Fire and Smoke Damage Do's and Do Not's
- 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.
- 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.
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?
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
24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
Fire & Water - Clean Up & Restoration
SERVPRO of Patchogue is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call today! 631-924-1801
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Patchogue has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Patchogue
SERVPRO of Patchogue www.SERVPROofpatchogue.com 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. 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.
When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Patchogue is ready!
When the storm rolls out, we roll in,
SERVPRO of Patchogue specializes in all types storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. http://www.SERVPROpatchogue.com/storm-flooding-restoration
We have all the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 631-924-1801
Commack Fire Clean Up and Restoration
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- 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.
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, SERVPRO of Patchogue 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.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Patchogue 631-924-1801
When to Take Mold Precautions
SERVPRO professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when moisture has been affecting an environment for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to have water removed and the structure dried promptly.
If you have experienced an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert to the following factors:
*The presence of visible mold.
*Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
*Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth.
* Excessive humidity.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
The FEMA App
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Be prepared to weather the storm with the FEMA App.
This allows you to get National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations to keep you informed on-the-go. It also has information on what to do before, during, and after different disasters. In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you locate someone to talk to at a Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers.
With any storm system, remember to: follow the directions of local officials, don’t drive around barricades, and update your Android or Apple device with the latest version of the FEMA App.
The app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google Play.
2nd Annual Country Night for the Troops Fundraiser
We would like to thank all that participated in our 2nd Annual Country Night for the Troops fundraising event. We are very proud of the dedication of our SERVPRO team and the generosity of all the sponsors, local businesses and friends in making this such a great success. Whether it was a gift card, basket or monetary donation, ever item helped make this fundraiser a success. The response was truly overwhelming and we could not have done this without this support!
Our goal was to raise $15,000.00 for the troops and we exceeded this goal! A grand total of $20,000.00 was raised! This donation allows the USO to continue to provide programs that support active duty military, their families, wounded, troops in transition, and families of the fallen. We are very grateful for the men and women that serve our country and fight for our freedom every day. Thank you everyone for joining us in our efforts in letting them know how much we appreciate them!
Don't Miss a Meal!
An empty restaurant can cost you money. SERVPRO of Patchogue can help you reduce or eliminate business interruptions caused by fire, water or mold damages.
No matter the reason, when a restaurant is unable to open its doors, the cost can become significant. SERVPRO of Patchogue understands the urgency of getting fire, water or mold damages taken care of quickly and correctly to minimize business interruption and recovery costs. SERVPRO of Patchogue provides 24-hour emergency services, as well as specialized cleaning services for emergency or special situations. SERVPRO utilizes the 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines to help ensure fast response and timely mitigation. Also, SERVPRO of Patchogue offers maintenance services, such as good and kitchen exhaust cleaning, helping to ensure your restaurant is always clean and ready for business.