Recent Storm Damage Posts

Reducing Hazards and Extracting Excess Water in Your Clifton Park Home

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Kitchen For assistance with flood damage anywhere on your property, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620.

How Do I Handle a Flooded Garage in Clifton Park? SERVPRO Removes Floodwater and Mitigates Secondary Damage

Dealing with a storm-induced flood in your Clifton Park property is overwhelming and frustrating. Seeing your belongings and valuable items impacted can leave homeowners unsure of what to do first. Our professional restoration team can help you take one step at a time to restore your home to pre-damaged status. During or shortly after the storm, as long as your garage is safe, you should remove visible hazards and valuables such as tools from the garage floor. When picking up loose extension cords or moving appliances, check that the power is not on since water acts as a conductor.

Now That I Have Removed Hazards, How Do I Remove the Water?

SERVPRO Uses Professional Equipment to Remove Excess Water from Your Home

Flood damage restoration in Clifton Park typically begins with removing excess water. If water is more than two inches deep, our technicians may choose to use a submersible or trash pump, depending on the amount of solid matter in the floodwater. After removing as much excess water as possible with extraction equipment, technicians squeegee out the remaining water. It is important to know that floodwater is black water (category 3), so technicians wear PPE (personal protective equipment) to eliminate contamination.

Why Do I Need a Dehumidifier and Air Scrubber in the Garage?

  • Dehumidifiers work in conjunction with air movers, speeding up the drying process by exhausting warm, dry air. Without one component, the other is much less effective.
  • It is essential to restore the RH (relative humidity) levels; too much moisture can cause mold growth and rust to your belongings in the garage.
  • Air Scrubbers use HEPA filters, removing unwanted contaminants from the air.

For assistance with flood damage anywhere on your property, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Skilled Flood Damage Intervention is Best After Clifton Park Storms

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

a storm damaged house with a yellow storm damage sign in front of it Storms can destroy your roof and bring excess water inside your home. Contact SERVPRO should you be facing such an event. Our technicians are here.

SERVPRO’s Storm Response Team Handles Flood Damage in Clifton Park

Whenever a significant storm front comes through the Clifton Park area, your home may get subjected to heavy rain and high wind. This could impact your exterior, different structural elements, and even threaten your interior contents should flooding occur. Rather than attempting DIY that comes with hassles and possible risk, SERVPRO is there to address everything that truly makes your house a home. Our water damage and restoration crew are there to perform water removal services and other storm-related assistance to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What about contents with flood damage in Clifton Park?

Whenever there is outside water infiltrating your property, you will require contents restoration. Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) know how to handle everything from clean water to contaminated flood water events. We also work to restore versus replace, meaning we have a broad selection of products and techniques that help us salvage whatever is possible. Some of the processes we use to streamline cleaning and keep restoration costs low include:

  • Dry or wet cleaning methods – We select wet cleaning to help with moderate to heavy soils, while dry cleaning is best for pre-cleaning or lighter residues.
  • Spray and wipe cleaning methods – This is a good option for contents that cannot go through rigorous cleaning and agitation.
  • Foam cleaning methods – Such a process is better for fabrics (like upholstery) that could shrink or bleed while getting cleaned.
  • Abrasive cleaning methods – Our team can remove residues from different surfaces using agitation.
  • Immersion cleaning methods – With the addition of cleaning agents, contents get submerged in a bath to loosen and remove residue.

Flood damage after a storm calls for careful cleaning while also keeping contamination in mind. Look to SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County when you want the job done right the first time. Call us 24/7 at (518) 885-2620 or request help online.

Clifton Park Flood Problems -- SERVPRO Has Suggestions and Remediations to Help

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

flooded basement dry, cuts on walls SERVPRO dries wet Clifton Park basements and minimizes flood cuts to the walls, then repairs, "Like it never even happened."

Preserving Structures After Flood Damage in Clifton Park

New York residents are no strangers to flooding, but did you know that 90% of natural disasters in the United States involve floods? Just one inch of water can 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.

Suppose your home requires professional cleanup due to flood damage in your Clifton Park residence. In that case, 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 soaked 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 damage flooring, ceilings, and walls and damage the foundation. However, you can help mitigate damages by diverting water away from your property with some smart landscaping choices. 

?   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. 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 various 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 exceptionally well to desiccant dehumidifiers, which pass moisture collected from air movers over a desiccant material like silica gel, replacing the humidity with warm and dry air.

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.

Does SERVPRO Provide Flood Damage Restoration in Halfmoon?

3/12/2022 (Permalink)

attic damage from a storm SERVPRO techs review the risk potential of flooding and damage to your property. Storm damage restoration is a job for us.

What Advice Can SERVPRO Provide to Halfmoon Residents to Avoid Flood Damage?

When floodwaters arrive after a storm in Halfmoon, there is not much time to prepare for the flood and protect your furniture, home, and belongings. Most people only have enough time to grab their pets and protect themselves. They know they will have to deal with a lot of damage afterwords. Many wonder what they could have done to protect their possessions and homes if they had more warning.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup, repair, and restoration services to Halfmoon residents after a storm brings floodwaters into their area. Depending on the amount of the damage, we respond with truck-mounted pumps, portable pumps, water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Our crew provides advice regarding those items that cannot be recovered and any structures that require controlled demolition to protect your family from mold and allow us to dry the home completely. We can also help with repair and reconstruction as needed.

While homeowners may not completely protect their homes from flooding, there are steps they can take to reduce the damage, especially to your contents. For example, consider the following:

  • Review the risk of potential flooding – are you in a flood plain
  • Inventory your home – many people make a video of everything in the house. They store the video off-premises or in the cloud.
  • Move documents, photographs, etc., to higher floors.
  • Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Ensure that landscaping slopes away from your home to prevent water pooling at the basement wall
  • Consider waterproofing your basement.
  • Elevate your furniture or move it to a higher floor
  • Your priority is your family’s safety.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County in Halfmoon and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (518) 885-2620.

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

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Kitchen Floor 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 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, making approaches like flood cutting a common practice 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. The porous material, sheetrock, can absorb more significant volumes of standing water and wick upwards from the baseboard towards the ceiling. Where this wicking stops and natural 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, which is 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 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. Whether we choose, you can count on our expertise to save you time and money when it matters most. Call us today at (518) 885-2620.

What Is Likely to Cause Personal Injuries When Addressing Flood Damage in Halfmoon Properties?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO addresses all storm damage projects with a keen eye. We use the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

Evaluating Properties and Executing Protective Measures Helps SERVPRO Teams Prevent Personal Injury

Suffering personal injuries when reeling from the shock of property damage from floods can worsen the challenge. Injuries can even ruin personal relationships with friends or family members, helping you address the flood damage at your Halfmoon property.

The top solution for addressing injuries when restoring flood damage in your Halfmoon property is early discovery of likely causes so that you can avoid them or the removal of the contributing factor. Avoidance mostly means wearing protective gear that shields people from known and unknown risks. Removal, on the other hand, requires pinpointing the issue and neutralizing it. The training SERVPRO technicians receive equips them with sufficient knowledge on both aspects of risk management.

Some simple actions that minimize the risk of injury by a significant margin include:

  • Ensuring the tack strip is covered after removing carpets
  • Ensuring equipment power cords are not frayed 
  • Checking whether there is mold 
  • Identifying asbestos or lead-containing materials

Various flood management tasks such as removing water or deteriorated structural materials require various power equipment. Injuries from electrocution can happen if the cables supplying power to such are frayed or compromised in another way. Alternatively, shorts can happen, damaging the equipment and thus delaying the restoration work. A simple check helps minimize the chances of such injuries and delays.

Demolitions are common when resolving flood damage to remove unsalvageable materials. Disturbing different materials, including those not being removed, is unavoidable. If such materials contain lead or asbestos, exposure can have possible health effects. Our SERVPRO teams inspect the affected areas to identify such materials and therefore take the proper precautions during restoration.

Letting SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County handle the entire flood damage restoration takes care of all safety issues and removes all traces of damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (518) 885-2620.

How Can Contents of Clifton Park Homes Get Cleaned After Flooding?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow Safety-First Sign against blue background Floodwaters contain contaminants. SERVPRO is equipped and trained to safely remove the water and restore your home.

With the Threats of Contaminants and Bacteria, Thorough Cleaning is Vital for Clifton Park Homes After a Flood

Flood damage can affect multiple levels of a single house and prevent comfortable living until water removal, drying, and cleaning occur. Our SERVPRO professionals provide a full-service solution for post-flooding cleanup and recovery. We are available 24/7 to make it "Like it never even happened."

On-Site Cleaning Solutions to Start Restoration

Natural flooding can be one of the most destructive situations for properties, so flood damage in Clifton Park homes needs addressing as fast as possible. Each situation is unique and different, which requires a thorough inspection of the property to determine where cleaning and restoration will be necessary. It is a priority to provide as much on-site cleaning and restoration as possible in most situations. Relocating affected contents to unaffected areas of the house can often be a positive, preventative step to avoid costly and more widespread damage. 

Pack-Out Procedures for Heavily Damaged Contents 

One of our SERVPRO team's services that can set us apart is the care for the contents exposed to possible contaminants and bacteria. We understand the vital nature of fast action in these circumstances and can provide on-site and off-site cleaning and disinfection solutions. The pack-out process involves carefully collecting and transporting the house's contents and furniture to our nearby facility for cleaning and restoration. Some of the services available by our experienced cleaning technicians at our warehouse include:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Drying
  • Disinfection
  • Deodorization

Post-flooding cleaning and recovery are vital services provided by our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team. Natural flooding presents many hazards and risks for those exposed, and every minute counts when the restoration is necessary. Our experienced and trained team is available 24/7 to help at (518) 885-2620.

Does SERVPRO Provide Flood Damage Cleanup in Halfmoon?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

flooded basement Flood damage restoration for your basement is an easy choice. SERVPROs IICRC certified techs are ready for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Basement Flooding Damage Cleanup in Halfmoon

Whether a sump pump fails or flood waters coming in through one of the basement windows, the flood damage in your Halfmoon basement can be catastrophic. Even an inch of water can damage flooring materials, drywall on the walls, and all of the contents. Carpets can delaminate, and wood products absorb water, swell and lose their structural integrity.

SERVPRO responds in less than four hours to flood damage emergencies in Halfmoon. A fast response can often mitigate some of the damage before various materials absorb the water before mold infestations can form. Our team responds with truck-mounted water extractors to remove the excess water. Weighted extractors are used to remove excess water from the carpets whenever possible.

Dehumidifiers and air movers finish the drying job of the structure and flooring. Specialized equipment can be deployed, such as drying mats for hardwood floors, to save hardwood floors. Our fast response and specialized equipment can reduce your water loss damage significantly. Our restoration services can return your basement to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Our flood damage services include:

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for flood damage repairs in Halfmoon and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (518) 885-2620.

How Can Property Owners Handle Flood Damage in Their Clifton Park Homes Effectively?

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

flooded basement, appliances burners Rapid groundwater extraction from a Clifton Park basement can mitigate the damages---Call SERVPRO

Property Owners Should Leave Flood Damage in Clifton Park to Experienced Restorers Like SERVPRO

It is impossible to imagine life without water, but there are times when living with water is much more difficult. You have to deal with flood-related damage as fast as possible by involving restorers like SERVPRO. Our team of storm damage technicians can help you handle flood damage of any size or scope at any time of the day.

The potential of flood damage in your property

Storm flood damage in your Clifton Park has the potential to bring life to a halt. It affects anyone who is stranded in flood-damaged properties. Flood damage can take many forms, and several factors determine the severity of the damage. Consider the following scenario:

  • Floodwater can be contaminated
  • It can cause mold growth within 48 hours
  • It can damage drywall

How SERVPRO restorers dry moisture behind drywalls

Before drying your property, SERVPRO can extract the excess floodwater in your property to speed up the drying process. The moisture left behind can continue causing significant damage if left to dry on its own. Our SERVPRO technicians can drill small holes into the void behind your drywall to access moisture. We can use structural cavity drying equipment with vents attached to air movers. This advanced equipment is called an injecti-dry. The gear directs dry air into the drywall to speed up drying. Drying may take several days to over a week, depending on the severity of the flooding. An antimicrobial product is usually applied to treated areas to reduce health effects and material degradation caused by mold infestations.

Avoid costly damages that floodwater can cause by acting fast. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for professional restoration at a friendly cost. Talk to us today at (518) 885-2620. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Clifton Park Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Umbrella in the rain When storm water invades your property, you can count on our skilled team of experts to return your home back to its original condition.

Did a Storm Cause Flood Damage to Your Clifton Park Home? Call SERVPRO for a 24/7 Service

A storm can cause severe flood damage to your Clifton Park home. What you do during the first few hours after the incident directly impacts the flood restoration cost and the time required. SERVPRO technicians have years of experience in mitigating flood damage to Clifton Park homes. We understand the local conditions of the area and deploy a strategy that yields the best results. 

Leaking roofs from storms in Clifton Park can cause water to accumulate and can cause many problems, including basement flooding. SERVPRO technicians begin the restoration process by removing this water. However, water removal is merely the first step. 

How do SERVPRO Experts Tackle Water Cleanup After a Flood in Your Clifton Park Home? 

Once the water is removed from the property, SERVPRO experts begin the flood restoration process at your Clifton Park home that includes several steps-

  • Provide Humidity Control- Humidity in the water-damaged home is restored to preloss condition by using dehumidifiers and air movers. Occasionally, techs also use air heating equipment such as indirect heating furnaces and portable heaters.
  • Provide Odor Control- We use air scrubbers and thermal foggers to eliminate wet material odors during the water cleanup process. 
  • Decontamination- Floodwater is almost always contaminated. We use chemical agents called antimicrobials to decontaminate the structure and contents. 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 for 24/7 assistance. 

Dive into Java in Clifton Park

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage to ceiling. Storms may cause flood damage. If they do or don't you should call the professionals of SERVPRO to make sure your property is in good hands.

Join Clifton Park Halfmoon Library for Intro to Java

Start off the new year right by learning a new valuable skill. Available to individuals in grade 5 and up, Intro to Java is taught by Scott Bartow virtually over the library's YouTube channel. Access the library's website to register for the free event. The class is on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 7:00pm - 8:00pm. While registering you may sign up for future classes if you wish to learn more about Java. 

Benefits to Learning Java:

  • Easiest of all programming languages to learn, making it beginner friendly.
  • Real-world tasks and problems are easier to deal with in Java than in Python.
  • Beginner Java users tend not to have as many runtime errors compared to Python.
  • Children as young as 10 to adults can learn it, making it a worthwhile family activity.

If you run into storm or flood damage in Saratoga County and need a timely home or business restoration, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Should Homeowners Do After a Flood?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

flooded basement, water heater SERVPRO Safely Removes Contaminated Floodwater from Clifton Park Basements--Then Disinfects to Restore the Biohazardous Area

Following a Groundwater Flooding of Your Clifton Park Residence, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Homeowners might get a few hours or even a day of warning about flooding from upriver. However, many floods occur after a massive rainstorm, and rivers and creeks crest within minutes, washing through Clifton Park neighborhoods. Preparation in advance of a flood is essential, but so is recovering from a flooded home.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleaning and restoration in Clifton Park and surrounding areas. We can deploy large capacity pumps and cleaning equipment within hours. Our team is available 24/7 and can be on-site within 4 hours of your call, weather permitting.

There are several issues to keep in mind to protect yourself and your family after your home flooded. The following should be considered:

  • Don’t drive through flooded streets – live electrical wires and strong water currents may still be active
  • Make sure your home is safe – slips and falls, live electrical systems, and contamination can cause health effects.
  • Seek medical aid if needed
  • Do not enter buildings until inspected; if you must enter, use flashlights

Call SERVPRO for assistance, water removal, board up, cleaning, and decontamination services.

Why Do We Need to Discard So Many Personal Items?

Floodwaters absorb various debris, chemicals, toxic materials, and even biological materials as the water races through a neighborhood and into your home. SERVPRO can remove mud and debris from hard surface items. Various toxic substances and biological material can cause health effects for many people. Anything porous such as fabrics and carpets, absorb these chemicals. SERVPRO can guide clients regarding how best to proceed. Our team can:

  • Identify items that can be saved
  • Move cleaned and disinfected possessions to a safe staging area
  • Document and dispose of anything that cannot be cleaned
  • Apply antimicrobial and anti-fungal sprays as needed
  • Remove standing water, clean and dry your home
  • We can handle initial damage mitigation along with full restoration

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County (518) 885-2620 for help with flood damage to your residential home.

Can My Home Be Made Livable Again After a Flood?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

"Flood zone" We understand the need for rapid response to minimize the loss of your property after a flood occurs. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Bring in SERVPRO to Remove Flood Damage to Your Clifton Park Home.

Why is Damage from a Storm More Harmful Than Other Types of Flooding?

With a storm, flood damage in Clifton Park homes contains many contaminants in the water. To mitigate this additional threat, SERVPRO restoration teams engage in a set of emergency services, each one necessary to return the home to a safe, livable condition once more.  

What Emergency Services Are Needed For My Home?

  • Protect Residents and Employees – Because a storm can bring in a huge amount of contaminants with the floodwater, we define most of these incidents as a Significant Contamination Project. Everyone not on our response must stay out of the home until our technicians can remove the water and the majority of the contaminants in the home. 
  • Establish Engineering Controls – Restoration team members set up containment measures to keep the damage isolated when it does not affect the entire home, i.e., sealing off entryways and kitchens with plastic sheeting to prevent water and contaminants from reaching the bedrooms at the other end of the home. 
  • Remove Water and Bulk contaminants – Technicians draw out water using submersible pumps and smaller extractors for shallow water and deliver it directly into the nearest sewer access point or a holding tank for delivery to a water treatment facility. Technicians next remove soil and other debris using shovels and rakes.
  • Demolish and Remove Damaged Property – If the water remained standing too long, drywall, floor trim, and other structural materials could not be restored. Team members break down each item for easier disposal without spreading the contaminants through the home. 

Are Those All of the Steps Needed to Restore My Home?

It depends, if the storm significantly raises the humidity level, SERVPRO technicians bring in dehumidifiers to lower it to a comfortable level. As they bring down the humidity, other team members begin the process of cleaning the residence. 

To set up a service visit here or in Halfmoon, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 today. 

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My Clifton Living Room Has Been Hit By A Storm – Can It Be Cleaned And Restored?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooded with floating chair Our crews are available 24/7 to give you back your home.

Clifton Park Homes That are in Need of Storm Cleanup Can Count on the Experts at SERVPRO to Provide Emergency Water Mitigation FAST

New York has over 52,000 miles of river and streams, which makes flooding the primary natural disaster. Seasonal storms bring rain and winds that lead to flooding in Clifton Park. If it happens to your home, our professionals are ready to go.

What items in my living room can you save from complete loss?

Flood damage to a home in Clifton Park is devastating. When it occurs in the living room, it is putting out of commission one of the most used rooms. The living room contents can include electronics, furniture, memorabilia, pictures, and books. The floor is often carpeted. While it might look like all is lost, that is generally not the case.

Scoping Out

The first step is scoping out how bad the flood damage is, and what items are in the room. Flood water is considered black water and can carry all kinds of dirt and debris as it sweeps through your home. This gets handled differently than clean or gray water. If the water intrusion is extensive, the content may get removed off-site to our warehouse cleaning facilities.

Cleaning and Restoring

Water extraction is going to be the main focus before anything can be dried and cleaned. With storm flooding, sanitizing is a primary focus as well. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians have years of experience and specialized training to restore your home to preloss condition. We deal with restoring and repairing the following regularly:

    •    Furniture and upholstery
    •    Carpet and flooring
    •    Drapery
    •    Personal items such as clothing
    •    Books and documents
    •    Artwork
    •    Household goods

Storm flooding leaves a mess in its wake. Our crews are available 24/7 to give you back your home. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 for expert flood damage service.

What Do I Do When a Storm Floods My Clifton Park Home?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior If your home needs flood damage restoration, get help today.

SERVPRO of Clifton Park Can Provide Fast Flood Damage Remediation!

Heavy storms can sometimes cause flood damage to your Clifton Park home. For example, a significant volume of rain could flood the Mohawk River and bring water to your door. A fallen tree could break a window and allow rain to trickle into your home. However, no matter how the water gets into your home, it's essential to call for help as soon as possible. Leaving flood damage to its own devices can only cause further problems for your home.

Picture coming home to your Clifton Park apartment and finding flood damage. A large puddle of water has collected in your living room and left your carpet sopping wet. The source of the water is your window, forced open by the extreme winds of the storm. Getting help from a professional company, such as SERVPRO, can help ensure your apartment receives the support it needs as soon as possible, and avoid further damages.

Does My Carpet Have to Be Removed? Can You Remediate It?

There are only a few cases where carpets have to be removed, and they usually involve black water. Seeing as the flood water in your apartment came directly from the sky, you shouldn't have to worry about that. To remediate your carpet we can:
• Use wet/dry vacuums to clean up as much water as possible from your living room
• Remove any debris from the area and clean your carpet
• Dry it with rover mounted extractors

Here at SERVPRO, we know how to mitigate damage in your home.

What About My Furniture?

Like your carpet, there are a few instances where we have to dispose of furniture completely. SERVPRO always tries to save your belongings so that we can help you lower expenses. For your furniture we can:
• Use extractors to pull water from fabric
• Send delicate belongings to our facility to be carefully cleaned and dried
• Set up drying equipment for wooden furniture

Our techs know how to help you when you need it.

If your home needs flood damage restoration, get help today. Communicate with SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County by dialing (518) 885-2620. We're always here for you.

How Do I Know If My Clifton Park Home Suffered From Flood Damage?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooding at home When you need prompt service to prevent secondary problems from occurring after a storm, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Can Inspect The Interior Of Your Clifton Park Home For The Presence Of Moisture

Sometimes thunderstorms can cause incidents like one of your roof shingles getting broken that can cause a slow leak in your roof. The problem with slow leaks is that you may not notice them right away, and the longer the problem goes unfixed, the worse the issues can become.

What Types Of Problems Can A Storm Cause To Structures?

    •   Flood damage inside your Clifton Park home can occur if water gets deep outside your house.
    •    Wind can cause rocks and branches to blow into your exterior walls and windows.
    •    Ice dams can form in the winter and cause your roof to leak.
    •    High-speed winds can ruin shingles, which can cause moisture to enter your attic.

How Can You Tell What All Got Wet After A Storm?
After receiving your emergency call, our SERVPRO technicians can arrive at your house promptly and begin inspecting your home. We can check your entire building, including nooks and crannies, such as your attic, for the presence of moisture. In some cases, we can also use equipment like a thermal imaging camera to find moisture by looking at surface temperature changes.

Why Is It Vital To Remove All Moisture Quickly?

    •    If your building materials and contents stay saturated for too long, they could lose their structural integrity.
    •    Raised humidity levels can cause problems with items that did not initially come into contact with moisture.
    •    Water coming indoors from the outside could be contaminated and cause harmful microorganisms to exist in your house.
    •    Mold growth can occur if spores have an organic food source like wood, the correct temperature, moisture, and enough time to form.
    •    Mildew-like odors could linger in your home if proper mitigation steps do not get taken right away.

When you need prompt service to prevent secondary problems from occurring after a storm, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we also provide services to Wilton and Stillwater.

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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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How To Properly Handle Waste After A Flood In Clifton Park

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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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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Call Our Professionals After A Flood In Your Clifton Park Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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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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Large Loss and Storm Team Response

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

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.

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.

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

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

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