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Fire Damage Restoration in Mount Kisco Homes

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

fire truck on a street The fire department is here to help put out the fire; SERVPRO is Here to Help during fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco.

SERVPRO Improves Fire Restoration Outcomes in Mount Kisco by Using Unique Procedures

Knowing the tedious work and costs involved in fire damage restoration, you might question its essence. However, since saving valuables at your Mount Kisco home is essential, the restoration exercise is critical. Generally, items resilient to heat and flame exposure and do not absorb water are readily salvaged. Advanced restoration can help address changes in materials such as charring and accumulation of residues.

Proper planning is essential for effective fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco properties. Otherwise, it is possible to do significant work that does not change the trajectory of the incident. When SERVPRO intervenes, it is easier to optimize any fire damage restoration step to address the arising problems. 

Deciding what to save after a fire may not be as straightforward as you might think. Although you may consider all the items in your house as valuables, you have to alter your outlook during fire damage restoration. The value of an item has to be weighed against the cost of getting a replacement, the time and effort needed to fix it, and whether it holds any sentimental value. A professional assessment can narrow down the items to consider salvaging by identifying the technical issues restoration must address.

Readily salvageable materials include:

  • Glass materials
  • Metal items
  • Hardwood floors
  • Soiled fabrics

The glass items affected by a fire in your house could range from kitchen utensils to structural materials such as window panes. Since glass is resilient to some degree of heat and does not absorb residues or moisture, items left intact are easily salvaged after a thorough cleaning. One problem with glass items is the hazy look that develops after cleaning the soot residues, making your precious items look cheap. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced cleaning methods to remove such blemishes. Specializing cleaning products such as the Window Green Clean solution help strip off soot residues, leaving window panes shiny for glass panes. For small items like utensils, immersion methods such as Ultrasonic Cleaning help. 

An ultrasonic cleaning system combines the power of chemical agents with a mild abrasive power to provide the best cleaning outcomes. Abrasion comes from millions of tiny vapor bubbles that the system produces and implodes instantaneously, effectively removing fire residues.

Restoring Significant Changes

Some of the changes in materials triggered by fire are significant, but it might be possible to reverse them with the right fire damage restoration approach. Charring and deep soiling are likely for solid wood materials such as frames and trusses supporting the house. Charring can weaken the structural materials if it is deep enough. It also leads to persistent odor issues if not fully addressed.  

Dealing with charring

  • Measure char depth, depths of ¼ inch or less can be salvaged, even on roof trusses
  • Clean abrasively to remove residue
  • Seal or refinish the affected areas

Using a simple tool such as a char gauge, our SERVPRO technicians check whether any charred material section exceeds a percentage that would compromise the structural integrity, thus making it unsalvageable. Removing a layer of carbon residues left as charring requires significant power since it is attached to the material, unlike a layer of deposits that you can easily wipe off. An abrasive cleaning method is essential. Our crews assess the situation to determine whether sanding or blast-cleaning with a medium like dry ice or soda would be ideal. Dry ice and soda are excellent when you do not intend to scour the material deeply or leave significant debris. The two blast cleaning methods drive dry ice or soda pellets over a surface at a high pressure where they disintegrate on impact, stripping away unwanted fire residues.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County takes any action necessary to ensure fire damage restoration has a positive impact. Call us at (914) 241-8100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Water Damage Can Impact Your Mount Kisco Property

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment set up in a water damaged cafeteria Our expert technicians work hard to restore your Mount Kisco home after water damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Assistance with SERVPRO in Mount Kisco Brings Efficient Results

Mount Kisco residents or business owners dealing with water damage need to fix it quickly. Waiting too long to address water infiltration and hidden moisture could lead to costly secondary damage. Additionally, moisture lurking within your property presents the perfect opportunity for black mold to develop. SERVPRO features 24/7 response with proven methods and the latest technology to facilitate water removal services. With one call to our customer care team, you could have technicians at your door ready to get started in four hours or less. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

To help you with cleanup and water damage in Mount Kisco, we must come in to assess and inspect all areas where water damage is present. Our crew chief notes surfaces and materials impacted, the type of water, and how much has been affected. This allows for proper selection of equipment, how many pieces of equipment, and which processes and cleaning will help us achieve our goals.

Rapid Response 24-Hours a Day

Acting fast is imperative with any water-related incident. We bring some of the following tools to your home off of our Green Fleet of vehicles so that we can get to work:

  • Water removal tools/equipment – These may include truck-mounted pumps, gas-powered pumps, and submersible pumps. Depending on how much water is present, we could use several types of equipment. For example, drying mats are available to handle floor drying, while weighted extractors (rovers) can help push up and pull out water from carpeting and the carpet pad below.
  • Drying and dehumidification equipment – We have a selection of air movers and dehumidifiers to help encourage evaporation to bring relative humidity (RH) back to normal levels in your home. 
  • Cleaning agents – Our technicians have access to a wide range of EPA-registered cleaning agents and antimicrobials to help us deter mold growth and ensure all surfaces are clean, disinfected, and sanitized.

What About Hidden Moisture Behind Walls and Under Cabinetry?

SERVPRO’s techniques include specialized structural drying to help us get the best results faster. You could have water that migrates under cabinetry, behind baseboards, and other tight spaces that pose a challenge with some antiquated restoration methods. In many situations, we can get in with minimal disruption to facilitate drying so that no hidden moisture gets left to cause secondary damage or mold growth. 

We get started with moisture detection tools such as:

  • Surface moisture meters
  • Probing/penetrating moisture meters
  • Thermal imaging technology
  • Hygrometers

We can take several avenues to help us handle moisture mitigation, some of which may involve controlled demolition. Our options include:

  • Drill/weep holes – We can remove baseboards and create “weep” holes by drilling into surface materials. This creates openings where we can enhance air circulation and facilitate better drying.
  • Positive air pressure systems – Once any pooling is remedied behind walls or tight spaces, we can put positive air pressure units in place. These systems include outlet hoses placed into the weep holes to push warm air throughout. 

Let Us Help Ensure your Homeowner’s Insurance Claim goes Smoothly

Whenever you get dealt a blow from water damage, you never want to add to your stress level by having issues with your insurance claim. We take the time to carefully document every detail of your water damage project so that your claim goes as smoothly as possible. SERVPRO acts as a trusted liaison with your insurance provider so that you never have to worry.

By calling our offices at SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County, you will access our entire crew and industry-proven water damage methods. You can reach us 24/7 by dialing (914) 241-8100.

Detailed Mold Damage Repair You Can Trust in Mount Kisco

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage around a bathtub Spot mold damage in your Mount Kisco home? Contact our SERVPRO team to determine the cause and remediate the damage.

Call SERVPRO in Mount Kisco When You Require Mold Damage Assistance

Did you know that many property owners have mold developing in their homes without realizing it? Many mold infestations go undetected for a while, leading to costly damage to a home. Should you detect musty odors or have questions about areas that seem like mold development, calling SERVPRO to your Mount Kisco property is best. We have the proper experience, tools, and training to safely handle mold remediation to give you added peace of mind, making your home Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Why not tackle mold damage in Mount Kisco as a DIY project? It would be best never to spray areas with bleach or other cleaners whenever you suspect mold development. It is also vital that you never wipe, brush or disturb mold as it can dislodge the spores and cause them to become airborne. Instead, our team at SERVPRO can come in to inspect areas where mold is suspected, address the moisture issue that brought it on, and handle safe, effective mold cleanup. 

Know the Signs of Possible Mold Development

Mold is everywhere around us, in the air we breathe and on countless surfaces. However, you may not think you have a mold issue unless you can see it with your own eyes. You need to know that:

  • Some mold colonies present visible signs that you may see inside cabinets, in the back of a closet, or the bathroom.
  • You may only have your olfactory senses to count on in some cases. Overwhelming musty and foul odors could be telling you that mold is present somewhere in your home. 

Our IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO know how to identify mold growth and select the best processes for cleaning. 

How Does Mold Cleanup Start?

Once we arrive at your property, we simultaneously locate areas where mold seems to be developing and address the cause of excessive moisture. Failing to fix a leaking pipe or pulling up moisture from a water spill can open the door for mold to come back. We work to determine the best course of action based on the type of mold present, the area it is located, and the severity of the situation. Structural elements and building materials also get assessed to determine their safety and overall integrity. 

Disposal and Cleaning Commence

After containment barriers like negative air pressure and poly sheeting get put into place, the work begins. Any materials or contents deemed unsalvageable due to mold infestation get removed from your Mount Kisco home and disposed of according to local guidelines. Surface cleaning and vacuums are usually the ideal solutions, but there are cases where microbes are rooted deeply, and specialized methods are necessary. Some of the options available to us will include things like:

  • Surface cleaning with EPA-registered antimicrobials
  • Sanding
  • Soda blasting
  • Controlled demolition 

Drying and Dehumidification are Crucial for Mold-Related Projects

We do whatever is possible to dry your interior where moisture has become an issue. Our dehumidification equipment allows us to pull vapors from their air, while Injectidry and other drying equipment will enable us to push air through cavities where moisture may be lurking. We adjust our equipment and add or remove pieces as needed to help us achieve our drying goals.

You Deserve To Have Your Home “Like it never even happened.”

Before we finish our mold remediation and cleanup, all damage gets repaired with the help of trusted local contractors. Drywall gets replaced, new carpet installed, and other elements to bring your home to pre-mold condition. Everything gets finished with total cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization so that your interior is fresh and ready to enjoy once again.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County when you require assistance with mold damage. You can reach us by dialing (914) 241-8100, and we can send a crew out as soon as possible.

Fundamental Actions To Fix Mold Damage Situations In Mount Kisco

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Furniture Store Letting mold develop unabated in a furniture store can ruin your business.

Essential Steps to Fix Commercial Mold Damage Situations in Mount Kisco Furniture Store

Mold issues can develop anywhere, but in a furniture store, the problem can have severe implications because most of the contents in your stock have materials that support growth. The wood in furniture, for example, holds moisture and provides an organic food source for mold colonies to thrive. Seeking professional assistance to deal with commercial mold damage can help fast-track remediation and prevent a recurrence.

Cleaning Wood

Remediation of commercial mold damage situations in Mount Kisco furniture stores can become more complicated if you damage expensive furniture in the process of cleaning up. Scratching or chemically ruining the surface of wooden items might diminish their value. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to ensure we achieve the intended goal without damaging the items. HEPA vacuuming the items help lift debris such as loose spores and dirt. We also damp-wipe affected wood surfaces using professional cleaning agents and antimicrobial products.


Mold debris spreads easily through the air and or through physical contact, especially if people move freely around the worksite. Isolating the area using containment barriers helps limit cross-contamination, especially when demolishing walls to reach hidden mold. Our SERVPRO technicians use airlock zipper bags and plastic sheets to create an airtight containment zone. We seal all openings, including windows, ventilation ducts, and drains between the containment and the rest of the store. We also ensure there is sufficient room to perform the restoration processes, such as the removal of moldy porous materials.

Cleaning Fabrics and Upholstery

Mold can develop on the fabric of upholstery items leading to issues such as stains and weakening of the material if left unaddressed over extended periods. Cleaning such items requires an agent with antimicrobial properties to kill the spores. It should also leave no stains or long-term odor. Our SERVPRO technicians use different types of professional cleaning agents, including sporicides, antimicrobials, and disinfectants. Our naturally formulated detergents have a low scent and biodegrade naturally.

Letting mold develop unabated in a furniture store can ruin your business. Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Is There an Expert I can Call for Water Damage Remediation in Mount Kisco?

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Warehouse Water Damage Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for fast and efficient service.

SERVPRO Can Help you with Cleaning Up After a Sewer Backup in your Mount Kisco Warehouse

Many warehouses in the Mount Kisco area employ hundreds of people in various departments. When many people work inside one building, the structure obtains excessive wear and tear. Even though most facilities have a maintenance department responsible for their upkeep, sometimes disasters that require work outside the scope of your maintenance crew can occur.

For example, you may need help from professional commercial water restoration companies in Mount Kisco if your warehouse suffers from a sewer backup. Since your bathrooms inside your warehouse have a lot of use, the sewage lines may be blocked by debris one day. Once the moisture and other waste cannot make their way down your sewer lines, the water may back up and start flowing out of your sink drains and toilets. If the pipes get clogged overnight, your warehouse could get flooded with the contaminated water from your sewer lines. 

Luckily, our SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7, and we can assist you in the following ways after you suffer from a disaster:

  • Water Clean Up 
  • Basement Flooding Clean Up
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Emergency Services for Water Damages
  • Sewage Clean Up
  • Black Mold Remediation
  • Mold Inspections
  • Cleaning Up After a Sewage Backup

The worst part of having your sewer backup in your warehouse is that the water flooding your building is contaminated. Therefore, if any of your building materials or contents that are porous come into contact with the "black" water, then they must get discarded. We can then treat other nonporous items such as your wooden studs or concrete floors with antibacterial solutions.

If the toilets inside your company's warehouse ever backup overnight, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. 

Become Familiar With Water Damage Remediation Success in Bedford

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Wall Water Damage Water damage can sneak into your home out of no where. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today for help.

Drywall and Debris Removal from Water-Damaged Bedford Homes

The objective of any reputable restoration company after a water loss incident is to protect your Bedford property with fast-acting mitigation strategies and deliberate containment actions. As you might expect after water emergencies, the damage can quickly spread beyond your control and be too substantial for conventional drying and cleanup approaches to touch. Assessing the damage and reducing the spread of the water damage is our team's top priority when we first arrive at your home. 

Debris removal and controlled demolition are vital tasks in water damage recovery in Bedford homes. We have the technicians and professionals to address each phase of restoration for your property, including the extraction and drying of the damaged areas and the construction needs your residence might need. With elements like drywall removal, flooring repair, and other general contracting practices available under one roof, our SERVPRO team is ready to help however you need.

Cleaning your home after a water loss incident begins with a fast response. With a 24/7 emergency team ready to mobilize when disasters occur, we can reduce the severity of water loss incidents with a confident approach that protects lightly affected construction materials and repairs the source of the water damage to stall the worsening conditions successfully. 

Drywall is particularly susceptible to water damage and can wick up considerable volumes of this damage from the baseboards. Because of how quickly these conditions can develop and become irreparable, often the best restoration solution available to our skilled professionals is controlled demolition. We make flood cuts by establishing a moisture line where absorption has not yet reached. At this line, we cut out affected portions of sheetrock for later replacement.

We safely dispose of all debris and rubbish from a damaged home according to established guidelines. With removed portions of drywall and the area getting cleaned up by our experienced SERVPRO technicians, we can deploy low-profile air movers into the wall cavities to force moisture into the atmosphere for collection and removal by our dehumidifiers.

As challenging as it might seem getting back to normal after a water loss incident, trusting professional restorers like our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team is a wise choice. Our experience and industry-leading equipment can help your home to overcome almost any obstacle it faces in recovery. Call anytime that you need us at (914) 241-8100.

We Can Save Your Mount Kisco Bar After A Mold Infestation!

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

illustration of Call us Now Give us a call anytime at (914) 241-8100, and our remediation specialists can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Recovery Strategies For Your Mount Kisco Bar

An everyday staple to many bars and nightclubs throughout the Mount Kisco area is their typical lack of big windows and natural sunlight. Additionally, depending on the age of your establishment, you might also find that adequate ventilation was not a primary concern for those constructing the building decades ago. When combined with humid conditions, the original wood construction of your bar, its stools, flooring, and even paneled walls become susceptible to mold growth.

With spores naturally existing in every environment on a microscopic level, mold damage in Mount Kisco businesses is only a matter of meeting the right conditions to promote colonization and the spread of the organism. Battling these detrimental circumstances requires immediate and deliberate action, and our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) of our SERVPRO team can help with a well-trained and highly-developed system of colony removal and restoration.

The bulk of the materials affected in your facility is wood plank flooring and wooden structures and fixtures like the bar, booths, and stools. The development of a colony can spread quickly among these surfaces and items, not only increasing the severity of the situation but also degrading and deteriorating hosting elements. Clearing the organism from these materials is a priority of our SERVPRO team once our containment phase completes.

An effective strategy for removing these colonies is through media and soda blasting. This abrasive cleaning solution removes the entire hyphae of the organism without compromising the integrity of the material hosting the colony. With newly developing colonies and areas only lightly affected by the spreading organism, our team can spray an antimicrobial solution to eliminate mold spores.

Mold growth is a challenging obstacle to overcome, especially in dark and poorly ventilated establishments like your bar. Our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team can help with effective colony removal and restorative practices like cleaning, deodorization, and even controlled demolition efforts. Give us a call anytime at (914) 241-8100, and our remediation specialists can make it “Like it never even happened.”

You Can Count On Our Experts To Restore Your Yorktown Heights Home After A Fire

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Room After fire Fire damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

Professional Skills Needed to Clean Fire Damage Residues in Yorktown Heights

Fire harms your Yorktown Heights home in a wide variety of ways. Heat and flames can warp and char materials. Water used to knock down the fire can soak into structural components and contents. Smoke moves throughout every space in your home, even far from the ignition site. Solid particulates, better known as soot, form deposits on surfaces, including ceilings, walls, floors, and furnishings. Using appropriate skills, methods, and products to clean off these residues significantly affects how quickly and thoroughly your home returns to pre-damaged condition.

Comprehensive Inspection

Although we know you are anxious to resolve the fire damage to your Yorktown Heights home, a thorough inspection of every affected area and surface must precede cleanup and restoration work. We develop a phase-by-phase, step-by-step plan to address all aspects of your home’s unique circumstances. Choices made by firefighters require immediate resolution, with water and chemical removal job one. The materials burned and the types of surfaces upon which residues were deposited provide the data to inform our project manager on what cleaning methods and products to select for optimal outcomes.

SERVPRO excels at fire damage restoration because our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians earn multiple certifications in the broad range of skills needed to return your home to pre-damaged condition. Our equipment is also top-notch, efficient, and innovative, specifically designed to manage the tasks necessary to clear water, remove soot, and remediate charring, among other goals. 

Combination of Proper Technique and Proprietary Products

The bulk of fire damage mitigation and remediation involves soot removal. Conventional cleaning products, particularly those that boast the capability to clean various soils of various surfaces, can disappoint. The SERVPRO training and experience impresses as we adjust the elements of cleaning -- temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time -- based on industry best practices. The choice of cleaning solutions is deliberate and matched to the type of soot, whether dry, wet, or protein-based. 

Relying on the skills of SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County leads to successful outcomes after a fire disaster. Call us at (914) 241-8100 to see how our training and well-researched products deliver the results you desire and deserve.

Effective Drying of Mount Kisco Attics After Flood Damage

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of house flood With advanced equipment, SERVPRO restores property to pre-damaged conditions, "Like it never even happened."

The Steps to Recover Attic Flood Damage 

Heavy weather conditions and storm systems allow water to penetrate the structure and reach the attic. Aging roofs have eroding defenses against nature's sometimes brutal forces, allowing water to infiltrate newly-formed vulnerabilities like missing shingles, punctured roof systems, or a partial collapse. When flooding impacts your attic, you need to act quickly. 

A Full Inspection of Damage

To overcome flood damage in Mount Kisco homes, we must work quickly to determine the extent of the impact. Vulnerable and sensitive materials can absorb moisture, and SERVPRO professionals must carefully inspect to decide which elements require restoration attention. Similarly, the assessment can show the likely recovery processes and catalog loss for insurance providers if necessary. 

Discarding Damaged Materials

Wet materials in the attic should be removed and discarded. Because we have a general contractor license, we can complete this controlled demolition and bulk material removal to benefit your property. Some of the impacted materials that SERVPRO must assess include: 

  • Insulation
  • Trusses
  • Joists 
  • Plywood

The Tools of Efficient Drying

Drying can be complicated in an attic space, especially in confined areas. We have set tools ideal for evaporative drying and atmospheric moisture management, but access can sometimes be limited. Low-profile air movers provide stable, consistent, high-velocity air output for the drying process even with limited space. This drying is even more effective when wet materials like insulation have already been removed. 

Repairing and Replacing Affected Materials

Repairs are essential after attic flooding, as roof vulnerabilities will continue to allow water penetration into this space. We will begin this process by uninstalling temporary patches and board-up materials to start a complete reconstruction of the impacted area. 

After flooding damages an attic, you need professional help to set things right. Our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team is ready to help 24/7 at (914) 241-8100. 

How Differently Do Mold Removal Companies Handle Infestations in Yorktown Heights Businesses?

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall Mold is no good for anyone's health. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians for the mold remediation services for your property.

Professionals like SERVPRO Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques in Yorktown Heights Properties

Mold can manifest in different ways in your workplace. Typical signs include visible patches or spots on various surfaces. Sometimes it is the musty smell that alerts you of the underlying problem. 

Although you can try to combat the problem alone, engaging mold removal companies in Yorktown Heights offers more convenience and delivers better outcomes. SERVPRO has Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians who work to find solutions that match the issues you face on your property. Solutions that offer positive results without causing unnecessary disruptions at the facility are favored.

Our SERVPRO technicians use methods that do not introduce more moisture to the affected areas. An option like dry ice blasting, in which pellets of solid carbon dioxide are driven at high pressure to scour surfaces covered in mold residues, is common. There are various other alternatives, including soda blasting and HEPA vacuuming, to remove moldy materials.

While cleanup helps a great deal in restoring materials affected by mold, other processes may be necessary to combat the infestation fully. Our SERVPRO technicians spray biocides to kill spores. We also dry moisture from materials using dehumidifiers with minimal airflow, thus preventing further growth. With our services, you can easily complete: 

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County has carved a niche among the top mold removal companies. Call us today at (914) 241-8100.