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Preventing House Fires

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing House Fires Preventing House Fires

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.

Storm Damage Clean-up and Restoration

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

Our crews are ready when the weather changes Our crew are highly trained Storm Damage Specialists

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

Upper East Side Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Safety Tips Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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

Commercial Building Services

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Building Services Building Services

When your business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Upper East Side can begin the restoration process. Your business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Upper East Side can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Upper East Side can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board up
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • HVAC Services
  • Painting
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Roof Tarp
  • Tree Removal

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

7/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

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."

Ready to get started? Click on the link below..

https: //ready.SERVPRO.com/home/gettingstarted
 

Do you have Flood Insurance for your Upper East Side Home or Business?

7/5/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have Flood Insurance? Do you have Flood Insurance?

The people of New York City didn't give much thought to Flood Insurance before Hurricane Sandy hit, but the storm proved how devastating the damage to structures can be from coastal flooding. Home Insurance polices cover other types of natural disasters, such as tornado's and lightning strikes, but flood damage is excluded. Flood Insurance, is a separate policy that you pay extra and in most cases you must specifically state that you want that additional coverage. 

When to purchase Flood Insurance

If you live in a high-rise, you can safely skip flood insurance. Otherwise, flood insurance is highly advised, if it's not already required. If you live in a FEMA-defined floorplan or if you have a federally funded mortgage that sits in a high-risk flood area, you will be required to have flood insurance. Even if none of the above apply to you, you may still want to purchase a flood insurance policy. The first thing you should do is find out if you are at risk, by visiting FEMA, https://www.fema.gov/ to find out if you live in a flood zone. Even if it's determined that your risk is small, you still may want to protect your investment. 

Why to Purchase Flood Insurance 

If your home or business suffers a flood, the damage can be extensive and extremely costly. Just 1" of water, can cause $25K in damages. Having flood insurance ensures that you will be covered for losses/damage to your home or business and for the contents inside following a flood. 

How to Purchase Flood Insurance

Most often you can purchase flood insurance from your existing insurer. You can check to see if they offer flood insurance here https://www.fema.gov/. Please note that flood insurance policies are only available in participating communities. You will also need to know what your flood zone is and your level of risk. Shopping around, knowing this information can get you the best rate. Keep in mind, this needs to be done in advance of any impending storms. Once the policy is purchased, it will take 30 days to come into effect. Before you sign the policy, be sure to look it over so you fully understand what is and isn't covered. You want your policy to cover damage to the structure, as well as the contents inside. If you purchase a building/structure policy, the contents will not be covered. In this case, you will need to purchase a separate policy to cover the contents inside. 

Information for Renters

If you rent and have renters insurance, your policy does not cover flood damage. So, if you live in an area at risk and want to be covered in the event your home or business is flooded, you will want to invest in a flood insurance policy.

Flooding can prove costly and dangerous without immediate intervention and experienced IICRC-Certified technicians working quickly to help. We have helped those affected by considerable storm systems such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. No matter what effects threaten your property, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

Macy's 2020 Fourth of July Firework Show

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fourth of July Fourth of July

Macy's 4th of July Firework show will still be taking place, but it will done differently this year, due to COVID-19. There will not be a single focal point, to avoid a lot of people gathering close to one another. The theme for this year's display is, MACY'S FIREWORKS - RE-IMAGINED. It will feature displays that will be unannounced in each of the five boroughs. They will not be giving exact locations, only information about specific points and very close to the actual moment when the show is about to happen. Each show will be approximately 5 minutes long. Everyone in the surrounding areas will be able to view the show from their homes, their own rooftops, nearby parks, etc. This was necessary to avoid people gathering together in large numbers, which could potentially cause the virus to spread. 

THE SHOWS WILL BE WEATHER PERMITTING. 

The shows will present professionally and each show will be beautiful. Pieces of each show will be filmed and put together with music and aired live on NBC, Saturday, July 4th. There will be tributes to all of America's heroes, that have been and continue to, put their life on the line to keep this country moving during the pandemic. 

How to watch

  • A celebration of America and New York, with a dazzling display to include music and dancing. Tune in to NBC Saturday, July 4, from 8PM-10PM and watch, along with family and friends.

The Musical Score

  • This years music will feature a mix of patriotic anthems and pop. It will be a celebration of America and New York City's strength and perseverance, throughout this pandemic. 

The talent

  • They are working on putting together more entertainment for the show and trying to line up some stars and hosts. Click on the link below for updates.

 https://www.macys.com/social/fireworks/

If you'd like, you can tag #MACYSFIREWORKS on your social media posts, of any shots you take of the shows. 

How to Prevent Dryer Fires

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Have your dryer vents professionally cleaned Have your dryer vents professionally inspected and cleaned once a year.

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

All thunderstorms are dangerous

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

We can help after the storm We're ready to help after the storm

Every thunderstorm produces lightning, these storms can also produce powerful winds over 50 mph, hail, flooding and even tornado's. According to the National Weather Service, the Empire State Building is hit by lightning an average of 25 times per year. Lightning is one of the leading causes of injury and death caused by severe weather. Most people struck by lightning survive, but the effects can be lifelong. Victims report experiencing long term debilitating symptoms. 

The most common symptoms reported:

  • Vision loss
  • Personality changes
  • Delayed reaction times
  • Chronic pain
  • Ringing in ears
  • Depression

It is very important to take all thunderstorms seriously and always take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your human and canine loved ones.

Know the terms

  • Severe thunderstorm watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued when a thunderstorm produces hail 3/4 of an inch or larger in diameter and/or winds which equal or exceed 58 mph.

Stay tuned to updates from the National Weather Service on local stations. At the first sound of thunder, head indoors. No place outdoors is safe when a thunderstorm is nearby. When you're indoors, wait a minimum of 30 mins after you hear the last sound of thunder before going back outside. While indoors, you should avoid using plugged-in electronics and plumbing if possible. Water can conduct electricity, which is why it is dangerous to use plumbing during a thunderstorm. Also, remember to stay away from windows during the storm. If you are unable to get indoors when a storm is approaching, the safest place to be is in a car. Do not lean against concrete walls, or lay down on concrete. Avoid large structures which are considered lightning rods during a thunderstorm. Avoid contact with metal which would include, bicycles and motorcycles. If you driving when a thunderstorm hits, pull over remain in your vehicle until the storm passes. 

After the storm is over, avoid areas that are damaged from the storm. Never drive through roadways that are flooded. Stay away from all downed power lines and report them immediately. Doing so will help officials restore power to the area as soon as possible. Stay indoors if the damage is severe and be sure to keep an eye on small children and pets. 

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week. If you need help with storm cleanup, call us. (917) 924-2260

How to keep your pets safe in the heat and during storms

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

Keeping your pets safe during the summer months Keep your pets safe during summer and thunderstorms

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.