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Cleaning Fire Damage from Setauket Structures

1/11/2023 (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

1/11/2023 (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

1/11/2023 (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.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Damage Remediation/Restoration in Setauket

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Need Mold Damage Remediation and Restoration in Setauket – Call SERVPRO

A mold colony can quickly form whenever there is moisture or high humidity in your home in Setauket. The infestation can grow in as little as twenty-four hours after a water leak caused by broken plumbing, leaks around windows and doors, or indoor mounted AC units. Mold spores are everywhere; unless the moisture/humidity is removed, mold infestations will return even after a thorough cleaning.

SERVPRO provides mold damage remediation, repair, and restoration to clients in Setauket and surrounding areas. Our team arrives on-site within four hours after your initial call to our office to assess the mold infestation and the source of the moisture. They develop a plan to remove contaminated materials, apply controlled demolition techniques if needed, protect the rest of the home from mold contamination and initiate restoration.

The first step is to determine the source of the moisture and make repairs to avoid the return of mold after removing the infestation. We can help with repairs and prevent conditions leading to further mold growth. It is also important to avoid distributing mold particles and spores to other building areas, either through HVAC systems or organically through natural air currents in your home.

SERVPRO blocks HVAC intake vents and installs barriers to prevent the distribution of spores to other areas of the home. We also bag in place all materials that must be removed. We ensure your home is protected from further mold infestations while cleaning, disinfection, and restoration take place.

SERVPRO provides the following mold removal services:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal and repair
  • Bathroom mold removal and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson for mold damage remediation services. We provide service to Setauket and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (631) 476-5300.

Commercial Water Restoration Resolves Many Issues in Setauket

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Large Loss Equipment When water damage hits your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

Water Restoration Efforts Save Setauket Businesses 

Leaks and other water-related issues can severely impact your Setauket business if they are not quickly and effectively addressed. Depending on the magnitude of the situation, the problems caused by leaking water can range from minor ceiling, and wall discoloration to massive mold growths, fouled interior air and fully compromised structural elements succumbing to dry rot.

Fortunately, the Setauket water restoration experts at SERVPRO have extensive training and experience in cleaning up and restoring even the worst water damage. Our water clean-up crews routinely perform complete water removal services, basement flooding clean-up work, water damage repairs, and fix ceiling leaks and burst pipes. Over their years of doing this work, SERVPRO technicians have often encountered the following types of damage:

  • Water stains and other mild, telltale signs of water leaks
  • Pink, green, brown, or black fungal growths on moisture impacted walls and ceilings
  • Mild to severe mold-related odors permeate every area of a commercial establishment, creating an environment unpleasant for customers, workers, and owners.
  • Rust and corrosion on metallic surfaces that either harms their aesthetics or renders them irreparable losses
  • Sagging ceilings, warped or buckling flooring, building materials compromised by dry rot, and waterlogged structural elements that have collapsed

We remediate these problems with the latest cutting-edge equipment and techniques to return your business to normal operating condition in less time than many other restoration firms can. In other words, our company is dedicated to minimizing your water event-related operational losses. 

Keeping this in mind, the next time you need water restoration work done, rest assured that your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can do your job right. Our extensively trained and highly skilled technicians are ready to assist you whenever you need them. Call us any day or night at (631) 476-5300.

Restoration for Flood Damage in Your Setauket Home

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet Water “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.”

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Setauket Property After Flood Damage

Few things can make you feel more helpless as a homeowner than the potential danger of external flooding and possible damage to your property. Flood water can contain contaminants, so let our professionals at SERVPRO handle all the cleanup and restoration for you.

When your property is affected by flood damage in Setauket, it is essential to act quickly to prevent additional damage. Make sure everyone exits the property and seeks somewhere safe to avoid any contaminants in the water. If it is safe, turn off any gas and electricity to limit the risk of electrical charges or gas leaks in the water. SERVPRO will come to clean up the water and restore your home.

The Restoration Process

Once SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property, there are several steps we take to complete the restoration:

  • First, we pump out any standing water so we can assess the damages.
  • Next, we safely remove and dispose of any contents and furniture damaged beyond repair.
  • We check the building for any damage to the structure which could cause potential hazards now or in the future.
  • We ensure the property is dry and dehumidified by removing residual water. If left untreated, it could lead to additional damage.

Getting your home back to its original state can be a complex and lengthy process, but our staff is professionally trained to complete the job thoroughly and promptly. After the restoration is complete, you should take measures to avoid flooding. The precautions can include the installation of waterproof membranes for walls and flooring and installing a new drainage system.

If a storm has damaged your home, contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson immediately at (631) 476-5300. You can trust us to return your home to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened.”

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

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

water flooding living room and sofas Stony Brook water damage bothering you? Call SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

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

Safety of the affected people

Carrying out the process of water removal from your Stony Brook home is impossible without people being in contact with the spilled water. That contact can pose a wide range of risks. There is the risk of electrocution because water conducts electricity. Our SERVPRO technicians address these risks in different ways. We have electrical circuit tests to verify that no electrical hazards exist after we turn off the power. We also have PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, like rubber boots and gloves to protect against contaminants.

Safety of the structure

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

Safety of the equipment

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

Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration in Setauket Homes - Cleaning Artworks

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

various pictures two fists and a fire Rely on SERVPRO for restoring your fire damaged Setauket home and securing safe artwork restoration.

SERVPRO Can Restore Some Soot Damaged Art

After a fire incident in your Setauket home, you may feel like you have lost everything. Treasured memories, documents, and sentimental items could all incur some damage. Soot is one of the primarily hidden aspects of a fire loss and a significant contributor to property damage. This black coating can linger on surfaces and get inside your appliances, electronics, and other items, and the longer it remains, the harder it is to clean. Soot is acidic by nature and can cause extensive corrosion to various objects.

Hiring a fire damage restoration company in Setauket is crucial to getting the job done right and rapidly. SERVPRO's goal is to restore your artwork to preloss conditions by selecting minimally invasive treatments to maintain the physical integrity of your piece. Careful evaluation is required before proceeding with this type of restoration. Typically, an art curator or specialty shop fulfills the rehabilitation following a house fire. 

Signs of soot damage on paintings

? Staining

? Paint discoloration

? Rust, pitting, and corrosion

Dealing with soot-damaged artworks

Heat, flames, and smoke can cause significant damage to artwork, but with the proper treatment and skills, it can often be reversed. SERVPRO is suited to perform the restoration of your smoke-damaged painting if minor residues are present. We understand the importance of timeliness concerning a fire-damaged picture. The damage can worsen if not treated quickly or shipped out for advanced professional restoration. Factors that determine the cleanability:

? How hot the fire got

? How close the fire reached to the painted surface

? Nature of the actual residue

? The painting's physical make up

Paintings present unique cleaning challenges due to the materials and the item's value.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is quick to offer fire damage restoration, helping you sort through the mess and return your valuables to preloss conditions. Call us at (631) 476-5300. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Rocky Point, Water Damage, High Humidity, and SERVPRO Solutions

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

humidity written on wet window SERVPRO offers water removal from humidity-compromised Rocky Point properties--and solutions to prevent future occurrences.

High Humidity Concerns for Your Rocky Point Residence

Higher humidity levels are a common complaint and catalyst of problems that could affect Port Jefferson area homes. Without the appropriate management of this situation, many more traumatic scenarios could erupt with little warning, including mold growth and structural degradation. Understanding what to do and what you can expect from professional restoration teams like ours can better prepare you for what must happen to protect your house from irreparable moisture damage.

With so many water damages that could originate from dampness and moisture in your Rocky Point home, combatting these conditions is imperative to protecting the investment in your property and the contents and people inside. As you might expect, multiple tools and machines can effectively address humidity in your home. Our SERVPRO experts can show up fast with the full measure of our equipment inventory to start recovery immediately.

Our professionals utilize the most critical piece of equipment in situations with high grain moisture content. The excessive humidity along the harbor leading to the Long Island Sound accounts for our array of dehumidification devices. Our Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) can handle large loss scenarios. Still, they are also ideal for widespread dampness that could begin to saturate construction materials, flooring, and open areas of your property. 

Moisture detection equipment can help our SERVPRO professionals identify problem areas within your home that could continue to be an issue even after effective drying. In some cases, our technicians must recommend or encourage continued efforts after restoration to manage moisture in areas like basements of homes in the region. By installing a permanent dehumidifier in problem areas, homeowners only have to manage collection trays to continually reduce damaging moisture content in the air.

Higher humidity levels are a given that many homeowners throughout the area must contend with regularly with the proximity to the harbor. Our SERVPRO of Port Jefferson team can help you to manage this situation and prevent further compromising scenarios like mold growth or structural degradation. Call us anytime you need help at (631) 476-5300.

Restoring a Damaged Fireplace in Port Jefferson

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

beautiful stone-faced fire place SERVPRO advises Port Jefferson homeowners to inspect chimneys and flues before "firing up" the fireplace.

How Our Port Jefferson Fire Damage Team Restored This Fireplace

Opening your flue allows oxygen into the fireplace, letting it burn more efficiently. It also decreases the amount of carbon dioxide and smoke in the room by channeling it through the dampers- small steel shutters inside your chimney. Forgetting to open the flue before igniting your fire could cause emissions to back up, resulting in soots and smoke being forced out from your fireplace.

One of the customers who forgot to open their flue caused severe fire damage in Port Jefferson. Their main concern was that their stunning stone fireplace had taken the brunt of the damage. A wholesale replacement could have cost thousands of dollars to remove the existing fireplace, order a new one and install it. Our team rectified much of the damage using SERVPRO's patented Mason cleaner.

By phoning professionals, this customer ensured that no further damage was caused. Most household cleaners are unable to remediate thick smoke or soot damage effectively. Attempting to clear away soiling from a fire like this could have resulted in spreading soot around, causing harm to floors, walls, and masonry. SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the expertise and the equipment to give your home the best chance of returning to its pre loss condition.

As you can see, most of the damage sustained was confined to the upper half of the fireplace. That's because smoke rises upwards, traveling into clean air pockets. There is a heavy soot deposit because the shut flue increased the air pressure inside the chimney. High-pressure fires cause more problems because smoke residues are forced deeper into the surface and can eat away at the finish.

We needed to use an aggressive cleaning product to tackle the heavy set soot but also one that was non-corrosive and would not damage the finish of the stone behind it. Our technicians have access to a full range of chemical agents, including patented cleaners that are not readily available. Using SERVPRO's mason cleaner, we successfully restored the damage and saved the customer from an expensive replacement. "Like it never even happened."

Fireplace restoration is just one of many services we can provide to return your home to preloss conditions. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.