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What Should You Do When Water Heaters Leak in Patchogue Homes?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

leaking water heater; water beginning to pool on floor Water heaters are one of the leading sources of water damage for homeowners. SERVPRO has the tools and know how to restore your home.

Rapid Water Removal from a Patchogue Utility Room 

Home water heaters can fail for a variety of reasons well before their expected ten- to twelve-year lifespan. Corroded anode rods, rusted tanks, and damaged supply lines or valves can all lead to water damage in your home. Without rapid mitigation, basements can become a haven for mold, mildew, odors, and efflorescence that tarnishes structures and eventually permanently damages them. 

When your Patchogue home needs water removal after a water heater failure, SERVPRO technicians use their IICRC-accredited training to restore your home to its pre-disaster state. SERVPRO training involves not just understanding water damage and how to fix it, but also how to care for structural materials to maintain their usefulness after a disaster. SERVPRO's moisture measurement tools, such as thermohygrometers and infrared imaging, allow for maximum accuracy in mitigation and restoration by calculating the specific humidity of both surfaces and the air itself.  

SERVPRO is Always Ready to Tackle Disasters

It is crucial to save homes, minimize losses, and maximize your home's restoration potential by acting quickly. To this end, SERVPRO has established teams at over 1,700 locations in the United States and Canada. These teams are staffed by residents who are in touch with the needs of the community. Technicians and franchise owners alike receive a thorough education in water damage cleanup, mitigation, and restoration so that homeowners can receive reliable advice for their insurance claims as well as a clean, safe home once more.  

SERVPRO's Drying Process

The process for both structural and contents drying involves the use of air movement and dehumidification equipment. These machines work together to pull moisture out of surfaces and isolate that moisture for collection and disposal. However, different types of dehumidification equipment are ideal for different surfaces.  

Refrigerant dehumidifiers, for example, are designed to lower relative humidity in the affected area to 40 grains per pound (gpp). Low-grain refrigerant coils can dry structures even further to below 40 gpp. Desiccant dehumidifiers use materials like silica gel to lower relative humidity to single-digit gpp, which can be useful in specialty drying situations.  

SERVPRO of Patchogue is ready to leave your property looking, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your residence, you can call (631) 924-1801. 

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We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

baby crawling on the floor with a toy in hand Stop the spread of pathogens with a professional cleaning for your home or business.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Patchogue, (631) 924-1801

Flooding In Your Patchogue Home

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home You can count on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Patchogue team after a flood by calling (631) 924-1801.

Snowmelt Flooding Drying for Patchogue Homes

After severe snowstorms that can leave Patchogue and other local parts of New York under feet of snow, it does not take long for conditions to change enough to begin melting. With rivers, streams, and other bodies of water already overwhelmed by the influx of torrential weather, this melting snow can overcome the natural barriers of banks to become groundwater flooding threats to nearby homes and businesses.

Natural flood damage in Patchogue homes must get treated like a category 3 loss, or blackwater situation unless this perceived level of contamination can get reclassified with definitive proof. The advantage of working as though this level of contamination exists can ensure that both our SERVPRO contractors and responding technicians take the appropriate levels of safety precautions regarding their personal safety and the wellbeing of our customers.

Drying up the damaged areas starts with focused extraction efforts using gas-powered trash pumps and the truck-mount extractors. Both of these units can remove water and solids together from the damaged area, making it the better choice for water removal tools versus the more traditional electric submersible pump. With surface water removed, it is easier to determine which surfaces have become exposed to the contaminated floodwater and must get discarded for involved drying and cleaning of surfaces beyond the top layer.

Content management plays a big part in flood recovery as well. By moving your belongings to a safe space, our SERVPRO professionals can reduce the total property loss and the devastation of even widespread flooding effects. Fast action for your possessions can help prevent irreparable damages and work to keep more of your treasured keepsakes close to the work area. We have in-house and off-site cleaning, drying, and deodorization techniques designed to make flood damage to your house and your belongings “Like it never even happened.”

No matter how overwhelming snowmelt flooding can be, treating this emergency as a contaminated loss can help to give your property the care and consideration it requires. You can count on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Patchogue team after a flood by calling (631) 924-1801.

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Some Warning Signs of Water Damage Issues in Patchogue

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring Dealing with water damage in your home can be quite stressful. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services and help during this time.

Handling Water Damage in Your Patchogue Residence Quickly can Prevent Costly Repairs

Every homeowner dreads water damage because of the high cost of restoration. Additionally, water can completely ruin some irreplaceable items like old family photos, books, and other items with sentimental value. Water and moisture can also jeopardize the structural integrity of your house.

Water can mainly affect wooden components like walls, floors, wooden furniture, and ceilings. When facing water damage in your Patchogue residence, you can contact the technicians at SERVPRO to begin the mitigation and restoration process immediately. If you do not handle water damage properly, water can cause severe damage to the structures and contents of your home, and the destruction worsens over time. Some factors that determine the cost of restoring water-damaged properties include:

  • The severity of the water loss
  • The building materials and personal possessions that water damaged affect the cost of restoration. If restorers only have to deal with moisture, the restoration cost can be lower.
  • Size of the affected area
  • It is costlier to restore a property if water affects a larger area.
  • Additional restoration work

If water has affected drywall, you may need to replace it. Similarly, if mold had the chance to grow, restorers need to perform mold remediation. These additional issues can increase the cost of restoring your home.

It requires training, specialized equipment, and expertise to dry and restore water-damaged homes properly. Our team can take measures to protect your contents from further damage. Before beginning the water extraction process, we can move furniture and other valuable possessions from the affected area to minimize water absorption and damage.

Our team can remove the standing water using appropriate pumps. After we remove the standing water, the remnant is excess humidity, which can cause mold infestation. We have the tools required to eliminate the excess moisture. We can use air movers and axial fans to enhance air circulation.

We can also provide humidity control in affected areas to reduce moisture migration, microbial amplification, and potential secondary damage. This involves setting up and turning on dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels within the affected areas.

Our SERVPRO team understands that dealing with a water intrusion incident can be stressful. We can handle all aspects of water damage restoration, from the initial inspection to cleaning, drying, and repairs. Our technicians can take the time to understand your concerns and address them all.

SERVPRO of Patchogue has the expertise required to restore your home correctly. Call us at (631) 924-1801 at any time for help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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.