The Risk of Compounding Home Damage After a Storm | SERVPRO of Patchogue
We are no stranger to helping recover homes from storm damage. Call SERVPRO of Patchogue today for quick assistance!
Our homes protect us every day from weather threats whether we know it or not. The heat, humidity, bitter wind and strong storms can impact our walls and roofs while we stay safely tucked away inside.
However, our homes are not invincible and can suffer the weight of constant threats and impacts. Damage can occur in an instant and leave your home vulnerable to the elements.
Quick action is necessary to not only fix the damage, but to also prevent further damage from occurring to your home. SERVPRO of Patchogue is here to offer fast restoration service after a storm!
The Dangers of Wind
We all know how strong the wind can be whipping off of the bay, and it can really pick up speed depending on the current threat. Regular thunderstorms can bring moderately high winds, but coastal storms and hurricanes can easily bring wind that tops 100 miles per hour or more. These sudden bursts of wind can cause all kinds of damage in seconds.
When the wind picks up, debris can easily be thrown about your yard and thrown against your home. Impact damage from a broken tree limb or even something huge like a flying trampoline can cause severe damage to your roof or siding, but it can also lead to water damage over time.
Broken windows or parts of your home that have been exposed to the elements for any period of time can become soaked if the rain starts to fall. Not only do you have structural damage, you now have water damage, too.
The Danger of Water
Water can be just as frustrating. Strong summer storms can bring heavy rain, hurricanes can push the bay up onto our properties and heavy snowstorms can cause issues when the snow starts to melt in the springtime. Each instance comes with its own risk, but water can easily infiltrate your homes. Even just the tiniest gap or crack along your roofline or foundation can become problematic for you.
If the water isn’t cleaned up quickly, it can easily seep and leak behind your walls and under your floors, becoming virtually impossible to dry up without professional help. If any sort of moisture is lingering behind your walls, mildew and mold can become a problem. Over time, a mold infestation can break down your structural beams and can even become a health hazard for your family.
What We Can Do to Help
We know that time is of the essence when it comes to home emergencies, which is why we jump right into action the second you call us. The longer damage sits, the worse it can become and higher the risk of compounding damages.
We will simultaneously work on securing your home from further damage, address structural issues, water problems and even mold infestations all at once. Our goal is to return your home to its pre-storm damage state as quickly as possible.
Storm damage can be severe. Contact SERVPRO of Patchogue for immediate restoration assistance.
What the Polar Vortex Means for Your Pipes
Polar Vortexes bring exceedingly cold temperatures
As the winter weather continues, "Polar Vortexes" become far more likely, signaling plummeting temperatures and severe weather conditions. This meteorological term, often associated with bone-chilling cold, can have a profound impact on daily life, particularly for homeowners and business owners. In addition to several drops in temperature to worry about, polar vortexes also heavily affect plumbing systems. As temperatures dive, the risk of pipes freezing and subsequently bursting increases, potentially leading to severely damaging water floods. Understanding the polar vortex, how it affects plumbing piping, and the necessary preventive measures are essential for bracing for the winter months. SERVPRO of Patchogue has crafted some preventive measures you can utilize to ensure your plumbing stays safe during the ongoing polar vortex.
Understanding the Polar Vortex and Its Impact
A polar vortex is essentially a vast expanse of swirling cold air that typically envelopes the polar regions. However, during the winter, the vortex at the North Pole often expands, pushing frigid air toward the equator and affecting much of the Northern Hemisphere. This shift can result in a sudden and steep drop in temperatures, often catching businesses and residences off-guard.
The critical issue with these plummeting temperatures is their effect on water pipes. Water expands when it freezes, and this expansion can exert extraordinary pressure on pipes, regardless of whether they are made of metal or plastic. When the pressure becomes too great, pipes can burst, leading to water damage, the potential for mold growth, and the need for repairs on top of restoration and cleaning services.
Prevention and Protection
To mitigate the risks of a polar vortex freezing your pipes, consider the following preventive steps:
- Insulate Pipes: Wrapping exposed pipes in foam insulation, particularly those in unheated areas like basements, attics, and garages, can significantly reduce the risk of freezing.
- Maintain Consistent Indoor Temperature: Keeping your home heated consistently, even when you're away, helps keep the internal temperature of pipes above freezing.
- Allow Faucets to Drip: Allowing a slight drip in faucets can prevent pressure buildup within pipes, reducing the risk of freezing and bursting.
- Drain Water from Pools and Sprinklers: Drain water from the swimming pool and sprinkler supply lines following the manufacturer's instructions.
- Close Inside Valves Supplying Outdoor Hose Bibs: After removing and draining outdoor hoses, close the inside valves that supply these bibs but leave the outside valve open.
- Insulate Vulnerable Spaces: Increase insulation in areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures.
- Open Cabinet Doors: Allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.
The polar vortex, while a natural weather phenomenon, poses a significant challenge to plumbing, particularly regarding the risk of frozen and bursting pipes. By understanding this meteorological event and taking proactive, preventative measures, you can safeguard your home against the potentially devastating and costly consequences. Prevention actions are far more effective and less costly than repair. Stay warm, stay informed, and prepare your home for whatever the winter brings.
Should you incur any water or storm damage during the Polar Vortex, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Patchogue, and we'll make it "Like It Never Even Happened!"
Bracing for Coastal Flooding: Preparation Tips and Early Warning Signs from SERVPRO of Patchogue
The Aftermath of Water Inundation
The National Weather Service has recently declared a Coastal Flood Warning for Long Island. Members of Long Island communities could experience road closures, tidal surges, inland flooding, and more. To help our valued communities stay safe and protected during the duration of this Coastal Flood Warning, SERVPRO of Patchogue has compiled a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for coastal flooding, including early warning signs and preparation tips.
Early Warning Signs
- Monitor Weather Updates: Stay informed about weather conditions through reliable sources. Pay attention to warnings and advisories issued by local authorities.
- Tidal Predictions: Keep an eye on tidal predictions, especially during high tide cycles. The National Weather Service provides vital information on expected inundation levels, along with local news sources.
- Wind and Wave Conditions: Large breaking waves of 15 to 20 feet along the oceanfront, along with west-to-southwest gale winds, can contribute to coastal flooding. Regularly check wind and wave forecasts for your area.
- Evacuation Plan: Develop a clear evacuation plan, including the nearest shelters and evacuation routes. Familiarize yourself with community evacuation procedures, and communicate the plan with your family.
- Secure Valuables: Move valuable belongings to higher ground, especially in basements and low-lying areas. Consider using waterproof containers for essential documents, ensuring they remain protected in the event of flooding.
- Emergency Kit: Assemble a comprehensive emergency kit with essential supplies. Include non-perishable food, an ample supply of water, medications, a flashlight, extra batteries, and a well-stocked first aid kit.
- Property Protection: Take proactive measures to safeguard your property. Install flood barriers or sandbags around your premises, particularly if you reside in vulnerable areas. Elevate electrical appliances and furniture to minimize potential damage.
- Vehicle Safety: Be cautious about where you park your vehicles. Avoid low-lying or vulnerable areas near the waterfront, and move your vehicles to higher ground to prevent flood damage.
- Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with family members and neighbors. Ensure everyone is aware of emergency contact information, evacuation plans, and meeting points.
- Stay Informed: Stay up-to-date on the latest developments by continuously monitoring weather updates through official channels. Be prepared to adapt your plans based on the evolving situation and any additional advisories.
- Clearing Drainage: Ensure that drains and gutters around your property are clear of debris. This helps prevent water buildup and facilitates proper drainage during heavy rainfall, reducing the risk of localized flooding.
SERVPRO of Patchogue's Water and Storm Damage Restoration Expertise
In the aftermath of coastal flooding, SERVPRO of Patchogue stands ready to provide swift and efficient water and storm damage restoration services. Our highly skilled restoration team is equipped to handle the aftermath of flooding, offering comprehensive solutions to mitigate damages, restore affected areas, and make it "Like It Never Even Happened™". SERVPRO of Patchogue brings trusted expertise to Long Island, aiding residents in the restoration process and offering peace of mind during challenging times.
While the Coastal Flood Warning remains active, it is important that Long Island Residents such as yourself stay safe and prepared. Implementing preparation tips such as creating a clear evacuation plan, securing valuables, and maintaining a comprehensive emergency kit demonstrates proactive readiness and helps avoid disaster. Property protection measures, thoughtful parking choices, and clearing drainage contribute to minimizing potential damage. Clear communication with family and neighbors, coupled with continuous monitoring of weather updates, enhances community resilience.
Should you incur any water and storm damage during the Coastal Flood Warning, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Patchogue, and we'll make it "Like It Never Even Happened!"
How to Handle Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO of Patchogue
SERVPRO of Patchogue has got your back when water damages your property. Contact us for a faster response to any size disaster!
Water damage is a pervasive issue that can significantly impact the structural integrity of a home. Mitigating the risk of water damage requires a proactive and strategic approach.
Here are a few key steps that homeowners can take to prevent water damage and protect their investments.
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Routine maintenance and inspections are critical in identifying and addressing potential vulnerabilities before they escalate. Regularly check your roof, gutters and downspouts to ensure they are free from debris and properly functioning. Inspect your plumbing system for leaks, drips and any signs of corrosion.
However, it’s not enough to just identify the problems! Timely repairs will make all the difference in preventing a minor issue from turning into a major need for water damage repair and restoration work.
Proper Landscape Grading and Drainage
The landscaping around your home plays a big role in preventing water damage. Ensure that the ground around your foundation slopes away from the house. Proper grading and drainage can redirect water away from your home, reducing the risk of water accumulation near the foundation.
Adequate Sealing and Insulation
Sealing gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior can prevent water from seeping through and causing damage. Ensure that your doors and windows are properly sealed and that your home’s insulation is in good condition.
Proper insulation not only prevents water infiltration but also regulates indoor humidity levels, which can further mitigate the risk of water-related issues like mold and mildew growth.
Regular Appliance Maintenance
Appliances that use water, such as washing machines, dishwashers and water heaters, should be regularly inspected and maintained. Check for leaks, replace worn components and ensure that you have proper drainage.
Swift Response to Leaks
Even the smallest leaks can lead to significant water damage if left unattended. Act swiftly if you notice any signs of water leakage, such as water stains, mold growth or musty odors. Addressing leaks promptly can prevent them from escalating into larger, more costly issues.
Preventing water damage requires a proactive approach. While these measures can significantly reduce your risk of water-related issues, unforeseen circumstances can still arise. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for!
When you need water damage repair and restoration work, our SERVPRO® technicians are ready to help. With our knowledge, equipment and proven techniques, we can effectively assess the extent of the damage, implement a comprehensive restoration plan and restore your home to its original condition.
Contact us today for water damage repair and restoration work. Our goal is to return your property back to preloss condition as quickly and seamlessly as possible!
Flooded basement and first floor
Flooded basement caused by broken pipe
Not a way to start the night. This customer came home to a house flooded from 1st floor to basement. Our crew came in immediately to take out the water, remove wet contents, dry carpets, and place down equipment.#teamluzzi #flooded #waterrestoration #waterremoval
The Benefits of Choosing Us for Your Construction Needs | SERVPRO of Patchogue
Are you looking to have the home of your dreams? At SERVPRO of Patchogue, we offer remodeling services to fit your needs. Call us today!
Making upgrades and tackling remodeling projects around your home is part of what makes homeowning so fun! There’s not much better than seeing your dream come to life and being able to have a hand in watching a house become your home.
While certain DIY projects can be tackled on your own, not everything needs to be a solo project. Certain home remodeling projects can be dangerous or really costly to do on your own, which is where we come in.
Our SERVPRO of Patchogue team is fully trained and licensed in construction and remodeling, and we can help finish off your construction project with ease and confidence.
What Construction Projects We Tackle
We are proudly known for the high-quality restoration services that we provide, but that’s not all we do. We are also able to help you create the home of your dreams! Our team can help you tackle a project from beginning to end, but we can also step in and finish up a DIY that goes awry.
Our project managers oversee the entire process and we make sure that everything is up to code and done safely. We will draw up plans, evaluate your space, handle the construction needs, and even expertly clean and sanitize your space when we are done.
Our crew has done bathroom remodels, kitchen renovations, basement projects, new additions and more—and we can help your home, too!
We Are the Professional Team to Trust
We know that it can be hard or even a little scary to let contractors that you don’t know come into your home, which is why we work so hard to set you at ease. We are locally owned and operated, which means we are your friends and neighbors who live and work right down the street.
We are truly passionate about helping our community be the best it can be. Our team will work with your insurance company if needed, pull the necessary permits to stay within regulation of the city and even work while you are out of the home!
We are so confident in our ability to serve you that we won’t stop working and remodeling until you are 100% satisfied with the final product. We put our best foot forward on any project that we take on, and we are proud of every room, home and DIY that we are able to take from an idea and turn it into a reality.
Let our construction crew handle your next remodel project. Contact SERVPRO of Patchogue today.
Heavy rain created flooding in basements
Crew near equipment
Our Crew Chief Bill representing his Breast Cancer Awareness shirt, and showing off our equipment picked up from one house after the flood damage last weekend in a customers basement.#teamluzzi #flooddamage #breastcancerawareness #SERVPRO
TEAM LUZZI Helping Local Church Ministry
Loading car up with donations.
Our Team worked hard collecting donations for our local church pantry, which was in desperate need. Avery is on his way to deliver the donations to the ministry.
Our community means a lot to us. We are there to always lend a hand.
#teamluzzi #donate #localchurch #community #foodpantry
Team Luzzi Ice Cream Party
Our staff has worked hard on these hot days, so we decided to show our appreciation by throwing an ice cream party#TeamLuzzi #employeeappreciation #loveourcustomers #workinghard #icecream
Flooded storage facility over the weekend
Team Luzzi arrived at a water loss over the weekend at a local storage facility. Crews dried up water and set up equipment quickly, making sure facility operations were not impacted.