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How Effective are Products Against Microbial Growth during Water Cleanup?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water puddling in living room below couch When water damages your home, call SERVPRO. We are here for all your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Uses Water Restoration Products to Aid in Controlling Microbial Growth in Milton Properties 

After a water leak in your Milton home, it is essential to clean the impacted area thoroughly to prevent microbial growth. Without proper cleaning, secondary damage such as mold growth or strong, musty odors may occur. Professionals typically use chemical agents for effective cleaning after a water leak in your house. SERVPRO technicians use antimicrobials to limit microorganisms from growing. They also use specially formulated EPA-registered disinfectants such as Sporicidin and Vanquish to destroy 99% microorganisms from contacted surfaces. 

What are the Benefits of Botanicals Compared to Other Cleaners? 

SERVPRO Has Botanical Options for Customers Who Prefer Them Over Chemical Cleaning Solutions 

Water Cleanup in Milton does not have to include harsh cleaning chemicals. Some property owners and residents may have sensitivities to strong-smelling chemicals. In this case, SERVPRO technicians may choose to use a botanical such as Benefect or Concrobium. Botanicals contain thyme oil or citric acid in place of harsher cleaning chemicals. Another benefit of using  botanicals in water cleanup is that they tend to have a pleasant scent. 

What is the Difference between -Stats and -Cides? 

  • Mildewstats and fungistats slow down fungi' growth on organic materials such as paper, leather, silk, or wool.
  • Biocides are chemical agents that kill organisms. Virucide kills viruses.
  • SERVPRO uses the term biocide to refer to any chemical agent or product that impacts microbial growth, such as bacteria or fungi.  

What Are Some Common Ingredients of Chemical Agents?

Phenolics such as Sporicidin are used as a disinfectant.

  • Chlorines such as Vanquish are strong oxidizing disinfectants. 
  • Quaternary Compounds such as Microban are effective, broad-spectrum, highly effective disinfectants.  

For assistance with water cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

How Does SERVPRO Decide What Happens First When a Fire Takes Place?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer Fire damage restoration requires technical knowledge and specialized equipment. SERVPRO has what it takes to restore your home.

Our Technicians Put Safety First and Know How to Assess What Mitigation Needs to Happen Initially in Milton Homes after a Fire

In 2018 approximately 387,00 residential fires took place, according to the Insurance Information Institute (iii). Of those fires, 276,500 were single-family homes, 86,500 were apartment fires, and 24,000 were other types of dwellings. These fires resulted in 8,286 million dollars of property loss, up 2% from the previous year. Fires like this take place every year in Milton. Often families are left displaced and at a loss at what to do next.

What Gets Managed First During Fire Restoration? 

When a home has fire damage in the Milton area, safety issues get addressed first. Repair and restoration cannot take place until the building is secure. SERVPRO knows what the potential hazards are and where to look for them. Our technicians do a scope of the area to determine safety concerns. These are dealt with before emergency mitigation and restoration starts. Each job is different, but there are specific things techs look for, and these include: 

  • Asbestos
  • Contamination category of water (from firefighters)
  • Electrical shock hazards and systems
  • Gas leakage risks
  • Lead, often in paints
  • Off-gassing during combustion
  • Slip or fall hazards
  • Structural damage 

These issues must all be dealt with before SERVPRO crews can begin to restore the home.

How Are Safety Hazards Dealt with by Technicians? 

If any concerns need mitigating, there are protocols in place to manage the situation. With electrical issues, the power may have to be turned off at the source. The same process goes for other utilities as well. If structural components are compromised, they may need temporary support put in place or removed altogether. We have certified biohazard removal technicians who can handle hazardous material removal and disposal as mandated by law. Our technicians wear respirators and use air scrubbers to mitigate poor air quality.

What Determines Which Fire Residue Strategies Get Used During Restoration?

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) use their training and experience to examine the smoke residue present. They then choose the appropriate methods and products to clean impacted surfaces. They consider several things when putting a plan in place, including how the fire, smoke, and soot swept through the home. The conditions during the fire and the materials consumed are also part of the equation. There are different types of soot as a result that require specific cleaning methods. One room alone, such as a kitchen, can have more than one residue type from the fire damage. To clean properly, the FSRTs do the following: 

  • Determine the kind of soot – wet, dry, or protein-based
  • Use inconspicuous spots to test cleaning methods and products
  • Implement the actions decided upon
  • Clean each impacted surface area so restoration efforts can begin 

When Does Water Damage Cleanup Take Place? 

Our IICRC techs attack water intrusion before fire damage cleanup begins. Water is very corrosive and can destroy building materials rapidly. If left standing, mold develops quickly. Before moving on to fire residue cleanup, the crews deal with water extraction using pumps and other extraction tools. Contaminated water gets contained and treated with EPA-registered antimicrobials. Structural drying is the next step using air movers and dehumidifiers. 

The Smell is Awful – Does SERVPRO Handle That? 

Deep cleaning and negative pressure air scrubbers can take care of much of the foul odor. Removing charred and burnt items helps immensely too. But the smell still often lingers from the smoke. Soot particles, the smoke residue that has settled, can sink into the tiniest nooks and crannies. Our technicians work diligently towards eliminating the odors. We use advanced techniques that neutralize the scent-bearing particles by chemically altering those particles. This process can include: 

  • Enzymatic Products
  • HVAC ductwork cleaning
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Machines
  • Thermal Fogging
  • Time released pellets if needed 

Fire damage in Milton can leave a house in shambles. Even if the fire is contained to one room, smoke residue gets carried throughout the entire home. Professionally trained crews are needed to restore the house to preloss condition. At SERVPRO, our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

We understand, as homeowners ourselves, how even small disasters can upset your family. We arrive fast to the scene and start putting a plan in place immediately. Once all safety issues are taken care of, we move on to cleaning and restoration. If it can be restored rather than replaced, that is the option we prefer, saving you money and preventing a loss of precious items. Not everything in a fire can be saved, but we do our best to help you decide what gets salvaged. 

Contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 for professional fire damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Where Do Milton Homeowners Look to Restore Their Homes After a Water Spill?

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster here, Monticello, and the surrounding area.

Residents of Milton Call SERVPRO to Return Their Homes to a Dry, Safe State

What Can Homeowners Expect Once a Restoration Team Arrives?
SERVPRO begins every Milton restoration task with a dual approach: A complete inspection while also removing any standing water with pumps. With most interior water spills from a failed appliance or a split pipe, the water is not contaminated, so our restoration teams can concentrate on removal.

Does Removal Fix the Problem?
Not completely. To further reduce the effects of water damage in Milton homes, our specialists also need to use extraction wands. These devices are smaller than pumps and ideal for drawing out water trapped in carpets and between floorboards.

How Does SERVPRO Stop Further Damage When the Water Sat for a Long Period?
To prevent the permanent warping of flooring or the cracking and splitting of drywall and other paneling, our specialists set up several key pieces of equipment that draw or force out water from surfaces without touching them.

    •    Pedestal fans pull damp air out of the home and force it outside. This action provides a drier atmosphere, which not only increases natural evaporation but also augments the other equipment.
    •    Air Movers generate a warm airflow that specialists direct over the surfaces of the affected physical and structural property. They can use the devices to even direct it up to dry water-logged ceiling tiles. They can adjust the temperature to dry property without causing any further damage as well.
    •    Dehumidifiers allow our specialists to draw moisture from the air and surrounding property. This action helps to not just lower humidity but also helps the air movers to operate more efficiently.

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties for a home here or in Monticello, call our offices at (845) 791-7647 today. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster here, Monticello, and the surrounding area.

How Quickly Can I Get Water Out of My Milton Business?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

room with bucket catching water and ripped up ceiling Commercial water damage can be overwhelming to manage on your own. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation services.

For Thorough and Timely Restoration of Your Milton Operation Call SERVPRO

Are My Appliances Safe to Use After an Inlet Pipe Split in My Kitchen?

Restoring appliances after water intrusion is a part of any commercial water removal in Milton restaurants and other businesses. Our response team technicians can take care of excess water, minor rust, and other problems that do not require a certified electrician.

How Do Technicians Restore Them to Full Use Again?

After turning off the water, team members start by removing the water out of the restaurant using commercial-grade pumps or smaller extraction wands, depending on the level of the water. After reducing the standing water to a thin layer, they switch to long-handled squeegees to push the remaining moisture out the nearest exit.

To dry the ovens and other appliances, team members wipe down surfaces with dry cloths and sponges to prevent surface rust. Where possible, they remove outside covers to hand-dry as much of the interior as possible. While they complete this task, other technicians place air movers at each item to force warm, dry air underneath. These devices force moisture off the appliances and dry any water that may have been missed previously.

What About the Terrible Humidity in My Dining Area?

At the start of our restoration efforts, SERVPRO teams set up standing fans at the entrances and exits to immediately begin drawing the damp air out of your facility. If possible, they also install box fans in the windows to further increase air circulation and assist with their other restoration efforts.

To schedule a response team visit for your business here or in Monticello, contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 today. We are here to help get you back in business as quickly, and safely, as possible. 

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My Home Office Is Fire Damaged – What Can Be Saved?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Home office Our fire damage experts can have your home office back to its original state, “Like it never even happened.”

Experienced Fire Mitigation Technicians In Milton May Be Able to Restore More Than You Think.

Milton NY, is a lovely waterfront town that began in the mid-1700s. It has a lot of history and historic buildings. The town is also home to old and new residential homes, many of which have home offices right now. A fire can strike any of these homes at any time.

Can My Wallpaper Walls Be Saved?

More than ever before, folks are working from home. Home offices have developed rapidly as a result. You may have turned an extra bedroom into an office or portioned off a section of the basement for office use. Whatever your choice, it is now an essential part of your home and work life. In this case, a small space heater caused a minor blaze that left fire damage in this Milton workspace. 

Your office is set up the way you need it to be for work but also for comfort. In this home, a delicate floral wallpaper adorned the wall. Matching drapes hung on the large window. Both of these are now covered with smoke residue. Thankfully, the charred and burnt damage is minimal. Restoring the wallpaper depends on the type and the extent of the damage. There are five basic kinds of wallpaper our SERVPRO technicians typically encounter. They are:

Paper – Dry cleaning is the only safe method for this as it is porous and can absorb cleaning wet cleaning products.

Vinyl – Nonporous vinyl coating helps this type resist moisture, so it is easier to clean versus paper.

Foil – Resists moisture, but care must be taken not to damage printing on top of the foil.

GrassCloth – Can only be dried cleaned. The film from the smoke may make it uncleanable.

Flocked Wall coverings – Dry cleaning is the best option, but is a fragile surface, so care must be taken.

The home office in this scenario had three walls that were cleaned using a dry sponge. The fourth wall was more heavily soiled. The wallpaper had to be removed and replaced. 

I Love My Lampshades

Lampshades are delicate. If the shade was an inexpensive one, it would be more cost-effective to replace it unless there is very light residue. If so, brushing, vacuuming, and dry sponging may work. If the lampshade was costly, restoration may be possible but can be a delicate procedure. Our content management teams can assess the damage and help you determine what can be salvaged.

My Drapes Match My Wallpaper

There are many factors involved in salvaging draperies. Different cleaning methods are required depending upon the type of smoke residue involved. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) check:

• Type of fibers

• Dye stability

• Backing material

• Age

• Pre-existing conditions

Once they know what they are working with, they can use a combination of dry cleaning and hot water extraction methods to clean drapery and curtains. 

What About My Hardwood Floors?

The beautiful oak floors in this office were mainly smoke damaged except for the spot where the small heater was placed. There was some charring in that location. The goal is to remove the smoke residue without damaging the floor’s finish. Often damp mopping with a neutral pH cleaner does the trick. Charred areas should be worked on by technicians experienced in refinishing hardwood floors. If you had area rugs on the floor, these can be cleaned using carpet cleaning techniques or might be taken to the SERVPRO warehouse for cleaning.

Is There Hope for My Desk & Belongings?

Hardwood desks are items that have a good chance of being saved, especially when the fire damage is only due to soot. Again, the type of material and the extent of the damage are key factors. In this case, the outside was cleaned with a wet cleaning agent, and dry cleaning was used on the unfinished areas, such as drawer bottoms. Other items that may have been in your office we can often save include:

• Books

• Documents

• Photographs

• Clothing

• Furniture

• Personal items such as knick-knacks

Fire Damage and Restoration Services

It does not matter if the fire that impacts your home is a minor one or a major blaze. SERVPRO has 24/7 emergency fire mitigation services that are “Faster To Any Size Disaster.” There are no regular hours for disasters, and we understand that. We provide fire damage help as soon as possible once we receive your phone call. You want your home restored quickly, and we want that too. That is why we work during the holidays and at night. 

When you walk back into your home office, we want it to look, “Like it never even happened.” We have been restoring homes in the Milton area for years. Our customers are satisfied and know we are committed to customer service. Contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 for expert fire damage service.

How Do I Still Have Moisture After Cleanup?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Moisture meter Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include storm damage. Don't let the moisture take over your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Finds Hidden Moisture in Your Monticello Home.

Even after drying the floors and sopping up all the floodwater in your Monticello home, it is vital to continue the drying process by using industrial-strength air movers and dehumidification equipment. Throughout the water restoration process, technicians periodically check and measure moisture levels within your home.

Why Do I Need to Make Sure to Remove All Moisture?

Leaving Flood Water Unattended May Result in Secondary Damage.

Flood damage inevitably means hidden water in your Monticello home. Even if the flood only covered your floors' surface, it may have spread to the drywall or seeped into the subflooring. It can also go into the ceiling of your basement, potentially causing extensive secondary damage. Our trained technicians use moisture sensing equipment to detect moisture pockets that may not be apparent to the eye. If caught quickly, technicians can mitigate more severe damage.

What Might Happen if Moisture Goes Unnoticed?

  • Warped flooring, walls, or ceilings if water remains undetected beneath the surface.
  • Flooring or walls may need replacement if moisture is not caught in time.
  • Microbial growth may occur, including the expansion of mold colonies.

What Equipment Does SERVPRO Technicians Use to Detect Water?

  • Moisture Sensors: Have sharp probes to detect moisture in carpets and padding. Probes penetrate through all layers to accurately detect moisture levels.
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras: These infrared cameras detect temperature changes that indicate the possibility of hidden moisture, typically within wall cavities.
  • Moisture Meters: These can measure the actual moisture content in a material. There is a relative scale for measuring wood that ranges from 5% to 30%. Moisture meters may penetrate through hard surfaces, depending on the location of the water. 

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Can I Get Fire Damage Cleanup Services For a Small Accident in Milton?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Get in Touch With SERVPRO For Local Milton Fire Damage Cleanup Services!

You might worry your Milton home may not be entitled to fire damage cleanup services if the damage was minimal. However, here at SERVPRO, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We do not care if your home has suffered a large fire or a small one. Everyone deserves to go back to living their life as if the damage never happened.

Many people have curious children, and sometimes curiosity can lead phoning for local Milton fire damage cleanup services. Visualize how you would feel if you suddenly smelled smoke and found your child dropping lit matches into your bathroom's waste bin. Due to its location, a small amount of smoke damage had stained your vanity and the adjacent wall. While it may not be a disaster, your bathroom deserves remediation too. Give SERVPRO a call, and our technicians can come to your home swiftly.

Is it Worth it To Get Professional Help?

You may find yourself wondering if you truly need professional help. In many cases, you can find ways to remediate the damages in your home. However, there are advantages to getting professional help, such as:
    •    Knowing the work is done by qualified professionals
    •    The comfort of allowing someone else to take the problem off of your hands
    •    Not needing to deal with the hassle of finding the right products

Here at SERVPRO, we bring our advanced technology to you. You do not have to worry about procuring any product. We come into your house with what we need.

What Advanced Technology Can You Use to Remove Soot and its Smell?

Our SERVPRO techs can use some of the following devices to clean up the fire damage in your home:
    •    Lubricative cleaning products, designed to lift grime from your walls and vanity
    •    Hydroxyl generators to deal with the malodor
    •    Fresh sealant paint, to suppress any lingering smells
    •    We always try to return your home to its preloss state, so you can live your life, “Like it never even happened.”

If your home needs fire damage restoration, call us today! Dial (845) 791-7647 to communicate with SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties. We're always ready to help.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Assist in Any Disastrous Event in Milton?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO vehicle. No matter the damages that occur, SERVPRO is ready help you Milton.

SERVPRO is a thoroughly trained restoration company for any of your Milton disasters. 

Dependability is a quality that you do not often measure the success of restoration companies by. However, since we have been actively serving Sullivan and South Ulster Counties since 1986, our formula for putting the customer first and exceeding their expectations has ensured our longevity in Milton and its surrounding areas. We are a family run business offering a comprehensive solution to restoration and recovery, including  and repairs. This approach is critical in saving our customers money and helping reconstruction restoration projects to complete more efficiently.


One of the advantages of choosing SERVPRO for fire losses in your Milton home or business is our experience in these niches. With several of our technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT), Odor Control (OCT), and Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), we have the expertise to offer modern solutions to these destructive problems. We are prepared for the losses that you face in your home.

What Tasks Happen as Soon as Fire Restorers Arrive? 

Understanding how vital mitigation and emergency services are to the restoration of your Milton structure, we begin specific tasks as soon as we arrive. It is not uncommon for professionals to work alongside our in-house contractors to perform controlled demolition, debris removal, and other mitigation tactics to save you money.

Can SERVPRO Help Rebuild After a Loss?

Structural damage is a common occurrence after housefires. Our contractors can work to quickly assess the need for repairs and reconstruction throughout the property, and begin the preparation for these final tasks and the earliest mitigation stages with controlled demolition. With a clean and stable foundation for replacing discarded materials, we seamlessly transition into reconstruction after mitigation completes in your Milton home.


While almost any disaster could impact your Milton business or commercial property, water and fire losses are among the most frequent. These two disasters embody the bulk of our callouts as a restoration provider, so they are the situations we stay most prepared to face. This readiness is especially prevalent with commercial properties because damaging effects can threaten your staff or customers. It is our business to get you back in business as quickly as possible.

How Can Professionals Deal with Substantial Loss Events? 

Many of the structures in the commercial districts of Milton and its surrounding areas can be thousands of square feet in size. Water, fire, and flood loss incidents can spread quickly through this open area, requiring powerful and efficient tools to overcome. In addition to trailered equipment like our desiccant dehumidifiers, we also are a large loss recovery team. This status allows us to pool our roster and inventory with other franchises throughout the area so that no job is too big for our team. Sister franchises and trusted contractors can help in this regard by adding to our already considerable:

  • Resources
  • Personnel
  • Equipment
  • Experience

What Solutions Can SERVPRO Offer for Thorough Cleaning? 

Restoration and recovery of your business do not always require a disaster taking place first. In the wake of current events, there has never been a more pressing need for a safe and sanitized environment. Through our new cleaning program, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we can help Milton businesses to reduce the spread and severity of viral pathogens, bacteria, and other contaminants.


While there have been countless severe weather events that have threatened the Milton area over the last several decades, it is often the harsh winters and intense summer storms that can wreak the most havoc on homes and businesses in the region. Because these events can strike without warning in many situations, our SERVPRO team remains prepared to address these concerns through a fast and confident response from both restoration professionals and contractors.

What Emergency Services Can We Provide? 

The emergency services that we provide initially to Milton homes and businesses can protect the property and allow a more natural transition into the mitigation services necessary. Flooding is a typical occurrence after structural breaches exist, as water penetration can now reach the inside of your home unabated. These emergency services can seal up structural breaches that allow for flooding, and address the most pressing concerns with standing water and contamination. These emergency services include:

  • Extraction
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Board Up Services
  • Roof Tarping
  • Tree Removal
  • Content Management

What Provides the Most Efficient Extraction? 

Removing standing water from your home after a flood can involve many tools. We have a vast inventory of water removal equipment, and the choice between these units varies based on the severity of standing water and its location in your Milton property. Natural flooding scenarios often require trash pumps and truck-mount pumps, while clean water incidents often get resolved with submersible electric pumps and wet vacuums.


Weather is a cold snap that bursts a pipe in the middle of winter or a malfunctioning appliance in your Milton home, water losses are among the most common threats to your property. As overwhelming as these situations might initially appear, the fast response of qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team can be critical in protecting your home.

What are the Cutting-Edge Tools We Use for Water Removal? 

Mitigation is among the most critical elements of water recovery for Milton homes and businesses. Much of this has to do with extraction being a fundamental element of this phase. Water removal, especially standing water, can reduce penetration into porous materials and eliminate more significant concerns like deterioration or microbial threats. Extraction can involve many tools, but often this phase typically includes submersible pumps and wet vacuums.

How Can We Thoroughly Dry Your Damaged Property? 

There is no water loss incident that does not involve some degree of drying, so the choices in which equipment can do this most efficiently is a vital decision. Evaporative drying is often most effective through the combined use of several tools including:

  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Electric Portable Heaters
  • Positive Pressure Systems
  • Floor Mat Drying System

We can help your property however it needs after a loss incident. Give our SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team a call today at (845) 791-7647.

After a Protein Fire in Milton, Do I Need Professional Assistance?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647.

Protein Fires Cause Strong Odors and Sticky Residue in Your Milton Home

Protein fires are a common type of kitchen fire. Often, Milton homeowners forget a piece of meat, poultry, fish resulting in a fire. It can happen to anyone, either you forget, or you may fall asleep. At first glance, protein fires do not seem like they caused a lot of damage. However, the potent smell can be a challenge for even the most seasoned professionals. Our fire restoration specialists are well-equipped with knowledge, products, and equipment, giving them the resources to tackle the damage after a kitchen fire effectively.

I Do Not See Residue, Can I Only Deodorize?

SERVPRO Conducts a Thorough Cleaning To Return Your Home to Pre-Loss Condition
Fire damage in Milton comes in many shapes and forms. It is crucial to begin the restoration process quickly for your home to mitigate secondary damage. Smoke residue and strong malodor become more challenging to remove the longer it sits on a surface. The most significant issue with protein fires is an unpleasant smell. However, protein fires also form a sticky, clear, or amber residue. Our restoration team tackles the stubborn residue with a multi-faceted approach.

What Should I Expect When SERVPRO Comes to My Home After a Fire?

    •    A project manager/lead scopes the damage to create a restoration goal and for insurance documentation.
    •    Our team begins working to perform any necessary repairs.
    •    Each impacted surface is cleaned thoroughly with appropriate cleaning solutions.
    •    Technicians begin deodorizing with masking and absorption agents.
    •    For the most stubborn cases, technicians fog the structure so the deodorizing agent can reach every nook and cranny.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Do I Need to Replace My Carpet After Water Damage in My Monticello Home?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Vacuum extracting water Water can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

SERVPRO Utilizes Water Extraction & Air Moving Equipment to Restore Carpets

Water damage to carpets caused by an overflowing bathtub or pipe burst can be a nightmare for most Monticello homeowners. Carpeting that is saturated in water acts like a sponge, holding in the water while slowly evaporating. If not properly cleaned and disinfected, it can lead to significant structural damage and musty smells. 

My Carpet is Soaked in Water, Can it Be Saved?

Air Movement is Critical

Water Damage to carpets in Monticello homes can be soaked up with a shop vac, but it’s generally nonproductive. Instead, it’s more productive to remove excess moisture and humidity from the home’s subflooring and the air in the house itself. SERVPRO uses air movers that move air over and under the carpet while they continuously monitor the humidity levels in your home until everything is dry and disinfected thoroughly.

Here are some factors to consider in regards to carpet replacement from water damage:

Since infectious organisms take approximately 72 hours to develop, if your carpet has been soaked in water for 72 hours or more, it should be replaced. However, it might be worth your time to talk to SERVPRO because they have been known to salvage water damaged carpets.

If the synthetic fibers on the underside of your carpet crumble into dust after your carpet is dry and cleaned, this is a good sign that your carpet should be replaced. Although carpet backing made from manmade polypropylene or natural jute fiber is mildew resistant, its binders will break down when subjected to water for excessive amounts of time.

If you have done your best to clean your carpet after water damage and are still noticing lingering odors? It might be time to tear it out and start over with new padding and carpet or call SERVPRO for an expert’s opinion on whether it’s worth saving?

How Does an Air Mover Work to Dry My Carpet?

Air movers work by increasing the evaporation rate by generating airflow over and under the carpet at the surface level. They force the moisture trapped inside the carpet into a vapor that replaces the moist air with drier air, allowing for a faster and more natural drying solution for carpets subjected to water damage. For an expert’s opinion and professional carpet cleaning from water damage, call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647.

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