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Tree Damage

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

The care and upkeep of the trees on your property is important to prevent property damage to your home or business. The initial spring clean up has been done for a few weeks now and taking a second look with a focus on the trees of your property is a good idea.

  • Look for broken or damaged tree limbs
  • Check to see that there is leaf growth on the branches
  • Does the tree look sturdy, is the tree leaning ?
  • Are there any hollow areas of the tree showing?

 If the trees on your property exhibiting multiple symptoms from the above list, calling in an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, to inspect affected trees is recommended. The certified arborist can inform you of the exact nature of your trees issue and help determine a plan of action. Whether it is removing affected branches or the entire tree , an arborist will know what plan of action to take.

 In case a tree does fall on your property and damages your home or business call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle 24/7 . We will be able to extract any water that may have gotten into your home or business after the tree fall and we also offer boarding up and tarping services to cover any holes created by the fall. Boarding up and tarping your property will ensure that no outside weather affects the interior of your home or business and act as a deterrent to people not authorized to enter the property.

Tornado safety

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Here in Harrison, NY where our office and shop is located, we have seen some severe storm warnings as well as tornado watches. South of us in Pennsylvania tornadoes have touched down in some areas creating major damage but luckily no loss of life. Are you prepared for a tornado? What do you do if you find out one is coming?

This day and age we are constantly connected to information worldwide, there will be an emergency alert from weather channels alerting us to incoming severe weather and possibly tornadoes. If the watch turns to a warning than that means a tornado has been spotted on the ground and you should:

  • Seek shelter immediately in a structure that is well-built.
  • Go to a basement or room central to the building ,preferably with no windows.
  • If you have to use the bathroom as a safe room , get into the tub and cover yourself with a mattress.
  • Avoid windows, outside walls and doors. Flying glass,collapsing walls and doors turning into flying projectiles can all cause serious bodily harm and even death.
  • If you are stuck outside on a road or highway, do NOT seek safety under an overpass. The overpass actually creates a wind tunnel with the churning debris and air increasing in speed and velocity as it moves under and around the overpass. Find a low lying area and lay flat covering your face and head.
  • If you are stuck in your vehicle, leave it running that way the airbags will deploy if necessary and buckle up. Tornadoes are fast and it is not advised to try and outrun one.

After the tornado has passed , assess the damage and call us. We serve White Plains, New Rochelle, Harrison, Rye, Rye Brook, Purchase, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Port Chester and Pelham. SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle has boarding up services, water extraction, pack-out services, fire and smoke clean up. We will work with your insurance company to ensure your home is returned to its pre storm state. “Like it never even happened.”

Memorial Day Weekend

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

 The Memorial Day holiday weekend is here and many local businesses will have Memorial Day sales this weekend and with people traveling, the influx of customers patronizing businesses could increase significantly. With the increase of customers patronizing establishments this weekend there is an increased chance of a water event whether it is increased use of the restroom facilities at rest stops or the increase water usage at local restaurants. The rise in  water usage can contribute to a water event that could threaten to affect business on this very busy holiday weekend.

  We have a proven track record of working in the community since 1996 to help you and your business get back on your feet as soon as possible to limit any more loss of revenue. SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle is available 24 hours a day for your emergency water mitigation needs. We have staff on call around the clock since predicting a water event is impossible. That is why we stay ready and prepared for anything that may come our way.

 Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we thank the military service members who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we have today.   

Thunder and lighting precautions

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

 According to the weather.gov website,lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year and kills an average of 47 people each year. Do you know some of the suggested safety measures to take in the event of lightning? What structures are safe to seek shelter ? What measures can you take to ensure your safety, your family's safety and even your pets? Here are some safety suggestions and guidelines to follow:

  • Do not use phones that are attached by cords, cell phones are safe alternatives.
  • Do not touch T.V`s ,computers or cords but you can use remote controls correctly.
  • Do not shower, wash your hands or do dishes. Avoid plumbing.
  • Do not lean on exterior doors or windows that might have metal components that connect the outside to the inside .
  • Do not use your balcony, carport, open garage areas ,porches and avoid lying on concrete flooring or leaning against concrete walls
  • Do not leave your dog outside in it`s dog house, a dog house is not safe shelter and if the doghouse is chained to a tree, there is even a higher risk to your pet. BRING YOUR PETS INSIDE DURING A SEVERE STORM.
  • Do not unplug your equipment during a storm. Typical surge protectors will not protect your equipment from a lightning strike.

 I guess grandma was right when she said get off the phone, do not shower and turn off the television when there would be a thunderstorm. I assumed she was being overprotective but she was right. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we want our community to stay safe and follow precautions. Personal belongings and property can be replaced , lives can not.

Communities along the shore.

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

 SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle serves communities along the Long Island Sound such as Rye, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Larchmont, New Rochelle and Pelham. There is always a threat of flooding in these communities during spring times rainy season , thunderstorms during the summer and hurricane season from June 1st to November 30th

 Flood preparations are vital to help maintain your property and your lives. Before the flood strikes there should  preparations made.

  • Have a plan in place to be able to communicate with family and friends in case of a disaster.
  • Have an emergency kit that contains first aids supplies as well as enough non-perishable foods to sustain you and your family for at least a few days.
  • Be aware if your home is on a floodplain, educate yourself on the route to higher ground in case of flash flooding and know the roads near you that flood faster than the others and plan accordingly
  • Sign up for notifications from local weather stations as well  to be kept informed of weather changes and flood levels.
  • Prepare your home by sandbagging and creating a wall to protect your home as much as possible. Ensure your sump pump is operational and check your home insurance to ensure you have flood coverage. Flood coverage is not normally apart of a regular insurance policy and will need to be added on to cover your home effectively.
  • When notifications start for a flood warning immediately start to pack and make preparations to evacuate. Pack for your pets as well. Do not wait until the last minute.
  • Charge all of your electronics cell phones, and portables radios. Pack back up batteries for your devices as well. You can also get portable solar charging panels for your devices at local outdoor adventure stores.
  • Fill up the gas tank of your vehicles
  • Be ready to leave if you notice your home will definitely flood, do not wait to be told to evacuate. Have a plan in place that includes arrangements to stay somewhere until the waters recede and you are given the o.k. to return by local officials. If you have pets make sure you are able to bring them with you or make arrangements for boarding in a facility that is safe from the flood waters.

The clean up process from flooding can be extensive, time consuming and tiring. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we have years of experience dealing with flooding and natural disasters. Give us a call and we help get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”

Late spring and early summer backyard oasis time!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

 The sun is out and the temperatures are rising, which makes us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle happy. We get to work outside during the work week and enjoy our  backyard patios during the weekend. The upkeep on our backyard spaces can be grueling and expensive at times but the end result is so worth it. An oasis to call our own to enjoy after work and during the weekends.

 During the process of keeping our outdoor spaces in decent shape we maintain the lawn by watering them with sprinklers or move ground to make spaces enjoyable and to our liking. In the process of maintaining or upgrading these spaces, we can leave our homes susceptible to water intrusion. Whether it is from sprinklers placed too close to the home, dirt that has been pulled away from the home to waterproof the foundation, or filling the pool these activities can create a water event in our home by over watering of the yard and the excess water finding its way into the basement, a fast moving thunderstorm drops excessive amounts of water and the foundation is not being protected by the dirt or the pool is overfilled and water runs back into the house. If you do have a water issue this late spring into the summer , we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can continue to enjoy your outdoor space while we take care of your indoor space.

Insure your business

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Insure your business Fire can strike anywhere and leave businesses in ruin. Get proper insurance whether you own or rent.

 A property owner having tenants that are residential or business can be time consuming with the day to day maintenance and upkeep of the property . The time and resources can exponentially increase when there is an emergency situation such as a fire or flood. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we can help . Recently a business owner contacted us about a tenant that had been evicted and left all of their inventory behind. Previous blogs have addressed tenants in residential situations having renters insurance but it is just as important for business/commercial tenants to have their own insurance to cover their inventory.

 A local 2nd hand shop suffered a loss of all of the inventory and place to do business after a neighboring business caught fire and the soot and smoke traveled through to their business. They were unable to do business due to the heavy smoke and soot damage. They had assumed the landlords policy would cover their store and its contents. The landlords policy only covered the structure of the building. Unfortunately the tenant was evicted due to not being able to pay their rent and the landlord was left to clean out all of their inventory that was left behind.

 Our crew is currently cleaning out the space and after 4 large dumpsters being filled to this point, there will be at least 4 more. If this shop owner would of been properly insured their inventory would of been replaced or reimbursed as well as rental assistance until they were able to get their shop back in business.

Asthma and Allergy Month

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

 The month of May has been declared “National Asthma and Allergy Month” since 1984 by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. As the weather warms and plants,flowers and trees begin to bloom they release different types of pollen and the chance of an allergy episode or an asthma attack increases exponentially. The OTC options  and quality of allergy fighting medication has gotten better over the years and with better asthma medications, allergy and asthma symptoms can be controlled. Another important step to take in managing allergies and asthma is environmental, meaning your home.

 An important aspect of taking care of allergies and asthma is home cleanliness. Everyday dust, animal hair and even pest droppings can affect allergies and asthma. Maintaining a clean home is vital to have a healthy breathing environment. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we can help with your cleaning needs. A deep cleaning of your wall to wall carpets and your area rugs will help to decrease dirt and allergen build up in your home. A thorough cleaning of those spots that rarely get attention such as behind large pieces of furniture and corners of barely used rooms need cleaning  attention too.

 Reducing the amount of dirt and allergens in your home will help the asthma and allergy sufferers in your life breathe a lot clearer and focus on the life around them and not the symptoms of their ailments. SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle will help with that deep clean of your  Rye, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, White Plains, Harrison,Purchase, Port Chester or Larchmont home.

May showers are on track to beat April showers.

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

The past few days here in the White Plains, New Rochelle, Rye,Purchase and Harrison areas it has been non stop rain. The month of May is for enjoying the bloom from April`showers but it seems Mother Nature has different plans this year. The steady rain has been falling for days saturating everything.The water table has risen and we don't know what areas will be over saturated and begin flooding soon. Low lying areas will show signs of flooding first but sometimes flooding occurs when we least expect it.

  When a flooding incident or water damage strikes, it is never a planned event. We can make preparations for heavy rain events or take precautions with our homes plumbing but it is impossible to know when water will flood and damage our home or business. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we provide 24/7 emergency response because our decades of experience has shown the unpredictability of these events. We have an emergency response crew on-call after business hours just in case of an emergency. Our on-call hours are everyday of the year including holidays.You can expect an immediate response day or night. We are “ Faster to any disaster.”

Fire Pit Safety

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

 The outdoors are calling as the weather begins to warm up. Lawns are gardens are returning back to their vivid spring colors and neighbors are coming out of hibernation. The sounds of lawn mowers and weed wackers are abundant. The smell of freshly mowed grass and barbq`s permeate the air. Spring is here to awaken all of our senses. With the arrival of spring and heading into summer, more and more people are coming outside to enjoy the fresh air .When night falls, fire pits are being lit to extend the day and conversations with friends and family carry on into the wee hours of the night. Even through conversations with friends and family around the firepit in the backyard are great ways to build memories, remembering fire safety and responsibility will ensure those times continue.  

  1. When lighting your fire pit ,do not use highly flammable ignition sources such as gasoline or lighting fluid. Build a pyramid with three pieces of seasoned wood ( seasoned at least 6 months) stand them end to end like a rooftop and then fill in the gaps with crumpled up newspaper and some small dry kindling sticks.
  2. Make sure your pit is 10-20 ft away from any building, plant ,trees and overhanging branches. Since hot embers can travel, be cautious and keep a bucket of sand, pail of water or working garden hose close by in case an ember goes astray. Having a Class B or C fire extinguisher nearby would be good too.
  3. When extinguishing the fire make sure the fire is completely out , if you purchased a fire pit kit , most manufacturer`s include a safety guide to explain the proper procedure to extinguish the fire in the pit. If you use your garden hose to extinguish the fire , use the wide pray selection to keep from spreading hot embers with a direct, heavy stream of water. Thoroughly drench the fire pit to ensure it is out. If the fire is just hot embers and no flames a decent coating of sand should keep any fires from occurring.A coating of sand and a decent soaking should eliminate the threat of any fire re-igniting.

 These are just a couple of quick tips to ensure you and your family have a great backyard season. Safety first and if a fire does occur that becomes to large please call your local fire company immediately and evacuate the area.