Recent Fire Damage Posts

Rapid Response to Milton Fire Damage

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of a Fire department building Local fire departments trust SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup and restoration after a fire. Milton homeowners can too.

SERVPRO Knows Fire Damage Recovery

We respect the urgency of a fire. As traumatic as these emergencies can be, they are also heavily destructive to building materials and contents. Successfully restoring a home after a fire loss incident means providing a suitable solution for common harm like:

  • Smoke
  • Soot particles
  • Water damage
  • Harsh malodors
  • Structural compromise

Milton fire damage can happen from multiple sources, so our SERVPRO team stays prepared to respond quickly to the call. The faster technicians reach damaged homes; the less widespread and threatening post-fire effects can be. 

Employing Emergency Services for Fire Damage 

Emergency services precede nearly all other steps in the fire restoration process, including the thorough inspection and detailed estimation necessary for claims approval. These earliest steps are critical in preventing continued damage to the structure and allow an easier transition to the needed restoration work to come. Focal points often include:

  • Air Filtration - with many airborne contaminants and particulates after a fire gets extinguished, we can provide a safer environment for recovery technicians with HEPA filtration air scrubbers trapping destructive smoke solids. 
  • Debris Removal - Ash, smoke solids, charred material remnants, and more make up the heaps of debris around the structure after a fire. Removing these piles reduces smoke residues and odors. 
  • Water Removal Services - To extinguish a structure fire, water is often necessary. High volumes of water can create a secondary concern of pooling and absorption for responding SERVPRO technicians to address. 

Content Cleaning Solutions

Personal belongings can be in the damage path of a spreading structure fire and continue to be threatened after extinguishment by soot, smoke, and other damages. There are multiple approaches to cleaning and restoring impacted personal belongings and contents. The first solution we provide is on-site relocation for items in harm's way but not yet damaged by smoke. Secondly, light damage can be managed on-site with surface cleaning products. SERVPRO professionals can relocate contents to our nearby warehouse for focused cleaning when more substantial damage exists.

Soot Removal Options for Residences

Soot and smoke residues present the most significant obstacle to successful fire damage recovery. The challenge lies in removing these soil deposits with minimal damage or disruption to the underlying substrate, which requires several approaches depending on the impacted elements. The objective of soot residue cleanup is minimal material replacement. Surface cleaning is the preferred method, using products to dissolve or emulsify soil deposits. 

Overcoming Lingering Fire Damage Odors 

After extinguishment, a challenging aspect of fire recovery is isolating the individual malodors and neutralizing them. Because hundreds of materials can be burned during a structure fire, the smell is often a combination of offensive scents. In addition, customers can also experience imaginary odors that result from the trauma of a structure fire and the belief that smoke odors are still present even if they have been addressed. Much of the deodorization process involves:

  • Fogging
  • Hydroxyl Machines
  • Ozone Generators
  • Counteractant Products

Full-Service Contractors to Help

One of the advantages of choosing our experienced SERVPRO team is the reconstruction experience we bring to the equation. With a general contractor license and years of repair and build-back experience following disasters, we have become a preferred insurance vendor in the area. Our rapid responders know what is needed to approve damage claims and can help with the earliest controlled demolition and temporary construction to a paintbrush's final stroke. 

You should not trust the restoration and recovery of Milton fire damage to just anyone. Our SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team has experience and training as leading FSRT-Certified technicians throughout the Catskills and Hudson River areas. We are ready to mobilize to help when disaster strikes at (845) 791-7647.

Removing Dry Smoke Fire Damage in Milton Properties

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Special Practices for Fire Damage Removal 

The removal of smoke and fire loss effects after a disaster cannot happen quickly enough. Often, this process is stalled until the first responders are confident the structure fire gets extinguished. Once completed, SERVPRO professionals can arrive for mitigation solutions like: 

  • Temporary board up
  • Content relocation
  • Water removal
  • Debris removal
  • Air quality improvement

How is Dry Smoke Formed? 

Dry smoke is the product of high-heat fire damage to a Milton residence. Environmental conditions allow the flames to spread quickly throughout the structure and impact hundreds of contents and construction elements. What is left behind is a thin residue on non-burned surfaces and trapped odors in porous building materials. Dry smoke fires often have a high volume of needed controlled demolition. 

Can Dry Smoke Damage Get Cleaned?

Because of its thin and chalky residue left on surfaces, dry smoke is among the easiest potential soil deposits by a fire to be cleaned. The foundational piece of this cleanup is a dry chemical sponge. This rubbery handheld product crumbles as it attaches to soot solids, clearing the impacted surface and making the final step of cleanup collecting this debris.

What Are Other Types of Smoke Damage Removal?

Dry smoke is not the only threat to your home after a fire. Depending on environmental conditions and the materials combusted, homeowners could contend with oily residues, protein deposits, and wet smoke damage. Solvents, detergents, and alkaline cleaners can all be used to neutralize the destructive properties of these soil deposits and work to preserve the underlying material substrate.

Several types of smoke damage can threaten homes after a fire. While dry smoke can be among the easier of these conditions to clean in most cases, it is not without its challenges. Our SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties have suitable strategies to manage post-fire effects and make these losses "Like it never even happened." Call today at (845) 791-7647. 

Responding to Fire Damage When Your Milton Home Is Affected

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Timely Fire Restoration by SERVPRO Helps Milton Homes

When a fire breaks out, notifying emergency services and evacuating from the building are crucial early stage actions since they help ensure timely containment and limit the chances of injury. Have you ever thought of the priority actions once the fire in your Milton home is contained? Fire damage can worsen even after the flames and embers die down.

The fire extinguished does not mean another cannot break out at your Milton home. The heat radiating from the flames reaches many house areas, leaving materials crisp, dry, and ready to ignite. Flames and heat can also interfere with some materials, such as compromising the insulation of electric cables and increasing the risk of shorts. SERVPRO technicians inspect the home and take actions such as stripping off the electrical to minimize the chances of a new fire. 

Fire inspection involves:

  • Opening up concealed areas like walls
  • Checking char depth
  • Checking moisture levels in materials

The fire might only affect a section of your property, leaving the rest intact. However, smoke travels further and easily finds a way into wall cavities and other concealed areas. If the restoration done does not address these areas, the house might emit a smoky odor for a long time. Our SERVPRO technicians lift drywall panels and inspect insulation to determine whether to replace it.

Structural Stability After Fires

As the flames consume structural materials, they compromise their structural integrity increasing the chances of collapse. Injuries from collapsing ceilings can halt the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize structural inspection to ensure safety when working or using heavy equipment on the property. Checking the char depth, especially in frames and other solid materials, helps. 

Moisture is another crucial issue to address in the aftermath of fire since it creates many problems. Our SERVPRO teams have advanced resources for moisture inspection and removal. Penetrative and non penetrative moisture meters help with assessment, while air movers and dehumidifiers help with drying.

Moisture affects fire restoration because it:

  • Sets residues
  • Aggravates odors
  • Can trigger mold

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties has what it takes to help you respond appropriately to fire damage making it "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (845) 791-7647.

Deodorization After Fire Damage in Milton

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Several Fire Restoration Services in Milton

One day you could be cooking dinner like everything is normal when suddenly an accident happens that puts your entire house at risk. Most people know the feeling when you are cooking something, and then the phone rings or something else distracts you from the task. It only takes a second of not paying attention while cooking for a kitchen fire to ignite. In fact, cooking mishaps are the number one way structural blazes get caused.

Even small blazes can cause fire damage in your Milton home. When it comes to kitchen fires, issues with your home can still arise even if the only things that got burnt were the food or grease you were cooking. The smoke coming from even the most minor fires can still travel around your house and harden when it touches cooler surfaces like walls, ceilings, or furniture. Smoke can also penetrate deep into any porous materials in your place, which can cause foul aromas to be present in your home. 

Ways We Can Help You After A Fire Ignites

  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Content Cleaning
  • Fire Cleanups
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Wall and Ceiling Cleaning
  • Structural Deodorization

During most restoration projects, burnt aromas exist in a building after a fire takes its toll. In some cases, removing all burnt debris and cleaning soot residues off all surfaces in a structure will remove unattractive odors. But in other situations, further deodorization steps must be taken if your home still smells burnt after all debris and soots have been removed. 

Depending on the situation, we can use methods like ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging, thermal fogging, or ozone generation to deodorize a structure.

If you ever have a small fire ignite due to getting distracted while cooking, call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Fire and Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration for Our Ellenville Customers

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

burned home; smoke and soot damage SERVPRO Can Secure and Restore Your Ellenville Home after a Structural Fire.

What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Recovery in Ellenville

A household fire causes fear and chaos for Ellenville residents, and the aftermath poses many questions about how best to manage the cleanup. The soiling created by the flames, heat, and smoke is unlike the dirt and grime of daily living and does not respond in expected ways to conventional cleaning techniques. Our trained and experienced team of managers and technicians use effective methods, products, and equipment to achieve a successful recovery from the harm the fire wrought.

Contaminated Water Removal

When fire damages an Ellenville home, substantial quantities of water and chemicals from firefighting activity need management. The water presents a significant safety concern, exposing occupants and technicians to hazards, including slip and fall, possible electrocution, and the spread of now water-borne toxins from the fire debris and residues. We evaluate the residual water as Category 3, the most contaminated, and employ safeguards to isolate the space and shield workers as we extract and dry out the area. Options include:

  • Using 6 mil polyethylene to build a containment barrier and employing air scrubbing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent drift.
  • Protecting human exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Tracking contaminants into unaffected areas of your home.

Toxic Fire Residue Cleanup

As a fire burns materials in your home, volatile gasses and hazardous particulates fill the air as smoke and then settle as soot. Inhaling or touching the residues can prove harmful to health, so SERVPRO crews continue wearing their PPE, and we recommend you and your family stay out of the work area. According to ongoing industry research into fire cleanup, our technicians match the various soot types to cleaning products and techniques that offer effective results. Expect that we switch strategies according to the soiling presented, as one fire can result in dry, wet, and protein-based soot.


Even after our best cleanup efforts, the burning materials' lingering stench continues the nightmare for you and your family. SERVPRO deodorization experts follow a multi-step protocol to remove malodors from our fire damage cleanup. If debris removal and deep cleaning prove ineffective, we have innovative equipment like hydroxyl generators and ozone machines that neutralize the odor-bearing particles through changes at the molecular level.

The team at SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties awaits your call 24/7 at (845) 791-7647. Let us show you what our training, experience, and equipment can do to restore your home after fire damage.

What Types of Fire and Smoke Damage Threatens Milton Homes?

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

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After a Fire, Many Areas of Milton Homes Require Attention From Experienced Fire Restoration Professionals. 

Incomplete combustion may not sound bad in terms of the destruction of your home, but it can create volatile environmental risks by producing aerosolized smoke particles and carcinogenic soot. Understanding how fire affects your home expressly illustrates why insurance providers encourage or require certified and experienced restoration assistance.

Airborne Threats and Contaminants

Fire and smoke damage in Milton homes is very noticeable in the air and the environment of the damaged areas. In many situations, microscopic particles can create hazardous conditions for those breathing the air before it is filtered with HEPA products. We have filtration tools and containment to manage airborne threats quickly.

Water Damage Concerns 

Fire suppression and extinguishment introduce another structural threat to the house: water damage. A high volume of water from the municipality's distribution system is pulled through a hydrant and hoses to put out the fire in your home. Much like the debris and smoke damage, water damage must also be extracted, dried, and affected surfaces cleaned.

Settled Soot Soils

Physical particles generated by the incomplete combustion of fuels like wood and organic matter create black soot threats for the house. The movement of these airborne particulates can be widespread, especially if the HVAC system was operational at the time of the fire. Our SERVPRO team prioritizes addressing the buildup of soot on surfaces and contents through various cleaning and restoration methods. Some of these include:

  • Solvents
  • Detergents
  • Pressurized cleaning
  • Controlled demolition

Understanding how smoke damage can impact your home or business can be critical in recovering a property after a disaster. With how quickly smoke damages spread in a structure, understanding its various forms encourages homeowners to pursue experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team to help. Give us a call today at (845) 791-7647.

Skilled Fire Damage Technicians Know What Factors Go into Planning the Restoration Process in Milton

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding fire detector Working with SERVPRO's trained fire and smoke restoration technician gives you the confidence that the job will get done right the first time.

SERVPRO Takes Time to Ensure Your Fire Damage Gets Handled Carefully to Bring Your Milton Property Back to Pre-Fire Condition

Even though your mind may jump right to rebuilding your home after a fire, it is crucial to ensure no steps get overlooked. Working with trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) that carefully assess fire-damaged homes for a living gives you the confidence you need that the job gets done right the first time. No matter the scope of the damage or the level of work involved, SERVPRO has you covered with proven techniques and industry knowledge.

SERVPRO is the team you need on your side when you have fire damage in Milton for several reasons. We go over all of the steps necessary to complete your restoration, keeping you informed the entire time. You can also look to us as a liaison to work with your homeowner’s insurance provider to ensure the claim goes as effortlessly as possible.

Factors we consider while handling house fire clean up include:

  • Determining the severity of fire damage. A small, contained fire may only take a few days to complete the restoration. A more significant fire that impacts your structure could take several weeks to months to finish.
  • The type and size of your structure. The layout and overall size of the home will also play a role in our restoration process. Single story, ranch-style homes generally get restored faster than multi-level homes.
  • Smoke, soot, and type of fire. Protein fires in a kitchen put out sticky, pungent residue that calls for specialized techniques. Soot particles that may travel if your HVAC system is running at the time of the fire also create a unique set of challenges. Our SERVPRO team adapts and adjusts to achieve our restoration goals as quickly as possible – allowing us to select the right equipment and techniques for the job.

Your SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team is prepared and ready to go when you need assistance with fire damage in your home. Contact us by calling (845) 791-7647.

Does SERVPRO Provide Emergency Services After Fire Damage to Milton Homes?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO's Quick and Efficient Emergency Services Can Save Milton Homes After a Fire Damage Incident

Professional restorers like SERVPRO provide emergency services to protect the loss site as well as human health. When SERVPRO restorers arrive after fire damage to your Milton home, they have the following immediate objectives-

  •  To prevent the fire and smoke to cause additional damage to the property
  • To provide a safer work site to techs entering the structure
  • To prepare the site for restoration work

The type of emergency services that SERVPRO techs provide after fire damage to your Milton home depends on whether the occupants are present in the structure or not. Not all fire incidents are alike, and sometimes, the occupants don't need to move out during the fire and smoke damage restoration. 

What is Emergency Services Provided by SERVPRO During House Fire Cleanup in Milton When Occupants Remain in the Structure? 

The emergency fire restoration services can make a part of the building 'liveable' so that the occupants can remain safe within the structure while the restoration work goes on. Some of the emergency procedures include the following-

  • If strong odors are present, especially after protein fires, then s SERVPRO restorers may carry out deodorization procedures.
  • Areas of your Milton home, such as the kitchen and bathroom, might need immediate cleaning.
  • Technicians may also provide laundry and dry cleaning services to occupants for clothing items that are immediately needed.
  • In most cases, if the damage is limited to a portion of the building, techs might establish a containment zone. It helps to restrict the movement of the occupants in these areas.   

A fire damage incident can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with on your own. Call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties for professional assistance at (845) 791-7647. 

How Does Restorability Get Determined in Monticello Homes?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire background Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. We are dedicated to having your home back to preloss condition.

A Full Inspection and Evaluation of Fire-Damaged Monticello Properties Identify Restorable Items. 

Fire damage can result from the combustion of several materials and fuel types. As leading restoration specialists, we can help to get cleaning and recovery underway as soon as possible. 

The Focus of Fire Damage Inspections

When fire damage in Monticello properties results in soil and soot deposits throughout the house, a thorough inspection of the residence can direct our SERVPRO professionals to needed cleaning efforts. Sample cleaning options can show where specific wet or dry cleaning practices will have the greatest impact. 

How Do Materials Get Categorized for Cleaning?

Because there are multiple cleaning and restoration approaches for varying materials and personal belongings caught in fire loss effects, categorizing the damage can help recovery start sooner. In many situations, building materials damaged by soot and smoke residues are classified as: 

  • Washable – When materials affected can be cleaned with water-based cleaning products in our inventory, they are considered washable. Solvents and detergents are believed not to damage the underlying substrate. 
  • Non-washable – Items and surfaces earn this classification when wet cleaning is not feasible because water-based products could cause additional damage to the material. 

Fire damage can overwhelm building materials and contents in a house. Because of how costly this situation can become without fast restoration, trust our SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team to help. We are ready 24/7 at (845) 791-7647.

Monticello Residents Know to Call Professionals for Fire Damage Help

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

charred wood in home. Minor or major fire in a home is a distraction. Call SERVPRO for the fire restoration service e needed for your home.

Having SERVPRO Handle Fire Damage Saves Monticello Homeowners in the Long Run

Have you had a minor blaze in the kitchen or a small-scale electrical fire? House fire cleanup must begin as soon as possible so that you can battle foul odors and keep secondary damage from settling in. SERVPRO can come out to your Monticello home, begin an assessment, and start working once first responders deem the property safe for entry. Once we are on the job, our skilled technicians put together a course of action, including best practices for getting results while also saving you money – and time!

Cutting the Stress with Skilled Water & Fire Damage Restorations  

SERVPRO technicians receive training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Handling minor to significant fire damage in Monticello is what we do best, and our crew always works on a restore versus replace basis whenever possible. Some of the many ways that we address cleanup in fire-damaged homes include:

  • Careful separation of any unsalvageable contents from items with restoration potential
  • Full removal of charred items, building materials, and belongings to be disposed of according to local guidelines
  • Water removal services and drying to address the fallout from fire extinguishing measures
  • Detailed smoke remediation, including meticulous cleaning and application of odor control products
  • Property preparation to get your home ready for controlled demolition where repair or rebuilding is required

Throughout your fire damage restoration project, our crew chief will keep you informed on all processes. In addition, we ensure your documentation is to help with a seamless insurance claim and readily available to answer questions or address concerns.

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties is the team you want in your corner when faced with fire damage in your home. Call (845) 791-7647 to have our Green Fleet dispatched as soon as possible.

How Can Monticello Homeowners Clean Bathroom Fire Damage Stains?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

outside fire station, trucks Even local fire departments trust SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup and restoration after a fire. Milton homeowners can too

Monticello SERVPRO Crews Use Specialized Cleaning Solutions for Fire Damage Stains

After a fire, Milton homeowners can feel overwhelmed by the cleanup process. Whether bathroom fire damage was caused by a candlelit bubble bath gone awry or an electrical failure with lighting or exhaust fans, consumer-grade products are rarely sufficient for cleanup.

SERVPRO professionals use EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions to address fire damage cleanup for Monticello property owners. Fast response to a bathroom is essential for preventing soot deposits from potentially corroding bathroom fixtures and plumbing.

SERVPRO Cleaning Solutions for Bathroom Fixtures

Restoration technicians at SERVPRO have access to a broad array of OSHA-approved cleaning solutions that address fire damage stains and odors on various surfaces. These include:

  • Lightly-soiled fabric shower curtains, towels, and drapery can be cleaned with Dry Cleaning Solvent in SERVPRO’s Ultimate Dry Cleaning Machine
  • Soils on wood cabinetry and ceramic tiles can be addressed with mild detergents like wood oil soaps, which are effective on surfaces varying from countertops and appliances to leather and vinyl
  • Light-colored fiberglass fixtures in bathrooms typically require a liquid creme cleaner, such as SERVPRO’s Stain Scrub, which effectively removes discoloration without damaging the surface.

Contact SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 for mitigation services that make disaster-affected properties look and feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage to Exposed Beams in a Milton Home

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

a kitchen with a fire starting by the stove Regardless of the room the fire occurred in, team SERVPRO can help with remediation. We are standing by 24/7 for emergency calls.

SERVPRO technicians mitigate fire & smoke damage to structural elements with Precision in Milton

A kitchen fire in an open, farmhouse-style home caused smoke residue to spread quickly throughout the home. The exposed beams were impacted, and the home needs professional house fire cleanup. 

SERVPRO Technicians Safely Clean & Restore Your Home

The need for fire damage restoration in Milton can take many forms. In the case of these exposed beams, our crew used dry ice blasting. This is a dry process that uses CO2 pellets. It is a gentle and non-abrasive cleaning method. The pellets evaporate when they hit the surface of the item being cleaned. This process allowed us to restore the beams to preloss condition. Other benefits of dry ice blasting include:

  • It produces no waste, so no need to worry about proper waste disposal
  • It is non-toxic and eco-friendly
  • It is quicker than traditional methods making it a time saver
  • It is a money saver – fewer materials and less labor time
  • No pressure washing, so no extra water to remove

When you require fire, and smoke damage restoration and cleanup, call the pros at SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647.

Professional Assistance While Battling Electrical Fire Damage

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Milton Residents Look to SERVPRO for Assistance with Fire Damage of All Kinds

Winter is prime time for house fires, especially those that are electrical-related. To handle fire damage, you need skilled technicians on the job to look for all areas that must get restored. SERVPRO is available for 24/7 emergency response whenever Milton residents need fast action and efficient cleanup measures.

There are several potential causes for electrical fire damage in Milton. Not only could there be faulty appliances and electrical outlets, but there could be issues with frayed cords that lead to sparks. Other areas that we caution homeowners to keep an eye on include:

  • Older homes that have outdated wiring – It is vital to ensure you are not overloading circuits. 
  • Lighting fixtures should be used properly – Having a bulb installed that goes over the wattage recommendation could lead to fire hazards.
  • Misuse of extension cords – Certain household appliances like dryers and refrigerators must be plugged into an outlet directly and not via an extension cord.

If you do suffer from damage after an electrical fire in your home, our SERVPRO crew gets to the heart of the issue for total cleanup and restoration. With our proven cleaning, controlled demolition, and attention to soot and smoke odors, we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 when you need skilled hands on deck for fire damage cleanup. There is no electrical fire too big or too small for our IICRC-certified crew.

Milton Residents Know to Call SERVPRO When They Require Powerful Methods to Handle Fire Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO vehicle outside Fallsburg police department. Fire and soot damage is very hard and unhealthy to get rid yourself. Call the pros at SERVPRO so their IICRC technicians can restore your home.

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties has the Manpower and Technology to Lessen Loss from Fire Damage

As a census-designated place and hamlet within Ulster County, New York, Milton is an area that has a population of 1,403 at the time that the 2010 U.S. Census was taken. Named after the famous English poet John Milton, you will find this hamlet situated right at the northeastern portion of Marlborough's town. 

People living within the town of Milton gives a sparse suburban vibe and an overwhelming sense of community. There are many beautiful natural parks in the area, and many residents are young families and professionals. When it comes to academics, the public schools within Milton are said to be above average.

Plenty of History to Reflect Upon in Milton, New York

In 1708, Milton's town and a significant portion of Saratoga County were wrapped up in the Kayaderosseras Patent. This was granted to the attorney general of New York, Samson S. Broughton, and 12 of his English associates. Before this, all land here was part and parcel of Albany County, which had been established back in the middle of the 1600s. Fast-forward to 1792, Charlton, Galway, and Milton towns were established from parcels of Ballston. Milton's town was fully established on March 7, 1792, by an Act of New York State Legislature. Other divisions of land throughout Saratoga County in 1828 made the towns as they are today.

Within the first portion of the 20th Century, mills in the area were beginning to move or close down for various reasons. Operations of the PP & J electric railway also had to close down operations in 1928. What saved employment in the area is that truck and auto production was still advancing, which lead to the development and improvement of Milton highways and roads. 

During the end of the 1900s, both moderate-size retail and residential development took place. Many residents commute for employment reasons all through the Capital District, which also includes various educational institutions, businesses, and government agencies. For many local Milton residents, the Saratoga County offices for local government remain a significant employer.  

Signature Experiences, Places to Wander, and Memories to be Made Throughout Milton, NY

There are plenty of charming stops along the way when you want to enjoy a few sights and local attractions. Whether you are looking for great outdoor activities or historical sites, there is no shortage of things to see and do in and around Milton, New York. Some of the top attractions in the region include:

Milton-On-Hudson Station - Although this is a disused train station along the Hudson River, this destination on Dock Road was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) 2007, and it is a great place to stop and look around. Passenger service stopped back in 1959, but you can still view the unique rectangular frame of the structure built in the late 19th Century for the West Shore Railroad. 

Milton Landing Park - This is a beautiful park located along the Hudson River where you can go for a walk along trails or bring your dog to the designated dog park within. When the weather is nice, you will find some grills and picnic tables. There is also a lovely boat landing and dock that you can use for fishing and more. Many people like to bring their canoes and kayaks to the water to go out for a little recreation and relaxation.

Enjoy a Meal or Drinks with Friends When You Visit Milton, NY, and the Surrounding Area

In addition to beautiful landscaping and exciting points to visit, there is no doubt plenty of great establishments where you can dine and have a beverage. Some choice locations in Milton include:

The Ship Lantern Inn – Known for incredible dishes and unique ambiance, the Ship Lantern Inn on Route 9W is a popular stop for locals and travelers alike. Perfect for business meetings, large groups, a romantic dinner out, or a special occasion, you will fish everything from artisan salads and seafood dishes to vegan specialties and more. There is also a patio offering outdoor dining when the weather is just right to make it a memorable sensory experience all the way around.

Frida's Bakery & Café – What would a town be without a quaint little place that you can visit for a cup of coffee and a delicious pastry? Frida's Bakery & Café is located on Main Street and open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rated number one for desserts in Milton, you can either come in to sample the goods or bring something home with you. Popular options on the menu include colossal cinnamon buns, cupcakes, pies, cookies, and tarts. You can even call ahead and order for a special occasion to have something customized to your liking.

When Fire Hits Your Milton Home, You Need Prompt Attention to Lessen the Impact – SERVPRO is Available 24/7 for Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire not only rips through the contents of your home, but you may also have soot and smoke that finds its way throughout your HVAC system. SERVPRO knows how to locate and address all areas where soot deposits land, including your ductwork. Whenever you have a fire within your Milton property., you can trust that our IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) have the skills and experience to bring your home back to preloss condition.

If you have fire damage in Milton, there are some initial steps that you can take until we arrive:

  • Shut off your HVAC system to keep the smoke residue from spreading
  • Close off any doors to the fire zone if you can do so safely
  • Limit movement throughout your home to keep tracking of soot and debris into unaffected areas

Different types of soot present after a fire call for unique cleaning methods. At SERVPRO, we handle wet smoke, protein smoke, dry residue, and more. Call us at SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties at (845) 791-7647 when you need assistance with fire damage restoration. We are available 24/7 for emergency service, and we are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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. 

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.

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

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

building burned We're always ready to help!

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.

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

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home You can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced Technicians at SERVPRO.

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 Can I Remove the Smell of Fire from My Home?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

fire on floor Don't let a fire ruin your Milton home. Call the pros in SERVPRO to mitigate your fire issues.

When the Smell of Smoke Lingers in Your Milton Home, Call SERVPRO for Help

Not all fires are catastrophic, but that doesn't prevent them from leaving their trace in your home. Even a small kitchen fire in your Milton home can release enough smoke to trigger your smoke alarms and penetrate your clothing and upholstered furniture. Rather than mask the smell of smoke yourself, let a professional crew eliminate it.

Fire odor removal in Milton is a job for our SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians (FRST.) Our team is up-to-date with the latest industry technology to apply the most efficient techniques and restore your home. Aside from removing soot and containing the damage, when you call our 24/7 hotline, you find an experienced team to guide you through the restoration process.

What are the steps to eliminate the smell of smoke?

Our SERVPRO staff understands the theory of fire and knows that malodor removal requires a specific set of actions to remove it effectively. Initially, all charred debris and contents must be removed from the site of the fire.

  • First, we concentrate on odor containment by spraying an EPA-approved chemical deodorizer to stop further release of the smell into the air.
  • Second, we counteract the existing smell molecules by neutralizing them.
  • Third, fogging allows us to spray deodorizing solutions on all surfaces of your home.

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties can leave your home smelling fresh again. Call us at (845) 791-7647 and let us work for you. With our help, we can leave your home "Like it never even happened."

What Does a Fire Restoration Company Do?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

the beginnings of an electrical fire Call SERVPRO in Monticello to remedy your fire and controlled demolition in your home.

A Professional Fire Restoration Technician Can Address All Aspects of a Fire in Your Monticello Home

Accidents happen, and your home in Monticello may be the victim of a fire. The steps you take following the incident make a difference in the extent of repairs necessary to restore your home. Reputable fire restoration companies help you assess the damage and take targeted action to clean up debris and eliminate undesirable consequences.

Fire damage in Monticello is meant for our fire restoration technicians at SERVPRO. Our team is available around the clock to respond to your emergency and jump into action. Rather than letting the situation overwhelm you, let us inspect the damage and begin the water extraction and soot removal process.

What are the first steps in fire restoration?

Safety is the primary concern when entering your home. Once it is safe, our SERVPRO team takes stock of your home and begins extracting water left behind by firefighters, all while protecting any unaffected areas of your home. In terms of removing traces of smoke and fire, our team applies several cleanup techniques, namely-

  • Using dry cleaning solvents
  • Blast cleaning with soda
  • Vacuuming

Our industrial-grade equipment and cleaning solutions help us achieve results elusive to the average consumer. Furthermore, our targeted approach protects your belongings from additional damage due to abrasive cleaning solutions. It starts with an inspection and assessment, works through charred debris removal along with any controlled demolition, to the finale. A happy Customer!

SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties is ready to help. Call us at (845) 791-7647 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

How Should I Clean Soiled Surfaces After a Fire?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

soot and fire damage Don't worry about the fire and soot damage from your Milton fire. Call SERVPRO to use their expert techniques to fix the problem.

Our SERVPRO team can help with abrasive cleaning approaches to remove soot and residues from damaged surfaces in your Milton home. 

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident is not a situation that most Milton homeowners are asked to handle on their own. Because of our experience in this arena, our SERVPRO professionals can help with practical solutions for removing soiling, debris, and residues. 

While fire damage in Milton homes can come in many different forms, removing a buildup of residues or soot from the house can make the work area less hazardous and better protected from continued damages. Cleaning off a wall, floor, or contents involves the several strategies from scrubbing down the painted surfaces to vacuuming loose debris and soot from surfaces. Our technicians have the tools and expertise to help.

What Abrasive Cleaning Approaches Work Best? 

Abrasive cleaning might not work on all surfaces, but there is a good chance that with the right circumstances, several of these approaches can be instrumental in restoring your fire-damaged home. These include:

  • Vacuuming
  • Brushing
  • Steel Wool
  • Soda Blasting

Cleaning up after soot and other residues can be a challenge for even our experienced SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team. With our fast response and expertise, however, we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (845) 791-7647.

After a Fire, how much of My Home is Restorable?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire and soot damage on ceiling Don't fret over the house fire. Call SERVPRO of Monicello to remedy your problem.

Have SERVPRO Make that Determination for your Monticello Home

Disaster can strike any home in Monticello. Fire damage can be some of the most difficult to remove since it involves both physical destruction and removing multiple types of smoke and soot residues.

What does your service fix first?

That depends on the fire in your Monticello home. In most residential fires, there is primarily residue damage, so SERVPRO Restoration Technicians start with cleaning.

If your carpets are restorable, we cover them to avoid further residue contamination. Technicians then start washing or wiping down the ceilings, walls, and surfaces of the affected property. Each Restoration Team has access to a nationwide inventory of cleaning agents designed for every type of residue and the surface it covers. This specialization serves to remove the residue completely without additional damage to both structural and personal property like paneling and sofas. 

Will my insurance cover your work?

Every major insurance agency has a list of property items they prefer to replace or restore. Our teams coordinate with each one to make certain our actions meet their requirements to keep your cost to a minimum. Though we are not insurance agents, we work with the involved parties to simplify the claim process and expedite the cleanup and restoration.

Even if it was only a minor fire, call SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties today at (845) 791-7647. We are here for you.

What Happens to My Belongings When Restoration Starts on My Milton House?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home You can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

We Take Care of Your Fire-Damaged Contents and Belongings with On-site and Off-Site Recovery Solutions. 

Fires can be destructive to your possessions but do not always cause irreparable harm immediately. Prolonged exposures to lingering effects can ruin your belongings, and that is why our SERVPRO team works quickly to protect these items with on-site and off-site recovery solutions.

Content management is one of the vital elements to recovering fire damage in Milton homes. Disasters can engulf entire rooms or regions of the house, so identifying the effect on each item ensures that the appropriate steps get taken to make losses “Like it never even happened.”

What Can Be Done in My House to Protect My Belongings? 

After a fire loss incident, our professionals take to the intricate evaluation of affected materials and contents to determine what steps must get taken to restore them. Protecting your belongings is more than saving you money but ensuring that your return to your house is as welcoming as it was before the fire. There are three primary areas of focus, including:

  • Surface Cleaning  

Soot and other residues can mar the surface of your belongings and furniture. Through on-site wipe cleaning with solvents to off-site submersion cleaning in our ultrasonic tanks, we can remove surface residues to restore the appearance of your possessions.

  • Content Drying 

Extinguishing can lead to water damage to contents inside of the house in these affected areas. Drying, both on and off-site, can help to prevent secondary effects like deterioration or mold growth.

  • Deodorization

Odors can be one of the most troublesome hurdles for our technicians to overcome, as many scents can become embedded in the materials themselves. Gaseous deodorization produced by ozone generators or thermal foggers can help.

How damaged contents in your home get recovered is not a one-size-fits-all situation. We have skilled technicians that can help to make real-time restoration decisions for your possessions after a destructive fire. Give our SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties team a call today at (845) 791-7647.

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SERVPRO Offers Premier Fire and Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration for Our Ellenville Customers

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

view of two-story fire-damaged house, charred window areas SERVPRO Can Secure and Restore Your Ellenville Home after a Structural Fire

What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Recovery in Ellenville

A household fire causes fear and chaos for Ellenville residents, and the aftermath poses many questions about how best to manage the cleanup. The soiling created by the flames, heat, and smoke is unlike the dirt and grime of daily living and does not respond in expected ways to conventional cleaning techniques. Our trained and experienced team of managers and technicians use effective methods, products, and equipment to achieve a successful recovery from the harm the fire wrought.

Contaminated Water Removal

When fire damages an Ellenville home, substantial quantities of water and chemicals from firefighting activity need management. The water presents a significant safety concern, exposing occupants and technicians to hazards, including slip and fall, possible electrocution, and the spread of now water-borne toxins from the fire debris and residues. We evaluate the residual water as Category 3, the most contaminated, and employ safeguards to isolate the space and shield workers as we extract and dry out the space. Options include using 6 mil polyethylene to build a containment barrier and employing air scrubbing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent drift, human exposure to hazardous materials, and tracking of contaminants into unaffected areas of your home.

Toxic Fire Residue Cleanup

As a fire burns materials in your home, volatile gasses and hazardous particulates fill the air as smoke and then settle as soot. Inhaling or touching the residues can prove injurious to health, so SERVPRO crews continue wearing their PPE, and we recommend you and your family stay out of the work area. Our technicians match the various types of soots to cleaning products and techniques that offer effective results according to ongoing industry research into fire cleanup. Expect that we switch strategies according to the soiling presented, as one fire can result in dry, wet, and protein-based soot.


Even after our best cleanup efforts, the lingering stench of the burned materials continues the nightmare for you and your family. SERVPRO deodorization experts follow a multi-step protocol to remove malodors as part of our fire damage cleanup. If debris removal and deep cleaning prove ineffective, we have innovative equipment like hydroxyl generators and ozone machines that neutralize the odor-bearing particles through changes at the molecular level.

The team at SERVPRO of Sullivan and South Ulster Counties awaits your call 24/7 to (845) 791-7647. Let us show you what our training, experience, and equipment can do to restore your home after fire damage.

Steps to Take After a House Fire

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & So. Ulster Counties.

A house fire is traumatic event that can certainly leave you with a mix of emotions. You’ll be nervous, worried, scared, upset, wondering what to do next, and just how to do it.  First things first…take a deep breath, try to relax, and know that everything will be more than fine. Ultimately you need to make sure that your family is safe and sound. Once you can confirm that, then you can tackle the recovery process of your home and belongings.

We’ve compiled a list of five things that you should do and be aware of after a fire.  This way, you can approach the rebuilding of your home in a cool, calm, and collected manner!

(1) Review with the authorities and the professionals as to when it is safe to enter the home after the fire.  The fire department will make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and then will go through their precautionary measures in order to deem the area ‘safe’.

(2) Know who to contact. First, contact any family members to let them know of the occurrence and the fact that you are safe. Review, and then contact your insurance company. A clean-up team, such as SERVPRO should also be one of the first calls made.  We can efficiently and professionally get you back into your home – it will be as if nothing happened!

(3) Get the fire report. Typically coming to you from the fire department, this correspondence will review the facts of the fire – the home structure, the area of the fire, as well as the time and date. In some cities and towns, you may need to call the fire department directly in order to get a copy of this report.

(4) Make sure to secure your property.  If you are not securing the property, you could potentially be making a bad situation into a terrible one – your home could be robbed of its remaining property, or, in some cases, another individual could be injured on the property (becoming your responsibility). You can ask the authorities and emergency services on the best methods in securing what is yours.

(5) Begin the clean-up process. Interior and exterior clean-up will most certainly be required, and more often than not there is damage that you cannot locate with the naked eye.  That said, you should definitely hire a professional service like SERVPRO to do all the thorough cleaning of all areas and of all soot, smoke, and odor.

Eliminating Heating Hazards This Winter

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives.

The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire. 

-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 

-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 

-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. 

-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement. 

- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 

-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button. 

-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away. 

-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Fire Damage Mitigation in Orange County

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke can travel into many areas of the home or business leaving behind an unpleasant odor.

SERVPRO Uses Deodorization Methods to Rid Your Home or Business of Foul Odors

Sometimes after a fire ignites inside your Orange County home or business, there are more problems that get created than just burnt materials and contents. Smoke created by a blaze often travels to many areas inside the house. Smoke leaves behind soot residues and pungent, burnt odors.

After any severely burnt materials and contents get replaced, all of the soot residues inside the building get cleaned. SERVPRO’S fire damage technicians use specialized chemicals when cleaning that help eliminate foul odors. If unpleasant aromas still exist, then a final deodorization stage takes place.

When deodorizing an area, specific chemicals get used for different situations. Various odors exist based on what materials get burned during the blaze. Some deodorization techniques use chemicals that bond and react with the foul odor particles and neutralize them. Other deodorants mask unpleasant smells with more appealing odors.

To start, we apply deodorants to the air and affected surfaces. Many times deodorization gets accomplished by using hand pumps or electric powered sprayers. In more extreme cases, advanced equipment gets used during the deodorization process.

If our SERVPRO restoration experts believe that spraying chemicals does not complete the job efficiently, then other equipment gets used to create the original environment that caused the burnt odors to exist in the first place. During a fire, combustion causes smoke particles to become microscopic and penetrate many different materials. We use specialized equipment to break down chemicals so that they penetrate materials in the same way that foul odor particles did.

One way to mimic smoke behavior is with a Vaportek system. A Vaportek deodorization system consists of a compound of natural oils sealed by a membrane. The compounds then volatilize into the air and pass through the plastic membrane. Then, air currents distribute the chemicals into the air which react with and neutralize odor molecules upon contact.

Other ways to dispense deodorants into the building in the same way smoke entered, is to use fogging methods. When using a fogging system, deodorizing products get dispensed as finely divided particles in a mist. Depending on the situation we use either a wet fogging or dry fogging system to disperse deodorants into the air.

After an advanced deodorization system gets used inside your home or business, we often use powerful box fans to ventilate the area, so that dense chemicals do not exist in the air. For professional assistance with smoke deodorization call SERVPRO of Orange County any time of the day or night.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Orange County, NY

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Restaurant kitchen fire

If you have a commercial building in that has been damaged by fire, it can be hard to know what to do once the fire has been put out. Not only will the premises be damaged by the fire, but the property may also have suffered water damage from the firefighting team and or sprinkler systems efforts to stop the fire. Other damage to your property may include:

  • Discoloration of surfaces
  • Corrosion (particularly of porous material)
  • Soot damage
  • Smoke damage
  • Structural weakness or damage

Can I clean the property myself?

Firstly if you must enter the premises ensure that you know it is safe to enter but do not be tempted to try and start cleaning the property yourself. Not only could this be hazardous to you, without specialist equipment and materials you could end up causing more damage which can add to the restoration costs further down the line. If at all possible try to limit the amount of movement within the premises to ensure the minimum amount of soot and ash being entrenched in soft furnishings and carpets which may render them unsalvageable.

The best thing to do is to call our specially trained team who will ask you a few questions to ascertain the extent of your damage and find the best solution to restore your fire-damaged premises. We will then send our expert team of fire damage restorers out to inspect the fire damage and carry out an in-depth assessment. From this, we will decide the best plan of action to restore your premises.

What do Commercial Fire Damage Restoration companies do?

Whether your business is in Orange, Sullivan or So. Ulster Counties, fire damage is devastating and can cause extensive damage to windows, walls, and roofs. This means that it is imperative that your property is properly protected from the elements while the work is taking place.  SERVPRO will make sure that all openings to the outside are boarded and covered up as well as covering any holes in the roof of your premises.

If your premises is also water damaged, the SERVPRO of Orange County will use their specialized equipment to remove all water and moisture from your property using a combination of pumps and dehumidifying units to rid the premises of water before secondary water damage causes further issues.

Once we are sure that there is an acceptable moisture level in the property.  SERVPRO of Orange County will get to work removing the damage to the surfaces of the property removing all soot and smoke damage. Once this is completed, we can then clean and sanitize all recoverable items to pre-fire damaged conditions where possible using both wet and dry-cleaning methods and give advice where an item is beyond repair. During this process SERVPRO of Orange County will use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any lingering odors caused by the fire. If we can save and restore an item, we will, which will save you paying for costly replacements.

Finally, we will start the full restoration process of your commercial premises involving minor repair, which can include replacing damaged drywall, painting and replacing carpet or flooring and also major repair works such as repairing damaged walls and roofs.

Don't let your electrical system cause a fire

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical fire in a diner cause by a faulty electrical wire

Most of us have grown up using electricity just about every day of our lives. Whether it is plugging in a toaster, watching TV, or even charging a laptop or phone, we’re surrounded by it. Electricity is essential, but can be a huge hazard to us if not used and maintained properly. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (, home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage. 65% of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke detectors. ESFI gave a list of some electrical fire safety tips to keep you and your family informed on the proper electrical safety precautions.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors installed on every floor of the building, inside each room and right outside of every sleeping area to ensure that the alarms can be heard even when sleeping.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly to make sure that they’re working properly and have working batteries.
  • Have your electrical system inspected by a certified professional to make sure that all of the electrical work meets the National Electric Code safety standards.
  • Look and listen for signs of electrical problems such as, flickering or dim lights, buzzing or sizzling sounds from electrical outlets, or insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If any of these or any other electrical problems are found, contact a professional as soon as possible for the issue to be inspected.
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics. Consider having more outlets or circuits installed by a professional.
  • In homes with children, install tamper resistant devices to keep children from getting electrical shocks or burns.
  • Create an evacuation plan that can be used in the event of a fire.

Your home or business just had a fire - now what?

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire does not discriminate - it can happen to anyone

The first 24 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.  

Under normal circumstances, within one hour from notice of a loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange a service.  Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on site to begin mitigation services.  Finally, within eight business hours, a verbal job briefing will be communicated to the appropriate person.  

Until a trained professional arrives, there are several things you can do to lessen long term damage.

  • Limit movement in the home or business to prevent further damage.

  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

  • If electricity is off, empty refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.

  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water.  

SERVPRO of Sullivan County professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property and belongings are restored to preloss condition when possible.

Shed Fire

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Outdoor shed fire that caused damage to another shed on the property as well.

Outdoor fire damage can sometimes happen very unexpected. When we arrived onsite and met with this insured, he was very upset about his shed burning to the ground because of all the memories he kept safe in the shed. SERVPRO is the company to call when you want someone to help walk you through the process. It is not always an easy situation to go through belongings that have burned and will not be able to be saved. 

SERVPRO not only cleans up debris and homes but we can also clean up outside debris from a fire. The steps that will be taken at this home are to inventory what we can, dispose of the items that are non-salvageable and try to clean the items that we can save. Unfortunately this is not always how it works. Sometimes there is nothing to save. 

We are a team that is there to help during any size disaster. Call SERVPRO, we are always here to help. 

Ways You Can Prevent Fires in Orange County Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean out the lint hose often.

Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

It is no surprise to most people that having a Orange County fire within the home is incredibly damaging to anything in its path. What you probably may not realize is that, most times, fires can easily be prevented from starting in the first place. Your household dryer is a great example of this since many homeowners deal with dryer related fires all the time and the usual culprit would be a completely clogged dryer vent. In this particular case, the fire can be prevented if you maintain your dryer well throughout the year and ensure that its vent is kept clean and clear of buildup.

There are over 15,000 calls to local fire departments every single year for home-related New York fires and smoke issues. The unfortunate part is that a lot of these fires are caused by clogged dryer vents within the home. Some of these fires are very minimal, but others have been incredibly damaging when not caught in time.

To understand how these types of New York fires start within the home, you may want to know more about how dryers work. Some homeowners who are new to appliances and home maintenance may not even know that their dryer needs to be maintained. The way that dryers work is by creating hot air in the drum itself, and this is the hot air that is going to dry up your clothing. You probably know of the small lint trap on the front of your dryer when you open its door, but excess lint passes through this filter and goes through the dryer vent. The dryer vent is often located on the outside of your home so that the hot air can be released outside. Because dryers get so hot, this hot air that is being pushed out of the dryer vent to the outside world can heat up any lint that has built up in that area and start a fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can cause tons of damage to a person's home.

The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean out the lint hose often. This is recommended to anyone who happens to own a dryer. There are special tools and services that can help to get this particular vent cleaned for you.

According to the experts at SERVPRO, they offer some of the best tips for watching out for some of the obvious warning signs that your dryer is clogged and may result in fire at some point in the near future: 1. If it takes longer than about 45 minutes to dry your clothing, it could be a sign that the dryer vent is clogged. 2. Your clothes are roasting hot to the touch after they have gone through a dry cycle. 3. The flapper on the dryer's vent may not open entirely when the appliance is actually on.

Preventing a Fire with Your Dryer 1. You should clean the vent of your dryer at least twice each year. 2. Make sure to clean out the lint trap inside of the dryer thoroughly before each cycle. 3. For those individuals who are noticing any of the above-mentioned warning signs, make sure to contact a professional company to have the appliance repaired and cleaned.

For those homeowners who were not so lucky as to catch the warning signs in time, fire damage can be a daunting thing to clean up on your own. This is where the professionals of SERVPRO come in handy, and they can work diligently on your home's fire restoration when it is most convenient for you. Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of fire damage so that the issue can be addressed immediately.

For Orange County, A Fire Damage Restoration Guide

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Guide for an Orange County Home

As many homeowners know, fire damage to an Orange County home can produce extensive trauma on the part of the property owner. However, knowing what steps to take following this type of disaster, caused by nature or human error, can help you minimize emotional distress. You will also be better prepared to mitigate structural damage to your home by being clear-headed. Learn more about what steps you should take after your home has been affected by a fire, refer to this quick reference guide:

There are several steps you need to implement once fire damage has become a reality. 

  1. Determine Where You Will Stay. 

Once a fire has occurred, it's important that you first determine whether it is safe to reenter your home. This decision to possibly reenter your Orange County house is reserved for minor fires, not flaming infernos. In the event that there are still signs of smoke, fire, or structural damage, you should never attempt to enter the premises. In this case, it may be necessary for you to stay with a family member or in a hotel. Determining where you'll stay is not the first step to take during the process of returning your life to a state of normalcy, but it can provide an anchor. In addition to determining where you'll stay if you cannot reenter your property, it's important for you to call your loved ones and friends. Provide them with a basic overview of the situation and they may be able to help you with shelter and advice.

  1. Call The Professionals. 

After you've determined where you'll stay, be sure to contact your insurance company and then a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO. These experts will begin assessing the situation, determining a course of action, and then begin the cleanup, repair and if need be, the restoration of your property's structure. The clean-up process will involve the elimination of smoke and fire damage in addition to water removal. The water extraction procedure is of the utmost importance for lessening damage to furnishings, walls, and floors, and for stifling the growth of mold. A SERVPRO representative will also offer to communicate and coordinate the entire process with your insurance adjuster.

Dealing with your fire-damaged home in Orange County can be taxing and tiring, however, it doesn't need to be overwhelming. As a team of professionals with extensive experience in the smoke and fire damage restoration field, SERVPRO's skilled technicians can provide you with the detailed, results-driven services you need to restore your property to like the fire never happened.






Does Your Home Have a Fire Escape Plan?

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Every household or commercial business should develop a plan in case of an emergency fire.

Planning a Fire Escape Basics

  • There should be two ways to get out of every room, and all members of your household should be aware of them.
  • Add escape ladders to areas or homes above the second floor, especially sleeping areas. Train household members in how to use them and store them near windows.
  • Practice home fire drills periodically (at least twice a year) so that everyone knows how to do one in less than two minutes. The objective of a fire drill is to practice, not to frighten, so a planned drill can be just as effective.
  • Teach younger family members the stop, drop, and roll method for dealing with clothes that have caught fire.
  • Make special arrangements in your plan for infants or anyone with a disability. Assign someone to assist disabled family members in case of an emergency.
  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside of every sleeping area of your home.
  • Find an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance away from your home that everyone can reach after an escape. Make sure everyone is aware of its location.
  • Always choose the safest escape route, meaning the one with least amount of smoke and heat. Practice getting low and traveling beneath smoke when you perform a fire drill.
  • Close doors on the way out during a fire to slow it down and give you more time to safely escape. In situations where fire prevents you from leaving the home, you should practice “sealing yourself in for safety” as part of your fire escape plan. Put as many doors between you and the fire as possible, and cover air vents to prevent smoke from reaching you. Open windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in.
  • Under no circumstances should you ever go back inside a burning building. Do not try to retrieve belongings. If someone is still inside, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Only a trained firefighter has the skills and equipment needed to perform a rescue.

The Different Types of Smoke

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

A fire loss can result in complex damages because of the unique behavior of smoke. A trained professional should survey the loss.

Your local SERVPRO of Orange County knows smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our knowledge of building systems helps us investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. 

Here are some facts you may not know about smoke:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

The Different Types of Smoke:

There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, a SERVPRO of Orange County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood
Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue

Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs

While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Orange County can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue

Special loss situations require special care.  SERVPRO of Orange County are trained to handle even the toughest losses.

Six Classes of Fire Damage

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is known for their professionalism, expertise and timely responses to all fire damage needs.

The Six Classes of Fire Damage: Your Quick Reference Guide

Although no one wants to experience a fire in their office or home, you never know when this unwanted disaster could transpire. Whether the disaster transpires because of a brush fire or bad electrical wiring, your property could suffer a wide range of adverse, inconveniencing outcomes. There are six classes of South Ulster County fire damage  that your property can be subjected to. Learn more about these classes by reviewing the quick reference guide that appears below:

Six Classes of Fire Damage

1. Class A

This type of fire damage results from combustible items in your household such as rubber, plastics, paper, and wood.

2. Class B

Class B damages pertain to damage that results from liquids. It can also include solid items that became liquefied. Examples include paints, waxes, petrol, and gasoline. This class of South Ulster County fire damage does not include deterioration resulting from cooking liquids such as corn oil.

3. Class C

This type of fire damage results from flammable gasses. Some flammable gasses include hydrogen, methane, acetylene, and propane.

4. Class D

This kind of fire damage in South Ulster County results from combustible metals. Some of them include magnesium, potassium, and titanium. This class is not common given that metals typically direct heat away from the fire.

5. Class E

Class E is a fire damage category that includes electrical equipment while also incorporating the materials from categories A and B. In addition to generating distinct types of damage, this class of fire damage makes it much more challenging to fight the fire.

6. Class F

Class F fire damage results from unsaturated cooking materials such as fats and oils.

Finding The Right Fire Damage Restoration Company

Irrespective of the category of fire damage that surfaces on your property, it is important for you to attain high-quality restoration services as soon as possible. To ensure that you attain the cutting edge, customized fire damage restoration services that you need and deserve, make sure the company you select possesses all of the following attributes:

• A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating

• IICRC-certified technicians

• Excellent customer service

• Good online reviews

When you find that your company has been impacted by fire damage, don't wait. Instead, accelerate and optimize the recovery process by obtaining the best restoration services on the block. As a company with more than 30 years of industry experience, the professionals of SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties have built a strong reputation for consistently offering clients the excellent, expedient fire damage restoration services they deserve.

The Fire Is Put Out...Now What?

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties will make the damage to your house seem “Like it never even happened.”

You’ve called 911 and the firefighters have come put out the fire in your home.  While the immediate danger has passed, the fire will continue to damage the home if professionals are not called in.  

Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors.  

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, just minutes after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property.  Discoloration of porous materials is permanent but other surfaces can be cleaned to remove the damage.  If not treated quickly, acidic soot begins staining other surfaces.  

Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage.  Wooden furniture may require refinishing, metal begins to rust, pit and corrode and painted walls begin to yellow.  In addition, some clothing can be permanently stained and your flooring could end up requiring you to refinish or replace it.  

If left untreated, within weeks the restoration process will take longer and cost you more.  The prolonged soot exposure can ruin some of your belongings and is also not good for you and your family’s health.

If a professional isn’t hired to clean smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will skyrocket after a few weeks. Smoke and soot removal is not a job you should do by yourself.

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan and S.Ulster Counties is here to help you with all of your fire damage needs.  Our trained professionals are available 24/7 and have the cleaning and restoration experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

For more information on our fire restoration services, click here or call us at 845-342-3333

Fireworks Safety Tips

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

In order to really enjoy fireworks, you have to be safe.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 230 people will go to the emergency per day in the month around the July 4th holiday.  The body parts among the most frequently injured are hands and fingers, the eyes, head, face and ears.  More than 50% of firework injuries were burns.

In order to ensure that your family has a safe summer filled with firework fun, SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is here to provide you with some firework safety tips from the National Council of Firework Safety:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the fireworks you are using.
  • Never give fireworks to children.
  • Do not drink while handling or watching fireworks.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

To read more about firework safety, visit the National Council on Firework Safety’s Website at  To find out specific information regarding fireworks in New York State click here.

Was your home damaged due  to a fireworks mishap?

SERVPRO of Orange, Sullivan & S.Ulster Counties is available 24/7 for all of your fire damage needs.  Just give us a call at 845-342-3333 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”