Nasty Storm? Where to Check Your Kerhonkson Home for Damage
Check your home carefully and thoroughly for any damage after a storm. You don't want to find this leak in your basement!
Severe weather can be a scary thing for your family, especially is there are high wind gusts and severe temperatures involved. Cleaning up around your home from it can be a pain as rain, wind, snow and debris can cause issues, but unfortunately, this damage may not always be evident and can cause even more problems the longer it remains unnoticed.
Not every storm is going to cause damage to your home but, as we all know living in Ulster County, there have been significant storms pass through here no matter the season. Knowing what to look for is key when determining if your home has sustained any storm-related damage, so below we will go over some top indicators that severe weather may have created an issue.
What to Look for After a Storm to Check for Damage
Make Sure Your Roof Still Looks Intact
Wind, hail and debris can all cause damage to your home’s roof, which is one of the most common places that storm damage will manifest. While it’s vital top understand ahead of time what your homeowner’s insurance will cover in the event of storm damage, it’s equally as important to catch it early to prevent leaks and water damage from developing. Once the storm has passed, go outside and do a good visual inspection of your roof from the ground, being sure to look for things like missing shingles, debris on the roof or pockmarks from where hail has struck, as these might indicate a bigger problem. If you’ve been feeling drafts or had previous roof damage, make it a point to thoroughly inspect those areas too.
Check for Standing Water Around Your Home
If water is not able to properly drain away from around your home, it can seep in and cause significant water damage to your foundation, basement or crawlspace. This includes clogged gutters in the fall, ice damming in the winter and improperly installed or pitched drain lines (you’ll notice problems with the heavy summer rains). Check for any standing water around the home shortly after the rain subsides to determine if this may be a concern.
Look for Ceiling Discoloration
Ceiling discoloration is a big indicator that something is wrong, especially if it occurs after a heavy rain shower. Ceiling discoloration is a common sign that there is water leaking from somewhere up above, so it may mean that a storm has led to a leak developing. This is extra common on areas of the ceiling that are upstairs or right below an attic, as this is where leaks are commonly located. However, we do want to point out that there could be an issue with a burst pipe or a leaking water line that can also cause issues, not just from a storm.
Be vigilant about guarding your biggest asset from damage and make sure to handle any type of damage quickly. By doing so, you can avoid far costlier issues like mold damage and structural problems.
If you have damage to your home due to a storm or any other reason, do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz. We’re the local leaders in damage restoration and can reach us 24/7.
You Found Water Damage in Your New Paltz Home, Now What?
Why SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is the trusted pro in water damage restoration!
On a daily basis, about 14,000 Americans encounter water damage in their home. It’s a common issue, full of stress and hassles. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is here 24/7 to help remedy any kind of damage and take the stress off of you.
By contacting your local SERVPRO, we will get you through the tough times. Here’s what you can expect when you have our team handing your water damage cleanup:
~Emergency Contact. We understand that when an emergency happens, you need help instantly and don’t have time to spare. When you call us, we get right into formulating a customized solution for you. We’ll ask targeted, specific questions to determine the nature of your disaster and set up an appointment to visit your home for an in-person assessment.
~Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. When our estimator comes to your home, the first thing they will do is ensure that the water has been turned off at the main source or the problem has been remedied. Obviously, stopping the water leak or other source of water damage is the most important step. Then we will walk around your home, assessing the levels of moisture remaining, any damage and noting any potential hazards. We’ll take photos, measurements and gather more info as needed. From there, we’ll develop a plan for next steps.
~Water Removal. If needed, the first thing we need to do is remove the standing water in your home. To do this, we have powerful pumps and extraction units that will get rid of hundreds of gallons of water. This will help reduce the overall drying time for your home and avoid mold growth.
~Damaged Material Removal. Anything that water has touched in your home will either need to be replaced or restored. Our goal is to restore as much as possible, but some items may be damaged beyond repair. We’ll swiftly remove those and prepare for replacement. Flooring, carpeting, sheetrock walls, insulation, anything that is too saturated to remain in place.
~Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water that seeps into furniture or sheetrock can leave behind nasty odors and hazards, so it’s important to sanitize and deodorize the home. We have the cutting-edge equipment to do just that.
~Drying. After standing water is removed, it’s important to remember that there is probably still excess moisture in the home. Excess moisture from any source can quickly contribute to mold growth. Microbial growth can begin in as little as 24 hours in the right environment of moisture and humidity. We’ll use powerful drying and dehumidifying equipment to restore a normal moisture balance. In certain cases, we’ll bring in additional types of equipment depending on the size of the damage and how many areas it’s affected.
~Monitoring. As your home dries out, we will remain in constant contact with you and make daily visits to ensure that it’s drying properly. We’ll take daily readings of all equipment, ensuring each area of material is drying to the right percentage and at the right degree. We will adjust equipment if needed and monitor the entire situation to make sure things are proceeding smoothly and quickly.
~Repairs and Construction. At the end, the last and final step is to restore your home to preloss condition. Whether your home requires a minor repair or something large like a rebuild, we will get it done for you. Consider us your one-stop-shop for water damage repair and restoration.
When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look "Like it never even happened."
Making Your Commercial Property in Saugerties a Priority
For the cleanest business in Ulster County, trust the pros at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz!
Homeowners know they can count on SERVPRO to provide quick and reliable restoration services after an accident. But do Ulster County business owners know that we are passionate about them as well?
We are! We provide the same expert restoration services for commercial spaces that we do to our homeowners, along with specialty services. One such service? Here at SERVPRO, we know that the state of your facilities matters, and we work to make your facility beautiful.
Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Kind or Size
Business owners have to concern themselves with work, employees and everything in between! That’s why we work to make our focus your business’ cleanliness so that you can stay focused on the other priorities. We handle professional cleaning and sanitation for all businesses:
Retail facilities, like supermarkets, local boutiques or nationally known chain stores. No matter what kind of business you are in, cleanliness is a must! It sets the stage for what your customers are about to experience.
Educational facilities, like preschools, churches or athletic performance centers. Studies show that when things are regularly cleaned by teachers and students, it only clears half the bacteria from desks.
Health facilities, like hospitals, hospice facilities or doctors’ offices. In these particular facilities, cleanliness is not only a priority—it’s a mandate that must be met.
Foodservice facilities, like manufacturing centers, restaurants or distribution centers. Cleanliness and food go together like peas and carrots. Let us help you clean, while you focus on the food.
Property management, like apartment complexes, hotels or convention centers. Tenants, customers and employees will rave about the effort you put into providing a beautiful, top-notch facility for everyone to enjoy.
Sadly, the workforce can lose up to $260 billion per year in lost productivity due to sick employees. Let SERVPRO come in and do one of the things we do best—clean and sanitize.
When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.
What Business Owners Should Know About Frozen Pipes | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz
Prepare your business or commercial property as best you can before frozen pipes cause a disaster!
Understanding the complexities and dangers of frozen pipes is a must for anyone who lives in a
climate where there are cold winters, but that is especially true for business owners in these areas of Ulster County. Frozen pipes are a serious threat to commercial property, and while they can often be remedied, it is much easier and cost effective to help prevent them from occurring in the first place.
If you are unsure how frozen pipes happen, how they cause damage and how they can be treated, keep reading! We have compiled together everything business owners should know about frozen pipes so you can keep your commercial property safe.
### Why Frozen Pipes Occur
While it is a common misconception that frozen pipes are only an issue when the weather turns
bitterly cold, the truth is, they can happen any time the temperature falls under 32 degrees
Fahrenheit. If pipes are not insulated well enough and holding still water, they can quickly freeze
and become blocked.
### How Frozen Pipes Cause Damage
While a pipe freezing does not cause damage itself, it can lead to the pipe bursting, which can
cause serious issues. When there is a blockage in the pipe (in this case, ice), the water behind
the blockage has nowhere to go.
Eventually, this can overwhelm the material the pipe is made of and lead to a burst, which means
there will be an outpouring of water from the weakened area.
### What to Do if You Find a Frozen Pipe
If there is a frozen pipe in your commercial business, whether it be residential or any type, you may be able to remedy the situation. Making the area around the pipe warmer can thaw the ice inside, preventing a burst from occurring.
### How to Prevent a Frozen Pipe
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place. Insulating pipes
during the winter, keeping the heat on in your building even when your business is not operational and turning on faucets to a trickle during any extreme cold spells can all significantly reduce the likelihood that a pipe will burst in your business.
*If you experience water damage due to a burst pipe or any other cause in your commercial space, SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz can help! We're available 24/7 for any property damage emergency with local water damage restoration pros on standby!
Preparing You, Your Family and Your Ulster County Home For Winter Weather
Winter weather always requires preparation! Remember, water always does the most damage!
It’s here—the holidays, colder weather and a jam-packed schedule. We all know that the holiday season can be quite hectic, and sometimes, we can forget some important things.
But you should never forget about safety. Here in New Paltz, it’s safe to say that we know a thing or two about winter weather. Snow, ice and even blizzards have been known to make their mark.
That’s why we want to help you review some important things so that you can be better prepared for the season ahead.
Protect Your Family
Letting your family know what is going is essential. Does your family know what the emergency action plan is?
Make sure your family is aware of what to do and where to go if a winter disaster strikes your home. By communicating this, as well as practicing it, you can help reduce the fear and anxiety when a storm does take place.
Your home is an important thing to start preparing, but it is also a great idea to winterize your vehicle. You never know when you might get trapped in your car or have to take shelter there for a little while. Ensure you have an emergency kit in the car that contains an ice scraper, extra clothing, blankets, a portable phone charger, a first-aid kit, food and water.
Protect Your Home
Winter weather can be gorgeous, but if you’re not careful you could have frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are no fun—you’ll have no water, but they also can cause your pipes to burst and cause chaos in your home.
Another thing you need to prepare is your heating system. No matter what you are using, you need to ensure that it is well-maintained and in good working condition. If you are going to be using a fireplace, now is the perfect time to have your chimney inspected to make sure it is clean and well-ventilated.
If you want to help insulate your home, you could install storm windows with extra insulation to help maintain heat inside your home.
Protect Your Pets
Pets don’t need to be stuck outside in bad or cold weather. Bring them inside, or at the very least, set up a warming area for your pets to seek shelter.
If you have livestock that can’t be brought indoors, ensure that they have shelter, plenty of food and thawed water.
Watch for Melts and Flooding
Winter brings snow and ice, and eventually, these two things begin to melt and can cause dangerous floods. Keep an eye on the forecast and take precautions if flooding is possible.
If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz for fast, restorative solutions.
Ulster County Residents!! These Water Damage Stats Are Eye-Openers!
Water always does the most damage, keep your house maintained regularly to help avoid big headaches!
As adults, we all have learned that life can be tough, and exhausting (ugh, adulting!). We work hard to provide for our family, keep up with monthly bills and stay on top of home maintenance. However, no matter how hard we try, it's just what must be done.
When you decide to purchase a home in Ulster County, whether it’s for a weekend get-away, a relocation, a retirement home, a larger space and land, or for renting purposes, you know going in that you are taking on a lot of responsibility as well as risk (regardless of where). At some point or another, no matter how much you prepare, your home is likely to be affected by water damage of some kind.
That being said, you can take some peace of mind in knowing that you are keeping your pipes and appliances well-equipped and maintained. Doing so can lower your risk of becoming part of the water damage statistics:
- This is the percentage of all home insurance claims pertaining to water damage. That’s one out of every 50 homeowners that file a water claim in a given year.
- When water strikes your home, the only appropriate response is to act quickly. You only have approximately 48 hours before mold can set in, which will cause you even larger problems. And honestly, sometimes it doesn’t even take 48 hours.
- If you own a home that has a cool basement that has become a man cave or game room, you might not like this one- Homes with a basement have a 98% chance of experiencing water damage. Ground water penetration, pipes bursting, flooding from storms or run off, hot water heater failures, toilet line breaks…basements are the total victim here.
10,234. This may seem like a large number, and it is, but when you consider that it is the average amount of money paid out for water damage, you might rethink that. If you were to put a value on things in your home that water has affected, this number can seem relatively small. Between the flooring, walls, insulation, appliance replacement and don’t forget about furniture, clothing, electronics and personal effects.
14,000. This number shows how many Americans encounter water damage every single day! To put that in perspective, that means that every six seconds, someone is dealing with a new burst pipe or appliance that gave out.
13,000,000,000. Yes, this is a lot of zeroes! $13 million is the amount of money paid out each year in the United States for water damage.
Now that you see the numbers, you can see that water damage is something that happens every single day. And while these numbers can be somewhat overwhelming, you can sleep easy knowing that most water damage is preventable with proper upkeep and maintenance. Make sure you are doing your part in ensuring that your home is well-maintained and cared for.
Keep up to date on your homeowner’s insurance policy as well. Make sure to make any revisions for flood coverage, sump pump installations, mold remediation coverage, and personal property changes.
If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you with a disaster, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz and we’ll handle any kind of water damage to your home or business quickly and effectively. Our office and teams are available 24/7 for your water damage emergency!
The Increase Of and How To Prevent Winter Fires in Your Kingston Home
Stay in the know to prevent a winter time fire in your Ulster County home or business!
Take precautions now to help prevent winter fires in your Ulster County home. While winter brings about the holidays, it also brings colder temperatures and increased snowfall, and results in a higher likelihood of residential fires in the Hudson Valley.
In any given year, winter is the most common time for residential fires to begin. While not all the common winter fire causes are specific to the season, they are more common during cooler weather and thus increase the chances for a fire to occur. More festivities involving cooking, the use of candles, holiday décor and trees, utilizing space heaters and fireplaces all add to the increase of chances of a fire occurring.
Behind the Increased Likelihood of Winter Fires:
An Increase in Cooking-
At any time of year, cooking errors are the No. 1 cause of residential fires in the country, but even this statistic is increased in the wintertime. With more baking, holiday meals and group cooking opportunities, the chances for a cooking error tend to become higher during the winter months, leading to an increased fire rate. Never leave cooking food unattended in the kitchen. Keep a fire extinguisher at the ready, and if you’re going to deep fry a turkey, make sure it’s done safely outside and away from any structure (including the deck or garage).
The Risk of Heaters-
Wood stoves, fireplaces and space heaters are all common forms of auxiliary heating during cold weather, and as long as precautions are taken, they are generally safe. However, errors in heating are the second leading cause behind residential fires during the winter months, making safety features and supervision an essential part of these methods. Space heaters should always be plugged directly into the wall, never on an extension cord, and kept far away from flammable items, bedding and decorations. Fireplaces and chimneys should be cleaned by a professional every year to avoid creosote build up and potential hazards.
Candles and Decorations-
Candles and other decorations are another leading cause of residential wintertime fires. Candles are inherently hazardous due to the open flame—it can spread to surrounding areas if conditions are right. Don’t keep them near a door or window and never amongst the holiday décor that is usually super flammable. For electronics, frayed wires and general overheating can pose a fire risk, so it is important to be cautious with those as well.
Christmas trees that haven’t been watered or are drying out pose a huge fire risk. Over 150 home fires each year are caused by Christmas trees. Candles and lighting can spark a fire and a dry tree can go up in flames in seconds. Keep your tree watered regularly and away from any heat source.
Prevention Tips for Wintertime Fires:
Understanding the common causes of winter fires is an important step in prevention. By going about these activities with a safety-focused mindset and keeping the below tips in mind, individuals can help prevent any accidental fires from occurring this season:
- Keep your Christmas tree well-watered.
- Make sure holiday décor and candles are far from anything flammable.
- Make it a twice-yearly plan to check for frayed wiring and replace immediately if needed.
- Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
- Always monitor open flames.
- Keep turkey fryers and outdoor grills at least 10 feet away from a structure.
- Select space heaters with automatic shutoffs in case they tip over. Never plug a space heater into an extension cord or power strip, only into a wall outlet.
- Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
- Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.
If you’ve suffered a fire at your home or business anywhere in Saugerties, New Paltz, Kingston, Highland, Woodstock or Rosendale, WE ARE HERE TO HELP. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is the local leader in property damage restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs. We’ll help make it "Like it never even happened."
Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Your Ulster County Home and Family
A solid fire escape plan can offer a lot of peace to you and your family if an emergency ever occurs!
When a fire breaks out, it is human nature to be afraid, but everyone has a different reaction. Because it is not a scenario that most of us have ever been faced with, it can be alarming and overwhelming to experience. However, it’s important to try to remain as calm as you can in order to get yourself and your family members to safety.
A fire can start spreading in as little as 30 seconds, and experts estimate that you typically only have 3-5 minutes to react and get to safety when a fire starts. Therefore, it is important to have a fire escape plan that the whole household is aware of and practice it regularly. That way, when a fire breaks out, everyone will know exactly what to do to and where to go to stay safe.
Here are the steps to creating a fire evacuation plan:
- Create a custom plan. Every family is different, and every home is different, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to a fire escape plan. Make sure to consider elderly family members, children who are heavy sleepers and pets. Take note of time needed to get everyone to an exit and locate pets to get them to safety. Keep in mind, pets sense danger much quicker than we can and have been known to hide in hard to reach spots. Practice this exit plan often with ALL family members, including furry ones, so there are no questions or confusion should there be an emergency.
- Identify two exits. Each room should have two exits so those inside can escape no matter where the fire is. If necessary, equip upstairs rooms with emergency ladders so windows can be the second point of exit.
- Set a spot to meet. Pick a meet-up spot in advance that will be safe, such as a nearby landmark, a neighbor’s yard, tree or mailbox. Make sure everyone is clear on the location of the meet-up spot. Ask for their opinions should there be any obstructions and consider a well it area.
- Consider all scenarios. There are unthinkable scenarios that can contribute to a fire, and it is important to prepare for all of them. Do not focus on preparing for one source of a fire and neglect to prepare for others. For example, don’t focus on a fire only occurring in the kitchen when it can happen in the basement or attic.
- Practice often. Get the entire household together to run a fire drill at least twice a year using a mock scenario. Be sure any overnight guests are aware of the plan as well.
Tip: Get children excited about planning so they will be more involved in the process and less scared. Introduce a map of your home and have them color and mark up the exits.
Fire Prevention Tips
- Install smoke detectors in each bedroom and on every level of the home.
- Check smoke detectors once a month. Replace batteries every time the clocks change or at least every 6 months, even hard-wired detectors.
- Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
- Make sure all candles are extinguished and no holiday décor is around them.
- Never leave open flames unattended.
- If you have a Christmas tree up, don’t let it get dried out. It can burn from hot lights in minutes.
- Do not overwhelm electrical sockets with excessive plugs.
- DO NOT plug space heaters into anything but an outlet and don’t use an extension cord. Power strips are not safe to plug a space heater into and can quickly cause an electrical fire.
- Keep combustibles like cleaners and chemicals in a safe place.
- If you are grilling outside, make sure the grill is cold before putting it back up against the house.
- Don’t run appliances at night like clothes dryers. Make it a yearly maintenance check to have the dryer vent cleaned out too.
If you’re ever faced with fire and smoke damage in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call us. Our fire damage emergency services are available 24/7 for all restoration needs. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is always here to help.
A Quick Guide to Implementing Fire Evacuation Drills in Your Kingston Business
Fire evacuation drills in your Ulster County business should always be part of your fire safety plan!
For any Ulster County business owner, fire safety is a very important element to practice regularly. While there are plenty of things that go into running a business, all that hard work can quickly be derailed by a catastrophic event such as a fire—If you consider that over half of businesses are never able to reopen their doors after a fire, it's crucial to prepare as much as possible.
Making sure that your staff can stay safe during an emergency should be the first priority as you
work to increase your fire preparedness. Implementing safety precautions, such as evacuation drills, can go a long way in keeping everyone informed about how to stay safe if a fire strikes during the workday.
How to Start Doing Fire Evacuation Drills At Your Business
1. Make sure you have clear fire evacuation routes. Understanding your business’ fire evacuation routes is so important when it comes to setting up your fire drills. Being certain that every area has a minimum of two exits, ensuring that fire doors are not blocked or otherwise inaccessible and putting up adequate lights and signage to show the way is the first order of business in keeping everyone safer.
2. Set a regular schedule for fire evacuation drills. Because panic can set in the moment that a
fire alarm begins to sound, hosting fire evacuation drills regularly is recommended. This way, everyone will have an understanding and be comfortable with what to do in the event of a true emergency—practice makes perfect, after all! It is recommended that you do a fire evacuation drill at least every few months.
3. Gather feedback after every drill. Soliciting feedback is an important way to improve, so be
sure to have a digest session after each drill with your staff. This way you can get any intel
regarding things that did not work or could have gone smoother. A fire drill truly is practice, so
this is a great time to iron out any kinks in a low-stakes scenario, instead of running into
difficulties during a true fire.
If you have fire damage at your business, you can count on us to help. Call our commercial damage restoration pros at any time to help get your business back on it's feet. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz, making it "Like it never even happened," LOCALLY since 1992.
Do You Have An Emergency Kit Prepared in Case of a Severe Storm in Ulster County?
Keeping a stocked emergency kit ready to go is a key way to get through any kind of storm!
Severe weather can be extremely dangerous, especially when it comes about suddenly. While severe storms typically happen during the warmer months of summer, they can really happen at any time of year in Ulster County—and for this reason, it is important that you are always as prepared as possible in the event of severe weather.
One of the first things you should do when attempting to increase your severe weather preparedness is to pack an emergency kit for your household and keep it in the area you have designated as your safe space during the storm. That way you can be certain that should severe weather threaten your home, you and your loved ones have everything they need to stay comfortable and safe.
What Should Go Into My Severe Weather Emergency Kit?
Building an emergency kit is a great way to gain peace of mind about your family’s preparedness and can ensure that you have everything you need in the event of severe weather. As a bonus, this can be a great, age-appropriate way to teach children about severe weather and the importance of always being prepared.
It is recommended that you store your emergency kit in a rubber tote or one made of another resilient material, in an area that is handy to where you will shelter in the event of a storm. If you need help making an emergency kit checklist, the items below will point you in the right direction:
- Non-perishable food such as granola bars and canned goods
- Sealed water- one gallon per person per day, plus plenty of extra for pets.
- Flashlights and their corresponding batteries
- Utensils, plates and napkins
- An NOAA weather radio (some models are powered by hand, but be sure to include extra batteries if yours requires them)
- First-aid supplies and over-the-counter medications
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Food, medication and paperwork for pets
- A change of clothes for each person in the household
- Any prescription medication members of the household require
- Cards, books and other sources of entertainment that do not utilize electricity
- A copy of insurance cards and extra cash
- A map with your local emergency shelter marked on it
- Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and deodorant
- Varying sizes of sealable bags and garbage bags
- Baby wipes, toilet paper and hand sanitizer
Everyone's list is different but there are key items everyone should pack. Stock and store yours today and feel at ease no matter what kind of storm could head your way!
If your home is damaged by a storm, you can count on us to help. Call us ASAP for our storm damage remediation and how quickly we can help you.