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How Can a Homeowner Handle Leaky Pipe Water Damage to Their Patchogue Property?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

water pooling on parquet floor in front of couch Whether water gained entry into your home through a broken pipe or a storm, contact team SERVPRO for effective water removal services.

SERVPRO Features Trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians to Address the Cleanup and Repair Your Patchogue Home Needs

Once you notice that a pipe within your Patchogue home has been leaking for a while, this is no longer a simple plumbing issue. Over time, the water exiting the pipe has been migrating into unknown areas that call for expert detection and restoration efforts. While it is nice to hope that hidden water damage just disappears, it is crucial that you have trained technicians who can follow the path of migration. SERVPRO is available to handle all of your restoration needs so that the water damage quickly becomes a thing of the past.

Water incidents in the home can become costly, so professional water damage restoration in Patchogue is exceptionally beneficial. There could be slight damage in the form of staining on your walls or ceilings, or you may have significant devastation like warped cabinetry, ruined flooring, and the onset of mold and mildew. The fact is that any excessive leaking can bring about secondary damage that can get addressed with the help of skilled restoration efforts.

Why Should I Have SERVPRO Help?

Our water restoration technicians (WRT) use powerful water extraction equipment and advanced moisture detection tools that allow us to ensure your interior is returned to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” We can take on any level of Patchogue water damage cleanup, including the moisture behind walls and under cabinetry in your home. Any water accumulation from a leaking pipe can bring destruction such as:

  • Rusted metals
  • Peeling or bubbling paint
  • Damaged to your drywall and baseboards
  • Overly saturated subfloor and delaminated flooring
  • Problems with your electrical framework
  • And more

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! Once you call SERVPRO to handle your restoration needs, we send out our Green Fleet and trained technicians within a few hours to get to work right away.

Why Should I Worry About Water Migration?

When you have leaking pipes anywhere in your home, the water coming from them migrates into dry spaces following the path of least resistance. Many porous materials in your home, such as drywall and wood, attract the water and begin to hold onto a significant amount of moisture. Water retention causes such materials to warp, swell, and eventually breakdown. There is also the potential for mold colonization if the moisture is not tackled quickly. We carefully monitor the walls and flooring in your home with the help of moisture detection tools to tell us if we are on track with our drying goals.

How Does SERVPRO Dry My Interior Faster Than My Fans?

Our skilled technicians have access to a vast assortment of equipment that helps us to find hidden moisture while also enhancing overall drying times. The attention to detail cuts back on secondary water damage under carpets, flooring, and behind walls in your home. The planning and process we put into place ensure we adjust as needed to bring relative humidity back down to normal levels. We use equipment such as:

  • Moisture Meters – Non-penetrating and penetrating moisture meters determine moisture content in different structural materials, telling our team when the structure is properly dried.
  • Moisture Sensors – Such devices determine moisture left in soft materials like carpeting and carpet padding.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers – Equipment like this measures the temperature and relative humidity in the air throughout your home.

Why Are Your Methods Better than DIY Water Cleanup?

Although a wet-dry vacuum and fans you own may help with slight water incidents, there is nothing more effective or powerful than professional-grade water removal and drying tools. Larger jobs and hidden leaks call for the assistance of IICRC-certified technicians to handle the project. If you happen to have any standing water present, we use equipment like:

  • Submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Portable pumps
  • Light-wand extractors
  • Ride-on units, also known as rovers

How Does My Interior Get Restored Back to Normal?

Wherever there is significant water damage, controlled demolition might be required. Our crew carefully removes unsalvageable materials to be replaced with all-new materials for a like-new finish. Some of the minor building services or repairs used to bring your home back to the preloss condition include:

  • Carpeting repair or replacement
  • Removal and replacement of drywall
  • Repair to your hardwood flooring or tile floors
  • Flooring replacement
  • Painting, and much more

With any water damage project, SERVPRO technicians wrap everything up to ensure your home is Certified SERVPRO Clean. We utilize a wide variety of EPA-registered cleaning agents and disinfectants that work to inhibit mold growth while ensuring your interior is not subject to musty odors. Everything is non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals so that you know that your indoor air quality and surfaces are safe for any people or pets within your household.

Call SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 924-1801 when you need help with professional water damage restoration. We are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day to help with your emergency service needs!

What Allows SERVPRO to Be Faster To Any Size Disaster?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

drying mats on a hardwood floor, green axial fan Skilled Technicians arriving in stocked Green Fleet Vehicles Offer Rapid Water Mitigation to Patchogue Properties

There are many factors working together to ensure that when water losses affect your Patchogue home, that you have qualified technicians en route to help.

While most every business has a catchy slogan or defining trademark statement, we were among the local companies that strive to meet the standards that we set in place for Patchogue homes and businesses. Saying that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster is only valid when we deliver on this promise to our customers. To do this, we have many methods of maintaining our prompt response in the face of emergencies like water loss incidents.

Whenever water damage in Patchogue homes becomes a pressing concern, such as the migration of loss effects throughout the property, a fast response is undeniably valuable. With water losses, especially, we can mobilize technicians and equipment quickly to help these disasters from getting out of control. We can often respond to damaged properties within hours of the first notice of loss, leaving a considerable majority of the typical 48-hour window that exists in restoring water-exposed materials and contents.

What is the Green Fleet?

Our production vehicles and trailers both work to provide our team and our customers with the tools and personnel required to address loss incidents as they happen. The assortment of vehicles and equipment available to our professionals ensures that we always have the appropriate power, technicians, or extraction capabilities necessary to address standing water and migrating effects in your house. Keeping vehicles stocked with tools and products needed on water loss recovery projects can reduce the delay in rolling out from the warehouse to begin mitigation. The SERVPRO Green Fleet features many valuable aspects, including:

  • Truck-Mounted Extractors 
  • Trailered Desiccant Dehumidifiers 
  • Trailer Generators 
  • Pre-Stocked Production Vehicles 

What Are the Benefits of Staffed Emergency Lines?

Automated recordings are impersonal and cannot respond to human beings in a crisis the way that another person could. We value direct conversation during the first notice of loss to collect the right information and disperse these facts to the appropriate parties. We have technicians available 24/7 to respond to this information, so we need to collect all of the data that we can while we have you on the phone the first time. The right questions help ensure that we have the appropriate equipment, personnel, and products to address the water loss incidents in your home as promptly as possible. Our fast response hinges on the right information because ill-prepared technicians reaching your home is a waste of time. The advantages of having staffed emergency lines are:

  • Quick Information Processing 
  • Get Critical Details with the First Call 
  • Get SERVPRO Technicians Moving Fast

What Technicians Can Handle Water Losses?

Having technicians and professionals prepared to help in water loss situations means ensuring that we have the majority of our roster trained in water restoration. Education and coursework through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can provide the right knowledge and experience in the hands of our capable professionals. In addition to the Water Restoration (WRT) certifications that many of our technicians acquire, others seek additional endorsements in this restoration niche including Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS.) The availability of qualified professionals at all hours ensures that no customer waits for effective mitigation and emergency services that our team could provide.

Can SERVPRO Perform Repairs and Demolition?

Water loss incidents do not always require repairs and reconstruction, but it can be beneficial to know when your choice in recovery professionals can address these concerns as well. With a team of in-house contractors available to dispatch along with our restoration technicians, we can address both pressing concerns and long-term reconstruction and build back requirements. Our focus on providing these services quickly after mitigation completes ensures that our customers do not wait for the efforts required to return their property to preloss condition. General contractors on our team can help in many ways, including:

  • Replacing Plumbing 
  • Repairing Fixtures 
  • Controlled Demolition 
  • Discarding Compromised Structural Elements 

There are no shortages of options when it comes to restoration teams in the area. However, few can offer the fast response and comprehensive restoration solutions that our SERVPRO of Patchogue team can. We have both experienced general contractors and certified restoration technicians to handle nearly every obstacle that could exist after a water emergency. Give us a call anytime you need us at (631) 924-1801.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Patchogue, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Patchogue today at (631) 924-1801 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why Would I Choose Professional Restoration for Water Damage?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

water line broke in bedroom SERVPRO can mitigate your water damage issue. Call the Patchogue SERVPRO Team, and watch them work miracles.

Our Team Offers Fast and Reliable Extraction and Drying to Protect Your Patchogue Home. 

Water losses can be overwhelming, especially when you are juggling the preservation of your belongings with lessening the spread and severity of migrating water. As challenging as these conditions might initially appear to your Patchogue property, it can be worse when you do not have the appropriate tools to manage standing water or identify moisture damage beyond the surface.

There are many credible solutions for water removal in Patchogue homes, though our professionals lean most heavily on a handful of trusted devices and machines. Submersible pumps are often the centerpiece, helping to reduce standing water to a couple of inches. At this point, the surface water can get addressed by a wet vacuum.

What is the Harm of Standing Water? 

  • Absorption
  • Material Deterioration
  • Mildew
  • Mold

Standing water presents concerns because you cannot accurately identify other damages that might be occurring as a result. For example, standing water on hardwood floors can get absorbed into the planks through the cellulose in the makeup of the wood itself. After a brief time, trapped water bonds with the molecular structure of the material and distorts and bloats it.

Is There Water I Cannot See? 

Water damage rarely only exists in areas you can see, meaning that migrating water is as much a threat to structural cavities and underlying materials as it is to the surface. With moisture meters, hygrometers, and thermal imagery, our SERVPRO professionals can get a better understanding of the presence of moisture in these areas and determine the best solution for removing it.

It can be overwhelming to take on the restoration of your home after a water loss incident on your own. In many cases, this can lead to inadequate drying that welcomes secondary loss like microbial threats. Let our SERVPRO of Patchogue team help you through the recovery process with efficient equipment and practices. You can reach us 24/7 at (631) 924-1801.

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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

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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Emergency Services for Flooded Coram Residences

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

A room with hardwood flooring that is wet, with toys on the floor. SERVPRO has you covered for your Coram water damage.

Flood damage in your Coram home, we will be right there.

Severe weather systems can quickly damage Coram homes in ways that allow unhindered access to water runoff and torrential rainfall. With rainwater penetration, areas like your attic can experience flood and water damages that require professional restoration and remediation services to correct. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in storm loss recovery and has a 24/7 response to these emergencies to begin mitigation and immediate repairs right away. 

Emergency services are a substantial element to the awarded service that our professionals provide for losses like flood damage in Coram homes. The initial steps that our crew takes after flooding can make the difference between efficient and cost-effective recovery and a more substantial challenge. Immediate actions reduce continued loss and help to protect many of the items and areas not yet affected by migrating flood damage. 

Emergency Repairs 

With an in-house team of general contractors, we can offer more than board up and tarping services after structural damages. Our professionals can work to repair damages to your utilities like the plumbing, offer portable power solutions, and install temporary fencing to protect your home and its contents throughout the entire restoration and recovery process to come. 

Extraction 

Extraction is a vital element to the restoration work that SERVPRO professionals provide customers after all flooding situations. Fast applications of extractors, pumps, and vacuums can prevent the penetration of water through the flooring to the levels of your house beneath the damaged attic space. 

Antimicrobial Effort 

Flooding scenarios can vastly increase moisture content levels and humidity, creating ideal conditions for naturally occurring mold spores to seat into organic materials and grow. Early use of our antimicrobial and disinfection solutions can make surfaces and materials uninhabitable to mold spores, as well as eliminate any microorganisms already attempting to colonize in these areas. 

Attic flooding is not a situation that any homeowner should waste time correcting. We have a full-service team of restoration specialists standing by to help. Whenever disaster strikes, give our SERVPRO of Patchogue team a call at (631) 201-4813.

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What Should You Do When Floodwaters Damage Your Selden Home? Call SERVPRO!

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

rain droplets pooling Did the recent storms cause water to invade your home? SERVPRO of Patchogue is always ready to meet your restoration needs.

Why SERVPRO For Full-Service Restoration Of Flood Damage In Your Selden Area Home 

Putting down towels or using a wet/dry shop vac is never going to be enough to address flood issues on your Selden property. What you need is access to a company that provides you with an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – certified team to address every effect and symptom that occurs during and after a flood. 

The proper application of water restoration products plays a significant role in the results you receive after flood damage occurs in your Selden area home. When contamination exists, professional water damage restoration technicians, competent in proper usage, can be beneficial in returning your loss environment to a quality preloss condition. 

SERVPRO gives you access to highly-trained personnel, equipment, and resources that make combating issues associated with flood damage easier than ever before. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round, and work hard to provide you with full-service solutions you can count on to regain control of your living environment. 

As a part of our flood damage restoration service, SERVPRO technicians often address microbes, which consists of using various disinfectants. Common disinfectants include quaternary, phenols, formaldehyde, alcohols, and chlorines. We use disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our EPA-registered disinfectants include Sporicidin (#154F), Concrobium (#127), Vanquish (#175), Benefect (#170), and Microban (#180). 

  • Antimicrobial – Any chemical used to prevent the development or to limit or stop the growth of microbes.
  • Disinfectants – Antimicrobials designed to destroy about 99 percent of organisms present on a given surface.
  • Sanitizers – Used to decrease the number of microbes present to acceptable levels.
  • Sterilizers – Helps destroy all micro-organisms present, including bacteria and fungi spores.
  • Stats: Mildewstats and Fungistats – Slow the growth of fungi on organic materials such as textiles, leather, and paper.
  • Cides: Biocides – Chemical agents that destroy or kill living organisms, like viruses. 

While microbes always exist within our indoor living environments, proper application of these products can help limit your exposure. When performing mitigation of flood damage situations on your property, SERVPRO technicians help reduce the potential for microbial contamination. 

Contact SERVPRO of Patchogue for access to full-service flood damage solutions throughout the Coram, Centereach, and Farmingville areas. We’re here to help return your home to a quality preloss condition as quickly and efficiently as possible. (631) 924-1801 

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Why Handle Fire Damage Remediation Alone in Your Coram Residence

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke odors can linger forever if not dealt with properly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Why SERVPRO Uses Different Approaches to Combat Odors Caused by Fire Damage in Coram Residences

The variety of materials inside your home contain a mixture of different substances. Each substance is based on organic matter, synthetic products, or a metal. When a fire happens, the assortment of things that burn result in different kinds of smoke that stream throughout your Coram home. Many synthetics melt before burning, causing them to produce gases instead of, or along with, visible smoke. By-products of fire can cause health effects in occupants.

This is why SERVPRO mitigates houses in Coram to eliminate smoke odors by focusing on their sources. Doing so requires us to rely on multiple techniques. One cause of noxious odors that devastate a home come from the thousands of small droplets that fizzle out from plastics and rubber items as they melt or burn. SERVPRO's Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians clean away these droplets from the surfaces in your home during part of the normal mitigation process. However, this only takes care of one source of bothersome smells.

The air can become filled with vapors, gases, and particulate matter during a blaze, and these continue to pollute the air long after the fire gets extinguished. SERVPRO uses Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommended practices in the use of different machines to extract these, and subsequently, associated odors, from out of your property. 

IICRC-approved methods regarding odor control also include using powerful and long-lasting agents that overpower stagnant odors, which works well with mystery odors or those that seem to come from everywhere. While you might want to use store-bought sprays and timed air fresheners, these do not provide adequate coverage compared to the ones we use. 

Our building services department further helps reduce bad odors and what causes them by removing fire-damaged materials like blackened walls and melted carpet and then reinstalling new components. Other services, like electronics repair, help our customers recover more fully, faster, and with less expense after a fire, than people who do not use qualified services. 

Property owners in Selden, Centereach, Farmington, and also Bellport depend on the IICRC-certified staff and building experts at SERVPRO of Patchogue when fire damage ruins their home. Calling us at (631) 924-1801 is the first step in restoring your home "Like it never even happened.”

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When Disaster Strikes the Structure and Contents of Your Patchogue Property--SERVPRO Is Here for Restoration Services

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Team--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster in Patchogue

Why Use Professional Restoration Services in Patchogue Homes?

Patchogue homeowners can only do so much preventative maintenance to avoid costly home disasters such as damage from severe weather that can cause mold or from a house fire or broken water line. When unavoidable loss happens to a property, it is vital to engage professional restoration services rather than rely on DIY methods of cleanup. The reason is simple; inadequate cleaning leads to more significant issues such as mold from improper mitigation of water damage or foul odors in the home from deeply embedded soot particles that home cleaning products are powerless against. In cases such as groundwater caused by storms, it is crucial to avoid contact with the water until completion of the testing for contaminants, including the possibility of sewage, is needed.

In Patchogue homes, fire damage occurs most often in kitchens and rooms with fireplaces. Improper storage of flammable materials in attached garages leads to a large number of residence fires. A sobering statistic from the National Fire Protection Association shows that the average number of fires occurring in an average household during a lifetime is five. SERVPRO teams members hold certifications as Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians FSRT and know that different types of smoke require different approaches to cleaning and restoration.

  •   Wet Smoke is a result of the combustion of  rubber or plastic items. These types of fires burn more slowly at a lower temperature and leave behind a greasy residue with a strong, pungent odor.
  •  Dry Smoke occurs from the burning of wood and paper products and generally exposed the area to higher temperatures during the blaze. The residue left behind is easier to lift off surfaces but usually associated with more destructure fires.
  •   Puffback is not uncommon in New York properties and happens when a furnace malfunctions and blows soot throughout the HVAC duct system. Every area with a vent receives soot damage, and restoration requires repairs to the furnace and thorough cleaning of the ductwork.  

    In cases where only a section of the residence has fire and smoke damage, we immediately contain the area upon arrival. The most common method uses heavy 6 mil plastic to cover doorways and vents to inhibit the spread of soot in currently undamaged areas of the home. Once our technicians complete fire debris cleanup and restoration efforts, our Odor Control Techs OCT ensure there are no lingering smoke odors left in the property.

    When water damage occurs in Patchogue properties, it requires extraction and drying as fast as possible. Because water follows the path of least resistance, it wicks into sheetrock, flows behind baseboards and other hard to reach places. The result of inadequate water removal is weakening of building materials such as warping and buckling of sheetrock, mold, and foul odors.

    If you experience a water loss in your home and there are any indications water migrated in hard-to-reach areas such as within walls, ceilings or subflooring, it is crucial to bring in a professional restoration services company to ensure the removal of all excess moisture occurs along with thorough drying.

    SERVPRO employees have intensive training and hold certifications as Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT). In their extensive training and experience, they learn the best practices for each water loss mitigation. We have specialized equipment to locate moisture hidden within the structure and perform water extraction. Extra time spent on water removal means less drying time and less exposure to excessive moisture to both the residence and possessions.

    Homeowners are glad to hear that carpet that is saturated by clean or gray water is not automatically a loss. Our certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians CCT have methods for drying carpet in place, or when that is not feasible, we can dry, clean and sanitize the carpet in-plant, saving the homeowner the stress and cost of replacing the floor covering.

    When homeowners in Patchogue find mold damage in their residence, it is not a DIY project. Any disturbance to mold colonies has the potential to spread spores, creating a more significant problem in the home. Anywhere favorable conditions exist, the spores may set up new colonies and infest additional areas of the house.

    SERVPRO employees are Applied Microbial Remediation Technician AMRT and know how to remediate mold safely. We utilize containment around mold affected areas in the home consisting of heavy plastic sheeting or airlock barriers with a zipper chamber depending on the level of infestation and potential of spreading spores.

    Removal of mold colonies merely removes the visual. We use advanced equipment such as thermal imaging and probes to locate areas of excessive moisture behind walls, under flooring or other places in the home.

    After thoroughly drying and performing mold abatement, including the application of antimicrobial sealer to inhibit regrowth, our technicians also identify the issues that created the environment conducive to mold growth and recommend the appropriate measures to fix.

    Storm damage in Patchogue residences can happen almost without warning. Intense storms, flash floods, and wind damage are not uncommon reasons for water clean up. Our employees have training and certification as Health and Safety Technicians. Along with their other intensive training through the best practices as outlined by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC give them the knowledge to address loss in the home from wild weather. We advise homeowners to avoid contact with groundwater until it is tested to determine if the water contains toxins, chemicals, or sewage.

    We use our water extraction equipment, which includes submersible pumps for deep water situations, to perform water removal quickly and then dry the property using our advanced equipment to handle particular situations such as the need to force air behind wall cavities or floor joists. Our technicians remove Items that have restoration potential through cleaning and remove items too damaged to restore. All items handled are photographed and cataloged to expedite insurance claims.

    Why SERVPRO?
    We have more than 40 years of combined experience in both the insurance and restoration services industries serving the Greater Patchogue community. Our certified, trained technicians approach every mitigation with both compassion and a commitment to lessening loss through restoration whenever possible. To reduce stress for property owners, we work with both homeowners and insurance adjusters to assist with paperwork and filing to expedite claims.

    Contact SERVPRO of Patchogue at (631) 201-4928 when you need assistance with water damage, fire loss or require mold remediation. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 and works until the damage in your home is, "Like it never even happened."

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The Importance Of Air Scrubbers During Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Coram

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (631) 924-1801 for skilled professionals who care about the condition of your family's home.

Why SERVPRO Uses Air Scrubbers While Mitigating Fire Damage In Properties In Coram

The size of particles that settles all over your home in Coram during a fire makes it easy for many of them to float back up into the air. These particles not only can cause irritation and other health effects in anyone inside the property, but they also produce the signature scent characteristic in homes after a fire occurred. The continuous disintegration of these particles means that the air in your home always seems contaminated.

The ever-present scent gives away the existence of soot in the air, which is why SERVPRO uses powerful air scrubbers during the time we work inside your Coram home mitigating fire damage. Our air scrubbers help clean the air of dust, pollen, microbes, and other pollutants, also, due to their HEPA filters.

Smoke particles can give the appearance of being harmless despite their dirty and greasy properties. Breathing them can cause severe health effects, though, so cleaning the air becomes a priority for us. With a microscope, you can see their actual appearance. Jagged edges make them sharp and able to etch into metals and other hard materials. Soft materials can also become increasingly damaged; the longer soot layers rest on their surfaces.

Cleaning soot from your home includes the use of brushes that whisk dry carbon off surfaces, while greasy deposits get treated with sponges and cloths, instead.  Some of this soot ends up in the air as we clean your home. Working on ceilings and higher areas on walls adds to the amount of soot floating in each room.

During the act of cutting damaged walls and other materials away from adjacent areas that remain unscathed, additional dust enters the area. Air scrubbers remove this before we can breathe any of it, and also before it settles on furnishings inside your home.

SERVPRO of Patchogue arrives ready to start working on mitigating fire damage with both air scrubbers and other specialized equipment. Our employees have both in-house training and on the job experience in a wide range of restoration and mitigation settings. No job is too large, complicated, nor too small for us to complete for our valued customers in Yaphank, Blue Point, of Centereach. Call us at (631) 924-1801 for skilled professionals who care about the condition of your family's home.

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We Don't "Just Clean-Up"

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.   Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself "Are you ready for whatever happens?"

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantages

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. 
    • This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    • It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
    • This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    • You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
    • This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”   

What Can SERVPRO of Patchogue Do For You?

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration: Pretesting helps SERVPRO of Patchogue determine what type of fire has taken place.  Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Water Removal and Dehumidification:  SERVPRO of Patchogue will identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action.  Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup:  SERVPRO of Patchogue technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

Mold Mitigation and Remediation: SERVPRO of Patchogue will work to control and remediate mold contaminates while protecting your health and safety.

Contents Claim Inventory Service:  Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduce job completion time. SERVPRO of Patchogue can provide an itemized, area-by-area loss inventory.

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning: SERVPRO of Patchogue can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care: SERVPRO of Patchogue uses the latest IICRC training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backing.

Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications:  Using IICRC standards for carpet as a guide, SERVPRO of Patchogue will show you what cleaning option would be best for your carpet’s level of soiling and explain the benefits of soil protection.

Odor Identification and Deodorization: SERVPRO of Patchogue will find the source of the odor and determine the best method to neutralize and eliminate it.

Upholstery and Drapes, Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods:  Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO of Patchogue 24/7

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Patchogue provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 631-924-1801

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for Fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

When Water Damage Strikes: SERVPRO of Patchogue is Here To Help

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Patchogue will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION  

SERVPRO of Patchogue will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES 

SERVPRO of Patchogue will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step. 

MONITORING 

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, SERVPRO of Patchogue will monitor the drying process.  The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES

SERVPRO of Patchogue will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition. 

Hurricane Harvey

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Stories From The Storm

Hurricane Harvey was an extremely destructive  Atlantic hurricane, which became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas.

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team deployed to assist in the cleanup and recovery efforts, responding to losses across Southeast Texas including Houston, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Victoria, and Bryan/College Station.

The SERVPRO family not only responded to restoration needs, but also helped secure critical donations to help provide residents with access to necessary items like diapers (approx. 35,000!) and toiletries.

Harvey By The Numbers

  • With peak accumulation of 51.88 inches, Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States.
  • Economic losses are preliminarily estimated at between $81 to $108 billion, with a large portion of the losses sustained by uninsured homeowners. 
  • Following the storm, an estimated 550 storm crews were deployed, representing more than 240 SERVPRO Franchises. Those numbers, in addition to area Franchises, places more than 1,000 crews in storm-affected areas.  Crews traveled from as far as California, Washington, and New York.

You Can Be Ruined, or You Can Be Ready: with the help of technology

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situations and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents.  Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.

Follow the News  

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe  

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish.  

Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis.  You will receive a notification from Facebook if you 're located in the affected area at that time. 

Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. 

Get an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepare you, your property, or your business for an emergency. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your property or business, you minimized business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business. 

Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Patchogue today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business, and SERVPRO will be there to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

(631) 924-1801

The Science of Drying

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Patchogue is trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Patchogue will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.   
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying property.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does "speed up Mother Nature" mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature usually takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, SERVPRO of Patchogue has been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. 

SERVPRO of Patchogue also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Patchogue has the right equipment and training to help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Call Us Today! (631) 924-1801

Why The Emergency READY Profile?

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO "Emergency READY Profile" (ERP) will help you ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO "Emergency READY Profile" can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.  The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Patchogue as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years of experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong.  Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the events happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

The ERP is a no-coat assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Patchogue today to establish your Emergency READY Profile!

(631) 924-1801