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Have Professionals Address Your Clifton Park Mold Damage

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

Microscopic view of mold with the caption "What to know about mold" SERVPRO knows about mold--from inspection to cleanup and remediation to reconstruction. We help our Clifton Park neighbors.

SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services in Clifton Park

When you hear mold damage, you may not realize the impact that colonization of this fungi can have on your Clifton Park property. Black mold is never an infestation to ignore for our commercial or residential area structures. Once you suspect a mold infestation, you need to have it cleaned up quickly and in the safest, most effective manner. Rather than trying to remediate mold issues on your own, calling for assistance from skilled technicians at SERVPRO gets you the results you deserve. Once our team finishes, your property receives the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval – allowing you to breathe easy once again.

Why not just use mold removal products to handle mold damage in Clifton Park? Because there is no such thing as mold removal, although you may hear some companies offering it. Mold is present all around us, in the air inside and outside, on our pets, clothing, and every surface. Total eradication is not possible, but skilled mold remediation is achievable by returning your work or living environment to safe levels. This removal of visible signs and musty odors is where SERVPRO comes in!

How Did My Mold Issue Start?

Because microscopic mold spores are everywhere, growth is more of a possibility than you may think. These microbes start to colonize with a boost in interior humidity or a water damage problem. If there is ample moisture, the right temperature, and organic food sources like building materials, paper, or fabrics, mold can thrive. Should you start to notice any of the following, it is best to contact our customer care team to mobilize a mold cleanup team to your door:

  • Suspicious dark patches or visible blotches
  • Musty, foul odors
  • A notable increase in relative humidity (RH) mixed with one or both of the above

Never Wait to Begin Mold Mitigation!

There are several reasons to start mold clean-up right away. The longer that you wait, the worse the issue gets, which could lead to:

  • Structural issues – Mold issues can bring on various structural problems. Mold feeds on organic materials, eating away at wood, glues, fabrics, etc. The longer you hold off on cleanup, the more your ceilings, walls, and flooring could sustain damage.
  • Property devaluation – Whether you want to rent or sell your property, mold problems are a red flag in the real estate world. Waiting to address mold or attempting DIY remediation could lead to extensive costs to remedy the problem to sell.
  • Furniture degradation – Personal belongings and furnishings are not exempt from mold damage. The quicker you have them cleaned and restored, the better the chances of salvaging them.

How Does SERVPRO Address Mold-related Restorations?

SERVPRO has perfected the process of safe, effective mold cleanup and reconstruction. We have qualified IICRC-certified AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians. We have the right tools and equipment to help us get the results quickly so that your home or business sees little or no disruption. Our scalability is what allows us to adapt our services to meet the needs of smaller residential clients to large commercial customers. When you have a mold issue within your Clifton Park property, we get to work using:

  • Moisture detection tools, including sensors and hygrometers
  • Thermal imaging technology
  • Specialized vacuums to handle microscopic spore removal
  • Air scrubber equipment with HEPA filtration to facilitate odor and particulate removal
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers to increase moisture evaporation

You can also do different things at your home or business to keep mold from coming back. Remaining proactive and addressing root causes is the best defense. SERVPRO wants you to keep these tips in mind:

  • Always remove water from spills or flooding as soon as possible
  • Keep building materials and flooring dry
  • Ensure relative humidity (RH) throughout your interior stays under 60%
  • Check various areas for mold, including spots below cabinetry, around plumbing, and water-related fixtures and appliances

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County when you require mold damage assistance. Reach out to us by dialing (518) 885-2620.

Do You Need Flood Damage Clean-Up in Clifton Park – Call SERVPRO

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Flood On Feet Storm damage restoration is a specialty by SERVPRO. Call now for fast and immediate service for your property.

Sewage Clean-up After Flooding in Clifton Park

The floodwaters may have missed your home; however, sewer backups are common during a flood. Hundreds of gallons of water filled with hazards may be pushed back into your basement. Sewer clean-up situations may contain serious hazards in basements and sewage-contaminated crawl spaces.

SERVPRO provides flood damage clean-up in Clifton Park homes and structures. 

Working in crawl spaces or basements presents potential hazards. Our team is trained to provide remediation and removal of all contaminated materials, including disinfection of all structures and contents.

Flood damage and sewer backup hazards may include:

  • Sewer gas in crawl spaces and basements
  • Damage to electrical wiring and gas lines
  • Biohazards and bacteria

Let SERVPRO professionals using appropriate hazmat protection provide sewage clean-up and basement flooding clean-up in your home or business. We protect your family, pets, and employees from hazards.

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

Why Does SERVPRO Use Abrasive Blasting to Remediate Mold Damage?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

moldy Wall Corner Don't try to handle mold removal on your own. Call in the professionals at SERVPRO!

Clifton Park Homeowners Are Looking for State of The Art Mold Damage Treatments

Residents of Clifton Park are proud of their homes and keen to look after them properly. Local homeowners know that only the best will do when they need to hire someone for home upkeep. They are looking for contractors who are well-trained and who know what they are doing.

One home maintenance job that needs a professional touch is dealing with mold damage in Clifton. You might consider taking care of the mold by yourself, but we do not recommend that.

What Should I Consider When Searching for a Mold Remediation Company?

Choosing a mold removal company in Clifton Park is an important step. After all, you will give them access to your property, so you want to know you can trust them to treat it well. SERVPRO recommends you look for:

  • Swift response times and round-the-clock availability – we are available 24 hours a day.
  • Well-trained staff – we put all our technicians through rigorous training.
  • Focus on results – our main aim is to leave your home "Like it never even happened."
  • A staff that knows a range of techniques – our teams use the latest industry-standard methods, including abrasive blasting

Our teams treat your home as carefully as we would treat our own.

What is Abrasive Blasting? 

Abrasive blasting involves shooting a high-pressure stream of media at a mold-encrusted surface to scrape away the mold. Blasting machines use an air compressor to propel the media.

There are many applications for abrasive blasting (also known as sandblasting.) It can be used to clean and scrub away all kinds of dirt and grime. There are also many different blast media available, including steel shot, glass beads, and even walnut shells and corn. The two most common media for mold remediation are dry ice and baking soda.

Because of the speed and pressure, abrasive blasting scours mold from non-porous surfaces such as wood or metal.

SERVPRO uses abrasive blasting because:

  • It is a highly effective way to remove mold from surfaces.
  • It is much more labor efficient than hand scrubbing.
  • We can choose between media types to get the best one for the current job.

How Does SERVPRO Choose Which Kind of Media to Use?

The type of media depends on the surface that needs cleaning. We use baking soda where possible. Baking soda crystals are soft enough to cause minimal damage to underlying surfaces while still being productive. Baking soda is also non-toxic (it's the same thing you add while baking, although the blasting particles are bigger). It also performs as a natural deodorizer and is easy to clean up afterward.

In some cases, we use dry ice for abrasive blasting. Dry ice blasting propels solid carbon dioxide crystals to the surface. Dry ice needs to be handled carefully – we equip our SERVPRO teams with the necessary protective equipment. Dry ice blasting is more abrasive than baking soda blasting, which means it is not suited to more delicate surfaces. However, it is sometimes the best choice for raw wood surfaces such as attic beams or crawl spaces.

What Happens After Abrasive Blasting?

When our team is finished blasting, it is time for cleanup. We wipe away media residues, and we also use air scrubbers to suck up any media particles floating in the air. Air scrubbers also catch loose mold spores and remove them from the air.

We also utilize dehumidifiers and air movers for drying the area if necessary. Drying creates an environment that is less appealing for mold spores and helps prevent regrowth. Our managers will follow up with you a week later to make sure you are happy with the mold removal and answer any questions.

If you need a mold removal team with excellent customer service, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620.

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

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO technician pulling up water logged carpet Water damaged carpets can lead to many other issues such as mold. Stay calm and contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate the situation in your home.

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 be 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 been 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.

The Threats of Mold Damage to Clifton Park Homes

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

containment with poly sheeting and sign SERVPRO remediates mold damage in Clifton Park properties by safely erecting containment barriers to improve indoor air quality.

Why Should Clifton Park Homeowners Seek Mold Damage Remediation Quickly?

There are several layers of mold recovery and removal. In many cases, Clifton Park homeowners do not have the appropriate tools or experience to manage the needed aspects of post-mold recovery, such as:

  • Mold remediation
  • Water cleanup
  • Structure drying
  • Microbial inhibiting

The Rapid Spread of Mold

The driving force behind swift remediation of mold damage in Clifton Park homes is how many materials and contents could ultimately be ruined. Mold does not stop looking for the next hosting material to further the colony throughout the structure, so the longer you wait for professional remediation, the more areas could be harmed.

Uncomfortable Living Conditions

Having to contend with the presence of mold, even if it does not displace you from the house, can be overwhelming. Not only could mold cause health effects, but the spread of the organism continues to infringe on high-traffic living spaces.

Diagnosing Water Damages

If you have a mold threat in your house, chances are, something caused the conditions to be right to support this type of damage. The required dampness results from undiagnosed water damage or moisture penetrations outside the home in many cases. Professional remediators like ours arrive to remove active colonies and determine the source of moisture damage to make the appropriate repairs and avoid recurrences.

Improving Air Quality

Mold remediation completed by professionals is also more likely to address airborne contaminants and threats throughout the structure. HEPA filtration traps harmful microbes while hydroxyl machines and deodorizing equipment can work on overcoming the musty malodors produced by active colonization. Together, indoor air quality improves immensely, and the house is ready for a normal life again.

Mold is vastly underappreciated and, therefore, can be a formidable organism to remove if not addressed quickly. Microbial threats spread fast in a home through organic building materials and contents and find no shortages of hosts to spread the colony further. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team of remediation professionals is ready to help clean up the mess and remediate mold when you call (518) 885-2620.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Damage Remediation to Residents of Halfmoon

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

a person pointing to the mold growing in the corner of a room Finding mold in your home or office can be cause for some alarm. Contact our mold damage remediation experts for effective services. Call us 24/7.

Do You Need a Mold Inspection and Mold Remediation in Halfmoon – Call SERVPRO

It is important to actively implement mold damage remediation in Halfmoon homes and businesses to control the spread of mold and minimize the damage to your contents and even structural components. With high humidity, warm conditions, and limited airflow, mold spores can germinate into a mold infestation in as little as 24 hours under the right conditions. Mold produces a strong, musty odor, and mold can cause health effects in many individuals.

SERVPRO can assist with mold damage remediation in Halfmoon. We focus on the elimination of the source of the moisture and containing the infestation to the immediate area. We use negative pressure solutions and plastic barriers to prevent mold spores from migrating to other areas of the home during mold cleanup activities.

Many states require mold infestations to be inspected and documented based on the size of the area affected. We can help you meet these requirements and provide advice regarding your particular situation. Serious mold infestations may have damaged structural elements and require controlled demolition to contain the mold and remove the structural elements affected. Everything is bagged, sealed, and appropriate disposal procedures are followed.

While consumers may be tempted to clean up the mold infestation, the infestation will return unless the area is properly cleaned and dried. Often the mold will penetrate porous materials such as particleboard and drywall further than the original infestation causing additional structural damage.

SERVPRO provides the following services to our customers:

  • Mold inspections and guidance regarding state legal requirements
  • Mold removal and controlled demolition if needed
  • Mold remediation and reconstruction as needed

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

How Do Professionals Ensure Safe Management of Mold Damage in Clifton Park Properties?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Got mold? Mold remediation is a tricky process. SERVPRO techs have the training and experience in all phases of mold remediation.

SERVPRO Uses Enhanced Containment Measures to Protect People, Equipment, and Structures 

When your Clifton structure is contaminated by mold, you need to take appropriate action to remedy the situation and fix any damaged sections of the structure. The remediation process can pose risks since the disturbed mold can be released into the air where people can breathe it in. Finding a way to fix the damage while protecting people is ideal.

Professional mold damage remediation in Clifton Park properties offers a better chance of safe restoration of affected areas partly because you leave the professional to handle the entire process independently. Another reason is because of the containment measures a professional establishes in your property. Such containment prevents the spread of moldy debris into the air or all over surfaces in the property.

Containment falls into different categories, including:

In case of minimal mold contamination, source containment is sufficient. In such cases, our SERVPRO technicians remove the affected materials and wrap them in 6-mil plastic sheets or place them in sealed plastic bags. Moderate contamination requires containment before starting to remove materials. SERVPRO teams construct small enclosures that allow one worker to remove materials from affected areas without spreading moldy debris unnecessarily. Extreme contamination requires full containment to guarantee safety.

Full-scale containment of a mold-infested property involves different things, including:

  • Creating a work area containment to restrict debris from spreading
  • Setting up a decontamination area containment for cleaning equipment, people, and bagged materials
  • Setting up a clean room for storing uncontaminated equipment and clothes

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County prioritizes the safety of the work crews and occupants after mold damage. Call us at (518) 885-2620. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Emergency Services Benefit Halfmoon Homes After a Fire?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Closeup of fireman holding fire hose; water coming from hose Smoke and soot are not the only damages from fires. Water damage is a byproduct of fire extinguishment.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Help to Restore and Recover Fire-Damaged Halfmoon Properties Quickly

Fast responses to fire restoration mean that more of your home is protected from lingering damage after extinguishment. The prompt arrival of our restoration team begins our mitigation process to preserve your home and its contents from more considerable damages. 

What Emergency Services Precede Much of the Restoration Process?

Fire damage to Halfmoon homes and businesses can be widespread and overwhelming. Our experienced SERVPRO team understands the need for immediate action and can help with:

  • Building Inspections – Before much of the needs of your home can be determined, a thorough inspection of the grounds is necessary. 
  • Board-up/Tarping – Fires can create structural vulnerabilities and holes in places like the roof. Board up or tarping services prevent other damage to the house through these new openings. 
  • Water Removal – The extinguishment process is aggressive in many situations, leaving standing water in the most damaged areas of the property. Clearing this pooling uses several extraction devices in our inventory. 
  • Temporary Power – Fires can often leave properties without working utilities like power and water. With the need for electricity for many restoration tools, our team provides temporary power with trailered generators and spider boxes. 
  • Content Relocation – One of the initial efforts that our SERVPRO professionals can take involves the care and treatment of your contents and personal belongings. Moving them to a safer area of the house prevents costlier restoration needs. 

With how damaging fires can be to area homes and businesses, you need a team of professionals capable of providing multiple layers of restoration and cleaning services. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team understands the destructive nature of fires and can make smoke damage "Like it never even happened." Call today at (518) 885-2620.

How Can Mold Inspections Benefit Remediation in Clifton Park Properties?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling in dining room Mold remediation should be handled by a professional outfit. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Mold Specialists Can Provide a Detailed Plan for Remediation in Clifton Park Homes. 

Because remediation and mold cleanup can involve so many steps and stages in various areas of the property, our team needs to have a clear plan early in the effort. Our production manager works with the homeowner to conduct a visual mold inspection. 

What Do Mold Inspections Show? 

Experience matters when tackling destructive organisms like mold, so our professionals are here to help homeowners overcome mold damage in their Clifton Park properties. This process begins with a thorough mold inspection detailing specific aspects of what the property needs to return to pre-mold conditions.

Can Mold-Damaged Contents Be Preserved and Restored? 

Another beneficial aspect of the job scoping and inspection process is the attention to the structure's contents. Our professionals can identify when mold damage concerns exist that might threaten these elements and require more focused cleaning and attention than they would have received during the property's blanket remediation and restoration processes. Off-site and on-site, our team can help with:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Drying

When Is Controlled Demolition a Need? 

Another one of the things that mold inspections can identify is the need for controlled demolition and repairs. After even a brief exposure time, sensitive structural elements can deteriorate. Knowing where tear-out and build-back are needed can improve the overall efficiency of remediation. Our general contractor license allows us to complete this work without secondary companies.

When mold gets discovered in your home, it can be an overwhelming situation that requires experienced remediators to resolve. One of the advantages of choosing SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to help is how skilled our team is with mold remediation and content restoration. The needs of your home begin with a mold inspection we can conduct when you call (518) 885-2620. 

Does SERVPRO Provide Mold Damage Repairs in Clifton Park?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold and moisture damage When mold takes over your property, SERVPRO is the team to call. Mold remediation services by us are top-notch.

Yes, SERVPRO Provides Mold Inspections and Removal in Clifton Park

Mold damage can occur if a mold infestation is allowed to grow in Clifton Park. Many clients never suspect they have a mold problem until they notice a strong, musty odor. Unfortunately, a mold infestation in a location in your home that is seldom used can grow for weeks until the smell becomes noticeable. By that time, it has damaged the contents and even the structure of the walls or floors.

SERVPRO provides mold inspections and mold damage repairs to residents and business customers in Clifton Park. Our mold specialists can complete an assessment of the situation and prepare recommendations to remove the mold infestation and avoid future occurrences. Mold spores are everywhere, and they thrive on moisture in dark warm locations. We can help our clients avoid future infestations of mold.

We can clean mold contamination on hard non-porous surfaces and disinfect the surface. Porous surfaces such as fabrics and drywall must be thrown out and replaced in many situations. Our specialists can review the status of each item and the recommended approach.

We use industry-approved processes for the removal of mold:

  • Mold inspection and damage assessment
  • Mold containment
  • Air filtration
  • Removal of mold-infested materials
  • Cleaning contents
  • Mold remediation and repair

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

Homeowners Can Try Handling Water Damage in Clifton Park Homes

6/6/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen water damage, boards removed This water damage in Clifton Park was SERVPRO done with removal of floor boards and advanced equipment like the shown air mover

It Is Wise to Let Professional Restorers Like SERVPRO Handle Water Damage in Clifton Park?

Water damage is among the most difficult problems property owners face for a variety of reasons. For starters, if left unaddressed, they may cause significant harm to one's business and personal property. However, if handled on time by professional restorers like SERVPRO, the damage may be minimal.

Can wood rot if it gets wet?

Wood is treated to withstand the elements, particularly if it is to be used in construction; but, since it is still a natural material, it can rot during water damage in your Clifton Park home if restoration is delayed. Your ceiling may begin to sag and your wooden floor may warp. When you contact SERVPRO restorers, we respond within a short period to minimize damage and get your home to its pre-water condition

When responding to water damage-related problems, we equip ourselves with advanced equipment and tools. Depending on the magnitude of the damage, SERVPRO can use desiccant dehumidifiers with two 20-inch reinforced duct lines for large, extreme water intrusion projects. The equipment generates heat, which is transferred to the affected area through one of the duct lines through the desiccant material. The other duct line absorbs moisture from the building after heating the affected area. Desiccant dehumidifiers are our preferred options because:

  • The equipment works well in colder and dryer settings.
  • Produces the driest air with the least amount of vapor.
  • When the intake air is hotter and dryer, the system performs well.

It may be less expensive to let professional restorers handle water damage in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County immediately at (518) 885-2620 for excellent restoration “Like it never even happened.”

Is Your Plumbing Well Protected in a Clifton Park Home?

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

frozen pipe sign When water becomes solid in pipes there will be an issue with water damage. Call SERVPRO for the water mitigation services for your home.

Many homeowners get surprised every year to find water damage after under-insulated pipes break. 

With a grip of winter storms Clifton Park has experienced, ranging from Orlena to Shirley, steep temperature drops and cold snaps have threatened homes and businesses in the past months. Many structures have insulated pipes to prevent ice, but prolonged exposure in conditions well below freezing can still develop these damaging situations. Once ice forms inside of a water line, it can cause ruptures and breaks.

How Can Your Pipes Freeze? 

Extreme cold temperatures over a prolonged period, even just an evening, can compromise installed and under-insulated pipes in your home. With cold snaps, a regular event for Clifton Park winters, the likelihood of multiple lows beneath the necessary threshold to freeze and burst pipes is high. Still, water in pipes is the most likely to freeze over a matter of four to five hours, and depending on the lows, this timeline could decrease and include lines with a little flow.

Are There Warning Signs? 

There are several indicators that freezing might be happening or already happened. The most unambiguous indication is a loss of pressure or lack of flow from fixtures. Nothing from the faucets can usually point towards a blockage in the service, usually ice damming at vulnerable spots susceptible to changing weather conditions. In colder basement areas, you can often see pipes running to fixtures throughout the property, and when frost is forming on spots, this can show where ice clogs are forming.

What Damage Can A Burst Pipe Do in Your Clifton Park Home? 

When the water in the pipes becomes solid, the expansion can test the limitations of lead and copper pipes. When plumbing bursts or separates under this stress, immense water volumes can pour onto flooring or in wall cavities until you can get to the primary shutoff. Similar to drinks expanding and exploding from their containers in freezers, a burst pipe requires both immediate extraction efforts from our SERVPRO team, as well as the services available with our general contractor license.

Do You Need Professional Water Cleanup? 

Our team of water restoration experts can help with efficient mitigation as soon as we arrive. With powerful water removal tools, we can manage pooling to protect water-exposed contents and building materials better. Oversaturation and trapped moisture can quickly become a concern. Moisture detection tools like hygrometers and thermal imagery can identify damp pockets beyond surface material to limit tear-out for the drying to follow. Practical evaporative drying tools to eliminate moisture includes:

  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters
  • Positive/negative pressure systems
  • Floor mat drying system
  • Carpet wands

When an under-insulated water line becomes exposed to threatening temperatures below the freezing threshold, burst pipes can occur. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team can help with efficient water removal practices, plumbing repairs, and reconstruction as necessary. Give us a call anytime at (518) 885-2620.

Hike the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail Near Clifton Park

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts in drywall, drying equipment at work. Water damage is no easy task to deal with. Leave it to the professionals of SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors Any Time of Year in Clifton Park

Even in January, residents can connect with nature throughout Saratoga Counties through hiking various trails. Throughout the county, there are trails used for hiking, walking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. There are community-owned trails throughout the county.  

In 2019, private property owners reached out to the Saratoga PLAN to donate168-acre property. It is now called the Barkersville Trails. At one time, the property owners had over 90 sled-dogs, naming two of the trails after their favorite dogs; Parrish Trail and Derby Path. At the preserve, you may see porcupines, downy woodpeckers, and maybe even a spotted salamander. Artificial light is not allowed on the property, so be sure to leave by dusk.

This Preserve Has Unique Features:

  • 2.5 miles of hiking trails, built by local volunteers.
  • Trails are suitable for equestrian purposes and training sled dogs. 
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted, so you can be sure to enjoy a peaceful nature study. 

If you're dealing with water damage in your Clifton Park property, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. Our technicians respond quickly and effectively to any home disaster.

Clifton Park Residents Know Whom to Turn to For Fire Clean Up & Restoration

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Home/Fire Illustration SERVPRO is ready at a moment's notice. Call right away for assistance with fire damage in your Clifton Park home.

As Clifton Park Gears Up for the Holidays, Fire Safety is a Must

Clifton Park is home to over 36,000 people. What is now a suburban town began in the 17th century. Nanning Harmansen bought the land from the Indians known as the Shenendehowa. Once the purchase was made, he then requested a Patent for Land letter from Lord Cornbury. He told Lord Cornbury he wished the land to be named after the Lord, and the Clifton Park Patent was granted.

A Riverbank Village

A small group of twenty people lived in the area as of 1723. It was then called Canastigione. The Mohawk River ran along part of the area, and Edert Vischer took advantage of that. He established the Vischer Ferry in 1783. The Mohawk was quite popular for use as a means of ferrying people and goods. 

In 1828 the town was formerly named Clifton Park. Over the years, it was mainly farmland with a few churches, homes, and businesses. Over time things changed, and when Interstate 87 was built, the demographics changed considerably.

Enjoying Sports

Clifton Park residents know how to enjoy their neighbors and their community. There are plenty of recreational activities in the area that allow for community bonding. Youth and adult opportunities abound and include things such as:

  •   Football
  •   Baseball
  •   Softball
  •   Lacrosse
  •   Soccer
  •   Basketball
  •   Wrestling 
  •   Hockey

The Babe Ruth World Series for boy’s baseball is hosted periodically in Clifton Park. The Clifton Common has all kinds of recreational fields. 

Parks & Recreations

While the town is full of bustling, busy neighborhoods, folks still find time to walk, bike, and enjoy the outdoors. Clifton Commons not only has many sports venues but an outdoor stage where local performances take place. Other parks throughout the town offer access to picnic areas, cross country skiing, and skating arenas. In many of these parks, even Fido can join in the family fun.  The walking trails and other amenities on the 740 acres Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve are another popular activity.

Another benefit of living here is that residents are close to the Albany NY Capital District. It's easy to spend the whole day, shopping and dining. There is easy access to the Albany Airport and top of the line entertainment. It especially lights up over the holidays with all the decorations and seasonal entertainment.

It’s Turkey Time!

Like many New Yorkers, folks in this town enjoy the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are some of the traditional events residents celebrate. With Thanksgiving being the closest one, the question often asked has to do with fixing a turkey. Here are some tips for preparing a fantastic Thanksgiving Turkey:

  • Choose the Right Size – You need approximately one pound of turkey for each person eating. If you are serving just the turkey breast, then one-half pound per person is plenty. 
  • Thaw it Safely -Let your bird thaw in the refrigerator. You need one day to thaw for every four pounds of turkey.
  • Dry Brine for Moisture – Turkeys tend to dry out when cooking, but dry brining can help. Rub salt all over the turkey and place it in a large plastic bag – you can use a roasting bag – and let it sit for up to two days in the fridge.
  • Season it Just Right – While dry brining only requires salt, some herbs can enhance the flavors. Consider adding rosemary, sage, thyme, or poultry seasoning to the salt. 
  • Use a Roasting Rack – If you do not want your Thanksgiving turkey sticking to the bottom of your pan, use a roasting rack. 
  • Avoid Opening the Oven Door – E every time you open the oven door, you let the heat out. This can mean longer cooking time. 
  • Give it Time to Rest – Let the turkey rest before carving. When it is out of the oven, cover with foil and let rest for thirty minutes.

These tips should allow you to enjoy a turkey that is moist and delicious. Cooking and enjoying the food is one of the best parts of the holidays.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

SERVPRO wants to remind folks to stay safe over the holidays. More fires happen around the holidays, with Thanksgiving being the peak day when it comes to residential fires. On the list after that is Christmas Day, then Christmas Eve. Safety tips to practice include:

  •       When cooking, never leave the stove unattended. 
  •       Keep flammables away from the stove surface.
  •       Everyone should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. 
  •       Heat cooking oil slowly; it is combustible.
  •       Be extremely cautious with turkey fryers and always use outside.
  •       Keep a lid close to smother grease fires in pans.
  •       Do not wear loose long sleeve clothing when cooking.
  •       Keep kids away from the stove.

These simple precautions could help keep your family safe over the holidays. 

Fire Cleanup & Restoration

No matter how many precautions we take, fires can occur. Even small, readily contained fires can cause smoke damage to a home. Smoke spreads quickly through a home with any size fire. When that happens, you should seek professional help to remove the smoke residue and soot. 

SERVPRO of South Saratoga County has years of experience providing professional fire mitigation to Clifton Park homes and businesses. We understand how fires damage and impact a home, and our technicians are trained to deal with that situation. Our fire and restoration services include:

  •   Emergency remediation such as boarding up and mitigating safety issues
  •   Performing an initial scope to determine the best course of action
  •   Water extraction and chemical cleanup from firefighters
  •   Drying the premises of any moisture
  •   Removing charred and badly damaged content and structural elements
  •   Smoke residue and soot removal
  •   Deodorizing with ozone generators and other techniques
  • Restoration and reconstruction as needed

As members of the Clifton Park community, we strive to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors. To do this, SERVPRO makes sure we are available around the clock and even on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Disaster does not take a holiday, and neither do we. No matter what time of day and night, you can reach us at (518) 885-2629. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Happens with Debris and Damage Cleanup Post-Fire?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Rooms walls, ceiling and fan covered in black soot and soot webs When a fire damages your home, count on SERVPRO to help remove all the damage.

Fire Damage is No Match for SERVPRO

Allow Us to Help with Prompt Cleanup and Restoration of Your Clifton Park Home!

Once you have a house fire, the amount of devastation and debris can be devastating. The cleanup idea may also feel like a daunting task, especially when it seems uncertain what you can salvage and what needs tossing. Because some portions of your Clifton Park structure might need to get stripped down completely, calling in assistance from trained technicians is best. SERVPRO is available to get to work right away to handle all the damage, debris, hidden moisture, and mess that comes with a fire incident.

Why is SERVPRO the Best Option for Restoration?

Fire damage in Clifton Park calls for prompt action to ensure that corrosive soot and copious amounts of debris get handled accordingly. Our team is fast to act so that we can get you back to your routine quicker. We arrive within ours to start scoping the damage, which allows us to determine the level of disposal necessary, whether or not excess water is an issue, and all of the surface areas impacted by soot and smoke residue. We then go through the mitigation and restoration phases to bring your interior to pre-fire condition, just "Like it never even happened."

What Makes SERVPRO Specialists?

All of our knowledgeable technicians are trained and certified to handle any fire and smoke damage situation. As the cornerstone of our business, fire, and water are two things that we manage best. Not only does our training come in handy, but we also are proud to have certification through the highly-regarded Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Always within our crew, you will find:

  • Fire and smoke restoration technicians
  • Water damage restoration technicians
  • Odor control technicians
  • Upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians, and more

Not only is our motto "We are Faster to Any Size Disaster," but we also work with the mentality it is better to restore versus replace. We utilize specialized cleaning techniques and the latest equipment to salvage and repair whatever possible. Not only will this cut back on costs, but it also reduces interruptions so that you can get back to your routine quickly.

How is the Scope of the Project Determined?

Once our crew arrives and assesses the fire damage, we then have insight on best practices, tools, and products to help facilitate cleanup. After we know whether or not you have minor, medium, or significant damage, we then jump right into mitigation and restoration efforts.

How each fire project in Clifton Park gets categorized in terms of damage includes:

  • Minor – When a fire loss is minor in nature, there will be light to moderate smoke and soot impacted just a few areas rather than the entire home. Our team can use a range of wet and dry cleaning for handling soot on walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces throughout. There will usually only be minor items such as clothing, books, papers, and other like contents that require replacement. Most smoke odors in these situations can be eliminated during the cleaning process.
  • Medium – This is a situation that involves moderate residue levels throughout a larger portion of the home. There will also be more materials requiring cleaning and innovative methods. In many cases, repainting is necessary, along with repair and involved smoke odor removal. Some heat damage may also be present on drywall, flooring, and cabinetry within the fire zone.
  • Significant – Fire and heat from the flames cause damage in these situations to the house's frame and various structural supports. There is also a substantial amount of smoke residue within the home, including stubborn, pungent odors that call for advanced techniques and removal tools. As needed, our technicians perform tarping and board up services to protect your interior from the elements as well as potential trespassers. For these types of projects, we often pack up belongings for off-site cleaning, deodorization, and sanitization.

We are the Number One Choice for Odor Elimination

Many homeowners that perform DIY cleanup may achieve great results from a visual standpoint. However, smoke and soot odors tend to linger and get stronger as time passes from the initial cleanup. This smoke odor will remain without professional intervention, which is where our skilled crew shines. Often, the source of the smoke odor will be challenging to pinpoint. We have a range of HEPA filtration tools and air scrubbers that help remove gases, odor particles, and debris from the air. The goal is to ensure that your interior is left in a pre-fire condition so that your family can go about your coming days without constant reminders of the event.

When you need reliable fire damage assistance, call on us at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. Get ahold of us 24/7 by calling (518) 885-2620, and we will have a crew at your doorstep as quickly as we can to get started with our assessment.

What Is The Best Way To Respond To A Water Damage Incident In Clifton Park?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damage brown sofa Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help manage the incident at your property, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Deals with Any Level of Water Damage that Develops in Clifton Park Properties Giving You Peace of Mind

Severe damages can develop in your Clifton Park property after a sudden water release leaves it soaked. The severity of the loss can depend on how far the water spreads within the property since widespread distribution exposes a broader range of materials. Alternatively, the outcome may depend on how you respond to the incident.

How fast does water damage develop in a property?

Your response to a water damage incident in Clifton Park matters because water can ruin materials immediately or gradually, depending on the prevailing circumstances. In some cases, the physical properties of materials lead to immediate destruction after exposure to water. For instance, because of short circuits, most electronics might not withstand exposure to water. In other cases, the combined characteristics of different materials lead to fast damage after contact with water. For example, severe staining can affect carpets because of dyes running from adjacent items such as clothing, draperies, or other colored content.

Although it may not be the case always, the damages that develop quickly after the water spill have simpler remedies compared to those that take time. For instance, water soaks into materials almost instantly, but you can deal with wetness through various drying procedures. Soiling is also relatively easy to address through cleaning.

Severe problems such as warping, cracking and buckling in wood or deterioration of drywall are harder to address and, in many cases, require teardown and replacement of the affected materials. Preventing such problems from developing in the first place is a better solution compared to resolving damage once it develops. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent adverse outcomes by:
    •    Expediting water extraction thus limiting exposure
    •    Clearing the loss area to avoid damage due to contact
    •    Kickstarting moisture management processes early

What counts as timely moisture management?

To most people, water remediation is a systematic process starting with basic steps such as extraction, then cleaning, before drying moisture from the property. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate drying procedures even in the early stages of remediation to prevent adverse outcomes.  For instance, we understand that humidity levels in the house rise when standing water, or the moisture in wet materials, evaporates. If the relative humidity level exceeds 60%, various problems can develop, including:
    •    Hygroscopic materials absorbing moisture from the air
    •    Condensation on walls and other elevated surfaces
    •    Bacteria and fungi can take root

One helpful moisture management step that our technicians use is running a dehumidifier inside the property immediately after arrival at the property. The dehumidifier keeps the humidity levels within safe limits as we perform other restoration steps, thus preventing severe secondary damages.

How long can drying water from my home take?

Although the water soaks into various materials within the home in a matter of minutes, removal can take significantly longer. For instance, highly porous materials like carpets can take a day or two to dry while baseboards and cabinets can take up to 5 days.

Although actions by SERVPRO technicians can help cut down the time involved, you still have to wait sometime before your property regains its preloss state. Some of the ways that help our crew fast track the process include:
    •    Maximizing water extraction
    •    Balancing the ratio of drying equipment
    •    Using specialized drying equipment

Once water is discharged into a property, removal takes two main approaches – liquid extraction and evaporation. Since extraction is 1200 times faster than evaporation, our technicians capitalize on that by using equipment with sufficient lift capacity. For instance, the portable extractors we use have a vacuum water lift of over 140 inches, and for the truck-mounted pumps, it ranges between 185 to 200 inches.

How does the ratio of equipment affect the restoration process?

Drying, which is the final stage of moisture management in water-damaged properties, requires two types of equipment – air movers for evaporation and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. An air-moving unit is necessary for every 10 to 16 linear feet along the edges of rooms, or one for every 50 to 60 square feet when drying carpets in place. Our technicians help calculate the type and number of dehumidifiers you might need within the property based on the estimated pints of water that need removal. Balancing the ratio of the two categories of drying equipment helps quicken the drying process and eliminates chances of condensation or other forms of moisture transfer.

Managing the restoration of water damaged properties in Halfmoon, Wilton, and Malta requires a delicate balancing of several factors. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help manage the incident at your property, “Like it never even happened.”

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Clifton Park, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today at (518) 885-2620 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Let’s Work Together to Flatten the Curve

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Professional Quality Preventative Cleaning

Recent reports are telling us that social distancing, hand washing, and preventative cleaning seem to be making a positive impact on our fight against the pandemic.

Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County professionals offer proven cleaning techniques to disinfect Clifton Park’s commercial properties and personal residences. This is one of the first lines of defense in fighting this pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us to practice social distancing, wash our hands, and they recommend frequent cleaning of high use contact points such as doorplates and knobs, railings, countertops, and other surfaces. We can all do this as a preventative measure.  Homeowners and business owners alike in Clifton Park might consider getting help from a professional cleaning company.

  • Professionals have powerful equipment that does a more detailed job
  • Trained and certified cleaning crews understand all of the available options
  • Pros understand the CDC, EPA, OSHA, and Industry Association guidelines because they work with them every day
  • Commercial experts have access to powerful medical-grade, EPA registered cleaning products
  • We use commercial equipment that delivers better results
  • Professionals have considerable experience performing environmental cleaning
  • We offer flexible work hours to meet your schedule and deadline
  • We have the human power to complete any size job

If you want to talk and get advice about deep cleaning or even a regular preventative cleaning program, please call us. Let’s see how we can help you fight this war against potential infection and flatten the curve.

Work with SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County before your members come back to work out. Call us at (518) 885-2620 to explore your options.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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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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.

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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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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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." 

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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.

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.