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Commercial Water Damage and Your Business | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

a zoomed in view of a wooden floor showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County are your local commercial restoration company. We will always be here to help clean up and get you back in business

Water damage can have a huge impact on business, and many times it begins right inside your building.

A leaking roof, burst pipe or failed sprinkler system can result in lost inventory, soaked floors or even closure of your building for an extended amount of time.

External natural causes can also be extremely damaging. Rockland County has experienced flooding from excessive rains, particularly in the spring and fall or after remnants of a hurricane have pushed in. We also have multiple small creeks and tributaries that often overflow when the weather turns wet.

Prepare your business beforehand in order to mitigate as much damage as possible. When you are prepared and an event does occur, you can start recovery quicker and with less overall stress.

Know Your Building’s Layout

In order to best be prepared, get to know your building really well. Learn the layout and where shutoff valves are so that you can move quickly if a plumbing failure or other leak occurs. You should be able to turn off the main water valve and the fire sprinkler system.

Educate your employees on how to do this as well, and make sure there are several people designated to respond to a water event in your emergency plans. Cutting off the source can save you from costly damages later.

Know the Types of Water Involved

If your building does experience a water disaster, it is crucial to identify the source so that you know the kind of water you are dealing with in order to handle the situation as safely as possible.

White water. White water originates from a plumbing failure and is typically considered safe to handle on your own. This kind of floodwater is not contaminated.

Gray water. When a toilet tank or sink drain overflows, it is called a gray water flood. This kind of water is contaminated but not toxic, so it is not considered dangerous to deal with.

Black water. A flood from a storm or a backed-up sewer typically contains contaminated, toxic water. This black water flooding should be handled by a professional only.

Take Action Quickly

During an event, make every attempt to identify the source of water and shut it off as quickly as possible. Create air flow and promote drying by opening any available windows or doors you can safely get to. Make sure everyone in your building is aware of the situation so they can avoid the area.

Once you have done everything you can to stop and mitigate the flooding, start documenting the damages. This can aid in your insurance claim, but it will also help you see areas that may need extra work in order to prevent another event from happening.

Remember to Be Patient

The water damage you can see is rarely the entire problem. Learn to check for hidden signs of deeper damage in order to address them quickly before things get worse. Buckled parts of the floor, moldy framing or soaked wall studs are all red flags that could mean there is more going on.

As soon as your business experiences a water event, call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County. We can respond quickly with trained professionals and industry-leading equipment. We are ready to work with you and get restoration moving.

Drying up after a flooding event can take a week or more depending on how much water your building endured. Stay patient as our crew works on the cleaning and sanitation of your space. We will walk with you through every step, and your business will be up and running faster than you could have imagined.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

Work With Your Neighbors When You Choose SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO crew unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No job is too big or small. Call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County today to schedule your estimate.

Choosing SERVPRO as your partner for restoration comes with a whole lot. We have certifications, training, experience and industry-leading equipment to handle anything you may face. We have cleaned up after fires, severe weather and flooding of every kind.

We also offer mold remediation, which can save your home or business from structural damages. Even specialized cleaning, like graffiti removal or biohazard cleanup are a regular part of our services.

The best part of what SERVPRO has to offer you? We are local. We are your neighbors.

3 Reasons Being Locally Owned Is a Difference-Maker

When you are in need of restoration, you want a company that is highly regarded and trustworthy to partner with you and care for the things you love the same way you do. You need a company that is close by, because timing will always be the most crucial part of recovery.

1. We Can Respond Fast

When you have experienced a disaster, the last thing you want is to wait to get back to normal. Not only do you want to get back into the comfort and safety of our home, but the faster you can start repairs the less damage can be done.

When partnering with SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County, waiting is not something you will have to worry about. We are right down the street, and with 247 availability, we can get to you quickly and start the road to recovery right away.

2. We’re Prepared for Local Weather Conditions

When severe weather is rolling into our area, we are watching the same forecasts you are. We are preparing ourselves and gathering resources before the storm so we can start working in the community right after the storm.

Most of our crew has lived in the New York area a long time, and we have seen everything the weather has to offer in this part of the world.

We have experience in the long cold winters and heavy snowstorms, as well as the thunderstorms that can leave the streets flooded. We have felt the strong winds that bring down trees. No matter what our weather brings, we are ready for it.

3. We Know Eastern Rockland County Front and Back

There are lots of restoration companies out there, but many of them travel to their worksites from other towns or even other states. They come into our neighborhoods unfamiliar with our community and how things work, often needing directions to get to places any local would know.

Our team has worked in just about every township in Hudson Valley, and we know where the local permit offices are in each suburb so we can keep your project moving steadily ahead. We also know how to navigate the complicated roads and can even avoid the most crowded streets and still get to where we are going.

We know our Valley well and can work quickly to get our community put back together after a disaster.

An Extra Benefit

Our office in Rockland County can handle just about all the disasters you will face, but there is an added bonus to partnering with SERVPRO. We are backed by a brand that is nationally recognized and carries a strong reputation.

When we experience a disaster on a grand scale, we can reach out to our neighboring SERVPRO offices and have extra trained professionals in town within a few hours. With SERVPRO, we do what it takes to put our community back together, no matter what disaster we may face.

When disaster strikes your home or your business, we’re the team you can trust—located right here, close to home. Get in touch today to get started!

Property Protection From Flooding Both Inside and Out | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County to get the restoration process started right away.

Protecting your home from flooding should be a priority on every homeowner’s list, regardless of location. Damage can happen from even just an inch of water, and any damage will always leave you with a large repair bill.

When you live in an area that is not considered at high risk for flood activity, you may not be eligible for help from insurance companies or federal funding. This makes taking care of your property and mitigating your risks even more essential.

While we may feel pretty landlocked in our part of New York, we have still seen a good deal of flooding over the years. Heavy storms in the summer can leave the streets impassable, and snow melt at the end of winter can turn things sloshy all over again.

It is essential to know not only the risks our entire region faces but to also understand your personal risks so you can put prevention into action.

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

There may be no storm clouds in sight when suddenly rain starts falling so fast and heavy that yards and gutters just can’t handle them. Preparation for flooding should always start on the outside in order to protect your assets on the inside.

Clear your gutters of debris often to ensure water is exiting at the correct points. Look into adding extended downspouts that fit directly onto your existing system as an inexpensive way to move water even further away from your home.

If you have room around the exterior of your home, use landscaping as another way to prevent water from entering your house. Gardens are great at pulling water down through soil and roots before it has a chance to puddle up.

Adding organic materials such as mulch close to your home can also force water away and provide extra absorption to protect the foundation of your property.

Even a few upgrades can make a big difference if you are able to invest in them, including having electrical outlets raised and fuel tanks securely anchored.

While these are fairly involved projects, a simple rain barrel that gathers water directly from your gutter system goes a long way in flood prevention. And as a little extra bonus, it gives you a free source of plant water!

Flood Protection From the Inside

Taking care of big ticket items on the inside of your house like ensuring your foundation is solid and sealing your basement are some of the best ways to ensure your home’s protection and will make a big difference when it comes to damage mitigation.

Sump pumps in the basement that kick water out before it can cause a real issue are also a great way to protect your home. If your home loses power often, a battery-operated pump might be a great choice for you.

In order to protect your home from non-natural flooding sources, there are some easy home maintenance steps you can take that will go a long way.

Pipes are one of the leading causes of water in the home. When plumbing is aged or worn, it can fail, so fix leaky faucets and add checking your toilets, sinks and showers to your regular weekly schedule to stop problems before they have the chance to begin.

You could also consider upgrading your home security to include a leak sensor. This device will alert you when water is somewhere that it shouldn’t be so you can correct it quickly.

Regardless of how it originates, water will damage photos and other paper items immediately. Keep irreplaceable goods stored on a high shelf or in a water proof container. And make sure you know where your emergency plans are as well, so you can call SERVPRO as soon as disaster strikes. We are available 247 to get your recovery started quickly.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

Common Sources of Water Leaks and Damage / SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking down an interior wall of a home A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Nobody expects water damage, caused from with in our homes, but occasionally, we have to deal with it anyway.

But knowing the typical places these kinds of accidents may occur is a first (and big) step toward keeping them from happening.

Toilets. The toilet is one of your most-used water sources, and that means that the rubber flapper inside the tank and the valve seal underneath it are prone to wear out and develop leaks over time.

Appliances. Your refrigerator, dishwasher or any appliance that transports water may develop leaks from various hoses or joints. Washing machine disposal pipes are particularly prone to deterioration, and old water heaters have even been known to burst.

Clogged gutters. Leaves fall, dirt collects and debris clogs. These things all happen in your gutters, and when they do, you’ll find yourself with water backing up into your house, either in the roof and attic, or streaming down interior walls.

Roof damage. Your roof really takes a beating, bearing the brunt of harsh, daily sunshine, regular rain and occasional hail. All these things can cause your shingles and flashing to degrade over time.

Pipes. Pipes fail for a number of reasons, from rust to water pressure to faulty joints. Keeping plumbing updated is a real headache-saver. Another scenario that’s harder to catch is the presence of tree roots in outdoor lines.

Blocked garbage disposals or other pipes. You probably know that coffee grounds can clog your disposal—foods like rice and potatoes can, too. Anything that collects into a sludge or retains a lot of moisture can cause backups or blockages.

Taking regular stock of your water systems at home can save you some hassle, time and frustration, and allow you to go to bed pretty confident that your house will be dry inside in the morning.

Learn more about water damage tips.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

The Damages a Storm Can Do | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County your first call.

Severe weather has a way of ruining the day sometimes. When you own a home, you have the double worry of both your families safety and how well your property will do.

Most modern homes can withstand some pretty strong storms; however, sometimes damages just can’t be stopped.

Seasonally, we are faced with thunderstorms, hail and lightning when it is warm, and freezing rains, snow and sleet when it is cold. No matter the kind of storm the season brings, they all create a threat for your home.

The kind of threat will depend on the type of storm moving in, the geographic location of your home and even the landscaping you have on property. The building materials used to construct your home are even a part of your risk factor when it comes to determining the ways you may experience storm damage. And sometimes how you weather a storm simply comes down to luck.

New York weather can present a few different types of risks throughout the year. In the warmer months, we can see strong thunderstorms and even an occasional tornado.

In the winter, we often experience snowstorms and freezes. We need to be prepared for not only these threats but also the possibility of high winds and flooding throughout the year. The more we are able to learn about the kinds of damage we may experience, the safer we can stay.

Wind

Wind becomes a destructive force when it reaches high speeds and pummels buildings with strong gusts. These kinds of winds always come with tornadoes and hurricanes, but even a thunderstorm can pack winds of up to 100 mph.

When wind reaches this kind of strength, it can throw debris around or knock trees over quickly. If a storm moves in with high winds, make sure you shelter in an interior room of your home. Debris can easily pierce walls or break windows when it is thrown about.

You can take the time before a storm rolls in to clean up any loose limbs or rocks in order to minimize the risk of wind damages your home may receive. Be sure to anchor down any furniture and take out any unhealthy trees as well before they can be knocked over.

Water

Water damage is one of the top forms of damage across the United States. A storm, even when it is not severe, can contain heavy rains that create ponding water that can seep through doors or window seals.

If a substantial amount of rain falls and creates saturated soil, the foundation of your home may be at risk as water begins to rise through your floor. This can even create structural damage.

To mitigate your risks of taking on water, consider using any space outside of your home to force water to roll away. Use strategic landscaping to create slopes or consider installing a rain garden. This is a curb-appealing and highly effective way to absorb moisture before it can pool up and create a problem for your home.

You should also keep your gutters cleaned out year-round in order to ensure water moves away from your house. When your gutters are dirty or clogged, water can pool on your roof, which can lead to a leak that affects your home from the top down.

Impact

Another common form of damage that can happen in just about any storm is “impact damage.” Impact damage occurs when one object hits another (or impacts it) as a result of wind or saturated soils. Fallen trees are one of the most common forms of impact damage, and impact damage can be completely destructive.

The best way to protect your home from impact damage is to keep trees trimmed or removed when they are dying or have grown too close to your home.

In 2021, weather caused over $145 billion in damages across the United States. When you take the time to prepare your home and yourself, you can save money and stress knowing that you are riding out the storm as safely as possible.

If your home is damaged during a storm, call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County. We are available 247 to start your restoration faster. Our professionals are your neighbors, and we want to get you back to life as it should be.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

Stay Safe During Severe Weather by Understanding Storm Alerts | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County.

Different and consistently changing weather around the nation means different and consistently changing weather alerts. There are at least 42 different kinds of weather alerts from seven different categories. That is a lot to take, particularly as a storm moves in.

Understanding different warnings or advisories means being able to quickly get to safety when it is needed. It also means you can take preventive action now to protect your property and your loved ones.

A general knowledge of multiple weather systems is very helpful, but understanding the most commonly seen weather events here in New York is essential.

How Alerts Are Issued

OK, so that makes us wonder, where do weather alerts come from? Forecasts are predictions, so how is the severity, general location and duration of a storm monitored? There are quite a few items that work together to answer those questions.

The party that handles both creating forecasts and sending out weather alerts is the National Weather Service. There are six regional offices around the nation and over 100 forecasting offices. That means weather alerts are localized and accurate. The office that our weather forecasts often come from is the Eastern Region Headquarters located in Bohemia, New York.

Meteorologists and other employees at the NWS use lots of information to create a forecast, including seismic activity, solar activity, sensors and radar. The data used depends on the kind of weather approaching, but the result is the same: to share an accurate forecast.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

Gaining knowledge of the alerts that are possible in our corner of New York is important, but it is essential to know the difference between a watch and a warning. This is language that is used in most weather events, such as thunderstorms, flooding and winter storms.

With the issuance of a watch, you should begin prepping for weather to move in that might become dangerous. However, a warning means that a severe storm has been reported and it is time to take cover right away.

Watches are put out for large general areas, while warnings are issued more precisely and often only include a county or city where danger is located.

While knowing the difference in these two types of alerts is helpful, you should also ensure that you understand the common weather that affects our upstate New York communities. Our long and cold winters bring heavy snowfall, which means that we need to understand winter storm advisories, freeze advisories and ice storm warnings.

As spring warms up and the snow begins to melt, we need to be aware of the potential for flooding. Summers bring hot weather that carry the potential for severe thunderstorms and the occasional tornado. This mixed bag of weather means we need to prepare ourselves for the multiple scenarios New York may dish out.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Protecting your home and your loved ones starts by understanding weather warnings when they are issued, but there are a few other steps you can take now to prevent damages later.

Maintaining your gutters regularly and securing or storing any outdoor furniture can help prevent flood damage and wind damage before a storm starts. Ensure you have a space in your home with basic supplies for your family to safely shelter in place during a storm, and create an exit plan for when you cannot stay.

Once the storm has moved on and it is safe to do so, check your home for damages, and make a call to SERVPRO. We have 247 availability and want to start your restoration immediately so that we can save as much of your home as possible.

Learn about the different kinds of weather that Mother Nature may hand us here in New York and protect your families and homes. Stay on top of alerts issued all around so that you are ready for the next storm to roll in.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

SERVPRO Should Be Your Top Choice When It Comes to Restoration | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County is only a phone call away.

Our SERVPRO location is independently owned and operated, so we understand how difficult managing the day-to-day of a small business is. Juggling a huge to-do list while trying to make your company as successful as possible can feel like you are walking on a high wire. If a disaster happens, it can bring everything tumbling down.

You may not be able to prevent, or sometimes even predict, a natural disaster, but you can prepare yourself for ONE. We all know that disasters don’t just strike at the office either, so that means being prepared at home, too.

Creating an emergency plan is a great first step in protecting your property, your business and your life. The American Red Cross has a great website you can use as a starting point to get your plan together. They have compiled data from natural disasters that occur across the United States and how to best protect yourself from each of them.

For more local information on the most commonly occurring disasters that happen here in New York, take a look at the state emergency management website. This will be continually updated when an event is happening across the state, but it is also a great resource for ways to prepare before a storm moves in. You should also bookmark our county’s website so you can refer to it before, during and after a disaster.

If damage strikes your home or your business, or both, it is crucial to get restoration and cleanup started as quickly as possible. The faster your response time, the less serious damage is likely to be. That is why SERVPRO should be your first call.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We have seen many different situations. Disasters that result in the need for restoration are pretty common all around the nation, but every scenario is completely different.

Annually, an average of 14 million homes have the risk of flooding, but when floods occur, the damage to each property will require a unique approach to cleanup. Our team is trained to handle any project regardless of the size or scope of work needed.

We take things one step at a time to ensure an appropriate plan is put into place to get things back to as they should be.

We have 247, 365 days availability. The most important part of disaster recovery is time. When you are able to act fast, you can stop long-term damage from setting in. That means you protect more of your property, and in the end, save yourself money.

If your home takes on floodwater, the damage to soft furniture, fabric materials and even the paint on your walls will be immediate. If water isn’t addressed right away, mold and mildew can set in that will eventually affect the structure of your home. That is why we are ready around the clock to respond to your disaster.

We do more than just basic cleanup. Our restoration services are all-encompassing. We don’t just clean up the storm damage—we take over the entire project.

We will work with you to create a plan, pack your belongings, tarp your roof and even rebuild a room on your house if necessary. We talk with your insurance company so your claim is used wisely in order to make the entire process as painless as possible. We are equipped to handle anything you need, and more than ready to do so.

It doesn’t matter what kind of disaster you experience, SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County has you covered for them all. We have years of training, experience and expertise at our disposal, and along with industry-leading equipment, we will get your property back to normal faster than you could have ever thought possible.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Staying in Control When You Burn Outdoors | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

"a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night" If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County.

Imagine this evening: You and your loved ones are sitting near a fire roasting hot dogs, making s’mores and sharing stories. What beautiful memories you can make!

Fire serves us in multiple ways during our day-to-day lives. Cooking our meals, getting rid of bugs, cleaning out limbs and leaves and entertainment can feel safe, but any flame can quickly get out of control. The National Park Service found that 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

This past May, we saw the largest fire in Hudson Valley burn Harriman State Park. Our wildfire risk has been slowly rising over the years, and with so much of our area being wooded, we need to stay fire-aware all the time.

You can still enjoy an outdoor fire! Use your grill, roast marshmallows for s’mores and get rid of brush, just be sure to check safety codes and regulations. Put safety first each and every time you light a flame so your risk level stays at a minimum.

Recreational Fire Hazards

There will always be a risk when you light a flame, but campfires, fire pits, grills and recreational fireworks are some of the most common outdoor fire starters. On average, grills start close to 8,800 home fires each year, mostly due to operator error. Look at gas lines or propane tanks before grilling and never leave a hot grill unattended, even after the cooking is done.

If you are starting a campfire, find a place away from buildings or vehicles, and only use a match or lighter to get the flame going. Once the fire has started, use only approved firewood to keep it going, and once you have been through all the chocolate, watch the embers and make sure they go completely out.

Fire pits are in a lot of backyards now, allowing for a camp feel with extra privacy. Fire pits still carry risks, though, and you should use the same precautions as a regular campfire. If it is moveable, keep your pit off of wooden surfaces or areas with an overhang.

Burning excess construction materials or other household waste in your fire pit may seem like an easy solution, but you should stick to approved firewood.

If you want to end an evening with a bang, small novelty fireworks and sparklers are permitted in our county. Be sure you have plenty of space to light the fireworks away from structures, vehicles or areas of dried grass.

Don’t forget that sparklers are still considered an explosive and should not be handled by small children. Leave plenty of room for fireworks to land, and always keep a bucket of water nearby.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Even with the risks, fires and combustibles still have a purpose. If you have a lot of trees that lose their leaves, burning them may be a viable means of cleanup, particularly if you do not live in an area that offers waste disposal options.

Clearing your yard of debris is important to protect against wildfires, and combined with purposeful landscaping, your yard serves as a line of defense for your home when a fire does start outside. Understand how to burn safelyand stay in control of your flames.

If you store gas in a shed or garage for your yard tools, make sure you use approved containers only and far away from any children. Gas should be used to power those items that need it only, so even if your campfire is going out, don’t grab the gas.

If you are going to have a flame out outdoors, be sure to check the weather and any warnings that may be in place. If the wind is strong or the relative humidity is low, wait on the fire and hang onto the marshmallows.

If you experience damage from a fire, give us a call. SERVPRO is ready with the equipment and knowledge for every aspect of fire recovery, and we want to restore as much of your property as possible, as quickly as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

How Damages Can Occur at Your Commercial Property | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Businesses propel our country forward, and they always have. We all likely utilize multiple businesses in a day, between work, play and shopping.

Business owners carry a big load each day managing the basic operations of a company. A disaster from either natural causes or other sources can be completely devastating.

Damage caused by natural weather events has been on the rise in the United States recently. Over the last five years, there has been an estimated $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a significant incline from previous periods.

With our intense snowfall over the winter that lasts well into what most would consider spring, it might be easy to forget that we also see large amounts of rainfall and severe thunderstorms.

This past May brought a round of severe storms that just barely missed our area. Even without being in the direct path of the worst part of the system, many of our neighborhoods saw high winds and lost power for several hours. We also picked up quite a bit of heavy rain in only a few hours, which made for a difficult commute home.

This round of severe weather should serve as a reminder to always be prepared for anything that Mother Nature can serve up, as well as any other disasters that may come our way. And as the old saying goes, “the more you know,” the better you can prepare.

<h2damage">Water Damage

Water and moisture are an extreme threat to businesses around the country. Water intrusions can stem from an external source like a flash flood or an overflowing river, or an internal source like an appliance failure. No matter where it comes from, water damage can be absolutely devastating.

Exterior flooding can result from heavy rains or snow melt and seep in through doors and the floor, where it can lead to foundation issues in your building.

If you have space outside your business, consider using your landscaping strategically to divert water away from your building. Extra dirt, mulch and flower beds can make a big difference in protecting your office.

Water damage can also occur from an interior source when a leak is left unattended for a long amount of time. Take the time to inspect the plumbing in your building regularly and watch for drips. Check walls and flooring for any discoloration and warping. Stay ahead of any needed maintenance or repairs to avoid costly damage later.

<h2damage">Storm Damage

Destruction to commercial buildings from storms is very common and can destroy an entire row of buildings or only one unit. Even a minor storm can bring power outages and throw debris that can leave you with damages.

A powerful storm is capable of bringing extreme damage to roofing or even the structure of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can topple freight trucks and tear down trees like they are twigs.

You can limit damage to your building with a few upgrades, including updates to your roof and adding storm-protective window covers. While these costly investments are highly effective, there are also low-cost ways to protect your business.

Check the seals on the windows and doors and inspect your building regularly to avoid the need for expensive repairs. Walk your property before storms move in and clear any debris and secure any loose furniture. Take care of any potential hazards to avoid damage to people and your property.

<h2who-to-call">Know Who to Call

Damage can happen to your commercial property in many different ways, but water and storm damage are the most common. These events can be devastating and force a long-term closure, or even in the worst-case scenario cause a complete loss.

Fortunately, we are available 247 to respond to any disaster you may face. Our experts will work with you to create a plan and quickly jump into action on your restoration. We want to get you back in business faster.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

A Few Easy Steps to Prevent House Fires | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Since the start of 2022, the American Red Cross has responded to at least 20,000 house fires, and that only represents a small portion of the total number of fires that have occurred so far this year in the United States.

Hopefully, you have several smoke detectors already installed in your home as they remain the top way to protect your life, but there are several other ways you can prevent fire. Cleaning a few specific areas can do a lot for preventing damaging fires.

<h3the-clutter">Clear the Clutter

Clutter is likely not your favorite part of your home, so use this as a motivator to clean it out: Clutter can actually create a fire hazard. When hallways, stairwells or utility spaces fill up with items you don’t use on a regular basis, it can not only block essential emergency exit routes—it can also serve as fuel and quicken the spread of a fire once it starts.

Cloth items such as blankets, pillows or clothing can actually start a fire if left near a water heater. When you keep your space open, you not only can get out quickly when you need to, but you can also slow down the progression of flames.

Another area of the home you should address is your electrical outlets and extension cords. Overloaded extension cords are a common source of house fires. Remove any unused electrical appliances, and unplug those that you don’t use often.

Structure fires and home fires are the highest occurring types of fire in our neighborhoods, and since most of us live in smaller spaces that are densely populated, keeping your home free of hazards is especially important. Kitchen fires are the No. 1 source of all fires, so pay particular attention to your outlets and appliances here and never leave cooking unattended.

Ensure there is room between walls and furniture so that outlets do not overheat and air is able to flow freely.

<h3a-defensible-space-in-your-yard">Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Your yard can be the first defense in protecting your home from a fire that originates outside. Landscaping that is laid out intentionally can prevent fires from reaching your doorstep while allowing for firemen to work.

Strategically created areas in your yard are called defensible zones. This type of landscaping is so effective in the fight against wildfires that some states like California have imposed certain requirements for homeowners. New York may be densely urban, but that does not make us immune from wildfires, so this kind of landscaping is smart for all of us.

This doesn’t mean you can’t plant your favorite flowers; instead, it requires the strategic placement of plants to provide the maximum protection. You should also keep your yard clear of dead plants, leaves and tree limbs as these only provide fuel to fires.

<h3it-clean-keep-it-safe">Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Clearing the clutter in your home and yard are not the only ways you can clean your way to a safer home. Deep-clean your stove and have your chimney cleaned regularly to eliminate two more high-risk areas in your home.

Lowering your risk of fire isn’t all deep-cleaning, though, since even dusting can help a great deal. Pay special attention to dust gathering around outlets and other electric appliances.

Our homes are our safe space. They serve us as offices, schools and play areas these days, so keeping them safe is even more essential.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.