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Enjoy the “Filtered Light” Exhibition at Gallery North, Setauket

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

Attend Setauket Gallery North Virtual ArTalk Series with Artists Marceil Kazickas & Ty Stroudsburg

Visiting Gallery North provides an opportunity to walk into an 1800s farmhouse located on a 2.5-acre campus. Gallery North also offers various works of art and exhibitions for local artists. 

The art gallery’s objectives are:

Offer exhibitions of contemporary craftspersons and artists.

Bringing local works of art to the public

Stimulate interest in artistic endeavors

Bring educational programs to the general public

The next exhibition begins on Jan 14 and runs until Feb 25, entitled “Filtered Light,” sponsored by the Gallery and artists Marceil Kazickas & Ty Stroudsburg. The Gallery is located on 90 North Country Road, Setauket. Both artists share interests in manipulating color, texture, light, and elements from the natural world. The exhibit features medium and large-scale oil paintings and a few smaller pastel drawings.

The artists will also attend a Virtual ArTalk on Saturday, Feb 6 at 6 pm. Registration is required to attend.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson provides fire, smoke odor remediation assistance to Setauket residential basements and retail/business commercial companies, and surrounding areas. Call (631) 476-5300. Our SERVPRO team is prepared to respond 24/7 to help with all your fire, smoke odor remediation needs.

Enjoy North Shore Beaches at Rocky Point

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle If you don’t act quickly, water damage on your property can escalate. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team right away.

Protect The Long Island Pine Barrens Near Rocky Point

Rocky Point is 21 miles east of Port Jefferson on the northside of Long Island and is considered part of Brookhaven's town. Rocky Point is famous for being the original home of extensive research and transmitting facilities owned by RCA. This site covered a total of 5,200 acres. RCA also developed the first color television at this site, as well as RCA operating the first large radio transmitter.

The location was called Radio Central and began transmitting signals to many European nations on November 5th, 1921. Radiotelephone service started in 1927 between London and New York. The site was decommissioned in 1970, having been replaced by undersea cables and later satellite communications. Even today, there are still many concrete ruins, radio towers, and telephone poles marking the area that is now overgrown by the forest.

The area is close to a large population center, New York, and many people come to Rocky Point every year to vacation and enjoy many outdoor activities. There are hiking trails, parks, and beaches offering outdoor activities all year round for locals and visitors.

The Paumanok Trail

The Paumanok trail runs for 125 miles from Rocky Point to Montauk Point. It links to many other hiking trails in Suffolk County. The route is easily accessible for many people at various points along the path. It is close to beaches, rivers, and amenities offered by metro environments. Whether you are just out for a relaxing walk in the natural environment or interested in many outdoor plants and forests, there is something for everyone.

Glacial kettles,

Rolling hills,

Panoramic vistas

Sandy dunes

Coastal plain ponds

Beech forests

Marsh habitats

Many insects, seals, hawks, butterflies, and much more.

The majority of the trail is restricted to hikers and walkers; however, there are portions available to cyclists using mountain bikes along the route. Mountain bikers can use the segment from East Hampton to Sag Harbor. ATV's and other motorized vehicles are restricted on the entire trail. Some parts of the course (20 miles) are not completed due to private ownership issues.

The Long Island Pine Barrens

The Long Island Pine Barrens encompasses a vast area providing natural habitats for many species and provides pristine drinking water for Long Island from underground aquifers. These reservoirs are protected by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and continue to provide the purest drinking water for Long Island.

The predominant forests are pitch pine, with various oak trees completing the canopy covering the area. There are 1000's of plant and animal species that call the barrens home. There are marshes, bogs, swamps, and wetland areas. There are over 100 species of birds and a massive population of butterflies and moths.

There are many activities available within the barrens:


Dog-friendly parks

Bird watching


Family-friendly parks

Boating on the waterways

Guides and maps to these activities can be downloaded and saved to your computer to further study and plan for your excursions into this vast wilderness. Visitors are always urged to consider that the Barrens provides pristine drinking water to Long Island residents. Always avoid contaminating the land and the water while visiting the area.

North Shore Beach and More

North Shore Beach is a private beach; however, visitors can become members by purchasing a membership for less than $2 a day. The beach association was established in 1928 and encompassed one of the longest beaches in the United States. Favorite activities of residents and visitors include:

Long walks along the beach





Sea combing or

Just relaxing while soaking up some rays.

There are many amenities along the beach, which make your visit more enjoyable. For example, free Wi-Fi at all beach areas allows the streaming of pictures and videos to all of your friends. Kayakers will appreciate storing their kayaks on kayak racks for a small registration fee. There are renovated bathhouses at Broadway Beech Road and Friendship Beach.

There are parties on the beach, bonfires, lobster fests, sunset wine parties, golf outings, and clubhouse events. There is always something to enjoy year-round. There is free parking for members at these beaches as well. Dogs are allowed on the beach during dog-friendly beach hours. Dogs must be leashed, and dog walkers must always pick up after their pets.

The area around Rocky Point is all about outdoor activities, enjoying and protecting the environment and the natural habitat of many bird species, animals, sea life, and insects. Please become a member of North Shore Beach and enjoy everything they have to offer.

Safety Concerns During Water Removal in Rocky Point Homes

Residential and business people are very concerned when they find water flooding their premises, whether from a leaky pipe or a flood. Many consider that the first step is to rush in and begin removing some of their contents to prevent water from damaging these items. 

Some also focus on stopping the water leak – shutting the main water valve off or removing material that might be blocking drains.

SERVPRO encourages its customers to first assess the situation from a safety perspective to avoid unnecessary accidents and damage. The following are some of the considerations every client should think about before entering:

Consider electrical hazards, turn the power off if needed.

Water on tile and hardwood floors can create slippery conditions.

Wet materials are heavy – safely lift items, ask for help.

Call SERVPRO to initiate water removal before the water can cause long term damage to structures and the contents in your home.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson provides water removal assistance to Rocky Point residential basements and retail/business commercial companies and surrounding areas. Call (631) 476-5300. Our SERVPRO team is ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your water removal needs.

The Winter Miles Challenge Launches for Rocky Point Residents this December.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Man running Sign up for the Winter Miles Challenge with other Rocky Point Residents this December.

The Never Stop Running Foundation is Opening Applications for the Winter Virtual Run Around Rocky Point. 

The Never Stop Running Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness and donations for numerous charities, including the E.J Autism Foundation and veteran charity V.E.S.T. The virtual running event allows participants to take to the beaches and trails of Rocky Point from December 27th. Between now and April, there are loads of races to take part in, with progress reports uploadable to the Never Stop Running Foundations website. Applicants can choose between 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathons, and Marathons. Inclusivity is a priority, with walking or jogging both accepted. Get involved with a great cause this winter period in Rocky Point and win prizes for each race. 

  • Donations are recommended when signing up for the virtual race event.
  • Suggested donations begin at $5.00 per race. You can download the virtual race app to measure your distance and progress.
  • Take part in five races to receive a Finishers medal. Further prizes are awarded for those competing in seven or twelve races.

Smoke and soots from a house fire can settle onto furnishings or fabrics and cause damage to your home even after the flames are extinguished. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

Explore Setauket's Wineries with an Exclusive Tour and Tasting Session.

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Wine, cheese & Grapes Enjoy wine tasting on an exclusive tour, exploring Setauket's Wineries.

Tapped Enterprises Run Tours of Setauket and Port Jefferson Wine-making Enterprises Throughout December.

Setauket on the Northern Coasts of Long Island has a growing reputation for producing excellent wines, many of which make it into the local restaurants, stores, and bars. Tapped Enterprises is a collective of experts in wine and craft brewery. These tours incorporate a fun learning experience alongside premium wines that can be enjoyed with friends or in large groups and birthday parties. Tapped Enterprises owns a fleet of buses for touring the northern coastal region's wineries. Standard trips include an expert sommelier, guided tours at wineries and breweries, food, and drinks from December 19th

  • The wine and dine tour takes passengers across the North Fork of Long Island. Guests stop off at two premium wineries, plus lunch at the Cooperage Inn included in the tour price.
  • The Classic Wine Tour takes guests directly to where the grapes are grown. Tour members get to visit three of Long Island's vineyards, learn about the winemaking process and taste the vineyard's young wine selection. 
  • Paint and Sip tours begin with a day of painting under a professional artist's tutelage before traveling to a nearby vineyard for more wine and tasting. Ideal for groups. 

Water leaks can cause exponential damage to your property without a professional restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

Setauket Residents Use Professional Restoration Services to Remove Soot, Smoke, and Odors From their Homes

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO has the skilled technicians your property needs for thorough and effective fire damage remediation. Call the experts today at (631) 476-5300.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is a Licensed Fire Restoration Service for Setauket Residents.

The township of Setauket is a suburb on New York's Long Island. Based in the Suffolk County District of Long Island, the small village by Port Jefferson played a considerable role in the war for independence. Considered a part of the gateway region, Setauket's early period was fraught with military invasions as it formed a tactical battleground for forces coming across the Atlantic. Setauket was established as a rural farming community as early as the 17th century. The region has a considerable history, and many early settler buildings remain to this day. Setauket's population is around 15,000, but the nearby Stony Brook University ensures that local businesses continue to thrive, serving the 24,500 students. While primarily a residential area of Long Island, the American Revolutionary War's unique history ensures that the site receives tourism throughout the year. 

Setauket gained some pop-culture recognition in the United States with the release of AMC's TURN. The hit show tells the story of the Culper Spy Ring, which fed crucial information on French and British troops' military movements to the American forces. The show starred Jamie Bell and was released in 2014 but has recently been picked up by Netflix. The 1777 Battle of Setauket was fought at the village green on what is today, Mainstreet. Patriot forces took cover from loyalist gunfire and set up a cannon behind a vast rock to return fire, commemorated as Patriots Rock. The area is now owned by The Three Village Community Trust, which maintains the 3.5-acres and the Setauket Mill Pond running South of Main Street. The combination of the Culper Spy Ring and Setauket's battle was influential during the American Revolutionary War in undermining the British forces and, notably, counterfeiting continental currency- which subsequently had to be retired. 

  • Geographically the Setauket region comprises both West and East areas bordering Port Jefferson and Stony Brook. Stony Brook University is a part of the State University of New York and is one of four other universities. 
  • Despite being founded recently in 1957, Stony Brook has a strong reputation for research and technological innovation. One of the founding members of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies was Stony Brook University, Professor James Harris Simons. The fund has since become one of the most profitable in the United States. 
  • Aside from universities, Setauket also has a strong reputation for producing gifted young people. The Ward Melville High School on Old Town Road has a national prominence thanks to its inSTAR program that supports STEM subjects and research. The high school has several young scientists reaching the later stages of the Intel Science Talent Search, which accepts around 1,800 high school science papers each year and offers a first prize of $250,000.

Historical Places in Setauket

  • The Three Village Historical Society is a must-see for those passing through East Setauket. In 1964 the founding of the historical society began with Setauket's many areas being earmarked for potential historical significance. In 1998, the organization brought its first headquarters at North Country Road. Relive the incredible history of the American Revolutionary War with Culper Spy Day, which occurs periodically throughout the year and invites guests to explore the unique design of muskets, the house of spy Dr. Thompson and Abraham Woodhull.
  • Setauket Neighborhood House is another piece of Long Island and US history preserved by the Three Village Historical Society. Situated on Main St., the property continues to be part of the active contemporary community of Port Jefferson and Setauket. Community events include drama performances, poetry readings, art exhibitions, and tours of the building itself. There are also rental rooms available for residents and visitors. To book spaces for events, you can contact the Three Village Historical Society directly through their website.
  • The Old Field Lighthouse is reachable by the walking trails along Sand Beach and was initially constructed in 1868. In regular service times, visitors can enter the lighthouse and observe Connecticut and the bay's fantastic views. The lighthouse borders both Port Jefferson and Stony Brook Harbor with architectural similarities to many mid-nineteenth century lighthouses built across the Northern Coast.
  • Setauket Presbyterian Church was annexed by British invasion forces during the American Revolutionary War and fortified into a stronghold that fended off troops' attacks in Connecticut. Thanks to the information provided to George Washington by the  Culper Spy Ring, it was eventually returned to US forces. The Presbyterian and Caroline Churches still have bullets from the battles fought on the Village Green.

Smoke Damages Can Be Odorous and Difficult to Remove without Professional Assistance from SERVPRO of Port Jefferson.

Smoke and odors can come in different shapes and sizes. Some smoke residues may respond to specific cleaning products, whereas those same products could cause further harm to ulterior smoke stains. SERVPRO technicians thoroughly test your home for the types of smoke damage present in the property and tailor a restoration to your unique needs. One way of assessing the type of smoke damage is to observe the types of materials that burn. Synthetic materials tend to produce oily, wet smokes, which usually require powerful solvents to dissolve and remove. On the other hand, when natural materials like wood combust, they release dry soot particles, often cleaned with household detergents or through light vacuuming. 

  • Our technicians work quickly with your insurance adjuster to produce a verbal estimate and give you an accurate timeframe for the restoration process. 
  • State-of-the-art cleaning methods include ultrasonic cleaning, mechanical cleaning, and pH testing for acidic or alkaline smoke types. 
  • Odor Control Technicians (OCT) can deploy a range of odor-controlling materials in the home and use venting fans or air filtration devices to restore your indoor air quality. 

Smokes can cause extensive harm to your home, which could be exacerbated by certain cleaning products. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.

Intrigue and Patriotism Connect the Past and Present in Setauket on New York's Long Island

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

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The Setauket Historic District and Countless Fascinating Stories Provides a Visible and Engaging Connection Between the 17th and 21st Centuries

European settlers first made their home in the area now known as the Setauket-East Setauket hamlets within what is now known as Brookhaven's town in the mid-1600s -- 1655, to be precise. The first arrivals arranged for a purchase of the land from indigenous people living there, the Setalcott. Originally these new European-derived residents lived in other New England areas, but they bought and moved onto the Setalcott land to pursue farming and fishing.

Did All the Land Purchase Become Present Day Setauket-East Setauket?

The land purchased in 1655 from the Algonquian-speaking indigenous people encompassed what is now known as Setauket, Stony Brook, and Port Jefferson. A translation of "Setauket" means "land at the mouth of the creek." The purchase included the coast along Little Bay, Setauket Harbor, and Port Jefferson Harbor plus land south. Named Setauket and Brookhaven, an English language nod to the many streams in the area, interchangeably over the years, the town was also christened Ashford, after Ashford, Kent in England. This name change parallelled the influence of Captain John Scott, who was briefly known as "President of Long Island" around 1663. Scott claimed to have ties to Ashford, Kent in England, demanding the renaming of Setauket to Ashford, and constructing Egerton, a stately home within its boundaries. Eventually, Scott was imprisoned for "sundry heinous crimes" after a trial in Hartford, just across the Long Island Sound, through the efforts of John Winthrop, leader of the Connecticut Colony. The settlement then reverted to the name Setauket.

Are Any Buildings Dating from Early Times in Setauket Still Standing?

Many structures are preserved in the Old Setauket Historic District. Most are residences. The business districts in the town of Brookhaven tended in the past and currently to congregate in Stony Brook and Port Jefferson. Two of the centuries-old homes are:

  • The 1665 Brewster House

This structure is the oldest standing building in Setauket. The original simple cabin received much remodeling over the centuries, transforming from one room to a classic shingled saltbox. In addition to sheltering the Brewster family for six generations, it also served as a general store and tavern. During the American Revolution, Joseph Brewster welcomed British troops into the structure. Meanwhile, his cousin Caleb Brewster, a spy for the American patriots, sent information perhaps obtained in the Brewster house to General George Washington.

  • The Thompson House

Constructed in 1709, this five-room farmhouse built in the saltbox style housed five generations of Thompsons. The Dr. Thompson residing in the home during the American Revolution counted members of General Washington's Culper Spy Ring among his patients.

Two places of worship still grace the triangular green that have seen centuries of events in Setauket. A natural landmark within cannon range is also an important piece of the region's history still extant.

  • Caroline Church dates from 1729, the oldest Episcopal Church in the area. Its original name of Christ Church was changed in 1730 in honor of Queen Wilhelmina Karoline of Brandenburg-Anspach, Queen of George II of England. Its walls still bear scars from the Revolutionary War Battle of Setauket briefly fought on the green.
  • Presbyterian Church, also on the green, was reconstructed in 1812 on the site of another church of the same denomination that burned down from a lightning strike. That earlier church was occupied by the British and loyalists during the Battle of Setauket.
  • Patriot's Rock, a glacial boulder surrounded by a 3.5-acre wooded property, played a vital role in the Battle of Setauket in August 1777. A cannon positioned near the Rock fired across the Village Green at the Presbyterian Church fortified by Loyalist troops under Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Hewlett. British fortifications included gravemarkers removed from the nearby church cemeteries.

What Is the Culper Spy Ring and How Were Setauket-East Setauket Residents Involved?

During the Revolutionary War, little reliable intelligence on the activities of the Loyalists and British was available. Benjamin Tallmadge, a resident of Setauket, curated a small, trusted cadre of people. The group became known as the Culper Spy Ring. Some of the information gathered and communicated to General George Washington include:

  • A surprise attack on French forces after their alliance with the Continental Army
  • A plan to counterfeit Continental currency
  • An infamous Continental Army general's defection -- the treason of Benedict Arnold 

Note: A somewhat fictionalized account of the Culper Spy Ring's work was the premise behind the television series Turn: Washington's Spies, based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring (2007).

Who Can Help with Water Damage Recovery Inside Setauket Historic Residences?

The Setauket housing stock has weathered centuries of wear and tear along with the odd musket ball. Our community's desire to celebrate the past requires water emergency mitigation and remediation companies to take a restorative look at the harm occurring because of a plumbing leak, appliance malfunction, exterior deterioration, or storm activity.

Does Training and Experience in the Water Restoration Business Make a Discernible Difference?

When you need water restoration in your Setauket home, check out the companies' credentials on your shortlist. Your dwelling needs attention from managers and technicians who are:

  • Licensed by the state and local municipality
  • Trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
  • Experienced in responding to water issues in older homes
  • Devoted to restoration over "tear out and remodel" mindset
  • Trustworthy and resolute, determined to bring your house to preloss condition

Can You Count on a Rapid Response and the Most Innovative Techniques and Equipment?

At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We answer calls 24/7, arriving with fully-stocked service vehicles and IICRC-trained crews. Our project managers assess safety hazards and give the go-ahead for emergency services such as:

  • Pumping and truck-mounted extraction of water
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces with EPA-registered products
  • Residual moisture detection and metering
  • Efficient drying planning and implementation, using air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers

Call on the experts at SERVPRO of Port Jefferson when water threatens the integrity of your cozy abode. Call us at (631) 476-5300 and expect a professional assessment and practical, efficacious interventions to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fill a Crisp Rocky Point Autumn Day with Memories You Can Hold Onto for a Lifetime

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO van parked Enjoy the Holidays-But safeguard against fire damage to your Rocky Point home--SERVPRO

Prosser Pines Preserve Is the Perfect Place for a Last Minute Pre-Holiday Photo Shoot for Rocky Point Residents

Beginning 9:00 am November 25, 2020, take your Rocky Point family to Prosser Pines Preserve for some late fall color and a chance to enjoy fresh air and fellowship. Local photographers will be on hand to capture some timeless moments shared by families, friends, couples, and even your furry pals. Check out the Patch Miller Place-Rocky Point website to confirm the following details:

  • View available time slots and reserve a photographer.
  • Plan for a 30-minute time frame for your shoot.
  • Expect to receive a gallery of 40 plus shots within a week to review.
  • Pay for only the shots you love at $15 or less.
  • Use code PATCH for 10% off five or more photos purchased.

Count on the fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Port Jefferson for a picture-perfect return to “Like it never even happened,” condition after a household blaze in your home. Call for a prompt assessment and emergency recovery services at (631) 476-5300.

Missing the Chance to Start the Holidays with the Time-Honored Tradition of the Candlelight House Tour in Setauket?

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

long green SERVPRO service van parked Enjoy the Flood Lights from the candles, not storm water around your Setauket property--we at SERVPRO can take care of that!

Enjoy “An Intimate Celebration of House Tours Past” in Setauket During the  2020 Holiday Season

Help support Three Village Historical Society Programming

Surmount challenges to celebrating the traditional holiday season in Setauket by partaking of An Intimate Celebration of House Tours Past. Current health concerns require an adaptation to the yearly Candlelight House Tour. Three Village Historical Society organizers are unbowed and upbeat, offering an alternative that honors the tradition while ensuring the safety of those who participate. Join us for a tasty repast, raffle, and commemorative booklet highlighting the tour's previous 41 years.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Two seatings for dinner at 5:00 or 8:00 pm

$100 per person, limit two

Saturday, December 5, 2020

One seating for a buffet breakfast

$40 per person, limit  two

The Old Field Club

86 West Meadow Road

Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

If your Setauket event venue suffers from flooding, restoration by SERVPRO of Port Jefferson delivers premier results even during the holiday season. Contact us at (631) 476-5300 to discuss your options.

Does SERVPRO Use Advanced Equipment and Technology After a Flood?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green box truck The SERVPRO Box Truck Is Stocked with Advanced Equipment to Mitigate Flooding in Rocky Point properties.

Post-flood damage recovery for Rocky Point homes involves several industry-leading tools.

Flooding can occur with little warning in Rocky Point homes. Because of these situations' urgency, our professionals utilize multiple tools and technologies to overcome damaging effects and lessen total losses for the residence.

When you consider flood damage to Rocky Point houses, our SERVPRO team must work quickly to address current conditions. We can handle standing water with multiple extractors, including submersible pumps, truck-mount pumps, and wet vacuums. Other considerations we must make include:

  • Air Movers: Centrifugal air movers direct blasts of heated air directly at saturated structural elements and contents. Additionally, axial air movers focus on generating greater air circulation and flow throughout the drying zones' open spaces. 
  • Dehumidification: We have multiple dehumidifiers that can help to take the rising moisture content in the environment and collect it for disposal. Desiccants can be even more efficient in this regard, as they can exhaust dry, warm air back into the drying zone to promote more efficient evaporation. 
  • Monitoring: Using tools like thermal imagery cameras and moisture meters, we can identify moisture pockets beyond surface materials. Understanding where dampness exists allows us to direct drying materials to the appropriate locations. 

How Can We Document Damage and Progress?

Software plays a role in the way that we gather and share data about a current restoration project. Xactimate manages construction and repair projects while DryBook helps to document conditions of contents and building materials. As we gather new information through regular monitoring, this software gets updated.

You might have several choices after a flood disaster affects your home, but our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team can help you make it "Like it never even happened." With advanced tools and technologies, our professionals can efficiently manage flood losses in your home. Give us a call at (631) 476-5300.

What Hazards does SERVPRO Have to be Mindful of When Dealing with Fire and Soot Damage?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

smoke filling room and surrounding smoke detector Smoke and soot travel throughout the house and an be difficult to clean. SERVPRO has the answers!

Setauket Homeowners Need Safety-Conscious Fire and Soot Damage Restoration Crews 

Home safety is something most Setauket homeowners are aware of, at least some of the time. We all know the importance of not leaving a burning candle unattended and always keeping on top of roof repairs. When it comes to a disaster in the home, health and safety become even more critical, and you need a repair crew who will put safety first.  

Fire and soot damage to your Setauket home brings with it a slew of potential hazards. It would be helpful if you had access to a restoration team that understands how to identify and mitigate risks and create a safe working space. Good health and safety practices mean peace of mind for you and your family and a lower-risk remediation project.  

What kind of training does SERVPRO give its employees? 

We train all our technicians to the standards set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC offers the industry standard in cleaning practices, which means our SERVPRO techs are up-to-date on the best practices and techniques for every aspect of remediation.  

Because SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is a Franchise, our team has access to national training resources including:

  • Training at our training facility
  • Self-paced e-learning 
  • Opportunities for professional development and ongoing training 

What structural hazards are there during restoration? 

One of the main concerns when remediating with fire and soot damage is structural safety. Fire can wreak havoc with walls, ceilings, roofs, and crawl-spaces, leaving your home unstable. For example, there is the risk of falling debris, sagging ceilings, or even sharp edges that could cause a wound. 

We equip our teams with hard hats and safety boots, and securing the working area's safety is our priority. If we need to call in an engineer or other professional to help keep the site safe, we will. SERVPRO teams will advise you when it is safe to enter, so please follow their directions.  

We also know of the potential for slip, trip, and fall hazards. These can be caused by: 

  • Floors that are wet from firefighting efforts
  • Soot residue on tile floors
  • Walking onto hardwood floors after stepping on a damp surface
  • Protruding nails or splinters, unstable flooring, or holes 

Our teams will set up caution signs to warn workers and your family of potential problems. 

What about the risks from fire and soot? 

Smoke in Setauket is a hazardous substance that can be noxious. We furnish our teams with personal protective equipment, including aprons, gloves, and respirators, to keep them safe while working. Because soot can be hazardous and can also damage your home, the residue must be cleaned thoroughly. 

 Our teams understand the different kinds of soot and the way it interacts with various surfaces. We can take care of cleaning soot from: 

  • The walls and ceilings of your home
  • Textiles such as linens, drapes, and carpets
  • Upholstery and cushions
  • Wooden and metal furniture 

The best way to deal with soot is thorough cleaning – and that is what we do best. We use a range of scrubbing actions, chemical cleaning, and sometimes media blasting to clean the soot out of every nook and cranny. We can also use ultrasonic and hydraulic cleaning for your soft furnishings, linens, drapes, and spot cleaning for more delicate upholstery. 

Is there a danger from firefighting chemicals? 

Firefighting chemicals are a necessary part of extinguishing a blaze – but they can also be toxic. That is why we recommend you dispose of all food, cosmetics, make-up, and medicines that were exposed to firefighting chemicals. It is better to replace them than run the risk of contamination. 

Our cleaning process also helps remove leftover residues from firefighting efforts. 

Are there any hazards from fogging? 

Our goal is to leave your home, "Like it never even happened." That means leaving it smelling fresh too. Thermal fogging is a powerful way to deal with leftover odors, but it comes with its risks, which our technicians must stay aware. 

Thermal fogging chemicals are flammable, so our technicians must extinguish all pilot lights, stoves, water heaters, ranges, etc. before beginning. We also turn off any electrical devices that could cause a spark. We do not begin fogging until you, your family, and pets are clear of the area. We also post signs to let people know fogging is in progress, and we will advise you can safely re-enter the room. We also ventilate the area thoroughly before you come back. 

Fire and soot damage can cause many hazards. You can rely on SERVPRO to take care of risks and advise you when it is safe to re-enter damaged areas. For help with fire and soot cleanup, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.