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2021 Hurricane Season

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged flooring in home Give us a call 24/7 at (518)943-5005 for all of your restoration needs.

There were 21 storms named in the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. This hurricane season soaked New York and the Atlantic coast almost the entire 2021 Summer and Fall. Tropical Depression Ida dropped a little over 11 inches of rain in the Northeast this past September. These levels of rainfall overwhelmed many structures throughout the Hudson Valley. Homes, businesses, and roads struggled against the flooding waters for weeks.

This home in Stephentown, NY suffered water coming up from below, causing water damage under the flooring, and carpeting. Our SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene County team got to work ripping out and discarding all the unsalvageable flooring and drying the home. Our crew also managed the restoration of this home by rebuilding the subfloor and installing all-new carpeting. Even though our hurricane season has come to an end, water damage can happen at any time from any amount of rainfall. SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties is prepared to respond quickly and effectively to any size damage and work with you to restore your home back to its original glory…”Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (518)943-5005 for any water damage remediation and restoration.

Winter Storm Garrett

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Garrett Give us a call 24/7 at (518) 943 - 5005 for all of your restoration needs.

The first “snowstorm” of the year has arrived! Winter Storm Garrett will be New York’s first 1-inch plus snowfall storm of the season. There have been several winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and winter storm watches issued by the National Weather Service, but what does that all mean for people and their homes and/or businesses?

A winter storm watch will be the first statement issued when a storm is approaching. This statement means there will be conditions that could be dangerous with snow, ice, and winter. Snow accumulations will only be about 1 – 3 inches.

When a storm is upgraded to a winter storm advisory, this means conditions can pose a significant inconvenience to those traveling and dangerous conditions. People should prepare their homes and businesses for snow accumulations up to 5 inches, sleet, or ice accumulations about half an inch and high winds that would hinder visibility.

The next upgrade is a winter storm warning. The same conditions as an advisory apply but snow accumulations could reach over 6 inches in a 24-hour period and could cause serious damage to buildings through winds, ice, and heavy snow.

These warnings allow people to understand how to best prepare. Check out our blog post on how to prepare for winter posted on December 20, 2021, and snow preparedness posted on December 07, 2021, for more information on how you can best weather the approaching storms.

Keep an eye on your local weather resources for updates on the storm and snow accumulations. If your home or business suffers from any damage due to Winter Storm Garrett or any winter weather this winter, do not hesitate to give us a call 24/7 for your restoration needs.

Why Chose Us for Fire Remediation

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Why should SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties be your first call after fire or smoke damage? Because we have the premiere deodorizing equipment and the trained professionals to get the job done right. Pictured here is a SERVPRO Hydoxyl Air Purifier Machine in action in a home in Windham, NY. Hydroxyl radicals are natural oxidizing agents. When used in an air purifier it can remove contaminates from the air. This can cleanse smoke and fire debris particles left floating in the air after damage and neutralize smoke odor. It is also safe to use with people still in the same space. Our SERVPRO team can expertly evaluate fire and smoke damage and utilize this equipment in your home. In the case of fire and smoke damage, time is of the essence when it comes to restoring you home and personal items. You can call SERVPRO any day, anytime 24/7 (even on Holidays!) to have one of our professionals start you remediation as soon as possible.

Seeing Green?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, also known as frequency illusion is a cognitive bias where- after noticing something once, you will have a tendency to notice it more often. This can lead you to believe there is a higher frequency of that thing occurring around you. Once you know the SERVPRO green car, you will be seeing GREEN everywhere you go. Luckily, SERVPRO of Columbia and Green Counties is everywhere! Whether you’re on the banks of the Hudson River in Athens, NY or the tippy-top of Windham Mountain, SERVPRO can respond to you remediation needs 24/7. Whether it is be a flooded basement in your home or smoke damage throughout a commercial building, we will respond and get the resources needed to get the job done and done right. Water and Fire emergencies don't come on regular business hours and that is why we are readily available for your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays as well.

Winter is Coming… Are You Prepared?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Winter is officially upon us which means our woodstoves and fireplaces will be kicking it into high gear. Have you inspected your heat-producing devices lately? Without proper care, clogged or dirty fireplaces and/or woodstoves can lead to serious smoke damage and even worse- an uncontrolled fire. Here is a short cleaning check list to consider for your home’s heat source:

  • Check that the chimney cap and gate are clear of any debris
  • Thoroughly clean any soot or creosote out of the flue and stovepipe
  • Clear away any old debris from the catch-pit and smoke shelf
  • If specifically using a woodstove: clean the glass and check for any cracks

It is also important to have a plan of action in the event of a chimney or home fire in place before winter arrives. If your home does suffer from any smoke or fire damage from a heating malfunction do not hesitate to give the fire/smoke restoration pros of SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties a call 24/7 at (518)943-8475.

Dehydrator Disaster

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again! Crafting beautiful handmade decorations can really put you in the holiday spirit. One of my favorites; dried fruit ornaments and garlands. But what happens when your dehydrator decides it’s no longer feeling cheerful? That is just what happened to this family in Hudson, NY. A food dehydrator malfunctioned, contributing some terrible smoke order throughout the home as well as destroying the island countertop, backing cabinetry, and interior plumbing. Our SERVPRO crew quickly responded! The team got to work professionally removing any soot residue from the ceiling, flooring, and furniture. They also utilized a hydroxyl machine to help with deodorizing the entire living space. The next step in the process will be to work with the homeowners on restoring the kitchen to its former glory. This holiday season, please make sure your appliances are always supervised when running or on. In the event, your countertop appliance decides to disintegrate your kitchen, give the pros at SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene County a call for a great deodorizing deep clean and remediation. When we’re done, it will be like “It Never Even Happened…” and you can get back to your regularly scheduled holiday programming.

Different Smokes for Different Folks

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Different types of fires can cause two very different types of smoke damage that could affect your home or business. There are a few components that will determine if the damage was caused by “Wet” or “Dry” smoke: the level of oxygen present during the fire, what materials are burning, and/or how fast and hot the fire burns. The restoration professionals of SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties are trained and prepared to identity and properly clean either smoke situation. Dry smoke is produced when a fire burns extremely hot causing dry particles to be deposited on any remaining structure. Cleaning of this type of smoke is typically more manageable and odor more easily remediated.  Wet smoke is the more challenging of smoke damage. This smoke is caused by a slow and smoldering fire which cause liquids to vaporize and seep into the remaining area.  Cleaning this type of smoke damage is much more complicated and involves specifically SERVPRO formulated solutions to remedy the stains and odor. Our SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties team is made up of experienced cleaners and restorers that are ready to help you after a home fire. Call SERVPRO 24/7 at (518)943-8475 for all your remediation needs- especially after fire or smoke damage.

Snow is Just Around the Corner

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

We have not seen much snow yet, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t coming! Before we here in Columbia and Greene Counties get hit with the first big snowstorm- let’s make sure your home and vehicles are prepared. First, water and ice proof your home. To ensure wintery elements stay outside be sure to caulk or use weather strips around doors and windows, repair any roof leaks, and insulate water lines that may run along the exterior of your home to avoid freezing. It may also be helpful to cut away any tree limbs leaning over your home that could fall in the event of a snowstorm.

It is also a great idea to prepare your car for the enviable snowstorm as well. Before the mad dash to the store for supplies happens the day before a forecasted storm, be sure to have the essentials handy. Some of the necessities are a snow shovel, windshield scraper, tire chains (if needed), and sand or road salt to give tires traction.

If your home is damaged by storms this winter, be sure to call SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties. From general storm damage to complete water and fire remediation, your local SERVPRO is here to help any day of the week, at any time. Call us 24/7 at (518) 943 – 5005.

Did You Know We Offer Reconstruction Services?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Construction tools with servpro logo Call SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties at (518)943-8475 for all your reconstruction needs.

Sure, SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties can mitigate your home or business’s water, fire, mold, and/or storm damage, but did you know our team of professionals can also assist you with any reconstruction services? After property damage occurs, many basic room materials can be damaged beyond repair such as flooring, baseboards, drywall, wall paneling, ceiling material and more. We do everything we can to salvage as much as possible, but when the damage is too severe materials will need to be thrown away. Once the damage is cleared, we will be right there- ready to do everything from flooring installation, drywall repair to the last touch of paint. With every call we receive, we strive to be the one-stop-shop for all mitigation and reconstructive needs. So give us a call today to restore your damaged space… ”Like it never even happened.” Call any day, any time for your reconstruction questions or inquiries at (518)943-8475.

Common Causes of Home Flooding

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

With record-high rainfall accumulations across New York State this year, it is no surprise that we are seeing more and more water-related remediation needs. Here are the most common causes of home flooding:

  • Poor basement sealing
  • Drainage tile failure
  • Debris in the gutters
  • Broken, cracked or clogged pipes
  • Hot water tank failure
  • Sump pump failure

To avoid major home damage from flooding or water you should be inspecting your home regularly to ensure all your water sources or protectants are intact. Even the smallest amount of water damage can lead to more serious mold issues if not addressed properly. Sometimes though, as we are seeing throughout the Northeast, weather is unpredictable and unrelenting. With many water issues, time is of the essence. SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties knows an immediate response to water damage helps to minimize repair, cleaning, and restoration cost and will respond to any size disaster the fastest with 24/7 emergency response.