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When Flood Damage Becomes a New Menu Item on Your Stony Brook Restaurant?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of restaurant.  Tables and chairs. Flood waters can shudder food service establishments. Call SERVPRO to restore your restaurant today!

Getting Your Stony Brook Restaurant Open Again After Flooding 

As you might expect, the priority of every restauranteur after a flood or other disaster is to get their Stony Brook eatery back up and running. Hungry patrons are not always the most loyal customers, and so you have to focus most on the work that gets the restaurant safe and secure for customer traffic and food preparation again. Our team has effective products and equipment to address nearly any obstacle that affects your property after this emergency.

Flood damage in Stony Brook restaurants can spread quickly from the penetration point and migrate throughout the main level of the building. The objective after flooding begins is limiting this spread and protecting the property as much as possible. Because you have likely already vacated the premises, the best proactive stance that you can take for your business is to reach out to our SERVPRO team as quickly as possible.

Natural flooding presents substantial risks to your facility and those exposed. Category 2 – Gray water – and Category 3 – Black water both present significant bacterial and contamination threats. Overcoming this risk in your building can often require controlled demolition and reconstruction efforts as exposed porous elements like drywall, wooden fixtures and furniture, and carpeted areas must all get removed and discarded to reduce the spread of contamination. 

We have a team of restoration specialists that can work alongside our in-house commercial contractors to expertly navigate water loss mitigation strategies. Because of your investments in areas that can still get salvaged from indirect moisture exposure, such as dining fixtures like tables, chairs, booths, and more, getting the full measure of this mitigation and emergency construction effort is critical. 

Getting your doors back open is a top focus of our SERVPRO team on-site. We can quickly remove or reduce water damage by utilizing our industry-leading drying equipment, including the hundreds of air movers and dozens of dehumidifiers we have in our inventory. 

Because of how strict food and beverage guidelines are for business owners, you cannot risk a contamination or mold situation getting out of control. As alarming as flooding might initially seem, our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team has the power and focus to help however you need. Give us a call today at (631) 476-5300. 

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No More Mistakes With Flood Damage Remediation in Ridge

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooded room in a home When flooding affects your home or business, quick water removal is key to successful results. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Flood Damage Gurus in Ridge Define Chemical Terms Used in the Restoration Industry

The state of New York sits on the east coast, making the region susceptible to being negatively affected by tropical storms coming off of the Atlantic and their after effects. Many conditions created during thunderstorms can ruin things on your property and cause you extensive flood damage. Once a storm hits your neighborhood, and you notice problems, the best idea is to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Mitigating flood damage in Ridge takes the proper know-how and industrially advanced equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians have experience in dealing with various types of restoration projects, and we have the appropriate training to put the industry's most advanced technology into use. In addition to the equipment and tools of the trade we have at our disposal, we also use a variety of chemical products during restoration so that we make sure to transform your house back to the way it was before the storm caused destruction, "Like it never even happened."

When utilizing chemicals to aid us in our restoration efforts, it helps you the homeowner to have some basic knowledge of the terminology used when describing chemical products in the industry. The following is a list of some of the terms we employ in the mitigation business and what they mean.

  1. Antimicrobial

Antimicrobial can be defined as "against microbes," and they are used to prevent the development of microorganisms like fungi.

  1. Disinfectants

These chemical products are antimicrobials that can destroy 99% of organisms they come into contact with, but they may not be useful when attempting to eliminate fungal or bacterial spores.

  1. Sanitizers

Sanitizers are antimicrobial chemicals that are designed to bring the level of microorganisms down to a level that is considered acceptable by public health authorities.

  1. Sterilizers

A sterilizer destroys all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores, but they can only be used on surfaces that are not made from organic materials.

  1. -stats

Mildewstats and fungistats prevent the growth of fungi on organic materials but do not necessarily kill them.

  1. -cides

Biocides are chemical agents that are constructed to kill living organisms. For example, sporicides are made specifically to destroy and control bacterial and fungal reproductive spores.

Knowing all of the proper terms of any trade can be rough, but if you call in our highly trained team of professionals to help you with your restoration project, we can take care of all the technical parts of the process. We can be reached 24 hours a day and seven days a week by calling SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Best Bet No Matter What The Damage is in Your Port Jefferson Community.

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Warehouse with one a SERVPRO van and equipment stacked on shelves inside the warehouse. No matter the loss in Port Jefferson... water, fire, storm, or mold we have the gear and will be right there.

We will show you why we can help you the best for your Port Jefferson damage. 

The need for restoration services in Port Jefferson takes many forms. Our emergency response team answers the call from local property owners to clean up and restore damage to residential and commercial properties from damage caused by water, fire, storm, and mold. 

Water

The potential for water damage in a Port Jefferson home comes from many sources. Plumbing issues, water tank seal failures, and even human error such as not winterizing pipes resulting in leaks or forgetting a faucet was on and overflowing a sink or tub. 

Once the water loss happens in the home, it becomes progressively more contaminated. If it remains in the house over 48-hours, the water requires handling as a category three biohazard. Another issue, often with home-based water cleanup efforts SERVPRO encounters from time to time is the problem of missed moisture. 

For example, when a water spill occurs in a kitchen, the water migrates and follows the path of least resistance. It races behind baseboards, under subflooring or within wall cavities. If excessive moisture remains in any of these places, symptoms such as warped and buckled sheetrock, musty odors or mold create secondary damages that require mitigation, often at additional cost.

Our certified technicians have access to state-of-the-art water extraction equipment that enables them to avoid costly secondary damage from inadequate water cleanup. After the water removal phase, we dry and disinfect the property.  SERVPRO technicians work hard to return your home to its preloss condition. 

Storm 

Storm damage in Port Jefferson properties often increases both the amount of water that requires removal and loss potential to homes. 

Because of the likelihood of flash flooding in this part of New York, groundwater is also a concern. When this type of water enters a home, it brings everything it encounters along the way too. Chemicals, sewage, and debris can land directly in your home with the incoming water and compound the nature of the damage to your property and possessions. 

Many of the standard procedures our certified Water Restoration Technicians do for other types of water damage apply to this situation with one caveat: groundwater is a category three biohazard. This definition means most porous items that absorb this type of water do not have restoration potential as they cannot return to sanitary standards for reuse. 

SERVPRO technicians test the water for the presence of bacteria or contaminants and wear head to toe protective gear when cleaning up this type of water loss. We do any controlled demolition actions needed to speed up the drying process and remove damaged building materials most often using a technique known as "flood cuts."

Water has its own characteristic musty smell, and odor control is a large part of mitigation after flood damage. Drying and disinfection often lower foul scents in the home substantially, but residual odors sometimes remain. When this occurs, our certified Odor Control Technicians get to work and neutralize any remaining reminders of the water loss in the home. 

Fire 

When fire damage occurs in a Port Jefferson home, it is vital to begin cleanup efforts as fast as possible to stop the spread of soot throughout the property. Containment is something that needs to occur as quickly as possible to halt the traveling of soot to currently unaffected areas. Most often, It involves sealing off doorways and vents with heavy gauge plastic. If the HVAC was on after the fire, we make a note to inspect the ductwork for cleaning after the fire debris cleanup.

Once we finish the removal of charred items and clean the smoke residue with our specialized methods and professional-grade formulas; we turn our attention to eradicating the smoke odor from affected furnishings in the home. Items like upholstered sofas and chairs, window treatments, and carpeting all have the potential to retain foul smoke odors. 

Our technicians undergo extensive training for the removal of all types of odors. SERVPRO has equipment such as thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators that work to neutralize foul scents. In some cases, it is necessary to apply multiple methods for complete eradication of odors. 

After the completion of fire damage mitigation, SERVPRO finalizes the restoration services with any needed ductwork cleaning. We thoroughly address everything from the vent covers to the HVAC unit to ensure it is free of smoke odors. 

Mold

Mold spores are present everywhere. Mold damage in Port Jefferson homes occurs when conditions are right for mold spores to germinate and grow. A leaky pipe, hydrostatic water problems in a basement or poor ventilation are all common reasons a mold colony came into being. 

When SERVPRO handles mold remediation, we use our moisture detection equipment to determine areas of excessive moisture to ensure we catch every place mold is active in the home. 

Much like when we contain a room after fire damage to stop the spread of soot, mold spores become airborne and spread during mold remediation. Containment lessens the chances of mold spores setting up home in another area of the property. 

Lowering humidity under 45% creates inhospitable conditions for colonies to exist. After drying, SERVPRO technicians carefully remove the colonies using manual methods, or for large infestations, we use lightly abrasive abatement techniques such as soda blasting.

Because mold is usually the result of a problem with either excessive moisture or ventilation, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians know the signs that create favorable conditions for mold growth. Upon the completion of mold removal efforts, the technicians wrap the project with the following actions: 

  • We determine the reason for the infestation
  • Recommendations for repairs to inhibit any further mold issues from occurring 
  • Application of antimicrobial sealer where we performed colony removal

Why SERVPRO? Our certified technicians commit to approaching each job we do for our local Port Jefferson community with compassion and lessening loss from fire, mold, water, or storm damage. You cannot get professional quality restoration services results with subpar equipment. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques as taught through The  Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization that maintains the best practices for the cleaning and restoration industry.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is available 24/7 to bring restoration services to your home to clean up damage from water, fire, storm or mold. Call us at (631) 476-5300, and our emergency response team arrives on-site soon after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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It Is Crucial To Use Containment Methods During Water Cleanup In Your Rocky Point Home

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Couple Using Bucket For Collecting Water Leakage From Ceiling Call us at (631) 476-5300 to have an expert crew handle your Stony Brook home's water-related emergency.

Why SERVPRO Uses Containment Methods During Water Cleanup In Rocky Point Properties

When water starts invading your Rocky Point residence, its physical properties allow it to go almost everywhere. Water travels unhindered horizontally and downward, but it can also move upward by wicking higher and higher through absorption into the pores of different materials.

This is why SERVPRO uses different methods of containment while working on a Rocky Point home's water cleanup and restoration job. Using only extraction methods only removes part of the water damaging a house. Forcing standing water, moisture hidden inside materials, and humidity toward different locations of the house help us trap it for complete removal.

Part of the water cleanup process includes cutting moisture-laden materials like carpeting and soiled drywall into small sections and then bagging these into manageable sizes. The filled bags initially go into a temporary containment chamber that we build on-site where we can treat the bags' exteriors and then place each one into an outer bag.  
Other containment areas might house undamaged items like furniture. Protecting costly items in this way also allows us to add restored items once completed. We want to make the recovery process as stress-free for our customers, and making the process as transparent as possible helps us accomplish this. When plumbing emergencies are the cause of your problems, our building services team can help and reduce the number of professionals needed for a complete restoration to take place.

Many containment chambers come in smaller sizes. Our desiccant machines use a tank to hold the water it strips out of the air as it passes through. Others use our pump truck's tank. Our Injectidry systems come with tubing that not only extracts moisture from floors but also sends the water into the tank outside. Our manually-operated extraction wands also connect to the tank on our Green Fleet's pump truck.

Once full, we empty the tank according to local regulations. We never pour this out into your neighborhood's gutters or street drains, no matter how small the amount. When permitted, we use a drain that already exists on your property, especially if this can save you from an additional expense.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson's water cleanup specialists know how to use highly efficient methods that dry out a property and protects it and its contents from secondary damage. Containing water is a large part of the process. Call us at (631) 476-5300 to have an expert crew handle your Stony Brook home's water-related emergency. We also provide this and related services to homeowners in Ridge and Miller Place.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Stony Brook Home After A Fire

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen with drywall and insulation covering every surface This was the aftermath of a kitchen fire and there was significant smoke and soot damage. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Innovations in Deodorization that Help Stony Brook Residences After Fire Damage

The smoke and soot that spread throughout your Stony Brook home after a fire cause many different kinds of damage. Our prompt use of restoration industry best practices mitigates or stop the progressive deterioration highly corrosive fire residues can inflict on structural components and contents. We then work on remediation, returning as many surfaces and fixtures to preloss condition as possible by cleaning and clearing away debris. 

Lingering Odors an Unwanted Reminder of Fire Damage

One of the biggest fire damage challenges a Stony Brook homeowner faces is the stench that can persist long after all exterior and interior damage is restored. The tiny bits of incompletely combusted building materials and contents that are the solids in smoke and soot carry the odor. Because they are so small, it can be very difficult to eradicate all of them. Thus, malodors endure. Smells are very evocative, reminding you and your family of the fear, worry, and disruption of the fire if not eliminated.

Deodorization Is a Multi-Step Process

SERVPRO utilizes a malodor abatement protocol that eventually takes care of the smells after fire damage. We know that the perception of odors is a very individual thing, so we use many strategies until you and your family are satisfied. We start by finding and disposing of all charred items, searching until these “bigger” odor-holders are out the door. Deep cleaning of solid and porous surfaces deals with surface and absorbed odors, the latter of which can vaporize out of the pores of wood or fibers. We inspect your HVAC system as well, arranging for cleaning if sooty debris is inside, ready to move from space to space in the ductwork.

Sealing In Odor Is an Option

If structures are sound but seem to emit fire-related smells even after deep cleaning, sealing is a possibility to prevent odors from vaporizing. Hard to reach recesses in the ductwork also might profit from sealing. 

Advanced Deodorization Techniques

If a thorough cleaning does not do the trick and sealing is impractical, SERVPRO utilizes equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators. These resources emit particles that seek out and pair with the odiferous smoke solids, neutralizing the smell through chemical changes at the molecular level. This approach can be successful with airborne smells and malodorous particles that settled and even worked their way into fabrics, cracks, or crevices.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson offers a range of deodorization solutions when smoky and protein-based smells continue to pervade your home even after mitigation and remediation. Call us at (631) 476-5300 to set up a consultation including a thorough fire damage odor elimination work up.

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We Act Fast to Limit Damage to Your Stony Brook Home After Water Damage

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room with couch floating. Don't let your house turn upside down due to water damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Steps that Guarantee Safety During Water Removal in Affected Stony Brook Homes 

Whatever incident leaves your Stony Brook property flooded, removing all the standing water fast enough is essential to keep the damages at manageable levels. Water remove may require different steps, including scooping the water with buckets or pumps and controlling the evaporation rates by managing temperature and air movements. It is easy to forget safety when juggling all these activities.

Safety of the affected people

Carrying out the process of water removal from your Stony Brook home is not possible without people being in contact with the spilled water. That contact can pose a wide range of risks. For example, if there are chemicals or other contaminants dissolved in the water, they can pose health risks to the person doing the removal.  There is also the risk of electrocution because water conducts electricity. Our SERVPRO technicians address these risks in different ways. We have electrical circuit testes to verify that no electrical hazards exist after we turn off the power. We also have PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, like rubber boots and gloves to protect against contaminants.

Safety of the structure

Water can compromise the integrity of some structural components, especially after extended exposure. It can also ruin the physical appearance by affecting finishes. For example, it can cause chipping or bubbling of paint ruining the visual appeal of a wall, ceiling, or other parts of the structure. Apart from removing water fast, there is also a need to take other precautions. When drying your premises, our SERVPRO technicians make calculations to ensure balanced drying. This prevents issues such as condensation which can transfer moisture to elevated surfaces or cracking or warping in materials such as wood due to unbalanced drying.  

Safety of the equipment

The equipment used during removal plays a crucial role in expediting the process.  However, damaging the equipment during the operation would amplify the cost of restoration, especially if using hired ones.  Our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained, so we operate our equipment safely and in ways that guarantee maximum efficiency. For example, we ensure nothing blocks the vents of the air movers. We also use GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, when operating electric-powered equipment in wet environments.

For safe and efficient water removal in your Setauket, Rocky Point or Ridge properties, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Professionals Talk About Remediating Mold Damage in Rocky Point Commercial Property

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is ready for any mold emergency that your business might have.

Containment Procedures for Mold-Damaged Rocky Point Venues 

Venues only generate income when people are renting the Rocky Point facility, or some form of entertainment event is taking place. When disasters strike these buildings, it can be overwhelming to get them back to top form on your own when a demanding schedule of rentals and scheduled events looms over your head.  Mold colonization in the facilities is a situation that can quickly get out of control without the appropriate intervention. 

Mold damage to Rocky Point businesses can be among the most detrimental of circumstances, as the existence of these colonies presents a risk to both the building itself and all of those directly exposed. Even the existence of mold in air ducts can present airborne volatile organic compounds to impact guests to the building and make objectives like containment more challenging. Our SERVPRO professionals can help. 

We have a full roster of trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) The knowledge and experience gained through the acquisition of this certification and the years of service to our communities make our SERVPRO professionals among the most qualified and skilled in mold damage recovery. Since We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can work around the clock to limit the effect that mold growth has on potential profits and cancellations. 

Containment is a considerable portion of the work that must initially occur to prevent the colonization from spreading farther through the building. With zipper locked plastic sheeting and the use of machines like air scrubbers and negative air chambers, we can reduce the activity of mold spores and make them less likely to inhabit new areas. 

With the high use of your venue, you need a fast turnaround on colony removal and restoration of the building. Proper containment can allow your facility to continue operating in a limited capacity when necessary to prevent full closures. You can count on our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson remediation technicians to make it “Like it even never happened.” Give us a call today at (631) 476-5300.

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Municipal Buildings in Rocky Point Often Rely Upon SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup and Remediation

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO at Another Mold Remediation Job in Rocky Point Area--Ready to Help!

Schools in Rocky Point Can Call Us Anytime for Commercial Mold Damage Remediation

A school should be a safe environment for students and teachers. Unfortunately, older builds come with a variety of plumbing issues that may result in mold growth. Over the weekend, a slow leak can result in widespread mold growth on acoustic ceilings, carpets, and insulation. These tasks go beyond the scope of your janitorial team, requiring professional remediation to restore indoor air quality IAQ and remove potentially harmful microbial bacterias, viruses, and fungi.  

Education centers with commercial mold damage in Rocky Point can rely on our large loss recovery teams to overcome the issue quickly and efficiently (Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 00261.) We understand that temporary closures need to be kept to a minimum to preserve the reputation of a school among parents in the community. SERVPRO offers commercial units with training in mold assessment and remediation that is led by an experienced crew chief who can communicate with you from start to finish.  

Containment is an essential part of mold remediation which, on a large school site, can take several days to restore indoor air quality to an acceptable level. Our preventative measures may include the placing of physical barriers, establishing clean rooms and decontamination zones to ensure that the infestation does not spread. Our team can place dehumidification equipment to ensure the relative humidity remains below 60%, which prevents the infestation from worsening overnight. 

To properly remediate a large property, there is much work that needs to be done. Porous materials are generally considered non-salvageable and must be removed. Controlled demolitions of drywall, detaching of carpets, and removing insulation are all necessary parts of tackling a mold infestation. When carrying out this procedure, SERVPRO technicians apply negative air pressure to prevent mold spores from spreading. At the end of service, known-salvageable materials can be replaced, with box fans and air-scrubbers deployed to create a sanitary school environment.  

Molds can severely affect indoor air quality. In some cases, an industrial hygienist must test and verify that the remediated building is safe. Give your school the best chance of limited closure by contacting SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

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Extreme Weather Potential Predicts Flash Flood Damage in Stony Brook

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will always be there for your Stony Brook flood damage.

Let us keep you safe through your Stony Brook storm damage.

If the recent history of heavy rains and flash flooding in Stony Brook recurs this summer and fall, your home might be in its path. Our company has come to the aid to many in our community following storm-related flood disasters. We support the work of our technicians with courses approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC) and state-of-the-art equipment. Our well-qualified employees and hardware permit our team to mitigate and remediate all aspects of seasonal flooding.

Flood damage in Stony Brook can be exacerbated if a storm surge accompanies fierce straight line or rotating winds and torrential rain. Residences near the water can suffer from this phenomenon despite the natural islands, reefs, and marshlands that provide some protection under normal circumstances. Adding salt water to the mix of rain and runoff can set the stage for long-term damage to many conventional building materials, including wood and concrete. 

Wood can experience saltwater defibration, or delignification also know as “fuzzy wood” or “salt kill.” It looks similar to a fungal infestation, but our SERVPRO technicians know it develops when saltwater damages the cellular structure of wooden building materials. The wood weakens as its structure changes over time. Flushing storm surge-damaged structural components with fresh water before proceeding with water removal and drying can limit the issues.

In a like manner, concrete, bricks, and mortar can deteriorate when flooded with salt water. Rainstorms moving over Long Island Sound and Smithtown Bay can pull moisture from the ocean, the precipitation made saltier than typical showers flooding into homes through foundations and damaged exteriors. Concrete, bricks, and cinder block break down slowly, but failing to address the flooding when it happens means these materials could develop severe structural problems leading over time to collapse. SERVPRO stands ready to assess the condition of your home in the aftermath of flood damage looking at both current and long term risks. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Trust SERVPRO of Port Jefferson to manage your flood damage scenario with care, compassion, and application of the restoration industry best practices. We are just a call away at (631) 476-5300.

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The Secret of Successful Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Stony Brook

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage to a library in Stony Brook can pose a serious threat. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Stop Water Damage at a Stony Brook Library in its Tracks

One of the biggest threats to a library may be the potential for damaging incidents to destroy entire collections at once. While not usually severe enough to cause a total loss of even a single section, damages must be dealt with promptly and by professional mitigation experts to save as many books and materials as possible. Water damages tend to be common across most of New York, whether from failing pipes, occasional mishaps, or minor storm damages. Regardless of where the water came from, you should always seek help from a company like SERVPRO that has the workforce and training required to handle large-scale issues in a small time frame.  

When libraries in Stony Brook take water damage of any kind, they may face a significant threat to collections that could be difficult or impossible to replace, regardless of cost. Replacing an entire rack of books (or more) could also be an expense that your budget leaves no room for. SERVPRO focuses on mitigation and restoration to keep replacements to a minimum. We can dry out books, restore flooring and other structural materials, and call in specialists to handle particularly valuable or delicate items that may have been damaged. Calling us as soon as you identify a problem is vital to the success of our operations: the faster we arrive to start reversing damages, the more items and structural fixtures we can avoid replacing.  

Even relatively minor issues like a leak or excessive humidity can cause damage to both the building and your books. Older books are especially vulnerable to moisture, and all unprotected paper can lose strength and start to develop mold growth when moisture levels get too high. Most leaks can be cured with common store-bought remedies and humidity should dissipate with more intense climate control in the building, but by the time you can identify any fungal growth or warping of materials, you should give us a call. 

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is an experienced and fully certified provider of water damage mitigation and restoration services for the local area. Call us 24/7 at (631) 476-5300 for emergency services or a quote. 

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