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Cleaning Fire Damage from Setauket Structures

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

employees posing in a warehouse with equipment and trucks You can depend on our SERVPRO team to clean up and restore your property and personal belongings after fire damage in your Setauket home.

SERVPRO Helps Buildings of All Sizes After Setauket Fire Damage  

As one of the most common reasons our professional restoration team is dispatched to homes in the Setauket and Port Jefferson area, considerable time and resources are spent producing top restoration technicians with fire and smoke remediation certifications. This training and coursework are continued over time that our restorers are in the field, ensuring that our roster performs the latest and most efficient recovery practices.

Fire Mitigation Solutions

Fire damage in Setauket properties overwhelms structures after limited exposure and contact time, making efforts like emergency services and mitigation crucial to protect as much of the residence or business as possible. Our 24/7 availability at our nearby SERVPRO facility ensures that after the first notice of loss, we have experienced and knowledgeable professionals mobilizing to help with:

  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Needed Repairs

Cleaning Up Soot Fire Damage

Smoke solid deposits generated through partial combustion and spread through the turbulent behavior of convection currents amid the fire leave a residual mark on surfaces and contents. Soot soils are a threatening byproduct of combustion, as these particles tend to have carcinogenic qualities and can ruin underlying materials where these solids come to rest. Several cleaning approaches can help remove soot damage, including:

  • SolventsSolvents are used for dissolving residues to reach the underlying material and protect it from becoming permanently marred. When the soil composition is determined, an appropriate solvent can be used to dissolve the damage.
  • Detergents – Cleaning agents can lift soils away from the underlying material through a chemical process known as emulsification. Similar to the polarization of oil and water, detergents are applied that repel soot particles from surfaces. 
  • Abrasive Media Blasting – More aggressive measures to combat soot damage include media blasting. This process involves pressurized water or air and an abrasive media such as crushed walnut shells, corn cobs, sodium bicarbonate, and other materials.

Malodor Management in Homes

Combustion impacts several materials throughout the structure and produces smoke solids and odors in this burning process. One of the most formidable and challenging byproducts of combustion is the production of smoke damage and malodors. Mainly when aerosolized chemicals, toxins, or plastics are used. The result can be overwhelming and require various deodorizing practices and products to be used.

Helping Businesses After Fire Damage

There are no shortages of larger commercial structures, offices, and restaurants throughout Setauket. When fires damage these properties, we have a capable roster to help the same as we can recover and clean up threats to residences. Because of how much more open the facilities can be and therefore more widespread the damage might become, equipment must match the damage at this greater magnitude. Some of the large loss equipment needed to help includes:

  • Generators
  • Heaters
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers

Post-Fire Damage Repairs 

A contractor license is one of the many advantages of choosing our SERVPRO professionals for restoration and recovery. Using our experienced contractors, we can provide a wealth of services and build-back actions. Controlled demolition also falls under this heading, so our license allows us to carefully extract damaged portions of building material for a faster and more intricate rebuild. This is often the final stage of fire restoration.

When fire damage in Setauket homes or businesses occurs, there is a small window of time to protect the property as much as possible. Our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson restoration professionals can respond quickly to mitigate loss and restore your residence. Call us now at (631) 476-5300.

Rapid Restoration of Setauket Water Damage

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment on a water damaged floor Fast-drying can minimize water damage in your Setauket home. SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Is Ready 24/7 to Mitigate Water Damage in Setauket Homes

There is little time to waste when destructive water events occur in your home or business. Water spreads fast along surface materials and can rapidly infiltrate and saturate porous building elements. The moisture migration must be stopped with efficient and point emergency services completed by competent restoration professionals. Our SERVPRO team helps with rapid: 

  • Extraction
  • Content management
  • Bulk material removal
  • Repairs and controlled demolition

The experience of our restoration crew with water damage in Setauket homes allows us to complete a variety of needed mitigation steps as soon as we arrive. Early actions are critical in saving the customer money and preventing avoidable harm and destruction to the structure. For this reason, WRT-Certified technicians are available 24/7 from our SERVPRO facility to help. 

Containing the Water Damage

Establishing effective containment is an early way to reduce the necessary work in water-damaged homes and businesses. Physical barriers and powerful drying along the perimeters of a work zone greatly limit the available motion and migration of moisture. Having an established drying zone makes every drying principle easier to manage and regulate, including: 

  • Airflow
  • Temperature
  • Humidity

Removing Standing Water 

Extraction is the most focused and effective mitigative action our SERVPRO team can take against water damage in area homes. There are several effective strategies for eliminating surface water and pooling throughout the structure with dozens of water removal tools in our inventory. Any standing water is a threat to the residence and its building materials, so the conditions must be overcome quickly with a combination of:

  • Pumps - Pumps represent the most powerful extractors in our supply, from engine=driven and gas-powered trash pumps to electric submersibles for a range of standing water concerns. 
  • Vacuums - Often, this points to the versatility of our wet vacuum units, as these are lightweight and highly portable for multi-story structures, challenging locations, or shallow pooling. 
  • Deep Extraction - Attachments and extensions are a valuable resource for mitigation, as this allows water removal from carpet and padding and wood plank flooring.

Thorough Drying of Water Damage

Despite the importance and need for effective mitigation services, few actions are as critical to recovery and restoration as thorough structural drying. Our WRT-Certified technicians help in this effort through many types of restorative approaches:

  • Surface Drying - Surface water that is not removed with extraction devices must be dried up with tools like air movers. Direct blasts of air across wet surfaces promote evaporation. 
  • Cavity Drying - When water remains trapped in structural cavities, practices, and equipment are used to overcome these concerns. From weep holes that promote airflow to the use of positive pressure systems that infuse dry air into the cavity, we can help. 
  • Saturated Material Drying - It is essential that the drying measures implemented in a damaged property address wet materials. Water soaks into porous elements like drywall and carpeting, requiring specific water removal and restoration techniques. 

Can SERVPRO Complete Repairs? 

Water emergencies often come with the need for repairs and reconstruction, which can be problematic for the customer. Unlike many restoration companies, our SERVPRO team has a general contractor license to complete needed build-back work following water restoration services in a household. This license lets us seamlessly transition to the subsequent recovery phase, saving customers time and money on pursuing a subcontractor to complete this portion of the repairs. 

Water damage in Setauket homes can be quickly and thoroughly resolved by trusting in the fast response and thorough restoration of our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team. Call our knowledgeable professionals today at (631) 476-5300. 

Removing Harmful Setauket Mold Damage

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

containment barriers covering doorways in a mold damaged room SERVPRO has experienced technicians with the tools and equipment for mold damage remediation in your Setauket home or business. Give us a call!

24/7 Remediation for Mold Damage in Setauket Properties

There is a need for urgency when mold is discovered in your home. These organisms can rapidly spread from one organic material to the next, destroying hosting elements and creating volatile conditions that are challenging for comfortable living. The earliest aspects of mold remediation and management are the steps taken to limit the spread and severity of exposure, including strategies like:

  • Moisture management
  • Content relocation
  • Surface cleaning

How Did the Mold Occur? 

Identifying the root cause of mold damage in Setauket homes can be vital in beginning the remediation. Moisture and dampness contribute to conditions capable of supporting mold colonies. The cause of this water damage should be evaluated and managed to choke off continued conditions to facilitate this growth and prevent recurrences moving forward. Much of the mold that homes and businesses experience results from unresolved or poorly managed water damage or storm damage starting in structural cavities.

Does Mold Need to Be Removed? 

You might be under the impression that mold will dissipate on its own even without direct action. The natural deterioration or dying of active colonization is unlikely, especially in persistently damp and moist conditions. Despite spores being a naturally occurring part of the environment in most parts of your home or business, colonization can directly impact the structure and its occupants, stressing the urgency of remediation solutions. These include:

  • Structural Damage - One of the glaring concerns with mold damage is the impact on structural elements hosting the colonies. Mold infestations use organic matter as a food source, resulting in the degradation of these materials.
  • Continued Spread - Another reason it is essential to act fast about mold growth in your property is that the situation is likely to continue getting worse. Moist conditions that facilitate mold growth allow these spores to impact new hosting materials as colonies multiply and migrate. Containment and remediation preserve building elements yet to be affected.
  • Threats to Comfortable Living - Mold is an organism that can leave the kind of damage that makes homeowners uncomfortable or unsettled. Active colonization can produce volatile organic compounds that result in harsh odors.

How Can SERVPRO Remove Mold Damage?

Our responding IICRC-certified technicians prioritize providing the most immediate and focused remediation services possible to eliminate active colonies and reduce the destruction these organisms can cause. With multiple options based on the condition of the house, the processes fall under a few main types, including:

  • Antimicrobial Cleaning
  • Mechanical Action
  • Controlled Demolition

Are Damage Repairs Needed?

Whether controlled demolition was required to remove mold damage from the house or not, some degree of repairs and reconstruction is likely to be needed. Having a general contractor license allows us to complete the processes that remediation begins to return properties to their pre-mold state and make it “Like it never even happened.” Some areas our license helps include:

  • Repairs – Repairs are often a vital element of the remediation approach, from the damage to the structure from the spreading organism to the cause of water damage like a leaking pipe.
  • Replacing After Controlled Demolition – With controlled demolition being a remediation strategy, any of these discarded materials will require replacement and reinstallation.
  • Preventing Recurrences – Another focus of the reconstruction services we provide is creating a stable environment without the pressing threat of recurring mold. We address moisture penetration and structural vulnerabilities to achieve this.

Considering the impact of mold damage on Setauket homes, it is essential to have remediation professionals ready to help when these threats are discovered. Our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson professionals can mobilize fast, 24/7, when you call (631) 476-5300.

The Secret of Successful Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Stony Brook

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Library Books on Shelves 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 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, which 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 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. Contacting 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 24/7 at (631) 476-5300 for emergency services or a quote.

Call The Experts At Fire Damage Remediation in Setauket Today

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Engulfed Wall A nice fire in the fireplace can turn sour very quickly and cause serious fire damage. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

Crucial Stages when Restoring Fire Damage in Setauket

When fire razes any property, it leaves widespread destruction, and therefore restoring your Setauket home to its pre-damaged state after such an incident takes different steps. Some stages in the process are crucial to the outcome and therefore require keenness. Our professional fire damage restoration service can help resolve the crisis after such incidents by eliminating traces of damage "Like it never even happened."

It is only possible to fix fire damage in Setauket effectively if all types of damage are identified. Apart from charring and soot on surfaces, fire also leaves other types of damage, including seared materials, invisible smoke deposits, and residues that penetrate beyond the surface. We have IICRC-certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO who carry out a wide range of checks. We check residue deposit patterns on surfaces starting close to the fire source. We also check the level of damage on items and separate them into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items.

Removing damaged materials from the affected areas helps create room for the restoration processes. Since flames affect building materials and contents as well, debris removal involves some level of the teardown. The damaged materials also require proper containment; otherwise, they would scatter, complicating the disposal process. Our SERVPRO technicians have the skill to perform teardown without causing unnecessary damage. We also have waste bins and heavy-duty plastic bags to prevent unnecessary scattering.

The combination of residues from the combustion process, the water used to fight the fire, and the shuffling of people in and out of a loss site leave it filthy. A thorough cleanup is, therefore, necessary for the home to be habitable. Our SERVPRO technicians use wet and dry methods to clean different materials. We also use specialized cleaning methods such as soda blasting, which offers deodorization qualities and helps restore charred surfaces without causing further damage.

In case of fire loss, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can help manage the restoration process. You can reach us at (631) 476-5300 at any time.

Setauket Flood Damage After Storms Requires Prompt Cleanup

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Man in flooded house Disaster may strike at any time in Port Jefferson. Call SERVPRO for the flood damage restoration services needed for your property.

Contact SERVPRO in Setauket for Storm Flood Damage Help

When you experience storm flood infiltration in your Setauket home, it is wise to contact a trusted restoration company to handle the fallout. It minimizes potential structural damage, but you will also get back to normal quicker. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, providing area customers with proven results for storm-related issues year-round. 

What Is Storm Flood Damage In Setauket?

Flooding can be devastating, often bringing weeks or months of disruption to your routine if you do not act fast enough. Repairing this damage is a science, so contacting trained technicians like our IICRC-certified professionals will help minimize disruption, cost, and overall loss.

Home Flood Prevention Tips

The flooding comes from many causes, including flash floods and significant storm events. It can impact anyone, especially coastal regions like here in Setauket. There are some ways to prevent water issues from developing during a natural disaster, including:

  • Know the risks – Pay attention to how water runs from surfaces surrounding your home with heavy rain. This will tell you areas of your Setauket home at risk so you can enlist the help of specialized landscaping or dry-proofing services.
  • Ensure you are covered – Some homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage. Take the time to check and invest in an additional policy should you feel you are at risk of flooding.
  • Prepare your home – Think about installing a sump pump to handle floodwater removal from your basement. Even a few inches of contaminated floodwater can cause immense damage.

For all your floodwater removal services and reconstruction, SERVPRO is the team to help. We work fast with extraction tools and dehumidification equipment to return your property to pre-flood condition. Reconstruction gets performed using controlled demolition by trusted area contractors and vendors to replace damaged building materials. 

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson today at (631) 476-5300. We can mobilize a team as soon as possible whenever you require storm flood damage assistance.

The Conditions of a Fire Influence Setauket Fire Restoration

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

a microwave on fire Dealing with electrical fires in your kitchen does not need to cause panic. Call our certified SERVPRO team for the experience you need.

Smoke Cleanup and Fire Restoration Can Be Complex

From electrical fires to kitchen flare-ups that overwhelm a single room of your home, each disaster that our SERVPRO team responds to stands alone. We must evaluate the conditions carefully and see how specific variables impact the severity of smoke damage and the type of soil deposits our professionals must address.

The Conditions of the Fire

Fire restoration for Setauket homes and businesses relies greatly on the fire's environmental conditions and specific factors. Each situation is unique in this regard, and cleanup and restoration change per the final state of the household after extinguishment occurs. Some of the determining factors for the ultimate smoke damage to the residence include:

  • Temperature – The heat of the fire can often determine the thickness of the smoke solid deposits on surfaces. Higher heat produces thinner residues. 
  • Obstructions – Closed doors do not fully stop the migration of smoke damage, but they can slow its movement through a structure during a fire and while restoration first begins.
  • Environmental Factors – Humidity and the impacted building materials also play a part in the byproducts of combustion that our SERVPRO team must help clean.

Cleaning Smoke Damage

There are several levels to removing smoke damage and soot threats from a structure, regardless of the contact time with dangerous circulating particles. The full procedure can be broken down into four levels of smoke remediation:

  • Surface Cleaning – using products to pull soils from the surface and wipe them away.
  • Mechanical Action – using a tool to agitate cleaning products for more penetrative and effective chemical reactions.
  • Abrasive Tactics – using machines like media blasters to penetrate beyond the surface layer without ruining the affected substrate.
  • Controlled Demolition – removing the damaged material entirely.

Because several factors influence the smoke damage a property experience, our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team arrives ready to face various issues. Our experts are prepared to mobilize at the first notice of loss. Call us now at (631) 476-5300.

We Safely Remediate Mold Damage In Rocky Point

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

mold spores growing on the wall of a home Mold can spread very quickly throughout your home. Call SERVPRO at the first sight for effective remediation services. Our technicians are here.

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."

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

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with water covering the floor and furniture floating around Act quickly when storm damage and excess water affect the home. Our technicians arrive equipped to tackle the water removal task. We are standing by.

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 been 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.

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

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking from wall onto carpet 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 swift relief from structural damage and microbes. Thoroughly trained, IICRC-certified technicians work with property owners and insurance adjusters 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 Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification guidelines 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 roof's edge 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", 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. SERVPRO can use its own generators to power sump pumps and other equipment even during power outages. 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." When or where the disaster occurs, you can call (631) 476-5300 for fast cleanup.