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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.

Visit SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties for more information about our services.

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

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Would you know how to react in the case of a fire? By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Would you know how to react in the case of a fire? By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties.

This knowledge is vital to your safety since it could affect whether or not you escape a fire safely. Below are some fire safety tips to keep in mind.

Prior to a fire, create a fire escape plan A carefully designed fire escape plan can save you and your family's life. Should a fire occur, your family's safety will depend on everyone's rational reactions. Most fire deaths occur when people panic. The old motto "be prepared" is essential in escaping a fire safely. Exit drills in the home and a carefully designed escape plan is your key to a safe escape

Recipe for an effective fire safety plan: Draw the floor plan of your home. Indicate all doors, windows and other possible escape routes from each room in your home. Draw arrows to indicate the normal exits which will be your primary escape route (your best way out of the house is your normal route to the door). With a different color, draw arrows to indicate a second exit from each room in the home.

Put together a fire safety plan of your own to be ready in case of a house fire.

Agree on a meeting place outside your home where every member of the household will gather after escaping a fire to wait for the fire department. This allows you to inform the fire department if anyone is trapped inside the burning building. Once you are out, stay out!

Practice your escape plan at least twice a year. Have a fire drill in your home. Appoint someone to be a monitor and have everyone participate. A fire drill is not a race. Get out quickly, but carefully.

If you live in a two-story house and you must escape from a second-story window, be sure there is a safe way to reach the ground. Fire escape ladders are recommended for a fast and safe exit from two and three level buildings. Make special arrangements for children, seniors, and people with disabilities. People who have difficulty moving should have a phone in their sleeping area and, if possible, should sleep on the ground floor.

Make sure everyone in the household can unlock all doors and windows quickly, even in the dark. Windows or doors with security bars need to be equipped with quick-release devices and everyone in the household should know how to use them.

Once at the meeting place, have one person go to a neighbor's phone to call the fire department. In addition to telling them your name and address, tell them if anyone is still in the house.

Remember: GET OUT FIRST! CALL FOR HELP AFTER.

Your Fall Home-Maintenance To- Do List by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

Your Fall Home-Maintenance To- Do List by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

As winter nears, it's time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, at least some of which most homeowners can do themselves, will lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

1. Tune up your heating system. For about $80 to $100, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair so that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures carbon-monoxide leakage. And you minimize the chance of being 200th in line for repairs on the coldest day of the year. Look for a heating and air-conditioning contractor that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. 2. Buy a programmable thermostat. Or, if you already have one, double-check the settings. Energy Star says that, on average, for an initial investment of $50 to $100, you will save $180 annually on heating (and cooling) bills if in winter you keep the thermostat set to no higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home and awake and no more than 62 degrees when you’re away or asleep. Energy Star–qualified models come with preprogrammed settings. While you’re at it, check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors. 3. Hit the roof. Or at least scan it closely with binoculars. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow. If need be, hire a handyman to repair a few shingles, or a roofer for a larger section. Check and repair breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys, too. If your roof is flat and surfaced with asphalt and pebbles, as many are in the Southwest, rake or blow off fall leaves and pine needles, which hold moisture, says Bill Richardson, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, in Albuquerque. (Don’t sweep aside the pebbles; that will expose the asphalt to damaging sunlight.)

4. Caulk around windows and doors. Richardson says that if the gap is bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. Check window glazing putty, too (which seals glass into the window frame). Add weatherstripping as needed around doors, making sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home. 5. Clean the gutters. A service charges $70 to $200 for a single-story house, depending on its size. If your gutters are full of detritus, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim, plus cause leaks and ice dams. Also look for missing or damaged components that need repair. 

7. Turn off exterior faucets. Undrained water that freezes in pipes will expand and can burst. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining water still in faucets. If you don’t have frost-proof faucets (homes built before ten to 12 years ago typically do not), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.

8. Trim landscaping. Clear the area at least 1 foot away from exterior walls, and rake gunk out of corners and away from the foundation. Cut back tree limbs growing within about 5 feet of the house, or worse, scrubbing the house or roof. You will create better ventilation, help dry out surfaces and prevent decay and damage. (Different rules apply in landscapes vulnerable to wildfires)

9. Have your lawn-irrigation system professionally drained. Your sprinkler service will charge $50 to $150, depending on the size of the system. As with draining spigots, this will help avoid freezing and leaky pipes come spring.

How often should you have your ducts cleaned? Here is SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties best answer!

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

How offten should you have your ducts cleaned? Here is SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties best answer!

Curious how often you need air duct cleaning? Here is our answer to your question!

Many homeowners who've hired SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties to clean their ducts, are amazed by the difference. We agree as do many experts that there are definitely benefits to having air ducts cleaned.

We recommend getting your Ducts cleaned every three to five years. How often you need them cleaned will depend on how often you use your syetem and if anyone in your home as allergies or asthma.

Living in Upstate New York where the weather is more cold then not, we tend to use our ducts more. It would be in the homeowners best intrest to clean them more offten. Also family members with allergies will see a huge improvemnet after your ducts are cleaned. It will significantly reduce the amount of dust and other allergens floating through the air.

When to clean your air ducts.-

• You suspect that mold exists in the air ducts.

• You notice a vermin infestation somewhere in the home, or you see insects or rodents entering or exiting ductwork.

• You see a visible "poof" of dust released from the supply registers when air is exiting the vents.

If you notice black debris around the outside, that's pollutants that have been recycled through the system over and over again, and that's a sign your system is excessively soiled.

Also, take a look at your system when you change your filter. If there's a lot of dust buildup in that area, that's another sign you're overdue for a cleaning.

SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties does wonders with duct systems! Call us today to get an estimate! 607-846-3685

10 Reasons to Have your Carpets Cleaned Year Round by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

10 Reasons to Have your Carpets Cleaned Year Round by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

As the weather warms and people head outdoors, it is important that you don't lose sight of what needs to be done inside. There are many reasons why carpets should not be neglected. SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties believe these top ten reasons will convince you to have your carpets cleaned year round.

1. Prolongs the life of carpeting. Regular carpet cleaning using the extraction method can increase the life of carpets significantly, protecting your floor-covering investment.

2. Protects indoor air quality. Carpets trap airborne pollutants; however, eventually those pollutants must be removed in order to protect the carpet and maintain indoor air quality.

3. Makes carpets easier to maintain. Most carpet soiling is made up of dry soils; when carpets are kept thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, most dry soils can be removed with regular vacuuming.

4. Removes spots and stains. As with other soils, spots and stains can attract more soiling. Removing them promptly protects carpeting from damage.

5. Prevents buildup of allergens and bacteria. Moist soiling of carpets can result in the buildup of several unhealthy contaminants.

6. Enhances the appearance of any room. Clean, well-maintained carpets speak volumes about the overall cleanliness of a home or facility.

7. Improves worker morale. Workers feel better about their work environment when it is clean. This includes the carpeting. Of course this if for more of a work environment, but also it can improve your over all attitude at home. We all know a clean house is a happy house. So start with the carpets first!

8. Makes carpeting look and feel clean and fresh.

9. Removes dust mites and bedbugs that may have found a home in carpets.

10. Maintains the carpet’s warranty. Most carpet warranties require that carpets be cleaned using the extraction method within a specific amount of time, usually every 12 to 18 months.

Call SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties today for an estimate! We would love to make your home/work enviroment fresh & Clean again!

Spring is almost here! Are you ready? by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

3/3/2016 (Permalink)

Spring is almost here! Are you ready? by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

From the looks of the forcast next week it looks like Spring has Sprung. And you know what that means! I'ts time for some Spring Cleaning! Here are 10 Spring Cleaning Tips to make your like easier!

Revitalize your hibernating home with simple suggestions.

1. Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again. 

2.  Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it's worth the effort. 

3. When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one spot en route to but not at their final destination.

4. Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall. 

5. Make small repairs. If you're not handy, hire someone. 

6. Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails. 

7. Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try feather or lambswool dusters, especially extendable ones for reaching above window and door casings and into corners. Household rags are invaluable for jobs requiring a damp cloth – natural fibres work best. 

8. Buy mops with a squeeze mechanism (great for vinyl, linoleum or ceramic tile floors) and a decent-size heavy-duty pail – one with a measuring scale helps get soap-to-water ratios correct. 

9. Don't stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness. Instead, get a broom holder, like the Magic Holder 5-position broom organizer. 

10. Use a Swiffer for light dusting, or your favourite broom or vacuum attachment to clean hardwood floors. Then damp-mop with a mild cleaner such as Murphy Oil Soap.

If Spring cleaning seems a bit overwhelming this year or you just cant find the time, call SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties! Our Cleaning Technicians are always here to help!

Why Hiring a Cleaning Service is the Perfect Valentine's Gift by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

Why Hiring a Cleaning Service is the Perfect Valentine's Gift by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

A little less then two weeks until Valentines Day! Are you looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Don't gice the usual chocolate and flowers.... give the gift of time and hire us to clean! 

Don't let Valentines Day intimidate you.. you can have the perfect night! HEre's three reasons why you should hire SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties:

1. You will have more free time. Free up your weekend and delegate your chores to us. We will get your home looking spotless so you can focus on romance!

2. A clean house is always apprediated. It's the ultimate "ahh" gift because it will make your home look, smell, and feel better. You will even breath better air!

3. Make it a suprise and let your significant other come home to a clean home!

Is your partner not into the outdated gifts of Jewelry, flowers, chocolates? Then this offer will be perfect for them!

New Years Resolution to eat healthier? Chocolates wont do! A clean house is a great way to begin this year!

Choose your local SERVPRO Team! SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties are always here to help.

Early Spring is Coming! By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

2/2/2016 (Permalink)

Early Spring is Coming! By SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning he's "predicted" an early spring.

Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "forecast" at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.                      

 

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob. The tiny hill is located just outside the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Records going back to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times. There are no records for the remaining years.

Thank you Phil we are all looking forward to nicer weather ahead!

Happy Groundhog Day from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties!

Weather for Febuary 1st 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

2/1/2016 (Permalink)

Weather for February 1st 2016 from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

A beautiful Monday partly cloudy. Looks like Mother Nature forgot what season it is! We may get a little bit of rain on Wednesday, but for the most part a great week to shake off the cabin fever!

Benefits of HVAC Cleaning by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

1/22/2016 (Permalink)

Benefits of HVAC Cleaning by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system taken air in and breathes air out.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

So keep your ducts clean and your bills low by calling our team in to help!

For more information on duct cleaning contact SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties today.

5 Holiday Safety Tips For Your Home from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties

12/21/2015 (Permalink)

5 Holiday Safety Tips For Your Home from SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties
It’s that time of year again! Already the stores are jammed from one end to the other with holiday decorations, trinkets, treats and toys. I know I get wrapped up in the excitement just like everyone else. But while we’re sipping our cider and hanging the wreath, there are hazards lurking in your old decoration box in the attic. This is the perfect time of year to do a few safety checks so that the rest of your holidays are safe and stress free.

Follow these five tips for holiday safety:

1) Inspect those lights! A frayed wire is a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s wound around a drying up tree. Carefully inspect all holiday lights before you hang them to ensure they aren’t going to pose a fire hazard. There is nothing less jolly than a Christmas tree set ablaze.

2) Keep lights and wires away from young children and pets. Holiday lights can often contain PVC coatings and be tainted with lead. You wouldn’t want your little ones to be handling them and then sticking their hands in their mouth. This is an unexpected source of lead exposure that is easy to avoid. After you are done with your decorating, wash your hands thoroughly.

3) Replace lights with safer alternatives. The thing to look for when purchasing lights is a label that says RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) which means that no lead is used in making the lights. Some companies don’t have this label but will confirm their lead status if you ask. EnvironmentalLights.com carries a variety of LED holiday lights that are free of lead.

4) Be aware of toy recalls. It’s easy to pile the toys into your cart without a thought. But what happens if the scooter you bought for Billy has been recalled for a laceration hazard and you don’t know it? Investigating toy recalls is a worthy time investment when buying new or used toys for kids. You can subscribe to the Consumer Product Safety Commissions email list and you’ll get a digest that includes the weekly recalls of current toys. This way you’ll be alerted if something you bought pops up. You can also search SaferProducts.gov for toys and other items to see if anything you already have has been recalled in the past. It might just be a simple repair kit or it could be something more dangerous like lead paint. It’s worth it to check!

5) Check and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detection device batteries. This is the perfect time to test and check all your safety devices in your home. Replace batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors during the holidays. It will keep you and your family safer and it will be easy to remember when you last replaced them.

Now that you have those holiday safety tips out of the way, you can refill your cider and put your feet up for a relaxing Holiday Season!

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