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How a Mount Kisco Business Can Plan For Commercial Water Damage

1/17/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with caption: DID YOU KNOW? 50% of businesses close down following a disaster Is your Mount Kisco business ready if a disaster hits? Call SERVPRO, we're Faster to any size disaster™.

We Help Local Shops With Water Damage Preparedness

SERVPRO® is always nearby, and our teams are Faster to any size disaster™. Our quick response helps reduce the amount of water damage sustained from busted pipes or other plumbing accidents. Businesses in Mount Kisco can take disaster-preparation steps to reduce how much damage their business experiences.

One method many businesses, including Mount Kisco companies, use to prepare for commercial water damage is the Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) from SERVPRO. Authorized parties manage their company's profile on this free service through an easy-to-access app. SERVPRO and chosen managerial staff members have access to the same information when a disaster occurs.

In addition to the benefits a READY profile brings a company, businesses can do other things to protect themselves. Businesses can further decrease their risk of commercial water damage by:

  • Performing periodic and regular checks on water line connections,
  • Having the roof inspected, and
  • Installing moisture-control devices.

The fittings that secure the connections between water feed lines and sinks, toilets, drinking fountains, and refrigerators can become loose, especially if the tubing is a flexible hose. Checking these for preliminary drips can prevent a costly accident.

Yearly inspections of the roof might result in early detection of gaps and soft spots that indicate deterioration. Although extremely heavy, ice dams do not always cause visual sagging. Any amount of water seeping into the underside of your roof can cause damage to insulation and structural components. When a business rents its facility, discussing this with the landlord could protect both entities.

Below ground, which is especially important if your business has any inventory or equipment stored in this area, can experience both backups and high humidity. Because of this, business owners should consider installing either a sump pump or dehumidifier or both to protect their company.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is always Faster to any size disaster.™ To obtain your READY Profile, or if a commercial water damage event has happened, call us at (914) 241-8100.

Mount Kisco Fire Damage Affects Mast Market

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

Blazing Building servpro poster The SERVPRO team is Here to Help® 24/7 following a devastating commercial or residential fire in the Greater Kisco area.

SERVPRO® Responds to Commercial Fire and Water Damage

The organic market and cafe Mast Market in Mount Kisco experienced extensive fire damage in October 2023. Multiple fire departments joined the Mount Kisco Fire Department at midnight to combat the conflagration and prevent it from spreading. After firefighting efforts ceased, SERVPRO was on the scene by 5:00 a.m. to inspect and document the damage and prepare the space for restoration.

Mount Kisco SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to provide fire and water damage cleanup, inspection, and restoration, including build-back services for extensive damage to commercial property.

Late-Night Fire Damage Engulfs Mast Market Overnight

Restoration efforts for a business like Mast Market pose many challenges that require intervention from trained professionals for ideal restoration outcomes.

  • Mast Market’s damaged business assets included commercial-grade cooking and production equipment, which SERVPRO can thoroughly document, clean, and remove as needed.
  • Fire suppression efforts are necessary for stopping large commercial fires, but they leave behind water damage that can turn soot acidic, corroding metals. On top of that, the excess moisture can create mold concerns that further delay the resuming of business operations.
  • SERVPRO’s familiarity with local, state, and federal codes for commercial cleanup can significantly accelerate the restoration process for local businesses affected by disaster while giving owners peace of mind.

What SERVPRO Uses to Combat Fire Damage

SERVPRO has a diverse array of tools at its disposal for a variety of fire damage soils and odors:

  • Abrasion blasting can remove soot with minimal damage to surfaces underneath.
  • Hydroxyl generators use similar chemical processes to sunlight to deodorize fibers and other porous materials.
  • EPA-registered, OSHA-approved biocides mitigate the presence of microbes and odors.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is ready to provide restoration services that make disaster seem “Like it never even happened.” Call (914) 241-8100 for more information.

Effective Fire Restoration Services in Yorktown Heights

11/25/2023 (Permalink)

Hand holding a piece of sheet rock showing where soot and smoke settled from a fire. If your Yorktown Heights home experiences fire damage, call SERVPRO. We're Faster to any size disaster™.

SERVPRO® Delivers Top-Notch Fire Recovery Solutions

In the aftermath of a fire, homeowners often feel overwhelmed by the damage left in its wake. The sight of charred walls, soot-covered furniture, and the lingering smell of smoke can be devastating. 

A significant number of homes in Yorktown Heights experience fire damage each year. In a town of just over 1,500 residents, 515 structure fires occurred. This damage can be due to various reasons, from electrical faults to unattended candles or kitchen accidents. This situation is where professional fire recovery solutions come into play. SERVPRO provides effective restoration services that help bring homes back to their former glory.

Post-Fire Outcomes

Fire damage in a home can result in numerous issues. A kitchen fire can ruin food items as soot can travel into tightly sealed jars. If smoke gets sucked through the HVAC system, the ductwork and filtration system may need deep cleaning to eliminate embedded fire odors.

  • Soot and smoke residue on walls, ceilings, and furnishings
  • Charred structural elements, including beams and pillars
  • Damaged electronics and appliances
  • Stained and discolored fabrics
  • Lingering unpleasant odors
  • Warped or melted plastics

SERVPRO's approach to fire restoration in Yorktown Heights is comprehensive and employs cutting-edge techniques:

  • Detailed assessment of the damage to determine the extent and the best methods for restoration
  • Removal of unsalvageable items and materials
  • Advanced equipment to extract soot and smoke residues from surfaces
  • Specialized air scrubbers and fogging equipment to neutralize and remove lingering smoke odors
  • Careful cleaning of household items, including electronics, furniture, and personal belongings
  • Structural repairs to the affected areas when authorized

As the trusted choice for many in Yorktown Heights, SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100 ensures homes affected by fire regain their warmth and comfort. SERVPRO's team of dedicated professionals with their state-of-the-art equipment stand committed to making fire restoration on a level "Like it never even happened."

Join Us in Commemoration of National First Responder Day

10/24/2023 (Permalink)

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First Responder Recognition Gains Momentum

In 2022, President Biden joined other leaders in acknowledging our Nation's First Responders each October 28th. Proclaiming a National First Responders Day, the president joined the House of Representatives, which in 2017 commemorated the extraordinary service performed by law enforcement, firefighters, and public health and disaster relief workers.

Genuine heroes give their all, setting aside their needs undeterred by hazards to life and limb to protect and save others.

Sometimes, first responders make the ultimate sacrifice when serving their community. This profound loss does not deter their colleagues from stepping up when necessary.

First responders meet the challenge of providing more for those vulnerable to crises and disasters. The unwavering dedication of these public servants is why SERVPRO? proudly commits to supporting and honoring First Responders together with community, state, and national organizations, especially the First Responders Children's Foundation (FDCF) and through events like our sponsorship of the First Responders Bowl.

We see firsthand why the country's appreciation for the Nation's heroes grows ever stronger when we arrive in time to see first responders conclude their services. SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County is honored to stand with our Nation's first responders working to restore property and hope during the aftermath of catastrophic circumstances. (914) 241-8100

The Importance of Water Damage Repair in Mount Kisco Homes

9/17/2023 (Permalink)

water damage leaking drain pipe in ceiling Contact the SERVPRO professionals to repair your water damaged ceiling making your Mount Kisco home appear "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Cleanup Happens in Stages

When homeowners in Westchester County consider emergencies, they usually include locations like the Northern Westchester Hospital and other care facilities throughout the community. Water damage in a property can be just as urgent, especially in the hundreds of individual offices and entities in the Mt Kisco Corporate Center. Even the nearby Westchester County Airport can be overwhelmed by the presence of water where it should not be, making the response and knowledge of restoration professionals critical to help.

Water damage repair for Mount Kisco homes and businesses is necessary for many post-disaster cleanups. When you consider the historical aspects of the region, such as the structures still preserved on the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, cleanup and care become an essential service. Even with the modern developments and growth of the town in centers like the Mount Kisco Commons and Brookside Village shopping areas, the same quick pace and experience are essential components of success.

The Repairs Needed to Overcome Water Damage

Because Mount Kisco is home to nearly 11,000 people, the threats of water damage and flooding are roughly constant. SERVPRO® professionals must stay prepared for concerns of all sizes, even in historical structures like the Mt Kisco Memorial Complex or the nearby Katonah Museum of Art. We are a one-stop shop for restoration and build-back, including repairs like:

  • Drywall Removal – Drywall can show the worst signs of water damage and swell quickly. Our team can remove portions of the panels affected.
  • Plumbing Repairs – Resolving the leak or burst pipe issue gets the main water service restored to the structure.
  • Replacing Carpeting – Carpeting is quickly saturated and can be a welcoming location for mold damage. It is often wise for our team to remove and replace these elements.

Need for water damage repairs? Trust SERVPRO of North Westchester County to help. We are available at (914) 241-8100.

SERVPRO’s Swift Water Damage Repair Services in Mount Kisco

5/18/2023 (Permalink)

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Minimize Business Downtime with SERVPRO’s Water Damage Repair in Mount Kisco

Water damage can strike any time, and when it does, it can devastate businesses. From burst pipes to severe storms, water damage can cause significant downtime and lost revenue. It is important to work with a trusted restoration company like SERVPRO for water damage repair of your Mount Kisco property to get your business running in the shortest possible time.

SERVPRO offers a 24/7 water damage repair team for Mount Kisco businesses, which can be on-site within hours of your call. Our technicians are equipped and experienced to handle all aspects of water damage restoration. We work quickly to assess the damage, develop a plan of action, and begin the restoration process.

SERVPRO’s Strategy for an Efficient Water Clean Up

SERVPRO techs use nature’s equilibrium to speed up the restoration process of commercial buildings. The goal is to use dry and warm air to shift the equilibrium to favor drying. 

Techs accomplish this by applying science to restorative drying. It is crucial to modulate the three factors affecting drying carefully:

For instance, abruptly increasing the temperature might cause the wet material to release a lot of moisture, risking secondary damage to other materials. 

Modulating the Drying Conditions

SERVPRO restorers carefully modulate the three factors during the different stages of the restoration process. During the initial phase, the restorers move warm, dry air close to wet surfaces to evaporate the surface and free water.

During the end stages of the process, when all the free water has evaporated, air movement is not as effective at bringing the bound water to the surface of the materials. Instead, drier and warmer air is more effective. 

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. After all, We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Restoration in Mount Kisco Is Fast & Efficient with SERVPRO

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damages Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24/7!

Mount Kisco Homeowners Trust SERVPRO with Fire Restoration   

Cleaning and restoration can reduce the cost of a fire damage claim and are much cheaper than replacing and resurfacing. However, fire restoration in your Mount Kisco home must happen fast to be effective. The smoke and soot particles can continue to damage the surfaces if not quickly removed using appropriate methods. 

SERVPRO techs apply scientifically backed principles and elements of cleaning during the fire restoration of your Mount Kisco home. We aim to quickly remove the soot particles from surfaces and return the structure and contents to their preloss condition. 

Cleaning Actions to Remove Smoke and Soot from Fire-Damaged Homes 

The objective of SERVPRO fire restoration experts during restorative cleaning is to break the bonds between the soils and the surfaces. As the soot particles tend to form strong bonds with the affected surfaces, SERVPRO techs need to use the combination of the following four cleaning actions:

  • Mechanical action
  • Lubrication
  • Chemical action
  • Suspension and dispersion

The mechanical action involves dislodging the soot from the surfaces using abrasion. These methods are best to remove loosely attached, dry residue from surfaces. However, if the bonds between the soot and surface are strong, restorers must break them by chemically altering the soot particles. SERVPRO techs use oxidizing or reducing bleaches for this purpose.   

The Role of Solvents in Fire Damage Restoration 

SERVPRO techs use solvents to dissolve the soot particles or suspend them to remove them easily from the surfaces. Oily residues that are difficult to remove using mechanical or chemical action are often dissolved, dispersed, or emulsified in an appropriate solvent cleaner for easy removal. 

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County at (914) 241-8100. We offer world-class fire restoration service to residential and commercial properties, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration in Mount Kisco Homes

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

fire truck on a street The fire department is here to help put out the fire; SERVPRO is Here to Help during fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco.

SERVPRO Improves Fire Restoration Outcomes in Mount Kisco by Using Unique Procedures

Knowing the tedious work and costs involved in fire damage restoration, you might question its essence. However, since saving valuables at your Mount Kisco home is essential, the restoration exercise is critical. Generally, items resilient to heat and flame exposure and do not absorb water are readily salvaged. Advanced restoration can help address changes in materials such as charring and accumulation of residues.

Proper planning is essential for effective fire damage restoration in Mount Kisco properties. Otherwise, it is possible to do significant work that does not change the trajectory of the incident. When SERVPRO intervenes, it is easier to optimize any fire damage restoration step to address the arising problems. 

Deciding what to save after a fire may not be as straightforward as you might think. Although you may consider all the items in your house as valuables, you have to alter your outlook during fire damage restoration. The value of an item has to be weighed against the cost of getting a replacement, the time and effort needed to fix it, and whether it holds any sentimental value. A professional assessment can narrow down the items to consider salvaging by identifying the technical issues restoration must address.

Readily salvageable materials include:

  • Glass materials
  • Metal items
  • Hardwood floors
  • Soiled fabrics

The glass items affected by a fire in your house could range from kitchen utensils to structural materials such as window panes. Since glass is resilient to some degree of heat and does not absorb residues or moisture, items left intact are easily salvaged after a thorough cleaning. One problem with glass items is the hazy look that develops after cleaning the soot residues, making your precious items look cheap. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced cleaning methods to remove such blemishes. Specializing cleaning products such as the Window Green Clean solution help strip off soot residues, leaving window panes shiny for glass panes. For small items like utensils, immersion methods such as Ultrasonic Cleaning help. 

An ultrasonic cleaning system combines the power of chemical agents with a mild abrasive power to provide the best cleaning outcomes. Abrasion comes from millions of tiny vapor bubbles that the system produces and implodes instantaneously, effectively removing fire residues.

Restoring Significant Changes

Some of the changes in materials triggered by fire are significant, but it might be possible to reverse them with the right fire damage restoration approach. Charring and deep soiling are likely for solid wood materials such as frames and trusses supporting the house. Charring can weaken the structural materials if it is deep enough. It also leads to persistent odor issues if not fully addressed.  

Dealing with charring

  • Measure char depth, depths of ¼ inch or less can be salvaged, even on roof trusses
  • Clean abrasively to remove residue
  • Seal or refinish the affected areas

Using a simple tool such as a char gauge, our SERVPRO technicians check whether any charred material section exceeds a percentage that would compromise the structural integrity, thus making it unsalvageable. Removing a layer of carbon residues left as charring requires significant power since it is attached to the material, unlike a layer of deposits that you can easily wipe off. An abrasive cleaning method is essential. Our crews assess the situation to determine whether sanding or blast-cleaning with a medium like dry ice or soda would be ideal. Dry ice and soda are excellent when you do not intend to scour the material deeply or leave significant debris. The two blast cleaning methods drive dry ice or soda pellets over a surface at a high pressure where they disintegrate on impact, stripping away unwanted fire residues.

SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County takes any action necessary to ensure fire damage restoration has a positive impact. Call us at (914) 241-8100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Water Damage Can Impact Your Mount Kisco Property

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment set up in a water damaged cafeteria Our expert technicians work hard to restore your Mount Kisco home after water damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Assistance with SERVPRO in Mount Kisco Brings Efficient Results

Mount Kisco residents or business owners dealing with water damage need to fix it quickly. Waiting too long to address water infiltration and hidden moisture could lead to costly secondary damage. Additionally, moisture lurking within your property presents the perfect opportunity for black mold to develop. SERVPRO features 24/7 response with proven methods and the latest technology to facilitate water removal services. With one call to our customer care team, you could have technicians at your door ready to get started in four hours or less. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

To help you with cleanup and water damage in Mount Kisco, we must come in to assess and inspect all areas where water damage is present. Our crew chief notes surfaces and materials impacted, the type of water, and how much has been affected. This allows for proper selection of equipment, how many pieces of equipment, and which processes and cleaning will help us achieve our goals.

Rapid Response 24-Hours a Day

Acting fast is imperative with any water-related incident. We bring some of the following tools to your home off of our Green Fleet of vehicles so that we can get to work:

  • Water removal tools/equipment – These may include truck-mounted pumps, gas-powered pumps, and submersible pumps. Depending on how much water is present, we could use several types of equipment. For example, drying mats are available to handle floor drying, while weighted extractors (rovers) can help push up and pull out water from carpeting and the carpet pad below.
  • Drying and dehumidification equipment – We have a selection of air movers and dehumidifiers to help encourage evaporation to bring relative humidity (RH) back to normal levels in your home. 
  • Cleaning agents – Our technicians have access to a wide range of EPA-registered cleaning agents and antimicrobials to help us deter mold growth and ensure all surfaces are clean, disinfected, and sanitized.

What About Hidden Moisture Behind Walls and Under Cabinetry?

SERVPRO’s techniques include specialized structural drying to help us get the best results faster. You could have water that migrates under cabinetry, behind baseboards, and other tight spaces that pose a challenge with some antiquated restoration methods. In many situations, we can get in with minimal disruption to facilitate drying so that no hidden moisture gets left to cause secondary damage or mold growth. 

We get started with moisture detection tools such as:

  • Surface moisture meters
  • Probing/penetrating moisture meters
  • Thermal imaging technology
  • Hygrometers

We can take several avenues to help us handle moisture mitigation, some of which may involve controlled demolition. Our options include:

  • Drill/weep holes – We can remove baseboards and create “weep” holes by drilling into surface materials. This creates openings where we can enhance air circulation and facilitate better drying.
  • Positive air pressure systems – Once any pooling is remedied behind walls or tight spaces, we can put positive air pressure units in place. These systems include outlet hoses placed into the weep holes to push warm air throughout. 

Let Us Help Ensure your Homeowner’s Insurance Claim goes Smoothly

Whenever you get dealt a blow from water damage, you never want to add to your stress level by having issues with your insurance claim. We take the time to carefully document every detail of your water damage project so that your claim goes as smoothly as possible. SERVPRO acts as a trusted liaison with your insurance provider so that you never have to worry.

By calling our offices at SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County, you will access our entire crew and industry-proven water damage methods. You can reach us 24/7 by dialing (914) 241-8100.

Detailed Mold Damage Repair You Can Trust in Mount Kisco

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

mold damage around a bathtub Spot mold damage in your Mount Kisco home? Contact our SERVPRO team to determine the cause and remediate the damage.

Call SERVPRO in Mount Kisco When You Require Mold Damage Assistance

Did you know that many property owners have mold developing in their homes without realizing it? Many mold infestations go undetected for a while, leading to costly damage to a home. Should you detect musty odors or have questions about areas that seem like mold development, calling SERVPRO to your Mount Kisco property is best. We have the proper experience, tools, and training to safely handle mold remediation to give you added peace of mind, making your home Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Why not tackle mold damage in Mount Kisco as a DIY project? It would be best never to spray areas with bleach or other cleaners whenever you suspect mold development. It is also vital that you never wipe, brush or disturb mold as it can dislodge the spores and cause them to become airborne. Instead, our team at SERVPRO can come in to inspect areas where mold is suspected, address the moisture issue that brought it on, and handle safe, effective mold cleanup. 

Know the Signs of Possible Mold Development

Mold is everywhere around us, in the air we breathe and on countless surfaces. However, you may not think you have a mold issue unless you can see it with your own eyes. You need to know that:

  • Some mold colonies present visible signs that you may see inside cabinets, in the back of a closet, or the bathroom.
  • You may only have your olfactory senses to count on in some cases. Overwhelming musty and foul odors could be telling you that mold is present somewhere in your home. 

Our IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO know how to identify mold growth and select the best processes for cleaning. 

How Does Mold Cleanup Start?

Once we arrive at your property, we simultaneously locate areas where mold seems to be developing and address the cause of excessive moisture. Failing to fix a leaking pipe or pulling up moisture from a water spill can open the door for mold to come back. We work to determine the best course of action based on the type of mold present, the area it is located, and the severity of the situation. Structural elements and building materials also get assessed to determine their safety and overall integrity. 

Disposal and Cleaning Commence

After containment barriers like negative air pressure and poly sheeting get put into place, the work begins. Any materials or contents deemed unsalvageable due to mold infestation get removed from your Mount Kisco home and disposed of according to local guidelines. Surface cleaning and vacuums are usually the ideal solutions, but there are cases where microbes are rooted deeply, and specialized methods are necessary. Some of the options available to us will include things like:

  • Surface cleaning with EPA-registered antimicrobials
  • Sanding
  • Soda blasting
  • Controlled demolition 

Drying and Dehumidification are Crucial for Mold-Related Projects

We do whatever is possible to dry your interior where moisture has become an issue. Our dehumidification equipment allows us to pull vapors from their air, while Injectidry and other drying equipment will enable us to push air through cavities where moisture may be lurking. We adjust our equipment and add or remove pieces as needed to help us achieve our drying goals.

You Deserve To Have Your Home “Like it never even happened.”

Before we finish our mold remediation and cleanup, all damage gets repaired with the help of trusted local contractors. Drywall gets replaced, new carpet installed, and other elements to bring your home to pre-mold condition. Everything gets finished with total cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization so that your interior is fresh and ready to enjoy once again.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County when you require assistance with mold damage. You can reach us by dialing (914) 241-8100, and we can send a crew out as soon as possible.