Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

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