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Steps in a Fire Loss

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

  • Step 1- Structural Cleaning 

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. A technician from SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different surfaces found in your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing. In other cases, SERVPRO will clean to "prepare for painting." This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface. 

  • Step 2- Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO begins by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more. Finally, SERVPRO can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items if requested. 

  • Step 3- Deodorization 

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties can provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them. Ask your SERVPRO to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

When it comes to your home or business, getting you back to normal quickly is our first priority. Trust the most recognized restoration vendor in the world, trust the SERVPRO professionals! 

SERVPRO HVAC Cleaning Services

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Sneezing like crazy? Coughing uncontrollably? Maybe the air you’re breathing in your home isn’t as clean as you thought. Ever wonder? Believe it or not ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. But have no fear - the SERVPRO team is here!

If your HVAC system has been running for a while without any attention it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt, debris and more. “If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold... having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.

On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor. EPA has published the following publications for guidance on identifying possible indoor air quality problems and ways to prevent or fix them.

You may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should occasionally be cleaned. While the debate about the value of periodic duct cleaning continues, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental, provided that it is done properly.” That’s where our team comes in!

Give SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties a call today at (518) 943-5005!

Sewage Clean-up

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

You may have considered SERVPRO as just as just a fire and water mitigation service, but did you know--we offer so much more than that! Although, fire and water are most common, you may need assistance with the cleanup of more.

If you are exposed to biological and chemical contaminants in your home, it could pose serious health consequences. Failure to properly remove such substances can lead to unhealthy and very dangerous environments. Lucky for you, our team is trained to safely remove bio hazards and properly dispose of them.

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties arrive.


  • Avoid all contact with waste and items contaminated by it. 
  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life threatening. 
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Keep hands clean.


  • Attempt to cleanup up anything.
  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids. 
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas. 
  • Spread contaminates around by walked unnecessarily on or near contaminated areas.

Harmful wastes include Sewage, Blood borne Pathogens, any Bodily Fluid, etc.

Spring Cleaning

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Spring is finally here! With the warmer weather and pollination comes the dreaded spring cleaning. Spring Cleaning does not have to be an activity you avoid. Check out these Spring Cleaning Tips to maximize your cleaning efficiency for a cleaner home!

  1. Organize your closets. Donate used clothing and accessories.  Reorganize what you want to keep by color or style and you will have an aesthetically pleasing, clean closet! 
  2. Clean all your fabrics. Wash pillows, pillow coverings, mattress pads, bath mats, shower curtains and liners! 
  3. Collect your rugs and other dust collectors. Take them outside, shake them and let them air out on a sunny day. 
  4. Revamp your refrigerator. Dispose of old leftovers and clear the fridge to scrub the shelves and bins.   
  5. Check your fire safety equipment. Change the batteries in smoke detectors and clear them of dust. Review fire escape plans with your family. 
  6. Dust, Dust, Dust! Take every item of your shelves and dust.  The crevice tool on your vacuum can also help with this task.  Don’t forget lighting fixtures and window casings. Remember, dust first and then vacuum! 
  7. Make your house shine. Wash your windows inside and out, wipe down the walls and lighting accessories, vacuum and mop the floors.  When your house is clean you will see and smell the difference!

And don’t forget, if you want to do an even deeper clean call SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties!

Busted Supply Lines

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

This was a home that suffered a major water loss caused by the freezing of two bath tub supply lines that leaked water for some time after thawing out. Notice each pipe has a hole in them. The tub was located on the second floor. When SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties arrived, the crew discovered waster damage all the way down to the basement! Water damaged the entire kitchen making that a total loss including a bathroom, two guest bedrooms, dining room, and majority of the whole finished basement. This was no job that SERVPRO couldn't handle of course! Crews removed all wet material in the house as well as organizing and sorting all wet and dry contents while noting everything and taking pictures. Once all the wet material was removed, SERVPRO installed drying equipment including dehumidifiers, air movers, and hardwood floor drying mats for areas that were able to be dried and saved.  

Mold Doctors

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

This is a basement that had mold in it and the owners called SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties to come assess the issue and take care of it. First step was place a negative air machine/ HEPA filter air scrubbing machine to clean out the air in the basement. While that was being done, techs cleaned the entire basement with appropriate products from ceiling to floor. Underside of the subfloor plywood sheathing, floor joists, walls, and floor was done. Techs then sprayed all of the basement except the floor with mold sealant to prevent further mold from appearing. It came out looking great and even gave the basement a newer cleaner look! You can count on SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties for your mold mitigation!

COVID-19 Quick Tips

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties is taking extra precautions everyday to help keep you and our crews safe during these rough times. We know how difficult it can be for you and your home, so here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe!

  • Wash hands often, using soap and water.
  • Use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Contact your doctor if you start noticing flu-like symptoms.
  • Wear a mask and/or gloves when out for essential purposes.
  • Prevent yourself from touching your face at all times.
  • Keep up with disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Isolate your household. 
  • Stay home unless you need to go out for essential needs or work for an essential business.

Our Products

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green #138

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties has all the products you could ever imagine to get whatever the job be done. With over 100 products in total, SERVPRO has the right one for the right job. From ceiling & wall cleaners, carpet & upholstery, cleaners & degreasers, decontamination & mold remediation, deodorization, hard floor care, environmentally friendly, sealers, spot & stain removers, specialty products to wood and leather care. We have it all! 

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties is equipped with all the right cleaning products and readily in stock with all the right ones. From soot and smoke damage to smoke odors in your home. We have what it takes to get rid of the mess and even the smell. Call today at (518) 943-5005 to have your home or business cleaned. 

Water Extraction and Drying Process

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

You may have experienced and bad flood or water loss in your home or business that needs to be address immediately. If so, call SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties who are a 24/7 Emergency Service and are ready to assist you. 

Upon arrival we will bring our truck mount van that is capable of extracting water from the effected area. It sucks it out using a hose and a proper wand that puts it into a tank that is also in the van. 

Once all water is extracted, SERVPRO will then be able to address all wet material including flooring and drywall as well as any contents that got water damaged. SERVPRO will make flood cuts where necessary and removing the flooring if it is not salvageable. 

SERVPRO will then bring in commercial grade drying equipment usually being air movers and dehumidifiers to get the effected area dried out and ready for reconstruction.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties for your water loss and let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Losses

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Catskill business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.