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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.

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.

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.

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)

nterior 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.

The Water You Don't See: Water Removal and Dehumidification by SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying machine and extraction from molding. For help restoring your home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County at 845-753-3730.
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. 

We have a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our trained SERVPRO staff. 

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters  are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materails. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO staff can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easliy penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. 
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attch to and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County we have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Give us a call at 845-753-3730.

Flood Damage Awareness Tips

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Side of brick home with heavy rain falling. For help restoring your home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County at 845-753-3730.

SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County is Here To Help after your home or business in the Rockland County, New York area suffers any water damage from flooding waters. We have commercial grade equipment, highly trained technicians and cleaning products specially formulated to clean any disaster. Here are some safety tips for you to follow to stay safe and prevent major water damage if possible. 

10 Actions to Take Before the Flood

  1. Learn the safest route from your home; or business should you have to leave in a hurry
  2. Develop and practice a "family escape" plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated. 
  3. Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. (Keep the list in a safe place-not in your home)
  4. Stockpile emergency supplies of food, medicine, first aid supplies, and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean closed containers. 
  5. Don't forget to plan for your pets.
  6. Keep a portable radio, emergency cooking equipment, flashlights in working order, and extra batteries.
  7. Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, service stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days.
  8. Find how many feet your property is above or below flood levels.
  9. Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency weatherproofing.
  10. If flooding is likely and there is time, move essential items and furniture to upper floors in the house. Disconnect electrical appliances that can't be moved....Never touch appliances if you are wet or there is standing water.

And don't forget to monitor NOAA Weather Radio, and TV Emergency Broadcast Stations. Visit ready.gov to learn more. To learn more about water damage https://www.SERVPROeasternrocklandcounty.com/water-damage-restoration

Does Your Business Have A Emergency Preparedness Plan?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee showing client the SERVPRO Ready APP on an iPad. SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County is is a certifies IICRC company.
 

How quickly your company can get back to business after a fire, flood, or storm often depends on the emergency planning done today.

 The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.   

Be Informed: Do you know what types of emergencies might affect your company?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan: Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Are you ready for utility disruptions? Do you have a plan if your building is not accessible? What will you do if your suppliers are impacted? 

Prepare Your Emergency Plan: Do you have an plans  for evacuation and shelter? Do you have plans for communications with employees before and during? Do you have copies of buildings and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are any employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan: If you have a plan, have your practiced it recently? How often do you review the plan? Do you have to coordinate the plan with other businesses?

Review Insurance coverage: Have you review your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment: Have you conducted a room to room survey to determine what can be strapped down and secured?

Improve Cyber security: Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness: Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan? 

If you answered "NO" to any of these questions, visit https://www.ready.gov/ and learn how to better prepare your business, employees, and family.

SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County can help your business to prepare for any disaster by developing an ERP (Emergency Ready Plan) for your business, give us a call to learn more.

The Restoration Expert You Can Trust in Eastern Rockland County | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County is your local restoration expert. We are the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.

There are many restoration companies to choose from when looking for someone to mitigate your home from damages, but there’s only one name you hear all the time and know you can trust to be on site in a matter of hours—SERVPRO.

Your Eastern Rockland County home or business doesn’t need to pay the price for a stray storm or unexpected fire. SERVPRO’s experts can restore your home to preloss condition from the following types of damage:

Flooding can occur at any time, and whether it’s an inch or a foot, it can cause serious damage. In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you’re a home or business owner, it’s likely you will encounter flooding issues at some point, but SERVPRO has the tools to deal with the damages. We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly trained technicians who will document the drying process.

We have the tools to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water. We’ll also assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home is clean, dry and restored to preloss condition.

Maybe you do not have to deal with any water damage, but one day a disastrous fire breaks out in your home, as it does to an American every 23 seconds. If this happens, we will jump right into action with our time-tested restoration plan.

In fact, it includes seven steps. It starts with an inspection and damage assessment and progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Another common type of tragedy your home may face is a severe thunderstorm. These are common anywhere in the country, but because New York rests near the Atlantic Ocean, coastal storms often break ground in the area. These storms bring prolonged periods of rain, which can lead to various forms of damage. We know how important it is to restore the items that you cherish so much.

We can tackle the damage through various types of cleaning services, and of course, our construction process, which is available for any home or business. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.

Now that you know what we are all about, you can go ahead and make the call to SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County anytime disaster strikes. We’re available 247.

Our experts are also known for their extensive experience, so you can take comfort in the fact that if anyone can get the job done, it’s SERVPRO.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Can Your Rockland County Employees Escape in 2 Minutes?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Alarm clock on fire. Call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County to cleanup soot, smoke and fire damage.

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.

Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your com[any's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. 

If your business has a fire damage event, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County to clean up the soot, smoke and fire damage. We will help you through the process from start to finish. 

*Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Rockland County Business Suffers Major Water Damage

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Several SERVPRO fans set up in a commercial hallway. Call SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County to help with water damage cleanup.

Flooding and water damage at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.

Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professional are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area of your business. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Meet our Crew  

How Water Damage Advances As Time Passes | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

"a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak" No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

So you noticed a slight, steady drip of water coming from your ceiling. For the moment, a bucket can easily take care of the mess, and you don’t think much of the water since it’s a small amount.

However, you should never underestimate the destructive effects moisture can have on your home. The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year, with much of that water circulating somewhere in your home.

It’s vital you address water damage before it gets out of a hand to prevent irreparable damage. Moisture will quickly seep into your floors, walls and soft surfaces. You can expect any significant water damage to follow this destructive path:

<h2the-first-24-hours">In the First 24 Hours

In your Eastern Rockland County house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

You want to take advantage of the first 24 to 48 hours because it will become much harder to salvage items after this point. Fragile personal belongings like books and photographs will immediately fall victim to water’s harmful effects.

Soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can swell from the moisture. In addition, mold typically starts to develop within this timeframe. It’s essentially you act quickly.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs replace” mentality can help you save money and preserve precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced, such as family heirlooms. Our experts will go ahead and remove any salvageable items to speed up the drying process. If we encounter any items that cannot be saved, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible.

<h2the-first-week">Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. At this point, mold will begin to form, and it can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. Mold will also lead to further structural damage.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

<h2one-week">After One Week

Most likely, the damage will have progressed significantly, perhaps even too far, by this point. You want to avoid letting moisture sit and fester in your home for over a week because as time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore your property will increase significantly, as will the risks of structural damage.

<h2SERVPRO-will-help">How SERVPRO Will Help

Here’s where we come in. Our Eastern Rockland team of specialists will start the restoration process as soon as you make that first call. Service work typically begins by drying your home completely and extracting excess water to prevent any more damage.

Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

Once these steps are completed, our team can move on to the construction phase, where we will make minor or major repairs to your home. We will do whatever it takes to get your property back to its preloss condition.

Allow our team to simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

How Much Do You Know About Floods? | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

"a street completely submerged in water and a flood warning sign in roadway" Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

When you’re living near a coast, flooding can occur at any point—and often times, without much warning. Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and it claims more lives in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning.

When Hurricane Ida hit in 2021, at least 39 people died as a result of the historic flooding. It can affect everything from individual homes where property collects excess water to wide swaths of communities and cities.

Flooding affects all 50 states and every U.S. territory, but there are similarities in types and causality among all them. There are three common types of flooding, and they happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc. In September 2021, remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through New York and New Jersey. In Rockland, 85 people were rescued from submerged cars during the storm. Several roads had to be closed, and Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. reported nearly 1,500 power outages during that time.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snow-melts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice dams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.