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Home Fire Prevention

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Fire Safety

Install Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Top of the list in preventing house fires is by installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in your home and remembering to test them at least twice a year. The US Fire Administration recommends changing the batteries twice a year and replacing the detectors and alarms every 10 years.

Purchase Fire Extinguishers

  • A fire extinguisher should be in every kitchen, because the kitchen is one of the most common place where house fires start. You should also have one on hand in your bedroom.  
  • Be sure they are easily accessible and most important, make sure everyone in your family knows how to use one. Each member of your family should be taught how to operate a fire extinguisher. For young children, post P.A.S.S. acronym near each fire extinguisher.

Inspect Heating Equipment, Annually

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) say the leading cause of fires in US homes are caused by heating equipment (including space heaters, fireplaces and heating systems) 
  • Have your furnace inspected and a tune-up done annually. It will prolong the life of your furnace and it can prevent house fires.
  • It's important to know when heating systems aren't working properly, they can release carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause severe illness and death. 
  • It is also recommended that you install a Notion Sensor next to your Carbon Monoxide alarm. This will notify you when your Carbon Monoxide alarm goes off, giving time for you and your family and pets to evacuate safely. 

Don't use frayed or cracked electrical cords. 

  • Pulling on a cord can wear it out over time – and cords that are worn or frayed can increase the risk of a short circuit, an electrical shock, and even a fire.

Don't leave the kitchen unattended when the stove or oven is on. 

  • According to the NFPA, cooking fires are one of the biggest causes of home fires and home injuries in the U.S. 

Extension Cords should never be used on the following items

  • Do NOT use an extension cord with the following items: ice makers, refrigerators, microwaves, space heater, hair dryer, garbage disposals, air conditioners, toasters/toaster ovens, washers/dryers, and coffee/tea makers.

Never leave lit candles unattended

  • If you use candles regularly, it’s so important to put them out before leaving the room. 
  • You should also keep them far away from any blankets, carpets, or other flammable objects.
  • If you have small children or pets, it’s also a good idea to keep lit candles out of reach.

Store flammable liquids properly

  • According to the NFPA, flammable or combustible liquids cause more than 43,000 home fires each year! 
  • It's so important to carefully read product labels, keep an eye out for any warnings, and store accordingly. 

Have your dryer inspected by a professional at least once a year

  • Dryers cause more than 20,000 house fires every year, causing millions of dollars in damage.
  • Regular cleaning and maintenance are all you need to protect your family and your home from dryer fires.
  • Removing the lint trap from your dryer after every use and clean it. 
  • Lint will also build up inside the dryer vent and ductwork, so it's best to call a professional at least once a year to have an inspection and cleaning. 

Consider renters insurance if you rent an apartment 

  • Renters insurance covers your personal property if it is damaged or stolen, medical and legal bills if you are found liable for damaging someone's property or injuring them, and temporary living expenses if your rental home is uninhabitable.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Did you know?

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

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Our Crews Are Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

We are ready when the weather changes Flood/Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration

Floods, tropical storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and even severe thunderstorms, can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses. When a natural disaster occurs, most companies that respond to storm damage are unable to handle the damage when it's wide-spread. We have the resources to handle massive severe weather events, no disaster is too big. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country. As part of a Large Loss Recovery Team, our efforts have protected many of the apartments and buildings throughout our area of Manhattan, but also helped those affected by considerable storm systems such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Our staff are highly trained Storm Damage Specialists. Our training program include the following:

  • IICRC Trained and Certified
  • Employee Certification Training 
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Why SERVPRO of Upper East Side? 

  • A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry.
  • Faster to any size disaster.
  • Faster to any size emergency.
  • No job too large.
  • Catastrophic storm and major event response.
  • Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
  • Our ability to dispatch trained production professionals.
  • We cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.
  • 24-hour emergency services
  • Ready to help 24/7/365

We're a locally owned company with natural resources.   We are proud to be a part of our community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area the fastest response times and our best work each and every day.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (917) 924-2260

SERVPRO of Upper East Side Specializes in Mold Cleanup and Restoration

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

We can properly remediate your mold, fungus, mildew problem We specialize in mold cleanup and restoration

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Upper East Side for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Upper East Side specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (917) 924-2260

Faster To Any Size Disaster

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Our staff is highly trained to handle large flooding and water damage We provide 24-hour water damage restoration services

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. 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. SERVPRO of Upper East Side provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Upper East Side has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (917) 924-2260

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Upper East Side 

SERVPRO of Upper East Side specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in commercial 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 commercial property.

The Silent Killer

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas

Carbon Monoxide is also known as The Silent Killer. It is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas, that is deadly. It is undetectable by humans and pets. It is released into the air from burning fuel, so anything in your home or business that runs off fuel is a potential source. When the gas is released into poorly-ventilated enclosed space, carbon monoxide molecules replace the oxygen in the air. Poisoning occurs when the carbon monoxide accumulates to dangerous levels in your blood stream. High concentrations can kill in less than five minutes. 

Some common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Gas Fired Furnaces/hot water heaters
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Gas ranges/ovens
  • Space Heaters
  • Generators
  • Gas Grills
  • Clogged Chimneys
  • Heating exhaust vents
  • House fires
  • Running cars in enclosed spaces
  • Using gas powered tools in enclosed spaces

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of consciousness

Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable

  • Purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors in the hallway near each bedroom
  • Test them regularly, replacing batteries or detector when necessary
  • Have everything that operates by fuel inspected once a year by a qualified professional
  • Don't run your vehicle in an enclosed space
  • Check the exhaust pipe of your vehicle to be sure it isn't blocked
  • Never grill indoors
  • Practice safe generator usage

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, evacuate immediately and be sure to take all your pets with you. Leave the door open for ventilation and contact the fire department. 

Workplace Indoor Air Quality

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Indoor Air Quality Indoor Air Quality

Maintaining workplace indoor air quality (IAQ), is important for good health and wellness of your employees and customers. Roughly 90% of our time is spent indoors and a large portion of that time is spent at work. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regard indoor air pollution as a major problem. Most business owners don't realize the air circulating in the workplace is often filled with toxic compounds, that can cause health effects. Poor IDA can negatively affect productivity and increase absences among employees. What causes poor indoor air quality?

Excessive moisture  

When there is a high percentage of moisture, it allows mold, bacteria and fungus to grow. Indoor relative humidity, should be kept between 30 and 50 percent. 

Biological 

Some common biological pollutants are bacteria, mold, dust mites, animal dander and pollen. Improper maintenance and cleaning of HVAC system can add to this issue.

Chemicals

Chemicals (gases and vapors) can come from many sources. Products such as, office equipment, furniture, wall and floor coverings release chemicals into the air. Products that enter the HVAC system from outdoors, products used during renovations and chemical spills. By-products, such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide, are also known sources. 

Particles

These are solid or liquid and non-biological, that are released into the air creating respiratory problems. The most common particles is dirt and dust, drywall dust, wood dust and silica. 

What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

  • Keep all air supply vents unblocked
  • Clean spills immediately
  • Store food properly 
  • Dispose of garbage properly
  • Add some indoor plants 
  • Run commercial-grade air purifiers or air scrubbers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture. 
  • Keep your workplace clean
  • Have your carpets professionally cleaned
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate
  • Change HVAC filter regularly
  • Commercial HVAC systems should be professionally cleaned every few years or sooner if needed. 
  • Put floor mats outside each entrance way and clean mats regularly 

We are here to help improve the indoor air quality of your business. 

Call SERVPRO of Upper East Side - (917) 924-2260

Keeping your pet safe during the Summer

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

When dogs are overheated or stressed, they will pant Dogs will pant when overheated or stressed

The Warm weather has arrived in New York City and that means we'll be spending more time outdoors. During this time of year, pet owners take their pets to the park and take longer walks with their pets. Spending more time outdoors when temperatures are hot, does pose higher risks for your pets. Veterinarians report an increase in injuries, ear infections, skin issues and heat stroke in pets this time of year. Pets don't sweat the way we do, so they can easily become overheated. 

Here are some tips to prevent your pet from becoming overheated:

  1. If your pet shows signs of heat exhaustion, bring them to a cool shady spot. If you are near your home, bring them inside to a cooled room or put them near a fan and give them fresh cool water. Put a damp towel over their body and take them to the vets office asap. Do not immerse your pet in cold water, it can cause them to go into shock.
  2. Never leave your pet in a car. Although most pets enjoy riding in cars, it is never a good idea to take them with you if your intentions are to leave them in the car, even if it is only for a few minutes. Most people think opening windows are enough to keep a pet safe, but during warmer months your pet can die in a short amount of time if left in the car. In less than 10 mins, your pet can develop heat stroke inside a hot car. It is also against the law in New York State to leave a pet inside a hot car. If you ever see an animal alone inside a vehicle, notify law enforcement immediately. 
  3. You can also apply sunscreen to pets. Like humans, they can get sunburn too. Never use sunscreen unless it's approved for use on pets. Apply every 3-4 hours while your pets are outdoors. Apply to spots with little or no hair, such as bellies, ears and nose. 
  4. Do not shave your pet. People tend to think shaving their pets hair keeps them cooler, when actually your pets coat is designed to keep them cool. You can trim their coat, but never shave it all off. Be sure to leave at least 1" to prevent sunburn. 
  5. Don't walk your pet in the heat of the day. Early morning and late evening are the best times. 
  6. Keep your pets paws cool. Protect your pets paws on hot surfaces such as cement and asphalt. Also remember metal gets very hot in the sun, so be careful of any metal in your car or truck. 
  7. Never let your pet ride in the back of truck, it is unsafe and they could get seriously injured or die. 
  8. Be sure to use proper protection against parasites. 
  9. If you take your pet out on the water, be sure they are wearing a pet approved life vest. 
  10. Keep fireworks away from pets. Fireworks are made with chemicals that are poisonous to pets if eaten. Be sure to clean up any fireworks in your yard before letting your pets outside. Most pets are very afraid of the loud sounds from fireworks and they will try to escape from fear. Be sure to place them in a safe place with plenty of fresh water and a comfortable bed. You can also purchase a Thunder Jacket which helps pets that suffer from anxiety for any reason. Another thing you can do is ask your vet to prescribe an anti-anxiety medicine, for you to have on hand for times your pet is suffering from anxiety. 
  11. Thunderstorms can cause some dogs to become very anxious, which often leads to severe anxiety. The thunder is not the only thing that negatively affects pets, the barometric pressure and build up of static electricity in the air makes pets uncomfortable. This buildup occurs before an impending storm, which is why some pets will display signs of nervousness even before the first sound of thunder. Not all dogs are scared, but the ones that are will display signs that they are scared such as, shivering, whimpering, hiding and constant movement as if they are trying to escape. Your pets anxiety must be handled, or it can turn into a phobia. Signs include panicked and destructive behavior, such as soiling on carpeting or destroying furniture. Make sure all doors and windows are tightly closed so your pet can not escape.

Some things you can do to calm your pet during a thunderstorm

  • Bring your pet into a room with no doors to outside and no windows, this can help reduce the static electricity.
  • Put a thunder jacket on your pet, they reduce anxiety and stress in your pet.
  • Ask your veterinarians office if they can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication, be sure to fill it and have it on hand ahead of time. 

If you think you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Upper East Side

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Three signs of mold Signs of Mold

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (917) 924-2260

How to Prevent Dryer Fires

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer lint filters need to be cleaned after each use Clean your dryer lint filter after each use

Clothes dryer fires are the leading cause of both Residential and Commercial fires. Dryer fires can happen when lint from your laundry builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct itself. When lint accumulates enough to block air flow, it causes heat to increase which results in a fire. According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,500 fires occur annually from clothes dryers. The U.S. Fire Administration reports the leading cause of these fires, is failure to clean the dryer vent. 

How do you know when you're at risk of a dryer fire? Here is a list of warning signs..

  • Outside of your dryer is very hot to the touch
  • Your load of clothes are unusually hot
  • You find the lint trapper filled with more lint than normal
  • The laundry room is very hot and humid
  • The exterior dryer vent has no air flowing out while the dryer is on
  • The exterior vent has an accumulation of lint around it
  • Drying time is taking longer than normal
  • The vent hood flap doesn't open properly
  • You notice a burning smell
  • It's been longer than a year since you've had your dryer duct inspected

Things you can do between inspections to prevent a clogged dryer vent..

  • Clean the lint screen after each cycle
  • Vacuum the lint trap housing cavity once a month
  • Clean behind and under the dryer
  • Only run the dryer when you are home
  • Inspect and fix and improper dryer ducting
  • Do not dry clothes containing Volatile Organic Compounds. Some examples of VOC's are cooking oils, gasoline, cleaning agents, stains, etc.
  • Have your dryer exhaust vents inspected and cleaned once a year 

Call SERVPRO of Upper East Side to schedule your dryer vent inspection and cleaning today. (917) 924-2260