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Clifton Park Home Restoration from Local Franchise Owners 

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Male SERVPRO technician SERVPRO has a fire restoration team like no other. We have IICRC certified technicians that have experience and the equipment for the job.

SERVPRO Technicians Promptly Assist with Fire Damage in Clifton Park 

Clifton Park is in the southern part of Saratoga County, situated near Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. Although there are rural roots in the community, it sits in the middle of New York's Tech Valley. Emerging businesses continue to grow in the community while also preserving and restoring places of historical significance. Clifton Park enjoys four seasons, each with unique activities and advantages. 

Seasonal Highlights in Saratoga County

  • Fall Attractions: Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and haunted experiences near Halloween are popular in the area. Apple picking at farms with apple orchards is a very popular fall pastime. 
  • Winter Attractions: Snowsports of all kinds are popular in the winter. Maple Ski Ridge and Willard Mountain offer downhill skiing, while numerous trails are popular for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are multiple snowmobiling clubs in the area advocating to plan outdoor adventures using the Saratoga Snowmobiling Itinerary as a resource for trails and starting points. 
  • Spring and Summer Attractions: Hiking trails are popular throughout the emerging spring months and well into the mild summers. There are several Wineries in the area that are open during the more temperate months. These wineries typically offer outdoor seating, tastings, and meals ranging from charcuterie to wood-fired pizza. Residents may wish to visit the nearby Saratoga Racecourse for horse racing or the Museum of (Horse) Racing and Hall of Fame during spring and summer. Residents may choose to visit Clute's Dry Dock, along Riverview Road, to view or canoe a portion of the still-functioning Erie Canal.

The Erie Canal in Clifton Park

The Erie Canal officially opened on October 26, 1825, after approximately eight years of construction., and originally ran for 363 miles from the Hudson River in Albany all the way west to Lake Erie in Buffalo. Before the canal, the primary mode of transporting bulk items was by pack animals who could only carry a maximum of 250 pounds and took a very long time to arrive at their specified destination. Similarly, a stagecoach ride from Buffalo to New York City was approximately two weeks. There were no railways at the time, so the canal was a viable transportation option for goods and people cutting down the time between the two cities in half. 

Opponents of the canal called it "Clinton's Folly" or "Clinton's Big Ditch," after Governor DeWitt Clinton. However, the canal cut down transporting costs for bulk materials by 95 percent. It also gave New York City an advantage over other ports because the Erie Canal connected the Hudson to the Western Interior of the United States. 

The height of travel on the Erie Canal was in the 1850s, and by the twentieth century, large barges replaced line and passenger boats. Canawlers (canallers) were people who lived up and down the canal and developed unique cultural attitudes, customs, and oral traditions long after portions of the canals closed. 

The Erie Canal Changed Commerce Throughout Saratoga County and the Rest of New York

Locks

  • Originally there were 83 locks, and now there are just 35 numbered locks remaining. 
  • The first is Black Rock Lock, and the last is Troy Federal Lock. 
  • Locks function through gates; the downstream gate closes to allow the water to rise, so the boat gains enough height to pass through the upstream gate. 
  • There is a 565 feet difference from the first lock to the last lock. 

Freight Boats

  • They are sometimes called line boats or freighters. 
  • Mules and horses pulled freight (canal) boats by walking on a parallel towpath. 
  • The canal was narrow, so if boats met, one moved to the side while the other passed by. 
  • If taking passage on freight boats, people slept on the deck or on top of crates.
  • Cheaper travel for people who could not afford passage on packets. Ofen only 1 or 2 cents per mile, but at a slower rate. 

Passenger Boats

  • Most commonly, 60-80 feet long and 14 feet wide.
  • Sometimes called packet boats or packets. 
  • Boats transported passengers in comfort, transforming from a dining room into sleeping quarters at night. 
  • Men and women slept in different areas, separated by a curtain. 
  • During summer months, passengers sat on the deck or even the roof of the boat. 

The aqueducts at Rexford in Clifton Park allowed for the Erie Canal to move across the Mohawk River. The Erie Canal facilitated town growth in Clifton Park and the surrounding communities, allowing for trade and developing commerce, leading to today's city. Many homes and businesses built in the nineteenth and early twentieth century remain in use today. Older, historically- preserved homes require additional attention to detail when faced with home renovations after a fire. 

How Does SERVPRO Help Restore My Fire-Damaged Home?

Experiencing a home fire is often devastating and overwhelming. Our professional fire damage restoration team comes to assist you when your head is swimming with daunting tasks. Our team assesses the damage, creating a restoration plan for your home and personal belongings, with replacement as a last resort option. However, One of the most common issues with fire damage is the lingering odor. 

SERVPRO Removes Odors After a Fire

  • There are several ways that our technicians tackle odors after a fire:
  • Removal: It is crucial to remove the odor's source. Otherwise, the item continues to smell.
  • Ventilate: Technicians open doors, use your HVAC system, and air movers to ventilate the area.
  • Clean: Thoroughly clean surfaces with a detergent/deodorant solution to remove odors. The further away from the source of the smell, the less cleaning required. 
  • Control: Uses Counteractants to mask and absorb unwanted odors.
  • Fog: If needed, technicians recreate the fire conditions in the area with thermal foggers to dissipate throughout the home. 

Our fire restoration team may choose to use any or all of these steps to remove unwanted odors from your home. For assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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