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

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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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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What Does It Take To Restore Fire Damage In A Milton Bed & Breakfast?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of fire Your Monticello, Gardiner, or Liberty bed and breakfast can regain its homely feel after a fire incident.

SERVPRO Helps Manage The Loss Site And Carry Out The Necessary Restoration Processes In Milton

The people visiting your bed & breakfast have different expectations, including spending time tucked away in their rooms or the common areas interacting with other patrons. When a fire incident affects your Milton facility, how you handle the restoration can have a long-term impact. SERVPRO has well-trained technicians who can help perform all restoration activities to the necessary standards.

What are the main restoration activities after fire damage in a Milton Ben & Breakfast?

    •    Availing site services for more convenience
    •    Sorting of damaged items
    •    Identification of working areas
    •    Management of contents

In an ideal world, everything affected by the fire would be dumped and replaced with new items. However, such an approach is extremely costly. Therefore, there is a need to identify and classify items by the level of damage so that only those deemed as ruined are disposed of. Our SERVPRO technicians help by grouping the items into three categories:
    •    Salvageable
    •    Unsalvageable
    •    Questionable

We base the decision on the level of damage as well as how the item in question is used. For instance, rugs or mattresses with only one section burnt are unsalvageable, while items like beds or other wooden furniture with similar damage are salvageable. The questionable category is for items with damage that is hard to classify as salvageable or unsalvageable. We can take such items offsite for specialized cleaning or other restoration processes.

What kind of services does a fire loss site need?

Fire incidents in Milton can create a variety of challenges that interfere with the restoration process or even create hazards. For instance, it might not be possible to use any of the toilets within the bed & breakfast during the restoration of fire damage. Proper set up of some services can help eliminate these challenges. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs make the necessary arrangements to have services like:
    •    Portable dumpsters
    •    Portable toilets
    •    Portable storage units
    •    Auxiliary power sources such as generators

The restoration process is likely to take time to complete. Lack of facilities such as toilets or even storage areas at the site can add more time to the restoration timeline since people have to leave the property to find them. Restoration processes also involve the aggregation of a wide range of waste items, including building materials torn down from the walls or ceiling as well as contents such as burnt beddings. The regular trash receptacles used at the facility cannot hold the extra waste. The portable dumpsters our crews provide, help solve this problem. We also lay plywoods on the driveway before placing the dumpster to protect it.

Why is the identification of work areas necessary?

The fire is likely to affect rooms differently. Work area identification helps map out all the affected areas within the B&B. When our SERVPRO production managers do this, they also collect useful information such as the total surface area of the affected areas and the type of damage in each section. We also note whether there are any "off-limits" areas based on your preference or other factors such as investigations into the cause of the fire. The information gained when assessing work areas helps us come up with an accurate estimate of the time the job is likely to take to complete. With an accurate estimate, you can inform your regular clients of the expected timelines when you can resume operations, which can cement your reputation as a professionally run bed and breakfast.

How are contents managed during the restoration process?

Managing contents at a fire loss site is a challenging process. Depending on the level of damage, a move out might be necessary, but in other cases, it is possible to clean them up within the loss site. Either way, content manipulation is necessary for convenience, as well as protecting them from further damages. Our SERVPRO crews combine different methods, including finding areas with minimal or no damage to act as temporary storage. The portable storage containers also help hold some items safely.

Content management must factor in the possibility of secondary damage to items. For instance, storing wet items among dry ones can spread moisture damage to items that were unaffected initially. Moisture is problematic because it leads to the setting of residues, sparks mold growth, and causes rusting in metal items. Our technicians take note of wet items and hold them separately.

Proper management of the loss site allows the exhaustive performance of restoration activities, including cleaning, demolition, and rebuilding, as well as deodorization, removing traces of the fire incident, “Like it never even happened.”

Your Monticello, Gardiner, or Liberty bed and breakfast can regain its homely feel after a fire incident. Call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 to assist. We are available 24/7.

What Extraction Methods Work Best After a Flood?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

pitcher pump in yard, white container No, this water pump is NOT part of SERVPRO's advanced equipment for floodwater extraction from Milton Houses

What Extraction Methods Work Best After a Flood?

Flooding in your Milton home can leave several inches or feet of standing water throughout the property that must get removed to restore the house.

With natural flooding especially, Milton homes can experience a substantial volume of water to contend with when restoration begins. Most property owners allow this recovery process to get handled by competent professionals like our SERVPRO team. The faster that experienced technicians like ours can get started on efforts like mitigation, the easier the overall restoration of your property will become. With situations like flooding, mitigation hinges on the removal of standing water and surface damage.

Addressing flood damage in Milton homes often begins with how effectively surface water can get removed. We have multiple tools and devices that can work to accomplish this objective. An extensive inventory of recovery tools is available to our technicians responding to your water emergency. The choice in extractors used for these circumstances varies based on the severity of the situation, the materials affected, the placement of the damage, and whether solids might be present in the standing water. Many of the conventional extraction tools that we use in these regards are:

  • Truck-Mount Extractors
  • Gas-Powered Trash Pumps
  • Electric Submersible Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums/Light Wands
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Carpet Wands

How Does Water Get Removed from Flooring?

Because surface water pools on flooring like carpets and hardwood, these materials can become immediately damaged through absorption and overexposure. Depending on contamination threats, it can be possible to recover saturated flooring materials with the appropriate water removal and drying techniques. Between technologies like carpet wands and floor drying mats, we can control the rate of removal for moisture and these materials to ensure that flooring does not become overly dried in the process.

Flooding can be a widespread threat to your home. Our SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team can help with a fast and experienced response. Give us a call today at (845) 791-7647.

How do I Ensure My Whole House is Clean After a Fire?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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A Professional Fire Restoration Service in Milton Can Successfully Restore Your Home After a Fire.

Milton residents need to protect their homes and personal property after a fire. Calling a professional team who trains to address the ramifications of fire damage is a great way to ensure a thorough cleanup. Don't let your inexperience threaten the health of your family.

Cleaning the fire damage in your Milton home goes beyond wiping down walls and a fresh coat of paint. Our SERVPRO technicians take a full assessment of the situation and react accordingly. Including structural elements such as drywall and columns, as well as your HVAC system, lets us develop a restoration plan that addresses the areas damaged by the fire.

How do I clean my HVAC system after a fire?

Your HVAC system comprises heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in your home. When a fire happens, our SERVPRO team concentrates mostly on the ventilation aspect of the unit, and we scrutinize it to assess the damage. The ventilation system can quickly spread smoke residue throughout your home, so its inspection is crucial to a job well done. When the waste is present, we ask several questions including the following-

Where was the fire located relative to the HVAC unit?

Is there a smell of smoke?

For how long did the fire burn?

When our SERVPRO technicians understand the magnitude of the damage, we can proceed with the repairs, including cleaning and sealing air ducts. Thankfully, you can rely on our expertise to perform these delicate tasks while preserving your HVAC unit and erasing traces of the fire.

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties is here to assist you in your time of need. Call us at (845) 791-7647regardless of the size of your fire incident and let us provide a comprehensive restoration plan. A job well done can save you time and money now and in the future. Like you, we want to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Quickly Can a Restoration Services Company Cleanup Water in My Home?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on water damaged floor We are equipped to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO technicians can reduce the drying time needed in your Milton home through their advanced extraction methods 

Using a professional firm to extract and dry the water from your Milton home can significantly reduce the amount of time needed to dry the structure and contents. The fast remediation inhibits the potential to have to deal with secondary losses caused by waiting too long for the cleanup efforts to start. Some of the more severe problems are: 

  • Warping of wood floorboards
  • Buckling or deterioration of sheetrock in walls and ceilings
  • Delamination of tile  

What is the Difference Between Hiring a Professional Restoration Company for Water Removal and Doing it Myself? 

When you want to remove water damage rapidly from your Milton home, unless you have professional equipment and training in the restoration sciences, the job will not come out the same for you. The power of a portable pump, rover, or truck-mounted units are head and shoulders better suited for home cleanup jobs than consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums.  

Some Situations May Make the Water Cleanup Task More Challenging 

SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training for handling numerous types of scenarios that arise from water loss in a home. The techs scope the property carefully to determine the water's migration path to ensure nothing gets missed during cleanup. Other actions that get commonly performed include:  

  • Removal of wet fiberglass insulation using a specialized collection unit for drying outside the loss area for re-installation
  • Cutting off buckled drywall to stop the wicking process
  • Removal of the baseboards and toe kicks for extraction within walls and under cabinetry
  • Drilling weep holes for drainage  

While beginning the cleanup as soon after the initial Milton water loss event can assist in lessening loss, it is not always possible. The longer water stands, the more it degrades, and the more dangerous it becomes to handle during cleanup. If your water loss has gone over 48 hours, it requires extraction and disposal as a biohazard. The technicians also use more potent antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaning agents to ensure any affected surfaces get returned to sanitary standards for reuse in the home.  

In cases where storm damage is the culprit for the water in the Milton homes, the SERVPRO techs perform temporary repairs to halt any further influx of water into the property. Damaged roofing gets securely tarped, and broken windows get boarded up. Keeping unauthorized individuals away is a priority for both the safety of anyone on-site and the security of the home and contents.   

Whenever needed, the techs put furnishings up on blocks and extract around them so they can get left in place and minimize disruptions to the home. This method stops the stain from hardwood furnishings from potentially bleeding onto the carpet and inhibits the wood legs from absorbing water and possibly swelling or cracking at the joints. In cases where seepage under carpet or tile occurred, the room will need to get cleared in the loss area to remove the flooring for drying the substrate underneath. 

Drying is another aspect of the restoration services that gets the best outcome through the use of professional equipment. SERVPRO techs have large numbers of air movers that they can deploy in large quantities to dry, even large-scale water loss situations rapidly. 

Specific drying applications for hardwood flooring allows the boards to get dried in place instead of requiring removal, drying, and re-installation. Drying mats lay flat on the surface and force the air directly into the wood. Drying mats allow the moisture embedded in the wood to rise, and any swelling or warping will usually reduce, thus saving the homeowner the cost of the flooring replacement.  

If the cleanup began quickly enough, a carpet might get saved through the restoration methods. Once the water gets extracted, the most crucial aspect is the complete drying of the carpet and pad. Using techniques such as "floating," there is more significant potential for full restoration of the floorcovering.  

The professional dehumidification equipment plays a crucial roll in the drying of the water loss areas. As the air movers cause the remaining, embedded moisture to come to the surface, the dehumidifiers capture it and port it off-site. This air movement creates a cycle of progressively drier air circulating and brings down the interior humidity. The process gets carefully monitored by the techs to ensure that pre-set drying goals get attained. 

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 is ready to handle any size water damage to your structure or contents 24/7. Call as soon as you need help, and our certified techs arrive quickly to restore your home to its preloss condition. 

My Home is Covered in Water, How Do I Get Rid of It?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

drying out a basement, plastic covering SERVPRO provides advanced equipment and products along with trained technicians to mitigate damages to Milton area homes

Call in SERVPRO Water Restoration Specialists for Professional Removal in Milton

As our community in Milton is slowly coming out of one crisis, the weather is still ready with another. Flood water can be a costly problem for homeowners when it comes to replacing damaged property and restoring residences to a clean, safe condition.

So Why SERVPRO for Restoring My Milton Home?

SERVPRO specialists train to take care of the major issues in flood damage in Milton:

  • Standing Water
  • Dirty Water
  • Removing Soil and other Contaminants
  • Cleaning the Structure and Property
  • Drying the Residence

What else makes SERVPRO better than the competition?

Our specialist teams also have access to a large inventory of industrial-grade cleaners and restoration equipment. If we do not have it on-hand, our office can quickly source it from another franchise nationwide. That means when it comes to removing standing, dirty water, our teams can arrive on-site and begin operations in a matter of minutes using pumps and extractors not available for rent or purchase at a big-box or DIY store.

If you have or had even a small amount of flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 for professional restoration. We are here for you. 

How Do I Rid My Home of Lingering Smoke Odors?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO hydroxyl generator A piece of SERVPRO's green equipment for combatting malodors after a house fire in Monticello

Hire SERVPRO to Clean and Restore your Monticello Home after a Fire

Most residential fires do not cause a lot of physical damage to Monticello area structures. Even a small fire, however, can generate an incredible amount of smoke which can leave odor-causing residues throughout your home.   

So Why SERVPRO for Getting Rid of the Odors?

SERVPRO understands fire odor cleanup in Monticello can be the most difficult part of restoring a home after an accident in the kitchen or garage. Our technicians have the latest training and use the latest restoration equipment to clean every surface in your home of smoke residues and remove affected property without creating additional damage in your home.

So how can SERVPRO remove all smoke odors without destroying my Home?

Where the odors penetrated deeply into the structure of your home, our technicians use a hydroxyl generator to create a cloud of particles the same size as the odors. These particles bind with the odors, changing them, and eliminating the smoke odors.

If you have lingering odors or any other damage left by a fire, call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties today at (845) 791-7647. We want to return your home to its original, clean condition. 

Do I Have to Hire a Professional Fire Restoration Service?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning After a Fire in Milton is Complex. Hiring Professional Technicians Mitigates Your Losses.

Milton homeowners may feel at a loss when there's a fire in their home. Hopefully, the damage is not widespread, even if the smell of smoke lingers in every piece of furniture in your house. Rather than cleaning up on your own, rely on a professional crew to give you a comprehensive assessment of the damage and educated opinion regarding the next steps.

SERVPRO is your local resource for fire damage in Milton. Our team trains under the tutelage of industry experts to understand the theory of fire and the science behind all cleanup efforts. When you call us at our 24/7 hotline, you tap into knowledge and experience and invite it to work for you. We can put our IICRC accredited crew to work to restore your home.

Can a fire restoration technician remove the smell of smoke?

The acrid smell of smoke is a frequent reminder of the fire, and it lingers long after the soot is gone. Our SERVPRO team pays close attention to the path of the fire and takes action to neutralize and kill the smell molecules. Some of the techniques we apply to remove the odor can include-

  • Air Scrubbers with activated charcoal filters
  • Deodorant pellets
  • Ozone machines and hydroxyl generators
  • Thermal fogging

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties eliminates the smell of fire and cleans your home. Call us at (845) 791-7647 and let us leave your house "Like it never even happened."