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Do's and Don'ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do's and Don'ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage 24 hour Emergency Service

Do:

  • Ensure local authorities have given the "all clear" in your area.
  • Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with wet-dry vacuum, mops and towels.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture tops after removing lamps and tabletop items.

Don't:

  • Use your household vacuum to clean up the standing water.
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
  • Leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Use television or household appliances while standing on wet carpet or floor.
  • Enter effected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

Call SERVPRO of Patchogue for your next storm or flood damage, 24/7!!  When the storm rolls out, we roll in! 631-924-1801

Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Destroy Odors with DEODORIZATION The quicker we get there, the quicker you get cleaned up!

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

If you require deodorization services, contact us at 631-924-1801. Whether is it fire, cigarette smoke, pet odors, mold or decomposition, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll make it "Like it never even happened"

Emergency Water Damage Tips

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water Damage Tips Act fast to save your belongings.

These tips are for clean water situations only:

  • Shut off water source if possible
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting

If you come across a situation in which you come across dirty water, you should not try to clean the water yourself.  You should call SERVPRO of Patchogue and have a professional help you out. 

Fire Damage Clean Up

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Fire Damage Clean Up Call the Professionals!

Any fire in your home is bad. But when you try to clean it up yourself, it can be a disaster.  Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout a home and cause odors that may resurface for years.

SERVPRO of Patchogue understands how disruptive fires can be for you and your family.  For this reason, SERVPRO of Patchogue offers 24-hour emergency response, and, under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly with a full line of fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Patchogue can help you regain control quickly while deodorizing and protecting your home and belongings.

So, before you risk doing more damage by attempting to clean it up yourself, call your local fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Patchogue at 631-924-1801.

How to Safely Clean Mouse Droppings

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard How to Safely Clean Mouse Droppings Leave it to the Professionals!

Mice are carriers of potentially diseases and bacteria. Areas of your home infested by mice will no doubt contain considerable amounts of urine, feces and saliva. Once all the mice have been removed and their continued entry prevented then it is important to clean up the mess. Mouse contamination inside cupboards, behind appliances or on top of counters can very be very dangerous stuff. It is essential that certain safety measures are observed.

Hantavirus is one of the greatest health concerns associated with mouse droppings. The virus lives inside mice feces and when disturbed can become airborne. Humans that inhale the disease are most at risk for transmission. During the cleaning process, every effort should be made to prevent stirring up harmful dusts.

GETTING STARTED

  • Begin by airing out the infected space. Open as many doors and windows as possible for at least 30 minutes to allow for proper ventilation. Remain out of the space during this time.
  • Be sure to wear proper safety equipment during cleanup. It is recommended to wear a full-face respirator with certified P100 filter cartridges. These can be purchased at safety supply stores. Disposable paper dust masks do not provide the same amount of protection and should not be used to clean up toxic messes. Non-absorbent or rubber gloves should also be worn.
  • To prevent hazardous particles from becoming airborne never sweep or vacuum mouse droppings.
  • Carefully soak all infected surfaces with commercial grade disinfectant. A mixture of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water can also be used.
  • Wipe up all droppings and nesting material using a paper towel and dispose of in well-sealed plastic bags. Place bags outside in a sealed container and put out for garbage collection. Be sure to dispose of gloves and towels as well.
  • Thoroughly wash hands and clothing in with soap and water.

CLEANING MOUSE DROPPINGS IN THE ATTIC

Mice that have found their way into a home will spend a great deal of time in the attic. The warm and darkness of attics makes it an ideal place for mice to hide and breed. Homeowners can often go years without knowing they have mice attic and shocked to discover just how much activity has been going on just above their heads.

With time, attic that is home to mice will begin show significant evidence. One quick look into the attic will reveal not only their tunnels through the insulation but also the thousands of droppings they have left behind. Mice scatter their droppings wherever they go, making it impossible to perform spot clean ups. In many cases, a full attic restoration is required.

Mouse droppings inside your attic are not only harmful to your health; they can also significantly hurt the value of your home. Documented mouse activity on home inspector’s report will not go unnoticed by potential buyers. To avoid this situation is may be necessary to remove and replace all contaminated insulation.

Spring Cleaning

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Spring is right around the corner which means it's time to start thinking about your spring cleaning! Your home says a lot about you and makes an impression on all those who enter it. Here at SERVPRO of Patchogue we offer top quality professional cleaning services for your entire home (junk removal, carpet cleaning, blinds and drapes cleaning, ceilings, walls and hard floor cleaning). So this March, SPRING into action and call your local SERVPRO Professionals at SERVPRO of Patchogue! 631-924-1801. 

We also offer a service called Ultrasonics Cleaning. The secret of Ultrasonic cleaning is cavitation. Cavitation is the repeated formation and immediate collapse of millions of microscopic bubbles in a liquid medium.  These bubbles form over the entire surface of an object and penetrate into every niche and crevice. No Scrubbing Needed! 

Call the cleanup team that is...

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call the cleanup team that is... Faster to any disaster

Faster to any disaster.  This is not just another tag line for SERVPRO of Patchogue - it is a commitment  from us to be there when you need us the most.

Whether you are a small business or home owner facing minor fire or water damage, or a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO system has the resources needed to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume business as usual.

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, SERVPRO of Patchogue can handle it.  With experience of Storm Team Disaster Recovery behind us, we can help make your property "Like it never even happened". Call us 24/7 @ 631-924-1801 for assistance.

Fire and Smoke Damage Do's and Do Not's

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Do:

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don’t:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Patchogue.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstery furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Patchogue.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV, Radio, phones, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Storm Preparedness

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

BEFORE THE STORM

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.


DURING THE STORM

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle

AFTER THE STORM

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.

Why SERVPRO of Patchogue?

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

General Why SERVPRO of Patchogue? Making it "Like it Never Even Happened"

Real quotes from real customers..

  "I just wanted to write and let you know how happy we are with SERVPRO of Patchogue.  We had a burst pipe and had water damage upon arriving at our home.

  We called the insurance company and within minutes, SERVPRO of Patchogue called us.

  The Project Manager was very professional and courteous.  He patiently answered every question our family had and were very reassuring.  What initially seemed to be a hopeless disaster turned out to be a well systematic process.

  Thank you to the crew.  They all worked very hard in the cleaning, drying and prepping our home for the remodel.  They were courteous and respectful of our home and our belongings. It is very, very much appreciated."

---Don, Bayshore, NY