What commercial property managers should prep for a storm in the Kingston, Saugerties and New Paltz areas
Some things you can't prep for as a property manager, but there are plenty of emergencies you can be ready for!
Storms are accountable for countless injuries across the country each year. If any of those occur, your company could be facing liability if any injuries happen on your property and substantial costs to remedy avoidable damage. Where do you even being for storm prep in the Ulster County market?
Use these tips to get a handle on this important bit of planning:
Make A Storm Plan
Every multi-building property or multi-unit property needs an inclusive storm preparation plan and should cover things like-
Create your plan several months in advance as part of storm preparedness. Review, get input and tweak it with your staff and colleagues, then make sure you distribute it to residents, tenants and other facilities staff.
Always secure loose objects around the property
A powerful storm can make furniture and even garbage cans dangerous projectiles that can cause harm and damage. Inspect for anything that could be picked up by strong winds. Remove portable items to indoor storage. For stationary items like playground equipment, use tarps, ties, locks and similar securing devices to keep things in place. Trees and bushes should be trimmed regularly to prevent them from causing damage but certainly before a pending storm.
In the midst of a storm, important supplies can run out. Prepare by stocking up on essentials months before the storm season. Keep lots of water and batteries on hand, candles, matches, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio and non-perishable foods if possible. It’s also a good idea to invest in backup generators and the fuel they need to run.
We’ve all seen photos and news stories about how storms can be so dangerous, sometimes deadly. Being prepared can be a lifesaver. Having a storm plan, securing loose items and keeping important supplies on hand can help keep your residents and property safe and overall, will help things go smoother.
In the event your property suffers storm damage, SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is here to help. Our teams are available for emergencies 24/7 and can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Let SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz help prepare your business for a storm event! Are you ready in case of an emergency?
Would you or your employees know what to do in case of a storm emergency at your business?
We offer the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) program at no cost. This handy tool has been developed into an app with all vital building information to keep right at your fingertips as well as hard copy for any Highland, Kingston, Esopus or Saugerties business location. It’s an incredibly important resource to have handy in a storm event and we know how important it is to be ready for whatever happens!
What is an ERP? It’s a clear snapshot of everything you may need to know in case of an emergency custom and it's completely tailored to your business. This includes:
- Photos, location and contacts for utility shutoff locations (i.e. water, gas, alarms, etc.)
- Emergency Personnel Contact Information and locations
- Emergency Protocols and suggestions
- Floor Plans (...don’t have one? We’ll create one for you!)
- AVAILABLE IN HARD COPY AND MOBILE APP FORM!
Why do it?
- It’s FREE! We take care of it all for you!
- Concise document that has all vital information in one spot
- No need to worry about what to do, it’s easy to understand and read for everyone.
- You, or any designated staff can access this program 24/7
- Password secured document
You never know what you might need as far as information in case of an emergency. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has completed over 600 ERPs for local businesses in the Hudson Valley area to aid them in storm and emergency preparedness. Let us help you be prepared, you never know when disaster may strike!
Why SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is your GO-TO for storm damage.
It might not be just "some rain," water really does the most damage.
Even when you’re super prepared, mother nature can still do a number on your home in Ulster County when a storm hits just right. If you find yourself dealing with storm, water, and flood damage, taking immediate action is essential. Choose the company with storm damage experience, resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
-24/7 Emergency Services-there is ALWAYS a live person who will answer your call, no matter the day or time. Our crews can take care of any emergency at any time of day.
-We're Faster to Any Size Disaster: You need help right away when a storm hits your Kingston, Highland, Saugerties or New Paltz home or business. Our fast response will help prevent secondary damage and therefore reduce restoration costs.
-We Have Specially-Trained Storm Damage Specialists: Being leaders in the water, food and storm damage industry, our teams have advanced training and years of expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. These skills help quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
-We're the LOCAL Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry: Our local 25+ years in the restoration industry have proven our trust-worthiness and reliability. Our power lies in being locally owned with National Storm Resources.
-We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we have the capability to 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. Not all damage restoration companies are created equal!
We're here to help- (845)255-4334.
Check and test your smoke detectors regularly in your New Paltz home
A disabled or malfunctioning smoke detector can put your family at risk.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 3 out of 5 fire deaths in a home are due to either non-working smoke alarms or no smoke alarms. About half of the fires that had smoke alarms installed did not work due to missing batteries or disconnected wiring. Properly installed and working smoke alarms in your Kingston home can give you and your loved ones extra time so everyone can get out quickly.
A good rule of thumb is to have smoke detectors outside every sleeping area, inside every bedroom, and one on each level, including the basement. You can’t be too safe, so if your home is larger, install extra ones.
Test your smoke alarms once a month, check the batteries, check the wiring. If it starts chirping, the batteries need to be replaced. If you have one that has non-replaceable batteries, the entire unit will have to be replaced every 10 years. Read and understand the manufacturers specific instructions as some units need new batteries every year and some do not.
Never disable a smoke detector for any reason, you might think you’ll remember to replace the batteries tomorrow or buy a new one before there’s a fire, but it’s a very risky chance to take. Contact your local fire department if you need help or more information.
When life takes a turn and you suffer fire, smoke or water damage, SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is here for you, ready to help no matter what. Program our number into your phone, Google us too, we’ll help make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Helpful facts about mold growth in Kingston/New Paltz homes
Some prepping can help deter mold growth in the basement or other damp areas of your home.
The warmer temps in our Ulster County areas have kicked spring cleaning into high gear. You might've noticed some damp cardboard boxes in the basement and thought nothing of it, but those wet boxes can lead to mold growth in your home. Most generally, -Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter homes easily.
Check out these facts about mold, they are eye-opening!
-Basements are notoriously damp and have ideal temperatures for mold growth, which is between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. A dehumidifier in your basement can be good idea to help deter moisture and avoid damp and fuzzy cardboard boxes. Try to keep items on shelves in sealed containers rather than boxes. Check through contents regularly to check for mold spores.
-Most mold grows quickly when it has a source for water and organic food, (think about the decaying cardboard, it's food for them!). Perhaps there's a slow leak from the foundation or pipes in the ceiling of the basement are dripping? If you do notice a leak, get the source of the water repaired as soon as possible.
**If you think you might have a mold issue in your home or business in the New Paltz, Kingston, Highland, and Saugerties areas, or just need some answers, give us a call, our teams are certified in Mold Remediation services, 845-255-4334.
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Dirty air ducts and clogged dryer vents equals hazard for your New Paltz, Kingston or Saugerties home.
Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss, according to FEMA.
If you notice your dryer taking longer to get your clothes dry or perhaps you can’t recall the last time the vent was cleaned, NOW is a good time to call SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz to take care of it for you. Our trained experts will have it cleaned for you in no time. In the meantime, make sure you clean out the lint filter before and after each use. Also, if you notice a nest of any kind or any blockage including the vent flap, get rid of those obstacles as soon as possible.
While we’re taking care of the dryer vents, we can look at the duct work in your home as well. All too often, your HVAC system has been running for some time without being cleaned or maintained as it should. Dirty ventilation systems circulate odors, irritants like dust and contaminants like mold throughout your home and is the culprit for poor indoor air quality.
Keeping the HVAC system clean can help expand it’s working life and let it operate at peak condition. That could help save money and future headaches! Should you suffer a fire or have suspected mold growth, then duct cleaning is positively essential.
SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz offers a variety of valuable services no matter what you might need in your home or business. We’re your one-stop-shop from remediation to reconstruction and everything in between! Give us a call to see how we can help 845-255-4334.
You’ll be amazed how SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz can clean your home or business like never before!
We're so much more than fire and water damage, call us today to get your property in tip-top shape!
When you’ve lived or worked in the same environment for a while, it’s easy to not notice the ground-in dust, dirt, stains or odors that might’ve accumulated over time or that you never realized were there before! Perhaps you’re looking to sell your home in Saugerties or just purchased new in New Paltz and want the property in the best possible shape?
SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has experienced technicians to clean every area of your home from bathrooms to carpets to garages to that little nook in the kitchen you could never get to. Our teams utilize the latest stain and odor-removing technology and equipment. We’re also a proud member of the EPA’s Design for Environment initiative (EPA/DFE) and offer GREEN cleaning alternatives.
There is an endless list of cleaning services we’re happy to provide, including dryer vent and duct cleaning, post- construction cleaning, furnace puff-backs, bio hazards and sewage issues. We’re trained and certified in all areas of mitigation for both residential and commercial properties and can work with your budget to give you the results you’re looking for!
SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz, always here to help. (845)255-4334.
Important steps to take if you have water damage in your Kingston/New Paltz home
Our water damage restoration teams will have your property back to preloss condition the right way!
When experiencing a water damage emergency in your Kingston home, there are a hundred questions and thoughts running through your mind. When you’re in the moment, it’s normal to want to get going on the fix immediately, but safety is most important and there are some key do’s and don’ts to be aware of during this overwhelming time:
-Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home or building, but ONLY when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electric shock.
-If possible, remove as much excess water as you can by mopping and blotting.
-Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
-Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
-Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
*DO NOT enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
*DO NOT enter affected areas if any electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. ALWAYS avoid electrical shock hazards.
-Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
-Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
-Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
-Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
-Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Stay safe and follow these DO & DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper action until the SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz trained professionals arrive. Programour number in your phone- (845)255-4334.
Dealing with hoarding issues in Kingston/New Paltz homes
Hoarding situations can lead to other issues in a home like water damage and mold.
A person with a hoarding issue in any residence in Highland, Kingston or New Paltz has difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions due to their perceived need to save them. The thought of disposing of items causes distress and sometimes, that person doesn’t think their habits are a problem. Often, these items are things that others would throw away like wrappers, packaging, and garbage.
This sensitive situation can lead to several problems such as accumulation of items for years making for dangerous areas filled to capacity. Rodents, fleas, bugs, and other vermin may be present which creates an unsanitary living area. The inability to access and address appliances needing repairs can lead directly to water damage and possibly mold infestation. Each case is very different and handled sensitively by SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz professionals.
Sometimes, our teams are called to address a fire, smoke or water damage situations and will encounter hoarding issues when they arrive at the home. Our staff will work with the insurance company regarding the contents, and once approved, they will clean and pack the items up to be stored while the other damages are remedied to preloss condition.
Occasionally we are called to a home following a tragedy of a loved one and will work with the family members in locating important or sentimental things or legal documents. The SERVPRO staff will assist the family in whatever way possible in a difficult time.
If you are faced with a hoarding situation, no matter the size, our trained professionals will help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Understanding and planning for severe storms in the Kingston/New Paltz areas
Having a plan in place for severe weather will help more than you know in an emergency situation.
We have all been dealing with some pretty good storms recently in the New Paltz, Hurley and Kingston locales that have had the potential to cause damage to homes, property and daily life. It’s essential to understand the jargon, be prepared ahead of time and have a solid plan for your family.
-It’s important to have an emergency kit ready to go and a strong plan in place for evacuating, meeting up, staying put, electric issues, etc. Discuss these ideas with your family often. It’s also helpful to have small notebooks made up for each emergency plan and keep them throughout the home where everyone can grab quickly.
For outside the residence, make sure to:
-Bring any loose furniture, planters, toys, and yard décor that could be uprooted or thrown around in a storm.
-Cut or tie down and limbs or dead branches that could pose a hazard when high winds come through. Trees can do a lot of damage to a home; even smaller branches can be hazardous.
**If you happen to get caught in a severe storm when you’re in your vehicle- STAY INSIDE the car (not a convertible with a soft top), a home or building until the threat is over.
Here’s some clarity on severe weather definitions from the National Severe Storms Laboratory:
*A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who are watching the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.
*A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING mean there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the storm. ACT NOW to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger. Tuning in to the NOAA Weather Station on your radio, phone or tv can be of great use and give you ample time to prepare.
Having a plan for severe storms is important. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz can be part of your plan to get your property back to preloss condition no matter the size, and no matter the time, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened. We’re available for all Rosendale, Lake Katrine, Highland, New Paltz, Esopus, Kingston, Saugerties emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days week.