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We Have The Specialized Equipment To Restore Your Rocky Point Home Properly After Water Damage

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Our green machine drying the hardwood in this hallway Our drying techniques salvaged the saturated wood floors in this home, saving the home owner thousands of dollars.

Discovering Water Damage in Your Rocky Point Kitchen

A burst pipe in your kitchen, even when there are minimal amounts of water spilled into the room, can cause a massive headache. Not only is your daily routine impacted, but you may be facing unexpected expenses. After you have mopped up excess water and dried your kitchen floor, it is crucial to inspect the rest of your kitchen to see if your cupboards and your baseboards have incurred any damage.

When you notice water damage in your Rocky Point kitchen, perhaps near the baseboards or the cupboards, it is essential to take care of it right away to mitigate secondary damage such as dangerous mold infestations or warping of expensive wooden cabinets.

SERVPRO water restoration technicians use specialized equipment to assess and take care of the water damage. In the case of water absorption into your cupboards and baseboards, it is important to use inspection devices to determine the exact location of moisture pockets and the level of moisture within the impacted areas.

Thermal imaging cameras (infrared cameras) identify temperature differences on the surface of the material. The surface of wet material is a different temperature than dry materials, so using thermal imaging cameras allow technicians to identify which areas need further attention quickly. Depending on the time of day and the temperature within the room, the wet surface may be warmer or cooler than the dry surface.

Wet surfaces retain temperature differently than dry surfaces. One reason is that when water evaporates from a surface, it cools the surface, indicating moisture. The other thing to consider is thermal capacitance, the capacity of a substance to store thermal energy. Water damage has a high ability to store heat, so the temperature changes slower than dry materials. If the air in the room becomes colder in the evening, the surfaces with moisture with store heat longer than the surfaces without moisture. Conversely, if the air in the room becomes warmer during the day, the surfaces with moisture stay colder longer than the surfaces without moisture.

It is important to note that thermal image cameras are just one of the tools used by SERVPRO technicians to detect moisture since they do not detect moisture under the surface of the material. For specific moisture levels, technicians go on to use moisture meters before beginning specialized drying procedures.

For 24/7 assistance after a burst pipe, contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

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Salt Water Adds to the Dangers of Flood Damage in Rocky Point Diners

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Open sign Our team will get your diner up and running again "Like it never even happened."

Salt Water Clean Up in Rocky Point Diners After a Flood

The term 'saltwater' almost makes it seem benign when discussing ocean water. We use salt water as a gargle to stave off sore throats during the flu season. When it comes rushing into your Rocky Point diner and covers your floor, saltwater no longer seems harmless. Long Island Sound contains saltwater, mixed with fresh, but even low concentrations of salt can add problems to an existing disaster.

When storms cause flooding or a pipe breaks, your diner in Rocky Point can sustain flood damage. If water comes in from Long Island Sound, however, the salinity creates a much more caustic environment than freshwater. Salt is only part of what is dissolved in this type of water. Minerals and oxygen also exist in saltwater. The salt eats away at the glue that holds wood together, and the oxygen gives corrosion a boost.

Flushing the floors with running water removes the majority of the salts and minerals left by the flood. We do this after our building department examines everything for structural deficits. They may need to remove tile or linoleum so we can properly dry out the floor's underlay.

After rinsing well, we continue with the mitigation and restoration work. Part of this includes the electrical system that powers your diner's lights, kitchen equipment, and office computers. This is another area where our building crew assists us in our work. Saltwater corrodes metal almost as soon as it touches it. Even without becoming submerged in it, electrical systems typically require complete rewiring. This is because of the way the moisture migrates inside enclosed spaces. 

To finish the job, we also check over your equipment, the hardware throughout your building, and clean up any kitchen supplies. Disposing of anything destroyed by the flood includes inventorying everything, helping you with insurance claims, and locating replacements. 

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 for assistance with any type or degree of flood damage in your food service establishment in Stony Brook, Ridge, or Miller Place. We are here, 24/7, and We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are The Right Choice For Flood Damage Restoration In Rocky Point

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

The LGR low grain refrigerant dehumidifier and an air scrubber working to improve the indoor air quality in this room This LGR low grain refrigerant dehumidifier and an air scrubber are improving the indoor air quality in this home after a flood.

The Right Action from SERVPRO Helps Fix Flood Damage Loss in Rocky Point Safely

The effects of flooding incidents in Rocky Point vary. At the very least, they leave the property soiled. They can also leave physical damages, create hazards, or even displace people from their homes. When SERVPRO sets out to restore such loss, we aim to resolve all the problems an incident presents by the time we hand over the property back to the owner.

For the effort put in resolving flood damage loss in Rocky Point to address all risks, there is a need to establish all the hazards that an incident might spark. Our SERVPRO technicians follow H.A.R.M, Hazard Assessment, and Risk Management procedures to ensure your home is safe.

All water loss incidents create hazards in the affected home. Flood damage incidents leave more types of hazards in the properties they affect and therefore require the following of elaborate safety procedures during restoration. The common issues include:

  • Slip, trip and fall hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Structural hazards
  • Exposure to hazardous and regulated materials
  • Chemical hazards
  • Biological hazards

The risk of trip, slip, and fall incidents increase because wet surfaces are slick while the hoses from equipment used in the restoration processes such as cleaning and drying can trip workers and house occupants. Our SERVPRO technicians secure the cords and hoses from dehumidifiers and other equipment. We also place warning signs in different parts of the property to remind everyone involved, of the risk of slipping and falling.

Chemicals, biohazards, and hazardous materials require proper handling. Our SERVPRO technicians use PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, such as gloves and rubber boots. We also avoid unnecessary disturbance in areas that we suspect to have hazardous substances such as ACM, Asbestos Containing Materials. For instance, we limit cutting, hammering, drilling, or sanding of such areas. We also use disinfectants and other sanitizing agents to cleanup biological agents and chemicals.

Following safety procedures, helps prevent additional problems from developing after flooding. Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Removes Fire Odors from Your Rocky Point Home

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen.  Ceiling material on counter and floor.  Even after the fire damage is restored, fire odors persist. SERVPRO has the technology to remove smoke damage from your home. Call us today!

Exchanging Odor-Causing Particles from Fire Damage with Clean Air in your Rocky Point Home

It is usual for homeowners to want property restoration after a fire to come as quickly as possible. Emergencies like these can put a significant strain on a household. It can be tough to find time between working hours to perform the deep cleaning required to return home back to a preloss condition. Unfortunately, fires can occur at any time with disregard for your everyday life. Passing on the restoration duties to a professional company, you can free up your own time as well as be sure that the work is both comprehensive and efficient.

Even after extensive cleaning of fire damage in your Rocky Point home, odors can persist. Odor-causing particles are microscopic. While opening windows and ventilating a space with fans can help to reduce odor, you may find it persists after several days. In these events, you may be better off seeking a professional restorer like SERVPRO to carry out odor control in your home. Odor comes from a variety of sources, and the equipment you need to deal with it is highly technical.

Since the cause of the odor is a particle, one effective method of fire odor control is by removing these particles. Similar to opening windows or ventilating a space, the removal of odor particles is achievable by exchanging indoor air with cleaner air. If there are limits to ventilation options, such as in hallways or other enclosed spaces, SERVPRO can use air-scrubbing equipment.

Air scrubbers use negative air pressure to pull indoor air through a series of filters. Advanced equipment features high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that can capture odor-causing particles as they pass through, depositing clean air into the affected area. Some HEPA grade filters use charcoal to filter particles as small as 0.3 microns from a space. In larger areas, our box fans can churn a massive amount of air through the room, exchanging the complete volume of indoor air up to sixty times in a short period.

Restoring your indoor air quality is paramount to dealing with unpleasant odors. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 to arrange for a qualified odor control technician.

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Mold Damage In Your Rocky Point Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Are you fed up with Persistent Mold Damage in your Rocky Point Home?

A musty odor in some areas of the home could be a sign of mold growth. Microbial fungi, which are present in almost all indoor areas, release microscopic spores. These spores can grow into colonies given water, temperature, food supply, and time. Unfortunately, microbial growth issues do not go away by themselves often and require professional remediation. These problems can be particularly challenging in flats or tenements where access to the source of mold may be restrictive.

Our roster includes trained remediators for mold damage here in Rocky Point. Service includes a full inspection, remediation as well as prevention. As a homeowner dealing with mold, you know how frustrating it is to clear away an area, only to find mold returning within days or weeks. SERVPRO is here to address the source of the problem, not just the consequences. By addressing the source, we can stop mold infestation in its tracks.

Controlled demolitions are not uncommon when performing remediation. The surface signs of mold are often a consequence of profoundly rooted infestation in your insulation, wall spaces, underflooring, or attic space. Gaining access to these restricted areas may require temporary removal of barriers, including items like drywall. Performing controlled demolitions requires the containment of the affected area to prevent spores from being spread around the home. SERVPRO can set up affective containment using plastic sheeting or negative air pressure.

Establishing a containment zone is an essential part of mold remediation. Not only does it prevent the spreading of infestation, but it also allows us to concentrate on indoor air quality within a smaller space. Placing air-scrubbers inside the containment zone can help to restore indoor air quality by filtering out spores and microbes. They can also speed up drying times significantly by creating a smaller drying area. Drywall and other porous materials must be disposed of and replaced with non-infested material to ensure mold growth issues do not reoccur.

Are you fed up of battling with a persistent microbial growth issue? Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 today.

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SERVPRO Equipment and Skilled Technicians Save the Day Following Storm Damage in Rocky Point Properties

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Large Team Photo of SERVPRO Big Skilled SERVPRO Team--Plenty of Equipment--Makes Storm Damaged Cleanup and Restoration in Rocky Point Look Easy!

Evaporative Drying after Extraction of Flooded Rocky Point Homes

Recovering after a water loss incident is not the same from one Rocky Point home to the next, as different areas and materials can become damaged by migrating floodwater. Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience and training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to provide a more efficient approach after flooding.

Removing the water vapor from the damaged areas is only part of the work involved in recovering the flood damage to Rocky Point homes. Dehumidifiers are a crucial part of drying, but evaporative drying and collection methods are only valid after specific milestones have gotten reached in the recovery of a flood-damaged residence. Removing standing water must occur before any drying methods can get deployed successfully.

Extraction of floodwater depends on the presence of debris and solids in the water, and the location or severity of this standing water. Our SERVPRO technicians have dozens of water removal tools for use, but the most thorough and useful of these are electric sump pumps and gas-powered trash pumps. The choice between these involves several factors, including:

•    The severity of the water damage
•    The presence of debris or solids in the standing water
•    The availability of sufficient power
•    The location of the damaged areas

Evaporative drying involves the deployment of multiple air movers through each flooded room. Centrifugal air movers are ideal for removing moisture from wall surfaces and flooring, yet axial air movers are better for a broader damp area. As a vapor, desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers can work to either collect this moisture into a tray on the unit or expel it as an exhaust to the exterior of the house.

As water restoration specialists, we can deploy drying and extraction strategies that save time and money for our customers. Give our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team a call anytime that we can be of help. We have hundreds of air movers, dehumidifiers, and other specialty drying tools to manage water loss scenarios fast. Call us today at (631) 476-5300.

We Safely Remediate Mold Damage In Rocky Point

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth underneath hardwood floors in this home We make sure the moisture problem in your home is resolved to restore your home of mold once and for all.

Mold Damage is the Result of Untreated Water Damage in Rocky Point Residence

It might seem easy to put off fixing a small, slow leak without the thought of the water damage that could be occurring the longer it drips away behind the scenes. Then time passes, and the leak turns into something bigger.

Mold damage is a common occurrence in Rocky Point properties when leaks go unrepaired for some time. The speed at which mold colonies develop and spread is dependent on a few environmental factors such as the overall ambient temperature and also if consumable items are in the vicinity such as paper, wood, or sheetrock, to name a few favorites.

The technicians undergo extensive training in the restoration sciences, and the in-depth remediation of mold is part of that training. They know how to remove dried colonies safely and contain affected areas to inhibit cross-contamination.

Standard Steps During Professional Mold damage Remediation
First and foremost, the SERVPRO technicians identify the reason for the mold growth; in this case, a slow leak that kept an area within a wall moist created the perfect environment for mold growth. Once the colonies establish themselves, they spread rapidly.

Containment using heavy plastic to surround the affected area, including doorways and vents, is a regular procedure. Another common action is the inspection and cleaning of the HVAC to ensure that there is no mold growth in the ductwork. The technicians remove damaged sheetrock and items with no restoration potential and dispose of it safely.

Mold cannot exist when ambient humidity levels are below 50%, so using both air movers and dehumidification equipment, SERVPRO technicians carefully dry the colonies and monitor air moisture levels. Afterward, the dried mold gets removed using either manual methods or for large-scale infestations; soda blasting is a common abatement tactic. After the removal of the existing, dried colonies, technicians clean the areas with antimicrobial agents. To diminish the chances of mold returning before the necessary repairs happen, SERVPRO technicians commonly treat areas where infestations occurred with antimicrobial sealants.

At the first sign of mold damage, contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300. The certified emergency response team can safely remediate any size mold problem and make it "Like it never even happened."

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What to Avoid When Dealing with Flooding In Rocky Point

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off the gutters and roof of beige house Changing weather conditions can cause an ice dam situation to occur which can bring flooding into your home. Call SERVPRO immediately for services.

Warmer Winter Temperatures can Exacerbate any Ice Dams and Increase their Damaging Effects in Rocky Point 

While hearing forecasts calling for a warmer winter this year in Rocky Point sounds encouraging, the overnight temperatures are still quite likely to fall below freezing. The contrast between warmer days and still-cold nights can increase the amount of damage caused by ice dams. 

When ice dams form on top of your home in Rocky Point, storm damage can happen to the roof and also to the attic below. Other areas of your home can also suffer because of ice dams. SERVPRO technicians study to learn the most effective methods to mitigate damage caused by storms, including situations involving flooding. 

Precipitation that freezes overnight on top of your roof can develop cracks that let melted snow and ice drain through to your shingles during the daytime, only for refreezing the following night to occur. This refreezing forces the trapped water upwards, including underneath the shingles. This action can lead to eer-widening gaps between shingles, and the development of a pathway that water can easily follow. 

This water does not sit inside the space between shingles, but trickles down into the lower components of the roof. The attic and its contents can harbor moisture from ice dams. Both immediate damage can happen, as well as these materials becoming a source of ongoing moisture that can affect the rest of the home. 

One sign that your home has developed an ice dam is a stained ceiling. This type of stain is often mistaken for mold because of its dark color. Another sign is a bowed ceiling. However, either of these can happen from overhead leaks. Our technicians can inspect these issues and provide you with more information. 

Flooded homes often develop problems with mold and musty smells, and ice dams can create similar issues. SERVPRO teams can get these problems cleaned up for you, and also have our building services team repair your roof. Because microbes must have moisture to thrive and expand, drying the area out after repairing the roof protects your property more thoroughly than merely having the roof fixed. 

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can provide effective deodorization. The OCT works on odors at their source. With flood damage, the affected materials and belongings require direct cleaning or treatment. Depending on the situation, our OCT might use one or a combination of these methods:

  • fogging, either ULV or thermal,
  • time-release gel packets,
  • essential oils,
  • encapsulation via liquid sprays, or
  • hydroxyl generators.

Combining odor control methods with cleaning, drying out, painting, and roof repairs restores your house “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Port Jefferson responds as soon as possible to neighborhoods near us, including Setauket, Ridge, and Miller Place when storms damage your property. Call us at (631) 476-5300 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Super Easy Ways to Learn About Storm Damage and Ridding it from Your Rocky Point Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling tiles Mitigate storm damage quickly by contacting SERVPRO.

Experts Can Restore Your Home After Flood Damage in Rocky Point

East Coast homeowners are usually prepared for the worst, especially during the fall and winter storm season. However, even with extensive preparation, unexpected situations can cause damage to your home. A fallen tree branch or wind damage from storms can be enough to compromise roofing and allow rainwater into your home. This situation can be particularly stressful during large, slow-moving storm systems. 

If your Rocky Point home needs flood damage mitigation, you can count on SERVPRO to provide you with swift relief from structural damage and microbes. Thoroughly-trained, IICRC-certified technicians work with property owners and insurance adjusters alike to preserve your residence and belongings per local, state, and federal codes. No matter the disaster, the emphasis is placed on restoration over replacement whenever possible. We adhere to the guidelines of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification as we offer the best services possible.

Tarping Your Roof After Storms Hit

While SERVPRO also offers tarping services, here is how you can do it yourself in the event of an emergency: 

  • Cover existing openings with plywood first, and cut it to size if needed. Secure the wood with 2"-3" deck screws every 6"-12" into the sheathing and trusses.
  • When placing the tarp, make sure the length goes 1' past the edge of the roof and weigh it down.
  • Use a vent pipe or furring strip to help secure the tarp on the undamaged side of your roofing. If using a vent pipe, add hurricane tape or a vent cover to make it watertight. Wrap the tarp tightly and temporarily screw it to your roof with two or three long screws. 
  • Pull the tarp taut and secure with screws every 8"-12", keeping then 2"-3" away from each edge. 

What SERVPRO Can Do for You

SERVPRO technicians can come to you, whether during or after storms, to mitigate water damage to your home. Even during power outages, SERVPRO can use its own generators to power sump pumps and other equipment. These practices ensure that you get the relief you need from water damage, microbes, and mold growth. Waterlogged insulation from roof damage can be vacuumed up for drying, and is often salvageable, particularly if it is made of fiberglass. Other insulation materials are more likely to require replacement. Drying insulation is always done on a case by case basis. Often, labor may be more expensive than new material purchases.

After cleaning and disinfection, centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers are used to dry the structure. If odors persist after flooding, ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging may be used to eliminate odors. Commercial box fans circulate fresh, clean outdoor air through the structure for several cycles to maximize safety and cleanliness.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson strives to leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." No matter when or where the disaster occurs, you can call (631) 476-5300 for fast cleanup. 

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Why Handle Remediation in Your Rocky Point Home Alone?

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couch and large chair Flooding can be dangerous to remediate because of unknown debris. Call SERVPRO to mitigate flood damage.

Why Families Trust SERVPRO to Handle Storm and Flood Damage Cleanup in Rocky Point

Until it happens, it can be difficult to imagine what might change inside your Rocky Point residence because of a storm, or flood. Harsh weather is on the rise and this affects our lives in many ways. This diversity can make it difficult to adequately prepare for the worst and keep your family protected.

Having extensive resources and a networking system in place is why families in Rocky Point rely on SERVPRO to handle the damage after flooding, storms and other destructive weather patterns affect our area. We not only have experience in restoring homes, but we also have extensive knowledge in how to help families recover from the trauma, stress, and daily inconveniences that come with disasters. 

There are many local services that help families after significant losses and tragedies affect them. We work with families every day. Our involvement with families after disasters strike help us understand that when you need help the most, it can become very stressful locating these helpful places. We can provide you with a list of places who assist residents recovering from a catastrophe.

We also have a nationwide franchise system who can help when many families in our area need to recover after horrific weather events. You do not need to worry that SERVPRO's resources might get stretched too thin because of other residents in the area, or that it might affect your family's recovery efforts. SERVPRO has over 1700 different franchises across the country who can work alongside us without losing any of our efficiency or causing any added stress.

Like the number of our workers, the equipment we use is also scalable, making everything just the right size and strength for your particular needs. When storms damage the roof, we can get a tarp secured over open areas. Soaked belongings may or may not harbor debris, but if so, we clean and then dry. 

If flooding invades your lower levels and brings in silt and other debris, we work in teams to remove it all. Destroyed materials also end up bagged and disposed in containers. Air movers and box fans start ventilating the house and air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines continuously clean the air of airborne contaminants.

Many other aspects happen after storms and floods, making a quick call to SERVPRO of Port Jefferson's 24-hour service line, (631) 476-5300, crucial to your family and their Stony Brook or Miller Place home's restoration. Working together, we can undo any storm or flood damage. 

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