Recent Storm Damage Posts

Make Sure Your 2nd Home in New Paltz is Protected Against Winter Storms!

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

A small home set back in the woods during a heavy snowstorm Make sure your vacant Ulster County property is winter storm ready!

2020 brought on an influx of relocating or a 2nd home purchase to the Ulster County area. But if that property isn’t occupied for periods of time, make sure it’s still prepared for any weather that may come!

- While there are always unforeseen issues that can happen like storms or appliances malfunctioning, it's the water that causes the most damage. Water can and will get into everything, continuously finding a way out is the end goal for water, and it will always find a way.

-Have someone local like a trusted neighbor or family member that can be available to check on it for you while it's vacant. Consider hiring a property management company if you’re going to be away for some time. Property management companies can winterize, fix minor issues, set up and meet vendors if needed. Having someone reliable to keep an eye out can often deter a disaster before it starts.

-Don't turn the heat off in the colder months, keep the temperature set at least at 55 degrees, but no lower and follow good instructions to protect your pipes and utilities. Have your furnace and heating systems checked and serviced regularly and make sure you have fuel deliveries set up in advance if needed. A back-up generator to keep essential services running in the event of a severe storm with power outages.

-Seal windows and doors if possible, check outside spigots and water sources. Water damage from a frozen, burst pipe can affect many levels and areas. If not mitigated quickly, the risk grows for secondary damages to the structure and the potential for mold growth. This can significantly raise the cost of remediation.

-Have your roof inspected by a professional ahead of time for leaks, make sure your attic is free of mold and leaks as well. Ice Damming is common in the winter months, you can find tips to avoid that here.

-Speak with your insurance agent on their recommendations and make sure your policy is where it needs to be (especially if you have a sump pump and won’t be in town for awhile).

Should you ever suffer from water damage, or any kind of damage to your property, call the experts in water damage restoration. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has been the local leader in the industry for over 25 years, we're here for your emergency 24/7 with highly experienced and certified technicians utilizing the best technology around.

No matter the damage and no matter the size, we’re here to help 24/7 at 845-255-4334.

How Lightning Can Cause Significant Storm Damage to Homes | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Several white lightning strikes against a dark purple sky hitting behind a group of homes. Lightning can cause significant damage and start a fire if your home is hit by it!

Severe thunderstorms can be dangerous for a multitude of reasons, but one of the most dangerous considerations of all is lightning damage. Extremely hot and incredibly quick, a lightning strike can cause significant damage in an instant to anything it lands on—which could very well be your Ulster County home.

Lightning occurs when there is a spark of electricity, which can be between two clouds, in the air or between the clouds in the ground. The significant heat of lightning is also what causes thunder, so every thunderstorm contains the potential for lightning to strike as well.

Lightning can also travel for up to 25 miles away from the sound of thunder, making it a phenomenon that impacts quite a broad area. Below, we will look at how lightning can damage a home so you know what to be aware of the next time severe weather comes through.

How Lightning Damages Homes

-Through Starting a Fire

The risk of starting a fire is the biggest danger that a lightning strike poses. Lightning can reach up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, giving it the potential to immediately cause a fire if it strikes flammable building materials or nearby trees. Lightning can also burn up wires as it travels through the home, creating the potential for an electrical fire within the walls of the home either immediately or at a later date. If your home has been struck by lightning, it's important to have an electrician check for damage within the walls.

-Through Power Surges

As lightning travels through the home’s wiring, it can overload the circuit and cause energy to be shot to anything that is plugged into a wall outlet—this is called a power surge. This can ruin electronics and even send sparks flying, posing another type of fire hazard altogether.

-Through Shock Wave Damage

The same force that causes thunder to sound in the clouds can occur on the ground, where it is called a shock wave. This powerful force can lead to shattered glass, foundational cracks and explosions of brick or cinder blocks if lightning strikes the home or even nearby.

If your home has been damaged by severe weather, you can always give us a call. Contact us at any hour for help with severe weather restoration to your home, 24/7 at (845)255-4334.

Indicators That Your Kingston Home May Have Been Damaged by a Storm

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

A woman standing outside her home on a windy day looking at pieces of roof shingles Knowing what damages to look for after a storm will help get the damage remedied faster!

Severe weather can be a frightening thing for your family to endure, and cleaning up in the aftermath may feel overwhelming. Rain, wind, hail and water can all damage your home during a storm, but unfortunately, this damage may not always be evident and can cause even more issues the longer it remains unnoticed.

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. In most cases, your homeowners’ insurance policy will cover this damage, but it is important to catch it early to prevent leaks and water damage from developing. Once the storm has passed, go outside and do a 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.

-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. 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 another indicator that something has gone awry, 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.

If you have damage to your home due to a storm, do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can get in touch with us at any hour damage and receive a quick response from our expert storm restoration technicians.

How To Be Storm Safe At Your New Paltz Home

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

A bolt of lightning striking behind a home Being storm safe and prepared can help deter some serious storm damage at your home!

We’re all used to thunderstorms in Ulster County, but we don’t often think that they can also be dangerous or deadly. Just because they happen frequently does not mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously every time.

Severe thunderstorms can produce high winds, heavy rains, hail and lightning if conditions are right. However, through practicing storm safety, you can evade many of the issues that could arise due to storms.

Storm Safety for Every Element of Your Home

-Outside of your home-

Storms can lead to serious household damage that can be stressful to deal with. To help prevent this damage from occurring, you can take several steps:

  • Inspect your roof regularly for missing or loose shingles. Take a look in the attic for any wet or damp spots (or even mold growth).
  • Clean out your gutters at least twice per year. Debris and leaves can clog up the downspouts and cause water intrusion.
  • Bring in or secure patio furniture, potted plants and any other objects that could become projectiles in high winds. This includes pool furniture, outside toys, trampolines, pet supplies and garbage cans. We’ve all seen garbage cans flying down the sidewalks and roads from time to time.
  • Consider installing a lightning protection system for your home.
  • Trim trees near your home regularly to reduce the chances of dead limbs falling on your home. If you notice any near power lines, notify your electric provider immediately so they can deal with them quickly. Don’t try to trim any branches near power lines or transformers.

-Inside your home-

If severe weather is on the way, the best thing you can do is stay put where you are or stay safe at home—and having a plan in place can help you make that happen:

  • Keep a weather radio, flashlights and batteries and spare car chargers or cell phone battery chargers as part of your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Designate a safe area of your home for your family to shelter from the storm—it should be an interior room without any windows. Make sure all family members know the plan and location and that your pets can be with you indoors too.
  • Use surge protectors on every outlet in case of lightning strikes.

-When you are away from home-

If you will be going out of town for more than a day, it’s wise to make sure your home is still protected from a storm that might come through while you are away.

  • Unplug all appliances and electronics in case of lightning strikes.
  • Secure all outdoor furniture and possible projectile objects before you go away just in case. Think along the lines that pretty much anything outside can be a dangerous projectile.
  • Be sure a trusted neighbor or family member knows you are going out of town so they can contact you if any issues arise. This is also helpful when it comes to home invasions that can occur when there’s less security.

If your home sustains any kind of storm damage, we’re here to help 24/7. Contact us today, we’ll be with you step by step, work with your insurance company help get you back to preloss condition quickly and effectively.

High Winds Can Cause Severe Damage to Your Saugerties Home or Business

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

A fully grown tree leaning against the roof of a home, having fallen due to high winds. Getting your property prepared for high winds can make a huge difference when it comes to storm damage!

There are many things that can be dangerous regarding severe weather events in Ulster County.

The average severe thunderstorm can contain heavy rains, hail, lightning and high winds—any one of which can be scary, disorienting and cause serious damage to a home or business.

While there is nothing anyone can do in order to stop severe weather from occurring, we have always encouraged a preparedness mindset. No one can accurately predict what manner of damage a storm will do, but understanding its threats (such as high winds) and knowing how to prepare for them can make all the difference in your overall safety.

The Dangers of High Winds During Severe Weather-

High winds are defined as sustained winds at 40 miles per hour or more, which can be extremely intense. Here are some of the issues that high winds can present and how you can protect against them:

Objects Can Become Projectiles

Depending on the strength of the wind, almost any unsecured object outside can become a projectile. Think about outdoor toys, plant containers, pool and patio furniture, grills and firewood can all be picked up and moved considerable distances, which poses a risk for any home or property in the object’s path, whether yours or your neighbors. Bring in any small, loose items before a large storm, and secure any larger outdoor objects with weights or tie downs so they do not get picked up.

Downed Trees and Power Lines

High Winds can easily blow over trees, power lines and pull down transformer boxes if the force is correctly applied, all which can be extremely scary. While there is not much you can do regarding power poles on your street, trimming back any overgrown trees and have any weakened or dead ones removed so they are less of a liability. Downed trees that are pulling on power lines can quickly pull the electrical boxes right off your house as well (if you have one directly connected). The local electric provider is responsible for this trimming but certainly call Central Hudson if you notice a potential problem.

Secure EVERY Door and Window

Making sure all doors and windows are closed and latched is something that can be easily forgotten, but is so important. Broken glass is extremely hazardous, and if a window or a door is not properly sealed, water damage can become a secondary hazard after the storm passes.

If you have damage to your property from severe weather, you can always count on us. We are here for you 24/7 to respond quickly to your damage claims. Contact us no matter where and when.

Prepare your Ulster County Home For Storms BEFORE They Happen!

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

A large tree laying on the side of a damaged home after a storm Preparations ahead of time can truly help in case of a damaging storm!

Thunderstorms are a common part of life in Kingston, but they can also be dangerous or even deadly. Just because they happen frequently does not mean they should not be taken seriously every time.

Severe thunderstorms can produce high winds, heavy rains, hail and lightning if conditions are right, all of which can be harmful to you and your home.

Thankfully, through practicing storm safety, you can circumvent many of the issues that could arise due to storms.


Storm Safety for Every Element of Your Home

-Storm safety for the outside of your home:

Storms can lead to serious household damage
that can be a headache to deal with. To prevent this damage from occurring, you can take
several steps:


-Inspect your roof regularly for missing or loose shingles.


-Clean out your gutters at least twice per year.


-Bring in or secure patio furniture, potted plants, sports equipment, garbage cans and any other objects that could become projectiles in high winds.


-Consider installing a lightning protection system for your home.

-Trim trees near your home regularly to reduce the chances of dead limbs falling on your
home.


Storm safety inside your home:

If severe weather is on the way, the best thing you can do is stay put and stay safe at home—and having a plan in place can help you make that happen:


-Keep a weather radio, flashlights, batteries and cell phone car chargers handy as part of your emergency preparedness kit.


-Designate a safe area of your home for your family to shelter from the storm—it should
be an interior room without any windows. Don't forget your pets!


-Use surge protectors on every outlet in case of lightning strikes.


Storm safety when you are away from home.

If you will be going out of town, your home still needs to be protected from a storm that might come through while you are away.


-Unplug all appliances and electronics in case of lightning strikes.


-Secure all outdoor furniture and possible projectile objects before you go away just in
case. (see list above)


-Be sure a trusted neighbor knows you are going out of town so they can contact you if
any issues arise.


If your home sustains any kind of storm damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz to help 24/7/365. 

We're the right choice for Ulster County storm damage remediation!

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A large tree leaning on a home with the roof partially torn off. Having a company in place that specializes in damage remediation is key to handling storm damage quickly and effectively!

Storms of all shapes and sizes happen in Ulster County, and with how common they are, it might feel easy to forget how destructive they can be in the winter months. In 2018, $2 billion in household damages was attributed to storms, making them the top reason for insurance claim filings.

Preparing for restoration is the best protection strategy for your home or business. Choosing a restoration company to work with in advance, prepares you to make the call as soon as damage is discovered, prevent it from getting worse or causing secondary issues.

WHY IS SERVPRO OF KINGSTON/NEW PALTZ IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR STORM DAMAGE?

*How We Handle Your Storm Damage Restoration by Starting With a Custom Restoration Plan-
Every occurrence of storm damage is inherently different, so we approach every situation prepared to create a custom restoration plan. No 2 damages are alike and storms can cause issues with moisture, structural damage and mold, so we make sure that we are prepared to handle whatever damage Mother Nature has brought your way.

*By Training Our Technicians Well
Technicians who are knowledgeable in their field are the key to our high-quality work, which is why we invest heavily in our training programs. We begin with training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and provide ongoing training opportunities throughout our technician’s careers to make sure they stay up-to-date on the latest restoration techniques and technology.

*By Having Unlimited Resources
As a locally owned business with a national brand affiliation, we can provide however many resources are required after widespread storm damage occurs. We can call in SERVPRO® technicians and equipment from nearby locations that are not impacted in order to make sure everyone in the community receives quick and quality service.

*By Living Up to and Exceeding Our Reputation
We have been in the restoration business for over 25 years and are considered leaders in the industry. Because there are so many scams that pop up after severe storms impact an area, choosing a reputable company to work with is vital to make sure you are not getting scammed during the restoration process.

If you have experienced storm damage of any kind, you can call us 247 for help, we’re always here to help.

Winter storms can cause structural and water damage in your Ulster County home or business! Here's some “best practices” to keep damage at bay.

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A tree fallen on a home during a winter storm Prepare your home or business for winter storms to help keep damages to a minimum.

Whether winter or summer, storms in the Hudson Valley can be completely unpredictable! Some of them can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz wants to make sure you are prepared for storms and know what to do in case you do have damage! 

Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. Rooms like basements and any other weather-susceptible rooms are a must for this step.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home.
  • Consider shutting off or winterizing outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off". The open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff. Contact a plumber about winterizing steps, especially if you won’t be home for periods of time.
  • Keep your gutters are clean, free of debris and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. It’s smart to have them cleaned at least annually.
  • Furnaces and hot water heaters need proper and regular maintenance to help reduce the risk of puffbacks and unwanted water damage.

Preparing your Business for Winter Weather:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and/or snow, can cause branches to fall which would cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect the property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. Keep an eye out for broken concrete or raised areas that could be hazardous, collect ice or prevent proper drainage.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to locate and fix potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.  

Ask SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz about creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business for any future or potential emergencies. This FREE, comprehensive tool is vital and packed with all the important info you and your staff could need in the event of an emergency or disaster, all right at your fingertips! 

If your Ulster County home or business experiences water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz at 845-255-4334. We’re here to help 24/7 for all emergencies and will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Get Your Saugerties Home Ready for Whatever Winter Brings!

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Snow and icicles hanging from the gutters on a home Don't get caught in a water damage situation, prep your home for whatever winter may bring!

We never know what Mother Nature might do in the winter months, we could have 40 degree days and some minor snow fall or we could have blizzard conditions a few times and negative degree days a week at a time. Either way, take the time now to get your home prepped for whatever winter brings. Weather extremes can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz wants to make sure you are prepped, have the info and know what to do in case you’re faced with a damage situation.

Top Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather-

  • When temps dip below 20 degrees, or the “temperature alert threshold,” keep cabinet and closet doors open to allow heat to circulate in. Especially true in attics, basements and garages. If possible, purchase some pipe insulation material from a hardware store. It’s inexpensive and easy to do.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home. 
  • Shut off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off". If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff. 
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  • Have your hot water heater inspected as they also can leak if not properly maintained.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff-backs
  • Have your roof and attic inspected for any leaks or damage. Unknown leaks can cause secondary damage like mold and structural issues. Needing a roof repair or replacement is not something you want to deal with in the winter months.

If your Saugerties home experiences any kind of water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, mold issue or sewage problem, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz to get you back to pre-damage conditions effectively and efficiently. Our trained and experienced professionals are available to help 24/7 at 845-255-4334.

Make Sure To Include Your Pets In Your Emergency Escape Plan | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

2 dogs standing in a creek in a field. Our furry family members need an emergency escape plan in case of a disaster.

When making household emergency plans, it’s most common to create one plan for the entire family. However, it is important to remember your pet’s needs as well and theirs can be quite different than the others members of your family. 

Prepare Everyone Before An Emergency-

When making your own flood preparedness plan, be sure to remember these pet-specific items as well:

~Know the differences between a flood watch and flood warning to understand weather reports.

~Use the FEMA Flood Map Service Center or other trusted service to assess your overall risk.

~Obtain copies of your pet’s vaccine records and microchip information and include those with your own important documents stored in a waterproof location.

~Find a designated location to take your pets if you must evacuate, such as a pet-friendly shelter or hotel. It's recommended you research this in advance, you don’t want to be turned away in a crisis. Make sure your family and neighbors know which you’ve chosen so others can assist if needed.

~Coordinate with other pet-owning neighbors and develop a plan should one of you be away from home when a flood strikes. Show them where your pet emergency supplies are, paperwork, and designate a meeting spot. This offers a much-needed piece of mind in a stressful situation. The less questions, the less worry.

Making An Emergency Kit For Your Pet-

This most likely contains many of the same things as one would for a human, with some special considerations:

  • A picture and detailed description of your pets, as well as any special needs or warnings (ex. “Startles easily or Is fearful of dogs”)
  • Proof of ownership and Vaccination records, Microchip info too
  • An extra leash and collar
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Required medications
  • Enough sealed food, water and treats needed to last several days
  • A pet first-aid kit
  • An identical replica of a favorite toy for entertainment and something from home like a blanket for reassuring smells and comfort. 

Surviving a Flood With Your Pets-

When a flood becomes imminent, the most important thing to do is to tune in to local weather channels and emergency stations to stay aware of authorities’ instructions. Do not fall victim to fake news and rumors the social media can hype up.

Here are some other tips for surviving a flood with your pets:

  • Bring ALL outdoor pets inside and head to the highest area of your house.
  • If authorities are advising to evacuate, do so and bring your pets, as animals are required to be included in state and local emergency plans. If you’ve made arrangements for them to be SAFE elsewhere, get that plan in motion ASAP.
  • Make sure everyone in the family has the correct contact info to reach all involved pet parties.
  • Keep your and your pets’ emergency kits handy so they can easily be taken with you.

Flooding situations can be traumatizing, and pets can get easily scared and confused, having an emergency plan in place for their safety as well as yours can truly help in a disaster.

SERVPRO of Kingston’s/New Paltz is here to help 24/7. Get in touch with us today to learn how we approach water restoration differently and can help you after an emergency.

Let SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz help you prepare your business for a disaster.

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Holes and tears in ceiling sheet rock from water getting in. Commercial or business owners need to prepare for disasters, let SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz offer you that piece of mind.

September is National Preparedness Month, an yearly awareness promotion sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help everyone get a leg up on preparing themselves, families and businesses in the event of a disaster. This year’s theme is “Prepared, not scared.” That statement couldn’t be more on-point.

While we’re all watching Hurricane Dorian travel this way and that and seeing the absolute devastation it’s wreaked on the Bahamas, it should serve as a reminder for business and commercial property owners to review their emergency and disaster plans.

While Ulster County has seen some significant property damage in the months of September and October in recent years, we have been spared from such forces as hurricanes like Dorian. Flooding, roof leaks, broken windows, electrical fires, sewage back-ups and downed trees are always possibilities in our area, regardless of hurricane status or not.

Commercial restoration presents unique challenges in and of itself due to the sheer nature of size and layout. Building structures, employees, clients or customers, inventory, files, documents, and other crucial elements can all be affected and with varying degrees.

It’s important to have a solid emergency plan that has critical information about the location of shut-off valves, fire system controls, network info and emergency contact numbers in addition to emergency escape plans and other critical disaster information. Having this all at your fingertips can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury.

SERVPRO knows the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before you need it, they have developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program (ERP) for any business owner to have at their facility, at no charge. It’s a simple process involving one of our team members and the business working together to gather information that is crucial to have when a disaster strikes. Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s mobile app. If needed, we’re happy to provide a full hard-copy for your employees as well.

There is some piece of mind in knowing that you can to help protect your business, employees or commercial property from storm damage by having a plan in place and by calling SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz. We’re always here to help. Call us to schedule your ERP at 845-255-4334.

Understanding Thunderstorm Damage | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Don't underestimate the power of thunderstorms!

Thunderstorms are not uncommon occurrences during the summer months in the Hudson Valley. However, with these storms comes a chance for storm damage caused by those severe thunderstorms.

How familiar are you with the different types of damage that thunderstorms can cause?

Thunderstorm 101

Within the United States, there are typically around 100,000 thunderstorms per year with 10% of those that are considered severe. This is just a small portion of the estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year that occur worldwide.

Thunderstorms require three components to form—moisture, rising air, and a “lifting” mechanism caused by either hills or mountains that force air to rise, or where warm/cold or wet/dry air bump together, causing a rising motion. This is why you often hear meteorologists reference when cold and warm fronts are about to intersect, creating dangerous conditions.

The lifetime of a thunderstorm includes three stages, including the formation, the mature phase and the dissipation. The mature phase is when most danger and damage occur.

Damage From Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can create many different dangerous situations that can occur during a thunderstorm, but debris flying around due to high winds is among the most dangerous to both property and humans.

Wind speeds can gust in a severe thunderstorm up to and over 57.5 mph. That is enough to cause damage to your property.

If you have anything in your yard that’s not secured, including things like bikes or trash cans, those items can become projectiles quickly, causing damage to houses and personal injuries.

Thunderstorms can also produce the following damage besides wind damage:

Lightning damage. When lightning strikes a building, electricity moves through the wiring of the home. This can lead to appliances blowing out, along with an increased risk of fire.

Tornado damage. Consider this—the average storm has winds around 60 mph. The wind in a tornado can gust upward of 200 mph, which can wreak some serious havoc.

Hail damage. Did you know that according to NOAA, the cost of hail damage can reach $1 billion a year?

Flood damage. During storms, a lot of rain often falls in a small amount of time. This can make it impossible for the water to soak into the earth, leaving pools of water everywhere. This flash flooding can have dangerous consequences.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

What commercial property managers should prep for a storm in the Kingston, Saugerties and New Paltz areas

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

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-

  •  Disaster-relief information
  •  Emergency contacts
  •  Evacuation plans
  •  Nearby shelters

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.

Supply stock

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?

6/23/2019 (Permalink)

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.

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Understanding and planning for severe storms in the Kingston/New Paltz areas

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Don’t be fooled by Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flash floods can do major damage, stay in the know and be prepared!

Just as it sounds, flash flooding can happen suddenly in your Esopus, New Paltz, Highland and Kingston homes and even affect areas that aren’t typically prone to rising waters. Whether you live in an area that’s a known flood zone or not, it’s important to be prepared for flash flooding, here’s what you need to know:

~What Causes Flash Floods?

There are several factors that can contribute to a flash flood developing. Prolonged rainfall or quick, intense rainfall can put areas at risk. Dam or levee failure, as well as a sudden release of water held by a debris jam can all cause flash flooding.

Most flash flooding is caused by thunderstorms that remain isolated over an area or repeatedly develop over the same place, or heavy rain from tropical storms. Additionally, ice melting in the spring can have a trickle-down effect and lead to flash flooding farther down the water stream.

~Flood Watch vs. Flood Warning

Here is a breakdown of flash flood terminology:

Flash Flood Watch: Be alert within the designated watch area, flooding is possible.

Flash Flood Warning: Flooding has been reported or is imminent, get to higher ground.

Urban/Small Stream Advisory: Low-lying streets, small streams and areas are experiencing flooding.

~It’s possible to minimize damage to your home and property

While flash flooding cannot be prevented or deterred, there are ways you can prepare to lessen the damage should you be at risk:

*Have an emergency plan and know your evacuation route- The most important thing to keep safe in a flood is your family. Draft an evacuation plan and make sure your family is aware of it. Review the plan often and adjust if needed.

*Stockpile materials- In some cases, you may be able to divert flood waters and discourage landslides with sandbags, so keep some on hand. Also keep plywood and nails on hand to board up your home in the event of damage.

*Raise your essential equipment- If your home is in a known flood zone, have a professional lift your water heater, air conditioner, furnace and other equipment off the ground

*Shut off utilities- If a flood is imminent, shut off electricity to your house. This will keep essential components from shorting out and causing more damage.

If you’re home or business in Ulster County has suffered from water damage from a flash flood, SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz is here to help. Our dedicated team of professionals is here for you, no matter when, we’ve got your back. We’re here for emergencies 24/7 at (845)255-4334.

Making Sure Your Family Is Prepared for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Kingston/NewPaltz

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Help your family be prepared for unwarned severe weather!

We are fortunate enough to be able to have advanced warning for many types of severe weather, but there are times when severe weather can take us by surprise.

Fortunately, there are actions you can take and safety tips to follow that will ensure your family’s safety and help you prepare for various severe weather situations.

How to Create a Severe Weather Plan

One of the best ways to be prepared for severe weather situations is to have an established family emergency plan put together.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, practice that plan regularly and especially at the beginning of different weather seasons so everyone knows exactly what to do.

If a family emergency has not been created, here are some suggestions to take into consideration when creating it:

1. How will emergency alerts and warnings be received?

Today’s technology makes it easier to receive emergency alerts and warnings on our smartphones. Through Google or any one of a number of weather apps, you can quickly receive emergency alerts, providing you extra time in severe weather situations. Also, warnings and alerts are also still broadcast over radio and TV.

2. What type of storm shelter is available?

When living in an area where tornadoes are common, ideally, the best shelter is in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If a basement is not available, the next best place is an interior room on the lowest level that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Tornadoes aren’t the only weather circumstance that requires shelter, and you can educate yourself about other situations that call for them by visiting ready.gov.

3. What is your evacuation route?

Have you identified several evacuation routes in the event of hurricanes, flooding or fires, which could force you from your home in a hurry? It’s wise to have multiple routes just in case one is impassable, and always be sure to find out if there are places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members evacuating with you.

4. How will everyone stay in touch?

We rely on our cell phones for many things, making it is easy to keep in touch with family, but in some circumstances, that just will not be possible. Weather can knock out cell phone towers, phones could be lost or left behind or if there is no power, batteries will not be able to be recharged.

Your family will need an emergency communication plan in place as well as a safe meeting place so that everyone can meet there if separated.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Protecting Your Property From Wind Damage | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Protect your property from damaging winds!

Many concerns accompany severe storms, with damaging winds being one of them. These winds can appear with little to no notice and can be problematic due to long-term structural impacts.

The 101 on Wind Damage

When you think of damaging winds, what comes to mind? Probably a tornado or hurricane, but those are not the only times when they may come into play.

As a general rule, damaging winds are considered winds with speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can be the result of a strong thunderstorm. You will commonly hear damaging winds referred to as “straight-line” winds. These are not to be confused with winds and damage from a tornado.

The damage from straight-line winds can be very destructive, as these winds can cause loose, unanchored objects to become projectiles. Windows and roofs can take the brunt of this damage, and if it’s extensive enough, there can be resulting water damage to the home as the outside elements come indoors.

Anyone who lives in a thunderstorm-prone area can be at risk from damaging winds, but there are some structures that are especially at risk. One such structure is the mobile home. Even those that are anchored could be severely damaged when the wind gusts to over 80 mph.

Here’s How to Protect Your Property

Here are a few practical steps you can take to protect your property from damaging winds:

  • Make sure your garage door is professionally reinforced.

  • Remove and/or anchor any loose items on your property that could be moved or tossed around by the wind, such as trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.

  • If you have a large or dying tree near your home, have a professional remove it and any large branches that could be blown over onto your home or break away and come through the window.

Mind you, not all high wind circumstances will come with advanced warning. But, as we all know, being prepared for that “just in case” situation could save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Also, you can have some outdoor furnishings permanently anchored in their locations. If you are building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure the windows, walls and doors are up to code for your area.

If your home has been hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home. Call us at 845-255-4334.

Storm Damage Effects from Hurricanes

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-255-4334 for your storm damage needs!

New Yorkers are familiar with severe storms and their effects. But can you name the 8 most common types of storm? Each storm has unique causes and causes unique damage.

SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz knows how important it is to home and business owners to keep property safe during and after a storm and how important storm education is.

The 8 weather events most likely to occur are:
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Flooding
  • Snow storms
  • Hail storms
  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning storms
  • Ice storms

Here in New England, the Kingston/New Paltz area is familiar with snow and ice. On the bank of the Hudson River, and only a couple hundred miles from the Atlantic Ocean, residents are familiar with the risk of flooding, too. Hail and lightning aren’t too uncommon either. You might not have heard of a Derecho storm before, though. That’s because this a rare storm, one comprised of multiple large storms that spread across 240 miles (at least) and with speeds of up to 58 mph.

As New York learned during Hurricane Sandy, the effects of a hurricane are felt far and wide.

Because of these widespread effects (Hurricane Sandy impacted 24 states), it’s important to know exactly what kind of damage a hurricane causes.

Storm surge, floods, and wind are the most common damage to follow hurricanes.What is storm surge?

Storm surge is commonly known as a “wall of water,” but it’s not a wall at all. Storm surge is when hurricane winds shove water closer and closer to shore, which causes it to pile up and rise higher than the predicted tide level. Instead of receding back into the ocean, the excess water rushes inward and inland. This excess water can be very dangerous, with swift currents and enough power to damage any structures in its path.

What causes the floods?

When it comes to hurricanes, floods are primarily caused by rainfall or storm surge. When storm surge forces extra water inland, that water has nowhere to go and so it creates the perfect condition for floods. The effect of a hurricane can be felt up to 100 miles away through excess heavy rainfall, making rainfall the most widespread effect from tropical storms. Yes - even tropical storms that aren’t categorized as hurricanes can cause heavy rain.

What about wind?

74 - 155 miles per hour. That’s how fast and strong winds from hurricanes can become. As these winds pick up debris and toss it around, they cause a domino effect in damage. Strong winds can rip out trees, down power lines, and move vehicles. Hurricane winds are known to be so strong that they can even form separate tornadoes.

Storm damage caused by hurricanes is vastly powerful. Cleaning up after a storm can be daunting. Don’t do it alone; instead, call SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz for the leading experts in storm damage restoration.

What You Need to Prepare for Flooding

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-255-4334 for any storm damage needs!

The likelihood of floods is increasing, even in areas where they were once unusual. Flooding is becoming more prevalent with every season.

The technical definition of a flood is when water submerges two or more acres or properties.

When faced with the imminent danger of a flood, safety for you, your property, and your belongings is vital. Keep reading for safety and preparation tips for floods.

1. You need to generate power.

A generator is necessary in an emergency. In fact, it’s crucial to have it installed before an emergency. You can’t know what storm damage will happen to the power grid during a flood, so you need to be able to produce your own power. Variables like your home size and electricity needs will influence what kind of generator you need.

Before a flood hits, move all your power sources (like appliances and electrical devices) to safer ground since water conducts electricity.

2. You need to know the flood risk.

Always be familiar with your area’s flood risk, even if it’s very low. FEMA and the local government are good resources for this. Flood knowledge is the best prevention tool. For the Kingston/New Paltz area, start here.

Stay up to date on weather and flood risks by purchasing a weather radio and learning what the many emergency notifications signal.

3. You need an emergency kit.

Always have an emergency kit packed and ensure it’s prepared for a flood. This means storing important documents or medicines and first aid in something waterproof. Also be sure to include plenty of fresh, clean water, because flood waters contain contaminants. For instructions on how to build an emergency kit, read this.

4. You need to know how to evacuate.

Evacuation is a two-step process. Begin with your local government. Does it have an official evacuation plan? Then create an evacuation plan for your family and practice until everyone has it memorized. It’s good to include emergency modes of communication as part of your evacuation plan.

After a flood caused by a storm, the likelihood of damage is high. Always be careful when returning to the flood site and call for professional help as the damage could be potentially dangerous.

After a flood, SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz will make it like it never even happened.

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

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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!

Flooding Tips to Help You in the Next Storm!

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Always here to help you in any storm!

You know what they say...April Showers, Bring May Flowers. Well its that time of year...rain, rain! And with all this rain...the potential for flooding increases! In the event of water damaged caused by flooding, our SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz team is well equipped and well trained to make it "Like it Never Even Happened". Here are a few tips to help get the situation under control until we get there:

1. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

2.Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to help even out the drying process.

3. Try and wipe up the excess water from any wood furniture after removing all tabletop items

4. Do not leaves books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on any flooring to avoid possible staining. 

Need help with your water damage? Have questions or concerns? Call us today for a free consultation at 845-255-4334.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz Can Help With Your Storm Damage!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

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!

When Storms or Floods hit Ulster County, SERVPRO is ready!

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Ulster County.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Dutchess & Ulster County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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

When winter weather strikes, SERVPRO strikes back!

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Damage Preparedness

Did a winter storm cause water damage in your Ulster County, NY home or business? Here's some winter weather tips!


This last storm for the Hudson Valley area predicted 16-24 inches of snow and severe cold temperatures. That can lead to water damage, roof damage, broken pipes & ice damming. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz wants to make sure you are prepared for storms and know what to do in case you do have a damage! 


Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:



  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home. 

  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".

  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff. 

  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 

  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. 


Tips for Preparing your Business for Winter Weather:



  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and/or snow, can cause branches to fall which would cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.  

  • Ask SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz about creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business for any future or potential emergencies. 


If your Ulster County home or business experiences water damage, broken pipes or ice damming, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz at 845-255-4334. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."