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Fire and Odor Removal in Saratoga Springs

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire and Odor Removal in Saratoga Springs Requires Adaptation to Your Particular Scenario

Among the most important reasons to engage the services of a professional fire damage company is the training and experience brought to the crisis in your Saratoga Springs home. The conditions under which fire residues spread create soils and odors that are unlike any other cleaning challenge. Conventional cleaning approaches can make things worse, a result that is not only disheartening but might make damage permanent, needing great expense and disruption to make right.

Variables that Cause Fire Damage Abatement Difficult
When we assess your Saratoga Springs home for fire and odor removal, our highly-qualified project managers take note of a range of surface characteristics and consideration of the types of fuels and the burning environment. When building materials and contents burn, the smoke residues result from a complicated calculus of

    •    Temperature
    •    Oxygen level
    •    Moisture
    •    Gases produced because of fuel composition

These variables then interact in unique ways with the vast array of surfaces, furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions comprising and occupying the interior of your home, from natural substances like wood, metals, and stone, to modern structural components and contents made from synthetic substances.

Cleaning Protocols Not Fixed or Defined
Because of all these variants and combinations, SERVPRO must be creative as we approach your fire circumstances. Our crews learn the science of fire residue and odor removal during the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. The “art” of residue and odor abatement comes in as technicians adapt basic concepts of cleaning to obtain successful outcomes for you and your family.

Multiple Methods to Apply the Principles and Elements of Cleaning
Ultimately, effective deep cleaning of the surfaces and contents of your home not only delivers a clean and sanitary environment but also eliminates all but the most persistent odors. We do not give up until we attempt every possible adaptation of cleaning principles and elements. This can include:

    •    Multiple ways to agitate surfaces to dislodge residues
    •    A range of cleaning products to produce desired chemical reactions that break the bond between surfaces and soot
    •    Manipulations of heat and dwell time
    •    Use of advanced equipment like foggers and hydroxyl generators for odor elimination

Have confidence in the innovative mindset of the team from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. Call us at (518) 885-2620 after fire damage, and experience the ways our knowledge, experience, and persistence work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Losses in Your Clifton Park Property

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

removed walls lower area, drying equipment in place Count on the Team with the Training and Equipment to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Clifton Park Home--SERVPRO!

Water Damage Clifton Park? Now, What to Do?

No matter how well a property is maintained, it is impossible to keep all areas completely watertight, especially during bad weather.  Many Clifton Park residents experience problems with dampness within their properties and try to find ways to combat this.  But issues such as unwanted moisture and leaks can cause serious damage not only to the building but also to the items inside, which, if not repaired correctly, will only become worse over time.  However, with the correct techniques, mitigation can lessen the impact of water losses.

Any water damage to your Clifton Park home needs to be addressed quickly, no matter how minor it may seem to prevent secondary damages.  At SERVPRO, we recognize this and are happy to help no matter the size of the job to ensure to control the degrading environment. Our experienced IICRC certified team can assess the problem and carry out a full evaluation to find out if the surrounding areas are also retaining moisture.  Then we can let you know what needs to be done before work begins so you can have peace of mind at every stage of the process. Our goal is not only to preserve and restore structural elements of your home but to provide you with a stress-free experience.

Water extraction speed is crucial to limiting any build back of damaged materials, fixtures, and even personal possessions. Our SERVPRO team can discover hidden moisture pockets within wall voids, under staircases, and in basements using infrared imaging cameras and a variety of moisture meters and sensors.

Air movers, both centrifugal and axial, can circulate and direct air currents to maximize evaporation rates to dry out the affected areas as quickly as possible. We can use several types of portable pumps and wet vacs with an assortment of wands to remove liquid water from soft and porous materials. With a large inventory of special cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing products, we can restore your home to a safe and secure place for you and your family.

So if you need help remedying water damage within your Clifton Park property, why not get in touch with SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County? We can be reached by calling (518) 885-2620 and available 24/7.

Water Damage In Your Clifton Park Commercial Space

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available whenever you need assistance with commercial water damage.

We Can Help Limit Loss from Water Damage in Your Clifton Park Commercial Space

For commercial water damage restoration to be a success, it is best to act immediately. Hiring experts ensure that all areas with excessive moisture are addressed to limit the amount of loss. Once you call SERVPRO to your commercial space, we determine the types of extraction methods necessary, calculate how much equipment to have on-site, and estimate how long the project will take.

Even if you feel that you have enough staff on hand to help with commercial water damage in Clifton Park, SERVPRO technicians have training and skills that help us to facilitate fast cleanup. We come to each job fully prepared with trucks loaded with the right equipment to help remove water, ensure everything is dried, and work on disinfecting the space to inhibit mold growth. Our team understands how many gallons per hour we can remove from your commercial space with our equipment, and we put a solid plan in place to execute each step with precision.

Detailed Planning
Even if we determine the amount of standing water that is present within your building, there is more to the water removal story. Water often soaks into both semi-porous and porous materials through your property, so we take hidden areas into consideration as we work. SERVPRO has skilled technicians that estimate the overall surface area of saturated materials so that we put the right amount of air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers in place. Our calculations also allow us the ability to determine what size dehumidifiers are needed and where they should be placed for optimum drying times.

With any water loss situation, time is of the essence. We get to your commercial space and work quickly to lessen damage but also to keep secondary problems from taking hold. Mold starts developing in as little as 48 hours, so our team works to bring moisture levels down throughout your commercial space. In some instances, equipment like centrifugal air movers helps to bring about higher static pressure that speeds up the drying process.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available whenever you need assistance with commercial water damage. All you have to do is get in touch with us by calling (518) 885-2620, and we send a skilled team out as soon as possible to get to work on an assessment.

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Eliminating Fire Damage In Your Clifton Park Home

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Eliminating Fire Damage from a Clifton Park Kitchen

The kitchen is easily the most common source of fire damages in the home, but kitchen fires are also the least reported. Because of this, soot deposits and damages can linger for extended periods. With exposure to moisture, soot becomes acidic and can corrode metals and plastics. Invisible protein residues from cooking fires not only emit foul odors, but they can also discolor paints and finishes over time.

If your Clifton Park kitchen needs fire damage mitigation fast, you can count on SERVPRO to be there for the cleanup within hours of your call. SERVPRO uses the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for its cleanup protocols, meaning you get access to a high standard of cleanup that seeks to restore both your structure and the contents within to a safe and clean condition once more. Technicians are thorough in their inspections to ensure the safety of occupants.

SERVPRO's 24/7 Availability
While SERVPRO is a large firm with over 1,700 franchises in the United States and Canada, local residents own and operate within these locations so that their services are always relevant to the unique needs of the homeowners in their respective communities. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to aid residents not only through cleanup services but also through cooperation with local chambers of commerce to provide the restoration that homeowners need when they need it.

Your local SERVPRO is affiliated with the following Chambers of Commerce:

    •    Adirondack
    •    Albany
    •    Lake George
    •    Saratoga
    •    Southern Saratoga

Cleaning from Ceiling to Floor
When removing fire damage soils, it is essential to get rid of large, loose, dry deposits, typically with dry cleaning sponges, before moving on to wet cleaning solutions. If protein residues are present after a fire, enzyme digesters may be used to turn proteins into water-soluble, odorless materials that be readily cleaned with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions.

If there is extensive charring on wood cabinetry or counters, gentle blast media like soda ash may be utilized to remove burnt material while minimizing damage to your fixtures.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (518) 885-2620 for disaster cleanup service at any time of the day or night.

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We Get You Back In Business In Clifton Park After Fire

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves in our warehouse housing our restoration equipment We are ready to assist you when the next fire disaster strikes. We are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, so call us right away.

Cleaning Up Your Clifton Park Church After a Reception Hall Fire

Cleaning up after a fire loss in your Clifton Park church can require multiple restorative processes. Because fires can originate in different areas of your structure, identifying the full measure of the damage is where recovery efforts begin. Our project manager can walk through the site with our customers when possible to gain perspective on what is most important for the congregation of the church moving forward.

While these disasters can originate anywhere on the property, the reception hall can often be the origin point of fire damage to Clifton Park churches. This larger gathering area has a kitchen section where stoves can get left on and catch pots and pans on fire, but this prep area might also feature outlets and respective circuits at their limitations. Because many receptions and family gatherings using this hall of your church demand power through music equipment, the PA system, and several heating pads or slow cookers, overloading outlets can happen without excessive use.

When fires originate from overloaded outlets, it is a problem that can escalate quickly, In many situations, the fire itself starts within the walls, allowing it to take a real hold on nearby construction materials like drywall and framework in the brief time before others can recognize a threat. Even with suppression systems like sprinklers, controlled demolition, debris removal, and other mitigation tasks must occur to make the reception hall usable again.

Sealing off the fire damaged area of your church can help migrating threats like harsh odors and soot from reaching more challenging areas to clean and recover like the sanctuary. Linoleum flooring can deal with substantial soot residues that can get cleaned with chemical agents and wiping or foam cleaning approaches. In addition to removing harmful soot residues through this direct cleaning path, we can protect the installed flooring and reduce odors as well.

With plastic barriers preventing access and cross-contamination, we can maximize our efforts in this work zone. Machines like hydroxyl generators or ozone machines can run when the church is empty to begin neutralizing smoke odors and filtering out debris and contaminants during controlled demolition and eventual build back by our licensed commercial contractors.

A fire can start in different areas and for different reasons. However, a fast and confident response can help to reduce property damage and expedite recovery and restoration for your church. We know how important it can be to have the full use of your building, so we can work efficiently to get things back to normal. Give our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team a call anytime at (518) 885-2620.

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Flood Damage Restoration In Your Clifton Park Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property After flooding, it is critical to get a good idea of how severe water damage might be throughout a structure.

Ideal Situations for Thermography in Clifton Park after Floods

When you acquire the services of dedicated restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team, you are also affording the most efficient recovery tools and equipment in the industry for your Clifton Park home. Flooding can cause excessive loss, even with a fast response to the emergency, so it is vital to identify the full spread and migration of water to dry out these threats wherever they get found. To accomplish this, our team must use a variety of moisture detection devices and strategies.

Knowing which technique to use in which situation can not only improve the efficiency of recovering flood damage to Clifton Park homes, but it can ultimately save the customer time and money as well. While many situations and materials can benefit from the use of surface meters or even probing moisture detectors, thermography is also a practical approach. While this can give our technicians credible information about the location of water and moisture surrounding damaged materials, it is not without some limitations.

Thermal imaging also referred to by many as infrared, can help to both inspect a property for moisture concerns and monitor the success and progress of specific drying practices. This sophisticated equipment can help to provide a fast evaluation of the migration of water throughout a structure, which can lead to a more thorough drying result. These tools can also help our SERVPRO structural drying technicians provide documentation of the success of drying efforts.

There are limitations to using these cameras, however. Thermography does not show moisture but rather temperature differences in the material, which can sometimes result in false positives on the presence of moisture. In the same regard, our professionals must utilize available images to decipher what damage might exist inside or behind damaged surfaces. The image is only a thermal look at the surface materials.

After flooding, it is critical to get a good idea of how severe water damage might be throughout a structure. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can utilize advanced imagery techniques like infrared to gain new perspectives on present moisture and track the progress of drying efforts. No matter how we can help after a flood, give us a call at (518) 885-2620.

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Our Technicians Can Save Your Water Damaged Carpeting In Your Clifton Park Home

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Premier Carpet Cleaning for Water Damaged Clifton Park Homes

After a water loss incident, your Clifton Park home could be in dire need of cleaning and recovery actions. While there are dozens of restoration teams and services that you can choose from in Saratoga County alone, our SERVPRO professionals can help with premier cleaning services to restore the look and feel of flooring throughout your property like carpeting.

Water cleanup in Clifton Park homes often involves many phases of revitalization and renewal. Beginning in the area where the water damages originated, you can encounter the highest concentrations of moisture and dampness in the exposed flooring, wallboard, and trim. Carpets can absorb considerable volumes of standing water, but are also susceptible to lingering residues and staining when cleaning does not occur as promptly as it should.

We have a full division of experienced cleaning technicians capable of employing some advanced strategies with various carpet and flooring types. With water recovery, the first step is often to dry out the damaged carpet as promptly as possible with a combination of weighted extractors and evaporative drying techniques. An assessment can get made about the condition of the padding once the top carpeting layer gets detached. Light wands are an excellent extraction tool when the padding is not to get saved.

Hot water extraction and bonnet cleaning are two carpet recovery strategies that can improve the look and function of flooring in your residence. Hot water extraction has often gotten referred to as steam cleaning, and it features the pressurized blast of warm, clean water to the base of carpet fibers. With the powerful onboard vacuum to remove surface moisture, we can make many carpet threats for your home, “Like it never even happened.”

No matter how we can help after a disaster strikes, you can count on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team. We have sophisticated equipment and trained personnel to improve the function of your carpet beyond removing water saturation, odors, and residues. Give our skilled experts a call whenever you need us at (518) 885-2620.

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How to Remediate Commercial Fire Damage in Clifton Park

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

commercial kitchen with fire Fire damage is something that can quickly happen to your business. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Effects of Restaurant Kitchen Fires on Your Clifton Park Building

Addressing fire loss impacts must happen as promptly as possible following a disaster in your Clifton Park restaurant. Because you have a steady flow of traffic throughout the day with customers and deliveries, even moderate damages contained in specific areas of the building can still considerably dampen the productivity of your business and the way you can service customers entering your restaurant. Our SERVPRO team can help to determine what your building needs by beginning mitigation as soon as possible.

Containment is a vital step to take after fire damage to Clifton Park restaurants if you intend to continue operating in any capacity. Many damaging elements could compromise the experience of your customers, including the presence of airborne contaminants, possible carcinogens, and lingering odors. Physical damages to surfaces and furniture in the dining area could be even more detrimental and make keeping your doors open throughout restoration unlikely.

Assessing the work to get done is a process that begins with our job scoping. Between our estimator and our project manager, we can meet with our commercial customer to determine the solution that works best for him. It is vital to establish timelines to know when your restaurant can expect to reopen. During our initial inspection, we can determine the tools, products, and personnel required to overcome all immediate effects most efficiently. It is our business to get you back in business.

Airborne threats are one of the most problematic effects after a fire loss. By establishing containment barriers with plastic sheeting, tension poles, painters tape, and wood framework, we can keep contaminants and odors from spreading beyond their highest concentration points. With the deployment of cutting-edge equipment with HEPA filtration like our hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers, we can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns and reduce or eliminate noxious odors as well.

We understand how vital it is to get your business back to running at full capacity as quickly as possible, especially in the demanding food and beverage industry. From content management through improving air quality with premier equipment, our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team can help. Give us a call anytime at (518) 885-2620.

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How To Properly Handle Waste After A Flood In Clifton Park

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home after storm We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Proper Handling of Waste from Flood Damage Incidents in Clifton Park

Flooding causes a wide range of problems in the property it affects. The pile-up of wastes from different sources within the property, including building materials and contents damaged by exposure to water and contaminants, is common. Apart from cleaning up your flooded Clifton Park home, SERVPRO also helps manage the wastes produced, so you do not have to incur additional costs.

Removing Silt and Mud
Depending on the circumstances of the flood damage incident in Clifton Park, there might be waste materials brought in from outside the structure. For example, groundwater can sweep silt or mud into the house. Such waste is considered hazardous because it might contain chemicals such as pesticides collected by the water as it flows over different landscapes. Our SERVPRO crews use shovels or other appropriate tools to remove the waste before using pressure washers to clean off the remnants.

Handling Unsalvageable Building Materials
The process of tearing down unsalvageable materials on the floors, walls, and other areas can leave piles of debris. Removing the carpet and pad is standard if there is one in the property because of heavy contamination. The carpet is bulky even when rolled, which can complicate the removal. Our SERVPRO technicians cut it into small pieces allowing it to fit effortlessly in waste disposal bins.

Handling Mold Debris
In case the flooding incident leads to mold development, there is a need to remove all the moldy debris without spreading it to other areas. Apart from establishing engineering controls such as setting up containments with 6-mil plastic sheets, our SERVPRO technicians also take steps to store the debris removed from the site safely before disposal. We use plastic bags to hold the moldy materials such as insulation and drywall removed from different parts of the structure. Double bagging such debris helps ensure no spillage.

Proper waste management is crucial when managing flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Provides Comprehensive Property Restoration Services

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

house floating inside a life-tube on the ocean SERVPRO Saves Clifton Park Homes from Flood, Fire, Water, and Mold Problems

Clifton Park Properties -- Flood, Fire, Mold, and Water Damaging Events -- and SERVPRO for Full Recovery

No job is too big or too small for our SERVPRO team, and our years of serving the Greater Clifton Park area can help to showcase this. Because we understand how destructive loss incidents can become, and how costly it can be to pursue your own subcontractors, we have developed a system of doing most of the restoration and recovery work ourselves for damaged local properties. We want to save our customers time and money, and that is why we can proudly offer full-scale build-back and repairs, including those after mold damages.

Water
 
Because water recoveries are such a prevalent task for our trained SERVPRO technicians, we have to be very concise and thorough with our scoping of new projects. Water can migrate quickly throughout a Clifton Park home, and we have advanced discovery devices and technologies that can help to understand the spread of these effects and their severities better. An established perimeter of the current damage can help our SERVPRO team to establish drying zones that better maximize efficiency working in your home.
 
Effective drying begins with the placement and proper distribution of drying and moisture removal equipment. Air movers, along with refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers, can quickly manage the moisture content in Clifton Park homes. We can monitor the process every day, ensuring that we can reposition drying equipment as needed while tracking the progress of drying through our DryBook software.
 
Though drying is a vital element to restoring water-damaged Clifton Park homes, we also must consider the instances in which damaging effects persist for days and weeks at a time. We have a team of in-house general contractors that can begin essential mitigation tasks like a controlled demolition to expedite drying and reduce costs. These same professionals can seamlessly transition from this mitigation phase to reconstruction and plumbing repairs as needed.
 
Fire
 
Whenever fire losses occur, there is undeniable stress and an overwhelmed feeling that affects most Clifton Park homeowners. Most cannot see how their property in such disarray can look normal again. Part of the work that we do is helping customers through these traumatic experiences as much as it is restoring properties and their contents. The technicians dispatched to your fire loss are compassionate as much as experienced, giving you a confident and patient approach that can settle the restlessness after a fire disaster.
 
Debris removal is a service that we can offer after almost every fire loss incident, regardless of how limited your home insurance plan might be. The removal of charred belongings and ruined materials can help your Clifton Park property in many ways. This clearing can reduce soot particles in the environment, reduce harsh odors present in the house, and can make the space for mitigation and restoration work to continue more manageable.
 
We can work with your insurance provider to get mitigation steps started immediately to reduce the threat to your property from migrating fire effects. Smoke and soot influences can come with health risks for those exposed, not to mention the marring effect they can have on contents and surfaces in Clifton Park residences. Our SERVPRO team can remove these residues and odors with advanced equipment and potent cleaning/deodorization agents. Our crews have learned multiple IICRC-Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification best practices for helping our customers.
 
Storm
 
Storm losses do not happen at convenient times. The faster that professionals can get to work on the structural damages and the consequences of these situations, the better the protection we can offer Clifton Park homes and businesses. We have a team of emergency responders that can mobilize at any time to offer your property the mitigation it needs to reduce loss and save you money. This process begins with the emergency repair service we can offer from our in-house residential contractors. From roof tarping to board up services, we can reduce the penetration of floodwater to begin drying and extraction quickly.
 
Extraction is vital when floodwater is present because this standing water can saturate exposed material and amplify the likelihood of mold growth the longer it goes unchallenged. Our professionals have dozens of extraction units ranging from our wet-vacs with light wands up to our powerful extractor truck. Our SERVPRO technicians also utilize specialty extractor tools like weighted extraction tools that can remove moisture from carpets and padding installed in Clifton Park homes.
 
Drying and cleaning up after flood damage in Clifton Park homes can be vital to making these losses “Like it never even happened” for our customers. We have rapid drying solutions with positive pressure systems, air movers, dehumidifiers, and other equipment. Disinfection and cleaning can help to finalize the work that we have done before reconstruction begins, and we have many advanced cleaning agents and products to accomplish this.
 
Mold
 
Mold damage can be a very challenging situation to contend with, primarily because you might not be able to identify that a problem exists. Some homeowners can, fortunately, detect the presence of mold colonies by a physical discovery of the fungi on surfaces or an unmistakable musty odor emanating from a moist area of your Clifton Park home. Even the high humidity that can plague our area in New York during the summer months can contribute to an elevated risk of mold development.
 
We are certified through the state of New York as mold remediators, meaning that the work we do in Clifton Park residences meets or even exceeds the high standards of remediation contractors. With the high speed of migration of active colonization, our implementation of containment strategies and practical drying efforts can significantly slow and eventually stop the spread of the organism so that our removal techniques work.
 
Removing mold colonies from your Clifton Park home is not a singular approach, but rather a combination of many techniques blended together. These methods match the needs of your structure in the areas where colonization is the worst or might be lighter. Substantial damages with deterioration can require controlled demolition, for example, while lesser impacted areas can benefit from abrasive cleaning techniques such as soda-blasting or antimicrobial sprays.
 
There is no way of knowing when your home or business could fall victim to a loss incident, but our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team stands ready to help. Water, fire, mold, and storm damages all have devastating effects, and we have a comprehensive approach to get your house back to preloss condition quickly. Give us a call today at (518) 885-2620.

How Professionals Remove Water From Office Buildings in Clifton Park

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Outside of multi-story office building Water loss events on upper floors affect office space beneath. SERVPRO can quickly remediate the damage.

Expertise in Handling Commercial Water Removal Saves Clifton Park Business Center

When everything is working smoothly, it is hard to believe anything can stop operations in a business center. In Clifton Park, a water loss incident brought everything to a standstill after a plumbing system failure in one of the washrooms in the upper floors of the building. Apart from flooding the businesses on the same floor, the leak also sent water through the wall cavities and elevator shaft, affecting lower floors.

Sufficient Extraction Power

Different dynamics determine the steps involved in commercial water removal, and the Clifton Park business center affected by the incident presents a couple of challenges. For example, most of the spilled water stagnated on the relatively level floors, requiring considerable extraction effort. Our truck-mounted water extractors and other high capacity removal equipment came in handy, providing the necessary capacity to remove the water fast.

 Draining Water from Cavities

Intrusion into the walls and other cavities also left water in the HVAC duct lines and C-channel metal framing necessitating other water removal techniques apart from using extraction tools. Our SERVPRO technicians drilled small holes at the bottom of the walls to drain water trapped in the framing. For the ducts, wet vacuuming helped remove most of the water before draining.

 Extraction from Different Floor Types

Our team is well versed with water removal from different floor types ranging from carpeted areas, hardwood floors, and tiles, which made it easier to deal with the different business units within the business center. Fitting the water extractors with squeegee wands for hard floors and carpet wands for the carpeted areas ensures optimal results. Scoping also helped because our SERVPRO technicians could identify aspects such as the pile density of carpets and the type of installation. Pile density lower than 30 ounces and direct gluing to the floor ease the extraction.

Commercial water loss can be challenging to handle. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help find a viable solution to any aspect of the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Call Our Professionals After A Flood In Your Clifton Park Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm Give our technicians a call anytime that you need us at (518) 885-2620.

Deodorization After Flooding in Clifton Park Homes

While flood damage often requires the use of extraction tools and drying, there are other steps necessary to restore Clifton Park homes fully. When water goes unchallenged for days, even when microbial and fungal threats do not yet exist, deodorization is a fundamental approach to making these losses “Like it never even happened.” Neutralizing harsh lingering odors involves a combination of our premier cleaning solutions and odor removal tools.

Flood damage in Clifton Park homes can be a compromising situation, especially when you do not secure professional restoration services immediately. While our SERVPRO team has a 24/7 response to storm and flood emergencies, waiting days to contact our team can lead to inevitable loss and irreparable damage. These situations can also amplify odors that exist with the initial presence of floodwater when saturation becomes a more widespread threat.

The identification of odor catalysts is an essential initial step during the inspection and scoping of the work. Wet carpeting and deteriorating drywall can often require removal as moisture lasting more than 1-2 days make these materials susceptible to microbial growth and decay. Contaminated standing water can amplify foul odors in the house as well, making extraction a vital service that can utilize multiple tools in our SERVPRO inventory, including vacuums, pumps, and stationary extractors.

Deodorization of your home is something that often waits until much of the controlled demolition, extraction, and drying have taken place. We have multiple machines to help in this venture, but often a combination of air scrubbers with HEPA filters and thermal foggers can reduce contaminants and particles in the environment while neutralizing noxious odor compounds. While thermal foggers are a portable and lightweight odor removal tool, we also have larger units capable of affecting broader square footage, including hydroxyl and ozone machines.

Odor removal is not always one of the first considerations after flooding occurs, but it can become a hurdle preventing you from getting back to normal life after a loss. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team can help with cutting edge equipment and powerful products. Give our technicians a call anytime that you need us at (518) 885-2620.

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Call Us Day Or Night When You Are Facing Water Damage In Clifton Park

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

An Injectidry floor drying system extracting and removing moisture from the hardwoods in this home We use our Injectidry floor drying system to extract and remove moisture from hardwoods in your home after water damage strikes.

SERVPRO Is the Right Choice for Clifton Park Water Damage

Every call about water damage from residents in Saratoga County is a little different. This area is known as one of the best places to live in New York. SERVPRO is proud to serve your needs and to return your property to its preloss condition. We customize our process and equipment to fit your specific situation.

Do you have water damage in Clifton Park? If so, SERVPRO can assure you of six necessary steps always performed when handling any water loss restoration project.

Step 1: Emergency Contact - SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team dedicated to removing water, mitigating the effects, and preventing further harm to your home. We answer calls every day of the year, including holidays.

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment - Our technicians secure your home after a water damage event. This action includes boarding up entrances to prevent further loss. We also inspect your home to identify collapsing ceilings, weakened sub-floors, and electrical hazards.

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction - Pumps are used to remove standing water. If the amount is under two inches, we use smaller extractors. Once the visible water is gone, we look for water behind walls, in crawl spaces, and under floors.

Step 4: Drying - If the walls and ceilings are not too wet, air movers and dehumidifiers restore the normal moisture levels. They deliver a rapid stream of air across surfaces of furniture, drywall, and ceiling tiles speeding up the natural drying process. The larger dehumidifiers can remove up to 30 gallons of water every 24 hours.

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair - Floors may be okay once dry. If the water damage is minor, we treat or repair it. If fibers destroy thinner laminate flooring, it has to be replaced. If dry carpet only has small indications of mold, it can be treated with an antimicrobial cleaner. Often, both it and the pad both need to be replaced.

Step 6: Restoration - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration certifies SERVPRO technicians. For more than 25 years, they have set the standards for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration service industries. We work with your insurance company. And to protect your family, we ensure it is safe to remain in your home while we work.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is Faster To Any Size Disaster. Count on us to fix the water damage in your home, "Like it never even happened." When you need us any time or any day, call (518) 885-2620.

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Clifton Park Flood Problems?? SERVPRO Has Suggestions and Remediations to Help!!

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

building with flood cuts and drying equipment after a flooding SERVPRO Says--With Planning You May Be Able to Avoid Flooding and a Visit from Us to Your Clifton Park Home

Preserving Structures After Flood Damage in Clifton Park    

New York residents are no strangers to flooding, but did you know that a whopping 90% of natural disasters in the United States involve floods? Just one inch of water is enough to cause as much as $20,000 in damages without fast-acting professional care. Floods can leave your home vulnerable to damage well after the water has been removed.

If your home requires professional cleanup due to flood damage in your Clifton Park residence, the IICRC-accredited crew at SERVPRO can be at your home within hours to assess the situation and remove water. If your power is out, this team can bring power sources to clean and preserve your home in the event of a disaster. Whether you have standing water in your basement or waterlogged walls and ceilings, this team can restore your structures and ensure they are safe to live in once more.

Landscaping Tips to Minimize Flooding

A basement flood can create considerable damage to flooring, ceilings, and walls, as well as damage to the foundation. However, with some smart landscaping choices, you can help mitigate damages by diverting water away from your property.

?    Grade your yard. Making sure the dirt on your property slopes away from the home without affecting sidewalks and other properties is key to minimizing flood damage.
?    Plant a rain garden. These gardens, planted in shallow depressions (swales), are great for collecting water from floods, storms, gutters, and downspouts.
?    Add grass and native plants. Both can absorb water and facilitate storm drainage. Be careful not to cut the grass too short, or this can affect the roots' ability to absorb water.
?    Install driveway drainage areas. Channel drains and pavers along your driveway are excellent, cost-effective ways to divert water into the street during floods.
?    Use rain barrels. This eco-friendly solution is used at the bottom of downspouts to collect water. Better still, rain barrels are an eco-friendly way to water your lawn and gardens on dry days while minimizing pollutant runoff into local waterways.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

SERVPRO technicians specialize in a variety of techniques to preserve your home after a flood. After extracting water and disinfecting with EPA-registered antimicrobials, drying commences with carefully-placed centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. Structural materials respond especially well to desiccant dehumidifiers, which pass moisture collected from air movers over a desiccant material like silica gel, replacing the humidity with air that is warm and dry.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your residence, you can call (518) 885-2620 for fast cleanup.

SERVPRO Says--Clifton Park Business Owners--Be Prepared for Water Damaging Events to Your Property

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO ERP Mobile App on a Smart Phone What Increases the Chances of Quickly Re-opening Your Clifton Park Commercial Enterprise after a Water Loss? The Short Answer is SERVPRO's ERP Program

Emergency READY Profile for Your Clifton Park Recreational Center

Recreation centers have multiple uses and purposes for the entire community, making them heavily used by many Clifton Park residents nearly every night of the week throughout the year. Between community events, meetings, and venue space for wedding receptions and banquets, the center only requires minimal upkeep and maintenance between uses to keep its aesthetic appeal. When unforeseen events occur that have the building battling water losses, you do not have the time to shop around.  

 Preparing in advance for any water damage to your Clifton Park facility can help to keep this building safer if something does go wrong. Our SERVPRO team of professionals can help the property manager to establish something known to our organization as an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP.) This information becomes an app accessible to designated employees that can help them to have the right numbers and contacts during an emergency.
 
This free service that we provide to area businesses and commercial properties has been designed to reduce losses from water and fire emergencies substantially. We can identify all routes into the building, where vital shutoff points are for the plumbing and other utilities, and the appropriate chain of command to ensure that work can begin as quickly as possible once our SERVPRO team is en route.
 
ERPs also designate our team as the responder to disasters where restoration is necessary. Our prompt response helps to get mitigation efforts started right away, even in the middle of the night. We understand how much revenue a recreation center can provide, so we can work quickly to dry out the damaged area and to strive to have the project completed before another rental is set to arrive.
 
No matter what kind of damage exists after plumbing breaches or appliance failure in your rec center, we have the personnel and the premier equipment to address it head-on. You can count on our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need it at (518) 885-2620.

Give Us A Call Day Or Night When You Are Facing Water Damage In Clifton

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

An Injectidry floor drying system being used on the floor in this home We are using this Injectidry floor drying system to extract and remove moisture from the hardwoods in this home.

Inventive Tools for Drying Out Clifton Park Water Damage

Recovering from any sized water loss incident can be a stressful period for Clifton Park homeowners. Not only are you struggling to protect your possessions from intruding water, but you must also determine the best approach for drying up the damage and moving forward. If you wait too long for the right preventative steps, you can be battling water loss effects through the majority of your residence. Our professionals can help. 

While our team has unique qualifications and training through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in almost every area of water restoration and recovery, overcoming water damage in Clifton Park is not only about the knowledge and experience. Our team relies heavily on the deep inventory of recovery tools and extraction equipment that can efficiently help us to manage the worsening situation. 

During the inspection period, some of our innovative devices can first get used. With thermal and infrared imagery, for example, our SERVPRO team can identify the presence of dampness and moisture pockets in wall cavities and other inaccessible areas. Not only can this help us to reduce unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction, but it can streamline the drying process so that it can complete much faster. 

Our response team has hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers that we can utilize to begin removing moisture from affected areas of your property. Air movers are ideal for this process because they have a concentrated blast of heated air to displace moisture in saturated materials and force it into the environment. Once part of the air, our desiccant dehumidifier collects it. 

Our SERVPRO team also arrives with specialty equipment tailored to specific scenarios. WE have weighted extractors to help pull water up from saturated carpeting. We also have large drying mats capable of slow and steady moisture draw from damaged hardwood. No matter what materials became affected by the disaster, our technicians can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Water loss situations can be challenging for homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team can help. Give us a call anytime at (518) 885-2620.

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Stop Wasting Time and Start Remediating Storm Damage in Your Clifton Park Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in a kitchen Don’t let storm damage ruin your home, call SERVPRO quickly to get it remediated.

Do Flood Cuts Make Drying Faster for Clifton Park Homes?

We have many practices implemented during the mitigation phases of restoration designed to reduce loss and to make the recovery of construction materials and contents in your Clifton Park home faster. With substantial loss incidents like flooding, these practices become more direct and deliberate, offering immediate access to damaged areas like structural cavities. Flood cuts can be beneficial for your property in several ways.

Moving quickly to address all aspects of flood damage in Clifton Park homes is vital. The longer structural elements and construction materials remain exposed to standing water, the more it changes their compositions and weakens them. Elements like drywall can rarely stand more than 24 hours under direct exposure conditions, which is what makes approaches like flood cutting a common approach of our SERVPRO professionals.

During the initial assessment of your property, our technicians work to establish the dryline in exposed construction materials like the drywall. Being a porous material, sheetrock can absorb more significant volumes of standing water, and it can wick upwards from the baseboard towards the ceiling. Where this wicking stops and unaffected material continues is the dryline. This newly marked damage point is the location for flood cuts to get made, opening up the lower portion of the wall for several purposes.

One immediate positive of flood cuts is the access our SERVPRO team has to the structural cavity damaged by the disaster. The area can now get reached more easily with the extraction tools we have, which is much more useful than relying on forced air systems to dry out widespread water damage and saturation.

Another distinct advantage of choosing the flood cut route is how much faster drying can get accomplished. With the use of low-profile air movers and other critical moisture removal tools in our inventory, we can dry out saturation and lower relative humidity conditions to acceptable parameters.

There are several paths that even our experienced SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County professionals might take after a flood to restore your home. No matter which we choose, you can count on our expertise to save you time and money when it matters most. Give us a call today at (518) 885-2620.

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Halloween Safety Tips

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Two jack-o-lanterns at night with glowing eyes Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner, we want you and your family to be safe while out this season.  When choosing a costume, be sure that it is flame retardant. Any loose or non- flame retardant materials can catch fire easily. Be sure that you can see clearly avoid masks that limit your field of vision to reduce trip hazards. Costumes tend to be dark in color making them harder to see while driving.

Consider lighting your jack-o-lantern with LED battery operated candles instead of an actual candle.  Electronic candles are better to decorate with than actual candles to avoid catching decorations on fire. Dried cornstalks and crepe paper decorations are especially susceptible to ignite around flames. Keep these materials away from heat sources such as space heaters or open flame candles.  Two of every five fires reported were because decorations caught fire in the home according to the NFPA.  Above all never leave a candle or open fire unattended.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County hopes you have a safe and Happy Halloween. Should you need any of our  call us directly at 518-885-2620.

Observing Fire Prevention Month

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Graphic of Sparky the Fire Dog Dalmatian puppy in firefighter PPE giving the "OK" sign with his fingers Sparky Reminds us to Practice Fire Safety at Home and at Work!

2019 Campaign

This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. This simple exercise has been proven to save lives.  

Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.  

Your escape plan should include everyone in your home or office.  Remember to check doors to see if they are hot before opening, crawl low to stay below the smoke, and close doors behind you to slow the spread of the fire.  Sound your alarm and practice you home fire drill today!

https://www.nfpa.org/

Is your Saratoga County home ready for Winter?

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of fall colored leaves falling and on the ground Fall has arrived!

Ahhh, fall is finally here! The leaves are changing, there’s a crisp coolness in the air, and our favorite pumpkin spiced-flavored treats line store shelves once more. We all look forward to fall’s festivities, and now that Halloween is almost here the winter Holidays are approaching fast. You have just a few weeks left to prepare your home for winter. Preparing can help ensure you’re cozying up by the fireside worry-free once cold weather rolls around. 

Decorating and meal-prepping might be the first things on your mind when it comes to preparing your home for the colder months Here are important fall maintenance tips that can make all the difference once winter’s first freeze hits.

  1. Clear out your gutters

All those colorful leaves falling from the trees sure are pretty — but they also pile up pretty quickly in your home’s gutters.

Even if you have gutter guard silt or excess debris can lead to clogs (or ice dams in wintery conditions), which can prevent gutters from draining properly. In turn, there’s a chance water could seep into your home since it has nowhere else to escape to, causing a multitude of issues like damage to your valuables, mold growth, and even structural rot.

Before winter hits, clear your house’s gutters of leaves and any other debris that might’ve accumulated during the summer months. It also helps to run water through the gutters afterward to check for any leaks or misalignments that could damage your home. Don’t forget to check the down spouts.

  1. Inspect for air leaks

Things like damaged weather stripping and small cracks in your home’s structure allow warm air to escape, causing your heater to go into overdrive to keep your place warm.

The solution to your chilly house and high utility bills is pretty simple: before it gets wintery outside, inspect your home’s windows, doorways, and any other places where air might be able to enter or exit.

You can use caulking to stop leaks in the stationary components of your home (like a crack in your doorframe) and weather stripping to insulate the moving components (like windows and doors).

  1. Have your heating system checked

Home just doesn’t feel like home if a malfunctioning heater is leaving you with the chills. And in parts of the country with freezing temps, it can be a much more serious situation.

That’s why it’s wise to have a licensed contractor come out to inspect your heater at least once a year, especially before the weather outside becomes frightful. Ask about the condensate drain line. “Is it clear?” “Is there an operating float switch?” Consider a moister detector that will alarm if water gets more than a 16th of an inch deep. This will let you know you have a potential problem.

  1. Prepare your pipes

Get to know where the pipelines in your house are located and make sure to inspect them every autumn (at least).

Simply patch any small leaks to help reduce weaknesses that might cause the pipe to burst in freezing weather. Have heat tape installed by professional who knows the applications. And you can further protect any exposed pipes by insulating them with foam or rubber pipe wraps, which can be found at your local hardware store.

For larger leaks or pipeline problems, it’s always a good idea to play it safe and call the pros.

Also prepare them when you leave for the long weekend to Grandma’s Turn the main valve off it can be the difference between a $800 repair and on in the tens of thousands of dollars. When you come back turn on slowly to prevent a sudden increase in pressure known as water hammer.

  1. Drain any outside faucets and irrigation systems 

Speaking of bursting pipes, it’s important to pay attention to the water systems immediately outside your place too. Undrained water in outdoor faucets and irrigation systems can expand when frozen and cause a pipe to burst.

Draining faucets is simple enough: just unhook the hoses from the faucets and pack them away in the garage for the winter and let out any remaining water — easy as that!

Irrigation systems, on the other hand, often vary in the way they should be maintained. It’s best to call a professional who has experience with underground water systems, just to cover all your bases.

  1. Have your roof inspected

For your safety, a full-blown roof inspection should be done professionally. The cost to hire an inspector can be as low as a little over $200 and can prevent seriously hefty repair expenses down the line if a winter storm wreaks havoc on your roof and you don’t have sufficient insurance coverage to cover repair costs.

Cut branches that overhang the roof or rubbing against the roof this can damage and cause problems for your home as well

Reinforcing and protecting your roof now can help you avoid a whole host of hazards, like air and water leaks, water damage, mold, and more — all of which could put a damper on your seasonal festivities (and your wallet).

  1. Restock cold-weather home essentials

Key items like rock salt or kitty litter, snow shovels, space heaters, extra batteries, and heated blankets can help make your home both more functional and comfortable during wintertime. Stock up on these helpful winter wares ahead of time to help avoid any extra hassle or stress come holiday season. You can also be prepared with a ready kit like the ones available at the Red Cross 

Related link: Tips for Before, During, and After a Winter Power Outage

  1. Take a peek at your homeowners insurance

Believe it or not, your homeowner’s policy could come to the rescue for a whole host of cold-weather mishaps. Whether a hailstorm leaves holes in your roof, a vandal breaks into your home and destroys valuables while you’re out holiday shopping, or the weight of snow and ice results in structural damage to your house, homeowners insurance could help pay to repair or replace your losses. Have a conversation with your agent about the “what if’s” and what you should be covered for.  

If you do all these and still have a Fire, Water, or Mold Damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. We make it “Like it never even happened." 

It's best to call us direct 518-885-2620

SERVPRO Crews Hard at Work at a Fire Job

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

We take pride in our work at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County  Our guys were busy this week. This photo shows them in their PPE, busily working on a home that had fire damage in Troy, NY.

We Can Help you with your water damage

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Washing Machine Overflow

Have you ever came home to standing water?
Perhaps you just enjoyed a long 3 day weekend out of town only to come home to find water gushing out of your front door?

Unfortunately, these things happen, and often times can come at the most inopportune times.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help.  We like to assure people that even if you aren't prepared for a water event to happen SERVPRO always is!

We have the knowledge and experience to help in whatever your situation is, so, even if your kitchen is flooded don't be afraid, give us a call and we'll take care of it all!

Even if a water damage is a very stressful event for any person be assured that when we arrive you can sit back and relax, we have it covered.  Let us take care of the work and hardships so you don't have to.  We'll be happy to make it "Like it never even happened."

Avoid Fire Damage When Grilling in your Saratoga Area Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Late Summer Grilling Can Lead To Fire Damage In Saratoga Springs

The barbeque and grilling season is far from over in upstate New York. Cooking outdoors is popular for creating a festive atmosphere and delivering delicious, smoke-infused food to the dining table. Wood, charcoal, or gas grills do pose an elevated risk of household fire. If the flames jump to an exterior or interior portions of your home we can help with cleanup and restoration.

Outdoor grilling needs constant monitoring to avoid fire damage to your home. Even when you exercise caution, variables such as wind gusts, or rambunctious pets can cause an accident that quickly turns into a crisis. During the relatively dry months of late summer, the grass or gardens near your house can ignite fast, spreading the line of fire to the exterior or inside of your dwelling. We respond to many fire cleanup scenarios where the source of the residue on surfaces in your home was an outdoor blaze.

SERVPRO warns that overhanging eaves, an awning, or roof can accelerate the transfer of heat and flames from even a small accidental outdoor fire from grilling. Despite burning just a few minutes before it is extinguished, the smoke and soot of a fire that escaped its containment system can make their way indoors, especially if open windows or heating or cooling intake vents are nearby. Think of how the aromas of your or a neighbor’s grilling waft into your house even when the cooking fuel is contained, and no emergency occurs.

Add to that the increase in smoke and soot if an outdoor fire jumps to the ground or the structure of your home. Fires started outside can grow in intensity if they catch the siding or trim of your home, and if a fire just outside the kitchen, where the majority of grilling spaces are, seeks and finds a burst of oxygen when the door opens, it travels inside with frightening ease. Firefighting efforts, both with fire extinguishers and water, may put out the fire but damage your home on their own. Fortunately, SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, handling water, fire, and many other disasters.

If a gathering around the grill takes a turn for the worse, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is ready to help clean up and restore any areas of your home affected. Give us a call at 518-885-2620 to get the recovery started.

Drying Hard Wood Floors

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Many times in your home you not only have tile or carpet affected you  also have hardwoods.  When you have hard wood flooring damaged by water you can depend on SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to have the specialty drying systems needed to be able to help restore your flooring. Hardwood floor drying systems include mats, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to be able to remove the water trapped by the flooring.  The trick to being able to save the flooring is speed.  Quick extraction of standing water and quick setting of the floor system is key. If too much warping of the wood has taken place it is hard to bring the wood back to its original state.  When water damage occurs to any hardwood flooring it is best to call SERVPRO and have them do a moisture check of the floor and make sure the flooring is dry and there is not any unwanted moisture trapped under the floor to prevent further damage days later.  SERVPRO has the equipment for residential losses or even large commercial wood floors.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today at 518-885-2620 for your remediation needs.

April Showers do bring May flowers but they also bring flooding. Taking precautions can help minimize the damage that occurs at your home. The first thing you need to do is check with your insurance to make sure that you are covered. Coverage options vary depending on the insurance company so it is always a good idea to check and see what is available to you. Second, have your sump pump and chimney checked yearly and make sure your gutters are clean and attached properly. If water does get into your home, it needs to be removed quickly and dried out properly so you don’t have mold growth in the future.  SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will respond to the problem, extract any water and start the remediation process to prevent mold growth at all affected levels.

Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to hire a professional to help you dry out your home after water damage.  With the right tools and pieces of equipment we can properly and safely dry out your home or business and the contents with in it.

That being said, we always have customers ask what they can do to prevent further damage until we arrive with our drying equipment.

Do

-Shut off the source of the water. 

-Turn off electricity

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. 

-Wipe excess water from wood furniture.

-Put aluminum foil in between furniture legs and carpet. 

Don't

-Enter a room with standing water. There could be a risk of electrical shock. Disconnect all power first.

-Leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against and sitting on carpets.  The fabrics could bleed between each other. If you are not able to move these items, we will do this for you when we arrive.

-Turn on your television or any other electronic items, they may have been damaged in the water.

-Do not use your household vacuum to try and suck up any water.  They are not made for this.

A new Season Brings Many Changes in Weather

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

A new season brings rapid changes in weather in upstate New York.

Living In upstate New York  we are faced with many weather related disasters depending on the season. We see snow one day and a 65 degree day the next.

But as Spring nears we do see a lot of our water loss calls increase and this typically occurs because of the snow we endured during winter settles in the ground. Depending on your homes condition like age or design you may or may not be more likely to experience unwanted water in your home.

It is imperative to contact us, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at the first sign of water in your home or property to minimize the permanent damage and decrease the size of the loss to your property and belongings.

While waiting for us to arrive you will want to contact your insurance agent and find out what your coverage is.

Allow us to come and asses the damage and get started in the drying process and removing the water.

Keeping in mind we are highly trained professionals is water damage restoration. We handle very small water jobs to very large jobs on a daily basis.

So when Spring has officially "Sprung" 

Do not hesitate to call your trusted local professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

Common Mistakes After a Fire

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 518-885-2620.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Specializes in Fire Damage Cleanup

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is never expected and can turn your world upside down. Here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, we have fire and restoration trained professionals and resources to get you back on your feet in no time.

The process always begins with an evaluation of what items can and cannot be cleaned. We take great care to treat your fire damaged home and belongings with great care and use a multi-step cleaning process to salvage as many items as possible. We use both dry and wet methods of cleaning to achieve the best results. Dry methods of cleaning consist of dry sponging, HEPA-vacuuming and using a Masslinn dust cloth for cleaning delicate content. Our wet methods of cleaning consist of using both a cleaning agent and a deodorizer. The deodorizer has both a masking and a pairing agent. The pairing agent removes the odor and the masking agent leaves a refreshing smell. By using both of these fire restoration cleaning products, our process helps to eliminate both the dirt left behind from the fire as well as preventing any lingering smell from returning.

After a fire it's difficult to know what the first step should be to get back on your feet. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help. Take a deep breath, and call us at 518-885-2620. We work hard to restore your home to pre-fire condition so you can feel like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to do if you see Mold

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact Southern Saratoga County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Today – 518-885-2620

What to do when cleaning up sewage or contaminated water

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Plumbing problems are no fun, but the water damage that can affect your property can be a much more serious problem. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available 24 hours a day for sewage cleanup emergencies, large or small.

While you're waiting for help to arrive make sure that you treat all water-affected surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated. Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas and wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Try your best to seal off the affected area to avoid tracking contaminated material into undamaged areas. Turn off your air conditioning, forced air heat to prevent the possibility of spreading contaminated air throughout your home or business. Avoid using fans to dry the affected area as they can help spread contaminants as well.

Remember that for areas affected by sewage damage, no over-the-counter germicidal products or sprays can fully disinfect contaminated surfaces. To make sure you keep your home or business safe and free of illness-causing germs, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County immediately to help restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-518-885-2620

Animal Droppings/ Animal Waste cleanup

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

If you find animal droppings or feces somewhere in or around your home, chances are you've got a nuisance animal problem and need a professional to remove animal droppings. Most commonly people find rodent droppings in kitchens, animal droppings in basement, garages, animal droppings in attics and rodent droppings in home. Animal droppings in basement areas can also be problematic. If you have found animal droppings in any of these areas of your home, it is best to contact a SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County professional to help inspect the situation and safely remove animal droppings to get rid  of animal dropping hazards.

Animal Droppings Cleanup

SERVPRO's team of well-trained technicians can take care of any kind of animal feces clean up. Our protocol is the same as for mold removal. We take animal droppings clean up very seriously and treat animal feces as a biohazard.

We only use top-quality products and equipment to take care of the odor and pathogen removal. Eco-friendly, plant-based, anti-microbials are used by our technicians to clean every inch of the contaminated area. Our skilled technicians are highly trained to deal with any animal waste clean-up situation.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can help you get rid of animal dropping problems.  Call us today: 518-885-2620

How SERVPRO Professionals Remove the Water Damage from your Saratoga Springs Property

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 to assist with your water damage

When an appliance or plumbing line breaks in your Saratoga Springs home the amount of water threatening your property can be shocking. If the emergency happens when you are out of town or even away on a work day you can return to several inches to feet of standing water in the affected spaces. Facing the task of removing this amount of water with a wet household vacuum or a bucket and mop is a mistake. You need water moved out fast, and our highly-qualified crews can help.

The keys to efficient water removal are commercial grade equipment and specially trained technicians. Water damage moves quickly from inconvenience to significant structural component deterioration if not removed fast. Water that lingers more than 24 to 48 hours also subjects your home to the risk of secondary damage such as mold growth. You need a partner during this crisis with experienced employees and state of the art water removal and drying tools.

SERVPRO crews arrive within hours in our signature green trucks loaded with the equipment needed to remove water, detect structural moisture levels, and dry out your home. Submersible pumps and truck-mounted water extractors do quick work of suctioning out large quantities of water. If the electricity in your home is unavailable temporarily for safety reasons, we forge ahead using generators on our vehicles. 

Our crews certify as moisture measurement experts through IICRC coursework. SERVPRO also uses thermal scanning devices to locate any hidden pockets of water that need release and extraction after the water damage has occurred. Determining the levels of excess water with meters and probes in building materials and fixtures informs our drying goals. We position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture, vital to restore the function of the building materials shaping and supporting your home.  

A final step in the water removal protocol is sanitation with an EPA registered disinfectant. SERVPRO treats the affected areas to inhibit any potential mold growth.  Our full-service water removal and damage mitigation services get your property back “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is prepared for any water removal challenge with an industry-leading combination of skilled technicians and commercial grade equipment. Contact us at 518-885-2620 for an immediate assessment to put this water crisis behind you.

How to Prepare your Business for Inclement Weather

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Flooding can happen any time of year, in upstate New York in the winter it can be somewhat unpredictable. All of that snow and rain and fluctuating temperatures can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. We share here several tips for you to help you prepare your Saratoga Springs business for our winter season and any possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal.

  • GUTTERS: Well-maintained gutter systems do a great job diverting water to proper drainage areas. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there while backed-up water can spill into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea. Remember: mold spores begin to grow rapidly if left alone in just 24-48 hours!
  • STORM DRAINS: The storm drains on your commercial property need to be maintained properly at all times, but most especially this time of year. Storm drains are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away and to be ready for storm waters.
  • RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your employees before inclement weather hits. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone as to their safety, and whether to come into work or not. Your staff should not brave driving through flood waters! Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an in-case-of-emergency kit on site.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is always standing ready to help if your business does sustain storm damage. Call us with any concerns at 518-885-2620

Saratoga Springs Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives

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Test Your Detectors Monthly

Alarms save lives, but they only work when they are operational. And testing is the only way to ensure they are operational. The National Fire Protection Association recommends monthly testing. 

Put reminders on your calendar to test your detectors on the same day each month to make it easy to remember. Alternatively, you could choose a particular weekend each month.

Replace Batteries Annually

Waiting for your devices to start chirping could lead to disaster. Replace your batteries every time you turn your clocks back in November, and you will ensure your detectors will have the power to protect you all year round.

Be sure to choose a quality replacement battery and do not use rechargeable ones.

Remember to replace the battery backup in hardwired detectors as well. When the power goes out, you will need backup to keep your loved ones safe.

Lithium batteries cannot be replaced. Detectors with these long-life batteries should be tested monthly and replaced when they no longer work.

Replace Alarms Every 10 Years

Every smoke and CO detector should have a date of manufacturer on the back of the alarm. Detectors should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture because dust can accumulate on the sensors over time and make a device less sensitive.

Consult the manufacturer of your lithium-battery-operated alarms to find out how often they should be replaced. Even if they appear fully operational, you should replace according to the manufacturer’s recommendations so your detectors will not let you down when you need them.

Check Your Fire Extinguishers 

You should also make sure all adults know how to operate your extinguishers in the event of a fire in your home or business. Children should be advised to vacate the property and leave the operating of the fire extinguisher to an adult. 

Are you prepared for Frozen Pipes?

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So far this winter we have been on a roller coaster of winter temperatures.  SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County wants to warn you against the hazards of frozen pipes.

When water freezes, it expands.  If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results.

Why Pipes Burst

Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It's not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream; between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end.  It's this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure. Usually the pipe bursts where little or no ice has formed. Upstream from the ice blockage the water can always retreat back towards its source, so there is no pressure build-up to cause a break. Water has to freeze for ice blockages to occur. Pipes that are adequately protected along their entire length by placement within the building's insulation, insulation on the pipe itself, or heating, are safe.

Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold, outside air to flow across the pipes. Research at the University of Illinois has shown that wind chill, which is the cooling effect of air and wind that causes the human body to lose heat, can play a major role in accelerating ice blockage, and thus bursting, in water pipes. 

Holes in an outside wall where television, cable or telephone lines enter can provide access for cold air to reach pipes.

If you have a water loss,  SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can make it "Like it never even happened." Call us directly at 518-885-2620

Cooking Fire Safety

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Contact SERVPRO Professionals today to assist with smoke damage from your cooking mishap at 518-885-2620

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming. And while these fires typically begin on the stove, the damage generally affects the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. We can also remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, and soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items.

Before attempting to clean any smoke or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County 518-885-2620

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

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 We Are IICRC Certified 

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

What is Soot Caused by Fire Damage?

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An electrical fire caused soot damage throughout a local Saratoga County home.

Soot is, “a black powder that is formed when something is burned.”

When you have a fire, soot is the carbon particles that become airborne, leaving your property in disarray.

Many people wonder if it is safe to stay at your property after you have a fire.

Immediately after a fire, soot residue will settle onto your possessions.  In certain instances, soot can become very toxic and hazardous to your health.  Soot contains elements of the burned material.  Exposure to soot residue could be detrimental to your health: causing respiratory distress and other medical emergencies.

If you are the type of person with patience and the drive to get something done, you may want to try your hand at cleaning your own property.  Just remember safety always comes first!

If the job is to much to handle, call the professionals.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County  will pre-test to determine the degree of the damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the many types of surfaces in your home.

Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County may be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense acquired with repainting or refinishing.

In other cases, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will clean and get your structure prepared to paint, this process allows the paint to better adhere to the surface, as well as deodorize.

Things NOT to do when you have soot damage!

  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to a fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the incident.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged

What you can do until the Professionals Arrive:

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DO

  • Limit movement in the home to preven soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and uphostery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.                    

DO NOT

  • Wash any walls or painted sufaces.
  • Shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Clean any electrical equipment.
  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Do you know how to use your Fire Extinguisher?

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Use the P.A.S.S. method to correctly use a Fire Extinguisher

Are you aware of how to property maintain and use your fire extinguisher?
Not every fire extinguisher are made the same and work the same. Check your extinguisher’s manual on how to properly care for and maintain the extinguisher regularly.
Be aware of the proper technique in using an extinguisher.  The leading successful way to use an extinguisher is the P.A.S.S. method
P – Pull the locking pin on the handle that prevents the extinguisher from being improperly discharged.
A – Aim your extinguishers nozzle so that it affects the base of the fire.  Extinguishers do not last long, so its important that you affect the most important part of the fire for as long as you can
S – Squeeze you extinguishers lever towards your palm once its been properly aimed in order to start its use.
S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire in order to make sure that all host spots are affected.  Do not shy away from using the extinguisher until it runs out.

Have you gone to get your Flu Shot this year?

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Don't Forget to get Vaccinated for the Flu this Year!

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Don’t forget to receive your flu vaccine this year!  The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months should receive a yearly flu vaccine. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.

What to do When You Have A Pipe Burst

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Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for Emergency Services

The sound of water rushing into your property from a burst pipe is one of the worst sound you will hear in your home or office, but when a pipe bursts, you need to act fast to minimize the damage. Here are the steps you should take:

Shut off the Water Main

A burst pipe will keep pumping out water until you cut off the source. Your best bet is to identify where water enters your home, office or building, and shut off the water.

Shut off Electricity If Safe to Do So

You do not want to be standing in water and touching electrical switches. You also do not want that water to touch your wiring. If you can safely shut off the electricity without standing in water, go ahead and do so. If not, evacuate the building and wait for a professional to assess the situation.

Contact a Plumber

Before you can begin recovery, you need the broken pipe fixed. Otherwise, you might clean and dry an area, only to have it flood again during the repairs and it would be a complete waste of time and money.

Also, the damaged pipe may be part of your forced hot water heating system. If so, you will need a plumber to restore heat before any more pipes freeze or burst.

Call SERVPRO® ASAP

Usually, when low temperatures freeze pipes, pipes start bursting all over the area. Our emergency services will be flat out for the next few days trying to help as many home and business owners as we can. The sooner you call SERVPRO® of Southern Saratoga County, the higher your name will be on our waiting list, and the sooner we will be able to make it “Like it never even happened."

Talk to Your Insurance Agent

If you plan to make a claim for the water damage after a pipe bursts, you should talk to your agent or insurer about whether the damage is covered and whether an adjuster needs to approve the restoration work in advance.

How to Minimize Damage

There are a few things you can do to minimize the water damage until a crew arrives on the scene.

  • If you see water spreading across a ceiling, you might use a screwdriver to poke a hole and allow the water to drip down into a bucket. This will not only reduce the water damage area, it may also keep the water from touching light fixtures in the ceiling.
  • Place buckets to catch dripping water.
  • Move your furniture away from the water if possible.
  • Use towels or a mop to sop up water on the floor.

Plan to Be Better Prepared

After your home or business is restored, you should make a plan to avoid burst pipes in the future. The American Red Cross has an excellent resource, Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes that you should review to find tips that may keep your pipes from bursting the next time.

If pipes burst in your Saratoga home or business, act quickly to protect your property, then call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 to begin the restoration process as soon as possible. We are always here to help.

Its the Water you Don't See!

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Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today to help you with your water damage today!

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We can answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our franchise.

-Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

-Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings allowing us to monitor the drying process.

-Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.  

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

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We are here to help call 518-885-2620

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 518-885-2620

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Prepare Your Home for the Cooling Temperatures

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Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall foliage is beautiful, but not when it builds up in your gutters! Take these tips into account during the cool autumn months;

-Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician.

-Keep flammable materials, including all lawn and power equipment, away from water heaters and wiring in the basement.

-Insulate water pipes in areas exposed to cold temperatures, and turn up the thermostat during extra cold periods.

-Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating. (This is especially important during the fall season to keep leaves from building up in gutters.)

-Check and repair caulking around doors and windows that show signs of deterioration.

-Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases; and make repairs as needed.

-Have your chimney cleaned and maintained annually by a professional.

-Clean and/or replace your furnace filter.

-Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.

-Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.

-Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.

-Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the battery annually or as needed.

Daylight Savings Time Reminder

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That's right, its that time of year again.  The leaves are changing, its getting colder.  It's Daylight Savings Time.  This year Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday, November 4th 2018.

A Friendly Reminder - Turn Your Clocks Back One Hour Before You Go To Sleep on Saturday, November 3rd.

 

Are the Recent Rains Causing Water and Storm Damage to your Property?

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Sudden rains in the last few weeks in the area may have caught you off guard, many businesses and homes were suddenly taken over with water.  Often when a water intrusion occurs from ground level and underground from the rain itself, the rain activity needs to stop before we can mitigate and dry the structure, though we can pump to keep waters from rising.  When the water enters from above from a roof leak, we also cannot dry until the rain has ceased or the roof has been repaired or a temporary tarp has been placed to keep out the water.  Meanwhile, we do everything possible to keep damage to a minimum, from placing buckets and barrels under the water entering to installing ceiling redirects to keep the water from landing where you don't want it and removing standing water to keep damage to a minimum.

Enjoy A Safe Halloween with These Fire Safety Tips

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Have A Safe and Happy Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner, it is a festive time of year where children will be out in their costumes visiting your neighborhood homes looking for treats.  Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. By following some simple safety precautions from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you can ensure a day of safe fun for your family and trick-or-treaters.

Improve the safety of your Halloween holiday by following these tips from NFPA:

  • Costumes: When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  • Visibility: Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he/she can see clearly out of it.
  • Flammable decorations: Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Candles/jack-o-lanterns: It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times. Do not leave them near flammable objects or where trick-or-treaters may walk. Remind your children to avoid open flames. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.
  • Exits: Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes

Cooking and Fire Safety

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Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today for your remediation needs - 518-885-2620

Cooking has long been the leading cause of residential fires and fire injuries, and while Thanksgiving is the peak day for residential cooking fires, folks tend to start heading into the kitchen more and more as temperatures drop. Halloween really marks the beginning of the season for baked and fried treats. A cooking fire is typically ignited by food or the grease and oils used to prepare the food, making cleanup more difficult.Turkey Fryerscan also lead to fire damage or injury.

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming. And while these fires typically begin on the stove, the damage generally affects the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO ofSouthern Saratoga CountyCounty Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. We can also remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, and soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items.

Before attempting to clean any smoke or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County - 518-885-2620

It's always best to call us directly.

Water Damage is no Match for SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

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Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today for your Emergency water damage cleanup at 518-885-2620

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to help ensure  water damage is handled by completing our extensive service plan. SERVPRO will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step. MONITORING To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards. SERVPRO will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you. SERVPRO will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.
  • Always avoid electrical shock hazards. Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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. 

Eliminating Odors vs. Masking

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Eliminating Odors vs. Masking Odors

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County in Saratoga County can address problematic smells in the home, but it’s important to understand that eliminating them goes beyond spraying a fresh scent. The difference between removing and masking scents can have a big impact on your home when the problem is more than a passing stink.

Odor removal and deodorization targets the source of the smell. Whether it’s from mold, leaks, or whatever might give off a smell around your home. This can be inside or outside, and there can be multiple spots and sources involved. This will often call for special training or equipment if the source is serious. A few home staples like vinegar and baking soda can help, but the more powerful and long-lasting the smell, the more likely you’ll need a professional to tackle the issue. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to eliminate odor.

Lingering stenches, as described above, are usually indicative of a bigger problem. Masking smells with air freshener could mean missing a dangerous health risk to your home and family. Additionally, air fresheners can’t eliminate the smell. It might make an area smell nicer for a while, but unless the source is removed, air fresheners simply deposit a scent that won’t last. Overpowering the bad smell won’t clean any affected surfaces, either, so it’s better to address whatever is causing the issue.

Air fresheners offer a quick fix when you can’t identify the source of a smell, but they can end up mixing smells instead of eliminating the bad one. There’s usually more to a stench than the odor itself, so careful consideration of the problem can spare you a lot of unpleasant stinking. In short, if the odor is coming from a place like your garbage can or dirty laundry, air fresheners can offer a temporary improvement. However, when the problem is larger, older, or worse, seek out professional removal and deodorization to get rid of the smell for good. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is the choice in the Saratoga Area for odor elimination services. Give us a call today!

Did you know SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Handles Vandalism Cleanup

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Did you know that SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County handles vandalism cleanup? Some forms of public art are beloved and celebrated in neighborhoods as they help identify a well known attribute of the area.  However, not all forms of "public art" have beautification or identification as its intent.

It is not an everyday occurrence, but when it happens in your neighborhood or to your home or business, it can be upsetting.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's team of cleanup experts know how to get your business or home free of any graffiti. We can fix many examples of vandalism, such as broken windows, tear gas. We can also do this  in a timely manner to minimize the amount of anguish the situation may cause. SERVPRO can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls and driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Hopefully, your place of business or house will never experience the effects of vandalism. However, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available to cleanup in the event you are the victim of a property crime. So keep our number close and we'll be on the scene in an emergency.

Skunk Deodorization in your Saratoga Home

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You know the smell as soon as it assaults your nostrils. That nauseating scent causes you to reach for a tissue, napkin or anything to cover your mouth and nose. It’s bad enough when you’re driving along roads and it forces you to roll up your windows. Can you imagine that offensive aroma in your home? We can and we know how to handle the situation.

Firstly, many people are not aware that skunk deodorization could be covered by insurance. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County first to assist you when talking with insurance to have it at least partially and potentially all of the costs covered if you decide to file a claim.

Typically, calls pertaining to skunk deodorization range from: 

1. “I let my dog out and he got sprayed by a skunk and came back in and rubbed against our carpet and upholstery and it smells horrible.”

2. Skunks are known to spray under a house - wherever their nest or living space is located. They could also spray in a crawl space for any number of reasons.

3. The skunk is simply near your house and the smell is pulled in through the air duct or in cracks found near doors and windows.

We’ve heard it all and we know how to handle all of these situations and more! Our first step is to remove the source - I.e. the skunk. We do not recommend you doing this yourself so definitely call an animal professional!

Our second step is to determine what needs to be cleaned - furniture, carpet, clothing. The spray oils can cover multiple surfaces and they will all typically need to be cleaned. Also, if insulation in a crawl space has been affected, it may need to be replaced.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County uses proven technology for deodorization allowing them to not just mask the odor but completely eliminate the problem at its source. In the past, this process could take several days, but with this technology, this process can be fixed in a much more timely fashion...even as short as one day in some circumstances. 

If you need SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to handle your skunk stink, SERVPRO will properly ventilate your home to ensure you and your family return to a clean and safe environment. 

Tips on Preventing Water Damage while you are away on Vacation

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Everyone loves a vacation, right? No one wants to come back to a disaster in their home.  So we have prepared some tips  from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to keep your home safe from water damage while your are on vacation.

Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation

Before embarking on your trip, check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should also check the seals around your windows to make sure there are no cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, check the exterior of your house and see what condition your roof shingles are in. As well as any exterior faucets.  If any show damage, getting them replaced or repaired before leaving for vacation is a good idea.

Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances

It’s important that you inspect the hoses that connect to important appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerator. If there is any damage, you should get the hose replaced before you leave to prevent extensive water damage.

Step 3. Clear Out Your Gutters

Make sure to get any debris out of your rain gutters before leaving for vacation. This way, you won’t have any blockages that can cause damage while you’re away.

Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump

Make sure it is in good condition and clear any debris from clogging the pit. You should also run a few tests, listening to the sounds it makes and making sure that the water in the pump is actually going outside. You should also install a battery-powered backup in case there is a power outage while you’re away.

Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes

If you are planning on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. This will prevent them from freezing while you are away.

Step 6. Get Someone to Check on Your Home

Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you are gone. Instruct them to ensure that the heat is always on if your vacation is during the winter. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.

Step 7. Turn Off the Water

Lastly, if you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main. You will also want to drain the pipes completely so that they do not freeze or burst during the colder months. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. You should also open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.

If you do experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County as soon as possible at 518-885-2620

Are my Electronics Safe to Use after they were affected by Water Damage?

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Water damage can occur for many different reasons. Sometimes, it happens as the result of a flood due to heavy rains. Other times, it may be due to an inside flood, such as when a pipe or a water heater bursts. Whatever the case may be, if you are dealing with water damage or water-damaged electronics, appliances, or other devices, you need to proceed with extreme caution. The best thing you can do, after water damage has occurred, is to call on professionals who are familiar with dealing with such damage, such as our skilled professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. In the meantime, make sure you practice some good safety tips with the water damaged devices.

First things first, before you start thinking about possible water damage restoration, you need to make sure that you are not in immediate danger and that the devices that you own are not going to cause a fire or another serious incident.

After water damage has occurred, check your home to see if you have any damaged devices plugged in. If you find that you do, shut off the electricity at the breaker level. This will keep damaged devices from being able to start a fire. You should not touch, go near, or inspect any devices that are plugged in until you are certain that the electricity is off. Following this important tip will help you to avoid electric shock.

Believe it or not, it is not only plugged in water damaged electronics that pose a risk. Any device that contains a battery can also pose a serious risk. Thus, it's best to let our pros at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County handle any such devices if you think they may have been damaged. At the very least, before touching any battery operated device, ensure that it is not giving off heat or smoke, bulging, melting, or making strange sounds. All these types of things are major warning signs that something serious and potentially dangerous is wrong with the battery!


As you can see, you're not always in the clear once the water subsides! To keep safe, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Belle Meade before you do anything. At the very least, follow these simple tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Do you have Rental Insurance to cover your contents?

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Are your contents covered for fire damage?

House fires are the biggest challenge we face in restoration cleaning. We have to clean the soot, we have to dry any water damage associated with putting the fire out, we have to assess what can be restored, and we have to help occupants come to terms with their losses.

Despite our training and experience, we never find it easy to deliver bad news, and we hate having to tell tenants that none of their contents are covered under the landlord’s insurance policy. The common misconception that a landlord’s insurance policy will cover a tenant’s contents.  Which in turn costs tenants thousands of dollars a year in lost contents and cleaning bills. In some cases, a fire will cost a tenant everything he owns.

Affordable Renter’s Insurance

It does not have to be that way. Renter’s insurance is reasonably priced given the peace of mind it brings. Tenants who own cars can often get a discount when bundling renter’s insurance. Depending on the policy, tenants may even get additional protections for theft outside the home or liability coverage. 

Landlord’s Insurance

Insurance for landlords differs from regular homeowner’s insurance because it only covers the structure. When we are called to a job with tenants, we are not allowed to touch contents until we have verified renter’s insurance or confirmed the tenant will pay for our services on their contents. If there is no contents’ coverage and no commitment to pay, we will clean the walls, ceiling, and floors, but that is about it.

Similar Fires, Different Results

We were recently called to an apartment where a short circuit started an dryer fire that spread soot throughout whole house. The landlord’s insurance covered removing soot from the cabinets and closets along with the walls, ceilings, and floors, but we were not permitted to clean any of the contents in the interior of the cabinets and closets or contents in the home because the tenant had no renter’s insurance.

In contrast, an electric short caused an attic  of a home which affected all rooms on both floors and the attic. The tenant in this case had renter’s insurance, so her insurance covered the cleaning of her contents, while the landlord’s insurance covered the invoice for structural restoration.

Losing Everything in a Fire Following the fire, the city’s fire inspector declared the building unsafe for entry. Tenants were locked out and unable to access their contents.

There is a fire and the landlord learns that restoration on a building that old would require permissions from the city’s historical commission, and they decided a rebuild would be cost prohibitive. Rather than hiring a restoration company, they left the condemned building as is and sold off the property. Those tenants who did not have renter’s insurance lost everything that remains locked up in the condemned building and received no compensation.

What Do You Have To Lose?

If you rent but do not have renter’s insurance, consider how much is at stake. Take ten minutes to explore how much a renter’s policy would cost. We never want to stand in front of someone who has lost everything and not be able to help.

Does it matter what color mold I have?

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One of the first things people always say when they call in with mold questions is that they have black mold...

A common misconception states that color determines the mold hazard in your building. For some reason, black mold has received a bad rap, and many people mistakenly believe they have nothing to worry about with other colors.

Mold Hazard

Mold spores that can grow into a variety of colors are always present in the air we breathe. They usually do not present a hazard because they are so few in number. Most molds and other microbes only become a hazard when they have an opportunity to grow into colonies releasing large numbers of spores into the air.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that mold can cause health effects.

Mold Removal

When mold grows to the point that you can see or smell it in your building, you need to call in a mold remediation specialist. Here at SERVPRO® of Southern Saratoga County our franchise professionals are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification for microbial remediation. 

We can contain the contamination, remove contaminated materials, and scrub the air of mold spores and other particulates. We can also advise you on steps you should take to control moisture and discourage future microbial growth.

We are always here to help!

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Water mitigation to homes and businesses is a major service we offer here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County and it is a large majority of the work we tend to. We know that no matter how small or big the loss is, there is a sense of urgency to aid our customers back to making it “Like it never even happened.” Whether it be a residential or commercial property, we understand lives are affected and it can make them feel as if their property is no longer theirs.

At SERVPRO we strive to provide our customers with excellent service from the moment we pick up the phone. We love to address the customers concerns and make sure we cover all grounds to get your property restored as soon as possible. When our Production Manager or our Crew Chiefs get to the property they are the first impression of our company and we always want to leave a great lasting first impression.

We work with our customers to set up monitoring times and most feel comfortable enough to give us access to their homes even when they are not there. We give our customers daily updates on the dry out process and if anything changes during process we consult with them before making any major adjustments.

It’s always a pleasure to speak with our customers after their property is dried out and make their home theirs again! We always remind them that we are always here to help!

Large Loss and Storm Team Response

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SERVPRO's Large Loss Response Team was recruited to serve commercial large loss needs. This elite group of large loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States with substantial resources through a network of over 1,600 locations. Corporate oversight and communication on every file help to meet the predetermined client-specific needs. Immediate response, available 24/7/365 through 1-800-SERVPRO, will minimize business interruptions.

Network of Strategically Positioned Storm Teams on Standby
Immediate Mobilization
1-800-SERVPRO - 24/7/365
Mobile and Local Command Centers
Pre-Negotiated Pricing
Corporate Oversight and Real-Time Event Management
Commercial and Residential Losses Services
Waiting Lists Minimized
Back-End Reports for Analysis
Uniformed Personnel
Background Checks Required
Recent Mobilizations:

2018 Southern California Wildfires                 2017 Hurricane Harvey                                2017 Hurricane Irma                                   2016 Hurricane Matthew
2012 Hurricane Sandy
2012 Hurricane Isaac
2010 Texas Freeze
2010 Alabama Freeze
2009 Virginia Floods
2009 Atlanta Floods
2009 Louisville Floods
2009 Southern California Wildfires
2009 Montgomery, Alabama Floods

Top Reasons your Property did not Dry on Time

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Water damages are a challenge. We try to dry materials like carpet and drywall within 36 hours. Otherwise, these materials will have to be removed and discarded. This means that after several days of drying, you might still be faced with demolition.

A burst pipe or flood is annoying enough. Add on several days of running fans and dehumidifiers, and any water loss becomes more than an inconvenience. The loss may even displace your employees or tenants. So when we tell property managers after all they have just endured, they now have to plan a demolition and rebuild, we understand their frustration.

Here are the top 3 reasons our drying efforts are delayed.

!. Someone turned off the equipment.

Fans are noisy. Not only are the motors loud, but the moving air also creates noise. We understand the inconvenience, but we cannot dry a building without using noisy equipment.

Sometimes, tenants or employees will turn off our equipment during the day or overnight. Turning off our equipment adds to drying time and can push us past the 36-hour window

2. Someone turned down the heat.

While every water loss is unique, warm temperatures often speed up the drying process. When we begin the job, we turn up the heat to the sweet spot where our equipment works best. This temperature is higher than usual for most buildings, but it is necessary in order to complete the drying within the 36-hour window.

If someone comes along and turns down the heat, our equipment will not be as effective as we expected. This lengthens the drying time and may cause wet building materials to become permanently contaminated.

3. You did not let us remove the baseboards.

Again, every water damage is unique. In some cases, our production manager will recommend pulling off the baseboards and drilling holes in exterior walls. These holes allow the circulating air to get behind the wall and speed up the drying process. We can also see whether there is a vapor barrier behind the wall that will slow down our drying efforts.

Still, many property owners prefer to try drying the building without removing the baseboards or drilling holes. Several days go by, and now they face a bigger demolition job than if they had taken the advice of our experienced professional.

4. There is a vapor barrier behind the wall.

If a building does not dry in the time we expected, we may open the walls to find out why. Sometimes there is a vapor barrier behind an interior wall where we did not expect it. 

5. You still have a leak.

This is very rare, but sometimes the plumber comes and repairs a pipe but does not realize there is another leak in the building. We have occasionally found a second source of water when we open a wall to find out why the building is not drying properly.

Trust the Professionals

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County our franchise professionals are trained and certified by the IICRC in the science of drying. They have extensive experience dealing with water losses, and they want restore your facility as quickly as possible.

Call us at 518-885-2620 as soon as you know you need our services, and follow the advice of our production managers to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Summer Safety Tips

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As the temperature rises we are spending more time outside enjoying the sun! It is important to stay safe while you and your family are enjoying summer activities.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks
  • When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire. 
  • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire

Hurricane Season 2018

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Reprinted by Patch.com

It's far too early to say if another Sandy is headed to New York City in 2018, but early predictions are that this year's hurricane season is going to be an active one.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a "near or above normal" hurricane outlook. In releasing the annual Atlantic outlook Thursday, officials said they anticipate 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher. Of those, five to nine could become hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

"We're predicting 10 to 16 tropical storms. The average is 12," explained lead hurricane season forecaster Gerry Bell with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. "We're expecting a near average season which means a lot of storms forming in the Atlantic."

Bell said the forecast has a 70 percent probability of occurrence. "We would expect our range of hurricanes to be correct 70 percent of the time and they are," he explained.

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes – including three major hurricanes.

Most Commonly utilized Drying Equipment on a Water Loss

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A toilet leak in the second floor bathroom caused damage to the second and first floor of this home. The photo shows the drying equipment placed.

Commonly used equipment includes:

  • Air Movers: Used to accelerate air flow and evaporation of moisture from materials for restorative drying.
  • Dehumidifiers: Used to reduce moisture levels, accelerate the drying process in water restoration
  • Floor Drying System: These are high-pressure air mover mats, used during water restoration to dry hardwood floors. This system draws evaporated moisture out of damages areas and creates a vacuum seal on mats to move air from the subfloor to the surface.
  • Air Scrubbers: used for cleaning and controlling air quality in restorations.
  • Hygrometers: Moisture meters used to detect or monitor moisture in most building materials.
  • Submersible pumps: drains standing water from any surface - ideal for flooded basements, farm use, draining standing water from swimming pools, fountains, flooded basements, etc.
  • Extractors: usually used for water extraction from carpet and hard surfaces.

A successfully water damage restoration always begins once the standing water has been removed - though it may not be visible in puddles.  Nevertheless, there are specific methods used for each and every situation.  

What can SERVPRO Professionals do for you?

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Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

Pretesting helps SERVPRO Professionals determine what type of fire has taken place.  Knowing the types of smoke and behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Water Damage Remediation

Identifying the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action in the cleanup.  Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup

SERVPRO Professionals are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazard substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

SERVPRO Professionals work to control and remove mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of building occupants.

Odor Identification and Deodorization

SERVPRO Professionals will help to find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home.

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning

We utilize the latest IICRC training as well as state of the art equipment to remove trapped soils from deep within your carpet.

Water Damage Can't Wait!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

We are here to help, call us with your emergency at 518-885-2620.

Water and flooding damage emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home or business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, ceilings, and belongings.  SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 518-885-2620

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, ceilings, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, water, or mold damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Leak Prevention Tips

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Regularly check the following items for leaks:

Exterior

·         Check roofing for deterioration

·         Check gutters and down spouts for blockage.

·         Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.

-         Check any outside pipes for leaks including sprinkler systems.



Interiors

·         Check appliances in Kitchens

·         Check sinks in kitchens / restrooms and toilets in restrooms for leaks

·         Check HVAC for leaks and blockage.

-         If you have an interior fire sprinkler system, maintain that it has been inspected regularly.

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

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After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call Today – 518-885-2620

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

You Said it...Sewage

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today to cleanup your Biohazard today at 518-885-2620

Dealing with sewage is not something that anyone wants to be faced with! Personally, if I did happen to run into a sewage problem, I would want to call someone that knows what they are doing.

Sewage backups are more than nasty and smelly, these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your residence. When you have sewage damage, it is a biohazard, which should be considered very dangerous, as they can pose a serious health risk.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore your property from this type of contamination. They will remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture; to help ensure that the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

So, when you have a sewage damage or have questions don’t hesitate to call on SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to help make your sewage damage “Like it never even happened.”

Is there a lingering odor you just can't figure out?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to help eliminate that odor today at 518-885-2620

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here when you’ve tried everything but the smell still lingers.

Nasty odors like cigarette smoke, pet urine and food permeates into our furniture, carpets, walls, windows, and just about every other nook and cranny in our homes, making it particularly difficult to eliminate.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is able to pull the odors out of carpets, drapes, furniture, clothing and bedding. We are also able to work on your car or recreational vehicle, pulling the odors from the carpet and upholstery.

SERVPRO eliminates odors for a sanitized, pure, and healthy clean.  Odor removal … We got this.

We literally clear the air and penetrate surfaces and objects within the space. Not only can we eliminate odors like cigarette smoke and strong food smells. We can also kill, eliminate & neutralize bacteria, allergens, viruses and mold.

SERVPRO can come to your home, office, vehicle, recreational vehicle and anywhere else to remove lingering odors including:

  • Cigarette/tobacco smoke
  • Pet odors
  • Smoke and fire damage
  • Food smells
  • Stale smells
  • After water damage
  • Mold and musty smells
  • Allergens & Air Quality

IICRC Tips for Cleaning up After a Flood

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded areas are not only a hassle to clean, but can also be a threat to your health. Water that flows in from the outside can pick up a lot of bacteria along the way before it evens enters the house. Having the water sit, especially on a humid day, can cause more bacteria and mold growth. Getting the area cleared out and cleaned up as fast as possible will prevent the situation from getting worse and causing more water and mold damage.

According to the IICRC, these are valuable tips for cleaning up after a flood has left water damage in your home.

·      Safety is first and foremost. Be cautious when entering buildings that have just been flooded. Ensure that the electric is turned off and the structure of the building is safe to walk into.

·      Keep yourself protected. Use protective gear to protect your skin, hands, mouth and eyes. Hardware stores usually carry the necessary masks, rubber gloves and eye protection to keep you safe while cleaning up the mess.

·      Keep the area ventilated. Flooded waters can bring in all different types of bacteria that can become airborne and cause illness. Make sure to open windows and place a fan in the window to ventilate the area.

·      Know what to throw away and what to salvage. Any type of porous item that absorbs the contaminated flood water should not be salvaged. Examples – drywall, carpet, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board. Clothing and some other household fabrics may be salvageable by soaking in warm water and washing multiple times.

·      Remove damaged flooring and wall panels. Remove all portions of damaged wall, wet insulation and base molding. IICRC advises to find the water line on the wall, measure about 15-20 inches above it and remove anything below that line. Any damaged flooring should also be removed to clean and disinfect under the surface.

·      Prevent mold growth. With the moist environment that is created by a flood, there is lots of room for mold to grow. Try to keep the air circulating and maintain moderate temperature to prevent mold growth.

·      Consider hiring a professional. Although there are situations that can be handled without a professional, some damage is more than people want to handle on their own. Restoration companies have trained technicians, specialized cleaners and equipment to get the job done effective and efficiently.

Source - http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

Knowing the severity of the water damage in your home

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To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.            

Classes of Destruction

Class 1 –

            Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.

Class 2 –

            Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.

Class 3 –

            This class involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.

Class 4 –

            When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

Source - http://www.IICRC.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

Keeping Your Carpets Clean Can be a Chore

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Your home or businesses nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep it in great shape and ready for the next day. Every item has to be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis; the kitchen flooring, carpeting, dishes, and don't forget about the bathroom. 

Flooring in a busy homes or businesses can be a challenge.  Many  choose to install hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

Perhaps, however, your home or business has carpeting. A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way towards preventing potential mold growth and other issues that can cause unpleasant odors, but your carpeting will still need a regular deep cleaning to keep floors looking the way you want them to. With carpeting, spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on hardwood flooring, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, with the colors no longer as bright and fresh; that can reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. Make sure a deep cleaning is on your cleaning checklist!

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning jobs. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Call us today at 518-885-2620.

Cleaning up your home after Smoke Damage

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure to your personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make. A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County understands that your furniture, keepsakes, and other precious items are what make your house a home.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in restoring the contents of a home or business that have suffered from fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their original condition. Professional cleaning companies use several methods to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam Cleaning: This method is used for upholstery since upholstery fabrics can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry Cleaning: This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet Cleaning: This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy smoke residues.
  • Immersion Cleaning: This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.

Keep in mind that electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard. Never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected by a fire! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in that device. Items that you should be careful of are:

  • Televisions
  • Computers and IPads, etc.
  • DVD and CD players
  • Cell Phones

Documents and photographs can suffer a lot of damage in a fire, and many contain information or records that can be devastating to lose permanently. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in document restoration.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can organize an efficient move-out process of the affected areas. Removal from the area will result in a quicker remodeling process and will also protect your belongings from any further potential damage during that process. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily.

If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, give SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County a call today at 518-885-2620

What Can SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County do for you?

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Are you a factory owner whose inspection is coming up after damage to your workplace? Or maybe your office is overdue for a professional cleaning, or maybe you are a restaurant owner looking for a carpet cleaning? SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can help in all of these situations!

You have probably seen our SERVPRO trucks throughout the Saratoga Community. That's because we are the premier residential and commercial cleaning and restoration service. We specialize in the following residential and commercial services:

  • building services
  • cleaning services
  • fire damage restoration
  • mold remediation
  • storm damage restoration
  • water damage restoration
  • vandalism and harmful waste cleanup

While many of you know us for our disaster clean-ups and damage restoration, we excel at far more. We have experience cleaning:

  • apartment buildings
  • churches
  • government/military
  • high-rise residential
  • hotel/motels
  • large office/high-rise office buildings
  • large retail/big-box stores
  • manufacturing/industrial
  • restaurants
  • small office buildings  
  • small retail stores

We also provide the best in commercial cleaning for your Saratoga area business.  You can trust SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Our other professional cleaning services include the following:

  • air Ducts and HVAC
  • bio-hazard and sewage
  • carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • ceilings, walls, and hard floors
  • drapes and blinds
  • odor removal and deodorization
  • trauma and crime scene cleanup
  • vandalism

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is faster to any size disaster in the Saratoga community area because we are locally owned and operated. If you need us anytime, contact us because we have 24-hour/7 days a week emergency service.

Our highly-trained and certified technicians are specialists in using technologically advanced products. We use OSHA-approved cleaning agents, and innovative techniques to restore your home or business to a preloss condition.

You can trust SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to keep your property’s appearance safe and healthy for your family, staff, and clients. Do you need help with your insurance claims, we provide a stress-free claims process by helping to manage the insurance paperwork process. Call us today at 518-885-2620

How the use of Dehumidifiers can help you and your Home

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

High humidity can cause many health related issues ranging from the unpleasant to the severe.

Dehumidifiers help to maintain indoor humidity at comfortable levels. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of health risks. Here are 3 ways dehumidifiers can help you at home.

  1. Helps prevent the formation and spread of mold and mildew

Mildew emits a strong scent, which can permeate an entire home. If you leave your clothes in the washer too long when humidity is high, they can become "mildewy" and need more cleaning. This can pile up huge water and energy bills. Mold can become toxic and even life threatening to people with any kind of respiratory problems. Children and pets are particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of mold and many people have mild to severe allergies to mold. Since mold and mildew thrives in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check.

  1. Helps keep you comfortable

As your body temperature rises, your body releases moisture (sweat) to help cool you off. When humidity levels are optimal, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry. When air molecules are already saturated with water, there is no room for them to absorb further water, which means you run around wet and sticky. Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments. This means minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection. A wide range of minor medical issues can also be exacerbated by humidity such as acne and athlete's foot.

  1. Helps your HVAC system operate efficiently

When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. Think of a pan of water. A half full pan will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a full pan of water. The same is true of air molecules that are half filled with water (humidity is at 50%). A dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool your home down faster and more efficiently, which can save you significantly on cooling and heating costs.

If your HVAC or ducts need cleaning, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. We can help keep your air quality at optimal levels in your home!

Have your Home Summer Ready for that Blazing Heat!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Summer has arrived and we are already feeling that heat. That means pools opening up, sprinklers out on the lawn, and high air conditioning bills! Everything except high bills sounds like the summer we love. Thankfully, we can help keep that third one as cool as the temperature in your pool with a few tips.

The first step is incidentally the easiest step. Check the filters for your heating and cooling system and ensure they are still in great shape. It’s always recommended to check with the manufacturer's instructions when changing, but a general rule of thumb is when the season changes, so does your filter.

To test your air conditioning unit is running properly, use the “cool” setting on the thermostat, drop the temperature and see what happens. If cool air is not blowing, check the breaker box before calling in a licensed professional for a quick maintenance check. Also, the sooner you call, the greater your chances are of having someone come out. The deeper into summer we go, the deeper down the list you go as everyone tries to have their house serviced. Luckily, you’ll be one of the first!

A few other quick items to check include: checking for holes in the water hose, checking your pool’s pH balance, cleaning ceiling fans, checking outside electrical outlets, and definitely consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat!

Get ready for another hot summer, Saratoga

Prevent Fire Damage to your home with Grilling and Fire Pit Safety Tips

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

As the weather gets warmer, we transition from spending all of our time bundled up inside, to spending every minute we can outdoors in the sun. We’re excited to finally trade the stove for a grill and the fireplace for a fire pit in the backyard. As we drag the summer appliances out and set up the backyard to get ready for the summer, we have to keep the proper safety precautions in mind to avoid fire damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year grilling causes an average of 8,800 home fires.

Grill safety tips:

  • There should be a 3-foot clearance surrounding the grill making sure that there are no kids or pets within this range
  • Position the grill far away from home siding, deck railings, and out from underneath overhangs or branches
  • Periodically remove grease buildup from the trays below the grill to prevent grease fires
  • Make sure to buy the proper starter fluid for charcoal grills and never add the fluid once the grill has already been ignited
  • If using a propane grill, check the propane cylinder hose for leaks each year to make sure that it is not leaking gas while cooking

Fire pit safety tips:

  • Before lighting the fire, make sure that the lid can fit over top of the material inside of the pit in case of an emergency
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby
  • Do not use flammable fluid to start or relight the fire
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air 

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling

Next Steps After Finding Mold In your Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for Mold Remediation today

An intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing, or equipment failures, long-standing leaks or poor humidity control.  When these intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

 If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County (518)885-2620

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

When you need Emergency Services at your Commercial Business call our highly trained professionals

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 518-885-2620

About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Hoarding Cleanup

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Ready for a cleanup? Call SERVPRO Professionals today!

You'd probably be very surprised at the number of jobs we get for cleaning out homes where an occupant has developed a hoarding disorder, through various events in their life.

Often, the occupant has been a victim of stressors in their life.  The stress manifestation in these cases we have seen have come from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from military service; anxiety issues; and depression from a loss of some kind - of a job, a death, a divorce; and other times from mental illness. 

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has seen many of these cases.  We get the calls generally when the hoarding is discovered and the occupant is in immediate peril of losing their home - either being condemned or losing their lease, or some other imminent peril - like another household member is critically ill and needs to come home to a clean and safe environment.  

People who hoard are terribly embarrassed by their situation and are often apologetic on the initial call.  They have found it has become more than they can manage.  At the same time, they are anxious that a team will be in their space, cleaning and moving their "stuff".  Hoarding is a health hazard, particularly if it involves pets, has attracted rodents, insects, involves hypodermic syringes, or involves animal or human waste.  People do live in these terrible conditions - often with other family members and children.  These conditions need to be corrected in order to have a healthy household. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, we remove trash, move items to storage facilities or discard, clean and sanitize.  The result is not just a clean space - it usually has a dramatic uplifting effect on these clients.  We get multiple calls after these jobs in particular are completed - from overjoyed people who feel freed of their chains in a way and are marveling at how different and clean their home now is. Many say that they plan to maintain their spaces, and with their raised spirits, we hope that they do.  We are happy to have helped by giving them a fresh start.  


If you or someone you know is ready for a clean out, in the Saratoga area, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help.  Call us at 518-885-2620

Remember fireworks safety tips this Fourth of July

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Remember safety first

June to July 4th is National Firework safety month. Some of you are probably laughing and saying are you kidding me? No kidding; firework safety (or lack thereof) is a big problem. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states there are about 9,000 to 10,000 people treated a year for firework related injuries. These are the injuries that were reported to hospitals, but this number does not take into account the injuries that are not reported.

A majority of these injuries could have been prevented by using safety measures when handling fireworks. As technology advances so does the ability of fireworks. Today you can have fireworks that display shapes, different colors, words and even designs. In a lot of states consumers can buy fireworks. Out of all the 50 states only 5 do not allow consumers to purchase fireworks for personal use. That is a very small percentage and all of those states that do not allow consumers to purchase fireworks are on the East Coast. Not only does the ability to purchase fireworks vary from state to state, what is actually considered a firework varies as well. Before you do anything or purchase anything make sure you are following your state laws. Just because someone may sell certain fireworks does not guarantee they are allowed.

Recommended Safety Tips

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

Happy Fourth of July from your Friends at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County!

What to do when a Storm hits your area

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

The most common danger associated with thunderstorms is lightning, and with good reason: Lightning is one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. But thunderstorms create other catastrophic weather events such as tornadoes and flash flooding. Each year, flash flooding is responsible for more deaths than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. Here's what to do before, during and after a thunderstorm.

An emergency kit is something everyone should have on hand, no matter your locale or the natural disasters that are possible in your area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready.gov can help you build a kit — with food, water, and essential supplies for 72 hours — as well as teach you where to store it and how to update it. If the idea of making your own kit is too daunting, you can buy an emergency preparedness kit put together by the American Red Cross. Get rid of rotting trees and branches; secure anything outdoors that could blow into your house and cause damage. 

  • Unplug electronic equipment well before a storm arrives.

  • Get inside — preferably inside your home, a building or a hard-top automobile.

  • Shutter windows and secure doors; if shutters are not available, close the blinds or curtains.

    Special considerations for lightning 

  • Follow the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: If you can't count to 30 before hearing thunder after seeing lightning, go indoors. Stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder.

  • If you are in a forest, find shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees.

  • If you're on open water, get to land and indoors immediately.

  • In an open area, find a low place such as a valley or ravine, but watch for flash floods from the storm.

  • If you feel your hair stand on end, lightning is about to strike. Get low to the ground, cover your ears and put your head between your knees. 

    Weathering the storm 

  • Don't use a corded phone or anything plugged into an outlet. Avoid all contact with electrical equipment.

  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay inside.

  • Don't lean against concrete walls or lie on concrete floors.

  • Avoid washing your hands, showering or using plumbing for any reason.

  • If you're on the road, pull over and park. Turn on your emergency blinkers.

    After the storm 

  • Don't attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.

  • If your power has gone out, never use a generator indoors. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up quickly in small spaces and remain dangerous for hours.

  • Avoid downed power lines and report them to the power company.

What to expect from Summer Rain and humidity

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

As Spring rolls around into Summer, you are probably thinking about sunshine. The pool will be open, and the grill will be in use again. It’s a great time of year!

But Summer is also a time for those fast moving storms in most of the country, and one thing you can expect from summertime showers is that they come up fast and bring a lot of moisture with them! Here are some things homeowners need to consider:

  • Roofs and gutters. It’s obvious to think about the condition of your roof and rain gutters in the fall, before the winter weather hits. But if they are not well-maintained after snow, ice, and winter storms, a simple summertime rain shower can create its own problems for you. Inspect these areas closely in readiness for a downpour so that you can spend the rest of your summer worry-free.
  • Garden drainage. If you have planted vegetables and/or flowers this year, you will be looking forward to the yields this project will bring. Take a good look at the drainage surrounding any garden or landscaping area and make sure water can escape if there is an abundance during a summer downpour.
  • Outdoor furniture. Some summer showers can last for an extended period of time and that can wreak havoc on your outdoor furniture if it hasn’t been maintained from the prior  year. There are many paint and finishing products available that will do a great job protecting your furniture from weathering.
  • Humidity. Summer rain storms can last for several hours, and even a day or two. In these weather conditions, you might feel the effects of extended rain showers by experiencing a higher interior humidity level. Mold can grow pretty quickly in these conditions! Investing in dehumidifiers for your home can greatly reduce the chances of a mold infestation and keep your interior air quality at healthy levels.

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County we care about your personal property and your business. Call us at 518-885-2620 if you need any assistance with damages from water, fire or mold.

Avoid Heating Hazards This Winter Season!

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire. 

-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 

-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 

-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 

-Test smoke alarms monthly. 

Wireless Emergency Alerts

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download in app or subscribe to a service. WEA may share: 

-Extreme weather warnings

-Local Emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action

-AMBER Alerts

-Presidential Alerts during a national emergency

A WEA will look like the picture shown above. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters. 

Do you Know how to use a Portable Fire Extinguisher?

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Can be life and property saving tools when used correctly.  In order to operate a extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association(NEPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low.  Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out.  Remember, extinguishers do have limitations.  It is also important to ensure you have the correct extinguisher for your facility.  To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.

When disaster strikes our area, knowing what to do in an emergency will make a difference.  Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for your emergency cleanup needs.

 

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

In the event you have a Fire in your home, these Emergency Fire  Damage Tips will help you in taking the proper steps until we can arrive onsite to assist you.  Follow these Do's and Don'ts to help reduce the damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Do: 

  • Limit the movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil 
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a well trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or our of the HVAC system

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc...) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service 
  • Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (They may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged
  • Send Garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

When Fire and Water Damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will help you take it back.  Contact 518-885-2620

Prepare your Business for Winter Weather

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

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 snow can cause  branches to fall, which could 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.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today at 518-885-2620 about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Prepare your Home for Winter Weather

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

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 the faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.  Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawlspace 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 shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure.  Leaves and debris can 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.

If you find the need for our services, call the cleanup team that is Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620.

Time is Precious!

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Time is Precious Commodity

When you need it done right and done fast call on SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for all of your Commercial Restoration needs.  We provide quality services with rapid response. 

Can't figure out how to get the job done?  Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for all of your Emergency needs, when you experience a fire, water, or mold damage in your facility you need rapid response and expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.  Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, if you experience damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today at 518-885-2620.

Damaged Items May be Restorable Versus Trash

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Restore versus Replace

Adjusters didn’t always think about how many items could be easily restored for a reasonable cost. With their eyes opened to the ease and benefits of restoration, they would be amazed at how frequently salvageable items are tossed away as trash. When items like furniture, cabinets, millwork, fireplace mantles, and hardwood floors can be repaired and restored, insurers can save money over complete replacement and owners are usually thrilled that their treasure has been restored.

Adjusters who know about the expertise available and benefits of repair and restoration over replacement can effectively boost their bottom line and have more satisfied clients. The education process includes learning the options… it’s not just furniture that can be restored, but dinged walls from moving, spills, puppy chews, scratched leather, chair caning, cabinets and more. If ever in doubt about whether it can be fixed, simply ask.

Customers are typically overjoyed when we can restore a family heirloom because we all know you just can’t put a price on sentimental, one-of-a-kind items. When adjusters call to see if there’s anything we can do to save a treasure from the trash, usually the answer is “yes.”

Avoid Water Damage - Make Sure your Sump Pump is Working Properly

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Sump pumps are essential to homes that have lower levels. When homes have levels below the sewer line, it can cause water to collect in inconvenient places such as a basement or lower level utility room. Sump pumps ensure that the water drains properly and does not collect in your home causing water damage. Just like any other device, it is important to make sure that the pump is working properly and maintained. 

1.     Find the outlet pipe that allows the water to drain outside of your home. Make sure that there aren’t any clogs or damages done to the drain making it impossible for water to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.

2.     Locate the sump pump in the lower level of your home and check the inside of it to ensure that the pump is not clogged with debris. Also, make sure that the pump is plugged in. It is electrical, so if it is not plugged in, it will not run when needed.

3.     Since you don’t want to wait for a storm to pass through in order to test out the sump pump, there are other ways to make sure it works before mother nature hits. Slowly pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the pump to simulate if a storm were to hit. As you pour, watch for it to turn on and start pumping the water out of your home. It should start pumping when the water reaches about 8-12 inches below the basement floor.

4.     If your sump pump contains a float in the basin, make sure that it is also functioning properly and not caught on anything while running the test. This float is what lets the sump pump know when the water reaches a certain height and activates the pump.

It’s important to test the sump pump every couple of months to ensure that it is working properly to avoid water damage in your home. Make any necessary repairs and replacements if there are issues that occur while testing the pump.

Bio-hazard, Crime Scenes and Vandalism

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Bloodborne Pathogens

  • SERVPRO removes and disposes of bodily fluids, tissue and other potential pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.
  • Methamphetamine Labs
    • Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.
  • Crime Scene Residues
    • From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO can clean and restore your property and contents.
  • Arson & Vandalism
    • SERVPRO is recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.
  • Sewage Backup
    • Sewage backups and back water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits - these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO removes the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. 

Saratoga County Residents - We specialize in Water Damage Cleanup!

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage as a result of broken pipes.

Faster to your Saratoga County Water Damage Event

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 518-885-2620

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

Build your Emergency Preparedness Kit!

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Be prepared, build your emergency kit today!

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready? Being prepared before a disaster strikes is important and one way to do that is to have an emergency kit. Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. Some things that SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County recommends are listed below:

  • Water, one gallon per person per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape 
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Cash
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account of information
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Blankets

Is your business ready for disaster?

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  And Knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event that your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By Developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Advantages of The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

  • There is a no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document that contains only critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration Provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for Authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority contact information.

When disaster Strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready!  SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is committed to providing quality services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. 

 

Are you ready for a major power outage?

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Have you considered how your life would freeze to a standstill if a general outage cut electric power for more than two or three days? As every summer arrives, it’s a question more and more people ask, because demand for electric power is growing inexorably, and summertime is when the grid always gets strained to the max. Many experts say all it will take is one unusually bad heat wave and a single computer glitch. The last major outage happened in the summer of 2003, and it affected over 55 million people.

Once your cell phone’s battery runs down, how will you recharge it? Think you can run down to the local Starbucks to get some coffee (your coffeemaker is dead, remember) and recharge your laptop, cell phone, tablet, iPod, toothbrush and shaver? Think again. All your neighbors will have descended on that little coffee shop en masse because they’ll be without power too.

Here’s a list of but a few things that go away in the event of a general power outage:

Lights (obviously)

·       Heat and cooling — even gas heating requires electricity to pump the air

·       Baths and showers — no heat means cold washing (assuming you can get running water)

·       Medical support systems

·       Food storage — refrigerators and freezers

·       Food preparation — microwaves, stoves and ovens (even gas ovens use electricity)

·       Food availability — stores need electricity too

·       Entertainment — television and radio (not to mention video games)

·       Communication — cell towers and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) exchanges require electricity

·       Gas for your automobile — gas pumps run on electricity

The majority of power outages come in times of temperature stress, i.e., winter or summer, when heating or cooling are drains on the system. They impact you in many ways, some of which are hard to foresee. That’s the bad news. The good news is there are a myriad of ways you can prepare if a massive outage strikes unexpectedly;

Preparation

Food: Have at least a week’s worth of dry food rations stored away, especially high-energy foods, like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, and trail mix. Also include some comfort/stress foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant (or pre-ground) coffee, tea bags, and a supply of things like salt, pepper, sugar, etc. Keep a good supply of paper or plastic plates and silverware, as well as a roll or two of paper towels. Oh, and don’t forget a manual can opener.

Water: Store at least 1 gallon of bottled water per day per person, plus more for pets, and powdered foods. When power goes out, water purification systems may not be functioning fully, so don’t rely on tap water until the crisis has passed.

Gas: Make it a habit never to let your vehicles’ gas tanks get below half. When a general power outage strikes, gas pumps die because they run on electricity.

Cash: Keep at least a couple hundred dollars in hard cash handy. Everyone selling you something will not have power for cash registers, scanners, and that type of thing. You’ll be dead in the water if all you have is plastic.

Medication: Ask your pharmacist to keep you a month ahead on your prescriptions for this emergency. If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, remember to include backup power in your evacuation plan. If you are on electrically operated life support systems or special equipment for heart or kidney problems, be sure to notify your utility provider now, in advance of any outages. They will put you on a list and make sure your power needs are provided for first. Oh, and don’t forget the first-aid kit.

Grill: If you have a patio grill, get a stovetop kettle if you don’t have one. That will allow you to boil water outside. Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal ­burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. We usually keep a spare full propane tank (although, to be honest, its main purpose is to keep the party going if the previous one runs out while the burgers are on the grill).

Cooler: Get a cheap, large-capacity cooler to store the food caught in the freezer and refrigerator. It’s a good idea to keep a few two-liter bottles filled with water in your freezer — they will keep food cold in a cooler for a long time.

Light: Get a flashlight, candles and lighter (or matches). And be sure to add a supply of batteries. A good option is keeping a half-dozen cheap solar garden stake lights lying around. They’ll charge every day and have enough light to last most of the night. At about $2 each, that’s a cheap, reliable light source.

Trash: Something many people forget is a supply of trash bags and moist towelettes for sanitation needs. If the power outage affects the water supply, you may not have the use of your toilets.

People: Set up an agreement with people about two to three hundred miles away that you can go and stay with. It’s infinitely less stressful to simply get in your car and drive somewhere else where there’s still power so you can wait out the crisis. It will be difficult to call around when the power is out, so it’s best to set up two or three families with whom you have an arrangement where if anyone has a major crisis, they know they’re welcome somewhere else for the duration of the emergency.

Documents: It’s wise to get copies of things like deeds, wills, titles, medication lists, insurance policies, birth certificates, etc. Keep them in the same place as your emergency cash. People who provide aid may require some form of identification, and if the insurance company comes to help, it speeds things up if you have a copy of your policy right there. It’s not a bad idea to keep your computer backups on a portable hard drive and leave it with the emergency supplies.

Chargers: In the event that you go and stay with someone, it’s nice to have a basic set of chargers for your phones, computers and other gadgets together in one place, so you can just grab them and go. Also add a long extension cord with multiple outlets to plug all of those chargers in at the same time. We have a power inverter. Plug it into your car and you have 110V to power just about anything, including a coffee maker. (This of course makes it even more important to not be too low on gas.) 

Telephone: Keep a non-cordless, old school telephone around. The plain old telephone service is usually the last to go out. It allows you make phone calls, but it also allows the authorities to get hold of you with reverse 911 calls. Tape the following phone numbers to the bottom of your landline telephone or inside a telephone book:

·       Fire department

·       Telephone companies

·       Utility companies

·       Police department

Shutoffs: Find out where each utility shut off is — electricity, water and gas. Know how to turn each off. Have the proper tools to do so, and know where they are located. If you have an automatic garage door, check the instructions or with the manufacturer to learn how to open the door manually (without power). Most automatic garage door openers have a red or yellow knob hanging from a string, which disengages the garage door from the track of the opener.

And, finally, don’t forget to include a few board games. You’ll have a lot of time with little else to do, so you may as well turn the crisis into a fun, bonding experience.

When the outage strikes

First thing is go to a grocery store right away to buy anything you need. Be armed with cash, because their registers and scanners won’t work. They won’t have lights, and they probably will want to sell perishable produce as quickly as possible. Be prepared for crowds, and also be prepared to let others have something too — don’t hog everything for yourself.

If you have a plan in place to go and stay with people who are out of the outage area, pack and go. Expect roads to be congested and traffic lights not to work. Be sure to unplug or shut off everything, because when the power comes back on, there may be surges which can cause damage. Turning off all breakers is usually a quick and easy way to do this.

If you’re staying, unplug/turn off everything, but leave a single light turned on, so you can see when power is restored.

To maintain the refrigerated and frozen foods, keep fridge and freezer openings to a minimum.

Practice living without connected utilities. Do it periodically. You will discover what your real needs are and you’ll learn how to meet them in an emergency.

In winter, allow a small stream of water to run from faucets in order to prevent water pipes from freezing. The American Red Cross advises this action and says, “Running water through the pipe — even at a trickle — helps prevent pipes from freezing.” In frigid weather, if your power is likely to be out for more than a few days, you may want to call your plumber and ask about draining your home’s water pipes so they don’t freeze and burst.

An extended power outage, will be a major emergency, and will cause damage in many ways. However, with some basic and inexpensive preparation, you can keep that damage to a minimum. 

Celebrate Safely this Holiday Season

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Take precautions with holiday decorations this season

Most homeowners are aware that holiday decorations should be used with care.  Each year, statistics tell the story of the fire danger resulting from frayed wires, proximity to heat sources, and lights left on unattended.  But SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County wants local homeowners to know that the danger of fire cause by holiday decorating, and by Christmas trees specifically, actually increases after the holiday.  Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)* says that, while four out of five Christmas tree fires happen in December and January, the 10 days with the highest average number of fires were all after Christmas Day.

For many families, preparing for the holiday season is a very busy time. Come December 26, it’s tempting to relax; stop watering the Christmas tree, replacing bulbs in outdoor lights or tucking indoor garlands back into place.  Dry greens, open sockets and decorations that slip dangerously close to light sockets or fireplaces can all increase the risk of fire in the days after the Christmas holiday.

The American Christmas Tree Association** (quoting Nielsen research) says Americans purchased 21.6 million live Christmas trees in 2011.  That number is significant because, according to the NFPA, Christmas trees remain the number one culprit in holiday fires.  43 percent of Christmas tree fires happen in December, but January is close behind, claiming 39 percent – numbers that demonstrate the danger of allowing Christmas trees to dry out during and after the holiday season.  Tragically, Christmas tree fires are particularly deadly, claiming on average one life in every 40 fires compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County encourages homeowners who choose to decorate with live Christmas trees to be diligent about watering their trees both before and after the holidays.  If a Christmas tree dries out, it only takes a single spark from a fireplace, a candle flame or carelessly held cigarette to turn a holiday celebration into a tragedy. 

As the holiday season moves into full swing, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County reminds homeowners to take precautions based on a clear understanding of the potential danger to help prevent holiday traditions from turning into a holiday nightmare.  For more information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROsouthernsaratogacounty,com

Tips to Manage the Frigid Weather

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Stay safe during cold winter months

Frigid weather is setting in, which means it is dangerous outside. Residents are urged to protect themselves and help others who may be at increased risk of health problems.

Tips to stay safe
--Stay indoors as much as possible
--Report any loss of heat or hot water to property managers immediately.
--If your home lacks heat, get to a warm place tonight if you can and wear extra layers of dry, loose-fitting clothing, hats and gloves to help stay warm.
--Never use a gas stove to heat your home.
--Never use a kerosene or propane space heater, charcoal or gas grill, or generator indoors or near the home.
--If a carbon monoxide detector goes off in your home, call 911, quickly open a nearby window, and go outside for fresh air immediately.
--When outdoors, wear warm clothing and cover exposed skin. Use multiple layers to maintain warmth.
--Seniors should take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls from icy conditions.
--Check on neighbors, friends, relatives and clients (if you are a service provider).
--If you need a prescription filled, do so today before the arrival of the snow and dangerously cold temperatures.

Check on Neighbors, Friends, Relatives and Clients
--Home visiting and social service agencies should activate their cold emergency plans, and reach out in advance to their clients to make sure they're aware of the cold and snow.
--If you are concerned about someone on the street who may be homeless and in need of assistance, call local authorities and ask for the Mobile Outreach Response Team. The Department of Homeless Services will send an outreach team to the location to assess the individual's condition and take appropriate action.
--If your building is cold, check on your neighbors. If you know someone who is vulnerable and lacking heat, help them get to warm places and notify the building manager and or your local utility to get heat restored. If you see someone with signs of hypothermia such as confusion, shivering, slurred speech, drowsiness call 911 for help and help the person get warm while waiting for help.
--Landlords and building managers should check their building systems to ensure heat, and check on vulnerable people.

Health problems resulting from prolonged exposure to cold include hypothermia, frostbite and exacerbation of chronic heart and lung conditions. Here are the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:
--Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition where the body temperature is abnormally low. Symptoms may include shivering, slurred speech, sluggishness, drowsiness, unusual behavior, confusion, dizziness, and shallow breathing. Some people, such as infants, seniors, and those with chronic diseases and substance abuse problems can get sick quicker. Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors who may need assistance to ensure they are adequately protected from the cold.

--Frostbite is a serious injury to a body part frozen from exposure to the cold. It most often affects extremities like fingers and toes or exposed areas such as ears or parts of the face. Redness and pain may be the first warning of frostbite. Other symptoms include numbness or skin that appears pale, firm, or waxy.

Provide first aid
--If you suspect a person is suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, call 911 to get medical help.
--While waiting for assistance to arrive, help the person get warm by getting them to a warm place if possible, removing any damp clothing and covering them with warm blankets.

What to Do if You Lose Heat or Hot Water at Home
Take these measures to trap existing warm air and safely stay warm until heat returns, including:
--Insulate your home as much as possible. Hang blankets over windows and doorways and stay in a well-insulated room while the heat is out.
--Dress warmly. Wear hats, scarves, gloves, and layered clothing.
--If you have a well maintained working fireplace and use it for heat and light, but be sure to keep the damper open for ventilation. Never use a fireplace without a screen.
--If the cold persists and your heat is not restored call family, neighbors, or friends to see if you can stay with them.
--Do not use your oven or fuel-burning space heaters to heat your home. These can release carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell.
--Open your faucets to a steady drip so pipes do not freeze.

Safe Home Heating Tips
Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.
Fire safety tips:
--Make sure you have a working smoke alarm in every room. Test them at least once a month and change the batteries twice a year.
--Use only portable heating equipment that is approved for indoor use. Space heaters are temporary heating devices and should only be used for a limited time each day.
--Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes, and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. Never drape clothes over a space heater to dry them.
--Never leave children alone in the room where a space heater is running. Always keep an eye on heating equipment. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it.
--Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord or power strip. Do not plug anything else into the same outlet when the space heater is in use. Do not use space heaters with frayed or damaged cords.
--If you are going to use an electric blanket, only use one that is less than 10 years old from the date of purchase. Also avoid tucking the electric blanket in at the sides of the bed. Only purchase blankets with an automatic safety shut-off.

Carbon monoxide safety tips:
--Carbon monoxide comes from the burning of fuel. Therefore, make sure all fuel-burning devices such as furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, and clothes dryers are properly vented to the outdoors and operating properly. If you are not sure, contact a professional to inspect and make necessary repairs.
--Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Most homes and residential buildings in New York City are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed near all sleeping areas. Owners are responsible for installing approved carbon monoxide detectors. Occupants are responsible for keeping and maintaining the carbon monoxide detectors in good repair.
--If you have a working fireplace keep chimneys clean and clear of debris.
--Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven, charcoal barbecue grill, or kerosene, propane, or oil-burning heaters.
--The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are non-specific and include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sleepiness, trouble breathing, and loss of consciousness. Severe poisonings may result in permanent injury or death.

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911, get the victim to fresh air immediately, and open windows.

If You Need Emergency Heating Assistance
The Human Resources Administration (HRA) administers the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which provides low-income people with emergency heating assistance. Eligible residents will receive a payment for fuel delivery, or HRA will arrange for fuel delivery or boiler repair. Emergency assistance is given to those who qualify only once per heating season. 

Homeless Outreach
The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) continues to use its Cold Weather Emergency Procedure, called Code Blue, to protect unsheltered individuals, who are more at risk for exposure deaths during the cold winter months.

Outreach workers are on the streets 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are trained to:
--Identify and regularly monitor individuals who may be at risk during cold weather.
--Engage at-risk individuals and persuade them to voluntarily come indoors.

During a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency, housing options for the homeless include the following:

Shelters: During a Code Blue, homeless adults can access any shelter location for single individuals. Beds are available system-wide to accommodate anyone brought in by outreach teams or walk-ins.

Drop-in centers: All drop-in centers are open 24 hours a day when Code Blue procedures are in effect, taking in as many as people as possible for the duration of inclement weather. Drop-in staff also can make arrangements for homeless individuals at other citywide facilities.

Safe havens and stabilization beds: Chronically homeless individuals may be transported to these low-threshold housing options where they may go directly from the street to a bed.

Call on SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to help with your water damage emergency

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Your water damage emergency won't wait

Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-including all holidays.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County arrives as quickly as possible and that is when they start with extracting the water. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal things begin to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

So if you have an emergency, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County - 518-885-2620

What is that smell?

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Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today for your Deodorization needs!

SERVPRO is widely known for being the leader in Fire and Water Cleanup & Restoration in the Saratoga area and we are tops in our field for Mold Cleanup as well, but our capabilities reach so much further than those three areas of expertise.

Our local SERVPRO offers many other services that you may not be aware of. One of those services is deodorization.

Through our many years in business, we have been called in to eliminate foul odors in many homes and businesses. These deodorizations have included such things as the simple burnt popcorn smell, changing hotels and homes from “smoking" to "non- smoking”, eliminating pet odors, and even odors associated with deceased animals have been rectified by our trained professionals. We have many different processes we use to eliminate these types of odors, from ozone treatments, to duct cleaning, and in some severe cases, hepa-vacuuming and cleaning & deodorizing an entire home or business.

Sometimes we are called in to investigate a "mysterious smell" in order to determine exactly what is causing an odor.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has specialized equipment, such as moisture meters, scopes to look into wall cavities and ductwork, and even infrared technology that can be applied to investigate areas for deceased animals.

Deodorization is one of many areas we specialize in, so the next time you have a bad smell in your home, or business just give us a call, so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Prepare before you go on vacation

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Have no worries while you are on your vacation!

Going on vacation should be relaxing and worry-free which is why it is important to make sure your house is secure before you leave for your trip. Be SERVPRO ready so you don’t come back to damages in your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home provided by SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County.

Make Arrangements with an Emergency Contact

  • Choose a close friend or neighbor you trust as your emergency contact and provide them with all of your itinerary information in case they need to contact you.
  • A timer on lights will give the impression someone is home.
  • Leave written directions for alarm codes, doors, or other information needed to properly care for your home.
  • Make sure your mail is collected; burglars often look for homes with overflowing mail. 
  • The Post office can suspend your mail and deliver the day you get back.

 

Take plumbing and electric precautions

  • Prevent leaks and floods from damaging your home by shutting off gas and water at the meter, supply tank or appliances.
  • Turn off the water valves to washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher.
  • Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages which could potentially cause a disastrous fire.
  • Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
  • Adjust your thermostat for the season in the winter 55-60 in the summer 75-80 should help control usage.

 

 Right before you leave

  • Notify your security company that you are leaving town.
  • Take out the kitchen trash and other trash that could get smelly.
  • Go on one last walk through of your home to secure windows, blinds, fences, doors, and plugs. This will ensure all entries are safe from hazardous obstructions.

 

 If you come back from vacation and encounter damage within your home, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County - 518-885-2620. We clean up mold, fire or water damage at your home or business.

Emergency Biohazard Cleanup

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If a traumatic event happens in a home or business, the added stress of cleaning up is not something property owners want to worry about. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is a leader in property damage restoration and has earned the trust of property owners, property managers and the insurance industry in communities throughout Northeastern New York We understand that time is of the essence when these types of property damage emergencies occur and that is why we are always available 24/7. 

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's biohazard waste disposal services and biohazard property restoration services can help ease the discomfort caused by a biohazard emergency. Our technicians are trained to handle all types of biohazard waste disposal services, including animal related fatalities. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County biohazard property restoration services include postmortem cleanup of body fluids created in the aftermath of death, as well as filth, debris, hoarding cleanup and organization services. 

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County technicians are highly trained in rapid response. We do it with experience, skill and most importantly, compassion. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call 518-885-2620 for all of your biohazard remediation needs.  

When Storms or Floods Hit SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is Ready!

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SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its original 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 and time required to restore your property.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm, hurricane or flooding disaster. We can access resources equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 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 518-885-2620

Post Construction Cleaning

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Even the most conscientious construction crews leave dirt, debris, and dust at the end of a construction project. With a professional construction cleaning, you can ensure that you'll see the full value of your renovation at the end of the project. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional Construction Cleaning we'll take care of the four major components that can prevent your newly renovated property from looking its best:

  • Debris/Trash –Trash is an eye sore to your property and loose debris can cause problems with your neighbors. It can also leave a negative image with future clients or potential buyers. Debris pick up at each stage of the project will make a work area look organized and tidy.
  • Exterior construction clean up – Walkways, entrance ways and patios are the first image visitors see of your new construction area. A typical construction worksite will leave hundreds of construction nails and potentially dangerous metal fragments in the yard. Sweeping, power washing and general exterior organization will help keep the site organized and safe.
  • Interior clean up– A professional cleaning will include a wipe down of walls, floors, windows and appliances. HEPA Vacuuming and cleaning of all flooring and carpets will safely remove all of the potentially dangerous particles. An extensive detail cleaning will bring out the shine of all windows, lights, door knobs and hinges ensuring that every surface of your project “show ready.”
  • Duct Cleaning - After construction, the inside of an HVAC system can be a scary sight. During construction ultra fine particles collect on air duct surfaces and fall into the crevices of your air duct system. A professional cleaning company will use a “state of the art” portable duct cleaning system using a powerful HEPA vacuum and an air compressor. This service will eliminate irritating dust, remove offensive odors, and improve HVAC operating system efficiency.

Take the final step to truly transform your property by having SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County professionally cleanup your construction project. Reduce stress, maximize the beauty of your property, and enhance the likelihood of a sale with our help.

Have Questions about Construction Cleaning?
Call Us Today - 518-885-2620

Where to Begin After You've had a Fire

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A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

 

What to do after a fire:

  • Secure openings made to your property by firefighters using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect your home from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

 

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.

 

Determine the Type of Cleaning Needed

Before starting the cleanup process it's extremely helpful to know what type of fire damage has occurred. There are different types of fire, smoke, and soot and each requires a different clean up method to best restore your property. Prior to beginning the restoration process, our professional technicians will test the soot to help determine which type of smoke damage occurred and will design the clean up procedure based on that information.

 

 

The Different Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot Can Include:

  • Wet Smoke – Usually from Plastics and Synthetics
    • Occurs from Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Produced from Paper and Wood
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

 

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has what it takes to restore your home. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened."

For Immediate Service Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

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SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (518)885-2620

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Approaching the Holiday Season

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For  many people, November is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family-oriented get togethers, like Thanksgiving.  While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes, it is also important to take time to remember safety.

 

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 357,000 home structure fires each year- forty-five percent of those fires are attributed to home cooking fires.  These fires are also responsible for thousands of injuries and more than $6.9 billion in property damage each year.

 

By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure your holiday plans don't up in smoke!

 

Your local SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County wants you to stay safe.  If you do experience a fire or water damage, call us today at (518)885-2620.

Prepare for any Disaster

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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile 

 If your home or business had a fire whom would you call after 911 and Winston Salem’s fire fighters have left? Your insurance agent? Your banker?  The interior decorator that made your office the warm and inviting place you did business. Now here is the important question. Do you have all of the numbers you need at your fingertips to call all the people you need to help you get back into business or your home quickly?

You can with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile APP. This is free and only takes a little time to gather the info so you are ready for whatever could prevent you from enjoying your home or office.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • Profile is viewable online or on your SERVPRO READY APP and is secured with a login and password.

 

Don't wait until a disaster strikes.

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to establish your Emergency READY Profile

Or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

518-885-2620

It's always best to call us directly so we can assess your needs directly.

Frozen and Bursting Pipes

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  • Cold weather can have a huge impact on you home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is freezing temperatures, damaging winds,sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take the steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits (again…)

  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. ( Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinets doors open allowing warm air inside or circulate around the pipes. If the building has an outdoor faucet, consider shutting the water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing the pipe.)

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

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Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. 

-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement. 

- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 

-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button. 

-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away.  A good reminder to change the batteries is during daylight savings time.

-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. 

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