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Why you Should Hire SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for Fire Damage Restoration

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Restoration - Saratoga Springs

Disaster strikes when we least expect it, but all is not lost. With comprehensive fire restoration services, you can return to your usual life quickly and easily, as long as you don’t attempt DIY fire damage repair.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is a fire and water cleanup and restoration company based in Saratoga County our experienced technicians have assisted homeowners throughout the area with essential fire restoration services to make the effects of disasters a thing of the past.

Any type of restoration services can be costly. While the thought might make you want to open up Google and search for a crafty remedy to your problems, this could actually make your home an even more dangerous, uninhabitable place to live. Many DIY homeowners will attempt to clear, clean, and repair the rooms where the damage occurred, but by doing so, they nearly always assume that other rooms of the home haven’t been affected.

Water damage from firefighting efforts won’t simply remain in one area; instead, the moisture from stagnant water or damp quarters could affect other parts of the house. If this isn’t handled immediately, it could lead to long-term damage.

The smoke from fires can infiltrate all areas of the home, and it’s tough to remove. There are many different types of smoke, and each one needs to be treated with certain chemicals for proper and permanent odor removal.

These chemicals will need to be handled with care, preferably by professionals who understand their dangers. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's trained technicians offer home inspections, damage assessment, and fire restoration services that are individualized to each home’s condition. They have the training and equipment needed to determine the extent of the damage.

Trust your professional fire restoration technicians to take care of your home. With 24/7 service, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will restore your home as soon as you call them. For more information, call 518-885-2620.

Top Tips to Protect your home before you go on Vacation

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Community Top Tips to Protect your home before you go on Vacation Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today for Water, Fire Mold Remediation at 518-885-2620

Are you going on that dream vacation this year? Before you jump on that plane or in the car for that long awaited trip, it is important to remember to protect your home before going on vacation. Here are 3 tips to protect your home before going on vacation from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County.

Tip #1: Install Security Cameras Outdoors and Indoors that Use a WIFI Network

By installing security cameras outdoors and indoors that use a WIFI network, you can check on your home while you are gone. You can also receive notifications if anyone attempts to break into your home. This will allow you to notify authorities and to also have footage of the incident with photographs and videos of those responsible. This is generally a good idea for use when you are home as well.

Tip #2: Home Maintenance Should Be Completed

It might be tempting to put off that latest home maintenance project until you return, but you never know what will happen while you are gone. By not fixing your small air conditioner unit problem, the whole unit may fail while you are gone and cause hot temperatures that destroy beloved items or injure pets staying inside the home. By not fixing your outdoor gutter, a storm may come along and knock the whole gutter off. By not fixing small home maintenance problems before you leave, you leave your home vulnerable and invite bigger disasters.

Tip #3: Don't Share That You are on Vacation on Social Media

It might be tempting to share those luxury photos of your feet in the sand or your smiling family out boating on the open water, but by sharing vacation photos on social media while you are on vacation you open yourself up to burglars. Share as many vacation photos as you want, but wait until you get back home.

Tip # 4: Install Automatic Timers on your lights

Having timers on your lights gives the illusion that you are home, when in reality you are miles away. 

Tip #5: Cleaning Your Home Will Make Coming Home More Inviting

This one isn't a "necessity," but it can make a world of difference when you return from your trip and find your home clean and inviting.

At SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, we recognize the importance of taking a little time for yourself and leaving the world behind by going on a vacation. We are trusted by area realtors, homeowners, business owners, construction companies, disaster cleanup crews, and building managers. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is proud to serve you.

Why is my Air Conditioner Unit Leaking?

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why is my Air Conditioner Unit Leaking? Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today at 518-885-2620

Well, summer is in full swing, instead of worrying about the furnace and heating, we are now moving onto other issues, such as our air conditioner units. As most of you have probably witnessed, some AC units will show signs of moisture from condensation forming on the unit. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless it becomes more than just condensation. 

Causes

When the AC unit starts to show signs of leaking and appears to be more than just the average condensation, it’s important to know what to look for to stop the leak or water damage from getting worse. Some of the most common issues that cause these units to leak are improper installation, blocked drain hole, air leakage or broken pump.

There are different parts to the AC unit that may fail or get blocked causing the AC unit to leak and cause water damage. The condenser pump that pumps the water out of the condenser pan may be broken or has lost power causing it to stop pumping the water out of the unit. You can test this by checking the power to the pump and pouring water into the pan to see if it is pumping it out properly. Another issue may be a blockage in the drain hole. If the drain that sends the water out of the unit is blocked by debris or dirt, this can also cause a backup of water leading to an overflow effect and leaking. These mechanical breakdowns can sometimes be spotted due to a malfunction of the unit, but there is also the issue of air leaking or improper installation.

When it comes to the installation of the AC unit, it is important to make sure that it is level. An AC unit that isn’t level can cause the excess water to flow toward the leaning end and leak out of the unit. Making sure that the seals on the unit are tight is also an important detail to watch out for. If excess warm air is able to enter the unit, this causes moisture from the air to condense, therefore causing excess moisture to pool below the unit.

Having water pool up in the unit can cause leaking and eventually lead to water damage, so it is important to keep an eye on your air conditioner this summer and make sure that it is running properly. Having this pool of water also indicates that the unit is not running as efficiently as it should, meaning there is a possibility you are spending more money to keep your home cool. If it is hard to find the cause of the leak, make sure to consult a professional for help. 

Source - https://davisac.com/blog/what-could-cause-your-air-conditioner-to-leak-water

Cleaning your Saratoga Springs home after the Smoke Clears

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

When the smoke clears and the soot settles, let someone else take care of the cleaning and restoration. After a fire occurs, the last things we want to face are the left over remains of our belongings covered in soot and fire damage. There isn’t always lost hope for remains left over from fire damage. Depending on the amount of damage done, some objects in the home can be restored with the hard work. The cleaning equipment available to restoration companies are far more powerful than the average vacuum sitting in your home. Trying to clean different materials with the wrong product or equipment could even lead to further damage to your valued possessions.

There are three common mistakes people make when attempting to tackle the cleaning on their own. The first mistake is using too much shampoo. Sometimes people think that the more shampoo, the better, but in some cases, this could just lead to more damage. The second mistake is using too much water when trying to clean the carpet or upholstery, causing water stains or excessive moisture. Last, but not least, the final mistake is not protecting the carpet from the furniture. Wooden furniture can stain the carpet from dyes and metal furniture can rust and stain the floor beneath it. It’s always important to keep the furniture separated from the carpet and cover the furniture immediately after cleaning to ensure they will not get damaged again.

Hiring a professional can help in many different ways, from the special equipment to the professional opinion for an insurance adjuster. Soot damage leaves a heavy residue that calls for heavy-duty equipment. Restoration companies have the tools to clean the damaged property most efficiently. Tools such as wet cleaning tools, rotary scrubbers, and extractors can inject steam and lift deep stains the first time around instead of having to clean the same surface multiple times. This also ensures that there won’t be too much soap or water leaving stains or residue. As the company cleans the belongings, they’re also able to gauge the amount of damage that has been done and what can be restored or needs replaced. Depending on the insurance that the victim carries, these damages may be covered. The restoration company is able to give proof of the damages done and gives a professional opinion for the claims adjuster to work with. Don’t let all of the weight sit on your shoulders when dealing with a catastrophe. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help with any fire or soot damage that hits home.

Helpful Tips when you have Disaster Strikes

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

We’re always told that if disaster strikes, we are to remain calm, cool and collected, but when that time hits, it’s hard to always put those words to action. Although there is a lot of chaos in that moment, it is still very important to stay organized and calm from the beginning of the disaster to the end of the restoration. Here are steps we can take to stay organized and calm during these tense times.

Steps to clearing the chaos –

  • First, call your insurance agent to get the claim filed as soon as possible to get the insurance adjustor to your home.
  • Next, call a local restoration team to assess the damage as soon as possible and get working on the damage so it does not get worse over time.
  • Keep a binder and notepad with all of the information that you’re receiving from your insurance provider and restoration professionals. (During this hectic time, don’t rely on remembering everything just off the top of your head)
  • Last, but not least, make sure to save all receipts and documentation you receive pertaining to the incident and only give copies when requested; keep the originals.

Now that we’ve gone through the steps to do, here are some steps NOT to do when involved in this situation. 

  • Make sure not to wire any soot damage from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces. 
  • Do not keep or use carpet or furniture that has been heavily damaged by the residue as this is unhealthy.
  • Dispose of any canned goods or food items that were exposed to the extreme heat.
  • Do not turn on any electronic devices until they’re thoroughly inspected by a professional to make sure there isn’t electrical damage.

Hopefully no one will ever have to go through these events, but if it does occur, these steps will help you keep that calm and collected mindset to get through the unfortunate. 

Flooded Basements in Saratoga Springs

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Saratoga Springs basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

The flooding in this Saratoga Springs home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  The Saratoga and surrounding area had received over several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed this homes system.

We were onsite within an hour, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had basement dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is dry. 

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

We are Water Remediation Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - 518-885-2620

Warning Signs that you may have Mold

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Nothing worries a homeowner more than mentioning the word "mold." Not only can it cause damage to your home and make it hard to sell, it also can be a health hazard to you and your family. Here are three warning signs of this insidious fungus that you don't want to ignore:

1) Water spots

Any wet spot in your home can be a potential sign of fungus growth. This can include water spots on your ceilings or walls, or on floors in your basement or crawlspace. If you find evidence of water spots, you need to find the potential moisture source and get it taken care of promptly. Using a highly-recommended remediation company like SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is the best option.

2) Discoloration

If you find a spot on a wall or floor that's discolored, it is a potential sign of mold. Discoloration that is green or black is a definite warning sign of fungus growth. However, any discoloration can mean growth is present, even if it isn't of the tell-tale colors.

3) Bad smell

If you have fungus growth in your home, it can cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of growth and how much of it you have, you could have a very strong smell or one that is faint. It can smell musty or earthy, or it can produce a smell that is more pungent. Any bad smell needs to be investigated.

Mold can be harmful and is not something to be ignored. If you experience any of these warning signs, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to investigate. Our staff receives extensive training on how to effectively deal with mold infestations. We also have the equipment and start of the art techniques to carry out mold remediation and keep your home safe and clean.

Are you prepared to handle Mold in your Saratoga home?

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Part of having your own home is maintaining it and keeping it a safe place to live. We often discuss preventing fires and leaks, but preventing and checking mold is just as important. Mold can continue to grow and become a serious health problem.

Firstly, it is important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try a structure guard that can help protect surfaces with a sealant. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what preventative measures you take, it is still necessary to stay on the lookout and test for mold continually

If you find what appears to be mold in your home, try conducting an at home mold test.  Here are the best ones for 2016. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to perform a professional test. Once completed, it's the results that matter.

What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County - 518-885-2620
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Save Money by using blinds to Control temperature in your home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Heating and cooling costs can add up fast. Keeping a house cool in the summer and avoiding heat loss during the winter makes the house livable. Homeowners want to figure out how to accomplish this goal as effectively and cost efficiently as possible. Here are a few tips from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for homeowners to help keep utility bills to a minimum.

Blinds today are more advanced than ever before. They're also more green than ever before. Windows are one of the most heat and cold sensitive areas of the house. Light, air and heat can seep out when you least expect it. A single draft can cause a lot of energy loss. Heat getting through the windows can make the entire room feel too hot and can also make it hard to cool the house.

Blinds help to control the issue and offer many advantages. Many kinds of blinds can be used with precise control such as a timer. Controlling the blinds with a timer allows the homeowner to precisely determine how much light is let into the room during the day. Closing the blinds when not home can help avoid increased heat in the space during the summer months. Homeowners should consider keeping blinds up during colder months to allow more light and heat into the house and make it warmer when they get home.

The use of advanced technology is not necessary to get results. A homeowner can choose to use standard blinds but make sure they are installed properly. There should be no gaps between the material. Consider changing blinds depending on the season. Those who live in a four season climate should use darker materials during the winter and lighter materials during the summer. This helps control the amount of light getting into the room. Any homeowner should also consider consulting with a HVAC service. They can also further point out what steps should be taken with the blinds to help the owner use blinds to control the temperature in their home.

Does your Summer Home Need Sprucing up?

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Does your Summer Home Need Sprucing up? Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today to have your vacation home cleaned at 518-885-2620

Does Your Summer Home Need Sprucing Up or Need an end of year cleaning?

Summer homes provide an excellent way to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But often these homes may not get the regular cleaning and care they need to keep them fresh and odor-free, especially when used heavily during the hottest months of the year. Whether you spend a lot of time at your summer cabin, or just a few weekends a year, the home may become dirty and smelly from heavy usage, especially with kids. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has experience in working with many types of summer cabins and vacation homes to complete cleaning and odor removal services.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Before Your Summer Vacation

When you leave your summer cabin locked up for the fall and winter, it can become dusty, dirty, and musty smelling. A team of professional cleaners can come in before the first visit of the summer season so that it's ready for your family to enjoy. No one wants to spend the first few hours of their precious vacation time cleaning and deodorizing. The best option is to call in the professionals at SERVPRO to do a thorough cleaning and complete deodorization of your home so that it's ready for relaxation upon your arrival.

Professional Cleaning at Season's End

A complete cleaning and deodorization can also be beneficial before you close up your vacation home once the summer is over. This will help to reduce the dirt and grime for your return to the vacation home the next year. Plus, having professionals do the job means that you can spend your last days at the property relaxing, rather than cleaning. A heavily used summer cabin has likely been through a lot of wear and tear, especially when children are involved. SERVPRO can clean carpets, flooring, and upholstery to remove dirt and grime, which helps to protect your property in the off-season when it's not in use.


SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County works with clients all around the Saratoga area. Whether you're a homeowner who needs your vacation home cleaned before your use it, or someone who is preparing to sell a vacation property, SERVPRO can remove dirt and odors, making the property look and smell clean and fresh. They do everything from air duct cleaning to complete odor removal to ensure that the air in your property is clean and fresh so your family can enjoy your vacation property.