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Prompt Water Mitigation Helps Lessen Damage in Clifton Park

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO in Clifton Park for Proven Water Damage Restoration Results

Aside from the shock and stress from burst pipes or another water emergency in your Clifton Park property, you are then faced with determining the best way to address it. DIY cleanup may be one of the first thoughts that enter your mind, but you risk missing areas where water migrated. Hidden moisture anywhere inside your home could bring the potential for mildew and mold growth or costly secondary damage to building materials. Turning to professional water mitigation and restoration professionals can be your best course of action in any water-related incident. This service is where our highly trained and IICRC-certified crew at SERVPRO is Here to Help! We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The great news with our team at SERVPRO is that you have our Green Fleet ready to go whenever you need help with water damage in Clifton Park. After you make initial contact with our customer care team, you will see our team at your door within hours. Time is of the essence with water remediation, so we get there fast to begin assessment and water removal services before secondary damage has time to develop.

Professional-grade Equipment Matters

Rather than reaching for a mop and bucket with a DIY project or calling a neighbor to borrow a wet/dry vac, SERVPRO has industrial-grade equipment to get the job done. Whenever you have standing water, our powerful pumps get the job done to pull out hundreds of gallons of water in a fraction of the time you could with a DIY. We also have truck-mounted extractors capable of handling floodwater riddled with debris. Each project gets assessed to tell us how many pieces of equipment we need to reach our water extraction and drying goals.

Drying/Dehumidification and Water Removal Services Go Hand-in-Hand.

Our mission is always to make your Clifton Park interior “Like it never even happened.” Implementing water removals and drying in tandem is a significant factor in reaching our water damage mitigation objectives. This effort involves the strategic placement of drying and dehumidification equipment that we adjust as we go along so that we get the fastest, most efficient result. Some of the many pieces of equipment you may see us using include:

  • High-grade water extraction tools, both truck-mounted and portable. This equipment helps our SERVPRO team remove standing water and address moisture inside your carpeting, under the flooring, etc.
  • Powerful drying equipment like industrial fans, centrifugal air movers, drying mats, and other pieces boost evaporation to reduce drying times.
  • Dehumidification equipment helps reduce relative humidity (RH) within your property, thus speeding up the drying process.

Each Water Damage-related Project Calls for Moisture Detection

The last thing any homeowner wants is hidden moisture that could bring on unseen damage. To ensure we have entirely eradicated all excess moisture, our IICRC-certified technicians have access to a collection of moisture detection tools. We take the time to assess hidden spots behind walls, under cabinetry, behind baseboards, and under your flooring to locate and address any pockets that require further drying. We do this with:

  • Borescopes
  • Moisture sensors, meters, and detectors
  • Thermal imaging technology

What is Controlled Demolition, and How Does it Work?

In areas where materials are deemed unsalvageable due to water damage, controlled demolition takes place to make them like new again. We always work to restore versus replace, but some projects call for more detailed reconstruction. For example, if your water emergency involves gray or black water, such as a flood, many materials might have to be removed and disposed of according to local guidelines. Trusted area contractors and vendors can remove and replace:

  • Drywall
  • Paneling
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Carpets and carpet padding
  • Subfloor
  • Baseboards
  • And more

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is there when you require prompt, reliable water damage assistance. Contact us by calling (518) 885-2620.

Clifton Park Residents Need Professional Fire Damage Assistance

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged open ceiling, soot, and insulation Fire damage mitigation in Clifton Park includes cleanup, odor control, demolition, and restoration. SERVPRO provides a full-service experience.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration for Clifton Park

A home or business having any disruption is stressful, but when a fire breaks out in your Clifton Park property, these emotions multiply. Rather than acting in haste with DIY house fire clean up, calling in the help of trained professionals is a better route to take. Failing to use the proper techniques and products could lead to further damage and higher costs to fix the mistakes. SERVPRO features only highly trained and certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) who know how to address many situations. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – getting you the results you need quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO realizes the urgency when it comes to fire damage in Clifton Park. Therefore our disaster response team is ready to go 24-hours a day. Once you contact our customer care team, we mobilize a crew, and the Green Fleet is at your door in as little as four hours. The prompt response allows us to get started as soon as your structure is safe for entry, then fire mitigation efforts and cleanup begins.

Structural Safety and Integrity After a Fire are Key

Detailed inspection and assessment help SERVPRO determine the right course of action throughout the fire damage restoration process. Our project manager or crew chief will take a look at several factors to formulate a plan, including:

  • Structural safety, including overhead hazards, damaged flooring, charred joists, and other supporting materials.
  • Power should be shut off to the work zone or property during the cleanup and restoration to avoid electrical hazards.
  • Chemical/toxins present, such as fire that occurred in an industrial facility, garage, etc.

Smoke Remediation Technicians Address All Surfaces

Even if you had a small kitchen fire, the impact of smoke and soot residue might be exponential. Porous materials like ceilings, drywall, and insulation can absorb odorous particles. You may also have powdery soot from a fast-moving fire that settles on different surfaces. These residues can leave smoke damage like corrosion, pitting, and stains SERVPRO has proven wet and dry-cleaning methods selected based on each project and materials to get results. These get done to help restore versus replace with materials like textiles, carpeting, unburnt wood, and more.

When smoke residues do not get adequately addressed, it can lead to continued or secondary damage. Our IICRC-certified technicians know all the different types of smoke to select the winning combination of cleaning and deodorization.

  • Fast action allows us to keep odors from lingering to create permanent smoke damage.
  • Smoke and soot residues are common biproducts of fire, causing corrosion of structural elements and building materials.

SERVPRO team members wear personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout each fire damage remediation and reconstruction project. This gear consists of boots, gloves, coveralls, goggles, and respirators. We also use foot coverings to keep soot and soiling from getting tracked into unaffected areas of your property.

Why are Water Removal Services Necessary During Fire Restoration?

When first responders are on the scene putting out the blaze, chemicals or hundreds of gallons of water may be used to get the job done. SERVPRO’s Green Fleet comes stocked with various pumps, extractors, and tools to pull up standing water and address hidden moisture. Our team ensures no moisture gets left with the help of moisture detection devices. This helps eliminate musty odors and secondary damage and thwarts mold and mildew growth.

The time for your fire damage restoration varies depending on the scope of the fire, materials burned, and other factors. However, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has the best methods and teamwork to get it done right the first time. Call us 24/7 for emergency response at (518) 885-2620.

Have Professionals Address Your Clifton Park Mold Damage

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services in Clifton Park

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

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

How Did My Mold Issue Start?

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

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

Never Wait to Begin Mold Mitigation!

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

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

How Does SERVPRO Address Mold-related Restorations?

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

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

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

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

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

Fire and Odor Removal in Clifton Park

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Clifton Park Fire Damage and SERVPRO Solutions

Among the most important reasons to engage the services of a professional fire damage restoration company is the training and experience brought to the crisis in your Clifton Park home. The conditions under which fire residues spread create soils and odors that are unlike any other cleaning challenge. Conventional cleaning approaches can make things worse, which is not only disheartening but might make damage permanent, needing great expense and disruption to make right.

Variables that Cause Fire Damage Abatement Difficult

When we assess your Clifton Park home for fire and odor removal, our highly-qualified project managers note a range of surface characteristics and considerations of the types of fuels and the burning environment. When building materials and contents burn, the smoke residues result from a complicated convergence of

  • Temperature
  • Oxygen level
  • Moisture
  • Gases produced because of fuel composition

These variables then interact in unique ways with the vast array of surfaces, furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions comprising and occupying the interior of your home, from natural substances like wood, metals, and stone, to modern structural components and contents made from synthetic substances.

Cleaning Protocols Not Fixed or Defined

Because of all these variants and combinations, SERVPRO must be creative as we approach your fire circumstances. Our crews learn the science of fire residue and odor removal and follow the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training guidelines. The "art" of residue and odor removal comes into play as technicians adapt basic cleaning concepts to obtain successful outcomes for you and your family.

Multiple Methods to Apply the Principles and Elements of Cleaning

Ultimately, effective deep cleaning of the surfaces and contents of your home not only delivers a clean and sanitary environment but also eliminates all but the most persistent odors. We do not give up until we attempt every possible adaptation of cleaning principles and elements. These efforts can include:

  • Multiple ways to agitate surfaces to dislodge residues
  • A range of cleaning products to produce desired chemical reactions that break the bond between surfaces and soot
  • Manipulations of heat and dwell time
  • Use of advanced equipment like foggers and hydroxyl generators for odor elimination

Have confidence in the team's innovative mindset from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. Call us at (518) 885-2620 after fire damage, and experience how our knowledge, experience, and persistence work to make it "Like it never even happened."

My Clifton Park Home Has Fire Damage, What Do I Do?

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Flames in Darkness When in need of fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620.

Call SERVPRO Technicians to Perform Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Clifton Park Home

You may think you are well prepared for a fire, especially if your home has smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers. However, even with measures in place, the truth is that most homeowners are not genuinely ready for a fire and the stresses and confusion which follow.

What should be remedied after a fire?

The extent of fire damage in your Clifton Park home mainly depends on the intensity of the fire which caused it. If a short circuit or gas leakage caused the fire, it probably spread rapidly, meaning that it affected many rooms, and the losses were severe. Nonetheless, regardless of what caused a fire, you may need to remedy several things.

Fire alone does not cause the resulting destruction. Instead, it is a combination of heat, smoke, and soot, all of which may lead to different problems that need to the remedied. They include:

  • Heat damage – Even if the structures and contents of your home do not come into direct contact with fire, the heat can ruin them.
  • Fire damage – The flames of a fire can cause great devastation to a home. It can burn appliances, electronics, and building materials. You need to replace the severely burned items.
  • Smoke damage – Smoke is often called soot when it settles on surfaces. Soot residues may contain various acids because sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with moisture or humidity in the air to form acids.

We can use various strategies to deal with different kinds of damage in your home. This includes cleaning the affected areas to remove soot residues and the water or chemicals firefighters used to extinguish the flames. We also use different odor removal techniques.

What Should I Do Before The Fire Restoration Process Begins?

Before our restorers arrive, you can do several things:

  • Look out for safety hazards – Beware of dangerous debris, live wires, frayed electrical cords, and unsteady structural elements. It is advisable to have personal protective clothing like rubber gloves, a hard hat, sturdy boots, and a face mask as you enter your house. Avoid turning on your HVAC system before getting clearance from your HVAC contractor.
  • Save undamaged items- Take anything that seems to be in good condition to a safe place. If you leave them in the affected area, they can sustain damage from soot or water.
  • Document the destruction – Take videos and pictures of the damaged property.
  • List the items that the fire damaged- Include the make, model, brand, age, current condition, and the serial number of the damaged items if possible. You also need to inventory non-restorable items like paper or food for your insurance company. List the quantity and name of the lost items and an estimate of their prices.
  • Call your insurer – Describe the fire incident in detail and discuss options with your insurance adjuster. The adjuster may come to see the loss one or two days after you file your claim. By alerting your insurance company early, you can start the restoration process soon.

Do I Need To Remove Possessions From My Home?

SERVPRO has trained and experienced technicians who can identify which items to clean and restore and the ones that need replacement. We can create a list containing salvageable and non-salvageable items. If you approve it, we can submit it to your insurance firm.

When possible, we restore damaged items on site. When it is not possible such as when items have sustained significant damage or a home is not structurally sound enough for restoration crews to work in it, we move the things that need restoration to our facilities. Our team carefully inventories, packs out and transports the items to a secure facility for cleaning and restoration.

You may have valuable items such as electronics and artwork that need to be restored by a specialist. Our team can consult your insurer and take them to a competent restorer. We keep the items secure until the restoration process ends.

Our SERVPRO team provides an honest assessment of a home and its contents when dealing with the adjuster and the customer. We are conscious of the concerns of our customers and communicate these to the adjuster. At times, there may be adequate insurance coverage to replace unsalvageable content but not sufficient to restore salvageable items. By considering the concerns of our customers and the opinions of the adjuster, we help create a win-win situation for everyone involved. Communicating with the adjuster during the move-out includes:

  • Addressing the primary concerns of the customer
  • An overview of the first inspection and contact with the customer
  • Considerations and needs of the subcontractor
  • Auxiliary needs like lighting, heating, and generators
  • Coverage of the customer
  • Cost considerations like storage limits and policy limits

Do I Have To Move Out During The Restoration Process?

You do not have to move out of your house if it has sustained minor damage and the utilities are working as they should. Your family can remain in the home as SERVPRO technicians restore it. At times it may not be advisable to stay in a fire-damaged house because of the risk of breathing in smoke residues and noise from the restoration equipment.

When needing fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We can complete the restoration process quickly to reduce your loss.

Clifton Park Homes Require Many Types of Water Cleanup

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen Leak If you find yourself in need of assistance with water damage remediation call SERVPRO.

Water Cleanup with Effective Removal Services

Mitigation is one of the focal points of successful water damage restoration. Cleaning up after burst pipes and damaged plumbing requires swift and deliberate action to protect sensitive materials. With our immediate extraction and drying practices, we can often limit needed tear-out and reconstruction.

Water Removal Services

Water cleanup for Clifton Park homes relies greatly on the earliest measures taken to remove standing water and pooling. Prevention is one of the most direct measures of protecting property. Removing standing water reduces the likelihood of water absorption into flooring and other building materials. Extractors like pumps and vacuums help with the bulk of removal needs. 

Trapped Moisture in Flooring

After even a short exposure period, flooring materials can begin to absorb water damage. Porous flooring like carpeting is among the most heavily impacted, but plank flooring not specifically designed to resist moisture is also at risk. Tracking movement of water is an essential element in removing water and damp pockets in the flooring materials of the house. We have a wide range of tracking equipment for trapped water and humidity, including:

  • Moisture meter
  • Thermal imagery 
  • Probing dampness detectors
  • Thermo hygrometers

Is the Subflooring Water Damaged?

The subflooring is not always damaged by migrating water, but our SERVPRO team must always specify compromised building materials. With many subflooring materials consisting of OSB board and high porosity padding or plywood, prolonged water exposure can devastate these installed elements. We must carefully evaluate the state of these materials and choose if controlled demolition is needed. 

Water cleanup is often the product of the measures taken by our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team to remove water and moisture after a disaster. We have a fast response to get mitigation started right away. Call experienced restorers when you need us at (518) 885-2620.

How Do Professional Water Restoration Companies Get Trapped Water Out of My Clifton Park House?

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water on wood Flooring “Like it never even happened.”

Your Local SERVPRO Keeps Communication Open About Potential Strategies During Water Removal in Clifton Park

Homeowners are often shocked at how fast and far water can migrate from the original plumbing leak or appliance overflow. Even if you act quickly, absorbing fluids with towels or mopping up the spill, cleaning up the visible standing water is not a guarantee that moisture did not escape and is causing damage in hidden spaces.

What Is Our First-Line Approach to Locating Migrating Water?

When an emergency mandates expert water removal help in Clifton Park, one of the tasks we pay particular attention to is testing. Our technicians employ their training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ascertain and measure moisture levels. The tools used include:

  • Moisture detectors, with and without probes, to map out the perimeter of the water migration from the source
  • Moisture meters to determine levels of moisture both:
  • Absorbed into damaged building materials
  • In similar structural components in an unaffected space in your home, for a point of comparison to establish and monitor drying goals
  • Thermal imaging cameras to help technicians use temperature fluctuations to locate pools and recessed areas full of standing water

How Does SERVPRO Reach and Release the Trapped and Hidden Water?

If collected water is not removed and wet materials are not dried, your home risks progressive structural harm and secondary damage from mold growth. To avoid these unacceptable outcomes, we use strategic limited demolition techniques to open the confined areas for water release and enhance practical drying efforts:

  • Flood cuts -- sawing off and removing drywall several inches above the waterline
  • Cut or drill holes -- under baseboards or in mortar joints

Can you rely on the team at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County to offer sound and successful strategies when you need residential water removal? Absolutely -- give us a call at (518) 885-2620 to discuss your options with our skilled and creative crew.

Fire Damage Inspections for Clifton Park Shops

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

 smoke and fire Don’t let your property be a victim of fire damage, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is only a call away.

Estimating the Work Needed After Fire Damage

Inspections and estimations make up an essential first step for our SERVPRO team. After a fire, these processes help expedite the damage claim process to get your doors open again quickly.

What In the Shop is Ruined?

The inspection of fire damage in Clifton Park shops focuses on several areas:

  • Wares – We determine the damage to the inventory and provide claims service.

  • Structure – Learning the scope of structural degradation and needed repairs focuses our emergency services. 

  • Electronics – The shop features several electronic components, from registers to cameras. We assess possible damage risks and protect items with plastic sheeting.

Identifying Washable Surfaces

One of the focal points of an inspection process is what surfaces and contents can be cleaned. Specifically, SERVPRO must identify washable materials. While contents or building materials could be restored, water-based cleaners and strategies might damage certain structures permanently.

What Are the Needed Repairs? 

Having a general contractor license means we can help with needed repairs and building as soon as the team arrives. From controlled demolition to replacing portions of the roof or the shop’s exterior to secure against more significant harm, we have the license and experience to help.

Helping Secure Your Damage Claim 

Insurance companies do not often make the claims process easy and can require documentation of the damage and photographic evidence of losses to get approvals. Our SERVPRO professionals work directly with the major and local insurance providers in Saratoga County to minimize your wait time to start mitigative processes.

Shops with fire damage effects must secure restoration professionals as soon as possible. Our prompt arrival can get the needed inspection and estimation processes underway to ensure mitigation and restoration are covered by your insurance provider with an approved damage claim. Give our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team a call today at (518) 885-2620. 

Water Damage Cleanup in Halfmoon

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Woman Holding Bucket Water For Water SERVPROs response time is within 4 hours of the initial call. Water damage restoration is key to having your home back to pre-daamged condition.

Water Clean-Up from Burst Pipes in Halfmoon – Call SERVPRO

Cold weather can cause water to freeze inside pipes causing burst pipes. Once the weather warms up and the pipes thaw, water is dripping everywhere. Inside the walls, floors, and often water spreads to adjacent rooms and floors. Carpets, hardwood floors, and drywall are susceptible to water damage if they are not dried quickly.

SERVPRO provides water damage cleanup to Halfmoon residents along with the restoration of your home and contents. We specialize in water removal services, drying the contents and the structure, and water damage restoration. Once the floors are dry and the damaged drywall has been removed, we can assist in the repair and reconstruction as needed.

For example, water damage repairs may involve:

  • Drywall removal
  • Drywall installation and Painting
  • Carpet repair and installation
  • Hardwood floor repair
  • Plumbing repairs

SERVPRO responds in four hours or less. Water damage repairs can be minimized by our fast response and water cleanup, avoiding permanent swelling, buckling, cupping, and the crowning of hardwood floors or delamination of carpets.

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

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

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

Sewage Clean-up After Flooding in Clifton Park

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

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

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

Flood damage and sewer backup hazards may include:

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

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

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