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Steps to get Back to Normal after a fire

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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If you suffer a fire loss in your home or business there are a few different steps to take to get things back to normal.

  • Step 1- Structural Cleaning

After fire or smoke damage a technician from SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties will come determine the extent of damage.  Your property will need a thorough cleaning of the ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors.  The technician will use specific equipment and cleaning products that are required to clean and protect different surfaces.  Depending on the amount of soot left behind, there’s a possibility of reducing the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces.  Other surfaces SERVPRO will clean to “prepare for painting”.  This process deodorizes and ensures that when painted the new paint will adhere to the surface.

  • Step 2- Contents Cleaning

Area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery are contents that smoke and fire damage can affect.  These restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.   The contents will be inspected and tested to determine which methods of cleanings would be appropriate.  All other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to the condition before the loss occurred including electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more.  SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties can provide both wet and dry cleaning services.  Our crew members can also create and provide and inventory list of all “to be claimed” items if requested.

  • Step 3- Deodorization

SERVPRO does not just merely cover-up lingering odors with some fragrances, we provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  We seek out the sources of the odors and remove them.

SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week! Call us today at (518) 677-3444!

Did a Windstorm cause damage to your home?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year where the Wind can get up to high speeds.  Those higher speeds of wind could cause damage to your home.  Wind Damage can be unpredictable and besides the exterior damage your home may have encountered, these could lead to damages inside the home.  The following are some tips for cleaning up after a windstorm.

               Sometimes the damage can be pricey to repair and you may not have the time or extra money to compete the repairs which is why you would want to file a claim with your insurance company.  With filing this claim providing photos of what the home looked like before the damage could be helpful.

               Having a company of trusted professionals come and do an assessment and estimate on the damage is very important.  SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties has experienced and trained technicians that can prepare an estimate and guide you in the next steps to take to start getting things back to normal.  While your repairs are being done, make sure to mention even things you may think are minor as in the future they could lead to more problems.

After a windstorm, call SERVPRO, 24 hours a day 7 days a week! 518-677-3444

Get Your Businesses Ducts Cleaned!

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Duct cleaning yearly is relatively small investment that could save you money in the long run. Plus, you could get the added benefits like breathing clean air, increase the safety and comfort of your home, and help the environment while boosting your overall peace of mind?

Preventive Maintenance Benefits.

Saving Money

Regular Duct Cleaning maintenance is said to reduce the risk of costly breakdowns by as much as 95%. Just like having a vehicle, if you drive over the recommended miles of an oil change, you could be asking for trouble. That is why the standards are set for regular maintenance of vehicles. Well, the same applies to duct maintenance. Cutting energy bills, extending system life, and adhering to warranty benefits are all benefits of routine duct cleaning.

Air Quality

The EPA reports that level of airborne pollutants in a home may be five times higher than outdoor levels. For anyone that suffers from respiratory issues, you are allowing yourself to be at higher risk if ducts are not cleaned properly. Unfortunately, we all share our homes with various substances that we would rather not breathe. The common indoor allergens include dust, pollen, mold, a cigarette smoke. If any of these allergens are part of daily life, you should really think about getting your duct cleaned. Therefore, preventive maintenance helps ensure that the warm or cold air pumping through your vents is as clean and well-filtered as possible.


Typically, we depend on our air systems to keep us comfortable all year round. Hot Air in the winter and Cold in the summer. Therefore, if we think about it, generally our air systems are working every day, all day long, and all year round. Routine maintenance helps your system produce and distribute the air more evenly and steadily.

Safer home environment

We have all heard the awful stories of how someone went away on vacation and returns to a frozen, and damaged house with broken pipes, and water damage everywhere. The cost of this tragedy weighs heavily of an owner. Routine maintenance will help safeguard you against the possibility of carbon monoxide. The most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks is a cracked heat exchanger. Routine Maintenance typically includes a carbon monoxide test.

Peace of Mind

In the end, the benefits of routine duct cleaning give you the comfort of knowing that if something goes wrong, you’ve already taken the preventative measure to make any situation as painless as possible.

If you are an owner that is interested in getting a duct cleaning, Give Us a Call at 518-677-3444 or email us at and would be happy to help you.

SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/ South Washington Counties explains what fires are made of!

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Chemical structure of Fire

Fire is the outcome of a chemical reaction called combustion. At a definite time in the ignition reaction, called the ignition point, flames are formed. Flames consist primarily of carbon dioxide, water vapor, oxygen, and nitrogen.

State of Substance of Fire

In a candle flame or small fire, most the matter in a flame consists of hot gases. An extremely hot fire discharges enough energy to ionize the gaseous atoms, forming the state of matter called plasma. Examples, of flames that contain plasma include those produced by plasma torches and the thermite reaction.

Why Fire is hot.

Fire radiates heat and light because the chemical reaction that produces flames is exothermic. In other words, combustion releases more energy than is needed to ignite or sustain it. For combustion to occur and flames to form, three things must be present: fuel, oxygen, and energy (usually in the form of heat). Once energy starts the reaction, it continues so long as fuel and oxygen are present.

If you would like to hear more about Fire restoration and the science behind it, Give SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties a call. We would be glad to help. So give us a call at 518-677-3444!

Information needed to report a Water Loss

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Large or small, SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties is available for water emergencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Immediate action is extremely important when it comes to water damage.  Any delay even just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

When calling to report a water emergency our office staff will as you several questions.  These questions will help determine the equipment and resources that we need to bring, and how many of our trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed. 

Some of the questions are as followed:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur
  • Is there electricity available (on-site?)
  • The address of the water-damaged home or business
  • What caused the water damage (if known?)

SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after damage has occurred.  From the initial and ongoing training, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured out staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  Call today (518) 677-3444!

What Services can SERVPRO provide for you?

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties is able to provide a range of services to deep clean your home.  These services go beyond to scope of a traditional cleaning and will have your home looking its best!

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning: A professionally cleaned carpet can make a difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.  SERVPRO’s carpet and upholstery cleaning will not only get unwanted dirt you see but will also removes unwanted dust you don’t see. 

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up: SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties has a crew of experts that is ready to assist in the cleanup of sewage and other biohazard materials.  Providing a deep cleaning for your home.

Air Duct Cleaning: It is important to properly maintain your home’s air ducts.  Regularly maintaining your air ducts can improve the quality of air as well as increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling.

Odor Removal: A basic home cleaning service won’t have same expertise and SERVPRO products to effectively deodorize your home.  Contact SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties to help remove unwanted odors! 

You can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties to keep your home looking and smelling great!  Call us today at (518) 677-3444.

Weather can be unpredictable, are you prepared?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

During the Spring months, thunderstorms are the cause for most of the severe weather.  With them, they can bring lightening, tornadoes, and flooding.  Because Spring weather can be so unpredictable, there’s a possibility you could be unprepared when sever weather hits.  Planning ahead and preparing for storms like you know they are coming is a good idea so you will be ready anytime.

Below, are a few things you can do to prepare for a Spring Storm:

Assess- Take a walk around, see if the winter weather has damaged any of your property.  Something that may seem like small damage to roofs or chimneys can turn into a big problem when severe weather hits. 

Trim and prune trees- Take away dead branches that are near the home, or near the power source to your home.  It is generally recommended that trees and limbs be 10 feet away from your home. 

Ensure sump pumps are working- Any runoff or heavy rainstorms can result in a flooded basement.  Make sure your pumps are working properly so they are ready if they are needed.

Familiarize yourself with your insurance coverage- As a homeowner you should know what coverages you have in case of severe weather. 

SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties, is ready to help if you suffer unfortunate damage from a Severe Spring Storm.  We will help guide you through the process from the very first call to the end of the job.  You can contact us 24 hours a day 7 days a week at (518) 677-3444.

Who To Call When Your Sprinkler Malfunctions at Your Place of Buisiness

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

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When your automatic sprinkler goes off who at your commercial business who should you call? Call us here at SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/ South Washington Counties! Automatic fire sprinklers are a very effective way to extinguish a fire, but they also pose a high risk of causing a water damage.

                Sprinklers can release about 8-24 gallons of water a minute, so after several minutes it is possible that 100s of gallons of water can be released if the sprinklers are not shut off. You can see how this can cause quite a water damage in a building!

                We here at SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/ South Washington Counties are well equipped to handle a job like this. We respond to hundreds of water damage emergencies a year in our local area. Our water restoration technicians are IICRC certified in water mitigation and have the specialized equipment to mitigate the water damage quickly no matter what the size of the job is.

                If you or your business experience any sort of water damage, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are a 24/7 fire and water restoration company who is highly trained and equipped to handle any job that is thrown our way. So, give us a call at 518-677-3444.

Did a Fire Disrupt your Schedule?

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

It is reported that in the United States a home fire is put on record every 24 seconds.  According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) the works out to nearly 8,600 fires a day.  The leading cause of house fires are cooking-related, malfunctioning appliances, frayed wiring or cords, and open flame carelessness. 

There are several things you can do to help prevent home fires.  By being proactive you can help minimize the risks of a fire and keep your family and home safe.

  • Maintain Smoke Detectors – the testing on a smoke detector should be done at least once a month, and should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Maintain electrical cords – wires and cords should be checked frequently for frayed spots and should be immediately replaced if they are present. It is also not safe to run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat and catch fire.
  • Clean the Dryer- After drying each load of laundry clearing the lint from the tray can prevent build up which because a fire hazard when the dryer is warming up.
  • Read Product Labels- There are many household products that are flammable including aerosol cans. These should be kept away from sunlight or heat sources.
  • Keep an eye on open flames- It is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Fires can start and spread faster than you think so whether it be cooking flame, candles, or even a fireplace always keep a close eye on them.

If your home has suffered damage from a fire, give us a call at SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties!  Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week! (518)677-3444

Did a Pipe Burst cause water damage to your home?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

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During the coldest time of the year pipe bursts are common causes of water coming into your home.  In a short time, a large amount of water can enter the home and have an impact on the contents inside such as furniture, carpets, and bookcases.  Initially, the first thing to be done is to have the water extracted.  Once extraction is completed, there is a good chance your carpet can be restored as generally water coming from pipes is clean water.  There are a few different methods that SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties can do to restore your carpets to preloss conditions.

  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse helps in the restoration of deeply soiled areas
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning is the most thorough cleaning method in the industry

When it comes to other contents of your home such as furniture, window drapes, and bookcases our water damage restoration experts are often able to mitigate any water damage that affects certain types of furniture such as upholstered and wood furniture and drapes.  Using equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers they are able to dry the contents and carpets.

        Our Crews here at SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties understand how important immediate water extraction is to restore your home quickly. Contact us today for service that responds 24 hours a day 7 days a week! (518) 677-3444