The Mold Removal Process
We here at SERVPRO of White Plains get a lot of calls from people saying they have black mold. Often they are in a panic and want us to come out right away to get rid of the mold. While we are a licensed mold remediation company there are New York State Guidelines we have to follow.
For mold over 10 square feet, a licensed mold assessor is required for mold testing. The assessor will come out to your home and do sample testing. Air samples, swabs on walls, ceilings, etc. Once the test results are back from the lab, the assessor with write up a report. That report will be the remediation protocol that we are required by the State of New York to follow. The mold report and the estimate we give based on this protocol is what we submit to the homeowner and or insurance company if applicable. The report will also tell the homeowner what spore of mold they have found. Many times it is not the dreaded Black Mold, but just mold that is black in color.
After Hurricane Ida came and smacked this area back in September 2021, so many people had never before seen amounts of water in basements. While the water has been pumped out and drywall often replaced, we are still getting calls from people finding mold in their basements. Often the calls start with, we had water in our basement during Ida, and now we are seeing mold. We have been to so man of these jobs and have really given people piece of mind when we explain the whole process and get out there and get the mold remediated.
Don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of White Plains, not only for water and fire, but we are trained, and New York State Certified in Mold Remediation and abatement work.
Hudson River Cleanup
The planning that goes into the RiverKeeper Sweep is started a year in advance. The meetings take place throughout the winter and as the date of May 7th is mentioned often, the ideas of a warm spring day with balmy temperatures in the early 70s conjure up a perfect day for cleaning up the river.
This year, well not so much. We started the day in the early 50s with a cold driving rain and wind gusts from the east.
As we trudged our way down the banks of the mighty Hudson, armed with blue recycle bags, the thought was to pick up some trash and get out of there. That was not at all how it ended up.
We weathered the storm and cleaned up the Pier Pointe Cove of over 45 pounds of recyclable plastic, and 5 huge bags of garbage There were only 3 of us on this miserable day. We were out there for about 3 hours, but in that short time we made a huge difference. The community surprised each other by showing up at the river's edge Sunday morning armed with pickers and their own bags to clean up the rest of the river banks. No one organized it, it just happened. Countless bags of recyclables were picked up and an endless amount of trash. We all learned the value of community pitching in and hope that next year's River Sweep is a huge success. Will keep you posted with volunteer information!
Hudson Riverkeeper Sweep Sat. 5/7/22
This is a 1 day cleanup over 120 shore cleanups along the Mighty Hudson River from New York City to The Adirondack Mountains
Starting Time is typically 8:00 AM.
WHERE: Along the banks of the Hudson River in just about every town, village, city
There are usually more than 2,000 volunteers that come together across hundreds of miles of shoreline in New York City and the Hudson Valley for the 11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. Volunteers will clean up tons of trash, plant healthy vegetation, and remove invasive plant species at more than 120 locations.
Riverkeeper partners with schools, parks, religious communities, paddling groups and scout troops to plan nearly 150 service projects from Staten Island to the Adirondacks. Over 10 years, Sweep volunteers have completed a total of 950 projects and removed 304 tons of debris, including 1,675 tires, and planted or maintained thousands of trees and shrubs. Once-neglected areas have gained year-round stewards, and rivers and creeks are better for it.
Locations and registration links are available at Riverkeeper.org/sweep beginning April 1. Volunteers must register to participate.
Follow #RiverkeeperSweep on social media and follow @Riverkeeper on Instagram.
Please come out and join us to help clean up this majestic river. We have come such a long way with cleaning up and still have a long way to go. It is a great day of fun, community, clean up and such a sense of accomplishment!
April Showers bring May Flowers
We've been hearing this expression forever! Here in the Northeast the April showers part is certainly true. We here at SERVPRO of White Plains, have seen quite a few basements with water, rooms with wet carpets from leaky roofs, and muddy water coming in a first floor window. The one thing that stands out is the older man with the water in the basement. He kept all of his important documents in an old leather briefcase on a shelf in his basement. The problem he had was it was on the bottom shelf. The old worn leather with the zipper that didn't quite close all the way, was no match for the quick rain that flooded his basement. Inside was a mess of wet papers, mud and more wet papers. Insurance documents that had been stored in this case for many years and were his only copies. He shook his head, and told us that he put his important papers in the case and forgot about them. He had bank papers and other documents that were ruined as well. Some, he couldn't recall what they even were.
Lesson learned. Valuable papers no matter what area of the country you live in, should always be kept in water proof bags, and be somewhere that you have easy access to. Insurance information, bank information, prescription info, and emergency contact numbers.
A great piece of advice for anyone
Wet Weather is on the Way
Remember when the weather forecaster said we'd have heavy rains, but nothing to worry about? So do we!
Here at SERVPRO of White Plains we encourage you to save our number!
If you live in Harrison, White Plains, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye, Rye Brook, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, save our number! We work with insurance companies and help you navigate through these unchartered waters, (ouch) no pun intended.
After being flooded ourselves, we all keep a wary eye on storms. As a precaution I start looking at what is on the lowest point of the house that IF we were to get water, would be affected.
Being prepared is the name of the game. Think about before the storm, what precautions you would take to move things above ground level. Have important papers and phone numbers with you and most importantly don't hesitate to move to safety.
After the storm is when it is time to give us a call. We can help with water remediation, demolition, mold abatement, reconstruction. We understand because we have been there. We offer prompt and efficient service and excellent customer service. We are local and will be there when you need us to make it "Like it never even happened."
Volunteer Day to help clean up the parks
PITCH IN FOR PARKS APRIL 18-23 for Westchester County Parks.
Volunteers are the heart and spirit of the Westchester County parks system. Every year even in the coldest months of winter, there are volunteer days to help clean up the park. It is way more then picking up garbage and discarded water bottles.
I volunteered at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers (a Westchester County Park) for a glorious 15 degree sunny day with 6 inches of snow on the ground to help cut down invasive vines. These invasive vines literally strangle trees. I showed up at the park at 9 am (along with 25 other volunteers) and was handed a lopper. Had never held a lopper in my hand, but that didn't stop those in charge from telling me how it works and pointing me off in the right direction. I was instructed to cut anything next to a tree that could potentially grow to choke it. Off we went off the walking path into the wooded area of bushes and vine wrapped trees. It was a morning of cutting vines, and removing the pieces into a large pile along the path. A laborious but fun time with a feeling of accomplishment at the end. A time for reflecting on what we were actually doing there. Every little bit helps. Helping to keep the trees alive and to prevent these invasive vines from overtaking a beautiful park.
Pitch In for Parks
Every year, thousands of civic-minded individuals, organizations and groups volunteer their time and efforts to contribute making their county parks more enjoyable for the benefit of all Westchester residents.
Volunteers in the Parks
Volunteers in the Parks orient visitors to the parks, lead field trips through the nature preserves for local elementary schools, take photographs, help children learn to swim, lead tours of historic sites and help maintain our parks. Volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of skills, abilities, experiences and interests. But they all have one thing in common: a desire to be involved in protecting and preserving the park system for future generations. Westchester County volunteers enjoy a rewarding learning and work experience and have countless opportunities to develop their interests and utilize their skills. April 18-23rd is Pitch in for the Parks in Westchester County. Registration is required, sounds like a why, but it helps the people organizing know how much of everything to bring. It is a great event and all ages are welcome. Tell your friend and families. Such a short amount of time can make a huge difference. Enjoy!!
Don't Lower Your Expectations
These days, there is a lot of talk about people having to lower their expectations in all aspects of service. If you go into a restaurant, they are under staffed, in a grocery store there are sporadic products out of stock, and shopping for anything means longer lines, longer lines, less product and less staff.
Here at SERVPRO of White Plains we beg to differ.
We firmly stands by never lowering your standards when it comes to our service! We strive to provide outstanding service, from your first phone call to our office to the last day we leave your house, making it "Like it never even happened."
Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable staff are here to help you navigate through these unchartered waters. We strive to make things as easy possible for you. We are in contact with insurance companies, sub contractors, vendors, landlords, you name it, we have spoken to them.
Our phones are answered 24/7 365 days a year.
Keep SERVPRO of White Plains in mind for any unfortunate incidents that take place at your home or business. We will strive to exceed your expectations!
St Patrick's Day Irish Soda Bread Recipe
This is not our ordinary blog, but it is St. Patrick's Day and after a 2 year hiatus, the parades are back and the streets are painted with green lines here in the Northeast. We here at SERVPRO of White Plains would love to put a spin on our normal blogs and add bit of The Luck of the Irish. We would like to share an Irish Soda Bread Recipe that has been passed down 4 generations.
4 Cups AP Flour, 3 TBL. Sugar, 1 TBL. Baking Powder, 2 TSP. Baking Soda, 1 TSP Salt, 1 Stick of Cold Butter cut in to small pieces or grated, 2 Cups of Raisins or Currants, 2 TBL Caraway Seeds, 2 Eggs, 1 Yolk for brushing the bread, and 1 1/2 Cups Cold Buttermilk. Mix the dry ingredients and add butter, cut in with pastry cutter or fork. Beat the 2 eggs and add to buttermilk. Mix into dry ingredients and pour onto floured board. Knead 15 times and put into a greased glass mixing bowl. Cut a cross on top and brush with egg yolk. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Let cool slightly and serve with plenty of cold butter and or your favorite jam. Enjoy!
Spring is almost here!
First signs of spring are here! We have seen robins and the first spring flowers popping through the ground. It's time to step outside and breathe in the fresh springtime air. This is a great time to get your house ready for spring and repair any of winter's marks. It's also a great time to check out your house and get it ready for April Showers. The April rain storms can cause flooding in yards and basements. A few tips from SERVPRO of White Plains to help keep the showers out of your showers.
Clean up any debris in your yard, branches etc.
Clean your gutters and redirect drain pipes that the heavy snow may have moved or damaged.
Clear debris away from the side of your house and check basement windows for sealing and cracking.
Keep an eye on the weather. The spring storms have become a bit nastier over the years and being prepared is always a plus.
If you do end up with any rain water (or any other kind of water) in your basement, call SERVPRO of White Plains at 914.684.1560 We work to make it "Like it never even happened."
Keeping Safe Using Additional Sources of Heat
The cold February weather will soon be slowly fading away to the warm breezes of springtime.
We’re not out of the woods yet here in the North East. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains, we have recently seen an increase in fires in homes and apartments. While the temperatures have been well below freezing for many days, many people are turning to additional sources to help keep them warm.
Fireplaces, wood stoves, and space heaters have been used often this month.
While most often these extra heating sources are non-problematic, there have been several unfortunate cases of fires. Many from additional heat sources such as space heaters, wood burning stoves and fireplaces.
We have found a few tips doing a bit of research and here they are:
Never use a space heater with an extension cord. Plug directly in to the wall outlet preferably where nothing else is plugged in.
Keep at least a 3 ft area around the space heater clear. No curtains, toys, stuffed animals, clothing etc.
Set an alarm on your phone to turn it off intermittently
For a wood burning stove: Keep a 3-foot area around the perimeter free of any household items, curtains, etc. Keep your Pets and kids away too!
Fire Places: Always keep the screen/window in place Keep kids and pets away. Have your chimney swept annually before you use your fireplace.
Bank ashes in a metal can with a top, and keep outside of your home far enough away from the structure. The experts suggest at least 10 feet. Ashes can often have hot spots in them and can reignite.
Never plug more than 1 heat producing appliance into an outlet.
Check your smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide monthly.
Spring is not far off, we’ve got this!
For those who appreciate a non scientific approach to weather – Pumxsutawney Phil did see his shadow on February 2nd – predicting 6 more weeks of winter... Hang on folks, we are in the home stretch!