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Watch out for fire starters by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

If you find yourself needing the services of SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties, please call at 607-846-3685. 

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Community Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties!

SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties wants to wish all of you a very safe and Merry Christmas! 

Getting a Firm Quote by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Getting a Firm Quote

The reality is that not all firms providing fire damage restoration services provide the same pricing scheme for its residential and commercial fire damage remediation services. Because of this reality, you need to make certain that you obtain a thorough estimate or fee quote from a commercial fire damage remediation service.

Although time is of the essence in the aftermath of a residential or commercial fire, if you can, you should attempt to do at least some price comparisons. You cannot sacrifice the need for immediate intervention at the premises, including prompt board up and fire cleanup, in order to spend an inordinate amount of time shopping for the lowest price. Keep in mind that the lowest price for fire damage remediation services typically is not the best deal. You want to seek out the more reputable, effective fire damage restoration professional at the most reasonable price.

Inquire About Equipment

Not only will you want to glean information about the team of specialists at a fire damage remediation firm, you will also want to inquire about the equipment a company uses. For example, you will want to find out what equipment a company uses to deal with issues like fire cleanup more generally, but also to address smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell.

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When Unexpected Storm Damage Ruins Your Home by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Unexpected Storm Damage Ruins Your Home by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Here in upstate NY, we often receive severe weather. If mother nature wreaks havoc on your property, use these 7 tips for cleaning up after a storm.

1. Get Protective Clothing. Prior to going inside your home, it is imperative that you wear protective boots, clothing, gloves, eye protection, and a mask. Flood waters carry sewage, bacteria and chemical compounds that may be dangerous.

2. Document the Damage.  To help with insurance and FEMA claims, you really need to document the damage as soon as it's safe to do so. Take photos and videos of your entire home from each and every angle. Make sure to get exterior and interior photos!

3. Water Extraction.  This, you may need help with. Flood water contains potentially dangerous bacteria, rodents, and insects. It's recommended that you have water extraction handled by a locally owned and operated professional disaster response team.

4. Open Windows. Circulating fresh air is an important step for cleaning up after flood damage and preventing mold growth. 

5. Remove Personal Items. Furniture, clothing, and other items in the house can be removed to speed the drying. Prior to throwing away damaged items, take photographs, and have them evaluated to see if they can be cleaned and restored. 

6. Remove Carpeting, Wet Drywall, and Insulation. If the storm water contains sewage, which many floods do, the flooring in the home will probably have to be removed. Drywall and insulation that has been touched by flood waters and saturated will also have to be removed. This helps prevent future mold growth.

7. Scrub Every Surface.  Each and every surface should be scrubbed with a powerful disinfectant.

Your local SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties is available 24x7 and stands at the ready to inspect, extract water, disinfect, dehumidify, and restore your home quickly.

This list might seem overwhelming, and it is. Cleaning up and restoring your home after a storm or water damage in New York requires hard work, proper tools, and specialized equipment.

SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties is locally owned and operated, and we'll work directly with your insurance company for a stress-free claim. Call us 24/7 at (607) 846-3685.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today: 607-846-3685

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (607) 846-3685

Are you prepared for Santa by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

As we start December and get excited because the holidays are upon us, we must also keep in mind the importance of safety. Here are some tips to remember during the holidays.

Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.

Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.

If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs.

Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.

When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.

Prepare your car for the winter by checking items such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery, and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.

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Emergency Fire Planning by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Its winter time which also brings holiday dinners with candles and christmas lights!  

Here are some preventative ways to stay safe in case a fire breaks out in your home! Fire moves very fast, estimates say you have less than 2 minutes to get out safely.

  1. Draw a map of your home including all windows and doors
  2. Find two ways out of every room
  3. Clear path from all windows and doors
  4. Choose an outdoor meeting place away from the structure & Call 911
  5. Test your smoke alarm
  6. Practice your drill with the whole family
  7. Fine tune the plan based on the practice run
  8. BE SAFE!!

Remember that people cannot be replaced, nothing is as important as getting out safely. Once you can safely return to the home you can then think about calling for assistance with smoke, fire or water damage. 

Processes in Fire Restoration by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Processes in Fire Restoration by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Firstly, contact the fire restoration experts. Most of the fire restoration companies have a call centre that can be reached 24/7. After contacting the company, they will release the right professionals who will come to assess the fire damage. They always come with the appropriate equipment in their fire truck such as fire hose, fire sprinkler system and the firefighter.

The next thing you expect is the damage inspection and assessment. The professionals will carefully inspect your premises to determine the extent of the damage, smoke damage and soot damage. This will enable you and the commercial fire damage restoration company to develop a plan of action and also ensure that necessary items and rooms are cleaned up first.

Some of the damages in your premises may include damaged windows, walls, fire sprinkler system, and roofs. You therefore need to protect them against further damages. Ask the commercial fire damage restoration professionals to board up the missing doors, windows and roof tops.

If there happened to be water damages, let the water removal processes begin. The fire restoration professionals will use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any water so that the premises are completely dry of any water.

After the fire, your utility room fire will have suffered soot damage, smoke damage and loss of property. The next step will be for the commercial fire cleanup professionals to remove soot and smoke from the surfaces. There are some specialized equipment that is used together with professional techniques to remove the soot from the ceilings, walls and other surfaces in your premises.

The rest of the items within the premises can now be cleaned and sanitized. This includes all the restorable structures and items that were damaged by the fire. Different techniques are applied by the commercial fire cleanup and restoration professionals in cleaning different items. The soot and smoke odors is also removed by use of industrial scrubbers and fogging equipment.

The final step in the fire cleanup and restoration process is getting your business to its good condition before the fire incidence. Your walls can be dried, painted and you can install a new carpet or use the old one after cleaning. You may also need major repairs such as reconstruction of the rooms and installation of new fire sprinkler system.

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Protect Your Home This Winter by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

General Protect Your Home This Winter by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Winter time for most entails many candles lit, Christmas trees glowing with their pretty lights, and string lights strung along the house. While making your home cozy and comfy for the holidays, these things also come as a hazard to you and your loved ones living there. 

According to the NFPA, fire departments responded to 210 house fires within 2010-2014 caused by Christmas trees along with candles being proven to start 38% of house fires in all.

A few ways to take action this season can be to make sure all lights are turned off and unplugged from the wall sockets before everyone goes to bed at night. Also you want to make sure to blow out all candles before bed and anytime no one is at the house.

Mold Versus Mildew By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Versus Mildew By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Understanding the condition of your roof is imperative when it comes to preventing water intrusion and water damages. Roofs are already one of the priciest home improvements and adding water damage into the mix is sure to exponentially increase the price tag of a water damage and intrusion fix. Given that this summer in Elmira/Horseheads was quite tumultuous, SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties has already had to patch up many roofs, but before winter, it would be an excellent idea to figure out the state of your roof to see if it needs any fixing.

Some main topics of concern when checking your roof for potential weak spots are if the shingles are damaged, if any nails have backed or fallen out, clogged gutters, or skylights that weren’t properly installed. Out of this bunch, damaged shingles are the most common culprits of intrusion that causes water damage. Missing or damaged shingles allow a lower layer of the roof to experience Mother Nature and the water damage that happens to the roof will eventually work its way into a house. For similar reasons, it is important to make sure all nails are properly intact. Clogged gutters do not allow the water to flow naturally down the side of the house, but rather pool into location and can cause water damage. Again, this is fairly similar to the skylights that let water pool in one location and wear away at a roof in one spot.

For any questions concerning SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties water damage services or their other services, contact the office at 607-846-3685.