clear water” to describe the severity of damages. While the implication is that clear water is less dangerous than black water, the reality is that they can both cause quite a bit of damage to your home or office.

Because every category of water damage has its own needs and considerations, we wanted to break down the different types to help you be prepared.

Water Damage Categories

Category 1: The first category or “clear water” classification covers water that has originated from a clean source. This is water free from contamination, normally due to a broken pipe or supply line, a faucet leak, or rainwater that’s come directly from a rainfall. Category 1 water is not harmful if consumed.

Category 2: Grey water, or category 2, is a bit more serious. Referring to wastewater generated from daily household water sources such as appliance overflow or a “flush” from sink or shower drains, category 2 water contains contamination and can cause illness if consumed.

Category 3: This is the most dangerous category, and is commonly known as black water. This highly contaminated water originates from sewer overflows, water that has remained stagnant and leads to breeding bacteria or rising flood waters. Category 3 can cause illness or death if consumed and should be regarded with extreme caution.

Categories Aren’t Static

Though these categories are fairly straightforward, just because something starts as a category 1 does not mean it cannot become a category 3. When the water comes into contact with surfaces, such as soil or contaminated areas, the pollution levels will change..

Additionally, any water left standing will begin to breed harmful bacteria, which is something you may not be able to determine from looks alone. This is why professional cleanup is essential to peace of mind and a properly restored property.

If your home or business has been affected by water damage from any category, SERVPRO® has a team of professionals that can help!

3 Reasons Not to Clean Up Soot Yourself | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Reasons Not to Clean Up Soot Yourself | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 and have SERVPRO help with your soot cleaning today!

From revamping the kitchen to installing a new appliance, DIY home improvements make great weekend projects for the entire household. However, not everything can be tackled on your own, even for the handiest of homeowners.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, it can be tempting to immediately start the restoration process, but this hasty procedure can often hurt more than it helps. Many people don’t understand the nuances that go into soot removal. That’s why we’ve listed three reasons it should not be a DIY project:

1. Soot Won’t Stay Put. Because soot goes airborne, it doesn’t remain contained to the area the fire originated in. Soot travels into crevices, nestles on ceilings and even infiltrate your HVAC system. Additionally, absorbent things such as fabrics, carpets or upholstery are a soot magnet. While it might be tempting to launder these items and scrub down the walls right away, improper cleaning can actually lead to ruining your belongings beyond repair.

2. Soot Composition Can Vary. Because every fire is different, soot can vary greatly in its composition. While some soot has a powdery texture, others can be thick and viscous. Appearances can be deceiving, and it’s impossible to know what type of soot you’re dealing with before you interact with it. Tackling soot without knowing what type is on your hands means you run the risk of spreading it further—leading to more costly damage to your valuable home.

3. Soot Can Contain Toxic Chemicals. Fires require chemicals to stay active, and all of those chemicals are contained in soot. Carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen are big factors, but there are also chemicals released from every material that was affected by the flames. Materials such as plastics, textiles and paint can be extremely toxic once heated, and improper soot cleaning causes these toxins to be re-released into the air.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, don’t risk a DIY disaster. SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz has a fire restoration team that can get your life back to normal, faster.

Is Duct Cleaning on Your To-do List? | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Is Duct Cleaning on Your To-do List? | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 to have SERVPRO clean your duct system!

While outdoor air is often considered the culprit of pollution, indoor air quality is typically far more contaminated, partly due to the recirculation of air from central heating and cooling units. Cycling air through the home also cycles all the debris within it.

If you don’t know if your home’s ducts need to be cleaned, below are some common scenarios that might apply to you:

  • High Energy Bill: Did you know that 43 percent of a home’s electricity bill is from heating and cooling the home? The HVAC system can contain contaminants that decrease efficiency because the unit is working harder to distribute out the same volume of air—if you’ve noticed a more expensive bill, a dirty HVAC system might be the culprit.

  • Remodeling: If you’ve recently remodeled in your home, you’re aware of how much dust and debris it stirs up. Ducts are a magnet for these contaminants—meaning without a thorough cleaning, the debris will continue to cycle through your home’s air.

  • Mold: Mold can lead to a number of health issues, and should be taken seriously. Mold infestations spread through the air, so if there has been any evidence of growth, immediate cleaning is advised.

  • Allergies: As the air runs through the ventilation system, it picks up every contaminant along the way. If someone is your family has been suffering from unexplained allergies or respiratory issues, debris within the ducts might be to blame.

  • Rodents: Unfortunately, homes are never completely sealed from the outside—and sometimes the outside makes its way in. If you’ve had signs of animal infestation within your ductwork, calling an exterminator and a professional cleaning service is advised.

  • Routine Contaminants: In addition to special cases, pet dander, debris and general household dust all add up over time.

If you can’t recall the last time the ducts have been cleaned in your home, SERVPRO® can perform an inspection and make sure your family’s air is clean.