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When Space Heaters Cause Fire Damage in Patchogue

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bedroom. smoke and soot on walls An unattended space heater caused a fire this room. Be sure to follow safety procedures when using space heaters.

Space Heater Plus Extension Cord Equals Fire Damage in Patchogue  

If you currently use a space heater with an extension cord or power strip and have not experienced fire damage, you have been fortunate. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has found that more than 25,000 residential fires happen yearly due to space heaters.  

A homeowner in Patchogue had fire damage from using a space heater plugged into an extension cord in a bedroom and left it running while sleeping. The cord overheated, and although contained to a small area, the charring needed significant cleanup.  

Disposal of Charred and Unrestorable Items

With the homeowner's approval, the techs removed the charred table, chairs, bedding, and mattresses from the bedroom. Fortunately, the solid wood headboard, railings, and footboard had restoration potential through immersion cleaning to remove all traces of soot and smoke residues.  

Removal of Smoke Damage

The techs tested the smoke residues on the wall around the bed to confirm it was dry smoke and required lifting away. This type of residue can get driven into surfaces and cause more loss if wet cleaning products or scrubbing actions get used. Once the cleanup completed, odor control applications made the bedroom ready for a new mattress and bedding. 

Space Heater Safety

SERVPRO recommends the following safety tips for anyone using a space heater, particularly in the bedroom:  

  • Use the space heater in a dry location, never use in the bathroom as the moisture has the potential to damage the interior of the heater 
  • The space heater should be plugged directly into the electrical outlet and never into a strip plug or extension cord 
  • When running a space heater, it should be the only device plugged into the outlet as they draw much power during operation 
  • Unplug the heater when not using 
  • If going to sleep or leaving the room, turn off the heater and unplug it 
  • Place the heater at least three feet in distance from any combustible items and never run electrical cords under rugs or carpeting as they can ignite and cause a fire if the cord overheats. 

SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 924-1801 has expert, certified technicians available 24/7 for fire damage restoration services. With their advanced equipment and using the latest methods for cleaning, they make the fire loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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Patchogue and SERVPRO Deal with Storm-Related Biohazard Abatement and Cleanup

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

mold on lower wall behind removed baseboards Biohazardous Storm Damage Results Can Be Remediated to Protect Patchogue Households

Help for Unexpected Biohazard Exposure After Flood Damage in Patchogue

As if the devastation of rooms soaked with floodwater and storm surge is not enough, Patchogue residents can discover that the damage done by storms and heavy seas reveals structural hazards. Not only things like a sagging ceiling heavy with many gallons of water or windows and doors smashed by high winds and airborne debris, but also the discovery of mold, lead paint, and asbestos. The deterioration of structural elements can cause these dangerous substances to mix freely in the rubble and residue needing cleanup after the storm.

Long Term Consequences Averted

Flood damage in Patchogue requires professional assessment. Evaluation by trained, certified, and experienced disaster technicians ensure we account for all aspects of the flood scenario, including sobering surprises like mold, wet and crumbled heat-proof coatings, and soaked vermiculite insulation that contains asbestos. Lathe and plaster and even older drywall can test positive for lead paint. Failure to manage these biohazards and dispose of them properly following OSHA and health regulations can expose you and your family to significant health risks.

Impact of Contamination on Water Extraction

Whenever SERVPRO crews face flood damage, we know the water is Category 3 and must be contained and disposed of as hazardous waste. Adding the rubble of disintegrated asbestos and lead paint-coated surfaces increases the level of caution. We arrange for certified individuals to remove any mold and asbestos and lead solids. Our team contains the potentially pathogen-laden water pumped and extracted for lawful disposal. Workers shield themselves from skin and respiratory contact with the hazards by donning full bodysuit personal protective equipment (PPE.) As the remediation finishes, EPA-registered disinfection products inhibit the continued growth of any lingering bacteria, viruses, molds, and other pathogens.

Structural Drying Safeguards

Because airborne mold, asbestos, and lead debris pose risks, SERVPRO must commence drying only after abatement of all the hazardous substances. Once we get the go-ahead that remediation is complete, our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can design a configuration of air movers and heaters to accelerate the evaporation from soaked structures without fear of spreading biohazards. Our high-efficiency dehumidifiers then capture and contain excess water vapor for disposal.

SERVPRO of Patchogue’s well-qualified and equipped crews transform your flooded residences back to a safe and clean environment even if unexpected hazards arise. Call (631) 924-1801 our support and expertise at this challenging time.

We Have The Proper Equipment To Restore Your Patchogue Home After A Fire

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in debris and smoke damage after a fire disaster This fire was caused by an electric malfucniton that started in the basement of this home. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Why Mist Deodorizers Work for Fire-Damaged Patchogue Homes

Deodorization is a critical element to making fire losses “Like it never even happened,” in your Patchogue residence. With the multiple layers and damaging effects to overcome in this enormous undertaking, our SERVPRO professionals utilize a wide variety of premier tools and equipment, as well as an assortment of potent cleaning products, counteractants, and solvents. Knowing the best approach to manage the smoke odors left behind in your residence can help to make the recovery effort more efficient for your property.

Addressing odors is often considered to be one of the last steps in managing fire damage in Patchogue homes, but this is not the case. Deodorization is a part of the mitigation process for our restorers and can get worse if not adequately addressed with the cleaning and debris removal we offer. There are numerous products and equipment designed to treat different conditions and odor severities, but mist or fog deodorizers are among the top choices for neutralizing lingering noxious scents.

Mist deodorizers like the ULV and thermal foggers both present a unique approach to eliminating odors in a fire-damaged house. We have several water-based deodorization products, both scented and unscented, that work in conjunction with the available fogging equipment our SERVPRO team uses. This product gets turned into a mist or vapor in the machine and dispersed throughout the affected area.

Vapors are an ideal approach for addressing harsh odors left behind after a fire because smoke particles and soot can get into crevices, cracks, and seams. These odor catalysts can be challenging for surface cleaning to reach or impact, but a fog of our odor-neutralizing agent can get into these inaccessible areas to complete the job successfully.

Odors are an unfortunate and expected byproduct of combustion in your fire-damaged house. As widespread as these threats can become, we have many tools that can help from our thermal and ULV foggers to other powerful tools like hydroxyl generators and ozone machines. We can utilize whatever equipment necessary to overcome harsh odors and other fire loss effects in your home. Give our SERVPRO of Patchogue team a call today at (631) 924-1801.

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A Balanced Drying System Means Faster Water Removal and Reduced Damage to Your Patchogue Residence

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded livingroom Our experts are ready to help you restore your Patchogue home from water damage.

Removing Excess Moisture and Applying Drying Methods After a Water Damage Incident Takes Place In Your Patchogue Home

When a home in Patchogue becomes overly damp or wet, starting the mitigation process without delay. Every second that passes allows water to migrate into previously dry areas. However, SERVPRO’s technicians receive extensive training in mitigation and restoration science, ensuring that we take the proper approach and use the most efficient machines to protect your property. 

Using the correct setup ensures that the drying system used during your Patchogue home’s water removal job is balanced. This is vital to increasing the efficiency of the restorative work that follows. Removing water via pumps and extraction units increases the efficiency of our drying equipment, as well. To help cause moisture saturating carpets, walls, and furnishings to evaporate, we use air movers or box fans to increase the amount of air passing across surfaces. This air pulls moisture away from the surface, causing water deeper inside to move toward the outside of damp objects.

 When accidents happen inside a home or apartment, it sometimes becomes desirable to use the residence’s heating system. Increased temperatures increase the amount of moisture that air can hold. However, we often only need to do this in an enclosed area and not the entire residence. This is what we call a ‘closed’ drying system. 

We also use open drying systems, particularly when security issues are not a concern because it requires us to leave windows (and oftentimes doors) open. During the warmer months, this is a possibility that can reduce costs. Additionally, it is possible to use both and combine these systems for fast, efficient drying after water removal takes place.

Either of these systems must remain balanced, meaning that the moisture in the air is removed from it as rapidly as it evaporates into the air. The panels located on our desiccant machines help us ascertain this rate. If this rate decreases, the air becomes saturated with moisture, and damp objects stop drying. If the desiccant dehumidifiers work at a higher rate than necessary, the absence of excess moisture in the air results in a lowered efficiency. We either reduce the rate of desiccation, increase the heat and air currents, or a combination of both.

SERVPRO of Patchogue continually monitors this and other mitigation work to ensure that we finish restoring your Coram, Selden, or Bellport residence “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible. Call (631) 201-4813 for professional water removal experts. 

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Business Hurting from a Water Leak? Call SERVPRO for Relief!

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Store front photo of SERVPRO van, technicians and LA Fitness building Water Damage to Your Patchogue Business? SERVPRO Restores the Fitness for Your Customers!

Commercial Water Removal Patchogue – Chaotic Impact

Whenever water leaks are discovered in a Patchogue business, a chaotic environment usually follows. Employees may not know what to do, customers cannot enter the premises, and there may be an impact on the contents associated with your business. All of these forces can lead to lost revenue for several days or even weeks unless the situation is dealt with quickly. Or it may just be a minor inconvenience.

SERVPRO responds to commercial water removal situations in Patchogue and surrounding areas. We understand how important it is for a business to regain normal business operations quickly, within hours if possible. Every hour businesses are shut down means lost revenue, and more importantly, impacts your customers' plans and desires as well. Business to business sales impact your customer's operations, who often may have to shut down or lay their employees off temporarily.

Fast Response and Containment
SERVPRO understands how important it is for a business to recover from a water leak. We are available on a 24/7 basis and aim to respond in less than 4 hours. Based on the information provided, we respond with appropriate equipment and staff to immediately begin containment of the water leak.

Once the source of the water leak is identified and turned off, SERVPRO begins mopping up the water using hand-operated water extractors or in more extensive situations, weighted mobile water extractors. These machines remove all of the water from carpets and other flooring types. If possible and necessary, we may use a separate staging area to place dry items and those recovered from the water damaged area.

Next, we introduce air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and return humidity levels to normal levels. Often water penetrates spaces under heavy equipment or filing cabinets. These items are not easy to move. We utilized specialized hoses to blow dry air under these items to completely dry the area. We can "rig" different injecti-dry systems best suited to the task.

We aim to have you return to normal business operations as quickly as possible. Our business is to keep you in business.

Call SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 924-1801 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Brookhaven, Blue Point, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Coram Content Salvaging after a Storm Needed? Contact SERVPRO

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green Service Vehicles Parked at a Job Site After the SERVPRO Green Fleet Arrives, Coram Property Owners's Contents Are Getting Rescued

Content Management for Flood-Damaged Belongings in Coram Homes

Keepsakes, treasures, and valued possessions are all unique elements of your life and items that can be protected in your Coram home after a loss incident. Our SERVPRO professionals have considerable experience in the mitigation of flood losses in our region of New York, and part of this recovery process is securing the belongings of the customer from further damages. To accomplish this, our content management team can offer multiple solutions.

While flooding can affect hundreds of homes in our area a year, flood damage in Coram properties varies from one incident to another. While one home might contend with several feet of standing water throughout the main living spaces, another house might only have a couple of inches of water in the unfinished basement. When migrating water encounters contents in your home, deterioration, microbial growth, and other structural weaknesses could result.  

In-House Drying and Recovery
In many situations, our SERVPRO professionals work to restore and recover damaged belongings of yours on-site rather than transport them elsewhere. Lightly affected possessions can get dried using tools like our centrifugal air movers and refrigerant dehumidifiers. Unaffected belongings that are in the path of the migrating floodwater can also get moved to a safer location out of harm’s way.

Off-Site Restoration
There are circumstances where our pack-out process is the best solution for compromised belongings in your flooded home. We can carefully move these items to our nearby facility for focused drying, cleaning, disinfection, and deodorization. With our climate-controlled warehouse, we can store your items safely until it is time for them to get returned. We can stage these items several days before their return to the house to be confident that they have gotten fully restored and sanitized.

We want to make your house a home again, and that involves addressing flood damage on every front after a disaster. No matter how our experienced SERVPRO of Patchogue team can help after a flood, we have the personnel and premier equipment to meet the demands of your damaged property. Give us a call anytime at (631) 924-1801.

How the Pros Can Help with Commercial Mold Removal in Patchogue

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Wall covered with mold When mold invades your space, let SERVPRO help with your mold removal needs

SERVPRO can help with your mold removal

All businesses and commercial spaces have to be adequately equipped to solve problems at the drop of a hat, which includes temporary closures whenever mold is detected. If you have a commercial kitchen, you need a professional cleaning team to address commercial mold removal so that you can ensure health and safety concerns are addressed promptly. The experts can get in and out quickly and efficiently to lessen the length of closure time for your business.

Whenever you spot the signs of mold, you need to enlist the expertise of the professionals for prompt commercial mold removal in Patchogue to deal with it promptly. Any temporary closure can impact revenue, so our team at SERVPRO is available to leap into action as soon as possible once you call us for help.

How We Can Help

Calling SERVPRO for mold remediation and restoration means that a team is deployed quickly so that our technicians can get started on an assessment of your needs. We have a dedicated project manager with each unit to communicate the best course of action, the equipment necessary, and the potential outcome for your commercial space. This direct contact helps so that you remain in control through each step of the restoration process, and our team is kept apprised when it comes to any of your specific needs.

SERVPRO technicians understand that food processing equipment can be costly to replace when significant mold damage is present. Our team works to restore rather than replace to save you money on remediation costs. One way that we do this is by employing the use of dry ice blasting technology to cut through the mold growth on any equipment in your commercial space.

Dry Ice Blasting

The process of dry ice blasting is suitable for cleaning a range of textures and materials in one sweep. Dry ice blasting uses carbon dioxide in solid form meshed with a pressurized air stream at targeted surfaces to clean them thoroughly. This method not only works exceptionally well, but it also helps to reduce the exposure to potential hazards from chemical cleaning agents for both employees and your food production or preparation space.

Do you need help with commercial mold removal? Get in touch with our team of trained professionals today at SERVPRO of Patchogue by calling (631) 924-1801, and we can send technicians out as soon as possible.

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Why We Are The Leader In Coram Mold Damage Restoration

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold covering a wall in this room Mold like seen in this picture can only be treated by professionals with the expertise, experience and equipment our team has. Call us right away.

Remediating Insulation Mold Damage in a Coram Attic

While fiberglass insulation is an effective solution for resisting mold, dust and other particulates that accumulate on this installation can potentially host mold. All that mold needs to thrive is a moist environment, some organic material to feed on, and adequate temperatures for growth. Whether you have fiberglass insulation or use organic materials such as cellulose or cotton, it is crucial to minimize health effects through professional mold remediation.

If the attic of your Coram home has suffered mold damage, certified SERVPRO technicians are available within hours of your call to remove mold from your home. Remediation is key to maximizing safety for homeowners, and SERVPRO technicians receive extensive education in industry-standard mold cleanup tactics and equipment to ensure that these needs are met.

SERVPRO's Comprehensive Training Programs

SERVPRO offers a plethora of comprehensive training programs for technicians, franchise staff, and owners alike. This education is based around Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards that ensure best practices in a variety of disaster mitigation scenarios, including mold remediation and cleaning of carpet and upholstery. Whether you have a finished or unfinished attic, technicians receive extensive education that aims to safely restore your home while saving you time, money, and stress.

How SERVPRO Can Help

Because mold can cause health effects, it is crucial to establish containment measures to minimize risk for both technicians and homeowners. This can include plastic sheeting to seal off doorways and HVAC systems, as well as creating dedicated clean rooms where technicians can clean off their gear during the remediation process. These safety standards not only maximize safety during the cleaning process, but they prevent mold from spreading throughout the home during remediation. 

Both wet and dry cleaning methods are used to dislodge mold and remove spores. Hepa-filter air scrubbers can be used to cleanse the air of microbes as small as 0.3 microns in size, a fraction of the average thickness of a human hair. Mold-affected porous items, such as carpet and organic insulation made of cotton or cellulose, can be removed with the informed consent of homeowners and insurance adjusters to maximize safety. Non-porous items are thoroughly cleaned to restore them to a preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Patchogue strives to leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (631) 924-1801 today for remediation from trained technicians. 

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Our Experts Discuss Mold Prevention and Treatment For Your Coram Property

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall SERVPRO of Patchogue (631) 201-4928 abates commercial mold damage of any scale.

Commercial Mold Damage in Coram: Prevention and Treatment

Commercial mold damage can bring a company to a grinding halt. Employees do not want to work around it, and customers may consider the business "unclean" if mold is visible on walls, ceilings, or other areas.

When commercial mold damage happens in Coram's business properties, it is almost always the result of another issue that requires addressing. Knowing the early signs of a mold infestation can save a business the cost of remediation, and it is worth it for property owners to learn the common areas and reasons for colony growth and spreading.

Schedule Regular Inspections
A monthly walk-through of the property is a large part of catching problems with the plumbing or leaks, which are frequent causes of mold. Repairing a slow leak early on can halt the progress of an infestation. Roof and gutters are also culprits, if your commercial property has attic storage - it should regularly undergo inspection to catch leaks. Properties with a basement should look for signs of elevated moisture or hydrostatic water issues, causing the cement to efflorescence or brickwork to flake. Another sign to look out for involves your nose and a musty odor that does not go away.

When Mold is Found or Suspected
Fighting back against a mold infestation is never a DIY project. SERVPRO technicians scope the property and use moisture detection equipment to find hidden pockets of moisture behind walls and other hard to see areas. When they find mold, they also routinely inspect and clean the ductwork after remediation efforts complete.

The Mold Remediation Process
Once SERVPRO techs discover mold, they contain the work area, including the vents, to inhibit any further spread of spores. Then they measure the interior humidity and lower them below sustainable levels to the mold existence. The dried colonies get removed by hand or in cases of extensive coverage that requires removal; they use methods such as soda blasting. They use HEPA-fitted vacuums to pick up the debris. Lastly, they use antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants as needed to deter any return of the mold to the abated areas.

SERVPRO of Patchogue (631) 201-4928 abates commercial mold damage of any scale. Using their professional-grade equipment and expertise to remediate any size mold infestation and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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A Few Tips For Dealing With Fire Damage Incidents in Selden

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

fire and smoke coming out the window of a house Fire and smoke can quickly damage your home's structure and contents. Call SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave.

Doing a Move-out the Right Way after Fire Damage Incidents in Selden 

After a fire incident, it might be advisable to move contents temporarily from your property to a different location. Such action helps prevent secondary damage from corrosive substances such as soot and smoke residues or moisture action if significant amounts of water were used to quell the fire.

A move out after fire damage in your Selden property can only make sense if done cost-effectively. Some issues that can drive costs up include breakage, loss of items, and deterioration when in storage. Our SERVPRO technicians keep proper inventories, and we store the items in climate-controlled warehouses.

We also apply various cost-cutting strategies to make the process pocket-friendly. Because of fire residues and other soils, we opt to clean contents onsite before the move out whenever possible. Cleaning on-site eliminates the need to unpack, clean, and repack the items when they reach the warehouse. Minimizing the handling steps involved reduces the chances of breakage.

Another alternative cost-cutting measure is conducting partial move-outs. If some parts of the structure are secure after the fire incident, it is possible to move only a few items to external storage sites and leave the rest in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians usually opt to move the smaller items out of the premises and store large appliances and furniture items in spacious areas such as the garage or other rooms within the property.

Restoring fire damaged homes involves several steps, and knowing what to prioritize helps improve the outcome of the process. A move out is only helpful if done in a way that does not inhibit other crucial steps. For instance, if cleaning items before the move out can delay other time-sensitive steps such as drying the structure, then it is counterproductive. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the loss site to determine how best to do the move-out.

Moving contents helps create room for restoration and protects contents. Call SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 201-4928 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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