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Managing Mold

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From the Ordinary….

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.  In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.  Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy….

Intrusion of water into your home or place of work can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing, or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

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Mold Remediation Control Moisture and Reduce Mold Mold on Drywall

Be an Informed Resource

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.  An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing a public health problem.  The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth.  It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value.  If a property has experienced a water intrusion, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage.  Act within the first 24-48 hours in order to discourage mold growth and travel. 

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials.
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work.
  • Install a ventilation system.

We Are Trained Professionals!

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The process of mold remediation has several facets. Once a third party Mold Assessor or Licensed Industrial Hygienist has performed testing in order to get a true picture of the situation at hand, they create a written protocol. In some instances mold spores are not visibly present, yet the air quality can indicate an elevation.

As responsible remediators following proper guidelines, we must first contain the doorway to the work area, either with a zipper or in the case pictured, with a tri-flap of plastic. We also post signs to alert non-trained people that there is a mold project taking place, as our trained professionals dress in their personal protective equipment, including full suits, gloves and respirators in order to protect them throughout the project.

What is Containment?

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Mold remediation services has a very wide range of scope of work that may be necessary. Depending on the level of elevated mold spores, certain jobs involve very extensive removal of building materials while others may just require detailed surface cleaning.

In any case, containment is one of the most important parts of performing such work. At the job site in this photo, the situation did not require much removal of materials, however, we needed to thoroughly clean while running air purifying machines. Here is a visual of two components. Once content items (furniture shown here) were cleaned, they were then wrapped in thick plastic sheeting and in addition, the windows and vents were covered as to keep the room contained. This ensures the best result for ridding the work environment of elevated levels of spores once we finish our various steps of remediation. 

Remember, there are mold spores naturally occurring everywhere at all times, however, when elevated moisture is present it can cause the spores to propagate causing potential problems. Securing the buildings plumbing leaks or elevated moisture issues is key as to not have a re-occurrence.

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

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General We are an IICRC Certified Firm Only the Best!

SERVPRO of Patchogue is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Patchogue

SERVPRO of Patchogue specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service Call SERVPRO of Patchogue 24/7

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General For Immediate Service Call SERVPRO of Patchogue 24/7 Always Ready to Roll

SERVPRO of Patchogue provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 631-924-1801

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for Fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Different Types of Smoke/Soot

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What did it leave behind?

A SERVPRO Franchise Professional’s first step at a fire scene is to address your concerns.  The second step is to pretest to see what type of fire has taken place.  Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Did you know there are different types of smoke?

Wet Smoke: Plastics and Rubbers (low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary)

Dry Smoke: Paper and Wool (fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises)

Protein: Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire (Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor)

Fuel Oil Soot: Furnace Puff Back

Other Type: Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue.

Pretesting determines the cleaning method, as well as what can be restored versus replaced. Pretesting also allows the SERVPRO Franchise Professional to focus on saving those precious items for you.  Isn’t that what really matters?

Inventory of Personal Affects

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When a homeowner suffers a water or fire damage loss, often times many personal effects are damaged beyond repair and will need to be evaluated and itemized for the insurance company in order to ensure proper compensation to the insured.

Under most homeowner policies, insured’s are deserved of being reimbursed for “like kind and quality”. SERVPRO of Patchogue has an expert team of professionals trained to photo document and list all affected contents for the insured, as this can be a very daunting task.  We have the ability to do the research required to attach pertinent values to each item in order to make the process both smooth and accurate for the homeowner and the insurance adjuster. It can be an extremely emotional process for the family who has an emotional attachment to precious possessions and we understand that. We will walk the client through it step by step with the empathy they deserve.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

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It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.   Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself "Are you ready for whatever happens?"

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantages

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. 
    • This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    • It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
    • This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    • You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
    • This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”   

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

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Water Damage We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 631-924-1801

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Patchogue and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment