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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.

Flooding tips for your basement

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes bad weather conditions can cause your basement to flood. If this happens here are some probable causes for the flooding.

  • Surface inflow, or overland flooding. During periods of heavy rain or stormy weather, surface water may gather up around the house, or accumulate on hard surfaces such as driveways or roads adjacent to a home. During extreme weather conditions, this water can flow into your home. Being in close proximity to a natural stream or road-side ditch can also present a risk. Proper grading on your property will reduce the risk of surface water getting into your home.
  • Foundation drainage issuesHomes usually have some form of a drainage system built around them. This helps promote the movement of water away from the basement and helps keep your foundation from leaking. However if there are cracks in your foundation it can cause major leaking and basement issues such as mold.
  • If your basement is equipped with a sump pump it can mean that the foundation drainage system of your home requires some assistance to keep up with the groundwater around it. Sump pumps, when working properly and properly maintained, can safely pump excess water above the foundation and away from your home. Ideally, this water should be routed to the lawn or storm sewer. If the pumps cannot keep up, or fail to operate (perhaps due to a power failure, or malfunction), the groundwater level around the foundation can rise to the point that it fills up and pours out onto the basement floor.

Remember, if a flood happens in your basement, SERVPRO of South Albany County is "Here to Help." Call us today at 518-456-1111!

Faster to Any Size Disaster!

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

We never plan on a disaster occurring. It certainly isn’t something that’s convenient or planned. Water, fire, storm, and mold can throw your home or place of business into turmoil, preventing you from getting the work done that you need done. A speedy response is essential and SERVPRO is proud of that fact that we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call SERVPRO of South Albany County at 518-456-1111 and we’ll be there fast to help you! We have 24-hour call service and our professionals are available 24 hours a day with an emergency response. Our expertly trained technicians and advanced equipment will make dealing with disaster simple and fast. We will thoroughly work to restore your home or place of business to its previous state. We at SERVPRO of South Albany County are here to help!

Call SERVPRO for Any Size Disaster

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Albany County can help you with all sorts of disasters! We value restoration over replacement and will work thoroughly and quickly to restore your home or place of business. Our highly trained technicians and advanced equipment is prepared for any size disaster. SERVPRO is the team to call to help you manage water, fire, storm, and mold incidents. We are proud to have a 24/hour emergency line, where you can reach our rapid response team at any time. Our speedy response makes the difference in the event of a disaster. Avoiding all disasters might be impossible, but there is a well-trained team of professionals who can help you through it. Call the team at SERVPRO of South Albany County for your water, fire, storm, and mold concerns, at 518-456-1111

Protect Your Home

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of South Albany County we want to protect our customers from fire and flood damage as soon as possible. Did you know that we also do bioremediation and commercial cleanings? We protect our customers and clients by using natural and safe chemicals. We want to make your home, office, or place of business safe for all those who enter. If your technician decides to introduce chemicals, you will be informed on the effects and contents of the product.

We’ve compiled some of our most used terms and chemicals to help you ensure the safety of your clients, tenants, and employees.

Antimicrobial Agents: 

Are any chemicals that prevent the spread of microorganisms through water or on damp surfaces and materials. If we believe that black or gray water has contaminated the space, we will use antimicrobial agents to clear out any toxic matter.

Disinfectants:

We use a hospital-grade disinfectant that is healthy and safe. The disinfectant will kill 99% of all encountered organisms. This will leave your surfaces almost completely sterile. Chemicals such as alcohol, chlorine, or formaldehyde may be used to ensure all surfaces are clear of bacteria.

Sanitizers: 

When using a sanitizer our aim is to lower the amount of microbes to a level that is safe for ‘public use.’ Sanitizers are usually not used alone because they are not strong enough to eradicate all of the bacteria. We don’t want to risk the chance of bacteria returning, so we may combine sanitizers with other cleaning agents.

Sterilants 

Sterilants eradicate fungi spores and are a very effective chemical. Sterilants prevent the spread of mold in water damaged areas. This chemical cannot be applied to every surface, so we are careful with what we use them on.

Collaboration and Cooperation Will Keep You Safe 

We promise to explain the restoration process to you to ensure your safety and peace of mind. We are experts in our field and need your cooperation to do what we do best. We are here to serve you 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO’s Advanced Technology Helps Get the Job Done Right

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

People are often surprised by how much training and expertise is required of SERVPRO professional technicians to address mold, water, fire, or storm issues. Our employees go through a significant amount of initial training as well as ongoing training to be well-prepared for any remediation issue they face. Above and beyond that, SERVPRO of South Albany County uses advanced technology to help restore a property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively. Our advanced technology helps get the job done right.

The equipment we use to help face any issue head-on

One of the most damaging problems in many homes and businesses is water. It can be water that comes from storms, water from a pipe break, or even water left behind as the aftermath of a fire that was extinguished. Left unchecked or undetected, water can cause many unwanted issues. Fortunately, SERVPRO of South Albany County technicians have the technology to detect and address water issues. Water detection is the first step. When a home or business owner suspects water problems but is unsure where the water is at or what’s the cause, our moisture detection and measurement technology can really save the day, from infrared cameras to moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters that measure the extent of moisture saturation. Once water is located, we use various technologies to extract the water, including powerful extraction equipment that is either truck mounted or even submersible in high water situations.

Once the majority of water has been removed, more advanced technology is used for the drying phase was water remediation; if left unchecked, the moisture could lead to mold and odors. SERVPRO of South Albany County uses industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture from walls, ceilings, carpeting, and more.

Sometimes odors happen with water damage. If we find that odor is an issue, we have advanced technology that can remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality. We can also use thermal foggers and deodorization agents.

Our technology goes beyond equipment

SERVPRO water damage restoration services may also include using state-of-the-art, OSHA-approved cleaning agents. These disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms. Our advanced technology helps get the job done right, beginning to end!

If your home or business has suffered from water damage, don’t delay! Contact SERVPRO of South Albany County at (518) 456-111 today and see how we can help!

SERVPRO of South Albany County Facebook and Instagram Pages

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Come and like us on our Facebook and Instagram page: SERVPRO of South Albany County

Follow us on our jobs and community activities, get helpful information on seasonal fire, water, commercial, flood and mold prevention.

SERVPRO of South Albany County is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

SERVPRO of South Albany County proudly serves Vorheesville, Ravena, Coeymans, Bethlehem Center, Berne, Altamont, Fort Hunter, Dunnsville, Westmere, and West Township. Call us with your mitigation concerns at (518) 456-1111.

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.

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!

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."

Choose SERVPRO of South Albany County

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Choosing the right company if you have experienced a water, fire, or mold damage can be one of the most important choices you make. After helping many disaster victims, SERVPRO of South Albany County has the expertise, facilities, and equipment to help you resolve your emergency fast. Our team of professionals technicians is certified, bonded and insured -- not to mentioned trained to help you get your property back to its original state as soon as possible.

As the trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO provides 24-hour emergency help and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Call SERVPRO of South Albany County today for more information. We can be reached at 518-456-1111.

Emergency Response Matters

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. The first step to reopening your doors is just a telephone call away.

The SERVPRO of South Albany County professionals are available 24-hours a day and have the expertise, training, and equipment required to put you back in business. Our technicians are highly trained and are ready for dispatch to restore your business.

Whether you need your business cleaned up or dried out, SERVPRO of South Albany County will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 518-456-1111.

Life Happens, But We’re Here For You When You Need Us

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. You handle much of the maintenance of your home, but when it gets to be too much, you can rely on your local SERVPRO of South Albany County Professionals. We specialize in cleaning and restoration and have highly trained technicians to help you manage and restore your home.

Some of the many services we provide are:

  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Drapes & Blinds
  • Plumbing
  • Tree Removal
  • Sewage and Gutter
  • Contents Disposal
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Paint
  • Debris Removal
  • Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
  • Deodorization

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our expertise can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (518) 456-1111 to schedule an appointment.

We Will Get to Your Disaster Faster

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A hardwood floor after going through water damage. When disaster strikes your home, time becomes even more of a precious commodity. There’s no time to waste, Call SERVPRO today!

When disaster strikes your home, time becomes an even more precious commodity. There’s no time to waste when your home or livelihood is on the line—you need help right away.

We know how crucial a fast response is, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan in our world.

The Importance of a Fast Response

Time is not a luxury you have when it’s your belongings or business on the line. This is especially true where water damage has come into play, which can be through various means such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.

It can only take minutes for water to spread throughout your property, where it saturates everything in its path. Things like the walls, floors, upholstery and your belongings are all fast casualties of water.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spread and stain
  • The arrival of a musty odor

The damage will worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

If left unchecked for over a week, the damage done can dramatically increase the restoration time and costs and can also impact structural safety.

Ways We Can Help

Providing an immediate response to any size disaster is what we are here for! Our fast response times can help minimize the damage and keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

It doesn’t matter what day or time it is, our trained cleanup and restoration specialists will quickly be dispatched to your property or business.

Being a locally owned and operated franchise helps us be close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in. A major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO of South Albany County are available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ways to Ensure Your Home Is Protected From Water Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Living room furniture floating in water. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO of South Albany County, who are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home may experience. Anything from malfunctioning appliances like dishwashers or washing machines to a burst pipe or storm damage can be the cause of water damage in your home.

There are plenty of steps to take to protect your home from some trying common water damage scenarios that homeowners deal with.

Protecting Your Home

Dealing with water damage is enough of problem, but it can have a long-term impact on your home. Mold usually follows water damage as mold can begin to grow and flourish within 24–48 hours after moisture exposure.

When looking for solutions and ways to protect your home from water damage, it can be helpful to break it down by areas of impact, such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

A way to prevent water damage in the basement is to ensure there is no water seeping in. Do this by resealing vulnerable areas of the basement, making sure water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve.

Plumbing issues in the kitchen and bathroom are your usual main causes of water damage, as well as appliance failures.

Look at and check the following items:

  • Inspect all appliances regularly, looking for any issues with hoses and faucets
  • Check all seals and caulking around your showers and tubs to make sure there are no leaks
  • Know where the main shut-off valve is in your home
  • Never leave the house while the washing machine or dishwasher are running

While it’s not always possible to protect your personal possessions from water damage, there are things you can do to at least decrease the amount of destruction. Using waterproof bins and storing items up off of the floor is always recommended when using the basement or garage for storage purposes.

Where to Begin on Cleanup

If you have suffered water damage to your home, there is a good chance you can salvage items that can be dried out within 48 hours.

The first step is to contact your insurance provider immediately and evaluate the extent of damage to your home and possessions as well as identify the type of water that is involved.

There are three types of water that cause damage:

  1. “Clean” water such as from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. Gray water like dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. Black water, which would be water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. This water can cause serious health problems.

Following a water damage disaster, it is important to dry your home out and dehumidify the area, removing wet objects and disinfecting remaining materials as soon as is safely possible.

Here’s an interesting pro tip: You can freeze wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer to give you some extra time. This prevents mold and mildew from developing, causing more deterioration. Once you are able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO of South Albany County, who are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Fire, Smoke, Water, And Mold Damage Restoration

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most profound losses that business people and homeowners experience are mainly caused by fire, water, mold or smoke damages. Witnessing your home and precious belongings being consumed by water or fire can be traumatizing. The only reassurance you can have after such a disastrous loss is obtained from having a clear support and guidance in rescuing as much property as possible.

In the indoor environment, water is the only long-term most catastrophic material. Structures and other personal properties can deteriorate rapidly as a result of too much flooding or moisture.

We have successfully restored much water, fire and smoke damaged structures in South Albany County.

We have a wide variety of residential and commercial services to our clients. Over the years, our company has grown all over the Albany community as a result of the exemplary services that we provide. We have a team of certified and fully trained professionals who are ready to respond to all emergencies at any given time.

Our company can tackle any disaster since we have all the necessary equipment for fire, smoke, and water mitigation.

Some of the services that we provide are as follows,

• Fire damage restoration

• Restoration of water damage

• Restoration of storm destruction

• Mold damage restoration and others.

As a leading restoration firm, we are capable of handling it all; from damage restoration, to water removal, to the cleanup of fire damage.

If not handled carefully and immediately, natural disasters can cause extensive destruction to your property. That's why you need a company that is fully equipped and experienced to restore your property to its initial condition. SERVPRO of South Albany County is the company you need for quick mitigation of any form of natural disaster.

Our team of emergency support is on standby 24/7, so you shouldn't hesitate to give us a call night or day.

Call us today at (518) 456-1111, and we respond immediately.