Emergency Fire Damage Guidelines & Tips
Emergency Fire Damage Guidelines
- SERVPRO of Patchogue will contact you within one hour.
- SERVPRO of Patchogue will arrive at your home within four hours.
- SERVPRO of Patchogue will address your concerns and assess the situation:
- Identify the source of loss and safety issues
- What type of residue exists
- Pretesting for restoration will be conducted to determine:
- What is restorable and what method of restoration will be most effective?
- What items need special adjuster attention?
- SERVPRO of Patchogue will clean and deodorize soiled items:
- Walls, ceilings and flooring
- Upholstery and other contents
- SERVPRO of Patchogue will conduct a final walk through with you to ensure your satisfaction.
Emergency Fire Damage Tips
- Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
- Watch for safety issues and be careful.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- This stops food odors from developing inside your appliances.
- Limit any movement in the affected area.
- This prevents smearing of the soot particles
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water.
- Do not use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
- They may have been contaminated.
- Do not turn on ceiling fan or electronics, including the television or personal computer.
Commercial Water Damage
Commercial/Business Interruption is Crippling!
Water damages don’t just occur to residential homes. They can affect businesses of all sizes and when they do it is a big problem for all parties involved, especially depending on the type of business it is. Business owners have to fear customers going elsewhere during the down time and employees not being able to work or possibly be displaced to other locations.
We must be as proficient as possible since time equals money. There are certain aspects of drying structural damage that cannot be rushed, however, being certain that the correct types and amount of pieces of equipment are in place to be able to most efficiently remediate the space is of utmost importance.
Once a business owner sees our crews in action and recognizes that we are sensitive to how important the disruption is for them creates a customer for many years to come.
Post Construction Cleanup & Restoration
Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate.
SERVPRO of Patchogue professionals can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.
Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction, and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.
SERVPRO of Patchogue can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:
- Post Construction Cleaning
- Dehumidifiation and Drying
- Ceiling, walls and fixture cleaning
- Final Cleaning
- Fast Track Drying
- Window Cleaning
- Debris Removal
- Emergency Response Restoration and Clean Up Services
Call us today, at 631-924-1801
Preparing Your Home & Business for Winter Weather
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep Cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off.”
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help insure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Ask SERVPRO of Patchogue about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
Patchogue Alive After 5!
SERVPRO of Patchogue is always looking forward to those summer months where the weather gets warmer and the community starts to enjoy our town for all that it is worth. One of the best things to do during the summer is to participate in Patchogue's Alive After 5, brought to you by the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.
Patchogue's After 5 is a free summer street fair with six stages of live music and entertainment, more than 90 craft & retail vendors, 11 food trucks, children's activities and amusements, a Chinese auction and much more!
As a local vendor in Patchogue, SERVPRO awaits the chance to be a sponsor/participant in the street fair and connect with the local community on a deeper level. We have a great time with the local patrons of Patchogue, whether it be answering questions they might have about their homes or our service to handing out SERVPRO balloons and putting temporary SERVPRO tattoos on the children running around in the streets. It is always a great time for all!
Freedom Fit 5k Run!
At SERVPRO of Patchogue, we like to sponsor a lot of events that take place right in our community. This event was a 5k run hosted by the organization LIAT which we sponsored by providing water bottles and orange juice to all the race runners while also running in the race.
LIAT stands for Long Island Against Trafficking, and was founded when a group of individuals were awakened to the realities of human sex trafficking while attending a lecture. The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" resonated in their hearts and minds. They were compelled to join in the fight for those sex trafficked on Long Island and abroad. Long Island Against Trafficking was established to raise funds for those victimized and raise public awareness of this modern-day form of slavery. They accomplish this by speaking at public and private events as well as lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels. They plan and host fundraisers to aid in financially supporting the victims. They also partner with other human rights organizations to create a powerful collective voice. To date, LIAT has raised more than $750,000 towards the aid of trafficking victims.
This event was an overall great day for all who participated and SERVPRO of Patchogue proudly supports everything that the LIAT stand for and everything they do to make Long Island a better place to be.
Imagine walking into your bathroom…the one you and your family use every day….picture your kids splashing away in the bubble bath…and then look at this image. As remediators, we see this type of scenario on a regular basis, but how devastating for a homeowner to see their beloved home that they’ve worked so hard for be in such disarray.
At SERVPRO of Patchogue, we not only have the homeowner’s best interest in mind to work at a fast pace so that the rebuild process can begin, but we also need to be responsible to our crew members to be sure that they protect themselves from any hazards they encounter at these jobs. Here you see various building materials from pieces of charred wood, fallen saturated drywall and different types of soaked insulation.
Our job is to make homeowners feel that we care about helping them put their lives back together as quickly as we can. And always with compassion!
We Don't "Just Clean-Up"
When fires occurs, in both residential homes and business alike, it’s not just the cleaning up of the structural areas that we need to be concerned with. This photo shows a lot of damage to the home itself (floors, ceilings, walls, insulation, etc.), but just look at the personal property damage!
Our crews have to be so careful with the homeowner’s personal belongings because the insurance companies need very specific documentation in order to appropriately compensate the insured so they they have monies to replace all of the damaged items. The fallen debris must be sifted through prior to bagging for disposal so that any contents, which may be very small items, can be separated for further valuation.
SERVPRO of Patchogue’s team members need to be very aware of properly bagging and separating these items, so taking our time in small spaces with lots of contents is a very important part of the clean-up process.
Emergency Preparedness: House Watching
Getting someone to watch your house while you are away is a great step in emergency preparedness. When a disaster strikes, it is key to respond as fast as possible in order to minimize damage and decrease cost. Knowing that your house is being monitored can save you more than just your piece of mind, it can also save your home!
"AND WHO'S WATCHING YOUR HOUSE? INC offers house watching services in Suffolk county, from Blue Point to Hampton Bays, Stony Brook to Jamesport. We take away any worry a person may have about going away, whether if it's for a long weekend, a few weeks, or the entire winter.
It is very comforting to know that you will come home and find everything in pristine condition, so that you and your family can relax and enjoy yourselves. We schedule home checks on an "a la carte" basis: interior or exterior, once a week or more; keeping your house safe at reasonable rates.
We are a family owned and operated business. John is a licensed home improver. Pat is a Navy veteran and works for the National Park Service. We like to think of our work as neighbors looking out for neighbors. Trust the house-watching professionals!"
What's In The Air Your Breathing
If you have a ducted heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your home, do you clean it regularly? This system is what circulates both heat and air conditioning throughout your home, however, it also captures common air pollutants such as common dust, animal dander if you have pets, shed skin cells (yuck!), mold spores and even trace cleaning chemicals used in everyday life.
These systems are designed to capture these contaminants, but depending on your household environment (how many people and pets living in a certain amount of square footage), the ducted systems should be routinely cleaned as there will come a point in which not only will they not be working efficiently, but they can actually start to emit the contaminants back into the living space, compromising the air quality in the home. This could be especially important if the home’s inhabitants have allergies or compromised immune systems.