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Water Damage Restoration Lowers Humidity in Your Mount Kisco Home

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Our techs are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

Entire Homes Benefit From Water Damage Restoration

Dampness can make your residence feel less comfortable than it could be for you and your family. Excess water vapor in the air can make your Mount Kisco home seem colder in winter and hotter in summer. Our water damage restoration services eliminate this problem for our customers.

When we perform water damage restoration work in Mount Kisco, the most noticeable side effect is the dramatic drop in humidity. Water vapor decreases quickly because of the combined effect of different drying machines and the absence of leaking, dripping water. Our method of working in teams strengthens the efforts of each one, increasing the value our customers receive.

Some of the other pluses that come with our restoration services include the following:

  • Elimination of musty odors
  • Lowered utility costs
  • Protection from microbial infestations

Restoring your home's interior involves the removal of damaged materials (drywall sections, deteriorating carpeting, and its pad, and dry-rotted underlay). Before we removed these materials, the ongoing disintegration meant the air nearby remained full of odor-causing particles. Once gone, our odor control technician's (OCT) efforts become much more effective because the continual stream of odoriferous molecules has stopped.

The drop in your next water bill is another surprise. The following month should reveal the actual reduction in the monthly costs of the leaking water line. The savings might not seem astronomical alone. However, when humidity levels decrease to normal, HVAC systems no longer need to work overtime. The savings from operating your heating and cooling systems under normal conditions and a reduced water bill add up considerably.

Decreasing the humidity overall helps ward off microbial colonization, but, along with other restoration efforts, the drying out of waterlogged areas keeps microbial infestations from occurring. Eliminating these problems (microbes, dampness, and deteriorated materials) can also reduce unwanted odors.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for prompt and professional services that restore and protect your property.

Storm Water Damage Repair Services That Kisco Residents Can Trust

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Foyer Mitigation Having an issue with storm damage in your Kisco home. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

SERVPRO Offers Storm Water Damage Mitigation Services in Kisco

It is necessary to perform stormwater damage repair to avoid serious problems such as mold growth and structural damage after a flood incident. One of the areas within a home that is likely to be affected by a flood is the basement since it is the lowest point. Act as soon as possible whenever you experience any storm-related issues to prevent further challenges.

Our SERVPRO technicians begin by assessing your Kisco property during the water damage remediation process. We inspect the condition of the floors, walls, structural elements, and the basement's safety and stability. After the assessment, we perform the following tasks, if necessary, to restore and repair the affected areas to their preloss condition:

  • Debris removal: We use specialized tools like rakes and shovels to remove debris such as leaves, branches, or mud.
  • Water removal: If the basement has standing water, we can use a sump pump, water extractor, or a vacuum to pump out the stormwater.
  • Repairing damaged floors and walls: If cracks exist on the walls of floors, we can use a concrete sealer to fix them.
  • Check for mold: We check whether mold grows and perform the necessary mold remediation procedures.
  • Site drying: By using space heaters, fans, dehumidifiers, and other moisture control measures, we ensure the area is dry to prevent chances of mold growth.

It is always advised to work with a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO since such experts have the equipment, experience, and knowledge to mitigate stormwater damage incidents. Our team can easily put in place preventative measures to ensure your home is protected from future storms. For instance, we can install drainage systems, do foundation reinforcement, repair cracked windows, and build berms for redirecting flood water from your property.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County has experienced and highly skilled technicians that work around the clock to get you out of any stormwater damage experience. Call (914) 241-8100 to work with a trustworthy fire, mold, and water damage restoration company.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Mold Remediation to Mount Kisco Homes

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

Mold Remediation in Mount Kisco Homes Happens Fast, with SERVPRO In-charge

Professional mold remediation of your Mount Kisco home is essential to prevent extensive damage. Mold specialists like SERVPRO have the right tools and the technical knowledge to handle mold before the situation can get out of hand. Our IICRC-certified technicians have expertise in mold inspections, remediations, and removal. 

SERVPRO techs use industry-leading technologies during mold remediation of your Mount Kisco home to limit the extent and scope of the damage. We work to establish strong containment zones in your home to ensure that airborne mold fragments and spores don't spread to the unaffected parts of your home. 

Cleaning or Disposing of Content After Mold Damage

Technicians have two options to handle mold contamination during the restoration process- cleaning the contents or disposing of them. The IICRC S520 guidelines state that whether the contents should be cleaned or disposed of is determined by several factors, including the material's nature and the extent of the contamination. 

The IICRC guidelines categorize the content based on their composition into the following categories:

  • Porous material can absorb moisture readily and can be an excellent food source for mold. Porous materials include textiles, paper, leather, paper goods, etc. SERVPRO techs usually dispose of such materials, especially if the restoration costs exceed the value. 
  • Semi-porous materials include unfinished wood and masonry that absorbs water slowly but still provide an excellent source of food for the microbes. If the contamination is confined to a smaller area, SERVPRO techs try to restore the material.  
  • Non-porous materials like finished wood, glass, and metal don't absorb water and offer any nutrition to the mold. Techs always restore such material using cleaning techniques and fungicides. 

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. SERVPRO techs are available 24/7, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Cleanup in Mount Kisco Requires SERVPRO's Expertise

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

commercial Water Damage SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

Hire a Pro for Commercial Water Cleanup in Mount Kisco

The cleanup process should begin immediately if your business property suffers water damage. If you leave the water to stand for a long time, you increase the risks of mold damage, electrical hazards, and corrosion. Water damage also inhibits normal business activities and puts your inventory and equipment at risk because high humidity levels combined with temperature changes can affect them. 

You should contact professional restorers since they are well-trained in determining how to restore your property and the equipment to use. For those in need of commercial water cleanup in Mount Kisco, SERVPRO is the team to contact. We have trained our technicians to handle all problems concerning water damage.

Although each commercial water damage scenario is unique, the cleanup process is similar. We have a thorough and straightforward process that can help you resume business operations quickly and preserve essential items. 

Our SERVPRO team thoroughly understands how moisture moves into, through, and out of building materials. With this knowledge, we can handle your cleanup project successfully. 

We can use pumps to extract standing water. Our team can check walls and floors beneath the ruined area and crawl spaces for stagnant water and pump it out. After we have extracted the water, we can direct our efforts into drying the affected items and structures in your business. SERVPRO uses various products and equipment to achieve this at varying combinations, depending on your property's situation. Some of the equipment we use includes:

  • Air movers
  • Structural cavity drying equipment
  • Air filtration devices
  • Dehumidifiers

Our detection equipment helps us in the drying process since it enables us to locate areas of your business property with high moisture levels. It helps us know when the drying materials have achieved the required humidity levels. Throughout the cleaning process, SERVPRO ensures all the damages are well documented. 

To prevent the water damage incident from escalating, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County as soon as possible at (914) 241-8100 for timely and efficient services. We aim to make the damage seem "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration for Garages in Mount Kisco

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

soot and smoke on walls in stairway Cleaning soot and fire damage from Mount Kisco homes is a SERVPRO thing. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Teams are Ready to Help

Fires can be devastating to property and human life. Modern homes are full of technology designed to prevent fires or alert homeowners before they become serious. Some of these technologies are obvious in smoke detectors and alarms. Others, like fire retardants and electrical interrupters, are less noticeable. However, these preventative measures keep us safe and stop fires from causing significant damage to the home. Garage spaces, on the other hand, often lack these essential safety measures.

Our fire damage restoration service in Mount Kisco has experience working to repair garages. In the US, the number one cause of garage fires is electrical equipment. Flames can ignite due to overloaded circuits, exposed wiring, or leaving lamps and other electrical equipment unattended. Since we use these spaces to house papers, storage boxes, gas, and wood, any breakout fire has an abundance of fuel sources that can lead to extensive property damage in a short time.

SERVPRO helps residents with:

Any fire involves significant debris removal. Many items burn to cinders in a matter of minutes, leaving charred remains and ash behind. Our technicians can arrange dumpsters to remove larger debris while sweeping and industrial vacuuming the remaining area to eliminate soot. Exposed structural beams commonly found in garage spaces can be charred following a fire. By sanding away surface layers and soaking the remaining structure with a powerful anti-odor solvent, our technicians can help to restore the beams to a good condition.

Contents cleaning for garage fires

  • Storage boxes containing clothing can be shipped out of the property for professional cleaning to remove all traces of smoke and soot.
  • Special services we offer include artwork or document restoration and immersion cleaning for high-value, salvageable items.

Our team uses General Contractor License #: WC28721-H16 to repair damaged wiring, mechanical appliances, and equipment. If fire strikes your property, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County for fire damage repair at (914) 241-8100.

Protecting Your Home Against Destructive Water Damage

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

man with bare feet lifting a box out of water Need help drying your home after water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO to mitigate your problem before it leads to secondary issues.

Tips for Avoiding Costly Post-Water Damage Effects

Water damage accounts for billions of dollars spent annually between recovery and reconstruction in the restoration industry. Protecting your home from this type of destruction means understanding aspects like appropriate insurance coverage and preventative steps to help you evade costly damages that require our SERVPRO experts. 

Coverage that Protects Against Water Damage

The standard homeowners or renter’s insurance policy can cover various types of water damage. It is a good rule of thumb that water coming from the top down, such as burst sprinklers, broken pipes, or roof ice dams, is often covered. However, some types of water intrusions and damages might not be covered. 

Sewage and backed-up drains impacting the floors of your home and key areas of the property do not often cover the expenses of cleanup without a homeowner maintaining a sewer backup rider. In this rule of thumb, water coming from the ground up, which would include natural flooding, would require a separate insurance policy exclusively for this type of damage, like coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program or secondary coverage offered by a company. 

Maintaining your home can effectively reduce or even prevent water disasters from compromising the structures. Despite the talented professionals of our SERVPRO team helping, even extending to our trusted reconstruction partners with Connecticut Reconstruction Services (CRS), it is better to avoid this needed recovery in the first place. 

Start with Protecting the Basement

  • Resealing - Foundation masonry and floor slabs can crack and separate over the years, leaving vulnerabilities for water penetration and seepage. The presence of water after rain could prove that the waterproofing measures of these masonry units or concrete formations have diminished. Roll-on paint sealants allow for added protection to safeguard against water intrusion.
  • How Does Water Drain Away? - Improper drainage and soil arrangements that cause water to flow back towards the foundation of a structure can increase the likelihood of penetration and damage. Even with a French drain system, hydrostatic pressures against the foundational block could expose developing vulnerabilities that worsen over time. 
  • Backflow Prevention Valves - Backups from the drain or the sewage system create a biohazard event for your property. An easy way to prevent this contamination and flooding is by installing backflow prevention valves on the outflow lines of your sewer system leaving the property. This allows matter to flow in only one direction. 

The Maintenance of Indoor Plumbing 

  • Annual Appliance Hose Inspections - Hoses on water-fed appliances in the house can seriously contribute to the water damage that Mount Kisco residences face. Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters have hoses and fittings connecting them to the primary water service lines. An annual inspection of these components can diagnose small leaks or deterioration before it becomes a devastating situation. It is recommended to replace hoses every 5-7 years, even if no visible signs of wear exist. 
  • Checking the Seal of Your Shower - There is a seal of caulking around your shower and tub where these elements connect to the rest of the building materials. When this deteriorates, water damage can result. Check this seal regularly for wear or degradation.
  • Shut Off Water When on Vacation - It is a crucial step to sever water to appliances when you intend to be away from the house for a vacation in case a break occurs when you are a thousand miles from home. Similarly, it is a good practice not even to leave the house when you have appliances like the dishwasher or washing machine running. 
  • Where is Your Water Main Shut Off? - An active water damage event, like a burst pipe, continually worsens until the water flow gets stopped. Knowing where your shutoff is can have you reach this valve quickly to avoid more significant damage to the house and the costs incurred with restoring it. 
  • Installing Pressure Release - Situations like freezing pipes increase the pressure in the lines, which results in bursting. A pressure release implementation relieves this buildup to avoid costly burst lines and subsequent water damage. 
  • Check Any Exposed Plumbing Pipes - Inspect connections, fittings, fixtures, and pipes for any cracks, leaks, and drips. Repairs made now can save you big in the future. 

Keep Your Belongings Safe from Water Damage

  • Waterproof Storage - Avoid storing items in areas prone to moisture damage, like the basement. It is good to get into using waterproof bins for off-season storage.
  • Valuables Around Water - Never place your treasures, keepsakes, or memorabilia where you could risk them being destroyed by water or subsequent mold damage.
  • Do Not Store Items on the Basement Floor - It is always a good practice to keep stored items off the floor to prevent ruin if flooding, water seepage, or sewage damage occurs. 
  • Know What You Have - An inventory list of your stored items saves time and stress when water damage threatens the property. 

How Your Home’s Exterior Plays a Part 

The outer defenses of your Westchester County property can significantly prevent the intrusion and seepage of water. A few steps can help you limit the need for professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team. 

  • Installing Guards for Gutters - Prevent clogging and gutter overflows that pour water down the side of your home or accumulate on the roof with guards. These attachments to the gutter system make it easy to keep this collection system clear and operating properly. 
  • Caulk and Seal - Homeowners should inspect windows and structural openings for any vulnerable points. Caulking around seams and window frames can avoid penetration and seepage.
  • Inspecting the Roof - Check for missing shingles or structural compromise that needs to get addressed. 
  • Check the Downspouts - Position these downspouts from your gutters so they direct water away from your home and its foundation. Eliminate debris around this opening to keep water from backing up or pooling. 

Preventing water damage, flooding, or even connected mold damage might be a challenge for homeowners. Following these suggestions can help to protect your property. If disasters strike, trust our experienced SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County restoration team. Call us anytime at (914) 241-8100.

Keep Yourself and Your Property Prepared for Hurricane Floods

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

street covered in flood water Call on the experts at SERVPRO for immediate assistance with flood damage to your property after a hurricane.

Never wait until hurricane season to ensure your property is ready to handle extreme weather conditions. Flooding from significant storm events and hurricanes can occur anywhere, even when you reside in an area with low-to-moderate flood risk. All property owners should be prepared for hurricane floods, as doing so could save you thousands in damage and loss. 

Did you know? Flood-proofing your home might lessen damage to your foundation and your personal belongings.

Take Necessary Measures to Protect your Home and Loved Ones from Flooding

Regardless if you live in a high-risk or low-risk zone, having proper insurance coverage and working to strengthen your home against flood damage can mean saving thousands on water removal services and repair costs. 

The good news is you can follow some crucial steps to ensure you are protected and safe in the event of hurricane flooding:

  • Step One: Assess Your Risk Level 

Flood risk levels vary from one region to another. Those at higher risk tend to be communities near dams, rivers, mountains, and densely populated areas. If you are unsure about your flood risk level, you can use FEMA’s flood map tool to determine your likelihood of flooding.

  • Step Two: Have Flood Insurance Coverage

Many homeowners fail to realize that most home and renter’s insurance policies do not cover flood insurance. Check to see what you have for protection, as you may need to purchase flood insurance through the FEMA-administered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  • Step Three: Prepare Your Property

Take measures to protect your property from damaging flood waters. For example, all drains, gutters, and downspouts should be clear and function smoothly. You may also take measures to ensure you have ample sloping to keep water moving away from your foundation. Installing a sump pump is also wise to help keep your lowest level from taking on water.

  • Step Four: Safety During and After Flooding

You always need to prepare before a flood to lessen the damage. However, you can also remember several tips to help during a flood. For example, always heed warnings and listen if evacuations are ordered. Avoid moving through flood water as there can be dangerous debris and other hazards. 

What Can I do After a Flood?

Each situation is unique, but there are safeguards you can educate yourself and your family on to remain safe after a flood. Keep the following in mind:

  • Shut off power at your home’s main breaker if appliances or devices are still plugged in. NEVER use wet electrical devices.
  • If your power went out, opt for flashlights rather than candles, if possible. Should you have to use candles, keep the flames away from anything that might catch fire.
  • Always drink safe water and eat safe food. You can keep emergency food and water supply handy so that you have items on hand if you cannot reach a store for some time. NEVER eat or drink anything that may have come into contact with storm or flood water. 

SERVPRO for Rapid Water Cleanup and Disaster Response

The certified technicians at SERVPRO are on standby in natural disasters like hurricanes and storm flooding. We have backup generator power should yours be out and always come equipped to handle water removal services and drying. We entrust Connecticut Reconstruction Services (CRS) for reconstructions and extreme demolition. Together, we make your property “Like it never even happened.

Reach out to SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 should you require restoration and drying after a flood. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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.

My Mount Kisco Daycare Center is Flooded, How Do I Clean it Up?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

classroom Picture When you need flood damage restoration services in your daycare center, call SERVPRO!

Hire Professionals From SERVPRO to Handle the Commercial Flood Damage in Your Mount Kisco Daycare Center

The most devastating disasters, such as flooding, happen without warning. Flooding can ruin the structures and contents of the facility, and you must contend with the disruption of your daily operations.

What should I do immediately after the flood?

To get your daycare back up and running, you need to work with experts who provide commercial flood damage restoration in Mount Kisco. SERVPRO has the workforce and equipment required to handle flood damage. After a flood, you can do a few things to stay safe. They include:

  • Follow the advice of local authorities like elected officials and first responders because they are usually informed about affected areas. They can tell you which flooded areas to avoid.
  • Keep children away from floodwater – Floodwater may contain bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Children may also be vulnerable to electric shock.
  • Discard or clean contaminated toys – Make sure children do not play with toys that floodwater has contaminated. Disinfect the toys that can be disinfected and discard the ones that cannot.

What other actions should be taken?

Experiencing flood damage in a daycare facility is stressful. The damage that floodwater causes can increase substantially if you do not take prompt action. We can remove the water and moisture and work tirelessly to restore the facility to its former state.

How do you restore a daycare facility?

Our SERVPRO team assesses the damage and then uses advanced water restoration equipment, products, and procedures to eliminate the water, clean, dry, and disinfect the affected areas. Some equipment in our arsenal includes:

  • High-speed pumps to remove the water.
  • air movers to speed up evaporation at the surface level.
  • Dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from the air.
  • Infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials.

Our well-trained and experienced staff can also help you document water-damaged items through our CCIS, Contents Claims, and Inventory service. We inventory items room by room and categorize them as questionable, salvageable, or salvageable. However, you and your insurer are responsible for making the decision on which items to discard.

When you need flood damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. We are a trusted name in flood clean-up.

Mistakes You Don't Want to Make After Fire Damage in Your Mount Kisco Home

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

After Fire Home SERVPRO will be first in line to help you come back from your Mount Kisco house fire.

Let us help you stop worrying about your fire damage in Mount Kisco

The first 48 hours after fire damage in a home are crucial. Copious amounts of water wind up on the property from firefighting efforts, and not only does the smoke residue require removal, but fast extraction of the water also needs to occur as quickly as possible. 

Self-cleaning fire damage is something Mount Kisco homeowners should avoid. When liquid cleaners come into contact with dry smoke residue - the result drives it deeper into surfaces, sometimes making things that once had restoration potential into a loss. Scrubbing away smoke residue sounds correct, but depending on the surface and type of smoke damage, it may cause more damage to the property.

DIY actions homeowners should take: 

  • When only a portion of the home is affected by fire, ask the fire department if it is safe to remain in the home
  • Turn off the HVAC system to stop the spread of soot in the ductwork
  • Close off the fire loss area of the house to foot traffic
  • Turn off the electricity to the home if the walls around outlets are wet

Working closely with property owners to know what is happening with each phase of the mitigation process, SERVPRO technicians remove the water, debris, and charred items. Restoration services have two sides, and one is to save as much as possible through cleaning. Areas of the structure that do not have restorative potential are ready for reconstruction.

SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to become certified in the restoration sciences. This includes how to test and determine the type of residue, so they choose the best cleaning methods in each case. Often smoke residue requires careful manual removal followed up by the use of equipment to neutralize airborne soot particles and other odor control applications. 

Fire damage cleanup and restoration need to happen as soon as possible after a fire loss. Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100, our emergency response teams are available 24/7, and they have the experience, equipment, and commitment to do the damage to your home. "Like it never even happened."

Water Restoration Methods That Work in Mount Kisco

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Five SERVPRO Equipment Drying Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County today if you need help with professional water damage restoration.

SERVPRO’s Mount Kisco Water Restoration Team is Available 24/7

With all of the ways we use water daily, it is no wonder there are so many water-related incidents calling for restoration in homes across the country. When you are faced with water pooling on your hardwood floors after your dishwasher malfunctioning or a massive leak from upstairs bathroom plumbing, you need professionals to handle water removal services in your Mount Kisco property. Calling SERVPRO gets you an entire team of IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) ready to get started – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Inspection and assessment are two crucial phases at the beginning of your water restoration project in Mount Kisco. Without careful attention initially, areas, where moisture traveled could get missed, which leads to further damage and the possibility of mildew and black mold development. 

What Happens During the Inspection and Assessment?

Once we arrive on your property, the crew takes the time to scope the water impact zone to determine the level of damage and all areas where the moisture migrated. This helps us select the right equipment and the number of fans and dehumidifiers we need for the drying phase. We also work to identify the source of water damage so we can stop it in its tracks. 

  • We thoroughly survey the damage and determine whether it is a category 1, 2, or 3 water event.
  • We inspect to identify any possible safety concerns or damage to your structural components.

Water extractions begin in tandem with drying using industrial-grade equipment. Our technicians work to restore relative humidity, remove all unsalvageable materials, and different contents for further drying or restoration. When we get done, everything gets finished off to look “Like it never even happened.”

Water restoration handled by our professional team at SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County gets results fast! Call us at (914) 241-8100 to mobilize our Green Fleet to your door!

Become Familiar With Commercial Water Damage Remediation Services in Mount Kisco

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Statue Your law office needs to be professional and clean at all times. Contact SERVPRO at any sign of water damage.

Commercial Water Removal From Your Mount Kisco Law Office 

A water leak in your law office restroom is a giant nuisance and potentially detrimental to business. There are also implications for necessary documentation near the floor level or improperly stored. It is essential to keep your office functional while important cleanup and restoration occur. First things first, ensure the water main is turned off and the leak stops. Then, move any physical documentation exposed to moisture to a dry area or out of the building. Before canceling all of your upcoming appointments, you may want to seek professional assistance.

When you want to keep your business running, as usual, commercial water removal in Mount Kisco presents a different set of challenges compared to dealing with water removal within your home. When a house has water damage, it typically does not matter if there are large pieces of visible equipment and people working. When it is your office and you have clients coming in to meet you, it is crucial to keep a low profile to maintain a professional front, so the business does not suffer.

SERVPRO restoration and water removal technicians come to assess the damage to devise a plan as soon as possible, knowing how important it is to keep everything running smoothly. If some of your office contents suffered damage, technicians might remove them to clean the items in a secured off-site storage facility. If documents do not have a digital copy and need restoration, SERVPRO calls in a document restoration specialist to assist. 

Extraction, if needed in carpeted areas, usually occurs using portable extraction equipment outside of regular business hours, so the work does not disrupt employees and clients. An essential piece in drying the impacted area is the facilitation of evaporation. Technicians strategically place surface-level air movers around the office to blow warm, dry air exhausted by dehumidifiers placed in out-of-the-way corners. 

SERVPRO is available for any size disaster 24/7 and understands the cost of business and the importance of uninterrupted workflow. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Should I Choose a Mold Remediation Company that Carries Out Moisture Testing?

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

 Illustration of Mildew When Water Leaks Lead to Mold Damage in Your Mount Kisco Home--Contact SERVPRO for Superior Remediation

Mount Kisco Residents Want to Reduce the Chance of Mold Returning

Nobody in Mount Kisco wants to deal with fungal growth in their home. Fungi can smell terrible, can damage drywall and stucco, looks unsightly, and can cause health effects. However, dealing with minor disasters and getting repairs is part of being a homeowner. The best move is to hire a professional when you need them.

If you are looking for a mold remediation company in Mount Kisco, choose a firm like SERVPRO that understands how to search for hidden sources of moisture. To understand why this is so important, you must first know how and why mold grows and spreads.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a naturally-occurring fungus that is present throughout nature. Fungi do not obtain energy from sunlight as plants do – instead, they metabolize the material they live on. Mold is necessary outdoors because it helps break down decaying organic matter, such as dead plants. However, mold can also travel indoors, and you do not need it in your home.

How Does Mold Spread?

One of the things mold needs to form new colonies is fresh mold spores. If fungi are growing in your home, spores can break away from the colony and travel through your house. Spores can hitch a ride:

  • On clothes and shoes
  • On shopping bags
  • On pet fur
  • On air currents or through HVAC systems

Mold can enter your home from outside, and if you have a colony in your home already, the spores can spread from there and find new places to grow.

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold needs several things to propagate:

  • Mold spores
  • The organic material to feed on – in your home includes paper, wood (cellulose), wool, cotton, and drywall
  • Warm, dark conditions – mold often grows in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or basements
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture

Given the right conditions, most molds can start growing within 48 hours. Certainly, a good reason to call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at the first sign of fungus in your home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and the sooner you get us, the sooner we can commence mold remediation.

How Can I Make It Harder For Mold To Grow?

There are some things you cannot control and some things you can. Let us consider the above list and see what is controllable. Because mold spores are naturally occurring, you cannot prevent them from entering your home, but with a well-maintained HVAC system, with HEPA filters, you can minimize spore circulation.

You cannot remove all possible food sources because that would mean no textiles, no wood, no cotton, and even no wallpaper or drywall! You cannot keep every part of your home brightly lit at all times, either. Mold likes warm places, and you cannot keep your home uncomfortably cold to prevent fungal growth. However, one thing you can often control is the presence of moisture. SERVPRO can test moisture levels and help dry your home.

Why Is Moisture Assessment Necessary?

Not every source of moisture is visible. Perhaps you noticed water pooling in the corner of your basement or around the bathroom faucets and a mold colony nearby. But you cannot tell if there is moisture hidden behind fixtures or fittings or whether the damp seeped into a wall or baseboard. Moisture testing gives a fuller picture of the situation, which means more effective remediation.

What Moisture Testing Equipment Does SERVPRO Use?

We equip our teams with several kinds of moisture testing equipment. Moisture meters measure the moisture content of various types of material, such as wood or gypsum. Most meters are calibrated for wood. We can use that scale to compare the relative levels in different kinds of material. Penetrating moisture meters pierce the material and use electrical conductivity to read the stories. In contrast, non-penetrating meters use conductivity, capacitance, or radio signals. We use moisture sensors for carpets and carpet pads. They pierce through the material to check if water has reached the sub-floor underneath. Thermo-hygrometers measure the relative humidity and temperature of the air to compare readings between areas affected by mold and those not affected by it. Thermal imaging cameras measure the temperature of building materials, which helps us build a picture of how moisture has traveled throughout the material. Detection equipment lets us look beyond visible mold colonies and assess the situation thoroughly.

What Can SERVPRO Do About Moisture?

Once we have uncovered the presence of moisture, it is essential to take action to reduce it. Reducing and then eliminating water drips and leaks make it harder for mold to come back. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the area, including carpets and textiles. We continue to monitor moisture levels while we work to ensure everything is properly dried. We can also recommend repairs or other steps to reduce moisture in the area.

 If you need a mold remediation company with the right tools and expertise, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100.

Learn How to Start Flood Damage Remediation in Bedford

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Living Space Regardless of Which Room Flooding Affects, SERVPRO is There For You With Water Removal and Remediation Services. Call Right Away.

Tips for Protecting Your Bedford Home From Mold After Flood Damage

Flood water entering your home is alarming, and the flood damage left behind needs prompt action to stop more significant issues from developing.

To ensure mold is not also a problem on top of flood damage, Bedford homeowners can take specific actions to prevent secondary losses from occurring. First and foremost, bring in a professional restoration services company and do not come into contact with groundwater or remove items from the home that have had contact.

Remove Paper Products That Matter from The Home

Mold loves to consume wood and wood products, and in high-humidity situations, papers, books, and magazines frequently become hosts to mold colonies. Remove artwork and photos from walls to a dry, low humidity space, or SERVPRO can arrange a Pack-Out to a secure location until the completion of cleanup efforts.

Water Extraction Assists With Faster Drying

Since mold spores already exist naturally both indoors and outdoors, they are just basically floating around looking for optimum conditions to germinate. SERVPRO technicians use their array of moisture detection equipment to scope the home and identify all areas of excessive moisture, so they remove as much as possible before drying the property.

Drying Assists in the Elimination of Mold

After flooding happens in a property, if the humidity levels remain above 50% indoors, mold infestations set up home rapidly and begin to spread. Mold cannot exist without adequate moisture levels, so the technicians set drying goals and ensure they are met to inhibit mold further.

Cleaning With Antimicrobials Helps to Diminish Mold

SERVPRO uses professional-grade cleaners and antimicrobials to eradicate bacteria and mold from surfaces, leaving them disinfected. In cases where technicians previously performed abatement of mold colonies during flood mitigation, it is standard practice to treat the surfaces with antimicrobial sealants to prohibit the return. 

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 is ready to assist property owners with any size flood damage in their homes. Our certified technicians arrive quickly and work to restore your home to its pre-flood condition, "Like it never even happened."

Mount Kisco Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Fire Loss and Odor Control Mitigation

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Thick Smoke Cloud SERVPRO Says to Mount Kisco Homeowners--Call Us for Fire Damage Restoration and Odor Control

Why Several Deodorizers Exist for Fire-Damaged Mount Kisco Homes

There are multiple tools, products, and machines that are vital in the professional recovery of fire loss incidents to Mount Kisco homes. As challenging as these instances can be to overcome, even with this advanced equipment, many homeowners seeking to do this alone do not have the same access to these modern machines. Some mid-grade options exist in home improvement locations for rent or purchase, but without purchasing an entire inventory of restoration tools yourself, how do you know what items you need for fire loss recovery?

One of the biggest challenges regarding fire damage in Mount Kisco homes is lingering odors and smoke. Deodorization equipment can often eliminate these threats permanently. Still, there are several units that you can choose from – even with the limited stock available in hardware stores. There are reasons that there are varying types and why all of these options arrive with our SERVPRO professionals when we reach a fire-damaged property.

Primarily, our SERVPRO team utilizes several options in most fire loss incidents, including thermal and UV foggers, hydroxyl generators, and even ozone machines. Each of these units has distinct advantages, primarily in either the range of their effectiveness or in the items that they can most efficiently and thoroughly deodorize. Thermal foggers, for example, can easily permeate soft materials like clothing, upholstery, and carpets to break apart harsh odor compounds embedded in them.

There are disadvantages to specific choices as well, and these are things that you need to know before these units get rented or purchased. Ozone generators are highly capable machines that can make short work of odors in contents and open areas of your damaged home. Still, the creation of ozone to neutralize these molecules is hazardous and even fatal to humans and pets directly exposed. These units must get run while no other work is getting completed. SERVPRO strongly suggests not to introduce O3 ozone molecules into your home. Leave the heavy lifting to us, done right and safely.

We strive to give our customers the information that can help them to make the best decisions for their property in a time of crisis. While our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team is always here to help you make fire loss “Like it never even happened.” we are also here to help with any questions you might have. Give us a call today at (914) 241-8100.

Steps Taken After Burst Pipe Water Damage in Mount Kisco Homes

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Leaky Pipe Call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County to ensure your home is dry and sanitary.

Fast Mitigation Helps After Substantial Water Damage to Mount Kisco Properties

Mitigation is a critical part of burst pipe repair and restoration. Water damage can be substantial from these incidents, so SERVPRO reaches the home quickly for:

  • Extraction
  • Drying
  • Surface cleaning
  • Repairs

Stopping Water Flow

An essential part of water damage restoration for Mount Kisco homes in Westchester County is stopping the water flow as soon as possible. Once a burst pipe has been diagnosed in the household, homeowners should react quickly by shutting down the main service leading into the property to stop the water flow out of the broken portion of the pipe.

Repairing the Plumbing

With a contractor license, we complete the number of repairs and build-back services required to return your property to preloss condition. A priority of our responding team is to restore water service to the property, which involves repairing the burst pipe that caused water damage initially.

Mitigating Standing Water Damages

Perhaps one of the greatest loss effects that result from burst pipe incidents is the substantial volume of standing water restorers must contend with when we arrive. Standing water is destructive to porous surfaces and can continually cause harm to the structure and contents exposed until the situation is resolved. We have multiple extraction devices to help, including pumps and vacuums.

Thorough Drying

With most of the direct damage dealt with from the burst pipe, it is still essential to undertake the necessary steps to dry the premises thoroughly. Drying involves several tools and strategies but relies most on-air movers and dehumidifiers. Air movers promote evaporation on surfaces and through the environment, while dehumidifiers work to pull moisture from the atmosphere for disposal.

Water damage restoration should start as soon as possible after the first notice of loss. Our committed SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team has a collection of leading restoration tools stocked on production vehicles to mitigate loss when we arrive at damaged buildings. We are ready to help anytime you call (914) 241-8100. 

Commercial Water Damage In Your Mount Kisco Restaurant

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

a big kitchen in a restaurant When your commercial kitchen is facing water damage, you need help fast. Contact our certified SERVPRO water damage remediation team. We are here.

Stopping Commercial Water Damage in a Mount Kisco Restaurant

Water damage is a pain for any business to endure. Whether it is a pipe leak in the kitchen or overflowing fixtures in bathrooms, it can be overwhelming for small business owners to have to tackle this type of damage. Fortunately, there is a team that can help.

If your Mount Kisco restaurant needs commercial water damage mitigation from experienced professionals, the experts at SERVPRO have extensive experience in cleaning and restoring restaurants to their preloss condition. Whether the source of the leak is in your kitchen, storage area, bathrooms, or front of the house, SERVPRO tools and techniques are designed to meet local, state, and federal sanitation requirements for commercial spaces.

Flooring Requirements for Commercial Restrooms

  •   Keep it low maintenance. Consider a surface that is both cost-effective and easy to maintain. A quality vinyl floor, for example, does not require polish or wax. Better still, many vinyl installations can be implemented without grout lines, which minimizes the risk of water penetrating structural materials underneath the floor.
  •   Water resistance. Restroom flooring should be nonporous and water-resistant. Some flooring solutions run the risk of delamination, which can affect the ability of tiles to adhere to the floor. In the event of a water damage issue, replacement may be more cost-effective and sanitary than repair depending on the disaster.
  •   Scratch and scuff resistance. Many commercial restroom floors are installed with a protective polyurethane topcoat or similar vapor barrier. While this is excellent for commercial purposes, it can sometimes present unique challenges for restoration, as water often seeps into wall trim or counters. However, this can be combated using water-resistant paints and other precautions.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When working with a commercial restroom, one of the most pressing concerns is maintaining sanitary conditions. SERVPRO takes health and safety very seriously, and only uses OSHA-approved, EPA-registered antimicrobials during the disinfection process.

SERVPRO can utilize mops, squeegees, and extraction wands to eliminate the presence of standing water. If the damage is caused by a pipe leak or clean toilet overflow, technicians can prepare the space for drying with air movers and dehumidifiers. Technicians can use rovers to address water-affected carpet outside of the restroom.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County can ensure that your business looks, “Like it never even happened.” Call (914) 241-8100 any time of the day or night for emergency response cleanup.

We Discuss The Different Ways Flood Damage Can Affect Your Bedford Home

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with the homeowners possessions floating around everywhere Flooding can quickly damage both the contents and structure of your home. Call our experienced flood damage remediation team for services.

Different Ways Flood Damage Affects Bedford Homeowners

Flooding can happen at any time, including when least expected, such as dry seasons. Like any other Bedford homeowner, such an incident can affect you in many ways. Seeking assistance from a professional flood damage restorer is one way to cope with the loss.

Disruption of normal activities

One significant effect of flood damage incidents in Bedford is disrupting daily routines. Depending on the level of flooding, it might not be possible to reenter the affected property, or at least it limits access to some rooms forcing you to eat out or seek alternative accommodation until the loss is resolved. Although we might not prevent the problem, our SERVPRO technicians can work faster to reduce the time your property remains inaccessible. We have sophisticated cleaning equipment to deal with soiling, different types of water extractors to speed up water removal, and enough human resources to tear down and rebuild affected areas.

Creating Uncertainty

Although you might expect the losses that occur after flooding, the uncertainty that such incidents create can be unbearable. The uncertainty stems from many factors, including the fear that the flooding might compromise the building's structural integrity or that long-term issues such as mold might keep recurring after the restoration process. Part of the work our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians do is to reassure the client that the home can regain its preloss condition. We rely on our experiences and the advanced training our technicians receive to gauge the likely outcome of an incident helping reduce any feelings of uncertainty you might have.

Financial losses

Flooding damages many items ranging from furniture, wall materials such as drywall and insulation to floor coverings such as carpets. Replacing all the affected items or mishandling the restoration process can lead to high costs. When our SERVPRO technicians perform the restoration, we take various steps that might help reduce the financial losses incurred. Steps such as properly coordinated content move-outs help reduce the contents lost.

Combating the effects of flood damage is challenging. Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 to help deal with any outcome, “Like it never even happened.”

Professional Fire Damage Restoration for Minor Events in Mount Kisco

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

the roof of a house on fire with smoke and flames billowing from its windows When fire damage affects your home, time is of the essence. Call our SERVPRO team 24/7 to quickly assess and formulate an effective remediation plan.

SERVPRO’s Assistance Improves Fire Damage Remediation in Mount Kisco Homes

Fire can originate from different sources, including cooking processes or malfunctioning appliances. The intensity varies depending on what ignites or how fast it is extinguished, so you might end up with what you believe is minimal damage that you can resolve yourself. However, professional fire damage restoration may still be necessary to habilitate your Mount Kisco home to its preloss state after a small fire.

Fire damage restoration in your Mount Kisco home needs to be timely for the best outcomes. It also takes several actions to address all the developing problems, so significant resources may be necessary. Since SERVPRO constantly restores big and small fire events, we have adequate resources to deploy.

The likely fire restoration processes include:

  • Cleaning
  • Deodorizing
  • Resurfacing

Why professional assistance is needed

In a small fire, soiling might involve limited smoke residues or charring. Cleaning under such circumstances involves wiping surfaces to lift off light residues and light staining. However, if not done correctly, it can worsen the soiling rather than resolve it. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians start cleaning with a method like vacuuming or feather-dusting to remove light smoke residues before subjecting materials to wet cleaning. Dry cleaning helps prevent residues from setting deeper into the material.

Removing the layers of charring left on a wooden surface is necessary before refinishing or resurfacing the area. The fire might have affected finished surfaces like furniture or unfinished ones in structural materials. Removing layers of charring requires care not to cause unnecessary damage or disturb the materials in a way that releases them into the air, where they can cause irritation or respiratory issues. Our SERVPRO teams use specialized agitation techniques such as blasting an area with soda or dry ice pellets, which do not abrade the underlying material. 

In general, professionals help

  • Provide special equipment
  • Improve salvaging of damaged materials
  • Limit exposure to health hazards 
  • Quicken recovery

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides fire damage restoration services for any incident making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (914) 241-8100.

How Is Water Removed from Flooring in Mount Kisco Homes?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

drying equipment in kitchen, wood floor SERPVRO provides advanced drying equipment to dry carpeting, hardwood flooring, and resilient tiles in Mount Kisco--"Like it never even happened."

Various flooring materials require unique water removal tactics to restore Mount Kisco properties.

Water damage incidents rarely stay confined to where the problem originated. As water migrates through the structure, several flooring materials and structural elements become affected.  Our rapid-response team comes prepared to help clean surface water threats and remove trapped moisture in features like carpeting and wood plank flooring. Our Green Fleet vehicles arrive stocked with:

  • Extractors
  • Drying Equipment
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Specialty Removal Tools

Carpeted Floors

Water removal for Mount Kisco properties can involve elements like carpeting in your home. As highly porous and absorbent materials, your carpet can become fully saturated by water damage shortly after exposure. Attachments like carpet wands are vital for forcefully pulling up trapped moisture from the fibers of the carpet and the padding underneath.

Wood and Engineered Wood Flooring

Semi-porous materials like wood flooring do not immediately absorb standing water, but when moisture penetrates through the planks, there is a finite timeline before irreparable harm occurs. We utilize special drying equipment like mats spread out on these affected floors to bring moisture to the surface through capillary suction.

Non-Porous Flooring Materials

There are several types of non-porous flooring materials that can be installed in your home. Many properties, for example, have tiles installed in the bathroom. When these structural elements encounter standing water, they do not absorb this moisture. This can be more destructive to related elements like baseboards and drywall as the water is more likely to pool. Extractors work fast to remove this surface water threat.

With multiple types of flooring in modern homes, water damage can impact these materials differently depending on the severity of the situation. Our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team arrives with suitable solutions for multiple types of damage that could exist to mitigate loss and protect these affected materials when possible. Call today at (914) 241-8100.

Keeping Mold Damage in Yorktown Heights Warehouses Contained

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

mold remediation sign and containment For reliable mold remediation, and keeping your commercial production at capacity, call SERVPRO in the Greater Yorktown Heights area

Fast action for mold-damaged Yorktown Heights warehouses.

It is not easy to monitor the physical condition of large production facilities as readily as you might like but identifying threats like mold growth should be a priority. Microbial threats deteriorate hosting materials and can destroy stored wares. Restoring the damage means answering a few important questions.

What is Causing the Mold Damage?

The first determination about mold damage in Yorktown Heights production facilities and warehouses is what is causing the threat. Moist conditions attribute to the development of microbial hazards, so to overcome active colonization, we must also use our restoration experience and general contractor license to:

  • Address current moisture
  • Track damp pocket migrations
  • Find and repair structural vulnerabilities

What Can Be Done to Protect the Inventory?

Warehouses are designed to store items and inventory for businesses and other companies, so when threats like mold exist, this can quickly impact many of these stored items. Relocating these belongings is often a good start to protecting them from aggressive colonization that can heavily target cardboard, pallets, and other typical storage materials.

Are Harsh Malodors a Concern?

Yet another concern for the warehouse and its stored items after mold development is the harsh odor that can overwhelm the affected areas. Musty smells are generated from the volatile organic compounds active colonies emit, so we must implement air scrubbing equipment and deodorization practices to manage these threats before they get out of control.

Are Repairs Needed?

By understanding the destructive capabilities of mold and water damage to your warehouse, you can appreciate how frequently post-remediation needs like repairs and reconstruction will be required. We can help with these needs and build-back services seamlessly after cleanup with a general contractor license.

When mold threatens areas like large commercial structures and warehouses in the area, our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team is here to help. We have a variety of mold remediation solutions when microbial growth overwhelms production facilities. Give us a call today at (914) 241-8100.

How to Remove Standing Floodwater from Mount Kisco Basements?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

desiccant dehu with ducts SERVPRO extracts groundwater from Mount Kisco homes and then dries them with desiccant dehumidifiers, "Like it never even happened."

Flooding in the basement of Mount Kisco homes requires several tools to repair or resolve.

Flooding can be one of the more destructive disasters that homes endure. When water penetrates the basement level, the depth of the damage and the complexity of drying and extraction needs fast-responding restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team. We have several tools for efficient water removal. 

Trash Pumps and Extractors

Flood damage in Mount Kisco properties can be initially managed through trash pumps and truck-mount extractors. Both of these units can move hundreds of gallons of water per minute, making them the most efficient options in our inventory.

Wet Vacuums and Wands

When water has been taken down beneath the two-inch benchmark described, it is up to more portable and versatile equipment to manage remaining surface water concerns. Wet vacuums and their respective attachments can remove nearly all puddling and pooling for efficient drying to come.

Assessing Lingering Moisture Damage 

Surface water is among the most considerable obstacles for flooded basements, but after even brief exposure, it is to be expected that moisture migrates into related materials. We must track and assess the moisture content of the house and the suitable restoration solution to overcome these effects. Some of the necessary equipment for this includes:

Humidity Management

Even with surface water resolved, humidity and environmental moisture contents can still be factors. Moist atmospheres, especially in less frequented areas like the basement, can promote damage like mold growth. We limit the moisture content below the threshold that facilitates this damage using dehumidifiers and air movers. We can also treat surfaces with antimicrobial products to inhibit growth.

After a flood infiltrates your basement level, several types of water removal and drying practices are necessary to remove this intrusion. As leading storm damage cleanup specialists, our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team arrives with needed equipment for extraction, surface cleaning, and repairs. Give us a call when you need it at (914) 241-8100.

Where to Get Help with Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Yorktown

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with yellow caution tape in front of it When a fire affects your home, professionals need to be called in. Team SERVPRO has fire and smoke cleanup professionals standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Assist You to Perform Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup in Yorktown

No one expects to lose their home or belongings to a fire. However, if this happens to you, rest assured that you are in good hands with SERVPRO for the fire and smoke damage restoration process. We can perform fire restoration quickly to increase the chances of limiting the damage.

We are available 24 hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies. We can perform efficient fire and smoke cleanup in your Yorktown home and restore affected materials and belongings. Our SERVPRO team can take these steps to fix your residence:

  • Fire and smoke assessment
  • Board up and roof tarping
  • Water removal and drying
  • Soot removal
  • Rebuilding or reconstruction

Fire and smoke assessment

Our SERVPRO technicians can perform a full inspection in all affected areas of your residence. Accounting for all the fire and smoke damage enables us to develop an action plan.

Board up and roof tarping

We can protect your home from further damage by boarding up openings in the walls, doors, or windows and tarping the roof. The covering materials we can use include roofing tarpaulins, exterior grade plywood, and rolls of polyethylene sheeting.

Water removal and drying

If there is water and moisture from fire suppression efforts, our SERVPRO technicians can remove it using portable extraction units. To dry the affected areas, we can use air movers to increase evaporation and the surface level and desiccant dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air. Desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals called desiccants that have a high affinity for water. The chemicals readily absorb moisture from the air that the dehumidifiers process.

Soot removal

After smoke settles on surfaces as residues, it is known as soot. Soot residues may contain different acids that can cause corrosion and discoloration if they remain on materials over time. We can use dry cleaning sponges and specialized techniques to remove soot from every affected surface.

Rebuilding or reconstruction

This involves repairs like replacing drywall, carpet replacement, and painting.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for fire damage repairs. We can make the fire damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

The Importance of Prompt Water Damage Restoration in Mount Kisco

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating everywhere Water damage in your home can certainly seem overwhelming. Team SERVPRO has water removal equipment and certified technicians to help you.

SERVPRO Offers Efficient Water Damage Repair in Mount Kisco Homes

Water damage is never welcome, but you can tackle it with the help of professionals. SERVPRO is a full-service restoration firm that can help you quickly restore your home. Please speak to our customer care team as soon as you notice the water intrusion and explain the situation.

Promptly performing water damage restoration in your Mount Kisco home can save you hundreds of dollars and prevent mold infestation. After our SERVPRO team assesses the situation, we can provide you with a comprehensive report, including repair expenses. We use advanced water extraction and drying equipment to remove water and moisture. Our water damage repair services involve:

  • Inspection
  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Structural repairs


Our SERVPRO crew can use thermo-hygrometers to check for moisture. This equipment determines temperature or relative humidity in all required atmospheric inspection areas. It also determines dehumidifier requirements after initial placement.

Water extraction

We use portable extractors to remove water from flooring after water damage. We also use them to clean carpets and upholstery. Portable extractors have three main components; a pump, a heater, and a vacuum system. All three systems remain in use when cleaning upholstery and carpets. A pump generates pressure that sprays a solution onto the carpet or fabric through the wand. The pressure of the solution agitates the surface we are cleaning. A heater heats cleaning and rinsing solutions so they can clean more effectively. The vacuum removes moisture and soils from the surface and collects them in the waste recovery tank.


Moving the air is essential for drying. The air in water-damaged rooms is usually humid and damp, slowing evaporation. Our SERVPRO team uses air movers to blow wet air out and bring in dry, warm air to expedite drying.

Structural repairs

After the contents and structures are dry, our technicians can repair or refinish structural materials like plates behind baseboards, walls, insulation, vapor barriers, and framing. 

To handle water damage in your property, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Which Firm Performs Fire Damage Mitigation in Mount Kisco Effectively

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and countertops Regardless of the extent of the fire damage, team SERVPRO can help mitigate. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO is a Specialist in Fire Damage Mitigation in Mount Kisco

Fires in homes have the potential to cause severe damage. The flames cause the charring of structural elements and building materials, while the soot, smoke, and residues cause the etching and tarnishing of affected materials. Much of the destruction these corrosive byproducts cause takes after extinguishing a fire.

It is, therefore, crucial to perform fire damage mitigation in your Mount Kisco residence as soon as possible after a fire. This can keep the damage from corrosive byproducts from worsening. Water damage from fire suppression systems or firefighting efforts requires particular attention. SERVPRO provides a swift response to fire damage and can take the following actions to restore your residence:

  • Fire damage assessment
  • Temporary board-ups
  • Contents cleaning and restoration
  • Structural cleaning and repairs
  • Contents move out

If there is water on your carpet, our SERVPRO restorers can use light wands to extract it. This equipment is useful for removing water initially from glue down carpet and removing residual water from the carpeting after restorers have used a stationary tool. We can also use air moving equipment to improve evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. Air movers also move dry, dehumidified air from rooms where restorers have positioned dehumidifiers to other rooms of the home.

In many cases, our SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can restore the damaged contents on-site. Cleaning contents on-site reduces the number of times the contents are handled and limits the chance that they can sustain damage when in the hands of our technicians. However, if damage to a home does not allow us to perform content restoration on-site, we can pack up the contents and take them to our facilities for cleaning and restoration. We return the items after a home is restored.

When moving out contents, our SERVPRO team is detailed and accurate in our work to prevent breakage and maintain a proper inventory of the contents.

If you need fire mitigation services, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Safe and Reliable Mold Removal in Yorktown Heights is Possible with SERVPRO In-charge

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall behind a cabinet Found some patches of mold? Team SERVPRO will investigate the infestation and put together an effective mold damage remediation plan. Call today!

Safety comes first when SERVPRO carries out mold removal in Yorktown Heights properties.

Spotting areas with mold damage in your home can be a traumatic experience, especially since mold can cause health effects. However, it is possible to get safe and reliable mold removal done in your Yorktown Heights home with SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO techs abide by the IICRC S520 guidelines during the mold removal from your Yorktown Heights home. We use utmost care during the restoration process and use industry-leading safety protocols. Every mold incident is different and requires a unique approach to handle it. However, the general remediation process is largely the same involving the following steps- 

  • Inspection of the premises to identify problem areas
  • Establishing containment zones
  • Setting up air filtration systems
  • Removing mold and mold-infested material
  • Cleaning and deodorization

Do SERVPRO techs carry out black mold damage repairs in Yorktown Heights properties?

Contrary to what other restoration companies might lead you to believe, black mold is no more dangerous than any different kind of mold commonly found in your home. SERVPRO techs handle black mold according to the guidelines laid out by the IICRC.  

SERVPRO techs seek help from Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) during the restoration process. The IAQs and IEP are science experts. Their main job is to perform initial tests and evaluations, provide a written protocol for the restoration, and perform clearance tests and inspections after the remediation is completed to ensure the completed mold has been restored to a safe level.

If you suspect mold growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100.

SERVPRO Offers a Fast and Effective Fire Damage Restoration Service to Mount Kisco Establishments

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged commercial space with soot covering everything When fire damage happens, effective restoration is necessary. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for a custom fire damage remediation plan.

Why do Mount Kisco businesses rely on SERVPRO for fire damage restoration?

A fire incident at a place of business can result in substantial property damage resulting in heavy losses to the entrepreneurs. Hiring a professional company like SERVPRO for fire damage restoration of your Mount Kisco property can help you repair the damage and get back on your feet.  

With years of experience in commercial fire damage restoration of Mount Kisco buildings, SERVPRO has made a mark as one of the most trusted services in the area. Our technicians use a multi-faceted approach to clean and deodorize the damage caused by fire and smoke, “Like it never even happened.” 

Why is SERVPRO so effective in deodorizing fire and smoke damage to commercial buildings in Mount Kisco?  

One of the biggest problems with fire and smoke damage to a commercial building is the lingering odor that can be off-putting to potential customers. The deodorization process that SERVPRO of Mount Kisco uses involves- 

  • Removing the source of the odor
  • Cleaning of the odor-causing residues from the surfaces
  • Seal the surfaces, if needed

SERVPRO techs use a combination of techniques to produce acceptable deodorization results. 

Why do SERVPRO techs use hydroxyl generators during the deodorization of commercial properties? 

Hydroxyl generators produce highly reactive hydroxyl (OH-) radicals. As the hydroxyl radicals are very reactive, they rapidly oxidize odor-causing chemicals in the air. One of the biggest advantages of these generators is that they can be operated throughout the restoration process and thus minimize business interruption.   

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for 24/7 assistance. 

Is Winter Water Damage Likely to Mount Kisco Homes?

12/26/2021 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of gutters and pipes of a house Make sure to take some winter water damage prevention steps. If damage does still occur, contact SERVPRO to remove the excess water.

Early preventative measures can ward off potential damages to Mount Kisco properties this winter. 

Amid the winter season, our experienced team of water damage professionals is called regularly to help with homes and businesses experiencing the unfortunate effects of burst pipes, broken fixtures, and flooding from winter weather events. Understanding how these situations can develop and what you can do to prevent them is critical to saving money.

How Can Winter Weather Impact Local Properties?

Between frozen pipes and ice damming Mount Kisco homes might experience this winter season, restorers of our SERVPRO team must stay prepared to help. Conditions for households can change rapidly, leading to several types of threats like:

  • Frozen water service lines
  • Damaging water fixtures
  • Roof damages 
  • Ice buildup 
  • Flooding

Can You Keep Pipes from Freezing?

Preventing freezing and expanding of pipes begins with securing them from direct exposure to extreme temperatures. Vulnerable fixtures and pipe portions should be sufficiently insulated and surrounded by warm air.

How Do You Prevent Ice Formation on the Roof?

It is possible to prevent ice formation on the roof of your house, mostly through measures taken earlier before compromising situations and severe temperatures are factors. Direct action homeowners can take is to install heated cables spanning more than a foot of the edge of the roof. This steady warmth makes this space incapable of supporting ice, and threats like dams are impossible.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

Despite the preventive measures you can take to avoid adverse conditions this winter season, you will need professional restoration assistance if these events occur. As leading water restoration experts capable of helping in areas like build back and repairs with our general contractor license, we become capable solutions to quickly return a property to preloss condition as rapidly as possible.

Trust in the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team when disasters strike. Call us today at (914) 241-8100.

How Can Homeowners Handle Storm Debris Removal in Yorktown Heights?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm SERVPRO teams are ready to assist with storm flood damage remediation 24/7, just call us at (914) 241-8100.

They Can Hire SERVPRO to Perform Storm Debris Removal in Yorktown Heights. 

After a storm, huge debris can invade your home. A storm can blow fragments of a roof, fences, tree branches, pool accessories, and garden furniture into your property. Removing debris is a tremendous job and attempting to do it yourself is dangerous. Expert assistance is welcome, and SERVPRO can meet your needs. We can remove all the materials you find difficult to get rid of from your property. 

By hiring us to perform storm debris removal in your Yorktown Heights residence, you can avoid getting exposed to hazardous materials and completing heavy duties that can affect your body and health. For instance, you can sustain back injuries if you lift heavy materials. SERVPRO can assist you at any time to remove various debris types like:

  • Vegetative debris includes palm fronds, shrubs, grass, leaves, trimmings, and cut-up branches.
  • White goods – This includes appliances like clothes dryers, microwave ovens, air conditioners, and refrigerators.
  • Demolition and repair debris – This includes materials relating to the demolition or repair of buildings like drywall, glass, cement, tiles, pipes, and insulation.
  • Hazardous waste - It includes waste with properties that make it potentially harmful to the environment and human health.

Debris removal also demands knowledge of regulations and codes. It is essential to manage wastes responsibly while abiding by the rules and codes related to waste disposal and removal. Our SERVPRO team is competent in manipulating, collecting, and discarding debris.

Removing debris requires the use of appropriate equipment during handling, removal, and transportation. Our SERVPRO crew has adequate training for handling waste using professional equipment. We can use various specialized tools such as hand trucks and dollies, and vehicles to remove the debris. 

When you need to discard debris after a storm, you can seek assistance from SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County. Our 24-hour helpline is (914) 241-8100. 

Where Should Homeowners Begin After Storm Flood Damage in Mount Kisco Properties?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Boots in water Call on the experts at SERVPRO for immediate assistance with flood damages to your property.

SERVPRO Can Assist Homeowners to Perform Storm Flood Damage Repair in Their Mount Kisco Homes

A storm and the floodwater associated with it can weaken some of the building materials in your home, lead to mold growth, and destroy your valuable possessions. Getting prompt assistance from professional restorers is the right way to deal with flood damage and prevent its secondary effects from arising. Get the help of a skilled and experienced restoration company like 

SERVPRO to restore your residence to its pre-damage state.

We are a trustworthy storm flood damage restorer in Mount Kisco with a team of certified professionals. Our highly qualified SERVPRO restorers have received extensive training in the following areas: 

  • Water removal using portable pumps.
  • Mold removal using innovative techniques and products.
  • Drying of structures with specialized equipment.
  • Deodorization using different products and methods.

Floods can bring silt, debris, and sand to the exterior of your property. We can use power washing equipment to clean exterior materials. This equipment is suitable for removing muck or mud off the exterior of a building after a flood.

Moisture is the other thing that needs to be dealt with effectively. When moisture enters a residence and its interior structure, it may condense when it comes into contact with cooler indoor surfaces like walls, ceilings, and floors. We employ innovative technology to accelerate the drying process for the effective removal of moisture in your property. For instance, our SERVPRO professionals can use heavy-duty fans and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas effectively.

Heavy winds might also accompany a storm, and they may ruin some structures of your property, like the roof and windows. Our team of restoration specialists can help you figure out the plan of action that can efficiently restore damaged structures. SERVPRO provides a full range of repair services that can bring your home back to full functionality.

Avoid the adverse effects of flooding on your property by enlisting the help of skilled professionals as soon as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County for fast and professional restoration to make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.” Our 24-hour helpline is (914) 241-8100.

How Can Homeowners Perform Fire Restoration in Mount Kisco?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Illustration After a fire incident takes place, you can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

It is Critical to Hire a Company Like SERVPRO to Perform Fire Restoration in Their Mount Kisco Homes. 

Fire is an unfortunate event for any homeowner. Fire damage restoration demands a systematic strategy. It would help if you avoided re-entry of the impacted property until competent professionals declare it safe. It is also critical to work with a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to return your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

Dealing with the aftermath of fire as a property owner can be frightening. Fortunately, if you hire our team of highly experienced experts, we can promptly complete fire restoration in your Mount Kisco home. Delaying repair in just a few hours might result in a wide range of irreversible damages and costs. Furthermore, conducting the restoration yourself can result in additional damage, especially if you lack the necessary expertise and tools.

SERVPRO offers cleaning and restoration services after a fire, which usually reduces fire damage claims expenses. The costliest option for insurance adjusters is a replacement because the ruined items are disposed of and replaced with new items. The other expensive option is resurfacing. We can repaint structural surfaces, refinish wood contents and recover upholstered contents. Cleaning soot and smoke residues necessitate the use of specialized products. To remove soils from surfaces, SERVPRO’s team of restorers might employ four alternative methods, including:

  • Mechanical action
  • Lubrication
  • Chemical action
  • Suspension and dispersion

Our SERVPRO team can use natural fabric brightener and a lowering bleach solution to clean porous surfaces such as furniture and carpets using chemical action. We can also use a ventilation box fan to remove odors and fumes on your property. 

Fire damage can continue to wreak havoc on your property, even after putting out the flames. For proper repair, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Solutions Can Mount Kisco Homeowners Count On for Mold Remediation?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Call now! Mold will spread within the first 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO mold remediation services are fast and immediate. Call now!

Mount Kisco SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technologies Effectively Address Microbial Growth

Bathrooms are among the most vulnerable areas in a Mount Kisco home for mold remediation. Vulnerable sheetrock, tile grout, and even exhaust fans can host spores that spread malodors and contamination to other areas of the residence without careful cleanup from certified technicians.

Mount Kisco SERVPRO mold remediation is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide relief from malodors and potential health effects that can be caused by mold exposure. A rapid-response crew can minimize possible damages to structures and belongings by not giving microbes time to proliferate further before cleanup begins.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technologies Combine Reliable Methods with New Strategies

SERVPRO restoration strategies for mold removal rely on a combination of EPA-registered biocides, commercial-grade moisture extraction and drying devices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and procedures designed to keep structures and contents safe during remediation.

  • Containment for mold spores entails sealing off entrances with polyethylene sheeting and establishing lower air pressure to ensure successful collection of mold spores
  • Moisture extraction with powerful portable extractors greatly reduce overall drying time by directly pulling water out of surfaces
  • Air movers and dehumidification units work together to remove moisture pulled from surfaces into the air, making the environment inhospitable for mold spores
  • Odor control and sanitation with antimicrobial solutions and solvent-based deodorizers remove mold and moisture-related malodors on the particle level

Homeowners searching for a 24/7 crew like the techs at SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County can call (914) 241-8100. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Restoration to Address Interior flooding for Yorktown Businesses

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the manpower and equipment for any size commercial water damage restoration issue.

SERVPRO Provides Mitigation and Water Restoration to Give Yorktown Commercial Property Owners Peace of Mind

You may only think that water restoration services are necessary when storm flooding comes into your business. However, burst pipes or issues with hidden leaks anywhere inside your company can wreak havoc on building materials. Not only that, but the more prolonged moisture gets left to settle in, the more damage occurs. SERVPRO features water restoration technicians (WRT) and odor control technicians (OCT) capable of handling whatever commercial water damage you may have encountered at your Yorktown Heights business.

Whether you have an auto garage, furniture store, or production facility, how quickly you act when facing interior flooding makes all the difference. SERVPRO is here for water restoration in Yorktown Heights to ensure your commercial property goes through as little disruption and downtime as possible. When you contact us for water removal services and emergency services water damage, you can count on:

  • Emergency service to include rapid water extraction, safety scoping, and containment
  • Mitigation to help limit loss, including detailed drying and the removal of all non-salvageable materials
  • Cleaning and restoration of your commercial building in all impacted areas, including deodorization to eliminate any foul, musty odors

You must know that handling commercial water restoration can be challenging without access to industrial-grade equipment. Failing to utilize the training and experience of skilled technicians may put your property, customers, and employees at risk. SERVPRO technicians have undergone training to spot potential safety hazards, deal with microbial bacteria, and the best methods for rapid drying to get your business back on track.

With a quick phone call to (914) 241-8100, you will have the Green Fleet from SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at your commercial property ready to go within hours. We are available 24/7 for water restoration!

Why Mold Remediation by Experts is Best in Mount Kisco

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help SERVPRO mold remediation services use EPA-registered biocides. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Handles Black Mold Damage and Remediation with Precision to Restore Your Mount Kisco Property

People and pets may have issues from the potential health effects that mold spores present. Whenever you suspect colonization within your Mount Kisco home, it is better to address the problem as soon as possible. Even with the slightest signs, calling in skilled mold specialists to begin remediation is best. SERVPRO has the training and processes to painstakingly address all mold cleanup needs so that your home gets left Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

But why call SERVPRO when you have attic mold or a need for black mold damage repairs? Our team knows how to devise a plan for mold remediation in Mount Kisco that will remedy water-damage-initiated issues while ensuring all hazards get kept to a minimum. Some of the main reasons why we suggest calling our team whenever you suspect mold infestation include:

  • Mold and Your Health – The potential health effects brought on by exposure are the number one reason to let skilled technicians handle the job. Even the slightest disruption can cause spores to get released into the air you breathe.
  • Professional Knowledge – Once you have a mold inspection, our crew brings experience and training to the job. We have guidelines for containment to surpass anything that DIY cleaning can achieve. 
  • Industrial-Grade Equipment and Products – Our Green Fleet comes stocked with drying tools, HEPA filtration air scrubbers, and EPA-registered anti-microbial cleaning agents. Not only do we carefully clean and sanitize all surfaces, but we also address odors so that no reminder of your mold infestation gets left behind. 

Mold remediation is better when you let our team at SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County tackle the cleanup for you. Call us at (914) 241-8100, and we can send our crew out as soon as possible.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - SERVPRO Westchester Supports Early Detection and Treatment

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

breast cancer branding logo Team SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County Proudly Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SERVPRO proudly supports the local Westchester community for all types of restoration services throughout the year and has a passion for helping raise awareness for causes that affect their neighbors. October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and our team supports this worthy cause.

Early detection of breast cancer is crucial for the best outcome possible. Unfortunately, many women do not have easy access to mammograms, one of the key ways that screening for this type of cancer is done. With an expected 1.8 million new cancer cases to get diagnosed, detection earlier in the condition can potentially reduce the estimated 606,500 cancer deaths in the United States.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County wants to help women everywhere get the assistance they need to diagnose and fight breast cancer. Monetary contributions help assist women in need get mammograms that can potentially save their lives through screening and early detection. Donate https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/.

Can Homeowners Try Handling Water Mitigation in Mount Kisco homes Themselves?

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

water damage bathroom When water damages your home, don't fret. SERVPRO techs will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Certified Professionals Handle Water Mitigation in Mount Kisco Homes Better

You may not notice water damage in your house until it is too late. During your vacation, your basement could flood due to a burst pipe. Your dishwasher may leak because of improper maintenance and splash water on your hardwood kitchen floor. If you have a cracked tile in your upstairs bedroom, water can leak down into other areas, causing damage to your home. During such a situation, the best step to take is to involve experienced restorers like SERVPRO professionals who are licensed and equipped for the job. 

SERVPRO professionals have decades of experience and access to state-of-the-art equipment that helps us handle perform water mitigation in Mount Kisco homes. We are available around the clock to respond to our customers' water mitigation emergency calls since we understand how fast the damage spreads. Our restorers can use thermal imaging cameras to determine the extent of the damage and the best way to approach the mitigation. We always aim to minimize and prevent future damage by:

  • Removal of damaged furnishings and materials, including drywall and flooring.
  • Preparing salvageable materials for reuse.
  • Using commercial-grade equipment to extract water and dry the home.

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove all items affected by water, including carpet and padding, for special attention. Before we begin our mitigation process, our restorers ensure the property is safe from electrical hazards. We can use a non-contact voltage detector that detects whether current is flowing through the water. We begin drying the affected rooms using our advanced equipment and tools to hasten the process. Our SERVPRO technicians can use refrigerant dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air leading to an increased evaporation rate. 

We can also use an indirect fired furnace with heat exchangers to heat the airspace of a building area. The equipment takes dry outdoor air and heats it before releasing it into the affected area. This ensures the materials and surfaces in the property dry effectively.

Water damage may seem small, but it can lead to significant damage if left unattended for an extended period. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for professional mitigation to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Where Can Homeowners Get Effective Fire Damage Restoration Services in Yorktown Heights?

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs are trained and experienced in all phases. Call now!

SERVPRO is the Company to Call When in Need of Fire Damage Repair in Yorktown Heights

Fire is a destructive event that can happen in anybody’s residence. As fire damage restoration professionals, our work as SERVPRO technicians has the power to change lives. The equipment, technique, and technology we use can make a significant difference. Kitchen fires are common, and they produce protein smoke damage. This occurs from the food that burns and smoke that clings to wood or painted surfaces, leading to permanent discoloration. Slow-burning fires produce wet smoke, and it is typically difficult to clean since it tends to be thick and sticky. 

A strong odor is linked with the wet smoke, which makes clean-up more involved and longer. SERVPRO has the expertise required to perform fire damage restoration in your Yorktown Heights residence, including dealing with difficult odors. High-temperature fires cause dry smoke damage, which produces a fine powder form. The other type of smoke damage that can occur is petroleum smoke damage. It takes place when oil-based substances are burned. This kind of smoke can linger on any kind of material that it contacts and stains the surface. We can clean it with a solvent designed to cut through grease. 

Smoke can also cause damage to contents with intricate detail like ceramics, figurines, porcelain, and crystals. Our SERVPRO team can use ultrasonic equipment to clean such items. When dealing with smoke, the largest issue that might arise is failing to remove it correctly. It is also essential to eliminate the source of any lingering smell. Some of the tools we can use to eliminate odors include:

  • Air scrubbers 
  • Odor counteracting beads
  • Deodorant pellets or granules
  • Solvent-based thermal deodorizers

Our SERVPRO technicians can also use an activated charcoal or carbon filter to get the optical results when addressing smells. If some odors remain after performing other deodorization procedures, we can apply sealants to the affected surfaces to encapsulate the remaining odor residues. 

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County has the products and expertise required to deal with fire damage. Call us at any time on (914) 241-8100 for assistance.

Why Hire Mold Removal Companies in Your Mount Kisco Property for Mold Remediation?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

mold in bathroom Mold remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate services.

Mold Removal Companies in Mount Kisco Have Decades of Experience and Expertise to Mitigate Mold 

A mold infestation is one of the most dangerous problems you can have in your home. You can find mold anywhere there is moisture or dampness, including wallpaper, ceilings, wood, insulation, and drywall. Upon contact with a damp surface, its growth can commence within 48 hours and cause health effects. SERVPRO restorers offer mold detection and mold mitigation services to protect your property from more damage.

If you have mold growing in your home after water damage or spot mold signs, don't hesitate to hire SERVPRO. We are one of the leading mold remediation companies in Mount Kisco. Our restorers can detect mold in your property using the latest tools and processes and use specialized techniques for effective mitigation. We can use a luminometer to test various surfaces for organic contamination. Generally, SERVPRO mold mitigation services involve:

  • Isolating areas affected by mold
  • Removing absorbent materials
  • Cleaning the mold
  • Drying the property effectively

Before we begin mold remediation, we equip ourselves with the right protective gear including, a full-body suit, eye protection, chemical resistant gloves, and a full-face respirator. SERVPRO technicians also prevent mold spores from spreading to unaffected surfaces by containing the affected area using a plastic sheet. We use advanced products that help us clean the mold effectively. Our restorers can use antimicrobial agents that act against microorganisms and prevent their development. 

Mold thrives well in damp areas around corners and behind doors. We can dry your property effectively using our advanced equipment. Our restorers can use several axial air movers that move large volumes of moist air out of the building, bringing dry air from outside. This helps increase the rate of evaporation, leading to faster drying. 

Professionals with decades of experience perform mold mitigation better to prevent irreversible damage. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County for effective restoration at (914) 241-8100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

What Obstacles Exist in Restoring Flooded Mount Kisco Homes?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

standing in a pool of storm water in home Stormwater can be hazardous. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in all phases of storm damage restoration.

Recovery After a Flood Requires a Combination of Restoration and Reconstruction Solutions for Mount Kisco Properties.

Flooding is not an uncommon situation for Westchester County, and it can require immediate mitigation and restoration services to resolve. The experience of our SERVPRO team can have skilled technicians working on vital mitigation efforts as soon as possible to protect installed elements and contents within the structure.

Removing Standing Water and Affected Contents 

With how widespread flood damage in Mount Kisco homes can become, flooring materials like carpeting and hardwood can immediately absorb this migrating moisture and result in irreparable harm. Clearing surface water and trapped moisture in the flooring materials happens with a combination of specialty removal tools such as:

  • Carpet Wands 
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Light Wands
  • Squeegee Wands

Carpet Cleaning Services for Exposed Flooring

After much of the floodwater has been pulled from affected materials like the carpets, cleaning these fibers on the surface layer can be vital. Deep cleaning and conditioning of carpeted floors restore the vibrancy of colors and patterns while improving the feel and function of the flooring. We have several carpet cleaning tools to help after flooding.

Reconstruction Solutions Needed After Flooding 

While reconstruction is not always required after flood damages, this is often a requirement to return a property to pre-flood conditions. From attic water penetration to other envelope concerns, our general contractor license can help to provide needed services in-house, from controlled demolition through the build-back requirements. 

The impact of flooding on local homes can be devastating, especially when homeowners have not acted quickly to secure restoration professionals. As leading recovery technicians, our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team can help with the needed cleaning and reconstruction. Give us a call anytime at (914) 241-8100.

The Effect of Burst Pipes on Yorktown Heights Shops

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line When the main waterline bursts and causes water damage to your commercial building. SERVPROs IICRC certified technicians are here to help. Call now!

Clearing Standing Water and Completing Necessary Repairs Restore Functionality to Yorktown Heights Stores. 

From the effects of the harsh winters to aging plumbing fixtures and systems, burst pipes are more likely in local shops and commercial properties than owners realize. As leading restoration experts, we can quickly mobilize when these disasters impact area stores to protect contents, clean up standing water, and begin any needed water damage repairs to restore the structure.

Mitigation Solutions Reduce Tear-Out and Reconstruction Needs 

The objectives of our fast response to emergencies are to reduce the water damage repair to Yorktown Heights businesses as much as possible. Shops exposed to disasters like burst pipes can quickly become overwhelmed by situations like standing water that threatens contents and installed building materials. Mitigation strategies are initial actions designed to prevent water damage repairs, and some of these include:

  • Water removal
  • Bulk material discarding
  • Content relocation
  • Board up/tarping

 Water Damage Repairs Can SERVPRO Complete? 

Some degree of repair and reconstruction will be necessary to get your business back up and running quickly after emergencies like burst pipes. With a general contractor license, our SERVPRO professionals provide these services seamlessly following mitigation and restoration. Water damage restoration are often one of the final stages necessary to return the shop to its full functionality.

With the capability of providing repairs and reconstruction services, our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team is a one-stop shop for restoration and recovery after water damages. With how many ways water damage incidents can exist, some degree of these additional services is often required. To make water damage “Like it never even happened,” give us a call today at (914) 241-8100.

Factors that Influence Soot Cleanup in Mount Kisco Homes

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

blazing fire in home Fire, smoke, and soot damage is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for all the fire damage restoration services you need.

Cleaning Up After a Mount Kisco Structure Fire Should Happen as Soon as Possible By Trained Fire Restorers.

One of the most challenging obstacles after a fire damage event is the spread and deposits of soot and smoke odors. These generated effects from the combustion process infiltrate living spaces of the property and require direct action to remove.

What Factors Impact the Ease of Soot Cleanup? 

Partial combustion of fuels can generate soot and make fire restoration in Mount Kisco homes and businesses a challenge. With several variables that impact the spread and severity of these lingering fire loss effects, understanding the correlation of specific factors and the difficulty of cleanup is critical. Some of the factors that impact the ease of soot and smoke residue removal include:

  • Air Pressure – Atmospheric conditions can directly impact the residents and deposits homeowners contend with after a fire. High-pressures generated from a fire can force soot against vertical surfaces and into crevices/cracks.
  • Temperature – The greater the heat involved with a fire, the more turbulent the conditions become. Violently churning smoke damage can leave deposits on nearly all exposed surfaces in a heavily damaged space.
  • Available Pathways – Fire loss effects spread as fast and as far as the situation allows, so structural openings or the accessibility of the HVAC system can help odors and soot to reach otherwise unaffected areas of the house.

With multiple factors impacting the spread and severity of soot and smoke damage for a household, our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team is prepared for all levels of hazard and destruction. Our mitigation and restoration strategies can make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (914) 241-8100.

Does Yorktown Heights Water Damage Mitigation Services Include Sewer Backup Repair?

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Water damage in the bathroom is not a DIY project. Wastewater is very dangerous. Let SERVPRO handle all the work for you.

SERVPRO is a Yorktown Heights-based Water Damage Mitigation Team that Can Help Restore your Sewer Backup

Sewer backups can occur when plumbing becomes blocked or overloaded. Raw sewage in parts of the home poses a serious health risk but can also cause permanent damage to appliances and areas of the structure. It is essential to bring in licensed restoration services with experience working with and restoring biohazardous substances. We can help with:

  • Cleaning up after sewer backup
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Water damage restoration

It is vital to enlist an experienced water damage mitigation service in Yorktown Heights in contaminated water intrusion events. The risk of cross-contamination with sewage is very high, which makes organization and fast mitigation essential. Sewage cleanup usually begins with a pressure pump that can pass solid waste, followed by a cleanup of any remaining soils. We can then move on to dry, disinfect and deodorize the property. 

  • Blackwater contamination can often make drywall or other materials non-salvageable. We can return your property to a sanitary standard following sewer backup.
  • Inspections that go beyond the surface level of a building using boroscopes and thermal imaging cameras can help to secure your home. 
  • Reinstallation of drywall, plasterboard, or flooring is completed to a professional standard. 

In the event of a sewer backup, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County for water damage mitigation at (914) 241-8100.

Do Water Restoration Companies in Mount Kisco Help with Ceiling Leaks?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

leaking ceiling A burst pipe is leaking through the ceiling. SERVPRO will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call. Water damage restoration is a job for us.

Water Restoration Companies like SERVPRO Help Mount Kisco with Ceiling Leaks and Other Forms of Water Intrusion

Ceiling leaks are a common problem that residents face throughout homeownership. The tell-tale sign of a ceiling that is exposed to water is discoloration or patches in the paintwork. A more severe ceiling leak may be noticeable by cracking or peeling of the ceiling. If you suspect a water issue in your ceiling, it is vital to enlist professionals for:

Professional water restoration companies in Mount Kisco can help to find and repair leaks in the ceiling. The repair process is vital to mitigate further damages. Once the leak source is under control, we need to dry out the area quickly to reduce losses. After addressing the source of the issue and drying the ceiling, SERVPRO may still need to carry out repairs on a ceiling to prevent collapse or structural deficiencies. 

  • We use high-volume venting box fans and structural dehumidifiers to dry a ceiling that has been exposed to moisture.
  • Sometimes a box-cutter or mechanical device is used to cut out sections of the drywall for replacement which is usually time-efficient and inexpensive.
  • Using a sealing primer undercoat for the new ceiling can help to prevent moisture issues from recurring, even if a leak reappears. 

Address property damages quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County for water restoration companies at (914) 241-8100.

What Services Do Mount Kisco Businesses Use for Fire Damage Restoration?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

The Bagel Emporium fire When a fire destroys your commercial building. SERVPRO has you covered from start to finish.

SERVPRO is a Leading Provider of Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services in Mount Kisco

Modern business premises contain a plethora of electronic equipment. If a premises fire occurs, then this equipment can often be among the most expensive to replace. SERVPRO has an effective solution for mitigating damages to electronic equipment. Controlling temperature and humidity can often limit losses to electronics in your business. Contact a professional restoration service if you need:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Fire restoration
  • Smoke damage

Commercial fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco can help inspect electronics for safety and smoke damages. One of the core damaging effects on electronics following a fire can be condensation or soot getting into electric boards. SERVPRO can maintain most electronics above the dew point to prevent condensation damages. We can also remove any electronic equipment from the area of harm and perform dry surface cleaning. 

  • Our crew chiefs can arrange for a dedicated electronics specialist to assess photocopiers, computers, and telephones in your place of work. 
  • While subcontractors arrive, our team can perform essential mitigation such as temperature control and dehumidification for electronic equipment. 
  • In large businesses, we can securely store electronic equipment while the structural restoration is underway. 

A fire at your commercial premises could affect revenue. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County for fire damage restoration at (914) 241-8100.

Call for Expert Cleanup in Mount Kisco When Experience Flood Damage After a Storm

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damaged roof; blue tarp installed by SERVPRO protecting damaged area Storm damaged roofs can cause water to enter your home. Did you know that SERVPRO provides emergency roof tarping services?

Mount Kisco Residents Can Trust SERVPRO to Handle All Flood Restoration Needs Carefully

Storms sometimes bring heavy rains, and you never want water intrusion that leads to standing water inside your Mount Kisco home. Water emergencies open the potential for secondary damage and health effects from the onset of mold and mildew growth. The last thing you want is water migration into various cavities or under your floorboards. When you feel the pressure to begin water cleanup, but you are unsure how to handle it or hidden moisture, SERVPRO can help!

For flood damage in Mount Kisco after a significant storm, SERVPRO formulates a targeted approach. Our crew chief begins with water damage assessment, taking note of water contamination, content saturation, and more. This assessment helps us select the best extraction tools, pumps, and cleaning agents to help us perform efficient water removal services.

Equipment that you may notice our water restoration technicians (WRT) using include:

  • Truck-mounted extractors can store over 100 gallons of water, featuring lift capacity starting at 185 inches.
  • Portable extraction tools and submersible pumps that allow us ease of movement to get into various spaces.
  • All of our equipment can get fitted with added weight, attachments, and tools that help us reach our water damage restoration goals faster.

Do you have structural damage or a leaking roof from storms that rolled through? SERVPRO offers board-up and tarping services to help ensure your interior is protected until restoration is complete.

When there is flood damage, SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is quick to arrive so that we can get started right away. Reach our emergency restoration team by calling (914) 241-8100.

DIY Fire Restoration May Do More Harm Than Good in Mount Kisco

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door; blaze seen from under door It is tempting to DIY fire damage from small fires. Don't go ie alone! Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration Efforts Ensures Best Results for Mount Kisco Properties

From start to finish, water & fire damage restorations involve many intricate steps. Even Mount Kisco property owners with cleanup and refurbishment experience must know that minute soot deposits left within fire damaged homes can lead to corrosion or foul smells. With many years in the industry with proven success and accolades, SERVPRO addresses fire and smoke damage fast to bring your property back to pre-fire condition.

Any fire restoration project in Mount Kisco has many working parts – including smoke remediation, moisture detection, deodorization, and controlled demolition. SERVPRO handles soot and smoke residue followed by interior deodorization for your surface areas and contents. All musty odors also get addressed that may otherwise develop from water left after extinguishing flames.

SERVPRO brings a lot of equipment and technology to each fire restoration project, including:

  • Vapor-release agents, gels, and beads that work to battle unpleasant odors.
  • Enzyme-enhanced cleaners break down and dissolve odorous particles, making it easier for our powerful filtration units to pull them up. 
  • Ozone generators, air scrubbers, and other tools that help neutralize foul soot and smoke odors.

When it comes to house fire cleanup, controlled demolition is usually required to address unsalvageable charred debris. This work gets carried out by licensed, highly-trained contractors. The process of controlled demolition might include:

  • Smaller repairs to drywall, flooring, and carpeting
  • Larger repairs like a total reconstruction for one or several rooms within the home

Fire restoration and cleanup with SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County gets you the results you need and fast! Call us 24/7 for emergency response at (914) 241-8100.

Is Professional Water Cleanup Necessary in Yorktown Heights?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged wall and hardwood; paint bubbling on walls; discoloration on hardwood floors Signs of water damage include paint bubbling and discolored flooring..

Prompt Water Cleanup by SERVPRO Limits Interruption and Cost for Yorktown Heights Property Owners

Your Yorktown Heights property taking on water damage after burst pipes or a ceiling leak from storms can get worse the longer you wait. Costly damages lead to complicated repairs and the need for detailed restoration. Hiring SERVPRO means that you will have a team at your door and ready to help with any emergency services water damage calls. We have a Green Fleet prepared to go 24/7 so that you can worry less and have added peace of mind.

SERVPRO has water restoration technicians (WRT) with the training and experience to formulate an intelligent plan for water cleanup in Yorktown Heights. We utilize proven methods for water removal services and rapid-dry methods, meticulous sanitization protocols – all to help us achieve our goals. Your home is left “Like it never even happened.”

Look for these signs that point to potential water damage:

  • Floors that start to warp or buckle
  • Walls that bubble, swell, or feel spongy/soft to the touch
  • Wallpaper or paint that peels
  • Water spots or discoloration along the walls, ceiling, or flooring
  • Foul, musty, or damp odors

Rapid water cleanup and restoration with SERVPRO on the job include:

  • Powerful submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors
  • Handheld pumps
  • Light wand carpet extractor tools
  • Injectidry system
  • Moisture detection tools and sensors
  • Industrial-strength air movers, fans, and dehumidification equipment

If water cleanup is not enough, SERVPRO offers water damage repairs with controlled demolition. Removing and replacing unsalvageable materials by skilled contractors brings your property back to its pre-water emergency condition.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100, and we will send a crew out to assess your water cleanup needs as soon as possible.

Addressing Structural Issues after Flood Damage in Mount Kisco

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

floating furniture in flood Storm damage restoration is second to none by SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every job.

SERVPRO Evaluates the Structure before Starting Flood Restoration in Mount Kisco Homes

Although flooding mostly occurs as an isolated incident, in some cases, it is caused by several issues that combine, leading to the loss. A typical example of this is the stresses on the structure caused by the changing seasons. During winter, the snow piling up on roofs can compromise their structural soundness and thus allowing torrential rain to breach the roof in another season, leading to severe flooding.

Repairing flood damage in your Mount Kisco home should address any underlying issues apart from removing the pooling floodwater and cleaning soiled areas. One essential process when trying to address underlying issues is doing appropriate tests.

When our SERVPRO teams take up flood restoration in a property, we check the level of moisture migration within the structure since water exposure causes material deterioration. Apart from the visible water, hidden moisture might be widespread. Our technicians use unique tools to evaluate the spread patterns. For instance, with thermal cameras, we can identify wet clusters hidden in cavities. We also check how deep the moisture goes into porous materials using penetrative moisture meters.

Another set of tests helps reveal any changes to the foundation of the building or other constructional issues. We check for improperly aligned windows or doors and cracks that might indicate a shifting foundation, ensuring we resolve every issue when addressing:

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides comprehensive flood damage restoration. Call us at (914) 241-8100.

Does The Fire Damage Restoration Method Used In My Mount Kisco Home Matter?

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen fire Fire damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for every size of disaster.

SERVPRO Technicians Pay Attention to Detail for Successful House Fire Clean-Up in Mount Kisco

After your home is wrecked in a fire incident, your main concern might be how to clean up and repair affected areas so that you can continue your regular occupation. Therefore you are likely to accept any fire restoration solutions offered. However, you should consider how successful an approach is likely to address the damage to your property.

Successful fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco must address safety, efficiency and deliver a quality outcome. Proper preparation and strategizing are needful after inspecting the fire-damaged homes. 

Our SERVPRO technicians consider how a specific solution is likely to help and why it is the best option since many of the damages left by fire can be resolved in different ways. For instance, removing soot from rough or unfinished surfaces is possible using various methods, including pressure washing, blast cleaning, or even sanding. For indoor locations, blast cleaning is better since it does not create a moisture problem while outdoors; we may opt for pressure washing since it is simpler. We make several other considerations for better outcomes during:

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is an established fire damage restoration company. Call us at (914) 241-8100

Sewage and Water Cleanup in Mount Kisco Homes Needs Professional Care

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

hole in ceiling from a water leak SERVPRO offers water damage cleanup after a toilet overflows and creates a mess in your Mount Kisco ceiling

SERVPRO Can Extract Hazardous Water Damage in Mount Kisco Properties Safely

Of all the types of water damage that can affect a property, sewage-tainted issues are by far one of the most dangerous kinds of mitigation. Coming into contact with the water or breathing in the water vapor can introduce bacteria or pathogens into a person with the potential to cause illness.

SERVPRO technicians have decades of experience dealing with water cleanup in Mount Kisco homes. Some of the most common reasons are toilet backups, sewer mainline blockage, or a forgotten tub that overflowed. 

The techs wear personal protective equipment and put up containment to stop cross-contamination. They also bring their proprietary liquid solutions to treat the water to make it safer to handle during extraction and clean surfaces that came into contact with the water. The three most common types of agents to see during this type of water damage mitigation include:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Disinfectants
  • Sanitizers

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 serves the local Mount Kisco area for all types of water cleanup. From a leaking roof from storms to sewage backups, the techs can make it, "Like it never even happened."

Yorktown Heights Business Owners Trust SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

burned out food store Retail store owners count on SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup to their Yorktown Heights shops

SERVPRO Has the Tools and Applications for Successful Fire Restoration Services

Post-fire cleanup in commercial properties should get outsourced to a professional mitigation company. Soot can get spread to currently unaffected areas, and improper cleaning methods can further damage the structure and contents.

SERVPRO technicians can begin commercial fire damage restoration in Yorktown Heights structures as soon as the fire department confirms the techs can enter the work-site.

The techs get to work removing charred debris and separating articles for hand-cleaning applications outside the damage zone.

Odor control is crucial

Odor control methods are crucial for capping off a restoration service. There should never be a hint of smoke scent within the property or contents. SERVPRO techs have numerous pieces of equipment such as thermal foggers and ULV misters along with solutions to neutralize odors within the building:

  • Water-based odor counteractants to mix with other cleaners
  • Solvent-based deodorizers
  • Sealants

It is vital that porous items such as upholstered furnishings in reception rooms and offices get tested to ensure that the fabric can tolerate exposure to the cleaning agent chosen for the best outcome.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 brings years of experience and expertise to Yorktown Heights commercial fire damage cleanup jobs.

Flood Damage Cleanup in Yorktown Heights Homes Professionally Done by SERVPRO

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

equipment drying pad Floodwater removal and drying with SERVPRO's advanced equipment in this Yorktown Heights finished basement.

Yorktown Heights Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Complete Water Damage Restoration Services

Yorktown Heights has a population of under 2,000 residents; however, for its size, the town has a large number of historical landmarks, particularly related to the American Revolution and colonial times.

Historical Landmarks to Visit in Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Heights possesses many historical landmarks, specifically related to Colonial times and the Revolutionary War. Key points of interest to visit in the town are:

  • Hyatt House
  • Lanes Tavern
  • The Davenport House

The Hyatt House is also referred to as the Boehme-Martens House. This structure is one of the few houses built before the Revolutionary War that is still standing in the northern section of town. The home belonged to Colonel Hyatt, who served as part of the local militia during the American Revolution. The house received a listing in the Registry of Historic Landmarks in 1976.

Lane's Tavern was built in the early 1700s. This pre-Revolutionary home has ten bedrooms and is among the oldest residential homes still standing in the area. The tavern is now a residence, but the house is maintained with much of the original structure intact.

The Davenport House is an important historical landmark in Yorktown Heights. This house, built in 1750, played an important role in history. Initially, it served as headquarters for a Rhode Island regiment during the Revolutionary War. The house was situated in the center of a surprise attack that resulted in several deaths, including several military officers. Another important role of the Davenport House was a haven on the Underground Railroad to shelter runaway slaves after escaping from the South. The home has been listed as a Historic Site since 1976.

New and Old Croton Dam

The original Croton Dam, now referred to as Old Croton Dam, finished in 1842. Constructed as a gravity dam that was 57 feet high and 670 feet long. The dam impounded water for use by residents in the area. This dam functioned until the New Croton Dam that could handle a much larger water load opened. Once the New Croton Dam took on all the duties once split with the Old Croton Dam, the dam was taken offline, and the town sank it at a depth of 34 feet.

Flood Damage From Storms in Yorktown Heights Needs Fast Cleanup

Heavy rains can turn into flash floods quickly in the Yorktown Heights area, and flood damage is something every resident should be prepared for. Because bad weather can strike at any time of the day or night, SERVPRO technicians are ready 24/7 for emergency services water damage cleanup.

The fleet vehicles make the difference for water damage restoration in local properties. SERVPRO technicians can bring a single van loaded with equipment, or for large-scale water clean up, they can bring vans and trucks ready to extract thousands of gallons of water and dry the property. In particular, floodwater that enters a home has a high probability of contamination from a host of sources, including:

  • Sewage
  • Unsanitary agents
  • Harmful bacteria and fungi

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 is Faster To Any Size Disaster to handle restoration services for flood damage in Yorktown Heights residential properties.

Where Do Homeowners in Mount Kisco Go For Fire Damage Restoration?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians If you need professional assistance with fire damage, Call in the experts at (914) 241-8100. We are always available to help you!

SERVPRO Provides Professional Fire Damage Services to Return your Home to Pre Loss Condition

Cleaning and restoration services often reduce the expenses of a fire damage claim. Replacement is usually the expensive portion of insurance claims. While there are things in a fire that may need to be replaced, restoration can be the better way to go.

Restoration Instead of Replacement

After a fire, you need fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco, and SERVPRO can help. Restoration involves such things as:

  • Repainting structural surfaces
  • Recovering upholstered contents
  • Refinishing wood content

Restoring costs much less than replacement or resurfacing. Our technicians apply the principles and elements of cleaning to return your home to preloss condition. This, in turn, lessens the loss expense of a fire claim.

Basic Principle of Cleaning Fire Damaged Homes

There are certain principles of cleaning restorers apply, and they include:

  • Inspecting the area to locate smoke residue
  • Identify the types of residue
  • Identify the type of surface
  • Capture and remove residues
  • Dispose of residues

We start the inspection near the source of the fire and trace how far the smoke has moved. More than one kind of smoke residue can be present. The technicians determine the type of residue and then apply the appropriate cleaning methods. The surface impacted determines the cleaning agents used for restoration. For professional fire damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100.

Are Wet Vacs Used in Water Mitigation for a Yorktown Heights Residence?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded laundry area If your laundry room us under water, call the professionals at SERVPRO for swift and efficient mitigation services.

SERVPRO uses a Number of Tools to Handle Water Damage in Yorktown Heights Homes

When you experience in-home flooding due to something like your washing machine overflowing, you can end up with standing water. Water like this can soon cause serious damage, which is why it needs immediate attention. SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to handle all types of water intrusions.

Wet Vacuums are Powerful Tools

If you have had a situation where you need water mitigation in your Yorktown Heights home, there are several tools our technicians use to deal with the problem. One of the main pieces of equipment we use for water extraction is a wet vacuum. They are lightweight and versatile. They can be moved from one area of the house to another with ease. They are the typical choice for water under 2 inches. They can also remove trapped moisture in material such as hardwood floors and carpeting. Other top tools we use for water damage restoration include:

  • Trash Pumps 
  • High-Pressure Pumps
  • Electric Submersible Pumps
  • Truck Mounted Pumps

Once the water is extracted, we begin the drying process using commercial air movers and dehumidifiers. Before you know it, your home is returned to you, “Like it never even happened.” For more information, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100.

What Does the Color of the Smoke Indicate?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage. Call us today, we are always available.

Smoke Color can Indicate the Fire Restoration Processes SERVPRO Needs to Use 

New York may be limited in eat-in places right now, but that does not mean the food choices are not still great. Mount Kisco has some excellent restaurants and diners. Even if you are eating in, we encourage everyone to support their local business. We do here at SERVPRO. Here are some of our favorite food places.

Mount Kisco Coach Diner

Diners are the hidden treasures of the restaurant world. Smaller than a typical restaurant they provide down-home, delicious food in a cozy atmosphere. This eatery has a traditional diner look and serves up generous portions to its loyal customers. They have a wide array of dishes, and the desserts are scrumptious. If you enjoy typical diner food, you will like this restaurant.

The Turk

Mediterranean food is what is on the menu at this restaurant. The lamb kabobs are a favorite, and they even make lamb tacos. Their pita bread is served fresh out of the oven and pairs nicely with their hummus. Music is played on traditional Turkish instruments, which really adds to the ambiance. And if you are a rice pudding fan, that alone is worth the trip. The baklava is right up there with the rice pudding. You might even want to skip the meal and just enjoy the desserts!

La Tulipe Desserts

While not a restaurant, this bakery deserves to be listed as one of the amazing places to get delicious delicacies in Mount Kisco. It is a French-style bakery, filled with:

  •   Pastries
  •   Cookies
  •   Chocolates
  •   Savory treats
  •   Croissants

You can also get cakes and many other specialty items such as pain de mie and brioche. They are well known for their opera cakes. They carry a lovely selection of croissants, with the almond being a local favorite. 

Kisco River Eatery

If you want a higher-end experience, this restaurant is an excellent choice. They offer up some fantastic choices such as salmon and chicken caprice, but you can also get burgers and chicken wings. They have a happy hour menu, which is nice. It is a great place to go with friends and family and enjoy a delicious meal while relaxing in a wonderful atmosphere.

Little Crepe Street

This homey little restaurant serves up a yummy array of crepes. You can get dessert crepes or savory. They have gluten-free crepe options as well. They also offer salads and other dishes. The campfire crepes are a big hit, especially with the kids. A nice place to enjoy a meal, especially for lunch or breakfast.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Restoration Services to Mount Kisco

Smoke is prevalent even with small fires. The type of smoke can vary and present itself in different colors. The smoke color can be an indication of what fire restoration processes may be needing during the clean-up. The colors usually seen are:

  •   White smoke
  •   Grey smoke
  •   Black smoke

Smoke consists of different substances which contribute to the color. White smoke is made up of high content of water vapor or aerosols. This can mean widespread wet smoke residues on the surface. Black smoke can indicate synthetic material, a highly volatile fire, or incomplete combustion of materials helping to fuel the fire. 

Smoke Colors and Methods and Products

  • From the above dry, powderly residues to stickly synthetics or grease fire films we can use
  • solvent-based cleaners
  • water-base cleaners
  • dry sponges
  • brushes
  • media blasting with dry ice pellets or bicarbonate of soda

SERVPRO technicians are prepared to provide fire restoration services no matter the type of smoke or the fire's size. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for professional services that remove smoke residue from your home.

Steps to Successful Mold Damage Remediation in Yorktown Heights

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls of a room Spot mold? Contact our SERVPRO team to figure out the cause and remediate the mold damage.

Mold Damage in Yorktown Heights Requires Professional Attention

Natural disasters and water events can damage your home and leave secondary damage in their wake. Mold can easily creep into your home when excess humidity exists, and its presence may not be evident until it has spread significantly. Relying on a professional restoration crew is the best approach towards removing mold and thwarting its spread.

Mold remediation services in Yorktown Heights are available by calling our 24-hour hotline at SERVPRO. 

Our technicians are quick to arrive at your home and decide on the best approach based on their vast knowledge of restoration techniques. Crucial to an effective mold remediation job are the following:

Mold Remediation Steps

  • Return of humidity to normal levels by using dehumidifiers and water extraction equipment
  • Isolation of affected areas if possible
  • Removal of mold colonies through soda blasting or sanding as needed
  • Application of anti-microbial solutions as appropriate

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is here to support homeowners in the area. Call us at (914) 241-8100 and let our expert staff work for you.

How Does a Yorktown Height Business Prepare for Flooding?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded room with items floating in the water Facing flooding? Act fast with a call to SERVPRO. We offer water removal and flood damage remediation services in your area.

Yorktown Heights Business Owners Can Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration Services

When you own a business, you need to be ready for as many contingencies as possible. Flood damage is one of those events when relying on a fellow business specialized in restoration services pays off. SERVPRO’s professional training and field expertise speak for themselves as soon as you place a call to its 24/7 hotline and invite the team to assess the impact of floodwaters on your space.

Flood damage in Yorktown Heights may manifest itself in many different ways. Some damage may be visible to the naked eye, whereas other dangers may lurk in subfloors and wall cavities. Rather than guessing at the scope of the problem, allow our SERVPRO crew to assess it with our specialized industrial equipment. Among the tasks you can delegate to our team, you can include:

  • Water extraction 
  • Structural drying 
  • Antimicrobial solution application
  • Deodorizing 

Our goal at SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is to mitigate your loss. Call us at (914) 241-8100 and let us be your expert advisor until your business looks “Like it never even happened.”

If You Love Both City and Suburbs, Mount Kisco is for You

2/21/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged bedroom with soot covering everything Did your home suffer through a fire? SERVPRO is standing by with remediation equipment and technicians to mitigate the situation.

Explore the Vibrant Community of Mount Kisco and Make it Yours

In Westchester County, Mount Kisco is famous among historians, particularly for its role in the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route. It was during this pivotal journey that the village gained its place in history. However, records of its existence date as far back as 1700, when the name Cisqua was recorded in a land deed. In 1875 the settlement in the area was incorporated as the village of Mount Kisco. Its namesake, the Kisco River, feeds into the Croton Reservoir, which helps supply water to New York City. It wasn’t until 1978 that the village was recognized as a town. Celebrating its historical relevance, you can find the Mount Kisco Municipal Complex comprising the United States Post Office and the Mount Kisco Town and Village Hall. The Complex joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, and in 2017 the town’s village library was renamed to honor its former mayor, Henry V. Kensing.

Mount Kisco is increasingly attractive to families seeking to leave New York City searching for more space and a diverse community. This 3.25-mile village has historically welcomed immigrants from Ireland and Italy and, in recent years, from Latin America. Affordability is a contributing factor to prospective residents, as housing options are plentiful, from multi-family buildings to mansions. Dining and shopping options are plentiful, as are outdoor activities. Some attractions include:

  • Westmoreland Sanctuary – 640 acres of outdoor fun for the whole family
  • Grand Prix New York- welcomes go-kart drivers year-round into their indoor illuminated track
  • Leonard Park- tennis courts, a playground, basketball courts, and other amenities await its visitors

Aside from what Mount Kisco has to offer, Westchester County as a whole offers good quality of life within proximity to New York City. With its access to roads and public transportation options, the County grew quickly as a natural suburb for those working in NYC. Primarily a community of upper-middle-class residents, many Fortune 500 companies have established their headquarters there, including MasterCard and PepsiCo. Westchester County has also become a hub for biotechnology, with private and public-private investment leading the charge. Like Mount Kisco, Westchester County offers its visitors a glimpse into our nation's history through numerous landmarks. Whether you are looking for quality dining options, performing arts, or outdoor activities, you will find it easily.

Fire Damage to a Mount Kisco Home

Home fires happen in communities around the globe, causing varying degrees of damage. Sometimes the fire doesn’t even have to take place in your home for you to feel its effects. This is especially true in multi-family structures where smoke and soot travel quickly from one unit to another. Whether you are close to its origin or slightly removed from the flames, you should always rely on a professional team such as SERVPRO for your fire restoration services. When we arrive at your place, you should expect us to excel in the following-

  • Establishing physical barriers to prevent cross-contamination
  • Application of EPA-approved cleaning solutions targeted to each surface
  • Deodorization of the space
  • Use of anti-microbial solutions as needed

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is ready to help when disaster strikes. Call us at (914) 241-8100 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Which Appliances Cause the Most Household Flooding in Yorktown Heights?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO provides water damage repair when appliances cause water intrusion

Water heaters, overflowing bathtubs, and HVAC systems are among the culprits causing household flooding. Other appliances can cause water overflow as well. It often starts small, such as a drip, but can quickly become serious. 

Which Appliances Are the Most Susceptible?

Dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines are three of the appliances that cause flooding in a home. When these appliances go haywire, gallons of water can pour into your home. This is when you need water damage repair in Yorktown Heights. A professional company can make a big difference in proper cleanup and restoration. But certain things can help prevent problems.

  • Dishwashers – Dishwasher back up and supply line leaks can cause moisture to overflow. The drain gate should be checked often. A key component is using the recommended detergent.
  • Washing Machines - – A significant risk here is burst supply lines. Check the hoses regularly for cracks, wetness, or pinholes.
  • Refrigerators with Automatic Ice Makers – The problem here is the copper water line that supplies water to the ice maker. It can leak or become unattached.

If you have a catastrophe because of a faulty appliance, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for water damage repair in Yorktown Heights.

Should a Flood Damaged Home in Yorktown Heights Be Decontaminated?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO certified technicians mitigate flood homes impacted by flood damage

Storms and torrential rains can cause flash flooding. Floodwaters can rapidly surge through a home bringing all kinds of contamination with it. This is where the SERVPRO professionals come into action.

Why is Black Water Deadly?

Flood damage in Yorktown Heights can take many forms. Stormwater is a serious concern when it produces flooding. Anything in the path enters into the home. This can include:

  • Dirt and debris
  • Medical waste
  • Chemicals
  • Insects and dead animals
  • Sewage
  • Bacteria and viruses

How is Cleanup Handled?

SERVPRO technicians are trained and certified to mitigate biohazard situations such as black water. We use the proper PPE and follow all OSHA guidelines. One of the products we use for sanitization and disinfecting is our proprietary hospital-grade disinfectant SERVPROXIDE. It is a stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial agent that has the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating. Being fragrance is a plus for those sensitive to odors.

Floodwater is nothing to mess with. The contaminants that enter your residence can be deadly to your family. Ensure your home is safe from all health issues by contacting SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for flood damage service in Yorktown Heights.

What Can Be Salvaged After a Mount Kisco Fire?

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s fire damage service in Mount Kisco restores everything possible

The village of Mount Kisco was once part of the town of New Castle and the town of Bedford. In 1978, it became a town in its own right. While small, there are just over 10,800 people living there; it is a historical site of importance. It is believed the word Kisco means "mud" in the Munsee language. September of 1700 is when the mention of the town, Cisqua, appears in colonial records. It occurred in an Indian deed. The spelling was changed in 1850 by a local postmaster and was officially changed in 1875 when it became a village.

Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route

During the Revolutionary War, the French sent troops to help the colonial forces. King Louis XVI sent out 450 officers and 5,300 soldiers under the command of Rochambeau. They landed in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island on July 10, 1780. The goal was to march his men to where the colonial army was located near White Plains, NY.  Mount Kisco was along the route, and on July 2, 1781, crossed the New York border. 

Marching to Mount Kisco

The French troops set up their first brigade in Bedford Village. They then continued their journey along Route 172, which today is Mount Kisco. The village was home to the troops for six days until they marched out on July 6. They would continue their travel and aid the colonials in conquering the British army, winning independence for the states. 

A Village of Historical Value

Not only did Mount Kisco play a substantial role in the Washington-Rochambeau route, but it also has buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. They include:

  • Mount Kisco Municipal Complex
  • Merestead
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Mark’s Cemetery
  • United Methodist Church and Parsonage

Mount Kisco Municipal Complex

Certified as a national historic district, the Mount Kisco Municipal Complex consists of two buildings contributing to the status. They are the:

  • Mount Kisco Town and Village Hall built in 1931
  • United States Post Office built in 1936

They are architectural delights built in the Colonial Revival style. The Town and Village Hall features an octagonal clock tower that adds to the building’s charm. It once housed the Village Library until it got its own facility in the 1960s. The Post Office features a display of interior murals that tell the history of the town. They were completed by artist Thomas Donnelly in 1936. The buildings became part of the National Register in 1997.

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Fire Damage and Restore Your Home

We understand how difficult a fire can be on a family. Smoke odors permeate the home, and firefighters cause water damage. While necessary to put out the fire, it can add to the overwhelming stress homeowners experience. 

Many people assume everything is a loss, but that is not always the case. Our technicians have the experience and training to provide restoration whenever possible. We do a scope of your home and then put together a plan of action. We clean and sanitize everything that has been impacted and can be saved. Our technicians also protect your home from further damage by:

  • Tarping roofs and boarding up windows
  • Removing water and chemicals from firefighting
  • Drying your home
  • Removing soot
  • Cleaning and sanitizing restorable items
  • Deodorizing the home

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides professional fire damage services in Mount Kisco. Contact us at (914) 241-8100 for all your water, fire, and flood restoration needs.

Mount Kisco Northern Westchester Hospital Offers Online Classes

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Learn Virtually About Giving Birth at Mount Kisco Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital is located on East Main Street, Mount Kisco. There are over 650 Physicians and professional caregivers working at the hospital providing patient care to patients from the area. Due to current health guidelines, many inpatient classes have converted to virtual online forums to protect the patients and professional instructors.

For example, the following are just a few of the many educational classes that are now being presented online:

  • Virtual childbirth preparation class
  • Virtual infant/child safety class
  • Virtual grandparenting 101
  • Virtual sibling class

And many more that may be of interest to people in the community. Each class has different objectives and guidelines. For example, the Virtual childbirth preparation class being held on Jan 16th helps expectant mothers prepare for labor and delivery, relaxation and breathing techniques, pain management, and managing postpartum symptoms.

These online virtual classes are a great way to learn about various health-related concerns and how to treat them.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides water damage repair services to Mount Kisco residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (914) 241-8100. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage repair needs.

Choate Sanctuary Is Right Next Door to Mount Kisco

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Cloes-up of two birds on a branch Mold damage in your home is for the birds! SERVPRO can remediate the issue while you enjoy the Choate Sanctuary.

Mount Kisco Groups Love to Adventure in the Nearby Choate Sanctuary

Choate Sanctuary consists of 32 acres of forest surrounded by residential homes and businesses. There are walking trails where hikers can enjoy the forest's serenity and observe many birds and animals, all in our backyard. There are rolling hills and stone outcroppings that add to the visual enjoyment of your hike. The Choate sanctuary is open seven days a week, from dawn until dusk, free of charge.

Many locals visit the sanctuary regularly to enjoy the forest's beautiful surroundings; however, guided field trips are available for December and January for groups of all ages by contacting the Choate Sanctuary through the Saw Mill River Audubon. Note social distancing is required at this time as per health guidelines currently in effect. Guides leading field trips through the sanctuary can help identify:

  • Various birds,
  • Wildlife and
  • Their habitats

Make arrangements in advance and take your group on a guided tour of the Choate Sanctuary in Mount Kisco. Guides can also tailor the discussion to the group's interests, e.g., Scouts, Classroom curricula, etc.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides mold removal services to Mount Kisco commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (914) 241-8100. We respond 24/7 to help with all your mold removal needs.

Yorktown Heights Offers Many Outdoor Activities for the Family

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Outside shot of Thompson's Cider Mill Storm damage? You can sip cider at Thompson's Cider Mill while SERVPRO restores you home.

Visit the Yorktown Museum to Experience Early Life

Yorktown Heights is one of five business hamlets that comprise Yorktown: Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Jefferson Valley, and Crompond. There are twelve distinct residential neighborhoods, each with its unique character and identity that add to the area's attraction. The area around Yorktown was first settled in 1683. Yorktown was incorporated in 1788, and there is some indication that military action took place in the area during the revolutionary war. The Business district of Yorktown Heights lies within Westchester County and is 45 miles from New York City.

At one time, there were five railway stations in Yorktown, including one in Yorktown Heights. This railway station was initially built-in 1877. The rail system, owned and operated by the New York, Westchester, and Putnam Railway, has been converted to a rail-trail, and the old station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Yorktown Heights Station has been restored. It was used as a museum and the office of the local Chamber of Commerce. Currently, it is being used as a visitor center for the town and the area.

Interesting Activities in the Yorktown Heights Area

Residents and tourists visiting the area can enjoy many activities throughout the year in Yorktown Heights and the surrounding area. Farms are offering various products and tours, parks, and gardens to visit. Spend a relaxing day visiting one of the many preserves, trail ways, sports fields, swimming, and golf courses.

  • Local farms in the area and their products include:
  • Fable Farm – Fresh produce and fruit
  • Faraway Farm Alpacas – Meet the Alpacas, purchase garments made from the Alpaca fleece
  • Hemlock Hill Farm & Market – free-range, organic meats
  • Hilltop Hanover Farm – observe a working farm and learn about environmental farming
  • Stuarts Farm – Flowers, vegetables, and fruit in season
  • The Meadows – Fresh Produce
  • Thompsons Cider Mill – sweet & hard cider, pies, muffins, and apple wine
  • White Oak Farm – maple syrup, sawmill, and woodworking shop
  • Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm – Christmas trees, pumpkins, apples, and an assortment of pies, jams, and preserves 

There are also numerous parks for children and adults to enjoy. For example, Downing park offers bocce courts, tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds, and cooking grills for outdoor barbeques. Another park, Franklin D Roosevelt Park, has a mammoth pool that can accommodate several thousand people. The Kitchawan Preserve offers over 6 miles of trails with great views of the surrounding hills and a link to the North County Trail way.

Several other preserves in the area also offer trails, scenic views, and views of the wetlands. These include the Turkey Mountain Preserve, Teatown Lake Reservation, and Sylvan Glen Park Preserve. The Sylvan Glen Preserve provides access to old granite quarries along original roads and allows access to several buildings constructed at the time. The quarries are no longer operated.

North County Trail Way

The trail way is 22.1 miles long, passing through Yorktown Heights. There is parking available at two locations within the heights, one near the town hall along Underhill Ave. The trail begins in the town of Mt Pleasant and connects to the South County Trail way. These interconnected trails provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities and cycling through many small villages in the area. There are maps available indicating trail directions and interconnections with other trail systems in the area.

Service Clubs Supporting the Community

Many service clubs support the local community of Yorktown Heights and the town of Yorktown. These clubs and organizations can be found on the Yorktown information websites. A few of the service clubs contributing to the area are:

  • American Legion Post 1009
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Elks Lodge
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Yorktown Historical society
  • Yorktown Lions Club
  • Yorktown Rotary Club
  • Yorktown Small Business Association
  • Yorktown Trail Town Committee
  • Yorktown Museum

The Yorktown Museum is located at 1974 Commerce St. in Yorktown Heights. The museum is open three days a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. There are several permanent exhibits depicting life for inhabitants of the area pre and post-settlement. The exhibits include:

  • Woodland Room – experience the lifestyle of the Mohegan Indians
  • Arthur C Lee Room – learn about farming and how they used tools during the seasons
  • Bob McKeand Room – enjoy railroading circa 1950
  • Marjorie Johnson Room – miniatures depicting a Victorian house, furnished including a ghost
  • Sylvia Thorne Rooms – depicting early Yorktown circa 1750 – 1850
  • Doris and Cortland Auser Research Room – resource materials for help delving into the genealogy and local history

Remove Flood Waters Form Your Home Quickly in Yorktown Heights

Winter storms can deliver howling winds, rain, freezing rain, and lots of snow. Leaks may develop in your roof; snow loads can weaken the roof's structural integrity, causing further damage. Any of these situations can cause severe flooding inside your home. Significant leaks can affect all areas of the residence, your floors, inside walls, and the attic's insulation. Whether the entire house is impacted or just one area of the house, it is essential to remove flood waters and any debris quickly to mitigate the overall damage and avoid mold growth later.

SERVPRO can provide help to return your home to its original condition. We assess the situation and deploy the equipment and technicians as needed:

  • Provide board up and repair to damaged doors, windows, and roof
  • Deploy water extraction equipment to remove water from flooring, walls, and the attic
  • Remove debris and damaged materials as needed
  • Deployment of air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture and return humidity to normal levels

We tailor the flood damage restoration services to meet your flood situation and overall damage. We review all mitigation and restoration plans with our clients and their insurance company.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides flood damage services to Yorktown Heights residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (914) 241-8100. We respond 24/7 to help with all your flood damage needs.

Yorktown Heights Refuse and Recycling Event

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

a pile of electronics It will be exciting to see the community taking care of their town by attending the recycling event!

Drop off E-Waste, Textiles, and Tires Dec 16th at the Yorktown Heights Recycling Center

Yorktown Heights is holding the last recycling event of the year on Dec 16th between 7:30 am and 2:30 pm. All residents can drop off E-Waste and textiles, as well as car tires. There will be a $5.00 drop off fee for each tire. Residents should note that they can no longer place tires in their bulk trash collections.

This is an excellent opportunity to get rid of those old keyboards, computers, laptops, printers, tablets, televisions, printers, even old cell phones in a safe and environmentally protective manner. These items, along with textiles, can be dropped off for free at the Refuse and Recycling department located at 2279 Crompond Road in Yorktown Heights. Fabrics should be placed in bags for ease of handling and processing. Old clothing, towels, sheets curtains are a few examples of the items that are being accepted.

Support your town and the local environment.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides fire damage removal and restoration services to Yorktown Heights Residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (914) 241-8100. We are available 24/7to help with all your fire damage removal needs.

Bedford Youth Ceramics WorkShop

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

someone making a pinch pot out of clay It will be exciting to see the community at the ceramics workshop event!

Make Your Personal Textured Plate in Bedford

Bedford residents have an excellent opportunity to participate in a ceramics workshop. They will design and make their textured plates. The event is being held on Dec 7 at 4:30 pm at the Katonah Museum of Art in nearby Katonah.

Jeanne Carreau will virtually lead the event, helping students shape a clay slab into their unique plate using just their hands and a few necessary tools. Everyone can experiment and develop their interpretations of what a ceramic plate should be. The Clay Art Center sponsors the event, and students can select their workshop kits at the museum before the event.

There is room for a maximum of 10 people to participate. This event is for youth from ages 8-14. Participants do not need any prior experience molding clay or ceramics. Imagination and the will to experiment is all that is required while building your textured plate.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides water restoration services to Bedford residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (914) 241-8100. We are available 24/7to help with all your water restoration needs.

Mount Kisco is a Short Commute to New York, But Why Leave?

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

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The Town of Mount Kisco Gets Its Name From a Brook and a Hill

Mount Kisco is not actually that old, having been incorporated as a town in 1978. However, historical information takes us back to 1850 when it was first founded. A local postmaster coined the name when a post office was first established in the area. The word Mount comes from a hill northwest of town, which is only 623 feet high. Kisco was derived from an Indian name, keiskammahoek, which means settlement near a brook or muddy place. The town emerged from portions of two other towns, Bedford and New Castle, each giving up some of their areas to allow Mount Kisco to become an officially recognized town on January 1st, 1978. There are clubs, organizations, parks, and the sanctuary's providing an enjoyable lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities such as New York.

Local Clubs and Organizations

There are numerous local clubs in the area contributing to vibrant city life.

  • American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Moses Taylor Jr. Post 136Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) - Frank H. Fox Division 16
  • Friends in Service Helping (FISH) of Mount Kisco
  • Friends of the Mount Kisco Public Library
  • The Italian American Club of Northern Westchester
  • Knights of Columbus Mount Kisco Sisqua Council 1852
  • Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce
  • Mount Kisco Arts Council
  • Mount Kisco Historical Society
  • Mount Kisco Lions Club
  • Mount Kisco Parent Connection
  • The Mount Kisco Rotary Club
  • Northern Westchester Hospital Volunteers
  • Free & Accepted Masons, Kisco Lodge 708

Interesting Things to Do In Mount Kisco

The town is close to New York City with all of the attractions of large metropolitan areas. However, there are many attractive things to experience in the village for residents and visitors. For example, there are over 40 restaurants in the town ranging from fast food establishments to fine dining and international cuisine. Also, there are three parks nearby - Leonard Park, Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary, and Westmoreland Sanctuary.

There are several spas for those who want a more relaxed environment – Epidavros Day Spa and the Rise Above Floatation Spa. The entire family can enjoy the pottery factory, while the kids might enjoy Rockin' Jump.

Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary

Consisting of rugged rock outcrops and boulder-strewn hills, the sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna, streams, and forests. Originally consisting of 225 acres, the land was donated by Mrs. Butler in 1954 to honor her husband. The sanctuary has grown in size with additional donations and purchases over the years. The fall presents a perfect opportunity to observe the mass migration of birds of prey. The refuge also provides interpretive materials to explain the migration and identification of the various species of birds and animals in the sanctuary.

Westmoreland Sanctuary

The sanctuary consists of 620 acres of wooded countryside. The sanctuary was established in 1957, and the centerpiece is a 200-year-old church serving as the nature center and museum. The church was rebuilt in 1973 and provides exhibits of the local flora and fauna and a window to observe birds and live animals. There are various walking and biking trails through the sanctuary to observe nature and enjoy the environment. Fishing, camping, and hunting are not allowed. Visitors are requested not to leave trash along the trails.

Leonard Park

Leonard Park consists of 116 acres, located on East Main St in Mount Kisco. The park offers a variety of recreational programs. These include basketball, baseball, camps, three swimming pools, and many activities for adults and kids year-round. Local residents enjoy picnics or hang out in the park during the summer and ice skating during the winter. There is also a toboggan hill behind the baseball fields.

Mount Kisco Municipal Complex Added to the National Register of Historic Places

The municipal complex includes the town and village halls built-in 1932 and the US Post office built-in 1936. Both buildings were designed and built in the colonial revival style and have served many purposes over the years. The buildings have been used as a police station and jail, a library, the post office, and more. The interior of the old post office includes murals showing the history of Mount Kisco.

Regional activities and Interesting Things to Do

The town of Mount Kisco was originally carved from the nearby regions of Bedford and New Castle. The town covers an area of 3.1 square miles. The three municipalities reside in Westchester County, share events, and are also close to New York City, with many people commuting to work every day.

Attractions in Westchester County include:

  • Mianus River Gorge Preserve
  • Bedford Playhouse
  • Guard Hill Preserve
  • Saint Matthews Episcopal Church
  • Balloons Over Westchester
  • Untermyer Gardens
  • Lynhurst
  • Kykuit
  • The Westchester
  • Marshlands Conservancy

A Fire Does Not Mean You Lose All of Your Personal Possessions

At SERVPRO, we recognize how stressed many homeowners are after a fire. The damage from the fire and the efforts of the fire department in quelling the fire may seem overwhelming at first. There is also the odor of smoke throughout the home and soot that may have been deposited. However, our training and experience have shown us that many family heirlooms can be saved, especially those items that are personal and trigger memories of better times.

Our first step is to assess the situation and arrange for the appropriate equipment and technical teams to begin work. We aim to clean and sanitize everything possible because we understand how important many items are to the homeowner. We document everything that must be removed and focus on protecting your home while it is being restored. For example:

  •  Boarding up windows and adding tarps on roofs
  •  Removal of water and fire retardant chemicals along with drying your home
  • Soot is removed from all surfaces
  • Restorable items are cleaned and sanitized
  • Deodorization of your entire home

 Minor or major repairs are undertaken to restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County provides fire damage restoration services to Mount Kisco residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (914) 241-8100. We are available 24/7to help with all your fire damage restoration needs.

Try a New Activity and Support the Mount Kisco Business Community

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mount Kisco general sign A Great Place to visit or live, Mount Kisco

As Temperatures Drop, Create Artwork From the Comfort of your Mount Kisco Home

Residents of Mount Kisco have many options to exercise their body and creative minds throughout the Spring and Summer months, but when temperatures drop, you may not want to venture out for a hike or picnic. Since social events are limited due to health recommendations, you may be looking out for entertainment options while supporting local businesses. The Pottery Factory offers a robust virtual “Paint-and-Sip” series of events on several dates into November and December, which you can join by signing up online or on the phone. Attendees should expect the following when signing up-

  • A box of supplies mailed to your home or available through curbside pick up
  • Instructions on a seasonally appropriate work of art to complete
  • Virtual guidance as you work on your project

If you would rather visit the studio in person, you can consult their website for updated event information.

Even if storms and ice are in our forecast, SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is at your service around the clock. Whenever you need restoration services, call us at (914) 241-8100 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Where Can Mall Owners Seek Help After a Flooding Incident?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

inside view of two-story shopping mall Don't let floodwater close your mall, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Restoration Experts in Yorktown Heights Performs Commercial Flood Damage Restoration

When flooding strikes, your shopping mall can sustain an immense financial loss in ruined products, property damage, and lost income because of interrupting business. If your shopping mall requires flood damage restoration, timing is of the essence. SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to offer your business a reliable lifeline when you need flood restoration services in Yorktown Heights.

What are the repercussions of flood damage in a mall?

The commercial flood damage in your Yorktown Heights mall can be devastating or minimal, based on various factors. Some of the effects of flood damage in malls include:

  • Property damage – Floodwater and resulting moisture can ruin equipment, inventory items, essential records, and technical systems.
  • Safety and health risks to mall employees, store attendants, and customers.
  • Loss of tenants
  • Legal problems

Every mall is different and could have extra unexpected results after a flooding incident. Malls often cover a large area, and flooding can therefore cause extensive financial devastation.

What does the restoration process involve?

We can begin the restoration process by pumping out the floodwater and assessing the damage. Our SERVPRO team can quickly remove the floodwater using portable or truck-mounted pumps to minimize further damage, such as mold growth. Fast and effective water remediation helps reduce restoration costs and means lower stress for you.

Our technicians can also remove all the irreparably ruined stock and equipment. We usually attempt to salvage ruined items where possible. We can clean the building extensively using specialist equipment and look out for structural damage that can place you and your tenants at risk. Our technician can then dry and dehumidify the affected areas to prevent foul odor and mold infestation. We concentrate on the fast drying of a building to minimize moisture levels.

How do you deal with contamination?

We categorize floodwater as blackwater, meaning that it has microbial contamination, which is unwelcome in malls, especially if fast-food restaurants are present in the building. To eliminate microbial contamination, we can completely remove the contaminated materials. We also use disinfectants that kill about 99 percent of harmful microorganisms on the surfaces where we apply them.

Do not let flood damage in your mall affect your income. Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Professional Post-Fire Job Scoping Expedite Claims Approvals?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire insurance workup on tablet Yorktown Heights Residences Benefit from SERVPRO's Professional Fire Damage and Cleanup Services. We work with your insurance carrier.

Our SERVPRO professionals can work with your insurance provider to present the appropriate information necessary to approve damage claims made on Yorktown Heights homes after a fire.

Fires can be among the most destructive and damaging situations that your Yorktown Heights home faces. With the speed that fires can spread, first responders work fast to quell the flames and extinguish the blaze entirely. In the same vein, restoration professionals must respond as quickly once it is safe to begin initial actions that protect the property and its occupants. From temporary roof tarping and board up to content relocation and air quality control, we know how critical a fast response becomes.

Because fire damage restoration for Yorktown Heights homes can feature so many layers of cleaning and recovery, the process should begin as soon as possible. Unfortunately, home insurance policies do not always immediately greenlight all the restoration that your home needs beyond fire debris removal and specific mitigation tasks. Our SERVPRO team works to provide the most efficient and streamlined approach to get the go-ahead to begin clean up.

How Plausible is DIY Cleaning After a Fire?

Many homeowners attempt to provide the work and attention that their properties need after fire and water losses. The DIY approach is often undesirable when you consider several variables that make cleaning challenging and potentially hazardous. These include:

  • Soot – Soot can be among the most palpable cleaning challenges for DIY approaches, primarily because exposure to these particles can be hazardous to your health. Also, depending on the material affected and the type of residue, many potential cleaning strategies might be necessary. 
  • Smoke – The spread and concentrations of smoke can directly impact the thickness and strength of odors after a fire loss. Deodorization techniques must get used to remedy these circumstances as soon as possible. Often these actions fall to thermal fogging and other approaches specific to professional restoration. 
  • Structural Damages – Not only can surface cleaning and deodorization be a concern, but the impact on fire debris and partial structural collapse showcase the need for professional restorers and contractors. 

What Can Job Scoping Determine?

Pre-mitigation evaluations of the property can help each element of our SERVPRO response be on the same page with the structure's restoration needs. Each scoping task seeks to uncover the same underlying details about the building and its current conditions, including:

What Can Our SERVPRO Team Provide Insurance Companies?

Your insurance company is not only for making damage claims easy, quick, and carefree. In many cases, you can get tied up in the processes and paperwork for days, all while your home's condition worsens. As a preferred vendor for many insurance companies in the area, we can directly reach out to them about what they require to approve your damage claim submission. Our initial inspection can provide several critical details, including:

  • Estimations – Using software like Xactimate and other programs, we can maintain a concise and legible estimate of restoration and reconstruction services necessary after a fire loss. 
  • Damage Assessments – A thorough inspection of the property is part of what your insurance company is looking for when they insist on professional evaluations. We catalog damage and losses to streamline the approval process. 
  • Restoration Plan – Most insurance providers want to know the plan and suggested actions to return a property to preloss condition. Detailing this approach ensures that we can complete the restorative measures your house needs. 

Is Professional Assessment Faster?

Perhaps one of the most direct advantages to SERVPRO damage assessment and scoping of the job is the efficiency of this approach. With our experience in the fire restoration niche, we know the signals and signs to look for when structural elements become compromised or other conditions that threaten the home or occupants. DIY evaluations can easily miss subtle cues of more significant concerns, but with the advanced tools and technologies that are part of our inspection and assessment, we can better protect your residence and its contents.

The value of pre-job scoping of fire-damaged properties cannot be understated. Not only can this evaluation help to determine the specific restoration plan for your property, but it can also provide the appropriate information for your insurance company to aid in the securing of a damage claim through your provider for your property. Because of how quickly these situations can get out of control, it is critical to contact our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team as soon as possible at (914) 241-8100.

After Technicians Remove Excess Water, How Do They Dry My Home?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

air movers and ducts drying attic HEAT-Heat, Evaporation, Air Movement, and Temperature formula works for SERVPRO water mitigation in Yorktown Heights commercial and residential sites

SERVPRO Professionals Create a Goal and Drying Strategy for Your Yorktown Heights Home

After a water leak from a kitchen or bathroom in your Yorktown Heights property, simply removing excess water with a shop vac and old towels does not mitigate secondary damage from the increased moisture. It is critical to understand the multi-pronged approach to adequately drying your home. When faced with visible damage, homeowners do not always understand the importance of drying the impacted area to preloss status.

Does Successful Drying Have to Include Extraction?

SERVPRO requires the removal if standing water is present

Extraction is one of the essential components for your water mitigation project in Yorktown Heights. Without proper extraction, you are facing long-term issues such as compromising drywall and flooring. The more time spent removing water from your home with portable or truck-mounted extraction equipment, the faster the drying process. Truck mounts can extract hundreds to thousands of gallons each day, while standard dehumidifiers only remove 30 gallons a day.

What are the Key Factors for Drying?

  • Temperature: The optimal drying temperature ranges from 70° to 80°. Anything above 85° can force too much moisture into the air, extending the drying time.
  • The amount of water vapor: The more time technicians spend extracting water from the impacted area, the shorter the dry time. It pays to extract because any remaining moisture requires evaporation, then dehumidification.
  • Humidity: Too high relative humidity (RH) extends the dry time. Ideal RH is 30% to 50% anything over that increases dry time. Technicians control humidity with dehumidifiers, negative air pressure, and heaters, including exterior fuel generated furnaces
  • Air Movement: Bringing warm, dry air into the impacted area with an air mover while pushing out damp air speeds up the drying process.

For 24/7 Assistance following a water leak, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

What Should I Look for When Selecting a Fire Restoration Technician for my Business?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

smoke detector becoming surrounded by smoke Smoke and soot can damage your business as much as the flames. SERVPRO knows how to clean the damage.

Certified Fire Restoration Technicians are Essential to Restoring your Business in Mount Kisco

If your Business in Mount Kisco has fire damage, your need to vet the restoration company you choose based on its training and credentials. As overwhelming as the restoration may seem, a reputable team can break down the steps towards repairing your space and mitigating the fire's impact. When flames ravage your business, the sooner you can get a team to coordinate with insurance needs and allow you to resume operations in some capacity, the less exposure you'll have. 

Before you embark on fire damage restoration efforts in Mount Kisco, select SERVPRO and our certified group of technicians. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the certifying body in our industry, and our team learns from its experts regularly. We are well-versed in the theory of fire and the cleaning of surfaces and specialty drying solutions through our training. This knowledge is necessary to treat your Business after the flames, and the ensuing water is spread throughout.

What should I know in preparation of an efficient fire restoration process?

You can rely on our SERVPRO staff's expertise during the fire restoration process, but it doesn't hurt to have some familairity of what we do. As we consider the next steps, we consider the materials and the type of residue left behind. We also pre-treat each surface to ensure that abrasive cleaners will not damage them further. We may quickly discard some items beyond repair and move others to a staging area to clean and store them until it is safe to return them to their original spot. Among the cleaning methods we use, you will find the following:

  • Vacuuming which lets us remove large volumes of soot
  • Dissolving agents which help loosen deeply embedded residue for easier removal
  • Dry sponges which contain a chemical solution to help us remove oily residue

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County prepares for fire emergencies of all sorts. Call us at (914) 241-8100 as soon as you can and enlist our help. As business owners ourselves, we understand how important it is to leave your workplace, "Like it never even happened."

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Summer Storms Caused Flooding in My Yorktown Heights Home – What Can I Do to Help?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

overview of person standing on wood floor in a flooded home Flood damage to your property is hard to deal with and can cause great stress. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services.

Storm Damage in Yorktown Heights Requires Professional Water Mitigation Services

Yorktown Heights is a lovely location in Northern Westchester, NY. Farmland, rolling hills, and private residential areas make up much of the region. Summer storms can cause flash flooding that can damage homes.

What Can I Do After Flooding?

Flood damage to homes in Yorktown Heights requires a professional water damage company to clean up the flooding properly. The best thing you can do when flood waters come surging through your home is to get your family to safety. Floodwaters are contaminated with such things as:

  • Dirt and debris
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Chemicals 
  • Medical waste
  • Dead animals and insects

This is known as black water and can be hazardous. It should not be entered without the proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified team understands the risks. They are trained to mitigate the scene correctly.

What SERVPRO Does After Flooding

When our techs arrive on the scene after a flood, emergency mitigation is typically needed. Ensuring the building is safe is priority. This can mean tarping up the roof, checking for electrical concerns, and inspecting structural components. Water extraction is the primary concern once safety is assured. Our IICRC techs use industrial-strength pumps designed to extract water, which contains debris and trash. Other water remediation includes:

  • Drying the home with air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial-strength fans.
  • Using antimicrobial and antifungal agents on the water and contaminated surfaces.
  • Removal and disposal of irreparable items.
  • Pack out services if necessary for content.
  • Cleaning and restoring your home and its content.
  • Leaving your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Flooding in your home can turn your world upside down. As homeowners with families, we understand what that can mean. You need as little disruption as possible. We take on the stress of restoring your home, so you have one less thing to deal with. Our expert technicians are available 24/7 to provide the help you need.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for professional flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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A Fire in My Attic! Now, What Should I Do?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

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For Fire Damage Restorations Services Inside the Attic in Your House in Yorktown Heights Call SERVPRO

The attic inside your Yorktown Heights home can contain heating vents and electrical wires, which could become the source of a small blaze. Even if the fire in your attic does not burn a large number of your structural components, issues can still arise. The smoke coming from the burnt materials can cause soot residues and foul odors to exist.

How do you determine what items in my house got affected by the fire?

As a part of fire damage restoration in Yorktown Heights, our SERVPRO technicians start the process by inspecting your entire house for the presence of charred materials, soot residues, and foul odors. We start examining from the source of the blaze and then work from there and then into other areas of your home. Depending on the rigor of the fire, we may find that sections of your ceilings or roof trusses got burnt bad enough to where they have to be removed and replaced. If there are no building materials that got charred significantly, then we can access your attic and decide what we can do to remove stored contents along with the residues to help expel unpleasant aromas.

How can you remove residues and foul odors from my attic?

  • Remove Surface Charring: If there is charring on your roofing trusses or other wood inside your attic that is less than a quarter-inch deep, then we can sand off the burnt materials.
  • Another method is to use dry-ice blasting--rasping the slight charring with pressured pellets--and no water to exacerbate the damage
  • Remove Damaged Insulation: If the insulation inside your attic comes into contact with smoke or gets burnt, then we can remove and replace it so that the materials are not the source of foul odors.
  • Seal Wooden Structural Components: After the charring gets removed from any affected wood in your attic, we can spray the areas with a specialized sealant paint to seal in any burnt smells.

If you have a fire start inside your attic, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 24/7.

My Yorktown Heights Home Has Water Damage From A Burst Pipe – How Fast Can You Get Here?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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If You Need Prompt Water Damage Restoration in Yorktown Heights, SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster

Whether your home’s pipes under the kitchen sink burst or your bathtub overflowed, it is vital to get prompt and professional cleanup. Our water mitigation team in Yorktown Heights has the professional-grade tools and equipment to handle any water intrusion. SERVPRO’s water restoration technicians (WRT) are on call around the clock and seven days a week.

How Quickly Can You Start?

Once you call for emergency services, our crews get dispatched as quickly as possible. You should never delay getting hold of a professional water damage restoration company in Yorktown Heights. Immediate water mitigation is essential to prevent secondary damage from occurring. SERVPRO features the latest methods for restoration and advanced technology that ensures you get the fast cleanup you need. Upon arrival at your home we:
    •    Do a detailed scope to ascertain the cause and extent of the damage.
    •    Put together a mitigation plan.
    •    Use water extractors and powerful pumps to remove standing water.
    •    Look for hidden moisture with the use of moisture sensors and moisture meters.
    •    Restore your home to optimal relative humidity levels using industrial fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers.
    •    Use controlled demolition to remove unsalvageable areas and structural elements.
    •    Clean and restore the content of the room or home. This process may mean relocating it to our warehouse for cleaning and restoration.
    •    Deodorizing, disinfecting, and sanitizing with EPA-registered products.

This list is just part of the thorough and detailed cleanup and restoration that takes place at your residence. We work alongside your insurance company and strive for minimal disruption to you.

Why Can’t I Clean Up Myself?

If you came in from work to find your kitchen flooded from a burst pipe under the sink, there are certain things you want to do right away. Turn the water off at the valve. Begin removing as much standing water as you are able while waiting for SERVPRO to arrive. Turn off breakers if there is anything electrical near the water. If you have tables and chairs in the water, move them out of the room or place them on blocks.

What you most likely can’t do is get all the water off the floor. It seeps under the floor and behind cabinet walls. If the flooding happens on the second floor, it can travel into the ceiling and the levels below. Hidden moisture can sit there and quickly become a problem. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians use moisture sensors, probes, and infrared cameras to find hidden pockets of moisture. This ensures that as much water gets removed as possible.

Why Is Immediate Mitigation Necessary?

You would be surprised how quickly the content of your home can become damaged from a water intrusion. If you had a small bookcase in your kitchen with your favorite cookbooks, they could become soggy within minutes. The pages start to weaken, stick together, and the ink spreads. Within a few hours, the wooden table legs begin to transfer stain, paint, or varnish on to the carpet or flooring. Depending on what textiles are made of, they can shrink or stretch, and the dye can bleed onto whatever the material is up against. Electrical devices can short out, and the risk of shock is possible.

The First 24 Hours

If left unattended, the water damage continues to spread. Every minute that passes is a minute that inflicts harm on your home and your possessions. The following can happen if the water is allowed to remain for twenty-four hours:

    •    Laminate flooring starts to disintegrate and peel.
    •    Carpet absorbs more and more water. It can begin to stretch. Carpet fibers weaken when wet. Delamination can happen.
    •    Particleboard and pressed wood items to commence to warp and swell.
    •    Ceiling tiles and drywall begins to bulge. It can start to crumble and break down, which can be a safety hazard.
    •    Collected water can force a structural breakdown.
    •    The insulation between the walls starts to compress and becomes packed down.
    •    The potential for mold and mildew increases.
    •    Metal can begin to corrode.
    •    Musty smells can permeate the home.

The damage just increases as time passes, which is why you need immediate water mitigation. Our Green Teams understand the breakdown of material that happens. The potential for loss and the need for replacement increases. That is why we work tirelessly around the clock. Disasters, big or small, do not happen at your convenience.

As homeowners, we understand how essential your home is to you. Getting things back to normal is what you want and what we want for you. Our expert technicians work hard to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for fast water mitigation.

How Quickly Can My Business Recover from a Major Fire in Mount Kisco?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Work to get your Business back up and Running as Quickly as Possible.

Every fire has its characteristics in terms of the amount of damage from the actual fire vs. damage from the efforts of the firemen in quelling the fire. The fire department's objective in Mount Kisco is to suppress the fire while minimizing adjacent damage and keeping everyone safe. During the process, there is often lots of collateral damage caused by the water used to ensure that embers are not lingering inside walls and cavities.

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can usually be on-site in less than four hours to assess the damage and begin mitigation efforts to minimize further damage from wet materials and weather situations after a fire incident in Mount Kisco. Once we evaluate your premises' condition and develop a plan in conjunction with you and the insurance company, our team can immediately implement the plan to put you back in service as quickly as possible.

Can You Coordinate Trades People During Restoration?

Initially, we remove damaged building materials and the contents, then cleanup and drying, as well as deodorization, can begin. SERVPRO can also manage local Mount Kisco tradespeople to restore the building to its original condition. Restoration timelines are critical to ensure that your commercial operations are returned to normal as quickly as possible.

Smoke odors, water damage, cleaning of office furniture, and structural repairs must be organized and completed promptly. Structural restoration, installation of new flooring, and walls, along with electrical and plumbing repairs, must be completed in the correct order to minimize downtime and total restoration expenses.

We work closely with your team as well to keep them up to date. We understand that there are many activities associated with restarting commercial operations, including alerting customers and suppliers to enable a successful restart of your business operations.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 to assist with your emergency fire damage and restoration needs.

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Who Can Help Repair Damage Caused by Flooding in My Yorktown Home?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Homeowners in the Yorktown Height Area Know That SERVPRO is the Company to Call when Restoration and Cleanup from Flash Flooding is needed.

With the large bodies of water located in the Yorktown Heights area there is always a chance of severe damage, caused by storms, happening to homes. Flash flooding therefore can be a major issue to many Yorktown Heights residents, especially when there is a torrential downpour or a home is located in an area prone to runoffs. SERVPRO knows this and has experts on hand that can deal with any damage and restoration that is needed.

Flooding can begin quickly and spread through the home at a rapid speed. The experts at SERVPRO are trained to deal with this situation. We offer 24-Hour Emergency Service so that whenever disaster strikes you can be sure that someone will be available to help you. We also guarantee that we are Faster to Any Disaster, the faster flood water is dealt with, the less long-term problems you will have to address in the future. There are several services we offer to deal with flood water problems and restoration, they are listed below.

  • Overview of Storm & Flood Services
  • Storm and Water Damage Tips
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Water Restoration Process
  • Taking Care of Your Belongings
  • Mold Remediation
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Building Services
  • Storm Damage to Commercial Property

All of the services listed above give the team at SERVPRO an effective plan to follow in restoring homes when flash flooding and storms damage local homes.

Any damage, big or small, should be seen as soon as possible to prevent extensive problems. So, when flooding happens call, (914) 241-8100 and talk to SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County without delay! A team of experts will clean and restore every home with the care they would give their own.

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How Do I Minimize Inconveniences After Fire Damage At My Yorktown Heights Home?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire destroys a home Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Helps Evaluate the Level of Damage To The Yorktown Heights Property Determining The Best Ways to Handle Renovation

Fire can start any time at your property, sparked by unattended cooking or electrical faults, among other things. When such an incident happens, you have to worry about the repair costs as well as the inconveniences that you have to face as you renovate. Highly trained crews from SERVPRO quickly respond when notified about fire incidents in Yorktown Heights properties and can help find ways to minimize inconveniences.

What typical inconveniences develop after fire damage in Yorktown Heights?

    •    Heavy soiling leaves items unusable
    •    Discomfort due to smoky or particulate-filled air
    •    Unexpected openings such as shattered windows

Although the combustion process manifests physically, it is a chemical process that consumes materials and also produces various byproducts, which spread throughout the property. For instance, smoke is driven by convectional currents to colder areas within the house depositing soot on open surfaces and enclosed spaces. In the aftermath of a fire incident in Yorktown Heights, you might need to seek alternative accommodation since it might be dangerous or uncomfortable to stay in the damaged house. Venturing into the property can also cause additional damages, such as spreading residues to unaffected areas.

Are there ways to reduce the inconvenience?

Each incident presents different circumstances depending on the intensity of the fire loss, layout, and size of the property. However, some actions, especially when taken in time, can help manage the inconveniences you face. Our SERVPRO crews help by taking actions such as:
    •    Expediting restoration processes
    •    Isolating affected rooms the rest of the property
    •    Moving items

Refurbishing a house affected by fire takes several steps. Even after a minor incident, there are surfaces to clean and contents to dry or move around, so it takes time. For the major incidents, the workload increases because steps such as demolition and reconstruction of damaged areas are necessary. Our crews help expedite restoration in different ways. For instance, we have more people and equipment to handle different restoration processes. Our extensive experience handling fire incidents helps us gain a better understanding of the loss at your property, thus eliminating trial and error approaches that waste time. For instance, we can evaluate items faster and determine what is salvageable and what requires immediate removal for disposal.

Is it necessary to move all items when restoring fire damage?

Moving items can help minimize the inconveniences by removing obstacles around the work area or by increasing the space available to perform various restoration processes. However, moving items is also an inconvenience. Some items, such as furniture or appliances, are heavy and bulky, while others are fragile.

Our SERVPRO technicians help assess the situation and decide whether the movement is necessary. We also determine whether to move items to offsite storage or within one section of the property. In some cases, we also bring temporary storage units to your property to help hold items safely as we perform the restoration. We have tools such as air sleds or dollies, and our crews are trained on the best ways to handle heavy items when transferring them, thus simplifying the movement process.

Can we continue occupying the property during the renovation?

Seeking an alternative place to stay as the fire damage in your house is fixed is perhaps one of the greatest inconveniences that you loathe due to reasons such as:
    •    The extra cost of alternate accommodation
    •    Safety of the damaged property
    •    Disruption of your daily routines

Moving out of the damaged property even after smaller fire incidents is a practical step for your safety and other reasons. Fires leave harmful aerosols and soot in the air, and inhalation can lead to respiratory issues. Structure issues can also develop due to deep charring of wall or ceiling frames, making it risky to continue occupying the house.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you deal with the issues related to moving or occupying the house during renovation. If your insurance adjuster determines that you can continue occupying the house, we help perform emergency cleaning to make the property 'livable' during the restoration period. We clean utility areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. We can also seal off the affected area from the rest of the house. In case you seek alternative accommodation, we board up the property to secure it from weather elements and vandals, giving you peace of mind.

Fixing a fire-damaged property is never convenient, but assistance from a professional restorer can help lighten the load when restoring your Mount Kisco, Bedford, or Armonk home. Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Return My Home to A Normal State After a Water Loss Incident?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Bring in SERVPRO to Extract the Water and Dry Your Yorktown Heights Residence

Outdoor flooding is visually frightening, but faulty plumbing can be just as devastating. The keys to restoring your Yorktown Heights home to its normal condition are to quickly remove water and lower the inside humidity (dry the house.)

Where Do Your Technicians Start in My Home?

SERVPRO water restoration in Yorktown Heights begins with pumps and other extraction devices. After drawing out the majority of the water, our technicians use two machines that remove water trapped in your home:

  • Portable Extractors work exceptionally well on upper floors and in tight places like closets. Some can even be worn as a backpack device with a tank to contain the vacuumed water. This device needs to be plugged into the home's electrical source or a generator.
  • Light Wands quickly draw water out of carpets and from between floorboards. These smaller devices may also have a heating element to begin the drying process.

Can SERVPRO Quickly Dry Out My Home?

Yes, a very efficient method is to introduce dry, heated air from outside the home. One of the machines technicians use is the Indirect Fired Furnace. It uses a heat exchanger to raise the outside air's temperature before a built-in fan pushes the air into the drying zone.

As it circulates throughout the zone, the hot, dry air absorbs the water from both personal and structural property. The airborne water vapor is then condensed with our bevy of dehumidification equipment.

How Do I Know that My Home's Interior is Dry?

We carefully monitor the drying process of the contents and structural members with moisture sensors and meters. We can compare these values to baseline measurements of items within the house, not affected by the water loss.

For more information or to schedule a service call, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County today at (914) 241-8100.

How Fast Can I Get Help with Water Damage Cleanup?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" After your home suffers water damage, you need professionals to assist you with swift cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster – Call SERVPRO to Your Mount Kisco Business When You Need Prompt Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service!

Whether you have a retail store or a real estate company, your commercial space is crucial to your livelihood. Any water infiltration calls for prompt cleanup with professional-grade tools so that you never miss a beat. SERVPRO has water restoration technicians (WRT) on call so that we can deploy a crew as soon as possible to get started cleaning up your Mount Kisco business. 

Is it Possible to Limit the Loss?

Once a business has a water loss incident, it is easy to lose a great deal of inventory. Many companies attempt to clean up commercial water damage in Mount Kisco on their own, which often leads to secondary damage. Missing hidden pockets of moisture impacts building materials and brings on the potential for mold and mildew growth. SERVPRO features the latest restoration methods and technology, ensuring that you get the prompt cleanup you need to cut the cost of restoration. 

How Quick Can You Get to Work?

After you call for emergency service, we send out a crew as soon as possible. In many cases, we arrive in as little as four hours or less with our Green Fleet. Upon arrival, we:

  •   Perform a detailed assessment to determine the cause of damage 
  •   We start working right away to pull up standing water
  •   Moisture meters and moisture sensors allow us to find any areas that still contain moisture
  •   Drying equipment such as air movers, industrial fans, and dehumidifiers bring the interior of your business back to optimal relative humidity levels
  •   For any areas where building materials are unsalvageable, we remove them with controlled demolition methods
  •   Everything removed gets replaced and we clean and sanitize the area to make your business like-new once again

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is here when you need prompt, reliable water damage services. Call us at (914) 241-8100 to have a crew deployed to your commercial property!

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Should I Worry About Safety After Flood Damage at My Yorktown Heights Property?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Assess Whether There Are Safety Issues in Your Yorktown Heights House after a Flooding Incident

Flooding incidents are associated with several hazards, including exposing people to dangerous substances. Flooding after a storm introduces physical risks because of the high winds and other factors that can interfere with structural components of your home. SERVPRO technicians can help assess and restore your Yorktown Heights home eliminating all hazards.

What sort of assessments is necessary after flood damage in a Yorktown Heights home?

Each flooding incident in Yorktown Heights is unique, so the assessment needs might vary, based on the extent of the damages left. Some common assessments that our SERVPRO technicians can help you perform at your loss site include:
    •    The level of sanitization necessary
    •    Checking for signs of compromised structural integrity
    •    Checking whether utility lines are damaged
    •    Assessing the possibility of mold development

Although flooding is known to contaminate properties, the level of such contamination depends on the source of water. Storms can open up roof materials, shatter windows, or create other openings that let in rainwater. The good news is that unlike groundwater intrusion, rainwater is not contaminated. Therefore, when assessing the threat posed by contamination, we consider how the water breached the property.

Apart from the contaminants swept into the property from outside, some harmful substances, already existing in the house can be exposed during restoration processes such as demolition of walls or floors to reach wet materials. Our technicians assess all areas that need demolition to determine whether there is the presence of asbestos or other harmful substances.

In case we find hazardous materials, we can help remove them, guaranteeing your safety. For instance, if we find asbestos-containing materials, we take various precautions, including wetting them before attempting any removal steps. We can also involve ACM specialists for a thorough removal.

What signs indicate underlying structural issues?

Storms can compromise the structural integrity of your house even if they do not bring it down completely. However, not all incidents lead to structural damage, which adds to the confusion of whether a building is safe. Luckily, structural issues present a wide range of signs, such as:
    •    Cracks appearing in walls, floors and other parts of the building
    •    Gaps around door and window frames
    •    Front porch appearing to pull away from the house

Most structural problems continue to worsen over time if not rectified. Of all the signs, cracks are the most readily visible indicator that there is a problem. They are also likely to precede any other sign. Mostly cracks appear because of problems with the foundation whereby the building settles on one side more than the other.

Apart from foundation issues, the storms can affect the frames, trusses, and other structural supports leaving weak or misaligned joints. Our SERVPRO technicians look for signs such as crooked roof valleys or uneven floors, especially on upper room floors.  In case we notice a problem, we can help you find a qualified building contractor to help rectify it before it causes problems.

Should I worry about mold infestation after flooding?

Mold can develop unnoticed in hidden sections of the house, such as wall cavities. Since mold is associated with health issues, you might be afraid of such development in your house after flooding. The main factor that drives mold infestations is the presence of moisture, so our SERVPRO technicians take steps to identify all areas that moisture might remain hidden after completing the restoration. For instance, we can use a thermal camera to inspect floors, walls, and ceilings to establish whether there are pockets of moisture. We also use thermohygrometers to take moisture and temperature readings in different rooms within the house and even outside. Depending on the readings, we establish whether further drying procedures are necessary.

Should I plug in electronic appliances?

During flooding, water can find a way into sockets, switches, and other electrical components in your house. Since water conducts electricity, plugging in your devices can damage them because of short-circuits. Floodwater can also cause cables to rust and thus fail.

Our SERVPRO team opens up sockets, switches, junction boxes, and ceiling roses to release trapped water. We also involve professional electricians to inspect the systems thoroughly, establishing whether repairs or replacements are necessary, thus allowing you to operate your electrical appliances safely.

Apart from electrical cables, water can also find a way into air ducts, causing a range of problems, including mold development, which can compromise the air quality in your house. We inspect ducts, remove the water, and dry them to prevent problems. In many cases, the water removal requires some demolition of the areas around the ducts or drilling small holes in the ducts to drain water. We handle these aspects of the removal conveniently.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County has the expertise to identify and resolve potential hazards from flooding. Call us at (914) 241-8100 to assist you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Remove Soot Residues from My Mount Kisco Walls and Ceilings After a Fire?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Burning flame isolated on black If you ever notice that your walls and ceilings are coated with soot residues after a fire, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County.

SERVPRO Can Utilize Various Techniques and Chemicals to Remove all Soot Residues Inside your Mount Kisco Home

If a fire breaks out inside your house in Mount Kisco, the smoke can cause several issues aside from the materials it burns. Partially combusted particles can travel through your building and harden in the form of soot when it touches cooler surfaces like your walls and ceilings.

How do you determine what type of chemicals and techniques to use?

When working towards removing soot during fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco, our SERVPRO technicians start by finding all of your building materials and contents that got affected by soot. Once we determine where the smoke traveled, we then figure out what type of soot is present by determining what the blaze burned as fuels. For hard non-porous surfaces, we can use water-based, wet cleaning procedures, and for softer porous surfaces, we can use dry cleaning methods.

Why do some surfaces have to be dry cleaned?

Porous surfaces are unwashable because water-based solutions can cause the soot to soak deeper into the material. Softer materials like acoustic ceilings or drywall can be cleaned using dry sponges, vacuuming, dry wiping, or other methods. Sponges can be effective when cleaning different types of walls and ceilings because they can keep removing soils after they absorb a large number of residues.

What types of chemicals do you use when wet cleaning harder surfaces?

    •    General Surface Cleaners- These detergents can be used on most painted and washable surfaces. Their alkalinity is low enough to where it will not ruin semi-gloss surfaces.
    •    Heavy-Duty Cleaners- Heavy-duty detergents are effective when removing heavy grease and soils that are difficult to remove. They are usually high alkaline solutions that can ruin finished surfaces.
    •    Strong Acid Cleaners- Solutions high on the acidic side are excellent at cleaning soot residues from stone and brick items.

If you ever notice that your walls and ceilings are coated with soot residues after a fire, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 any time of the day.

What is the safest method of dealing with water damage?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Subflooring with mold on it. SERVPRO knows best especially when it comes to your Yorktown Heights long term water damage. Call us today.

SERVPRO has industry-leading expertise and experience in water restoration, which allows us to implement a practical solution to your water emergency.

How does water damage start?

Water intrusion can come from a variety of sources, which makes it challenging to control and prevent. Short-term water emergencies may include sewer backup, plumbing issues, appliance malfunctions, or human error- like leaving a tap on. Longer-term water issues may manifest in your home from structural cavity deficiencies, slow leaks or blockages. Long-term water issues can creep up on a homeowner slowly over-time and appear as a musty odor or with yellowing and cracking of paintwork or walls. It can be tough to figure out exactly when and where the problem starts, but with professional assistance, you can get your home back to its original condition. 

Are long term water losses reversible?

When water enters a material in your Yorktown Heights home, it can cause the material to expand and contract. Over-time damp natural materials like wood or drywall can weaken while the moisture at the surface provides ample conditions for microbial growth. Often, regular cleaning can help to contain water issues or address the symptoms of unpleasant odor and appearance. However, to return an item to its original condition, you may need to use professional drying equipment. SERVPRO operates on a restore over replace mentality, which means our focus is to salvage as much of your possessions and structure as possible. 

How do you dry out a wet property?

- Find the source of moisture and work outward from there marking any areas that may become wet

- Open windows or use dehumidification equipment to exchange moist air with dry air and speed up the overall evaporation process

- Circulate heated air using an air-mover or other device to heat the surfaces of wet contents. This process can help to draw moisture out of the item and dry it properly

Restoring a wet property correctly does require professional equipment and can take up to five days. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100.

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What Do I Do When Everything in My Mount Kisco House Is Wet?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooded house with items floating around Flood damage can damage the structure and contents of your home. Call SERVPRO 24/7 for effective services.

We Handle All Aspects of Mount Kisco Flood Damage Recovery: Why SERVPRO Is an Industry Leader

When you see pictures of flood remediation in Mount Kisco, often the rooms depicted are empty. Carpet is pulled aside, and water removal and drying equipment is scattered everywhere. Something is missing -- the furniture, the dishes, the books, the toys, the clothes, the electronics. The list goes on and on. With the rooms cleared, you can feel pretty confident with the pumps, extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers rolling off our signature green trucks that your home’s structure has more than a fighting chance to make it “Like it never even happened.”

But What About the Things that Make My House My Home?

The flood damage in your Mount Kisco home is all distressing. Still, the sadness you feel when you fear that many of your and your family’s ordinary but comforting goods and most beloved treasures might be destined to the scrapheap is heartbreaking. As the events unfold over the days following the storm, you learn why our production facility might be the workshop where your hopes and dreams for the restoration of these not so little things come true.

What Is the Procedure for Moving Items Out of My Flooded Home?

The stress and chaos of the flooding in Mount Kisco can have everything and everybody inside your house in an uproar,  why SERVPRO developed a meticulous protocol if you choose to move out your possessions. We keep both you and your insurance carrier informed as we manage the packing, transporting, evaluating, cleaning, drying,  and disinfection of the articles you entrust to us.

I Am Overwhelmed -- Who Does the Packing?

Our crews do the work, wrapping large items with materials to protect them, and gathering smaller possessions into boxes for transport. Items are listed, photographed, and tagged to keep them safe and straightforward to track. We use the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) for documentation and security purposes. This unique service allows us to generate barcode labels as an additional level of certainty as we sort through dozens to thousands of items, depending on your circumstances.

Where Do You Deliver My Possessions?

If you have a space on your property that is spacious, secure, and dry enough to contain the wet items, we might move all or some of them there for staging and evaluation. Articles that are severely damaged might take a direct route to our production facility. Our contents processing technicians possess many years of experience, a wealth of training and knowledge, and access to many cutting edge interventions and resources to return your possessions to their previous function and appearance.

What Kinds of Equipment Do We Use at Our Production Facility?

Why Do We Have Immersion and Ultrasonic Tanks?

Solid objects with intricate detailing benefit from soaking in solutions made of proprietary cleaners and water or solvents carefully concocted by our dedicated technicians. Embedded soil loosens and dissolves, ready for removal by cloths or brushes. Tough soiling responds to ultrasonic treatment, using sound waves to create intense heat and agitation to dislodge dirt and grime. This process must be planned and monitored by certified technicians.

What Is the Purpose of Small Drying Chambers?

Furniture and other large items are challenging to dry fast and thoroughly enough to prevent secondary mold and other damage. We create contained spaces using heavy-duty plastic where we can manipulate temperature, airflow, and humidity to facilitate the mechanical drying done with handheld extractors. Electronics also dry out more efficiently in a small, closed drying space.

How Can We Make Sure Documents and Other Paper Dry Out?

Freeze-drying is a method used successfully to remove water from books, photos, and other paperwork. It utilizes the process of sublimation, which permits the water to transition from frozen inside the paper to a vapor without the intervening, and damaging, liquid state.

Are Clothes, Linens, and Window Coverings Cleaned and Dried by SERVPRO?

Perhaps your laundry room is submerged under flood waters. Quite probably, the sheer volume of textiles and other soft items needing cleaning and drying is immense, and you need help managing it. We suggest you sort out clothing you need quickly from items that can be stored to guide us while running the loads through our industrial washers and dryers. We also can access dry cleaning for fabrics that are not typically washable without shrinkage or dye bleeding.

Who Reunites My Contents with My Home?

We monitor the progress of the water removal and structural drying in your home as we work with your contents; all are part of the same multi-phase project. Our managers confer and schedule a pack-back of your possessions, permitting a return to your everyday life.

A fortuitous combination of skilled contents technicians, evolving restoration technology, integrity, and innovative digital security measures is why SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County can deliver your possessions back to your cleaned, dried, and fully recovered home fast. Call us at (914) 241-8100 to discuss your options as soon as practicable after a flooding loss.

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 Mount Kisco, 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 Northern Westchester County today at (914) 241-8100 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.

Mount Kisco Business Owners are Asking, How Can I Clean Better?

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

hand spray a silver door knob SERVPRO Applies Disinfectants to Door Knobs as well as entire commercial enterprises in the Mount Kisco area

Essential service businesses in Mount Kisco that are open are working hard on maintaining good sanitation. However, many owners wonder if they are doing enough.

Different Types of Businesses Face Unique Cleaning Challenges

Our SERVPRO team has effective disinfection and cleaning practices to help any Mount Kisco business, which includes helping restaurant owners who face unique challenges. SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is experienced in providing decontamination services at a variety of unique locations. For example, our crews are veterans at the cleanup of sewage backups and mold contamination in occupied and unoccupied spaces with exposure to a variety of pathogens. Our team members clean at senior living communities and foodservice locations frequently.

Our crews follow CDC guidelines for preventative cleaning during this virus pandemic. We can also work with and empower in-house employees to do achieve better results, or we can perform separate projects by our own SERVPRO team.

  • Distinct cleaning strategies for specific businesses
  • Cleaning protocol for open or closed locations
  • Proper cleaning products and procedures for each specific surface
  • Flexible service hours
  • Advice and consultation

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100.

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.

What Should I Do Or Avoid When Water Damage From a Toilet Overflow Happens in my Mount Kisco Property?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Drawing of overflowing toilet Don't let a toilet overflow wreak havoc in your home. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Has a Few Tips To Help You Through The Process.

A toilet overflow is a prevalent type of water damage that every homeowner will most likely deal with at least once. The most typical reason is a blockage in the trap preventing water and waste from flushing.

When a toilet overflow happens in a home, the water damage in Mount Kisco needs professional cleanup. The water on the floor is a mixture of both clean water from the tank and waste from the drain. Because this type of water is a category three biohazard, residents and pets should avoid direct contact. 

Blot But Do Not Touch

Homeowners can put down towels and rags before SERVPRO techs arrive for cleanup; other than that, stay out of the loss area. Avoid mopping or any action that has the potential to result in contact with the water.

Do Not Flush the Toilet Again

If it can be done safely, turn off the water to the tank to stop the possibility of anyone in the home flushing the toilet and making the problem bigger. Once the drain has a blockage, any additional flushing can result in more water on the floor. 

Do Not Treat the Water With Bleach

Different types of cleaning agents can affect surfaces in different ways. It may seem like a great idea to treat any affected areas with solutions to disinfect where the water went. However, bleach and other cleaning agents have the potential to do more harm if they cause damage such as bleeding of dyes or permanent spotting. 

What to Expect 

Because of the possibility of airborne bacteria or pathogens, SERVPRO technicians wear full-body protection, including respirators and goggles, as some harmful bacteria can enter the body via the eyes through microscopic droplets of contaminated water. The techs set up containment to stop any cross-contamination from occurring and extract the water. This attention in the early stages allows the loss area to get dried and disinfected rapidly.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for timely assistance with water damage. The certified techs show up quickly and restore your home to its preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."

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Is Flash Flooding Less Damaging and Disruptive Than Other Kinds of Flooding in Mount Kisco?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

flooded dining room with table and chairs Regardless of the room affected, flooding can quickly overwhelm your home. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts immediately after damage.

No Matter What Caused the Flood That Damaged Your Mount Kisco Home SERVPRO Has an Effective Solution

There are five major types of flooding, and they each can cause significant structural damage in Mount Kisco

What Is a Flash Flood?

It is defined as a torrential rainfall or a rapid thaw of snowpack that affects a small area with little or no notice. The flooding can be significant, incapacitating and moving large objects like vehicles, rocks, and trees and driving muck, silt, and dirt into a home’s basement.

What Is a River Flood?

It is characterized by a gradual overflow of river banks by snowmelt and heavy rains, usually with a fair amount of notice. Homes near the waterway can be impacted by lower-level flooding in Mount Kisco.

What Is a Pluvial Flood?

This flooding occurs after significant rainfall, where the ground cannot absorb the water. Storms that “train” one after another over a short period are examples. Water can seep through foundations, causing damage.

What Is an Urban Flood?

Often called a flash flood, it is also like a pluvial flood because the sudden load of heavy rain cannot drain through overwhelmed sewer systems. Pavement is not able to absorb the water like soil can, funneling the rush of water into structures through street and sidewalk-level doors and windows.

What Is a Coastal Flood?

A phenomenon of seaside or large lake areas, a coastal flood is where strong winds and high tides force ocean or lake waters inland, flooding low lying areas and homes. 

How Should I Respond to Flooding of Any Kind in My Home?

Mount Kisco flood damage is most likely due to flash or pluvial flooding. Spring and summer are times when we can experience the torrential downpours that swiftly flow or seep into our homes. The timing of the flooding will be random, but your response can have a proactive component. 

What Are Some Preparations I Can Make to Minimize a  Flood’s Impact?

Inspection of Gutters and Downspouts

Making sure that heavy rains flow off your roof and deposit at least ten feet away from the foundation requires:

  • Unclogged gutters 
  • Free-flowing downspouts with extensions that direct water into the yard

Ensuring Proper Slope Away from Foundations

The ground immediately around your foundation should slope down to funnel water away. 

Inspection of Foundation Soundness

Check foundations for cracks and missing mortar. Windows and doors in walkouts must be in good condition.

Storing Items Away from Potentially Flooded Spaces

If, like many homeowners, you use your basement or lowest level for storage, consider moving vulnerable items to a higher space in your home. Waterproof containers can help, as well. 

Elevate Appliances and Systems

Utility rooms contain laundry machines, water heaters, and HVAC equipment. Consider placing this crucial equipment up on blocks or other supports above flood lines.

Install a Sump Pump

A sump pump operates when excess water drains into its “pit,” suctioning the fluids out through a hose that exits the basement and drains an appropriate distance away from the foundation.

How Can a Professional Flood Damage Recovery Company Help if My Basement or Lowest Level Floods Despite Proaction?

Because the torrent of water and debris can overwhelm your most careful preparations, SERVPRO offers emergency, mitigation, and remediation services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, arriving quickly after your call for assistance.

What Can You Expect from Our Crew?

Our team arrives in service vehicles stocked with extraction and structural drying equipment to avoid any delays in our response. We also have shovels and other mud, sand, and silt removal tools as extraction equipment works most efficiently when our crews reduce solid debris.

Safety Inspection

We check for hazards and consider shutting down power until the water level lowers. Because the flood waters contain contaminants picked up overland, our employees wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and contain the fluids for lawful disposal.

Emergency Services

Employees set up submersible pumps for water deeper than two inches. Our truck-mounted extractors use wands to suction up the rest of the standing water, using onboard power if necessary when electricity is still out. 

Moisture Detection and Monitoring

We scan for hidden and trapped caches of water and moisture absorbed into structural components. This is critical to permanent recovery as lingering moisture can destroy building materials and contribute to mold damage. 

Strategic Demolition for Thorough Extraction and Efficient Drying

Our technicians might drill holes or make flood cuts to access the leftover water for extraction. Opening the spaces also improves drying efforts, allowing warm air movement in wet cavities and permitting dehumidifiers to reach and capture water vapor.

Wrap Around Build Back Services

When we cut drywall or drill into cinder blocks or mortar joints, we need repair and rebuilding options to complete restoration. We can access reconstruction resources in house or through our affiliated construction partner.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County has robust solutions for every flood damage challenge you face. Call us at (914) 241-8100 for a rapid response and plan that transforms a watery, contaminated mess to “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Get Soot Off of My Walls In My Mount Kisco Home?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Mount Kisco Can Swiftly Remediate the Fire Damage Causing Soot Stains in Your Home

Many Mount Kisco homeowners may find themselves needing to deal with fire damage at some point in their life. Unfortunately, damage from a blaze can leave many reminders behind, such as soot stains.

How can SERVPRO address the soot staining my walls from the fire damage in my Mount Kisco home?

    •    Identification: Depending on what the fire inside your home burned, the compounds that make up the greasy stains on your wall may need different agents to break them down.
    •    Cleaning: Our SERVPRO techs can use several cleaning methods to lift the soot from your walls. Scrubbing used in combination with the right cleaning agent can break down the soot.
    •    Sealing: In rare cases, a fresh coat of a special sealing-paint may be needed to lock in odors and touch up the color after removal.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County right now if your home needs fire damage remediation. Dial (914) 241-8100 to get in touch with one of our representatives. We're open 24/7.

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Water Damage in Mount Kisco

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage in Mount Kisco Homes Gets Detailed Attention to Lessen Loss

When water damage happens, it is difficult to clean up as a DIY project without missing some of it. That is why when the scale of the loss has the potential to seep under flooring, saturate carpeting, or wick into walls; it is vital to bring in professional help.

SERVPRO techs work hard to remove all of the water damage from Mount Kisco homes and restore them to their preloss condition. This level of restoration service comes with extensive training adhering to the standards as taught through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of best practices.

Along with comprehensive skills education, the technicians have access to a vast array of specialized equipment to handle all types of water extraction and drying properties. When sewage or contaminants are part of the equation, they have personal protective gear, including respirators with HEPA filtration, to inhibit the likelihood of breathing in airborne particulate.

How SERVPRO Techs Determine the Scale of Water Loss
Because water follows both the laws of gravity and the path of least resistance, it goes down as much as possible. The techs use their advanced moisture detection equipment that allows them to "see" behind walls and under floors to determine if the area needs extraction and drying.

What Happens When Water Gets Missed?
If water seeps into the subflooring, it can cause foul odors, mold, and tile delamination, all of which are much more costly issues to fix. When water invades wall cavities behind baseboards, mold infestations have the potential to grow unseen and spread until a large amount of the sheetrock requires removal turning a water loss problem into mold remediation.

How Does Professional Drying Differ?
When the techs set up drying equipment, they often turn to centrifugal air movers. These little powerhouses deliver air at such a high velocity they cause embedded moisture to rise. Then the carefully placed dehumidification equipment grabs the water vapor and ports it offsite. This cycle continues until the loss area is dry.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 when you need any size water damage removed and your home restored to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage and Restoration in your Mount Kisco Home

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home When your home has flood damage, cleanup needs to begin as soon as possible.

Facts About Flood Damage and Restoration in Mount Kisco Homes

Flood damage is one of the most devastating events that can happen in a home as little as half-an-inch of water can wreak havoc to the floors, walls, and contents.

When flood damage occurs in a Mount Kisco residence, one of the first actions to take it to ensure everyone, including pets, is safe. Then contact SERVPRO to start the extraction and restoration process.

Floodwater is Considered a Biohazard
Even if floodwater only affected a portion of a property, it is often best to make arrangements to stay elsewhere, mainly until SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site to test the water. There is the potential for anything from pathogens, bacteria, and sewage is likely. When the techs arrive, they wear personal protective gear, including respirators, so they do not aspirate any harmful airborne particulate.

The Danger of Shock is Real
Another reason it may not be safe to stay within the home during cleanup is the danger of electrical shock. Plugs in the floors, or if the floodwater reaches outlets all contribute to the possibility of an electrical hazard. The techs bring their own generators to power their equipment so the electricity being shut off does not hinder the cleanup.

Most Things Saturated by Floodwater Require Disposal
The goal of SERVPRO techs is always to save homeowners the cost of replacing items. However, for structural components such as sheetrock, subfloor, and carpeting, those items have no potential for sanitization for reuse and get removed.

Non-Porous Items Have the Best Potential
The home contents that fare the best in a flood loss situation are things that cannot absorb water. The techs have different cleaning applications to use, such as the immersion method in an antimicrobial or antibacterial solution to restore the item to its pre-water loss condition.

Assistance with Filing Insurance Claims
It is stressful enough dealing with flood loss in the home, and the techs create a report for homeowners to use during the restoration process. It includes a detailed description and photo of all items requiring discarding to assist with expediting the insurance claim.

When your home has flood damage, cleanup needs to begin as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100, and their emergency response teams are available 24/7 to make the water loss in any size property, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Mount Kisco Home After A Fire

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A room in a home covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire After a fire hit this home we removed all the charred building elements and belongings and deodorized the home. We act fast to prevent further damage.

Deodorizing after Fire Damage in Your Mount Kisco Home

After a fire, one of the most challenging issues is ridding your home and all of its contents of the awful smoke-smell. It is vital to use the appropriate deodorization procedures so that you are not smelling smoke for weeks or months to come. Surprisingly, even the smallest of fires can permeate smoke throughout your entire home.

If you have fire damage after a fire in Mount Kisco, chances are you need to deodorize your home in conjunction with cleaning and repairing any structural damage that you may have. Contents within the home may best undergo cleaning and deodorization in an offsite facility while the rest of your home is undergoing deodorization.

Fire damage restoration involves both removing the smoke residues and also deodorizing the smoke odors/ The first step is to remove the odor source if possible. However, it is essential to leave debris until the insurance company or fire department inspect and make the appropriate assessments. Next, SERVPRO technicians clean odor-causing residues from surfaces using a detergent/deodorant solution such as SERVPRO's specially formulated detergent/deodorizer Wall and All Surface Cleaner. Using odor counteracting beads or pellets helps to control odor vapors.

It is critical to inspect for odor pockets in crawl spaces, small spaces above ceilings, and wall cavities. SERVPRO technicians re-create the conditions of odor penetration by using either a thermal or ULV fogger to dissipate deodorizer throughout the home attacking smoke odors in every nook and cranny. During this process, residents and pets most likely need to leave the premises for safety purposes while the technicians wear personal protective gear limiting any chemical exposure.

After the technicians fog the impacted areas, they inspect the HVAC system, especially if it was in use during the fire. They may choose to place cheesecloth over the vents to determine the amount and severity of the smoke within the HVAC system, while also acting as a filter to stop any smoke vapors from re-entering the home.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County for 24/7 assistance after a fire at (914) 241-8100.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Water Damaged Mount Kisco Kitchen

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property For assistance removing water, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County 24/7 at (914) 241-8100.

Water Cleanup in Your Mount Kisco Kitchen

Coming home after work to an inch of standing water in your kitchen on a hot summer day is incredibly frustrating. You may not even be sure what to do first. After you turn off the water main, and the source of the leak attended to, you need to go about removing this excess water and mitigating further damage as quickly as possible.

Having a water cleanup in your Mount Kisco kitchen requires special care to ensure that your home does not incur any secondary damage such as soggy drywall or the growth of potentially harmful mold infestations. There are two significant issues that you need to deal with in this scenario, extracting the water, and dealing with the relative humidity (RH) in your kitchen. This is of particular concern because it is the summer and humidity levels are already high.

SERVPRO technicians first tackle the task of extracting the excess water. In this case, technicians use a truck-mounted extractor using a powerful vacuum to remove the excess water. They run off the vehicle's fuel and pull the water into the truck with the ability to hold 70 to 100 gallons of water. Using the truck-mounted extractor removes a majority of the water, and portable extractors remove the rest. They are smaller, more convenient, and can fit into most small areas within a kitchen. Unlike the truck-mounted extractor, the portable requires a power source either from inside the structure or a generator.

After SERVPRO technicians remove all visible excess water, they go about the task of strategically placing high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers around the kitchen to facilitate drying. While the room is drying, it is essential to consider the RH levels within the home. The goal is to keep the RH level below 60%, using the air movers and dehumidifiers to assist in that task by effectively pulling the moisture out of the air and blowing warm dry air back into the room.

Technicians use thermo-hygrometers (hygrometers) to measure the RH levels, comparing five areas within the worksite to ensure appropriate RH goals. They measure the air in the affected areas, the air in the unaffected areas within the structure, the air exhausted from the dehumidifier, and lastly, the air coming out of the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit). These are necessary measurements to determine a baseline for the structure and an appropriate RH goal for the affected area. Attaining the goal and bringing the RH down to ideal levels help the restorers know when the job is complete without over-drying the contents of the room or bringing the RH level down too far.

For assistance removing water, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County 24/7 at (914) 241-8100. We are your neighbors, too, and close by to help.

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Why We Are The Right Choice In Water Damage Restoration In Mount Kisco

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A long carpeted hallway with water damage spots This hallway shows wet carpeting after a water damage disaster. Our experts arrived right away and began restoration to prevent further damage.

Expert Help for Water Damaged Contents: Why SERVPRO Is the First Choice in Mount Kisco

When an appliance overflows or a supply line bursts, the structure of your Mount Kisco home is not the only victim. Water can be destructive to personal belongings and furnishings as well. Our crews are qualified not only to remove water from and dry out walls, floors, and ceilings, but also to manage, mitigate, and remediate damage to the furniture that makes your home functional and comfortable. This full-spectrum service avoids hiring additional contractors, why we are a water loss industry leader.

Upholstered Furniture Concerns

After water damage to your Mount Kisco residence, your padded and fabric-covered chairs, couches, and other furnishings also need attention. The moisture affects upholstered furniture in several ways:

Deterioration of Wood Framing

A wooden frame supports most upholstered furniture. When water saturates the frame, the wood fiber swells and might crack. Joints become loose as interlocked parts distort and wood glue or other adhesives dissolve and breakdown.

Color Bleeding/Oxidation

Stains and varnishes on wooden legs and braces can transfer to carpeting and floors when wet. Dyes in fabrics can run and drip on floors and rub on other furnishings, walls, and clothing. Metal fittings and decorations can oxidize or rust, staining the upholstery and nearby structures.

Water Spots

Some fabrics are prone to water spotting. The spots can remain visible even after drying.

Mold and Mildew Growth

Dampness that persists more than 24 to 48 hours can fuel mold spores already in the environment. The fabrics, padding, and wood framing all provide organic nutrients to feed a microbial outbreak.

Wood Furniture Concerns

Furniture without fabric or padding also suffers damage that can become permanent, why SERVPRO specially trained technicians must respond quickly. Damage to solid wood furniture includes spotting, cracking, and swelling. Similarly to upholstered furniture, fitted and glued joints can come apart. Furniture made from particleboard covered with laminate is hard to restore. The laminate repels water and acts as a vapor barrier. Meanwhile, the pressed wood foundation soaks up water and buckles or warps, separating from the laminate surface. 

Steps We Take to Dry Furniture Appropriately

Our crew members complete coursework developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in anticipation of furniture remediation challenged. Our experience in drying furniture is a key reason why SERVPRO’s services are highly regarded. We take the following steps among others to bring your furniture back to preloss condition:

  • Pre-treat stains
  • Wet entire piece of furniture if needed to reduce water spotting
  • Extract moisture with appropriate upholstery tools
  • Dry buttons and zippers and insert waxed paper between them and the cushions/fabric to prevent rust transfer
  • Place foil or blocks under legs to stop staining of flooring
  • Tent cushions and position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers as needed

A comprehensive understanding of contents water removal and drying is why SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County delivers premier results. Call us at (914) 241-8100 to schedule an assessment and start mitigations and remediation.

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Flood Damage Mount Kisco – Always Turnoff Electric

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Electrical box on a wall in a home. Mount Kisco please be aware of the dangers of electrocution from live electrical wires after a flood damage.

SERVPRO has your back when it comes to your Mount Kisco water damage.

Whenever there is flood or water damage, most consumers are focused on the damage caused by the water to their homes and their contents. There are personal keepsakes, furniture, clothing, electronics, and so on, which causes many people to worry. Some panic, many are distraught, wondering where to live and how to recover from a significant flood. Many people are not alert to the dangers of electrocution from live electrical wires that could cause a shock or worse.

This concern is one of the reasons when SERVPRO assesses flood damage in Mount Kisco homes and businesses before starting work activities. We always check for electrical hazards. Water may have flooded various areas of the house. All electrical circuits should be turned off in these rooms to avoid potential electric shock if the power to the home has failed, shut off these circuits at the main electrical panel. 

External Power Generators

In situations like these, external power generators can be beneficial. These systems provide power to run any equipment needed to remove water and clean the home. Water pumps, vacuums, lights, water extractors, and dehumidifiers are among the devices that need power.

One of the concerns about water damage is the ongoing damage that can occur if rooms, floors, and contents are not cleaned immediately. SERVPRO can begin work without delay by utilizing portable power generators.

Loss of Food Due to Spoilage

Food items touched by floodwaters are often contaminated by foreign bacteria, viruses, and soil. Remove these food items to avoid potential health issues. However, frequently food items in refrigerators and freezers can be saved. If the electrical power is off for more than a few hours, food items can begin to thaw and spoil. We can use portable power generators to run critical appliances, saving the occupants hundreds of dollars.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Bedford, Pound Ridge, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Mount Kisco Property Owners Know to Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

roof rafters water damaged, but cleaned of mold Water Damage and Mold Remediation Are Likely Partners in a Mount Kisco Attic--SERVPRO Can Restore Your Property!

Water and Mold Damage Leave Moldy Rafters in a Mount Kisco Home

Airborne mold spores are always present, and when there is a plumbing issue or weakness in the structure of a Mount Kisco residence allowing water in, the potential for water and mold damage increases.

SERVPRO technicians handled the cleanup of rafters due to water and mold damage in a Mount Kisco home. The mold remediation process is similar to water loss restoration in many ways; however, there are extract steps to protect the rest of the house from cross-contamination and avoid spreading the mold spores.

Scoping the Property
The SERVPRO technicians use their moisture detection equipment to "see" through walls, within ceilings, and under floors to determine all areas of excessive moisture that could also point to where a mold colony may be currently growing beside the conspicuous colonies visible on the rafters. If the damage is due to a roof leak, the technicians can put a tarp over the roof to stop any further damage until the homeowner makes the necessary repairs.

Rafters Get Abated
Containment around the area with mold damage is critical to stop the further spread of spores. When mold grows on an organic surface such as wood, SERVPRO techs take steps to dry the colonies and then remove the matter cleanly. They use their air movers and dehumidification equipment, along with air scrubbers to keep airborne particulate to a minimum and dry the areas with mold colonies.

Once dry, the technicians use hand vacuums fitted with HEPA filters to gently collect the loose, dried material left behind from drying the colonies on the rafters. If the wood has matter stuck to it, the technicians have access to various kinds of equipment for removal. Soda blasting, where sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda) gets delivered at a high velocity to a surface, is frequently chosen. This method is a gentle way to thoroughly remove dried colonies from wood with minimal damage to the surface. Afterward, they apply antimicrobial sealants to discourage any regrowth. And this is how SERVPRO can restore and not replace expensive roof supports in your home.

When water and mold damage happens, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100, The certified technicians have the equipment and experience to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO Offers Better Cleanup After A Fire In Mount Kisco

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to home Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 to help. We are available 24/7.

Why SERVPRO Offers Better Cleanup of Fire Damage Sites in Mount Kisco

When there is a fire incident in your Mount Kisco home, you have to address several issues before you can regain the comfort you enjoyed before the loss. One crucial task is cleaning the soiling, residues, and charring left on building materials and contents in your home.

Multiple Cleaning Approaches
Soiling from fire damage incidents in Mount Kisco homes takes many forms. Therefore, any cleaning exercise can only be successful with a multipronged approach. Our SERVPRO crews use different techniques, including absorption through osmotic, capillary, or chemical action, especially when cleaning fabrics. Some examples include using stain-absorbing powder. Other techniques include adsorption, agglomeration, bleaching, and dispersion to remove soling, “Like it never even happened.”

Pretesting materials such as upholstery and carpets
Some of the qualities that make cleaning procedures useful can have negative impacts on the materials. The most likely forms are discoloration or other forms of physical deterioration. Choosing the right cleaning product or procedure is, therefore, crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians pretest different materials before subjecting them to rigorous cleaning procedures. Pretesting can establish whether rugs, carpets, draperies, or other fabrics covered in soot are sensitive to wet cleaning, agitation, dry cleaning, shrinkage, or color bleeding, allowing us to choose the right cleaning procedure to prevent secondary damages.

Advanced Residue Removal
Apart from smoke, heat, and flame action during a fire also have effects that might necessitate cleaning, especially in areas of mild fire intensity. It is possible to save charred wooden frames and other structural supports by cleaning. While mechanical agitation and abrasive cleaning can help, our SERVPRO technicians also use advanced residue removal procedures, which offer better results. For example, soda blasting removes residue from charred surfaces efficiently and without causing additional damages. The sodium bicarbonate pellets we use also have deodorizing properties, therefore, eliminating bad odor from the areas we clean.

A thorough cleanup of your Yorktown Heights, Bedford, or Armonk property is crucial to restoring the preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 to help. We are available 24/7.

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The Real Truth Behind the Spread of Mold Damage in Your Mount Kisco Commercial Space

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Containment Is Vital to Mount Kisco Restaurant Mold Damage

Proper remediation tactics secure your Mount Kisco restaurant from ongoing threats and can work to keep your business going despite this alarming discovery. The presence of mold can be a considerable obstacle to maintaining a positive reputation with your customers. If the problem area exists away from your food preparation stations, such as microbial threats that can develop from a persistent toilet supply line leak in the women’s bathroom, we can work around these conditions when possible to keep your doors open.

Though you want to ensure that the facilities are available to your customers, mold damage in Mount Kisco restaurants require fast and complete containment strategies. Sealing off these areas can prevent cross-contamination with other areas of the restaurant. Stopping the migration of this organism is vital in keeping your staff and customers able to stay in the building. Containment with thick, 6mil plastic sheeting can help out your business in many ways.

As briefly mentioned, containment zones reduce the threat of cross-contamination and the spread of damaging effects. This barrier alone can keep volatile organic compounds and health effect-inducing microbes from reaching your connected dining space or making their way through ventilation shafts to the kitchen area. Spreading colonies can assuredly become too threatening to allow your business to remain functional.

Our SERVPRO team can also utilize containment barriers to regulate airflow, drying, and air filtration in an affected area. We have the professionals that can work to remediate active colonization on surfaces as possible, but also a team of licensed general contractors that can remove overly compromised portions of drywall or wood vanities and repair damaged plumbing fixtures to prevent mold recurrences.

Having a comprehensive approach to mold colonization in your restaurant can help to keep you serving customers while our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team remediates the threat. We can work tirelessly through your inoperable hours to make the most considerable strides that minimize the effect on your business during the workday. Give us a call anytime we can help at (914) 241-8100.

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Call Us After A Fire In Yorktown Heights

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

A room that suffered fire damage with soot and smoke covering all areas Our SERVPRO team can clean up and remove the debris, as we focus on combatting the odors with hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers.

Deodorization Equipment for Fire-Damaged Yorktown Heights Homes

Deodorization is a critical component to the full recovery of Yorktown Heights properties after a fire loss incident. Our team must work to secure the structure with our arrival, determining the scope of the damage and what – if any – portions of the construction materials must get removed and later replaced. The more fire debris and damaged contents that can get removed from the home, the less overwhelming and robust smoke odors are. 

Choosing the right equipment to recover specific effects of fire damage in Yorktown Heights homes is vital to making the process as efficient and cost-effective as possible. Despite how expensive you might perceive professional restoration to be, our SERVPRO professionals remain devoted to offering the most streamlined approach. For lingering concerns like smoke odors, our technicians have multiple pieces of equipment that we can choose from based on the severity and spread of these effects. 

Our fire damage recovery technicians have accreditations in either Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) or Odor Control (OCT), and some of our experienced staff have both. This training and expertise help our crew to choose the right tool for the job on every deodorization task. 

  • Thermal/UV Foggers – These units heat a deodorizing solution into a fine, vapor fog. The composition of this output has particles small enough to penetrate affected surfaces like drywall and wood, making it an ideal choice for soft materials with trapped smoke odors. 
  • Hydroxyl Generators – A multipurpose machine that can work to deodorize a broad area with a UV spectrum, but also work on cleaning the affected environment as well with this same process. 
  • Ozone Machines – Generating ozone can be hazardous to those immediately exposed to the process but remains one of the fastest and most effective means of removing harsh smoke odors. Ozone has an additional oxygen molecule that can bond with odor compounds to neutralize them. Once a room has aired out following a specific deodorization, it is safe to return. 

Choosing the right equipment is the discretion of the technicians on site, but when it comes to overcoming the harsh odors of fire loss, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County team. Give us a call today at (914) 241-8100.

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Call Our Experts When A Disaster Strikes Your Mt Kisco Property

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen and Dining room We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our crew can show you when you call (914) 241-8100.

Your Mt Kisco Property Will Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition

Every resident in the area has multiple recovery and restoration teams that can choose from, but only one has the family feel and dedication to customers to build a strong reputation. We work together as a massive team, organizing every phase of restoration projects to ensure that no client waits a moment longer than necessary to return to their Mt Kisco home. Because of our commitment to unparalleled training and expertise, our customers can witness firsthand the confidence and knowledge of our SERVPRO specialists. We even implement weekly staff meetings to overview current and upcoming projects and ensure that every property gets the specific equipment, personnel, and cleaning products to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water loss disasters are among the most common requests for service that our professionals receive, and because of this, we insist that nearly all of our representatives pursue accreditation through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification as (IICRC) Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) with specialized training in areas like Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) With most of our professionals obtaining this certification, we can offer a prompt response to emergencies as they happen.

This prompt response not only works to protect your property when you need water removal or content management, but it works to reduce the time drying takes in Mt Kisco homes and businesses. Our team can often complete our drying projects in as little as 72 hours, preventing prolonged exposure of structural elements and the potential growth and spread of microbial threats. For more involved drying procedures, we can protect these same structural elements and construction materials through the application of antimicrobial products approved for use by both SERVPRO and OSHA.

The equipment that we use revolutionizes the way that we extract and dry water damage in Mt Kisco homes. Between our premier extractors ranging from our wet-vacs and other portable choices to stationary equipment, we can help. We can work along with you and your insurance company to ensure that inspections happen promptly and that these assessments encompass all affected areas.

Content management is one of the keystones of the fire recovery in Mt Kisco work that we do, as so many objects and belongings in your home can become irreparably damaged when exposed to effects like soot and smoke residues for too long. We have in-house restoration solutions once your belongings get transported to our SERVPRO facility, including ultrasonic tanks for soot removal from hard surfaces like glass and ceramics, along with several deodorization solutions that can eliminate noxious odors from these items on contact.

Soot removal is also a priority of our team, as the presence of soot in the environment can become a health hazard to those exposed, and soot residue on surfaces can quickly stain or mar the material with soot’s acidic composition. Removing this threat involves the use of sophisticated approaches that include chemical sponges, premier cleaning products, and the right cleaning techniques. Our objective with soot removal is to reduce the possibility of staining and smearing by carefully and deliberately removing the film from the surface of construction materials and contents throughout your Mt Kisco property.

With many of the area homes and commercial structures historical properties, we must approach their care and restoration differently. We already have products, processes, and equipment that seeks to restore before replacing damaged materials, and with properties that have been around since the beginning of the country, these mild approaches are effective in removing fire damage from Mt Kisco homes without compromising the involved construction materials or structural elements.

Storms are an unfortunate yet common risk for many Mt Kisco homes and businesses. In every season of the year, extreme weather events can present destructive results for structures in the area, and how professionals respond to these emergencies makes the difference in your out of pocket expense. Because situations like winds, hail, and snow can lead to structural damage that allows water penetration, the likelihood of flooding is considerable when facing storm damages.

With how quickly flooding situations can get out of control, it is crucial to address standing water and saturation right away. We have fast extraction tools like our light wands that operate through wet-vacs and our portable submersible pumps. Both options are ideal for the often tight spaces and needs of affected structural cavities. This same fast dedication to your Mt Kisco home increases the success of ventures like pack-out procedures that seek to protect at-risk items and belongings in your house from migrating flood effects.

We have a full division of qualified reconstruction specialists that can assist when repairs and remodeling are necessary after storm damage to Mt Kisco homes. These same professionals utilize their skills and expertise to offer emergency construction solutions like tarping, board-ups, temporary fencing, and flooring repairs.

Mismanaged storm damage situations and water loss incidents can develop into mold growth for Mt Kisco homes. These situations can also develop from prolonged exposure to higher humidity levels that are common to subterranean levels like your basement or cellar. The development of mold on organic materials like flooring supports and joists can rapidly spread throughout the main level of the house, presenting distinct health risks for those exposed.

The training and expertise of our remediators cover much more than just removing mold colonies from your property. Mold damage abatement for Mt Kisco homes begins with a thorough inspection of your house, the appropriate containment barriers with 6mil plastic sheeting, and air filtration to begin reducing the severity of spore concentration in the designated drying zones.

A mold infestation can occur in as little as 48 hours, we have a finite amount of time to address potential microbial threats. With our moisture meters, we can enter moist basements and determine not only the highest concentration of dampness but also the most likely areas of penetration that increase the relative humidity of the household. It is our objective as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) accredited through the IICRC to address both the cause and the effects of mold growth in Mt Kisco properties.

Addressing loss incidents requires the expertise and skills of our IICRC-Certified SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County professionals. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our crew can show you when you call (914) 241-8100.


Towels and Mops Fail when Your House Needs Water Removal in Bedford

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

White tile bathtub overflowing water and bubbles onto a blue tile floor Let SERVPRO wash away your water woes.

Water Removal after a Tub Overflows

Taking a bath often comes across as playtime for many youngsters. When rubber duckies meet a pretend tidal wave, your Bedford home's bathroom floor can end up soaked. Adding a "waterfall" to their bathtub oasis can flood a large area in your residence. SERVPRO is always available to help when your house needs emergency restoration work.

Emergencies like this require someone able to respond immediately to your emergency in Bedford with water removal equipment and a skilled crew. SERVPRO technicians understand that soaking up the water that ran over the sides of your tub is not enough. Water drains through tiny cracks with ease and rather quickly. This lets it follow the path of least resistance through your floor and down the inside of nearby walls. 

No matter how absorbent your towels are or how well you mop, water that winds up inside your floors, lower-level ceilings, and the walls can hide until our specialists set up our equipment. Our Injectidry equipment helps immensely with pulling water out of your home, wherever we find it. The reason we can use it in so many different situations is because of the flexible tubing sections that come in different diameters.

When we use the Injectidry to dry out the floor below your tub and above-head on a lower level of your residence, we often go in through an already existing hole. Lighting fixtures in the ceiling are perfect for this, in most cases. When we need an alternative, our building services crew helps with other options. Before we do this, we check to see if the area retains water that requires draining, or if we merely need to dry out the cavity. 

The debris that gets stirred up when airflow currents sweep across the surfaces inside dead-space areas we treat can end up pushed out of that space. Because we want to keep the air clean, we use air scrubbers to help with pulling dust out of the air.

For flooring, we use the Injectidry's tubing and panels to extract water through the Water Separator and minimize the work our dehumidification machines must do to get your home dry again. Even a small incident involving a tub's overflow can increase the water vapor inside your house. We address this to prevent any future water damage or microbial infestation. Both of these problems can start with only a slight increase in moisture. SERVPRO works hard to mitigate damage and prevent future problems for our customers.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is always Faster To Any Size Disaster in Mount Kisco and Armonk. Call us at (914) 241-8100 for all your water removal and mitigation needs.

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Call Us After A Flood In Your Mount Kisco Home

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why You Should Contact SERVPRO For Flood Damage Cleanup In Mount Kisco

Flooding is a relatively common occurrence in Mount Kisco, and it can happen because of heavy rains that cause problems such as roof leaks and leaks through walls at areas such as windows and doors. Flooding can also occur if water seeps through basement walls. The water can cause severe destruction if you do not take immediate steps to extract it and dry your property.

If you have encountered flood damage in your Mount Kisco property, give SERVPRO a call immediately to evaluate the destruction and begin the restoration work. Floodwater can penetrate building materials and furnishings in your home quickly, so a fast response is crucial. Our rapid response to emergencies helps prevent further damage from occurring and increases the chances of restoring your property to preloss condition. We prioritize on safety when performing flood damage restoration. Some things we do to ensure safety include:

    •    Checking ceilings to ensure that they are not likely to collapse because of being loaded with water.

    •    Ensuring that there are no electrical shock hazards and all pugs have ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

    •    Checking subfloors to ensure that they have not deteriorated to the point of being unsafe.

    •    Wearing personal protective gear like gloves, boots, and goggles.

Our team uses top-of-the-line equipment and techniques to extract water from a home. We use powerful portable or truck-mounted pumps to remove as much water as possible to speed up drying. After extracting the water, we use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry the affected areas. Floodwater usually contains microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Our crew can clean and disinfect every item and surface that came into contact with the floodwater using EPA-approved antimicrobial products to ensure that your house is safe for inhabitation.

Flooding usually has a devastating effect on personal possessions. Our SERVPRO crew gathers up the flood-damaged items and separates them into salvageable and non-salvageable categories. We evaluate the contents exposed to high humidity or water for cleaning. For instance, wood furniture that is exposed to high humidity may require cleaning and polishing. Our crew also checks storage areas to determine if there are contents that require cleaning and deodorizing. Electronic equipment may require specialized cleaning and drying services to restore it to its original condition. We can subcontract electronics restoration to experts who specialize in electronic damage resulting from water damage. These experts can eradicate corrosion and replace the ruined components to restore the functionality of damaged electronics.

Our SERVPRO crew also deodorizes a house to eliminate the foul odors associated with flood damage. We can achieve this using air scrubbers, which pull air through HEPA filtration to remove airborne contaminants from the air.

If your residential property in Yorktown Heights, Bedford or Armonk has sustained flood damage, SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County can help you with the cleanup and drying efforts. You can reach us anytime at (914) 241-8100. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Professionals Talk Flood Damage Remediation in Mount Kisco

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

It's summer storm season. Are you prepared for potential flooding? SERVPRO can help!

Emergency Response for Flood Damage to Mount Kisco Homes 

Flooding is unlike many of the disasters and emergencies that can threaten Mount Kisco homes. Often this is a situation vastly overlooked by DIY enthusiasts, and as a result, the work only gets partially completed, and damage continues to occur out of sight. This lingering threat poses a risk to not only the structural integrity and material composition, but also the safety of those exposed to these areas of the property with failing construction materials and deterioration. The situation needs resolving as promptly as possible. 

Flood damage to Mount Kisco homes can take multiple forms, some of which can get isolated to a single room or others encompassing entire levels of a property. The severity of the situation should be a clear indication of how complicated it might be for an inexperienced and untrained property owner to contend with on own. Our SERVPRO professionals have unique training tailored to the needs of residential and commercial properties alike, having multiple layers of technicians on the roster to help, including: 

-   WRT – Water Restoration Technicians

-   ASD – Applied Structural Drying

-   AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

-   OCT – Odor Control Technician

-   CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technician

-   UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician 

Considering the finite timeline to extract standing water and to dry out saturated elements in the house, you need a team that can mobilize immediately to help. Because of our ready trailers stocked with the most effective extraction and drying tools and products in the entire restoration industry, we can confidently respond to every situation in Westchester County. We keep a means of communication open 24 hours a day to address crisis and emergencies as they happen. 

Flooding can be a devastating force for any home, but those left unprepared for this destructive force should seek out the expertise and experience of SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and you are only one phone call away from seeing that firsthand. Call us today at (914) 241-8100. 

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Your Key to Success in Water Damage Remediation in Mount Kisco

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage overrun your home. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today.

Better Planning Can Ease Water Removal in Your Mount Kisco Home

Water is a great utility, but its presence in any unwanted areas can lead to a variety of damages. Although leaking or burst plumbing lines are the most likely sources of the water that damages your Mount Kisco home, the problem can arise from other issues too. For example, a defective air conditioning unit can leak, causing flooding in a concealed section such as the attic. Involving professionals in the water removal process can help in many ways. 

Expediting the process of water removal from your Mount Kisco home helps deal with any danger the spilled water poses. The hazard posed by water might not be so obvious, especially when the leak source is clean. However, wet surfaces are usually slippery, increasing the risk of slip and fall accidents, especially if you have young kids running around the house. Water also conducts electricity, and therefore, such incidents can increase the risk of electrocution.  Our SERVPRO technicians use wet vacs, pumps, and other tools to remove any standing water from your home, minimizing any risks posed. 

Determining the amount of water spilled helps create better water removal plans. Whatever the source, fast extraction is essential to save your property from severe ruin. Although it is not possible to tell the exact amount spilled, estimating the total area covered by the water and the depth of any pools can help create a better picture of how much water is involved. With such an evaluation, you can determine whether mops and buckets can do the task or whether automated tools are necessary. Our SERVPRO team also uses a variety of advanced tools for evaluation, including: 

Moisture Sensors 

FLIR -Thermal Cameras 

Moisture Meters 


Capitalizing on factors such as the layout of the house and natural water movements can help expedite the removal process. If the water affects the upper and lower levels of the house, prioritizing the upper levels or simultaneously tackling both levels is crucial to avoid repetition of the same tasks. Areas with materials that water can damage extensively, such as wooden floorboards also require higher priority. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their training and extensive experience to determine where to begin the restoration processes 

In case of a water leak, call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County to assist with the removal. You can reach us any time at (914) 241-8100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Cleaning Tips from the Varsity

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Changing batteries in your smoke alarms is too important of a thing to remember to put on a list with anything else. Daylight Savings is the perfect, proven day.  

So what about everything else? Here are a few tips from the SERVPRO varsity cleaning squad:

Wipe down your walls and ceilings: vacuum from top to bottom and remove dust.  If your walls are dirty (parents!) a mild detergent can bring new life.  SERVPRO Wall’n All is our House Favorite and if you call us, we’ll bring you some . We can even clean the walls for you.  A mild detergent will add a subtle spring fresh scent to the room.

Vacuum and Shampoo rugs: 80% of what is coming out of your rugs is coming out from vacuuming.  We can help with the steam cleaning.  If you want to do it yourself, make sure you know what type of carpet you have and that it won’t be damaged by the process.   Call us either way if you have any concerns.

Change your Power Strips.   If they are older than the equipment plugged into them or if you can’t remember when you bought them, get new ones.   This is a big deal in fire prevention.

Inspect your Ducts: If your ducts haven’t been cleaned in a few years, or if you have pets, unscrew a duct, stick your phone in and take a picture or two.  If you don’t like what you see, Call Us.  We’ll schedule a duct cleaning.

We know you have plenty to do come Spring.   If you do these few things, your home feel as fresh as the Great Outdoors.  We’re here to help.

Mold Tips... Don't be Afraid to Ask

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

The wet winter and fluctuating temperatures create a favorable environment for mold issues this spring. Changes in weather create stress on structures.  Structures that are stressed are prone to moisture and water issues.   Mold is a secondary damage to water damage or excessive moisture.  Preventing mold is a matter of keeping a structure dry by quickly repairing or cutting off a source of moisture and when you have a leak or larger issue, having it properly repaired.

Here are some Mold basics from our team:

  1. Mold exposure can cause health effects.
  2. The best way to control indoor mold growth is to eliminate sources of moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. Do this by fixing the source of leaks; reduce humidity in the atmosphere with proper ventilation and dehumidification if necessary; properly dry all building materials and furnishings if you have a floor or major leak.
  4. Insulate around windows and piping to minimize condensation on cold surfaces.
  5. Mold can only grow on organic materials (wood, paper, carpets and foods).
  6. The EPA recommends that homeowners limit their mold cleaning to small effected areas, 3ft x 3ft. The reason is mold spores are very difficult to kill and it is very easy to cross contaminate an area with the invisible spores.

SERVPRO is certified to clean and remove mold and we are happy to answer any questions you have. Give us a call if you want to discuss a mold issue or are in need of help.

Flood or Water Damage: What Do You Do

2/5/2017 (Permalink)

When you have water damage, you will quickly decide “Do I need help?” and “Who do I call for a flood?”

Consider these common scenarios: A second floor supply line leaks and water pours through the downstairs ceiling and soaks hardwood floors; A pipe bursts on first floor and water soaks carpets and the tile on the kitchen floor; You come home to a house soaked with humidity with wet walls, saturated a saturated ceiling and standing water in the basement.

Clearly in these cases, you call SERVPRO for help.

But what if the damage is not as obvious and you are tempted to mop, towel and fan. Here are a few things to consider:

Wet Seeks Dry: This means that water is always trying to seep into dry building materials and contents.  Depending on how long the water has been there the moisture can cause warping, delamination and the staining.  Just as it takes time for moisture to find its way into flooring and drywall, it takes time and a strategy to get the water back out. The Experience, Education and Equipment of a professional mitigation company are often required.

Secondary Damage from a Water Loss Can Exceed the Original Damage: The Insurance Industry has a thick book of suggested guidelines for contractors dealing with water damage.  Experience has shown that house floods ruin finishes, compromise the bones of a home and create a health hazard. 

Our Team Has Seen It Before: We address variations of the situations described above hundreds of times a year.  The only common factors are water and the worry that things are going to be fixed.  We understand water and we understand that no matter how familiar your issue is to us, it is scary, frustrating and upsetting to you. 

In the rare case we come across a situation we have not seen before, we can reach out to our SERVPRO network for guidance and advice. SERVPRO is the largest and most trusted company by consumers nationwide.

For SERVPRO there are no impossible messes. The cleanup begins with a call.

Don't Forget Your Agent

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Calm saying on a blue background When you experience unimaginable damage to your home or business, SERVPRO and your insurance agent are ready there to help

If you suffer a property loss, your agent is your ally.

Your agent is the person who is trained and licensed to help you buy appropriate coverage for repair or replacement of your stuff if you suffer a disaster, like a fire, flood, burst pipe or mold.  

While you may not give your agent much thought over time, our team sees them in action every day.

Agents understand your policies. This alone provides valuable reassurance during a disaster and the mitigation process.  Consider:  your condominium (rugs, walls, ceilings, furniture) are soaked by flood in a neighboring unit.  In this case, there likely are three policies in effect: yours, neighbors and owners’ association.

The lines of coverage are not always clear. Your agent knows this and knows your policy.  You just want your stuff dried, cleaned and repaired; and to get on with your life. 

We live in the disaster world and we know what to do and who to speak with to minimize the disruption to you. That is why we are such fans of engaged agents. 

Property Manager Partnerships: A Win-Win

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

Property Managers as Partners

The winter months can create significant challenges for property managers. Snow and ice don’t have the predictability of grass and shrubs.   Further, grass and shrubs don’t cause ice damming and pipe freezes.  

How you react to the challenges of winter can set the tone of your relationship with HOAs and association boards come spring and summer. Your clients are likely to forgive you for that which you can’t control so long as they constant progress toward restoration of their lives, starting yesterday.

We recognize the urgency to react and to immediately build a recovery plan when we partner with property managers. Winter months aren’t the time for training in front of upset tenants.  Our crews receive technical and service training to identify a situation and do the right thing and to be sensitive to a situation.

Our office works with our partners to make sure documents flow through the right channels which simplifies settlement whether there is a claim or the job is a direct pay. We also anticipate and recognize coverage issues so that tenants and owners understand how the claim will be settled.

The SERVPRO brand is the most recognized and respected brand in the mitigation industry so your first decision to call on our team should be an easy one. No one gets fired for hiring the industry leader.

Keep Summer Safe

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

smoldering fire in a plant pot Soil Embers

Public Service Announcement – Keep Summer Safe

A: Three

Q:  How many fires has your team mitigated in the last year that started in potted plants?

Potting soil is comprised of peat, bark, perlite and coconut coir.  This highly flammable mix can turn a lazy afternoon on a deck to tragedy with the tamping of a single cigarette butt.  If you doubt it go to the Wizard of Oz (or Google) and type in “fire potting soil”.  The picture is not pretty.  

Dry potting soil requires only a tiny catalyst to begin smoldering and this is significantly underappreciated hazard. What’s worse the embers can expand unseen and burn out the bottom of a plastic hanging planter box. 

Avoid tragedy by using ashtrays, keep  your plants watered, use clay pots, keep  combustible material away from plants, and dispose of potting soil carefully.

Quarterly Update

7/8/2016 (Permalink)

Dear Friends of SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County --

As we all enjoy the great weather, we know the last thing on your minds is a structural disaster.  But for our team, the effort to improve never stops.  Therefore, I write with pride to highlight the outstanding year-to-date effort of our Northern Westchester County Team and to remind you that we have your backs. 

Here are a few highlights: 

Contractors license 

Building on the experience, resources and success of our sister company Connecticut Reconstruction Service, SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County obtained a home improvement contractor license and is providing repair/rebuild services.  JD Power reports that by a vast margin, homeowners prefer one point of contact when work is being performed at their property. 

In addition to our own paint and carpenter crews, we have a network of excellent subcontractors we have used for several years in Southern Connecticut.  We look forward to adding to the roster 

NY Mold License

In compliance with a new 2016 New York State requirement, we sent team members to Albany for mold certification. We already had a highly experienced and skilled team of IICRC certified mold technicians.  After investing several days in a state program and several months navigating and new state bureaucracy, the Empire State says we're bona fide.

Duct Cleaning 

We have upgraded our Duct Cleaning effort with the purchase of fancy new equipment and will be offering duct cleaning specials over coming months. 

IICRC and Internal Training 

We are a learning organization and we are proud to invest in development of our staff.  In the last six months, our Westchester crews have earned both IICRC and internal certifications in fire, water, biohazard and general service.  The service training focuses on creating happy customers and therefore happy referring partners.

Thank you as always for your tremendous support.  


Your local SERVPRO team

Virus Cleaning

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

microscopic view of a virus Human Viruses

SERVPRO technicians are trained to clean virus infected  areas,  including those affected by  Norovirus, C. Diff, and Mersa.  The viruses can bring productivity in a workplace or school to a standstill.

 Norovirus alone affects between 19 and 21 million people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

“You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces,” according to the CDC. 

Clostritium Difficile, C. Diff is a bacterium that causes colitis.  People who take antibiotics for an extended period of time are particularly vulnerable.   The bacteria originates in feces and is spread by healthcare workers or by contact with any surface that are contaminated, such as toilets and other places in bathrooms.

MRSA is a staph infection resilient to many antibiotics.  MRSA is spread by skin to skin contact.  At risk populations include high-school wrestlers, child care workers or people who live in crowded conditions.    Symptoms include painful red bumps that can turn into abscesses, according to the Mayo Clinic.   If the bacteria burrows into the body it can cause potentially life-threatening infections.

MRSA can be spread by contaminated items so once detected it is important to sanitize any potentially affected areas.

If your workplace, home or school is affected with these or other viruses, call SERVPRO for New Haven/Waterbury/Naugatuck Valley or No. Westchester County.  We will work with you developing a cleaning strategy that causes the least interruption. 

Damage from a Storm: Go Big and Go Green

3/4/2016 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a weather related emergency, such as a flood, tree fall, pipe burst you may have experienced the frustration of calling for help only to find you would be put on a list and gotten to when you’re gotten to.  If you have not had a weather or event related issue at your home or business, good.  If you ever do, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1)     Everyone you reach out to, whether a plumber, tree company or SERVPRO wants to help you and as quickly as possible.

2)     When an area is affected, whether by a microburst, hurricane or deep freeze, the damage is common.  In other words, if your pipes freeze when the temperature drops from 40 to seven over a 24 hour period, the same thing is happening all around you.

3)     Immediate response resources in an area are always limited.  Your plumber of 15 years can not hire additional crews overnight, as much as he would like to.

So when this occurs, it pays to Go Big.

At SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County, our first question is always: Is the source fixed or do you need help fixing the source? As one of the largest SERVPROs in the country, we work with a huge network of trades people and labor and can often recommend someone to help out.  Once the source is fixed, our large trained staff supplemented by experienced labor and euqipment sources from all over the tri-state area will be rolling.  

Whether its factory fire, burst water heater or a tree on a house, We are Ready for Whatever Happens.

We're Ready, Are You?

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

If you are a commercial or residential property manager or condo association member, you should be dreading the swirly wind emoji on the accuweather app every bit as much as the single and negative temperatures we face this weekend.

Here are a few reminders from SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County and Connecticut Reconstruction Services:

Make random inspections of heat and air units, particularly those with external access.  Specifically, look for insulation that has settled and no longer covers pipes as intended.  

Re-inspect any plumbing or external work to make sure proper installation is in place and that there are no vents where cold air can blow in.

Check doors, windows and heat in vacant units.

Remind tenants of protocol for reporting any water situation and not to ignore any signs of water intrusion or leaking.  Let them know you are prepared for anything that happens.

If you have vacancies, you should consider relocation options for renters in the event there is displacement. 

Make sure your on-call crews are ready to roll and that there is back up.  There should also be clear protocol  for structural emergencies that includes calling SERVPRO at 203-234-1100 or 914-241-8100.

Food Disasters... We Aren't Talking Mom's Meatloaf

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

Whether it is a smoke condition caused by a fire in the prepared food section, an oven fire in a manufacturing facility, or fire suppressing chemicals spread over 40 tons of fresh fruit, the disasters that effect food companies present some pretty awesome challenges. 

Wrong decisions early on can open a Pandora's Box of liability issues even before the matter of cash flow and fulfillment come into play.

-- Companies with sophisticated business system back ups can be stymied when they realize two days after a small fire that their regular staff lacks the knowledge to clean soot and deodorize after a small fire.

-- Distribution companies turning 50 tons of fresh fruit every week trip when they fail to secure hauling capacity and a destination for destruction of a warehouse brimming with imported product during high import season.

-- A small chain store manager must decide in hours whether to do a partial open of a store or incur the cost of extended, nighttime cleaning time. nighttime cleaning mitigation.

These are a few of the many real-world challenges we have solved over the past year.  There are many more.

Our approach to commercial losses is to stabilize and then meet with affected parties to understand the goals of all affected constituencies. 

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is comprised of business and mitigation professionals that understand the financial, cultural and structural challenges of any disaster.

In a perfect world we meet, discuss and put a communication chain and decision tree in place.   Regardless, when the wheels come off, we've got your back.

Beware the Penetrating Power of Bitter Cold

2/8/2016 (Permalink)

We Find Trouble Wherever it Looks

Roof and insulation issues don't reveal themselves on warm, sunny days.  The next couple of weeks are going to be bitterly cold with swirling wind and snow.  With cold, wind and snow will come pipe bursts, ice damming and other unfortunate breakdowns.  

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County and our sister company Connecticut Reconstruction Services stand ready to put your home or business back in pre-loss condidition.

Our professionals follow IICRC protocols to make sure that your structure is fully restored and there are no secondary concerns, like mold.  Not only will the structure be like new but you will receive everything you need to file a claim with your insurance company if you choose.

Our process includes: identifying all the sources and types of water; monitoring of atmospheric and material considitions for drying analysis; a comprehensive diagnostic inspection for trapped or hiddent moisture; removal of wet materals; removal or containment of furniture; carpet and Pad service; application of disinfecting and deodorizing agents if necessary; utlization of specialized drying equipment; and disposal of refuse.

While the mitigation is taking place, CRS works with your insurance carrier so there is a seamless transition from cleaning to repair.   The same team sticks with you the whole way.

We don't wish ourselves on anyone but when issues come up, we are ready to help.                           

While You Were Enjoying the Weather...

1/25/2016 (Permalink)

In the Northeast we know that the brief but fierce snow last weekend is but the first strike of real winter.  In a few weeks, the November rounds of golf and endless summer are likely to be distant memories.

At SERVPRO of New Haven we are more than ready.  We are fielding the strongest team in many years.  Our Crews spent the last four months doing intensive training in all aspects of the mitigation business.

We had 10 different people pass our internal water certification course which is built on the foundation of SERVPRO and IICRC best practices.  The course consists of reading, video and a mentoring program with our Managers.

We achieved five new IICRC certifications among our crew members and managers.

And we implemented general service training so every business and home owner will receive outstanding communication and conduct from everyone wearing the SERVPRO uniform.... and yes we got spiffy new uniforms.

Why?  SERVPRO of New Haven is committed to setting the standard of excellence in both residential and commercial large loss.

Our training programs assure that we man every job with experienced supervisors versed in industry expectations and best practices.  From our 33K square foot facility in the heart of the state, we are ready to respond for anything from a small issue at a condiminium to a major commercial event.

We don't wish ourselves on anyone but we are ready to help when the unexpected does happen.

Latex Foam reopens two weeks after fires

7/16/2014 (Permalink)

Firefighters are on scene in the aftermath of an early morning fire at the Latex International factory on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

SHELTON -- The prospect of Latex Foam reopening two weeks after two significant fires was doubtful.

But that's what happened Monday, as many of the company's 150 employees returned to work.

"It was a tremendous undertaking by everyone," said Allen Randolph, owner of SERVPRO of New Haven, Waterbury, the Naugatuck Valley and northern Westchester County which managed the cleanup. "Half of our staff lives in the Valley. We consider the Valley our home turf, so we're proud to have helped save these jobs."

Mayor Mark Lauretti said he drove by the company Monday morning and noticed the parking lot was full.

"This is good news for those who are employed there," the mayor said. "People need to work. They need the paycheck to pay their bills and feed their families."

Attempts to reach officials at Latex Foam by telephone were unsuccessful Monday. The general voicemail box was full and not accepting new calls.

Randolph credited David Fisher, Latex's chief executive officer, and the company's insurance team with providing the necessary resources to get the business back in operation.

Fisher "told us early on that it was his expectation to reopen July 14 and it was our job to do it," Randolph said. "There was never any discussion of failure to meet that goal."

There may not have been any discussion, but there were obstacles, like the second fire which struck just four days after the devastating first one that had required firefighters to pump more than 150,000 gallons of water on the blaze.

It seems black clouds have loomed over Latex Foam, which arose from the ashes of an arson that destroyed its predecessor -- Sponge Rubber Products -- on March 1, 1975. There was also the catastrophic 2001 weeklong fire that consumed the company's Ansonia headquarters, sending the company to its present River Road site. And two company executives are serving federal prison terms for embezzling $3.5 million. And there is the current bankruptcy petition to reorganize $29 million in debts.

The June 26 and 30 fires could have been the final straw.

"We were about 90 percent finished drying the basement when the second fire struck on June 30 at 11 a.m.," Randolph said. "That was a smaller fire and a lot less water was used."

But Randolph's crews, which worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week and at times numbered 170 people, attacked the clean-up in three stages. SERVPRO brought in extra employees from their Rhode Island, New York and Tennessee companies and members of ERS Services in Indiana to clean inside the machinery.

The first cleanup, which began June 26 and ended July 2, involved drying and cleaning the offices. The second, which ended Sunday, involved drying, cleaning and disinfecting rollers, conveyors, presses, machinery, pipes, rollers and conveyors through which the product moves.

The third stage, which is still progressing, involves cleaning non-critical working areas.

During the cleanup, Randolph said, SERVPRO brought in 200 air movers, 17 scissor lifts, a gigantic trailer-based desiccant dryer which removes condensation from compressed air and "a lot of guys with mops and wet-vacs."

mmayko@ctpost.com, 203-330-6286



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