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SERVPRO of South Albany County Carpet Cleaning Services

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Did staying in most of 2020 take a toll on your carpets? How DIRTY are your carpets and floors?  Where your children play with their toys and lie down to watch their favorite cartoon.  Did your dog track in muddy footprints? The IICRC states that 70% of soil in carpet is dry soil.  Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet. Even the highest quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time and SERVPRO of South Albany County can clean that for you.

In between carpet cleaning use these maintenance tips:

- Regular vacuuming

- Using walk-off matts to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

- Remove stains and spots immediately

- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpets every 12 months.

So, if you need your carpets clean, make sure you call SERVPRO of South Albany County.

How To Prepare For A Storm

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

It is better to be safe than sorry. Preventative measures are key to saving yourself and your home from the damage that comes with a storm. Storms bring heavy rain, winds, and lighting.

They can cause flooding, power outage, and a lot of destruction. This is why you must have a plan to deal with all these problems that may come with a storm.

However, if there is still damage caused to your property because of the storm then hire a professional storm cleanup service for your home restoration.

Here are the many safety tips you can follow to prepare yourself for a storm.

Ensure That The Exterior Of Your House Is Safe

You must take care of the outdoors to reduce safety hazards. For example, you need to trim down large trees and shrubs so that they don’t fall on something else or get tangled with wires.

Apart from that any plants, furniture, or other objects that are placed outside need to be brought indoors so they can be saved be from damage.

Keep Everything Powered Up

Make sure that the gas tank of your car is full. Charge any appliances that need charging such as your cell phone, laptop, etc. Apart from that, you need to test your generator beforehand so that it works properly in case of a power outage during the storm.

Also, keep extra fuel for the generator in case of extensive power outages. This way you will always have backup power.

Make An Emergency Plan

Nature is unpredictable and you never know how bad a storm is going to be. This is why you must have a contingency plan in case of extreme circumstances.

Come up with a plan of how you are going to get in touch with all the family members and where you will meet up to stay safe. This is because storms can happen anytime and not everyone will be home.

Clean Gutters

The main reason why urban flooding takes place because of a storm is due to the overflowing of gutters. With too much water coming in the water overflows and causes the area to flood.

This is why it is important to routinely get your gutters cleaned once in a while. This will allow the water to flow freely and prevent any blockages. It will also prevent the flooding of your basement and roof damage.

Create An Emergency Kit

This is only for a worst-case scenario. If you have to leave home because of some damage or in case of a power outage you will need an emergency kit.

Be sure to have essential medicines, first aid, batteries, important documents, non-perishable food, water, clothing, cash, and all other essential items that you may require.

It is always good to be prepared for an unprecedented situation that may arise due to a storm. Follow these tips to prepare before a storm and you will be good to go.

However, if there is any damage to your home due to the storm then give us a call (518)456-1111.

Tips On Fire Damage Cleanup

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

We might view fires as something abstract, but they are very real. Fires happen every single day, to others due to a variety of reasons. So, one does not usually imagine the scenario in which they, themselves, would have to go through such an experience. This is why most of us, seldom read about what it is that we can do to help ourselves after. However, we are going to change that today. If a fire does happen to occur on your property, then fire damage cleanup tips are something that you should know as they will, undoubtedly, come in handy. 

What Exactly Is Involved In The Fire Damage Cleanup Process

First thing's first, to understand the tips that we provide for the fire damage cleanup process, you must first know exactly what it is that the process entails. The process involves the removal of any debris caused by the fire, resolution of any sort of water damage, and removal of standing water within your property. That is not all, to ensure that the air quality in your home is as good as it was before the fire, you must start by eradicating the smell caused by the smoke and removing any soot accumulation in your house and places, such as vents. 

Tips

Now that we know exactly what we have to do during the fire damage cleanup process, here are some tips that will make the entire process much more easy and efficient.

Safety

Before you start the cleanup process, it is vital for you to ensure that you are safe and using protective gear at all times. So, our first tip is for you to wear protective clothing, such as shoes with heavy soles and work gloves. Next, to make it easier for you to breathe through the dust particles, make sure that before you begin the cleanup process, you water the debris to minimize them. 

Efficiency

To make the cleanup process more efficient, there are certain ways in which you can make the products you are using work for you. Firstly, to reduce odors set in your clothes after the fire, you can use cleanup products that contain TSP, that is, tri-sodium phosphate. However, make sure to wear rubber gloves when using such products. On the other hand, when cleaning the walls of your property, make sure that you work on one small area of the wall at a time. You can easily use a mild detergent or soap to clean soot from your walls. In fact, you can even mix it with TSP for extra ease and efficiency. Work your way up as this will ensure that your walls don't have any streaking. Then, immediately rinse with clear water. Make sure that you wash your ceiling after you have cleaned all of the walls.  

When dealing with a situation such as fire damage cleanup, things can start to become quite overbearing and emotionally overwhelming. This is why you should take each task one step at a time and remember these tips and all will be well.

What Steps Are Crucial in Disinfecting Property Flooded by A Storm?

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help Clean, Disinfect, or Remove Materials as Part of Flood Damage Restoration in Your Property 

When a storm floods your property, one of the problems you have to worry about is contamination. Failure to decontaminate the affected areas can pose significant risks. It is important to note that you can clean up your Albany property, but leave traces of contaminants.

Can Contamination Persist After Cleaning?

Cleaning is a necessary part of flood damage restoration properties flood. However, several factors influence its effectiveness in removing contaminants, including:

  • Whether affected materials are porous or non-porous
  • Whether cleaning involves the use of disinfectants or antimicrobial products
  • Procedures used in the application of cleaning agents
  • Site management procedures such as content manipulation

What is easier to decontaminate, porous, or non-porous material?

Floodwaters contain massive levels of contaminants, such as chemicals and biohazards. In most cases, decontamination is only feasible for non-porous or semi-porous materials such as wood furniture or some floor and wall materials. Porous materials, including carpets and pad, allow deeper penetration of contaminants minimizing chances of proper decontamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove such materials for disposal for the safety of your family.

Which steps are necessary when decontaminating hard surfaces? 

  • Allowing products at least 10 minutes of dwell-time
  • Use of products at correct temperatures of at least 68°F
  • Ensuring the cleaning solution spreads evenly around the property

Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to ensure we decontaminate all areas thoroughly. For instance, to ensure we apply sufficient products on vast areas such as floor surfaces, we use electric or pump-up sprayers for application. We also clean the surfaces we want to decontaminate before applying the disinfectant since the products need physical contact to be effective. Some organic matter can also neutralize the products.

Restoring sanitary conditions to your property after a storm floods it is crucial. Call SERVPRO of South Albany County at (518) 456-1111 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can My Flooded Basement Be Restored?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides water restoration services in Albany, NY

Flooding due to weather events can be catastrophic for many. At the very least, the consequences of floodwaters entering your home are disruptive and problematic. Not only is it an issue of functionality or comfort, but there are also real health concerns associated with the debris and organisms brought into your home.

Flood damage is assessed and handled by our trained SERVPRO team. Our water restoration technicians train with the best in the industry to resolve imminent issues and anticipate those that could develop over time. At its core, our process requires water extraction, drying, and sanitizing the space, so it returns to its original condition. To complete the process, we may bring into your home some of the following-

  • Submersible and truck-mounted pumps
  • Air circulators and dehumidifiers
  • Thermal foggers

Decide to mitigate your loss by calling our team at SERVPRO of South Albany County. A quick call to our 24/7 line at (518) 456-1111 can make all the difference in restoring your home.

Will You Be Ready for a Fire Emergency?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/ or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. SERVPRO of South Albany County is ready to respond any time of day or night.

Call SERVPRO of South Albany County to help make it "Like it never even happened," at 518-456-1111.

How You Can Prevent 5 of the Most Common Causes of Winter Storm Damage

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Albany, we know all about the common winter storm cycle where ice and snow start to melt on slightly warmer days, only to be replaced by more ice and snow when temperatures drop below freezing again. Unfortunately, this cycle can lead to significant damage to your property and belongings.

SERVPRO of South Albany County wants to help prevent major winter storm damage by taking proper precautions to keep your property safe. A little knowledge and preparation can go a long way to keep you safe this winter.

Here are 5 of the most common causes of winter storm damage and what you can do to avoid a potential catastrophe. 

Frozen Pipes that Burst

One of the horror stories that’s common in winter is pipes that freeze and burst. Even a small crack in a pipe (especially if it goes unnoticed!) can lead to significant leaking and damage. Making sure your pipes are correctly wrapped and insulated will make a huge difference when the temperature drops.

Ice Dams

Ice dams happen when snow that builds up on your rooftop goes through a repeated process of melting and freezing, often as a result of the rising and setting sun. When it’s in liquid state, water can seep under your shingles, and once that water freezes again, it can lift up and damage your shingles.

One of the best ways to prevent ice dams is to pay attention to your roof and make sure snow is swept away before it can build up. Be attentive of any signs of stress or damage to your shingles, and be sure to repair shingles ASAP.

Damage to Your Roof

Ice dams aren’t the only threat to your roof this winter. Heavy winds and continuous pelting from snow and ice can damage roofs, especially if/when they repeat over time.

Older roofs are often most susceptible to winter storm damage, so it’s important to make sure to perform routine maintenance on your roof to make sure it’s ready to last another winter. Pay special attention to your shingles and decking - you might even look for signs of water damage to your ceiling as evidence of a problem to the roof above.

Flooding from Melting Snow & Ice

Though melting snow and ice are often considered most problematic in springtime as temperatures thaw, melting can happen anytime temperatures start to rise.

Water can enter into your basement if there are cracks or other damage to your foundation walls or seams. Be on the lookout for signs of water damage to your basement or crawlspace when snow and ice are melting. 

Leaking

Leaks are probably the most common cause of winter storm damage, as they can happen anywhere your home has been damaged or otherwise compromised.

Although the most common leaks are through damaged roofs and foundations, they also frequently happen from gutters, windows, and doors. Make sure to pay attention to the caulking and seals around any entrance points to make sure no leaking will be allowed in.

If you’re dealing with major damage from a winter storm, our team here at SERVPRO of South Albany County is on call 24/7. We’re your local community experts in cleanup and restoration with all the specialized training and equipment needed to restore your property ASAP.

Common Sources of Commercial Water Damage

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Whether a water emergency is due to equipment issues, a burst pipe, or weather event, the resulting damage can negatively impact your business in many ways. In addition to the effect that such an event has on your customers, workflow, employees, and inventory, the damage to your commercial building itself can be quite severe. 
 
If you've experienced commercial water damage, you know your main goal is getting back to business as quickly as possible. To better understand how SERVPRO of South Albany County handles water emergencies, it's important to know the most common ways that commercial water damage occurs. 
 
1. Broken Pipes and Water Lines 
This failure is one of the primary causes of commercial water damage, and it can happen suddenly or be the result of an ongoing issue within your building's structure. In addition to seeking out the source of the water, the technicians at SERVPRO of South Albany County evaluate the amount and type of water that has flooded the building. Whether it's clean, gray, or black water determines how we go about restoring the affected areas of your building as well as your inventory, documents, and furnishings. 
 
2. Severe Weather 
When severe weather strikes, your building can be vulnerable to commercial water damage. When it comes natural disasters, the team at SERVPRO of South Albany County is typically tasked with cleaning up debris along with hazardous gray or black water. We'll make sure that any contaminated material is safely handled to prevent any health risks to you, your employees, and your customers. 
 
3. Defective Equipment 
Many business owners are surprised to come to work and find that water has flooded the building as a result of malfunctioning equipment. Though the resulting damage can be sudden and overwhelming, we're usually able to restore the documents, furnishings, and fixtures affected since most water emergencies of this type involve clean, uncontaminated water. 
 
The experts at SERVPRO of South Albany County are available 24/7 to help resolve your business's water emergency so you can open your doors once again. For more information about our commercial water damage services, call us at 518-456-1111 today!

Proactive Cleaning and Disinfecting for your Business

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

Need General Cleaning and Disinfecting for Your Business?

We have all become aware that no matter where we live, every community must practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and proactive cleaning in our workplaces.

At SERVPRO of South Albany County our "every day" is handling complex cleaning situations, including those where viruses and other pathogens are present.

We only work with hospital-grade, EPA-approved cleaning solutions. Our Certified Master Cleaning Technicians perform jobs every day where they may be confronted with bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens. We know how to do this while keeping you and us safe.

You may wonder how our application techniques or products are different from what is available to the public.

  • Commercial cleaning techniques are based upon years of scientific research to determine best practices. Concentrations of ingredients, the application process, temperature, and dwell times are studied for each situation. SERVPRO certified technicians know the formulas.
  • Industrial-grade equipment provides a reliable distribution of cleaning agents
  • Specific education establishes service standards and guidelines from the CDC, EPA, and OSHA/safety.

Invest in peace of mind. Call SERVPRO of South Albany County today 518-456-1111.

Bio-hazards, Crime Scene & Vandalism Cleanup

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Albany County is a recognized leader in the fire and water damage restoration industry, but we also cover bio-hazardous, crime scene and vandalism cleanup for both commercial and residential property.

Biological and chemical substances can be extremely dangerous when exposed to within a home or commercial property. If it’s not professionally assessed and removed, bio-hazard materials can leave you with a dangerous environment for those who live and or work within it.

The certified and experienced technicians at SERVPRO of South Albany County are equipped to appropriately remove bio-hazard materials safely while disposing of them properly per state and local health agency guidelines.

SERVPRO of South Albany County uses advance equipment and techniques that deal with the following:

  • Crime scenes
  • Blood-borne pathogens
  • Arson
  • Sewage overflow and back up
  • Methamphetamine labs
  • Vandalism
  • Black water
  • Mold 

So, when you are in need of a bio-hazard cleanup, call SERVPRO of South Albany County, 518-456-1111 available 24/7 for your bio-hazardous emergency!