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How to Identify Mold

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Identify Mold Do you believe you have mold growing?

Mold is everywhere. It’s a type of fungus that grows from tiny spores that float in the air. It can grow almost anywhere that spores land and find moisture and a comfortable temperature, between 40 and 100 degrees F. Typically that includes about every damp place in your home.

You can easily spot the most visible type of mold, called mildew, which begins as tiny, usually black spots but often grows into larger colonies. It’s the black stuff you see in the grout lines in your shower, on damp walls, and outdoors on the surfaces of deck boards and painted siding, especially in damp and shady areas. A mildewed surface is often difficult to distinguish from a dirty one. To test for mildew, simply dab a few drops of household bleach on the blackened area. If it lightens after one to two minutes, you have mildew. If the area remains dark, you probably have dirt.

Mildew is a surface type of mold that won’t damage your home’s structure. But other types of mold cause rot. If the wood is soft or crumbles, the fungi have taken hold and rot has begun.

If you have a high concentration of mold, you may smell it. If you detect the typical musty odor, check for mold on damp carpets, damp walls, damp crawlspaces and wet wood under your floors, wet roof sheathing and other damp areas. Clean up these infestations right away before they get worse, and see the following photos for prevention measures on how to remove mold.

Fire Extinguishers

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Extinguishers Never skipped out on having a fire sting wisher in your own home or business, They can save lives. No one is an exception.

Fire Extinguishers 

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.

Safety tips
  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

What’s the next course of action after suffering a Fire?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What’s the next course of action after suffering a Fire? Suffered A Fire? What do I do next?

After all the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has disappeared, what do you do?

Before fire damage occurs:

Take preventive action, incorporating ongoing off-site contingency plans including…

  • A contact list with updated phone numbers and emails.
  • A video or photographic record of your business or home for reimbursement in the event of loss – the more thorough, the better!
  • An up-to-date list of inventory.
  • A preloss agreement with a restoration company such as SERVPRO.
  • Sign up for Our Free Emergency Ready Plan with one of our SERVPRO team members.

Already suffered fire damage?

Don’t touch anything.

Never enter your premises without the express consent of firefighters. Fire damage can result in an array of hidden, unsafe conditions.

Turn all utilities off.

Turn off water at the valve, and gas and electricity at the meter.

Immediately contact your insurance company.

They can start the claims process rolling by sending out an insurance adjuster to assess damages and discuss the situation.

Call SERVPRO of Upper East Side

Call SERVPRO, We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Number is 917-924-2260.

Need help?
The Red Cross may be able to offer assistance.

For Further Assistance, Call SERVPRO of Upper East Side, We have the knowledge, and advance tools and technology to restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition Fast! Don’t wait! Team members are available to answer questions you may have. Call Now 917-924-2260.

Prevent Mold From growing in your home.

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold From growing in your home. Mold Prevention

Mold. The very word is enough to make a person cringe.Mold spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated.

Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.

Not only is a mold problem difficult and costly to fix, but mold can also produce allergens and irritants that may compromise your health.

So what can you do if you're concerned about mold growing in your home?

The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.

Here’s a few steps to prevent Mold from growing.

1. Dry wet areas immediately

2. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.

3. Equip your home with mold-resistant products.

4. Monitor humidity indoors

5. Improve air flow in your home.

What is Mold?

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is made up of several different types of fungi that reproduce that can grow rapidly if not treated. Mold that is found in homes are traditionally a white or grayish color. It is especially common to find mold in bathrooms, which is usually green.  Mold may grow in all different types of environments, but thrives in damp and warm environments.

Mold reproduces by forming microscopic spores. These spores can survive under much harsher conditions than mold. The spores move freely throughout the air until it lands on a surface that has excessive moisture on it. Once the spores land mold can begin to grow. In order for it to grow it needs to have oxygen and need to be in a space where the temperature can range from 40° to 100° Fahrenheit.

It is very important to make sure your home is mold free. If mold is present it can affect the health of you and your family. It can also damage or possibly destroy the drywall and wood in your home. If your home has mold, call SERVPRO of Upper East Side at 917-924-2260.

How to prepare for Hurricane Season

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

General How to prepare for Hurricane Season Hurricane season is upon us

September is here and hurricane season is picking up. It is important to refresh yourself on the steps needed in order to prepare yourself for a storm. When news breaks that a storm is on the rise, we traditionally have several days to prepare for it. It is important to track the storm day by day because it is possible for it to pick up speed or change directions. Once a hurricane has been announced it is crucial to gather food and water. It is important to get the supplies as quickly as possible. Stores will sell bottled water and perishables fast. After you have gone out and collected food and water, you must prepare your fridge and freezer.  Eat all perishables first in anticipation of the power going out. Fill your fridge and freezer with bottled water and non-perishables. The fuller your freezer is, the more items there are to retain the cold. Put all the ice you have in your freezer into plastic bags and fill the spaces in your freezer with it. Lastly put all of your valuables into clear plastic bags and hang them high off the floor. This will insure the items will stay dry in case of flooding.  Keep these few tips in mind and you will be well prepared for the next hurricane.

Summers is almost up. Homeowner tips on how to prepare for the fall #1

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

General Summers is almost up. Homeowner tips on how to prepare for the fall #1 Time to clean those gutters.

Cool weather is nigh- prep your Home for the arrival of fall while it’s still nice outside.

Summer is almost up, and fall is right around the corner. Now it’s time to finish up any last minute and maintenance projects to get your home ready for a new fall season.

Clean out the gutters

No one loves this job, but it needs to be done. A few hours of work and prevent big problems later on. 

 If your gutter gets clogged up by dust, dirt and etc. you can stop or slow the drainage of your roof, causing more damage than you may know. Clogged gutters can rot fascia boards, therefore making it easier for water to enter the house to cause wall and ceiling damage. 

Home Safety Check

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

General Home Safety Check Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Home Safety Check

Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide monitors. A good way to remember to do this is to always replace the batteries when you change the clocks for daylight savings time. November 4, 2018 would be a great time for your next check in.

CO and Fire alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

 Create a family fire scape plan or review the one you already have. Put together an emergency preparedness kit so that you are ready for winter power outages. 

SERVPRO of Upper Eastside, offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to their clients Free of Charge and have complete to access to it with the touch of a button.

Do you have an Emergency Plan in place?

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Community Do you have an Emergency Plan in place? Don’t wait until it’s too late. Have a Plan in action.

SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App

Help is at your fingertips

When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier using the SERVPRO Ready Plan App. The Ready Plan is an Emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management.

It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

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."

SERVPRO is available Rain, or Shine 24/7 365

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

“I went on vacation and came home to an absolute nightmare. My hot water heater burst in the attic who knows when during my 2 weeks away. It was like stepping into one of the commercials you see on tv with your furniture floating by. You could not replace some of the items in my home. They were over a hundred years old. I had searched the world for some of those items. My heart was crushed. I sat in my car for a good twenty minutes just stunned at the amount of water that came gushing out the door when I opened it. I could not clean that up on a good day. I called my insurance agent and he told me that there were companies out there that could clean that up for me. My insurance agent referred me to SERVPRO of Upper Eastside, so I called the number at 12 am at night and hoped the person that returned my call was not angry that I woke them up. SERVPRO of Upper Eastside were able to come in the next day.”

Melinda B. - Yorkville, NY

SERVPRO of Upper Eastside prides themselves in not only being the best, but being able to bring exceptional service during a time of crisis. 

Electronic Cigarettes

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electronic Cigarettes These little things can cause MASSIVE damage.

It may seem like an electronic cigarette or cigar could never cause much damage to you or your home, but little do you know, it can!

In this past year, we've had fire emergencies that burnt down whole houses just from an electronic cigarette or cigar.

“There is also a risk of property damage as a result of flammable materials catching on fire from an e-cigarette explosion. The United States Fire Administration said that 25 fires and explosions were caused by e-cigarettes between 2009 and August 2014.”

Just because you don't see a flame, does not mean that it doesn't have the ability to cause damage.

Be sure you turn those devices off, as you would a curling iron. 

You want to keep your family and belongings safe! But always know that we are here if something does go wrong!

Hurricane Season Approaching and Storm Preparedness Tips

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season Approaching and Storm Preparedness Tips Stand Back, there’s a Hurricane coming through.

With Hurricane season approaching, after such a horrible hurricane in Sandy a few years ago, it's important to be prepared. And to also stay up to date on the storms and where they are.

Even if you only get a brief part of the storm, it's important to be ready. Have water and gas in your cars. 

While forecasting methods and tools are improving year after year, people are still at great risk to tropical storms and hurricanes because they continue to build along the coastline. That is one reason for this particular web site so that people can obtain a basic understanding of hurricanes and tropical storms. The other is to provide helpful information that will help communities and their residents to prepare for these storms.

And if you unfortunately have any damage, remember that we are always there to help. 24/7.

Call SERVPRO of Upper Eastside 

917-924-2260

Welcome Spring AKA Allergy Season!

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

When your nose starts running and your eyes are watery, you know what time it is! SPRING IS HERE!

After you've moved your clocks an hour ahead, it’s a great time to change your batteries in your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide detectors. Just to be one step ahead of the game, preventing any chance of future problems.

It is also a great idea to change the filter in your air conditioner. Having a professional check on all your HVAC needs will allow for you to make sure things are up to date, as well as reduce the cost of energy if you choose other routes.

We're all happy Spring is finally here! Enjoy the nice weather!!

And try not to let those pesky allergies get the best of you!

Dryer Vents

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

It is no surprise that dryer vents are the cause of many household fires. That’s why we look to emphasize on the fact of how important it is to keep them clean. 

To reduce the risk of dryer vent fires happening in your home, we can come in and help you clean out your dryer vents. 

Over time, dryer vents get clogged and they become havens for lint, debris of myriad kinds and other unpleasant organisms. These can also indirectly facilitate a fire. Clogged dryer vents can also cause electrical failures.

Tips for keeping your dryer vents clean is cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and has zero restrictions. This will reduce risk of fires and then prevent any future issues.

Of course we are available help with your vents and any other issues you may have!

BE CAREFUL WITH CANDLES!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

We all love candles, I have a bunch around my house. The problem is, while we enjoy the smell of candles, we often forget that they are even lit. 

Even for myself, I had a candle lit next to my bed while I was relaxing one Sunday, and I guess I must’ve forgotten it was on. I used a tissue and went to put it on my nightstand where of course the candle was. Long story short. Nothing happened. But it could’ve been very bad.

It’s definitely something that happens quite often. You forget about it because the smell is just so alluring. So if you love the aroma of candles as much as I do, I think it’s best you take these precautions, to avoid a fire in your home or any injuries to the people you love.

If you burn candles, make sure to do the following--

  • Put the candle somewhere there isn’t a ton of items, to avoid anything catching fire around it.
  • Utilize a sturdy candle holder, to avoid it tipping over.
  • Avoid putting your hair or any loose clothing near the lit candle.
  • Even if you leave the room for an extended amount of time, blow out the candle.
  • And of course, keep away from children and animals.

Water damage to your contents

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage to your contents This is a picture of a customer's house and the water damage that happened to their contents. Luckily, we were able to help them in time!

If you have a water damage in your home or business, it can be devastating. Whether it’s because a pipe broke, a leak in your roof, or maybe the toilet overflowed.. these things happen! And although what makes up any building is floors and walls, you contents are the most sentimental items that can be effected by the water. 

I recently had a pipe burst in my apartment bedroom, in my closet. Destroyed a ton of my clothing and I had to bring anything I could to the dry cleaner to try and save the items. But I was a mess, completely devastated. There were items in there that I will never be able to replace.

That feeling is one you hope you never have to experience, but if you do have a water damage that comes in contact with your contents, give us a call. We will be right there to try and save every item that we can. 

We know what it’s like to have cherished family heirlooms and memories. We will do all we can to make it "Like it never even happened”. Just make sure you take control of the situation asap, as you don’t want mold to form on your items.