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Protect Your Belongings

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Many people use their basement as storage for their contents. The basement is also the most common area for water damage. Even if the water damage doesn't start in the basement, it usually drains down to that level.

We recommend keeping your contents off of the floor by putting shelving up in your storage area, using pallets, or placing your items in rubber totes. By preparing your basement for a potential disaster before it happens, you'll be more likely to protect your valuables from any damage. Taking these precautions will prevent your items to be the first things that the water touches and soaks into.

In the case that some of your belongs do get wet, follow these tips for best practices on how to save them as you wait for SERVPRO of South Albany County to arrive.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Grilling Safety Tips

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

A hand tending to the meat and vegetables with tongs over a grill. Follow these tips to ensure your backyard BBQ's are fun and safe.

During the summer months, we do a lot of grilling outside. It's important to remember a few safety tips to keep grilling fun and enjoyable. 

First, keep the grill a few feet away from the house. If the grill gets out of control and a fire erupts, you don't want the flames to catch fire to the side of the home or any decking.

Use the grill in an open area. Do not use the grill where there is a ceiling, such as a covered deck area.

Keep the grill clean. If the grease tray gets too full, it makes it easier for it to catch fire. A grease fire can be very dangerous!

If you use a cover for your grill, wait until the grill has completely cooled before putting the cover on.

Lastly, don't walk away from the grill at any time. It's important to keep an eye on the grill so nothing happens.

And remember, in case something does go wrong and a fire occurs, SERVPRO of South Albany County is available 24/7 to help with your disaster. Give our office a call at (518) 456-1111.

What is Water Intrusion

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever had water leak into your home through your roof? If so, you understand the ways a roof leak can cause damage in your home. If you haven’t experienced a roof leak- you’re lucky!

It is important to understand the condition of your roof. Knowing that roof maintenance will be needed and what types of maintenance will be required can be helpful! Roof repairs and replacements can be very costly, it helps to know in advance so that you can prepare.

If water starts leaking into your home it can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time.

  • Damaged shingles is one of the most common sources of roof leaks. Having damaged or missing shingles, it is important to replace them as soon as possible. Missing or damaged shingles will allow a lower layer of the roof to be exposed to nature’s elements and can allow water to seep through the uncovered spaces.
  • Nails that have backed out due to extreme weather should be hammered back in securely. When the nails are raised or fall out, allows water to seep in.
  • Flashing that is improperly installed or have been damaged allows water to enter through gaps. Have them inspected to ensure they are properly installed and are well maintained.
  • Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and overflow onto your roof. This would cause water to possibly intrude into your home through the underside of the roof. If you notice water stains around the perimeter of your home, water maybe backing up into your home from your gutters. Also, gutters that are not pitched properly don’t allow the water to flow the correct direction to the downspouts causing the same damage as a clogged gutter.
  • Skylights often have leaks if they are not installed properly or have seals that are worn and cracked. Water can seep into the home from the skylight causing damage.

Sometimes water damage from a roof leak goes undiscovered for a long time because of the insulation in the attic or crawl space. It takes a lot of water to seep into the home, soaking the insulation before it reaches the ceiling and walls. In some cases, mold forms before water intrusion from the roof is noticed.

If you think your roof needs attention, call a roofer to have them inspect your roof. They can tell you what kind of shape your roof is in, inform you of any repairs that are necessary and give you a quote for the repairs.

Large Loss

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that our SERVPRO franchise has the capability to provide water mitigation, mold restoration and fire restoration for your commercial building quickly and efficiently? Our SERVPRO franchise has approximately 50 employees that will mobilize quickly when you need our services.

Should your commercial building experience a large loss, we can quickly activate more SERVPRO trained teammates from other SERVPRO franchises to help us get your building back in order so that you don’t lose revenue. SERVPRO has mobilization teams that travel across the country as needed to support recovery after large storm or disaster events. These teams are familiar with handling the work that goes into a large loss project and are trained to work as efficiently as possible. In the 24 years our franchise has been in business we have brought the mobilization teams in to help a handful of times. Each time, we have had successful outcomes.

Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. Our crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We are dedicated to providing detailed and consistent communication to make our customers aware of job status and progress toward completion. 

We're Prepared for Large Jobs

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

When your commercial property undergoes a devastating loss, you should feel confident contacting SERVPRO for help! We know the importance of getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We understand that your business needs to be running in order to thrive. That’s why we will do everything possible to make that happen. 

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best, highly trained people in restoration. We have special large loss training and highly experienced people leading this department. Our large losses are handled directly by a commercial operations manager to ensure we are working efficiently and seamlessly to help your business.

If needed, our SERVPRO will bring in other highly trained franchises to help with manpower and to provide additional equipment. 

Our SERVPRO has provided large loss commercial property restorations for schools, universities, the hospitality industry, property managers, municipalities, etc. We have provided services from damage due to flooding, fires, hurricanes, blizzards and more!

We are available to help you 24/7, 365 days a year. Don’t hesitate to give us a call for help or with any questions you may have.

Carpet Cleaning Services

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Summer can be the best time! But trips to the beach, increased foot traffic, playing in the yard and the overall humidity can be tough on carpets leaving them damp and dirty with debris. 

We can help. Our experience and powerful cleaning equipment can handle large commercial and residential cleaning jobs such as hotels, lobbies, and common hallways. Or small jobs such as residential homes and small business retail locations. As the country's leader in disaster restoration SERVPRO employees have become accustomed to clean-up work that appears to be beyond repair. 

Because our techs are professionally trained to remediate disasters like fire, water damage, smoke damage and more we are already equipped and prepared to offer commercial grade cleaning services right in your neighborhood. And, because we have decades of experience we offer service and products unmatched by other carpet cleaning services. Contact our office today for a no obligation estimate.

A Team On The Rise

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

We are fierce competitors always striving to improve our game. We approach every job with a dedication to hard work and an understanding that we should always be learning and improving from our experiences. We have been on the front-line of some of the countries biggest natural disasters where we managed every stage of the recovery & reconstruction process. 

Our aggressive work ethic has helped us to earn the trust and respect of many well-recognized subcontractors including many of the north easts largest reconstruction contracting companies who rely on us when everything is on the line.

Of course, our experienced professionals can only be as good as their equipment allows. We boast an impressive inventory of restoration equipment allowing us to be prepared to manage and mitigate multiple disasters at one time.

We are proud of our team and will continue to build upon the hard work that has brought us so far already!

When Mold Strikes: Real Estate Edition

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

A for sale sign on the lawn of a house. Mold can hinder the process of selling your home. Take action fast and let the professionals at SERVPRO of South Albany County handle it.

Are you looking to list a home or property soon and discovered mold? SERVPRO of South Albany County can help! Mold spores are everywhere, because they are airborne. In fact, there are an uncountable number of mold spores. An Institute of Medicine study found that excessive dampness indoors is a public health problem by encouraging the growth of molds, dust mites and other organisms. This makes sense since mold needs three things to survive:

  • Moisture
  • Heat
  • Food Source

Therefore, if you find mold in your home it is important to call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Albany County to remove it properly. Simply spraying bleach on the mold and scrubbing it will not work. Our technicians are certified and trained to come in and remove the moisture from the air, clean the mold off the surface with the appropriate cleaning agent and remove the mold spores from the air. Thus, preventing any future mold growth.

Prior to listing a home or property, SERVPRO of South Albany County recommends the following steps that can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth:

  • Correct any water leaks and remove any standing water. This includes water under cooking coils or air handling units.
  • Ensure a ventilation system is installed and working properly.
  • Ensure exhaust fans are operating properly.
  • Run a dehumidifier if moisture lingers.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today- SERVPRO of South Albany County (518) 456-1111.

Restore Vs. Replace: Why Having a Professional Matters

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

A general misconception among people that have suffered fire and/or water damage is that, “It is less expensive to replace rather than to restore.” However, professional technicians at SERVPRO of South Albany County are trained to see beyond the misconceptions. Our certified technicians know that prioritizing mitigation and restoration efforts will not only stop further damage and reduce the loss, but also prevent secondary damage from occurring.

Having a professional on scene to assess the damage quickly can be the key difference between hundreds of dollars of cleaning vs. thousands of dollars of replacement. The mitigation process of cleaning yields excellent results at a cost-effective price. Mitigation stops further damage and reduces the loss, while restoration puts the damaged items back to their preloss condition. For ultimate results, mitigation needs to begin within twenty-four hours of a loss. Any delay will complicate or, may devalue the mitigation effort.

Our SERVPRO professionals utilize testing and measuring equipment to ensure that the moisture content has been returned to normal standards. Thus, preventing a multi-thousand dollar mold claim in the future, caused by ineffective drying. State-of-the-art meters and sensors allow us to document and record data that justifies equipment usage, as well as allow us to know when to safely remove it. Only the professionals at SERVPRO of South Albany County can make it, “Like it never even happened."