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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.

Fire and Odor Removal in Clifton Park

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

flames in picture Trust SERVPRO to cleanup your fire damaged Clifton Park home--even the pungent odors. "Like it never even happened."

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.

Need Fire Damage Cleanup in Clifton Park – Call SERVPRO

3/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO smoke damage sign Fire, smoke, and odor removal services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service for your property.

Can SERVPRO Remove Odors from Smoke Residues After Fire Damage in Clifton Park?

Homeowners are concerned about smoke odors after a fire in their Clifton Park home. The fire may have been confined to one room or area of the house and quickly brought under control before significant damage occurred. But the odor from the fire seems to be everywhere. It is in their clothes, carpets, fabrics, and anything they touch. Even the HVAC system seems to be blowing odor all over the house.

SERVPRO provides smoke residue removal, odor removal services and fire damage cleanup in Clifton park homes after a fire. Our teams cover all aspects of the cleanup after a fire, including removing odors from the fire. We also provide controlled demolition, restoration, and repair as needed.

Several steps are needed to clear odors from materials after a fire in a home. It helps to understand that smoke residue is distributed by the hot air currents from the fire and the HVAC system operating during the fire. Odors are distributed everywhere within the building.

Depending on the fire type, size, and how long it was burning before the fire was extinguished, SERVPRO employs the following solutions to eliminate odors from your home:

  • Removal of charred materials
  • Removal of visible residues from all surfaces using a combination of vacuuming, cleaning with water and detergents, or solvents to absorb smoke residues from porous and non-porous materials.
  • Application of ozone molecules to neutralize odor molecules to break them into less offensive materials.

In addition, our restoration activities often include repainting walls and ceilings; cleaning and washing carpets and furniture, which further removes any odor smell. Every surface in your home is cleaned after a fire to ensure no remaining evidence of the fire.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County in Clifton Park and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (518) 885-2620.

Need Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Clifton Park – Call SERVPRO

3/12/2022 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from the windows of a home Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be quite trying. Contact SERVPRO for help with smoke and fire damage. Our team is standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Helps Residents in Clifton Park with Smoke and Fire Restoration

Fires in Clifton Park cause varying amounts of smoke and fire damage to the contents and the structure. Hot fires produce less smoke than cooler smoldering fires. A grease fire started on a hot stove can create a great deal of oily smoke residue that sticks to everything and easily smears. When you try to remove the residue, it can make matters worse unless you use the correct cleaning agents. Light, fluffy- smoke residue can be removed easily and the contents and structure cleaned without causing further damage.

Let SERVPRO help you after a fire with smoke and fire damage cleanup in your Clifton Park home. We train our technicians to recognize the various types of fires and smoke residues that need to be removed. Surfaces such as walls, ceilings, floors, and the contents in your home are all treated accordingly. We remove contents and structures damaged beyond repair using controlled demolition techniques. We remove odor-causing materials for repair or replacement.

Smoke residues and odors are carried throughout the home by circulating hot air currents from the fire or the HVAC system. Our team assesses the situation and mobilizes the deodorizing equipment needed to remove all odors from your home. We also clean your HVAC system before they are operated after a fire. We repaint walls to seal them.

SERVPRO can help residents with all types of fire and smoke damage restoration requirements. Our services include:

  • Controlled demolition of fire-damaged structure
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke and odor damage cleanup and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County in Clifton Park and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (518) 885-2620.

Fire Damage Can Devastate Homes in Clifton Park

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here for Fire Damage and Cleanup in the Clifton Park Area

Whether it is a single-family dwelling, apartment complex, or commercial building, all properties pose a challenge when it comes to fire cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO understands smoke and fire devastation, which is why we have perfected methods for cleanup to address everything from debris to odor control and everything in between. Once you contact us, we will be at your door in Clifton Park and ready to work within hours – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Exceptional knowledge and expertise are fundamental with all fire damage projects in Clifton Park. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians handle all restoration situations - fire, water, biohazard, and mold. We work with care and precision to ensure your property is safe again for all inhabitants. 

Professional cleanup of fire damaged homes is better for many reasons, including:

  • Stains, residues, and fumes vary greatly depending on the materials burned. We know how to address stubborn, sticky residue from plastics and proteins - different from the soot and dry charring left from unfinished wood or papers. Additionally, paint, finishes, and inks react differently to smoke and fire onset based on their unique chemical composition.
  • A cooking fire involving proteins generates nearly invisible yet unpleasant and sticky residue that calls for specialized techniques. For example, our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) may use enzyme digesters to assist with removal.
  • Any house fire, regardless of building composition, compromises the structural integrity and indoor air quality (IAQ). There will also be a certain level of water or chemicals left from first responders extinguishing the blaze. SERVPRO is here to assess, mitigate, and reconstruct your property, making it safe and clean again – “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t leave fire damage to chance or settle for anything less than the best. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County 24/7 for rapid response at (518) 885-2620.

Proper Fire Damage Assessment Gets Your Halfmoon Home Restored Faster

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire burning through attic to the roof SERVPRO can secure your fire damaged Halfmoon home with tarps once the fire is extinguished. Then we can start the cleanup and restoration

24/7 Response and Carefully Fire Damage Assessment from SERVPRO Gives Halfmoon Residents Peace of Mind

It is essential to know that all fire damage is different; it all depends on the situation. This includes the materials burned, any accelerants, the space where the fire started, and more. SERVPRO knows how to assess fire damaged homes to select the best processes so that we can bring your property back to pre-fire condition as quickly as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – and being a locally owned and operated franchise, we take pride in consistently providing quality work for our friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes.

When it comes to fire damage in Halfmoon, areas of your home are impacted, and the severity calls for calculated solutions. Despite all pending factors, SERVPRO has proven methods that never change. We adapt little details as we go to achieve the best results. Here are some of the actions and precautions our team may take at your property:

We cover it all

  • Initial contact between you and our representative to gather details on the fire event, which allows us to respond with the right resources and equipment.
  • Inspection of the property, including assessment of the fire, soot, and smoke damage so that we can formulate a plan of action.
  • Immediate roof tarping and board-up services to protect your interior from further damage while restoration and clean-up occur.
  • Water removal services and drying to address any moisture or chemicals left behind from first responders extinguishing the fire.
  • Removal of all soot and smoke from walls, ceilings, and any other surfaces with the help of specialized techniques and equipment.
  • Detailed cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing your interior and restorable items using EPA-registered cleaning products, thermal fogging equipment, and air scrubbers.
  • Restoration, including controlled demolition to repair and replace items like drywall, paint, wall coverings, carpets, and anything else to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

When it comes to fire damage, you deserve to have a trusted name in the industry on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County when you require assistance by calling (518) 885-2620.

Does the Method of Fire Damage Restoration in Clifton Park Matter as Much as the Results?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

fireman in kitchen fire When a fire strikes your kitchen don't worry. SERVPRO fire damage restoration techs have you covered.

SERVPRO Cares About Issues Such as the Insurance Claim Size When Choosing a Restoration Method

After fire ravages your Clifton Park property, your main focus probably is how to restore normalcy. The method used to deliver the results may be just a passing thought. However, the process is as important as the outcome. A professional restoration team can use appropriate methods and deliver the expected outcomes.

The choice of a restoration method for fire damage at your Clifton Park property can affect the costs involved. Even if you are not paying for the repairs out of pocket, it is prudent to keep your insurance claim at a minimum when possible. SERVPRO is aware of this and uses advanced technical skills and experience to meet such goals.

Some of the essential steps that help improve the outcome include:

  • Prioritizing cleaning over other solutions like resurfacing
  • Looking for exhaustive solutions to avoid repeating tasks
  • Using state-of-the-art equipment and specially formulated products

Damage from a fire is rarely uniform. Therefore, different methods may be necessary to restore various areas. In the haste to restore normalcy, it is possible to opt for the most aggressive method. However, that approach is likely to result in unnecessary costs. 

An appropriate restoration approach uses gradual escalation starting with:

  • Cleaning to remove fire residues
  • Refinishing or polishing
  • Resurfacing through repainting or covering
  • Replacing unsalvageable materials

Testing the damaged items before taking action helps identify where each of the solutions is likely to work, thus eliminating any delays that would be occasioned by trial and error.

SERVPRO technicians also consider the long-term impact of each solution. We avoid patch-ups that may not last long, even if it saves money. For instance, when dealing with odors, we take sufficient steps to remove the source rather than concealing it with deodorizers which run out eventually.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County handles fire damage professionals keeping costs manageable and while delivering good results. Call us at (518) 885-2620. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Restoring Fire-Damaged Clifton Park Homes to Pre-Loss Condition

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damaged sign Fire damage restoration may be needed anytime in your home. SERVPRO IICRC certified trained techs will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

Our focus on cleaning and recovering Clifton Park properties concentrates on reaching the conditions before the fire. 

Fires can develop fast for area homes, so having a team available 24/7 is crucial. Our SERVPRO professionals are ready to respond whenever disasters strike to get your damaged home back to its original condition. 

Emergency Services Help to Hasten Restoration

As you might expect, fire damage in Clifton Park homes can be challenging to overcome, even to preloss conditions. We must first focus on pressing concerns that prevent these outcomes by performing several emergency services. Some of these include:

  • Debris Removal – One of the first steps our professionals take for emergency services is eliminating ash, charred materials, and burned contents from the property. 
  • Air Filtration – Environmental conditions are vital to managing early in the mitigation phase to allow cleaning technicians to work on the property safely. HEPA air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators can help in this effort. 
  • Content Relocation – Relocating damaged contents or items in the pathway of migrating effects can be critical in only leaving structural elements and building materials to repair, restore, or clean. 
  • Water Removal – Removing standing water that lingers after extinguishment is one of the areas our technicians must put in work before greater restoration and recovery efforts can occur. 

The Focus of Damage Inspections 

Emergency services might help remove the pressing threats and concerns after a fire, but vital information also comes from a property inspection—our production manager catalogs losses and pre-existing conditions to create a custom restoration plan. 

Our responding technicians focus on cleaning and restoring your home after a fire damage incident to its original condition. Being centered on specifics that make disasters "Like it never even happened," can ensure those comfortable living environments are restored. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team can help when you call (518) 885-2620. 

Clifton Park Residents Need Professional Help in Fire Damage Restoration of Their Homes

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire with logo Our IICRC certified technicians are prepared to assist with any level of fire damage in your home. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service to Clifton Park Home Owners 

A suburban town in Saratoga County, Clifton Park is home to around 36,000 proud residents. The earliest settlements in the area date back to the 17th century, but the town was officially incorporated in 1828. It was the last town to be established in the county. The city saw a boost in population after Interstate 87 was built through it in 1961. 

Spending a day with family in this beautiful city is truly refreshing and fun. Many attractions, including picnics and day trips, can fill your day pretty quickly. However, one of the most popular things to do is wine tasting. There are several breweries and distilleries around the city offering day tours and wine tasting events. You can learn more about the wine-making process on some of these tours as well. Here are some of the best wineries in the area- 

  • The Saratoga Winery and Tasting Room- It is one of Saratoga County's best wineries, offering a spread of choice beers, wines, and spirits. They even provide a full menu with wood-fired pizza, sandwiches, and more. There is a live musical performance every Friday night as well. The winery is known for its natural style Melomel wines, Cabernets, and their signature whites and reds. 
  • Ledge Rock Hill Winery and Vineyard- They are known for their wines with exceptional varietal character with just the right balance of fruitiness. They boast decades-long wine-making experience that has incorporated scientific methods over the years. The wines are made from only fresh ingredients. You can even customize your wine testing experience depending on your likes and dislikes. Private tastings and tours are also available on prior bookings. 
  • Northway Brewing Company- With a 3000 square-foot taproom, it is one of the biggest brewing companies in the area. You can taste some artisanal beers here, along with the smoothest wines and exquisite spirits. 

How Does Smoke Damage Impact Your Clifton Park Home? 

Fire damage at your Clifton Park home can be cosmetic as well as structural. One of the most significant factors causing such damage is smoke. The residue left behind after smoke damage is not only difficult to clean but can cause discoloration and even structural damage. SERVPRO restoration experts of Clifton Park understand the science of smoke and use it to devise a strategy for the best results. 

The damage caused by the smoke depends on multiple factors, that include the following-

  • The Temperature of Smoke- Smoke spreads away from the fire by the process of convection. As the temperature increases during a fire, the hot smoke rises to the top. The hotter the fires, the hotter is the smoke produced, which is forced against surfaces. Hotter smoke particles can penetrate deeper into the porous material causing extensive damage and making it difficult to clean.
  • The Temperature of the Surroundings- Hotter smoke generally moves towards colder surfaces. Consequently, colder surfaces such as closets, unheated rooms, and outside walls are damaged the most. A surprising amount of residue finds its way into closets and drawers. 

SERVPRO technicians understand this behavior of smoke and plan fire restoration strategies. 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 for round-the-clock assistance. 

Fire Restoration and Smoke Damage Cleanup in Clifton Park

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Need Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup – Call SERVPRO

The first settlements in what is now known as Clifton Park were in 1707. By 1723, the village had grown to 20 residents. The town was named Clifton Park officially in 1828. The population has grown to approximately 40,000 people today and is located about 12 miles north of Albany.

Some of the interesting activities for Clifton Park residents and visitors to enjoy in the surrounding area include:

  • Clifton Park Farmer's Market
  • 100 Acre Wood Trail Systems
  • Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve
  • Kinnes Road Park
  • Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway
  • Robert Van Patten Memorial Trail
  • Clifton Park Golf
  • Mocha Lisa" s Caffe
  • Eagle Crest Golf Club
  • Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company
  • Yankee distillers
  • Pam's Pub
  • Van Patten Golf club

A few more details about several of these locations are included for your information.

Clifton Park Farmer's Market

The Clifton Park Farmer's Market is located at Shenendehowa United Methodist Church! Check for opening hours and schedules along with required current health guidelines while enjoying the market.

100 Acre Wood Trail Systems

The 100 Acre Wood Trail Systems is located not far from Clifton Park in Malta, with multiple trails spread over 100 acres of forested lands. The trail system is open year-round for hiking and observing nature. There are benches at various locations. Some routes involve stairs, and there are roadside pathways that surround the 100 Acre Woods that are paved and suitable for wheelchairs. These pathways also connect with others in the area, including the ZIM Smith Trail. There is no cycling, hunting, or alcohol allowed in the park.

Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve

Established in 2005 by Clifton Park, the Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve covers 240 acres of primarily undisturbed natural habitat. The preserve is suitable for challenging natural hiking, walking, and snowshoeing. Fishing is allowed; however, hunting is not permitted.

Golf Clubs in the Area include:

  • Barney Road Golf Course
  • Northway Golf Center
  • Brookhaven Golf Course
  • Clifton Park Golf
  • Eagle Crest Golf Club
  • Van Patten Golf club

Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway

The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway is a national scenic towpath hi-lilting times when mules pulled barges along the river's edge. There are tours with stops along the way, including Clifton Park, where you can explore their role in the industrial revolution and expansion into western areas of the country.

Robert Van Patten Memorial Trail

Robert Van Patten Memorial Trail is a 1.6-mile trail connecting Ushers Road to Van Patten Drive. The path is multi-use. 

 Please respect all users of the trail system.

Can Smoke Damaged Non-Porous Contents with Rough Surfaces Be Cleaned?

Grease fires can produce a great deal of oily smoke residue that leaves a residue on everything in the fire's vicinity. House fire cleanup involves removing fire-damaged contents, cleaning all contents and surfaces, and restoration of the fire-damaged areas.

SERVPRO provides fire restoration of homes and contents for residents of Clifton Park. We can deal with every type of fire-damaged home. Our teams use various cleaning techniques to remove soot and smoke residue from fabrics, hard surfaces, structural components, and contents that are difficult to clean.

Smoke remediation techniques include Immersion ultrasonic cleaning for difficult to clean surfaces. Immersion provides greater cleaning efficiency. Contents must be small enough to immerse. SERVPRO can clean hard to restore smoke damaged contents using this method by controlling:

  • The quantity of cleaning product used
  • The temperature of the product and
  • The immersion time

Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for fire restoration in Clifton Park and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (518) 885-2620.

How Can SERVPRO Restore Air Quality After a Clifton Park Fire?

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

four separate flames Fire combustion in a home is a job for a professional outfit. SERVPRO uses the latest in technology and equipment for and size fire restoration jobs.

We have filtration and cleaning products to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in homes.

Combustion can often leave many circulating particles and contaminants that must get addressed and removed before restoration can begin in Clifton Park. Soot and smoke particles are among the most concentrated of these, and the carcinogenic nature of soot can be a health hazard to occupants exposed without appropriate personal protective equipment.

How Can SERVPRO Improve IAQ for Area Homes? 

Initial actions taken before mitigation and restoration began in fire-damaged Clifton Park homes can target circulating hazardous particles and airborne threats. We can provide cleaning of the HVAC system and air ducts to further promote improved air quality, but this often occurs after we have deployed several filtration devices in the house. Some of these options include:

  • Air scrubbers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Negative pressure systems

Improving air quality is a step towards the safe restoration of your home after a fire. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can help with leading equipment and experience when you call (518) 885-2620.

Why Is It Important to Protect Your Home After a Fire?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

firefighters putting out a fire in a garage Protecting your home after fire damage is part of our remediation protocol. Contact SERVPRO for services right away.

SERVPRO Responds Immediately to Fire Damage Events in Halfmoon

Fires can cause disastrous damage to homes and businesses. Even a small fire generates a feeling of being overwhelmed. Many building owners find it challenging to make decisions about protecting their homes from further damage.

SERVPRO understands how important it is to protect buildings from secondary fire damage in Halfmoon and why it is essential to act quickly. Secondary fire damage can occur from:

  • Rain or snow can enter through holes in the roof or broken windows
  • Water or chemicals used to douse the fire can further damage contents
  • Mold infestations can occur in as little as 24 hours

Fast action by SERVPRO teams can control the amount of secondary damage. We assess the situation and begin fire damage mitigation immediately. These actions may include:

  • Board up of windows and doors
  • Tarps on roofs
  • Removal of standing water

SERVPRO can also work closely with your insurance company to initiate the removal of damaged contents, demolition if needed, clean up, and odor mitigation.

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for fast response fire damage service to Halfmoon and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (518) 885-2620.

Clifton Park Home Restoration from Local Franchise Owners

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Male SERVPRO technician SERVPRO has a fire restoration team like no other. We have IICRC certified technicians that have experience and the equipment for the job.

SERVPRO Technicians Promptly Assist with Fire Damage in Clifton Park 

Clifton Park is in the southern part of Saratoga County, situated near Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. Although there are rural roots in the community, it sits in the middle of New York's Tech Valley. Emerging businesses continue to grow in the community while also preserving and restoring places of historical significance. Clifton Park enjoys four seasons, each with unique activities and advantages. 

Seasonal Highlights in Saratoga County

  • Fall Attractions: Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and haunted experiences near Halloween are popular in the area. Apple picking at farms with apple orchards is a very popular fall pastime. 
  • Winter Attractions: Snowsports of all kinds are popular in the winter. Maple Ski Ridge and Willard Mountain offer downhill skiing, while numerous trails are popular for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There are multiple snowmobiling clubs in the area advocating to plan outdoor adventures using the Saratoga Snowmobiling Itinerary as a resource for trails and starting points. 
  • Spring and Summer Attractions: Hiking trails are popular throughout the emerging spring months and well into the mild summers. There are several Wineries in the area that are open during the more temperate months. These wineries typically offer outdoor seating, tastings, and meals ranging from charcuterie to wood-fired pizza. Residents may wish to visit the nearby Saratoga Racecourse for horse racing or the Museum of (Horse) Racing and Hall of Fame during spring and summer. Residents may choose to visit Clute's Dry Dock, along Riverview Road, to view or canoe a portion of the still-functioning Erie Canal.

The Erie Canal in Clifton Park

The Erie Canal officially opened on October 26, 1825, after approximately eight years of construction., and originally ran for 363 miles from the Hudson River in Albany all the way west to Lake Erie in Buffalo. Before the canal, the primary mode of transporting bulk items was by pack animals who could only carry a maximum of 250 pounds and took a very long time to arrive at their specified destination. Similarly, a stagecoach ride from Buffalo to New York City was approximately two weeks. There were no railways at the time, so the canal was a viable transportation option for goods and people cutting down the time between the two cities in half. 

Opponents of the canal called it "Clinton's Folly" or "Clinton's Big Ditch," after Governor DeWitt Clinton. However, the canal cut down transporting costs for bulk materials by 95 percent. It also gave New York City an advantage over other ports because the Erie Canal connected the Hudson to the Western Interior of the United States. 

The height of travel on the Erie Canal was in the 1850s, and by the twentieth century, large barges replaced line and passenger boats. Canawlers (canallers) were people who lived up and down the canal and developed unique cultural attitudes, customs, and oral traditions long after portions of the canals closed. 

The Erie Canal Changed Commerce Throughout Saratoga County and the Rest of New York


  • Originally there were 83 locks, and now there are just 35 numbered locks remaining. 
  • The first is Black Rock Lock, and the last is Troy Federal Lock. 
  • Locks function through gates; the downstream gate closes to allow the water to rise, so the boat gains enough height to pass through the upstream gate. 
  • There is a 565 feet difference from the first lock to the last lock. 

Freight Boats

  • They are sometimes called line boats or freighters. 
  • Mules and horses pulled freight (canal) boats by walking on a parallel towpath. 
  • The canal was narrow, so if boats met, one moved to the side while the other passed by. 
  • If taking passage on freight boats, people slept on the deck or on top of crates.
  • Cheaper travel for people who could not afford passage on packets. Ofen only 1 or 2 cents per mile, but at a slower rate. 

Passenger Boats

  • Most commonly, 60-80 feet long and 14 feet wide.
  • Sometimes called packet boats or packets. 
  • Boats transported passengers in comfort, transforming from a dining room into sleeping quarters at night. 
  • Men and women slept in different areas, separated by a curtain. 
  • During summer months, passengers sat on the deck or even the roof of the boat. 

The aqueducts at Rexford in Clifton Park allowed for the Erie Canal to move across the Mohawk River. The Erie Canal facilitated town growth in Clifton Park and the surrounding communities, allowing for trade and developing commerce, leading to today's city. Many homes and businesses built in the nineteenth and early twentieth century remain in use today. Older, historically- preserved homes require additional attention to detail when faced with home renovations after a fire. 

How Does SERVPRO Help Restore My Fire-Damaged Home?

Experiencing a home fire is often devastating and overwhelming. Our professional fire damage restoration team comes to assist you when your head is swimming with daunting tasks. Our team assesses the damage, creating a restoration plan for your home and personal belongings, with replacement as a last resort option. However, One of the most common issues with fire damage is the lingering odor. 

SERVPRO Removes Odors After a Fire

  • There are several ways that our technicians tackle odors after a fire:
  • Removal: It is crucial to remove the odor's source. Otherwise, the item continues to smell.
  • Ventilate: Technicians open doors, use your HVAC system, and air movers to ventilate the area.
  • Clean: Thoroughly clean surfaces with a detergent/deodorant solution to remove odors. The further away from the source of the smell, the less cleaning required. 
  • Control: Uses Counteractants to mask and absorb unwanted odors.
  • Fog: If needed, technicians recreate the fire conditions in the area with thermal foggers to dissipate throughout the home. 

Our fire restoration team may choose to use any or all of these steps to remove unwanted odors from your home. For assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Get In The Christmas Spirit In Clifton Park With A Visit To Christmas Land

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas decorations on tree Join in on the fun this holiday season at Christmas Land in Clifton Park.

Spread Some Holiday Cheer Around Clifton Park

If you are in the mood for some festive spirit, look no further than Christmas Land in Altamont. The whole family will love this fun-packed event, which includes:

  • Decorating your own ornaments.
  • Icing your own festive cookies.
  • Photographs with Santa Claus.
  • Festive-themed kids' activities.
  • A Christmas store for those unique gifts.

You can also go on a traditional horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides and create memories you will treasure for a long time. Kids will love taking a trip on Frankie the Christmas Land Train. There will be a festive light display and seasonal music to create an unforgettable atmosphere. There will be a variety of snacks and beverages available for purchase, too.

Christmas Land is open on December 12 and 13, from 10 AM to 6 PM.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County knows how exciting it is to start getting out your festive decorations. However, please be aware of fire hazards and make sure your lights are in good working order. We are available to help if you need fire damage restoration. Call us today at (518) 885-2620.

After a Bedroom Fire, What Stays and What Goes?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Overloaded outlet beginning to burn Overloaded outlets are a frequent source of fires. Inspect your outlets often.

SERVPRO Techs Can Clean up and Restore Your Clifton Park Bedroom After Any Amount of Fire Loss   

Bedrooms are a common area of the home for fires to occur and some of the most typical reasons include:  

  • Unattended candles to close to flammable objects
  • Smoking in bed 
  • Extension cords under rugs
  • Overloaded outlets 

When your Clifton Park bedroom has fire loss to clean up, the process must start as soon as possible to limit the potential for soot to spread throughout the home.  

Does My Mattress Have to Get Tossed After a Fire?   

In most fire damage cleanup in Clifton Park bedrooms, the mattress is a loss, even if it has no signs of charring. It can hold copious amounts of soot that produce the pungent smoke odor. If it has a manufacturing date before 2007, the mattress does not meet the current flame-resistant standards, as defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). And even with the deep cleaning methods that SERVPRO technicians have access to, returning the mattress to a sanitary state for reuse to sleep upon is unlikely.  

Do All-Purpose Cleaners Work to Clean Smoke Residues?   

In some cases, this type of cleaner might be successful in wiping a residue visibly off a surface, but there may be residual elements left behind. The cleaning of smoke damage in a bedroom after a fire gets handled very carefully by SERVPRO techs:    

  • They test the residues to determine the best cleaning method based on the type of smoke and the surface getting cleaned
  • The techs use specialized equipment for manually lifting away certain types of residues
  • Technicians custom-mix solvent-based cleaning agents as needed to handle hard-to-remove residues 

Homeowners that perform DIY cleanup methods can do more damage than the original smoke damage left behind by the fire by merely wetting down soot residues that look powdery (known as "dry smoke") and driving them deeper into or irreparably staining surfaces. SERVPRO technicians have professional methods that work to lift away this type of loss and save the homeowner the cost of replacement.  

What Items in the Bedroom Will Need Replacing Post-Fire? 

SERVPRO technicians divide the house into two main areas during the fire damage mitigation process in Clifton Park: structure and contents. The structure is the bedroom walls, ceilings, and floors, and contents are everything within it, such as the bed and bedding, furnishings, and other items. Many of those things may be piled on the mattress after a fire and drenched to stop any reigniting from occurring. The technicians sort through them individually to determine which has restoration potential and which are a loss. Nothing gets discarded without approval from either the homeowner or adjuster, but it gets taken off-site, so it does not contribute further to the structure's fire odor. 

Necessary structural cleaning may involve some level of controlled demolition. If the walls and ceiling have charring or absorbed water, they require removal as they cannot get dried or cleaned for reuse. The techs cut off the ruined parts cleanly, so repairs are fast and straightforward. Carpet is another room element that usually requires removal, the amounts of water used to extinguish the fire can soak the subfloor which saves the bedroom from further fire loss, but causes the loss of the carpet and pad.  

Bedroom Furnishings Covered in Soot May Not Be a Loss 

Many considerations determine if furnishings in the bedroom have cleaning potential. Furniture made from pressed wood tends to deteriorate and become a loss after exposure to water or heat. However, bed frames, nightstands, and tables made from solid hardwood may have restoration possibilities through the cleaning methods used by SERVPRO, provided the cleanup of the loss began soon after the fire. Through the use of their professional cleaning agents, the techs can lift off even massive soot deposits. In some cases, the item may require re-staining and sealing.   

What Happens to Clothes in the Closet Exposed to Heavy Smoke? 

Washable items get restored through the use of the Esporta Washing System. The techs load it up, and the things have a food-grade level of cleanliness after a single wash. Items that are dry clean only or can shrink or bleed are not candidates for this restoration method.  

When you need fast and efficient fire damage cleanup for your home and contents, call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County (518) 885-2620. The certified technicians arrive quickly and make the loss to your home, "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Get Rid of Fire Smoke Smell in My House?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Coming Under the Door Can't Get the Smoke Odor Out of Your Halfmoon Home? Call SERVPRO Today!

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience and Equipment to Restore Halfmoon Properties From Any Size Smoke and Fire loss

When a fire occurs in a property, the hot air expands and pushes odorous soot particles into everything in the loss area. Afterward, even after the charred items get removed, the smell of the fire remains until the action gets taken against the molecules causing the foul odor. Worse, the particulate matter can travel to other areas within the property previously unaffected by the fire via foot traffic of the HVAC ductwork. Anywhere they land, fire odor is present.

What Type of Cleaner Gets Rid of Fire Damage and Smoke Odors?

The easy answer for that question to get rid of smoke odor and fire damage in your home is there is not a single method to handle all the results of this type of loss. SERVPRO technicians handle the restoration services using a systematic and multilayered approach to the process from start to finish, and it involves the use of multiple types of cleaning applications.

Removal of charred items is necessary as they contribute nothing but foul odors to the property. After being documented through a detailed condition report and photographs, they get disposed of. This process goes a long way towards reducing odors within the loss area.

How to Limit the Spread of Airborne Soot Particles

The particulate matter that gets stirred up during mitigation can be an irritant to skin and if it gets aspirated. SERVPRO techs wear protective clothing and respirators when faced with this situation for the utmost safety during mitigation. Other measures to contain the fire loss area include:

  • Putting up plastic barriers over doorways and vents
  • Establishing negative air chambers to port airborne particles off-site
  • The use of air scrubbers to capture small floating particles in their maze of HEPA filtration, some of which are smaller than the human eye can see.

If fabrics such as window treatments or clothing have smoke odors but no other heat damage, many of these items can get restored through the use of the Esporta Washing System. The techs carefully inspect any garment or fabric considered for this type of restoration to determine if the construction materials are suitable. This attention to detail ensures there are no issues such as bleeding, shrinkage, or deterioration. 

Why Professional Odor Removal Equipment is Necessary

After a fire in a home, cleaning out the burned items, and removing the smoke residues brings down the intensity of the smell, but does not eradicate it. SERVPRO techs have a vast array of different application levels depending on the level of odor removal required in the home. Frequently used methods are:

  • A thermal fogger is a handheld device that uses a solvent heated to a fog. This fog penetrates porous objects and eradicates odorous soot particles.
  • Hydroxyl generators are safe and effective for eliminating smoke odors. The machine emits UV rays like the Sun, and when the airborne particles come into contact, they get neutralized at the molecular level.
  • Gel pellets are a method that gets used when the odor control needed is light.

Final Touches Before Repairs and Reconstruction 

Several actions need to take place before repairs can happen after a fire loss. Sometimes soot gets into the paint on walls, and even though the walls are cleaned, a residual odor may remain. This gets easily corrected through the use of sealants that create a barrier over the scent. All that needs to happen after the application of a sealant is a new coat of primer and paint.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 specializes in the cleanup of fire damage and removal of smoke odors of any scale. The certified technicians show up quickly and are available 24/7 to return your home to its preloss condition.

Learn more about Halfmoon, NY.

Is Soot Easy to Clean in My Clifton Park Home?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with fire and soot damage. SERVPRO will be there first hand to assist with your Clifton Park house fire.

One of the hazards and obstacles that homeowners require professional assistance after a fire is the presence of soot. 

Fire losses can be one of the most harmful situations for Clifton Park homes, which is only made worse by so many potential causes or involved materials. Structure fires can create a volatile situation for homeowners, making it unwise or unsafe for DIY restoration and recovery. Situations like environmental contaminants and soot alone can cause health effects that require advanced personal protective equipment and training to overcome.

Your insurance provider often must get involved for fire damage to Clifton Park homes, which can be an added level of stress to homeowners. Often, these companies want competent restoration professionals to do the work and to start by documenting the damage and loss conditions. Because our SERVPRO team is already a preferred vendor for fire restoration in the region, you can save time by calling us first to begin this evaluation and damage assessment for your insurance adjuster.

What is Soot? 

Among the damages that can result from a structure fire, soot is among the most detrimental and potentially harmful to homeowners. Not only can this residue ruin surfaces and materials it gets exposed to, but its chemical makeup and size make it a harmful substance to encounter in the environment while working.

Soot gets created by incomplete combustion of fuels like wood. The result is a black residue made up of countless microscopic specs that start out circulating in the affected environment. The thick layers that can form on exposed surfaces can be challenging to clean, especially considering that many of the solutions must get selected based on the type of material affected. Soda blasting might work for countertops, but could be ineffective or even destructive to certain fabrics or flooring. The removal of soot is a calculated process beginning as soon as our technicians arrive.

What Makes Soot a Hazard? 

Hazards might be plentiful in a home after a fire, from the threat of structural collapse to water damages. Soot is one of the most volatile contaminants and particulates that a homeowner might encounter, and it can be a hazard for multiple reasons. There are a few specific reasons soot is a harmful presence in your post-fire property. These include:

  • Microscopic size
  • Acidic composition
  • Easily circulated

Why is Cleaning Soot a Challenge? 

There are multiple obstacles in removing soot from your home or surfaces where it has started to form layers. Because soot can be such a challenge to remove from various materials and contents, there are multiple strategies that our SERVPRO team uses to address it. Careful considerations must get made as soon as possible to determine the best of these removal techniques, as choosing the wrong one might lead to detrimental conditions such as:

  • Smearing – Wipe cleaning is common practice with residues and soiling after a fire, but with soot, this might not be possible. DIY cleaning can often result in smearing surfaces with thick smoke and soot residues. 
  • Staining – Staining is one of the most damaging potential problems that could occur with soot on a surface. Smearing the residue can often cause staining, but this might occur naturally on its own with a delay in removing residues. Once a surface has become stained by soot, it must often get discarded and replaced. 
  • Acidic Erosion or Marring – Because soot is acidic, it can have a damaging effect on many surfaces without any interaction from homeowners or restoration technicians. For this reason, it is vital to get soot removal and cleaning practices started as soon as possible after a fire.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove Soot? 

Because soot is such a burden on fire restoration professionals and the homeowners, our SERVPRO team aims to help after these disasters, there are multiple approaches developed to target soot and protect the underlying material substrate. Each of these might not work in specific scenarios, and that is what makes small-scale testing or surface-by-surface evaluation critical in the restoration and recovery process. We can implement several potential cleaning strategies, including:

  • Water-Based Solvents
  • Soda Blasting
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Controlled Demolition

No matter how widespread destructive elements like soot can become in your home after a fire, we have trusted methods for safely removing these threats and making fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team a call anytime that you need us at (518) 885-2620.

Help! How Do I Get Cooking Fire Damage Out of My Kitchen?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Model home on fire You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Begin Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Clifton Park Home in As Little As Four Hours

Consider the kitchen the highest area of risk in most homes for residential fire damage. Whether you have an electric or gas stove, or you rely on small electrical appliances for much of your day-to-day cooking needs, it is crucial to take steps to minimize the risk of kitchen fires. Not only are these types of damages costly to repair, but much of the cleanup cannot be accomplished with consumer-grade cleaning products. This is especially true if the fire in your Clifton Park home required a visit from the local fire department. The widespread saturation from fire hoses also requires professional cleanup measures.

If your Clifton Park residence needs fire damage mitigation, SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to restore your home to a preloss condition. Fire damage often requires specialized equipment, including:

  • Specialized wet and dry cleaning solutions to address fire damage soils and protein residues
  • Air purification equipment, such as HEPA filter vacuums and hydroxyl generators, to improve indoor air quality after a fire
  • HVAC cleaning tools to prevent fire damage odors from spreading throughout your home
  • Odor control tools like thermal foggers, time-released pellets, and scented granules, to remove fire odors and make your home comfortable to be in once more

What to Do in the Event of Cooking Fire Damages

  • The first step when a cooking fire occurs is to turn off the heat source immediately. Do not move the pot or pan until you are sure the flames have stopped.
  • Smother small fires with baking soda. Fires need oxygen to spread, so cover the pan with a lid to suffocate the flames.
  • If you need to break out the kitchen fire extinguisher, use a type B if grease or oil is involved. Remember to point the nozzle at the base of the flames.
  • If you lose control of the fire, evacuate your home and call 911.

Once you have smothered the flames or called the authorities to do so for your Clifton Park Low home, remember to contact your insurer and have an adjuster examine the damages as soon as possible before contacting a mitigation team. Once you are ready to move forward, call SERVPRO for mitigation that can begin within hours of your initial call.

What to Avoid When Cooking Fire Damage Occurs

  • If the fire source comes from cooking grease or oil, do not douse the fire with water. This could instead cause the oil to splash and potentially spread the fire. As water vaporizes, it can also feed the flames.
  • It would also be prudent to avoid moving the cooking vessel while it is burning, since splashing oil can also spread the flames throughout your home on contact with flammable surfaces.
  • Another thing of note is that you cannot substitute the effectiveness of baking soda with sugar, which caramelizes and burns on contact with flame, or flour, which can also feed the fire.

If the fire in your Clifton Park property’s kitchen has already spread Beyond your home’s capacity to fight a fire, leave extinguishing it to the authorities. SERVPRO tools can address water damage from firefighting efforts as well as the fire damage in your kitchen and other areas of the home.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Fire Damage Residues from My Kitchen?

SERVPRO Technicians use a wide variety of tools to address the various degrees of soiling that can come from fires. This type of damage possesses a wide variety of traits and requires an equally varied arsenal to address them thoroughly. Consider the following:

  • Invisible protein residues from burnt meat products must be broken down with enzyme digesters that can turn these proteins into water-soluble byproducts.
  • Soils can be either hydrophilic, or attracted to water, or lipophilic, or attracted to oils and fats. However, this quality depends on the nature of what was burned. A water-based solution typically does not work residues that result from burning oil, grease, or petroleum products and vice versa.
  • Another consideration SERVPRO technicians must take into account for your Clifton Park property is the severity of damage in various areas. Typically, fire damage mitigation technicians work from the lightest damage to the heaviest to minimize potential secondary damages from unnecessarily heavy cleaning.

Lighter soils may only require manual scrubbing with a dry cleaning sponge, Crumbly Cleaner, or EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions on a clean cloth. Meanwhile, heavier soiling might benefit from SERVPRO’s Wood Creme Paste, heavy-duty alkaline cleaners, or abrasion cleaning with blast media such as soda ash.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County serves the community with mitigation services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (518) 885-2620 to restore your home to a preloss condition.

Halloween Safety Tips

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Two jack-o-lanterns at night with glowing eyes Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner, we want you and your family to be safe while out this season.  When choosing a costume, be sure that it is flame retardant. Any loose or non- flame retardant materials can catch fire easily. Be sure that you can see clearly avoid masks that limit your field of vision to reduce trip hazards. Costumes tend to be dark in color making them harder to see while driving.

Consider lighting your jack-o-lantern with LED battery operated candles instead of an actual candle.  Electronic candles are better to decorate with than actual candles to avoid catching decorations on fire. Dried cornstalks and crepe paper decorations are especially susceptible to ignite around flames. Keep these materials away from heat sources such as space heaters or open flame candles.  Two of every five fires reported were because decorations caught fire in the home according to the NFPA.  Above all never leave a candle or open fire unattended.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County hopes you have a safe and Happy Halloween. Should you need any of our  call us directly at 518-885-2620.

Observing Fire Prevention Month

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Graphic of Sparky the Fire Dog Dalmatian puppy in firefighter PPE giving the "OK" sign with his fingers Sparky Reminds us to Practice Fire Safety at Home and at Work!

2019 Campaign

This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. This simple exercise has been proven to save lives.  

Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.  

Your escape plan should include everyone in your home or office.  Remember to check doors to see if they are hot before opening, crawl low to stay below the smoke, and close doors behind you to slow the spread of the fire.  Sound your alarm and practice you home fire drill today!

SERVPRO Crews Hard at Work at a Fire Job

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

We take pride in our work at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County  Our guys were busy this week. This photo shows them in their PPE, busily working on a home that had fire damage in Troy, NY.

Avoid Fire Damage When Grilling in your Saratoga Area Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Late Summer Grilling Can Lead To Fire Damage In Saratoga Springs

The barbeque and grilling season is far from over in upstate New York. Cooking outdoors is popular for creating a festive atmosphere and delivering delicious, smoke-infused food to the dining table. Wood, charcoal, or gas grills do pose an elevated risk of household fire. If the flames jump to an exterior or interior portions of your home we can help with cleanup and restoration.

Outdoor grilling needs constant monitoring to avoid fire damage to your home. Even when you exercise caution, variables such as wind gusts, or rambunctious pets can cause an accident that quickly turns into a crisis. During the relatively dry months of late summer, the grass or gardens near your house can ignite fast, spreading the line of fire to the exterior or inside of your dwelling. We respond to many fire cleanup scenarios where the source of the residue on surfaces in your home was an outdoor blaze.

SERVPRO warns that overhanging eaves, an awning, or roof can accelerate the transfer of heat and flames from even a small accidental outdoor fire from grilling. Despite burning just a few minutes before it is extinguished, the smoke and soot of a fire that escaped its containment system can make their way indoors, especially if open windows or heating or cooling intake vents are nearby. Think of how the aromas of your or a neighbor’s grilling waft into your house even when the cooking fuel is contained, and no emergency occurs.

Add to that the increase in smoke and soot if an outdoor fire jumps to the ground or the structure of your home. Fires started outside can grow in intensity if they catch the siding or trim of your home, and if a fire just outside the kitchen, where the majority of grilling spaces are, seeks and finds a burst of oxygen when the door opens, it travels inside with frightening ease. Firefighting efforts, both with fire extinguishers and water, may put out the fire but damage your home on their own. Fortunately, SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, handling water, fire, and many other disasters.

If a gathering around the grill takes a turn for the worse, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is ready to help clean up and restore any areas of your home affected. Give us a call at 518-885-2620 to get the recovery started.

Common Mistakes After a Fire

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 518-885-2620.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Specializes in Fire Damage Cleanup

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is never expected and can turn your world upside down. Here at SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, we have fire and restoration trained professionals and resources to get you back on your feet in no time.

The process always begins with an evaluation of what items can and cannot be cleaned. We take great care to treat your fire damaged home and belongings with great care and use a multi-step cleaning process to salvage as many items as possible. We use both dry and wet methods of cleaning to achieve the best results. Dry methods of cleaning consist of dry sponging, HEPA-vacuuming and using a Masslinn dust cloth for cleaning delicate content. Our wet methods of cleaning consist of using both a cleaning agent and a deodorizer. The deodorizer has both a masking and a pairing agent. The pairing agent removes the odor and the masking agent leaves a refreshing smell. By using both of these fire restoration cleaning products, our process helps to eliminate both the dirt left behind from the fire as well as preventing any lingering smell from returning.

After a fire it's difficult to know what the first step should be to get back on your feet. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help. Take a deep breath, and call us at 518-885-2620. We work hard to restore your home to pre-fire condition so you can feel like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Cooking Fire Safety

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO Professionals today to assist with smoke damage from your cooking mishap at 518-885-2620

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming. And while these fires typically begin on the stove, the damage generally affects the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. We can also remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, and soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items.

Before attempting to clean any smoke or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County 518-885-2620

What is Soot Caused by Fire Damage?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

An electrical fire caused soot damage throughout a local Saratoga County home.

Soot is, “a black powder that is formed when something is burned.”

When you have a fire, soot is the carbon particles that become airborne, leaving your property in disarray.

Many people wonder if it is safe to stay at your property after you have a fire.

Immediately after a fire, soot residue will settle onto your possessions.  In certain instances, soot can become very toxic and hazardous to your health.  Soot contains elements of the burned material.  Exposure to soot residue could be detrimental to your health: causing respiratory distress and other medical emergencies.

If you are the type of person with patience and the drive to get something done, you may want to try your hand at cleaning your own property.  Just remember safety always comes first!

If the job is to much to handle, call the professionals.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County  will pre-test to determine the degree of the damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the many types of surfaces in your home.

Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County may be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense acquired with repainting or refinishing.

In other cases, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will clean and get your structure prepared to paint, this process allows the paint to better adhere to the surface, as well as deodorize.

Things NOT to do when you have soot damage!

  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to a fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the incident.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged

Cooking and Fire Safety

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today for your remediation needs - 518-885-2620

Cooking has long been the leading cause of residential fires and fire injuries, and while Thanksgiving is the peak day for residential cooking fires, folks tend to start heading into the kitchen more and more as temperatures drop. Halloween really marks the beginning of the season for baked and fried treats. A cooking fire is typically ignited by food or the grease and oils used to prepare the food, making cleanup more difficult.Turkey Fryerscan also lead to fire damage or injury.

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming. And while these fires typically begin on the stove, the damage generally affects the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO ofSouthern Saratoga CountyCounty Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. We can also remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, and soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items.

Before attempting to clean any smoke or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County.

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Why you Should Hire SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for Fire Damage Restoration

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Restoration - Saratoga Springs

Disaster strikes when we least expect it, but all is not lost. With comprehensive fire restoration services, you can return to your usual life quickly and easily, as long as you don’t attempt DIY fire damage repair.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is a fire and water cleanup and restoration company based in Saratoga County our experienced technicians have assisted homeowners throughout the area with essential fire restoration services to make the effects of disasters a thing of the past.

Any type of restoration services can be costly. While the thought might make you want to open up Google and search for a crafty remedy to your problems, this could actually make your home an even more dangerous, uninhabitable place to live. Many DIY homeowners will attempt to clear, clean, and repair the rooms where the damage occurred, but by doing so, they nearly always assume that other rooms of the home haven’t been affected.

Water damage from firefighting efforts won’t simply remain in one area; instead, the moisture from stagnant water or damp quarters could affect other parts of the house. If this isn’t handled immediately, it could lead to long-term damage.

The smoke from fires can infiltrate all areas of the home, and it’s tough to remove. There are many different types of smoke, and each one needs to be treated with certain chemicals for proper and permanent odor removal.

These chemicals will need to be handled with care, preferably by professionals who understand their dangers. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's trained technicians offer home inspections, damage assessment, and fire restoration services that are individualized to each home’s condition. They have the training and equipment needed to determine the extent of the damage.

Trust your professional fire restoration technicians to take care of your home. With 24/7 service, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will restore your home as soon as you call them. For more information, call 518-885-2620.

Cleaning your Saratoga Springs home after the Smoke Clears

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

When the smoke clears and the soot settles, let someone else take care of the cleaning and restoration. After a fire occurs, the last things we want to face are the left over remains of our belongings covered in soot and fire damage. There isn’t always lost hope for remains left over from fire damage. Depending on the amount of damage done, some objects in the home can be restored with the hard work. The cleaning equipment available to restoration companies are far more powerful than the average vacuum sitting in your home. Trying to clean different materials with the wrong product or equipment could even lead to further damage to your valued possessions.

There are three common mistakes people make when attempting to tackle the cleaning on their own. The first mistake is using too much shampoo. Sometimes people think that the more shampoo, the better, but in some cases, this could just lead to more damage. The second mistake is using too much water when trying to clean the carpet or upholstery, causing water stains or excessive moisture. Last, but not least, the final mistake is not protecting the carpet from the furniture. Wooden furniture can stain the carpet from dyes and metal furniture can rust and stain the floor beneath it. It’s always important to keep the furniture separated from the carpet and cover the furniture immediately after cleaning to ensure they will not get damaged again.

Hiring a professional can help in many different ways, from the special equipment to the professional opinion for an insurance adjuster. Soot damage leaves a heavy residue that calls for heavy-duty equipment. Restoration companies have the tools to clean the damaged property most efficiently. Tools such as wet cleaning tools, rotary scrubbers, and extractors can inject steam and lift deep stains the first time around instead of having to clean the same surface multiple times. This also ensures that there won’t be too much soap or water leaving stains or residue. As the company cleans the belongings, they’re also able to gauge the amount of damage that has been done and what can be restored or needs replaced. Depending on the insurance that the victim carries, these damages may be covered. The restoration company is able to give proof of the damages done and gives a professional opinion for the claims adjuster to work with. Don’t let all of the weight sit on your shoulders when dealing with a catastrophe. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is here to help with any fire or soot damage that hits home.

Do you have Rental Insurance to cover your contents?

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Are your contents covered for fire damage?

House fires are the biggest challenge we face in restoration cleaning. We have to clean the soot, we have to dry any water damage associated with putting the fire out, we have to assess what can be restored, and we have to help occupants come to terms with their losses.

Despite our training and experience, we never find it easy to deliver bad news, and we hate having to tell tenants that none of their contents are covered under the landlord’s insurance policy. The common misconception that a landlord’s insurance policy will cover a tenant’s contents.  Which in turn costs tenants thousands of dollars a year in lost contents and cleaning bills. In some cases, a fire will cost a tenant everything he owns.

Affordable Renter’s Insurance

It does not have to be that way. Renter’s insurance is reasonably priced given the peace of mind it brings. Tenants who own cars can often get a discount when bundling renter’s insurance. Depending on the policy, tenants may even get additional protections for theft outside the home or liability coverage. 

Landlord’s Insurance

Insurance for landlords differs from regular homeowner’s insurance because it only covers the structure. When we are called to a job with tenants, we are not allowed to touch contents until we have verified renter’s insurance or confirmed the tenant will pay for our services on their contents. If there is no contents’ coverage and no commitment to pay, we will clean the walls, ceiling, and floors, but that is about it.

Similar Fires, Different Results

We were recently called to an apartment where a short circuit started an dryer fire that spread soot throughout whole house. The landlord’s insurance covered removing soot from the cabinets and closets along with the walls, ceilings, and floors, but we were not permitted to clean any of the contents in the interior of the cabinets and closets or contents in the home because the tenant had no renter’s insurance.

In contrast, an electric short caused an attic  of a home which affected all rooms on both floors and the attic. The tenant in this case had renter’s insurance, so her insurance covered the cleaning of her contents, while the landlord’s insurance covered the invoice for structural restoration.

Losing Everything in a Fire Following the fire, the city’s fire inspector declared the building unsafe for entry. Tenants were locked out and unable to access their contents.

There is a fire and the landlord learns that restoration on a building that old would require permissions from the city’s historical commission, and they decided a rebuild would be cost prohibitive. Rather than hiring a restoration company, they left the condemned building as is and sold off the property. Those tenants who did not have renter’s insurance lost everything that remains locked up in the condemned building and received no compensation.

What Do You Have To Lose?

If you rent but do not have renter’s insurance, consider how much is at stake. Take ten minutes to explore how much a renter’s policy would cost. We never want to stand in front of someone who has lost everything and not be able to help.

Cleaning up your home after Smoke Damage

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure to your personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make. A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County understands that your furniture, keepsakes, and other precious items are what make your house a home.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in restoring the contents of a home or business that have suffered from fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their original condition. Professional cleaning companies use several methods to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam Cleaning: This method is used for upholstery since upholstery fabrics can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry Cleaning: This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet Cleaning: This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy smoke residues.
  • Immersion Cleaning: This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.

Keep in mind that electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard. Never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected by a fire! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in that device. Items that you should be careful of are:

  • Televisions
  • Computers and IPads, etc.
  • DVD and CD players
  • Cell Phones

Documents and photographs can suffer a lot of damage in a fire, and many contain information or records that can be devastating to lose permanently. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in document restoration.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can organize an efficient move-out process of the affected areas. Removal from the area will result in a quicker remodeling process and will also protect your belongings from any further potential damage during that process. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily.

If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, give SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County a call today at 518-885-2620

Prevent Fire Damage to your home with Grilling and Fire Pit Safety Tips

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

As the weather gets warmer, we transition from spending all of our time bundled up inside, to spending every minute we can outdoors in the sun. We’re excited to finally trade the stove for a grill and the fireplace for a fire pit in the backyard. As we drag the summer appliances out and set up the backyard to get ready for the summer, we have to keep the proper safety precautions in mind to avoid fire damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year grilling causes an average of 8,800 home fires.

Grill safety tips:

  • There should be a 3-foot clearance surrounding the grill making sure that there are no kids or pets within this range
  • Position the grill far away from home siding, deck railings, and out from underneath overhangs or branches
  • Periodically remove grease buildup from the trays below the grill to prevent grease fires
  • Make sure to buy the proper starter fluid for charcoal grills and never add the fluid once the grill has already been ignited
  • If using a propane grill, check the propane cylinder hose for leaks each year to make sure that it is not leaking gas while cooking

Fire pit safety tips:

  • Before lighting the fire, make sure that the lid can fit over top of the material inside of the pit in case of an emergency
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby
  • Do not use flammable fluid to start or relight the fire
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air 

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Avoid Heating Hazards This Winter Season!

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire. 

-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 

-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 

-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 

-Test smoke alarms monthly. 

Do you Know how to use a Portable Fire Extinguisher?

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Portable Fire Extinguishers

Can be life and property saving tools when used correctly.  In order to operate a extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association(NEPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low.  Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out.  Remember, extinguishers do have limitations.  It is also important to ensure you have the correct extinguisher for your facility.  To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at

When disaster strikes our area, knowing what to do in an emergency will make a difference.  Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for your emergency cleanup needs.


Emergency Fire Damage Tips

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

In the event you have a Fire in your home, these Emergency Fire  Damage Tips will help you in taking the proper steps until we can arrive onsite to assist you.  Follow these Do's and Don'ts to help reduce the damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.


  • Limit the movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil 
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a well trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or our of the HVAC system


  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc...) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service 
  • Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (They may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged
  • Send Garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

When Fire and Water Damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will help you take it back.  Contact 518-885-2620

Where to Begin After You've had a Fire

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.


What to do after a fire:

  • Secure openings made to your property by firefighters using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect your home from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.


What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.


Determine the Type of Cleaning Needed

Before starting the cleanup process it's extremely helpful to know what type of fire damage has occurred. There are different types of fire, smoke, and soot and each requires a different clean up method to best restore your property. Prior to beginning the restoration process, our professional technicians will test the soot to help determine which type of smoke damage occurred and will design the clean up procedure based on that information.



The Different Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot Can Include:

  • Wet Smoke – Usually from Plastics and Synthetics
    • Occurs from Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Produced from Paper and Wood
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.


SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has what it takes to restore your home. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened."

Approaching the Holiday Season

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

For  many people, November is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family-oriented get togethers, like Thanksgiving.  While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes, it is also important to take time to remember safety.


Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 357,000 home structure fires each year- forty-five percent of those fires are attributed to home cooking fires.  These fires are also responsible for thousands of injuries and more than $6.9 billion in property damage each year.


By taking a few precautions, you can help ensure your holiday plans don't up in smoke!


Your local SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County wants you to stay safe.  If you do experience a fire or water damage, call us today at (518)885-2620.