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Back in Business!

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

When the unimaginable disaster happens at your business - Office, Restaurant, Medical Facility, Salon, etc. it affects not only you, but your employees and clients as well. For every day you're closed you are not making money.

SERVPRO Port Jefferson provides 24 Hour Emergency Response Services.

Whether it be Water Damage, Fire, Biohazard and Crime Scene services SERVPRO Port Jefferson provides total project management, Facilities Cleaning and Restoration and Contents Cleaning and Restoration.

We have the expertise and experience to get you back in business quickly! We stand Ready for Whatever Happens.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of those that survive, most had a preparedness plan in place.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (FREE)for your business, you minimize business interruption. Call 631-476-5300  to learn more and to set a time to meet.

Water Damage: Category 1

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

There are many ways water damage can affect your home. However, the severity of damage can vary depending on the class of water that caused the damage. There are three categories of water damage:

Category 1: Water damage caused by clean water that does not pose a substantial threat to humans.

Category 2: Water Damage that contains chemicals, biological or physical contaminants that can cause sickness. The term "grey water" is used when dealing with category two water damage.

Category 3: Water damage that is known as "black water". This class of water damage contains unsanitary agents and harmful bacteria that can cause severe discomfort or sickness. Sewage mainly causes this class of water damage.

But what are the leading causes of category one water damage? Broken water supply lines, melting ice/snow, heavy rains, and appliance overflows that do not contain contaminants.
Broken water supply lines are more common than you might think. Water supply lines break for many reasons. However, freezing temperatures are the leading cause. When the air temperature is at or drops below freezing, the ground above the pipes freezes causing increasing external stress.
Heavy rains are another common category one water damage. The city has back up water reservoirs that help to drain water during the heavy rains, but occasionally these systems get backed up which causes flooding.
Can appliances cause water damage? You bet. Besides the washer and the dishwasher, AC units can cause water damage. The condensation that AC units cause can lead to the growth of mold in any part of your house that contains the unit.
Category one water damage, while it is clean water, can cause significant damage to your home or apartment. If you or anyone you know is experiencing water damage, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson so we can stop the mitigation of loss.

What is Smart911 & How does it work?

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could be the difference between life and death.

You can sign up for Smart911 and create a Safety Profile for your household to give 9-1-1 valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will display automatically on the 9-1-1 call taker's screen when you make an emergency call. It's private and secure and you control what information is in your profile. These details can save seconds or even minutes during an emergency.

Knee Deep: A Popular Children's Entertainment Company Flooded

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Knee Deep: A Popular Children's Entertainment Company Flooded This picture was taken of an arcade area in the building before SERVPRO of Port Jefferson began the restoration process.

On July 19th of 2018, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson began work on a flood case in Staten Island. The popular children's entertainment company faced sprinkler suppression system failure which caused the entire building to be flooded.  Treading through water, our SERVPRO professionals didn't hesitate and began work immediately. Luckily, the water damage was a category one damage, so the carpet could be dried, cleaned and preserved. A category one water damage is classified as only involving clean water, whereas a category two and three both include dirty to black water. From the walkway to the back rooms, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson was able to restore the popular children's entertainment company by the 25th, just a mere seven days after the damage occurred. 

If you or anyone you know is having flood damage, don't hesitate and call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson so we can help you get your home or business back to its preloss state.

How Fast Does Mold Grow?

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow almost anywhere that there is moisture and a moderate temperature of around 70 degrees. Many different types of molds can grow inside your home without you even knowing. Most cases of mold go unnoticed until it covers an entire wall. How? Because mold mostly grows in places you don't see every day like an attic, garage, or laundry room. But how fast does mold spread? Unfortunately, mold starts growing immediately after spores are attached to an item. Mold will continuously grow and begin to colonize no later than 12 days after the initial invasion. Mold won't wait until you're ready, get the problem fixed now.
If you see mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson to start the mold removal to get your home back to being mold free. 

Distinguishing Common Fire Extinguishers

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a standard household item. However, not all extinguishers are made equally. Many different kinds of extinguishers are made to fight specific classes of fire. Here is a list and description of common fire extinguishers.
Water: Water extinguishers are used on Class A fires, that start when ordinary combustibles like wood and paper ignite. It is best not to use water extinguishers on electrical fires, as the water can damage the appliance.
AFFF Foam: This type of fire extinguisher is highly effective on class A and B fires. When extinguishing a class B fire that involves gasoline, the foam helps to prevent reignition. Some of these extinguishers may be used on or near electrical appliances, check to see if the extinguisher has been dielectrically tested before use on electrical equipment.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2): This extinguisher can be used on class B fires or class F fires. This extinguisher works by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire and does not leave residue behind.
ABC Powder: This type of extinguisher is versatile across classes A, B, C, and electrical fires. However, it is recommended not to use ABC Powder in a small or confined room due to the risk of inhalation.
Water Mist: Water mist extinguishers are used to put out A, B, C, F, and electrical fires. "The unique design of the water mist extinguishers' supersonic nozzle creates a microscopic mist curtain, reducing the oxygen content. Water mist extinguishers are also safe on fires caused by electricity, as the water mist does not conduct electricity and the water mist does not form puddles which could lead to electrocution" (Safelincs, 2018).
Wet Chemical: Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are specifically designed to put out class F fires that involve cooking oil and fats. Some of these extinguishers may be used on class A fires as well.
If you or anyone you know is having a fire emergency call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson for immediate emergency services. Staying safe and staying educated on fire safety can help you keep yourself, your family, and your home safe.

A Renter's Guide to Flood Insurance

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

With the Atlantic hurricane season in session, renters who live on the fifth floor of their apartment complex are not worried about flooding. However, renters are more likely than they think to be a flood victim. SERVPRO® of Port Jefferson encourages all renters to check their area on a flood map to see if they are at risk of flooding. If to your unpleasant surprise you find yourself in an at-risk area do your research and get flood insurance.

                "According to a ValuePenguin analysis, there are 1,274 counties in the U.S. in which at least one in four residents rent their homes. In about a quarter of those counties, floods have caused at least $5 million in property damages over the past 20 years--reflecting modest but not insubstantial losses. However, more than 5% of counties--78 in all--have suffered more than $50 million in damage over the years, and in more than one in five of those, the losses totaled $500 million or more" (Forbes, 2015).

                Even more surprising is that basic insurance does not cover flood damages. Insurance agencies will not cover water damage if the water has hit the ground before entering your home. The aftermath for flooding can range from $10,000 to $50,000 in out of pocket expenses. Not to worry, flood insurance for renters costs much less than for homeowners since the renter will not have to pay for structural damages, which is often the most expensive part of the restoration process.

                Understanding your insurance policies and being prepared this hurricane season is essential for keeping you, your family, and your home safe. If you or your family are having a flood, call SERVPRO® of Port Jefferson's 24/7 call center so we can help you start the renovation process.

Different Classes of Fire

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

There are many different classes of fire based on what fuels the flames. Even though there are a variety of fires, all fires are dangerous. The first step in protecting yourself, your family, and your home from different types of fires is understanding what fuels them and what extinguishes them.
Class A fires are fueled by ordinary combustible materials like wood, paper, fabric, and most kinds of trash. Class A fires typically start at campsites, kitchens, backyards, schools, and forests. If a Class A fire does start and has not spread, pouring water or cutting off the oxygen supply will extinguish the fire.
Please call 911 in case of a fire emergency, then call SERVPRO to help start the restoration process.
Flammable liquid and gas fuel class B fires. Not to be confused with a greasy kitchen fire, Class B fires start when gasoline catches fire. When a Class B fire starts never pour water directly onto the fire, due to gasoline's hydrophobic makeup the water will cause the fuel to spread, thus making the fire spread. Extinguishing these fires should be left to professionals. However, if that is not an immediate possibility, a CO2 extinguisher will effectively stop the fire.
Please call 911 in case of a fire emergency, then call SERVPRO to help start the restoration process.
Electrical fires are categorized as a Class C fire. With the absence of an energized electronic device, it is classified differently. A Class C fire is extinguished the same as a Class A fire.
When cooking anything with grease, a Class K fire is possible. This class of fire starts when oil, grease, or vegetable fat ignites. Similar to the aforementioned Class B fire, never pour water on a Class K fire. Grease and oil repel water, and by pouring water directly onto the fire, it will cause the fire to spread. You can extinguish this fire by cutting off its oxygen supply with a CO2 extinguisher, but these fires need to be left to professionals.
Please call 911 in case of a fire emergency, then call SERVPRO to help start the restoration process.
Being educated about what to do and what not to do for different classes of fire can help you protect yourself, your family, and your home from disastrous fire damage.

Don't Let it Spread: Common Types of Mold

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Let's face it. Mold can grow almost anywhere, and a comfortable house is one of the prime locations for mold to thrive. However, knowing what you're looking for can help you stop the spread and damage that mold can cause.

Below are the five most common household molds:

  1. Alternaria

            Alternaria is a large spore mold that can cause health effects. This mold starts out as dark or gray spots which start to spread quickly.

Where to look for it in your house:

-carpets

-textiles

-house dust

-damp areas (i.e., window frames and showers)

- Plants, trees. grasses, and soil

What to look for inside your home:

-dark or gray spots which are spreading

-musty smell

            It's safe to say that Alternaria, while it is typically found outside, can easily wind up in your home. If you have any suspicions about mold being in your home contact SERVPRO® of Port Jefferson at 516-733-1800.

  1. Aspergillus

            This mold is generally found in warmer climates where water damage has occurred. However, this mold can grow in extremely damp environments and has been found in household dust and compost piles.

            "Though only a lab test can truly verify the identity any variety of mold, you can suspect that mold is from the Aspergillus genus if it has a powdery texture and an extremely high growth rate" (IndoorDoctor, 2016).

  1. Cladosporium

            This fungus is common outdoors but can enter your home through the HVAC and airflow entryways. When indoors, this mold can grow on textiles, wood and other porous locations with a damp environment. Whether it is growing indoors or outdoors Cladosporium can cause health affects.

Where to look:

-Wallpaper

-Carpets

What to look for:

-black, brown, or green spots

            These spots will start out small, but if left alone will keep growing.

  1. Penicillium

            Penicillium is one of the most common molds indoors and outdoors.The Penicillium that we have all known are the types that cause food decay. When food starts to rot, we can easily see Penicillium appear to start the decomposing.

Where to look:

-Wallpaper

-Wallpaper glue

-Decaying fabrics

-Carpet

-Interior fiberglass duct insulation

            Since this mold is prevalent, if there is a leak in your roof it would be essential to have someone inspect for mold.

  1. Stachybotrys

            The harder the name is to pronounce, the more toxic the mold is. Stachybotrys is a type of black mold that causes significant health effects. However, this mold is the least common in households and needs plenty of running water to grow and is easily identifiable with its black and slimy texture.

Help your home stay safe by staying educated. For more information about mold, fire, hurricane, and water damage safety go to SERVPRO.com. If you are concerned about mold in your home call SERVPRO® of Port Jefferson at 516-733-1800.

References

Mold Answers: A Home Owner's Guide to Mold Removal

Achoo! Allergy

Indoor Doctor

How to Prepare You, Your Family, and Your Home for a Flood

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

For those of us that live on the coast, or on a low part of the neighborhood, flooding is all too familiar. However, flooding can also happen from a clogged storm drain or a pipe bursting in the apartment above you. Depending on the severity of the flooding in your areas, there are some ways to help prepare your home and your family for a flood.

1. Have a checklist for Gas, Water, and Electric. This includes:
-disconnecting all appliances,
-turning off electrical power at the main breaker boxes,
-turn off all gas at the main line,
and most importantly,
-Turn off all water at the main line! During flooding, pipes inside the house can burst and create further damage.
2. Have a flood kit prepared for emergency situations. This list should include:
-A gallon of water per person per day
-A 3 day supply of nonperishable foods that are easy to make
-Flashlight
-Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio (NOAA Weather radio if possible)
-Extra batteries
-first aid kit
-Sanitation and personal hygiene items
-Cell phone and cell phone portable chargers
-Family emergency contact information
-Maps of the area
-Emergency blanket
-Extra set of car keys and house keys
-Extra clothing and sturdy shoes
-Rain gear
-Camera for photos of damage
There are also other checklist items to consider if you or someone you live with is elderly, has a pet, or has a child:
-Baby food and formula
-Diapers
-Hearing aids and prescription medications
-Extra food and water for all pets
This checklist is provided to you by the American Red Cross. Click the link for more information.
3. Evacuate or head to higher ground. When evacuating, keep children out of the water and never tread through flowing water that is six inches deep. If you find yourself in a situation where the water is rising above six inches, turn around and go another way. Always try to find high ground for you and anyone else you are with.
4. Install backflow valves or plugs
"During a flood sewer and storm drains can back up and force sewage into your washing machines, bathtubs, sinks, and dishwashers, which can then overflow onto your floors" (Homes.com, 2018).
5. Have a backup water supply and unperishable foods for after the flooding has receded. After a flood, do not drink well water or the city water until it has been tested and verified by the local health department. Buying bottled water for a "just in case" flood comes in handy. All food that has been contaminated by the water has to be disposed of accordingly.
6. Learn how to use sandbags and plastic sheets effectively. While these tools, even if installed correctly, will not keep out all of the water, they will reduce the amount of flooding inside your home causing less damage to your property.
7. Whereas if you live in an apartment, #4 on our list will not do you much good. However, having a backup plan when a pipe does burst will help with keeping everyone calm and organized in the face of the emergency. Call your leasing office to see if they have a plan in place for when such an incident might occur.
These are just a few of the safety and preparation tips for flooding. Help keep you, your family, and your home safe by staying educated and alert about possible flooding situations. If you or anyone you know needs emergency service for flooding call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson for their 1-4-8 emergency services. In 1-hour SERVPRO professionals will address your call, in 4-hours we will send in a group of trained professionals to help with the situation, and in 8-hours we will have your claims sent to your insurance agency.

5.8.18 Hurricane Prep

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

May 6 -12 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Do you know what to do? Are you Prepared? 

If a hurricane strikes, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy recovery period that could follow. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You’ll also need a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cellphone. For more information on how to be hurricane ready go to following website  https://www.ready.gov/kit

Check it out today! #hurricane ready  

5.7.18 Hurricane Prep

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about. Check out https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness for more information!

Hurricane Prep. & Insurance

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company, agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies can be purchased through thousands of insurance agents nationwide. The agent who helps you with your homeowners or renters insurance may also be able to help you with purchasing flood insurance. Here is a list of participating Write Your Own (WYO) companies.

If your insurance agent does not sell flood insurance, you can contact the NFIP Help Center at 800-427-4661. NFIP flood insurance policies can only be purchased for properties within communities that participate in the NFIP.

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Hurricane Safety 5.10.18

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

A hurricane is a powerful tropical cyclone with sustained winds of at least 74 mph that often measures several hundred miles in diameter. All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes and tropical storms. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through November with the peak season from mid-August to late October.

If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many of these retrofits do not cost much or take as long to do as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.

Setup a plan with your community

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies.

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

Going over steps of prevention can help minimize the recovery efforts and have a speedy recovery.  Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. 

When a community faces a disaster, everyone plays a key role in helping there region recover and rebuild. 

For more information on steps to take during hurricane preparedness week, take a look at the following: https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane 

Cleaning Mold with Bleach is never the answer

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Chlorine Bleach is often regarded as the answer for stopping mold growth and removing the mold. However, this is a myth. Bleach does not exonerate mold. Here are three reasons why bleach is not the answer to mold, and should never be used to clean a mold contaminated area.

Bleach Loses Effectiveness Over Time

Chlorine bleach can dissipate rapidly, causing the bleach to be less effective. Over time this occurs because chlorine can evaporate and even faster in areas that are above room temperature. When the chlorine disappears, the bleach bottle turns into a bottle of salt water.  

 Bleach can actually contribute to mold growth

Chlorine bleach was made to clean surfaces, therefore can only kill surface bacteria and mold. This is due to bleach’s ion structure, which prevents the chlorine from penetrating porous material such as wood and drywall. When mold grows in porous areas, the enzyme’s roots grow deep within the material, rendering the bleach ineffective of exterminating the mold. The bleach can only remove the green stain from the mold, allowing surface to appear clean. But underneath the surface, the water component of the bleach penetrates and helps the internal roots to continue to grow, causing mold to reappear.

Bleach is Toxic

Bleach emits harmful fumes that pollute the air we breathe and can become harmful to humans and even pets. Over a period of time, inhaling the gases bleach emits can deteriorate the lungs and esophagus lining in addition to the scarring of the respiratory tract, which occurs in earlier stages. Also research shows that household bleach is one of the leading causes of accidental poisonings in the United States.

Is anything lurking in your bathroom?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in bathrooms is a common problem in almost every home. Darkness combined with excessive moisture provides the perfect conditions for consistent mold growth. Constantly cleaning and re-caulking, to keep a growth problem under control, can be time consuming and expensive. The best defense against mold is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here are a few tips to help  stop mold growth in your bathroom:

  • Run the ventilation fan while you are showering, and leave it on for 15 minutes after. If you don’t have a fan open a window or use a dehumidifier.
  • Use a sponge after a bath or shower to remove some of the excess moisture or a small towel can be used to dry any accumulated water.
  • Try to avoid keeping a ton of things inside of the bath/shower. They can hide mold growth as well as collect water to promote it. Children’s toys are particularly notorious for growing mold, so be sure to dry them as much as possible and clean them regularly.
  • Fix leaky faucets and shower heads.
  • Use a shower curtain that can be put in the washing machine. There are also many mold-resistant liners available.
  • Clean out the shower and wash bathroom rugs regularly.
  • Check for any other signs of mold in the bathroom under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

If you are consistently experiencing mold in your bathroom regardless of how often you clean you may have a larger hidden problem. Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson today 631-476-5300

Fire safety for kids: Prepare, practice and prevent

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

  • PREPARE – Reduce the risk of fires in your home by eliminating hazards.

  • PRACTICE – Practice a home fire evacuation plan and general fire safety practices.

  • PREVENT – The Unthinkable.

It takes about two minutes for a small flame to turn into a life threatening fire and just five minutes for a fire to engulf an entire home, according to Ready.gov. Putting in place fire prevention measures to avoid a home fire altogether is the best fire safety practice.

While prevention isn’t a 100 percent guarantee, there are many precautions you can take in your home to reduce fire hazards and keep your kids safe. Follow these recommendations to address common household fire hazards and protect your family from a home fire catching in your home:

  • Don’t overload electric outlets, extension cords or wall sockets. Stringing multiple extension cords together in order to plug several appliances into the same outlet is a bad idea.

  • Reduce clutter. This is especially important in the kitchen, where dish towels, sponges, paper towels, and other items can catch fire if placed too close to a hot stove. But it’s also important in all areas of your home – blankets and clothing piled up against a heat run, for instance, can also pose a fire hazard. As a rule, keep combustible materials at least three feet from the stove burners, and never leave cooking unattended.

  • Don’t leave burning candles unattended. A candle can fall for a multitude of reasons, lighting carpets, curtains or furniture ablaze. This can also happen if a candle is allowed to burn down too low, causing its glass container to break and freeing the flame.

  • Hide all matches and lighters out of reach of young children. Even responsible children can accidentally light a fire if they encounter a lighter or match and try it out of curiosity. It’s best to place these items well out of reach of kids.

  • Always have multiple working fire extinguishers conveniently located in your home. You should always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, for instance, as it’s a common location for fires to occur from cooking and other hazards.

  • Replace circuit breakers with arc-fault circuit interrupters. These gadgets pick up on electrical arcs, usually caused by poor insulation or loose wires or connections, and halt them before they lead to fires.

  • Replace electrical outlets. Faulty electrical outlets can be a source of home fires, too. If plugs seem to be loose or fall out, the blades inside may have loosened. Loose blades create excessive heat, which can lead to fires.

  • Give your clothes dryer proper maintenance. Cleaning the lint catcher thoroughly with every load is just the starting point. Over time, lint and other particles can build up in the vent system or dryer cabinet (where the heating element is located) and potentially cause fires. Having your dryer cabinet professionally cleaned every two years can also reduce potential fire risks.

  • Keep an eye on garage safety. Heated garages pose another threat to your home’s safety. If your garage contains a workshop, where even a thin layer of sawdust is present, and a heating appliance – whether a portable kerosene heater, wood stove, coal stove or anything else – there’s a fire risk. Sawdust is easily combustible, so employ a heavy-duty vacuum like a Shop Vac to remove as much sawdust as possible.

For more information check out https://www.safety.com/kids-fire-safety/

May 1st - CE Course

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

New York Insurance

Continuing Education Course

Topic: “Biohazards and Bio-Recovery for Property Insurers”

Presented By: Robkat, Inc.

Provider # NYPO-100256 

Course #NYR-254098

Licensees eligible for credit: BR, PC, C3, PA

3 Credit Hours

Sponsored by: SERVPRO® of Port Jefferson & Hicksville/Plainview

Date:                   May 1, 2018

Time:                  9:00AM – 12:00PM

Location:           Marriott Residence Inn9 Gerhard Road, Plainview, NY 

Course Fee: $60.00 (Waived by SERVPRO®)

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

  •  Definitions that differentiate bio-hazards and hazardous materials – How lead paint, asbestos, meth lab residues, fungus, bacteria, viruses, human and animal waste, are classified
  • Insurance coverage and limitations involving biohazards and bio-recovery
  • The more frequent types of biohazards that affect industries and occupations
  • How biohazards and hazardous material effects otherwise typical water and fire damage mitigation
  • The human emotional effects of biohazard recovery on families, survivors, and workers
  • How bio-recovery workers are screened, trained, and prepared for bio-events
  • Objectives for a successful bio-recovery
  • Job site and bio-recovery worker safety protocol when exposed to potentially infectious or hazardous materials - What is considered a Bloodborne Pathogen
  • Federal and State regulatory agencies that have oversight of biohazards containment and Transportation
  • What is the ‘Good Samaritan’ rule in biohazard cleanup
  • Accepted bio-recovery protocols and guidelines

Frozen Pipes

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Freezing air and fluctuating temperatures make your property prone to a water damage resulting from frozen pipes.

When water is exposed to freezing temperatures, it begins to expand resulting in increased water pressure and a possible pipe burst. Water damages incurred from pipe bursts often result in a fairly significant amount of damage in both residential and commercial properties. By following a few simple steps you can help prevent such a disaster.

  • Use insulated pipes. They will retain the heat and will not allow temperatures to drop too low. If insulated pipes are not an option, you can cover your pipes using sleeves to maintain safe temperatures during winter.
  • Outdoor water pipes are typically unable to maintain a safe temperature to prevent freezing. It is important that you drain these pipes and shut off the water valve. 

Should you discover a frozen pipe, it is important to take immediate action to help prevent any damage from occurring. There are several ways that you can heat and thaw frozen pipes. First you should conduct a thorough check to ensure the pipe has not burst and is not leaking, you also want to ensure the water is turned off. Then, you want to simply heat up the pipe by using a space heater, heat lamp or hair dryer. Wrapping a frozen pipe in thermostatically controlled heat tape may also help.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson have been providing damage restoration service all over Long Island for over 30 years. Our highly trained and certified staff understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business.

Our teams are on standby and are ready to respond 24/7/365. No matter how big or small, commercial or residential SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is ready to respond and make it "Like it never even happened."

Fireplace Safety

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety Tips

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning.
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
  • Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood burns with less smoke and burns more evenly,
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires. Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is important to check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.

For more tips check them out here!

Electrical Fire Safety

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical Fires do not have to happen.  Use this checklist to help you find and fix electrical fire hazards in your home before they can start a fire. 

Smoke Alarms - Smoke alarms save lives!

  • Do you have enough smoke alarms?
    • NO or I DON'T KNOW: Install smoke alarms on each level of the home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom.
      • Smoke alarms save lives. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Do not use damaged cords. Replace the cord or the equipment.
  • Are they working?
    • NO OR DON'T KNOW: Test smoke alarm once a month by pressing the TEST button. 
      • Smoke alarms can stop working without showing signs of failure, so regular testing is necessary to ensure they are working properly.
  • Do you know how old the alarms are? Have you changed the batteries this year?
    • NO OR DON'T KNOW: Replace batteries at least once a year or sooner if they begin to "chirp". When Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years. Replace alarms if you are unsure of their age. The components inside smoke alarms can wear out over time, which could affect their operation. 

Switches and Outlets - Be on the look-out for signs of trouble.

  • Are they working?
    • Have a licensed electrician check these switches and outlets.  
      • Improperly operating switches or outlets may indicate an unsafe wiring condition, which could be a fire hazard.
  • Do they make crackling, buzzing, or sizzling sounds?
    • Yes: Have a licensed electrician check these switches and outlets.
      • Unusual noises from a switch or outlet may indicate a unsafe wiring condition, such as a loose electrical connection
  • Are they warm to the touch?
    • Yes: Stop using these switches and outlets until they are checked by a licensed electrician. 
      • Usually warm switches or outlets may indicate an unsafe wiring condition. 
  • Do plugs fit snugly?
    • No: Outlets without a snug fir should be replaced by a licensed electrician.
      • Loose-fitting plugs can cause overheating and fires.

Cords - Never use damaged cords.

  • Is there fraying or cracking?
    • Yes: Do not use damaged cords. Replace the cord or the equipment. 
      • Damaged cords may have exposed wires that can be a fire and shock hazard. 
  • Are they pinched or pierced?
    • Yes: Move furniture or relocate cords to prevent cord damage.
      • Pinching cords can cause damage to the insulation or break wire strands, creating a fire or shock hazard. 
  • Do you use extension cords all the time?
    • Yes: Have an electrician install new outlets where needed or move equipment closer to an outlet. 
  • Are cords getting enough air? Are cords kept wrapped up while being used?
    • YES: Unwrap cords.
      • Wrapped Cords trap heat, which can lead to melting or weakening of the insulation. 
  • Are cords attached to anything with nails or staples?
    • YES: Remove nails or staples. Check cord and replace if damage. 
      • Nails and Staples can cut or pinch insulation or break wire strands, presenting a fire or shock hazard. 

Lamps and Appliances - Use them safely.

  • Are you using the right bulbs? 
    • NO OR I DON'T KNOW: Replace incorrect bulbs with bulbs of the proper wattage. Use bulbs of 60 watts or less if you are unsure of the appropriate wattage.
      • A bulb with a wattage higher than recommended may overheat the light fixture, wiring or nearby combustible material, leading to a fire. 
  • Do you use space heaters safely?
    • No: Move heater at least 3 feet away from combustible material, such as curtains, bedding, and newspaper.
      • Some heaters can produce enough heat to ignite nearby combustible materials.
  • Are appliance cords protected from damage?
    • No: Move cords away from all heat sources, such as heaters, range and toaster. 
      • Cords can melt or burn from excess heat. This can expose wires and lead to a fire or electric shock. 

Electrical Panel - Know the basics.

  • Are all circuit breakers and fuses the proper size?
    • NO OR I DON'T KNOW: Have a licensed electrician determine the correct sizes and install them. 
    • The wrong size fuse or circuit breaker can cause the wiring to overheat, creating a fire hazard.
  • Do you have Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)?
    • NO: Consider having a licensed electrician replace the standard circuit breakers with AFCIs. 
      • AFCI are advanced circuit breakers that provide greater electrical fire protection. 
  • Have you tested your AFCIs?
    • No: Test AFCIs Monthly using the TEST button on the AFCI. Have a licensed electrician replace defective AFCIs. 
      • AFCIs can stop working without showing signs of failure, so regular testing is necessary to ensure they are working properly.

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Prepare your home

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Some tips to brace your home for a winter storm:

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

Cold Weather bring moisture problems

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In colder weather, warm air from heating systems rises into attics, where it meets under the cold roof, often causing condensation. Mold thrives in moist and warm areas where a food source such as wood is present.

Most people think spring showers bring moisture problems, but it’s in winter that mold tends to become even more of an issue.

So proper insulation between your attic and living areas is crucial. If you’re not sure your insulation is working properly, you should have it checked.

Most homes have numerous trouble spots for mold and moisture. In homes tightly sealed for winter, warm air can’t easily escape. When windows are sealed tight, condensation tends to collect indoors on windows and even walls, creating an optimal area for mold to grow. In kitchens, steam accumulates from dishwashers. In bathrooms, showers create warm, moist conditions.

Proper ventilation in these areas of the home are crucial to prevent mold.

Homeowners also need to be aware of mold growth after a winter storm. After a storm, you need to check your home for damage from snow, ice and freezing temperatures to prevent mold from spreading into your home.

Damage can often go unnoticed until the spring thaw, but by then it may be too late because water might have infiltrated the walls of your basement, attic or other areas of your home.

Here’s a checklist to assess key parts of your home:

Roof checklist to prevent mold

  • Check for any loose or missing shingles, which need to be replaced or repaired immediately.
  • Inspect for leaks around chimneys, plumbing and attic vents as well as skylights.
  • Remove any tree limbs that are near the roof that could potentially break and fall through your roof.
  • Examine the attic and crawl space to make sure you have no leaks that could damage the ceilings.

Gutters and downspouts

  • Check to make sure the gutters and downspouts are securely and properly attached to your home.
  • Make sure your downspouts are cleared of leaves, branches and any other debris so that water can flow freely.
  • Extend downspouts away from your home’s foundation.

Siding, windows and doors

Look over your siding to make sure nothing has come loose or is damaged.

Make sure your seals are tight on doors and windows. Check the outside caulking for any damage or leakage.

Wipe up any window condensation on inside windows, especially metal windows.

Consider replacing metal window frames and other exterior door edges with vinyl to avoid air and water leakage.

Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that is created when common fuels such as natural gas, oil, wood or coal burn incompletely. This odorless, colorless, tasteless gas is often called the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without the use of detection technology like a CO alarm.

Reducing the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Have your chimney inspected by a professional every year.
  • Be sure to open the damper for proper ventilation when using your fireplace.
  • Make sure appliances are installed and operated according the manufacturer’s instructions and applicable local codes.
  • Fuel-burning heating appliances should be inspected and serviced by a certified, licensed professional every year.
  • Never use your oven, range, stovetop or clothes dryer to provide heat for your home.
  • Never use barbecue grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home or garage.
  • Only use portable generators outside in well-ventilated areas away from windows and doors. Never use a portable generator in any part of your home.
  • If you will be using a portable generator outside your home, be sure to install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with a battery backup inside the home.
  • Only use battery powered lights in tents and recreational vehicles like trailers, motor homes and boats.
  • Never use fuel-burning camping equipment inside an enclosed space.
  • Keep dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents clear of snow during and after snowstorms.
  • Check to make sure that your vehicle tailpipe is not blocked by snow or ice.
  • Never run a vehicle inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Remove the vehicle immediately after starting it.

Winter Storm Cleanup and Restoration

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Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today 631-476-5300

Fall Tips

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reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind as the cooler fall weather moves many activities back indoors. The following safety tips will help you stay safe during the change of seasons:

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won't be in use again until spring.
  • Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
  • Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair and certified by an independent testing lab such as UL, CSA or ETL. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut.
  • Do not tuck your electric blanket under mattresses or children, and do not put anything, such as comforters or bedspreads, on top of the blanket while it is in use.
  • Never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.

Autumn Home Maintenance Safety Tips

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Fall is the time for yard clean-ups and readying your house for the cold winter ahead. Keep these safety tips in mind as you work.

Look Up Before Pruning Trees

If you have decided that your yard needs to be spruced up by trimming your trees, be sure to look up and survey the area carefully before you start. Make careful note of where power lines are located before you set up your ladder so that it is positioned away from them.

Use Caution on Ladders

Wearing appropriate footwear is important when using a ladder; shoes or boots may be wet, causing you to slip as you climb the ladder. The ladder should be positioned on a flat surface before use. Be sure that the tools you are using are specifically designed for this purpose and are in good condition before starting work.

Clean Up Fallen Leaves

Keep your driveway and walkway clear of falling leaves. Wet leaves can create a hazard for pedestrians in the fall by making sidewalks slippery. Later in the season, snow may mix with leaves to increase the risk of falling. Homeowners should mulch or rake up fallen leaves and dispose of them according to local bylaws.

Safely Enjoy the Beauty of the Season

By keeping these important fall safety tips in mind, you can be sure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself and your family from seasonal dangers. This will leave your mind free to enjoy the beauty of this glorious season.

Fall Fire Safety Tips

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm.

Time Changes Mean Battery Changes

Get in the habit of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every fall and spring when changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. It is also a good idea to make it standard procedure in your household to verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order when you adjust the clocks each season.

Home Heating Tips

No matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order is an important part of learning some fall fire safety tips. Many things can go wrong with heating equipment during the spring and summer months. Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good working order before you experience the first cold snap of the season.

 

Central Heating System Safety Tips

  • Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) contractor every year before using it.
  • If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.

Space Heater Safety Tips

  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
  • Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.

Fireplace Safety Tips

  • Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe.
  • Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
  • Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
  • Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
  • Do not every use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
  • For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
  • Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.

Thunderstorms

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Thunderstorms can be more dangerous than you think! They happen often and can cause a lot of damage to your home. Of course, there are ways to help prevent this.

To prepare for a Thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • You should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Here are some facts about Thunderstorms!

  • They may occur singly, in clusters or in lines.
  • Some of the most severe occur when a single Thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
  • Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for Thunderstorm development.

Home Fires

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In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Learn About Fires

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

Before a Fire

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.

Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan.  Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

  • Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

Smoke Alarm Safety for People with Access or Functional Needs

  • Audible alarms for visually impaired people should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that they can listen to instructions or voices of others.
  • Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. Contact your local fire department for information about obtaining a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm.
  • Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors, and emergency call systems for summoning help, are also available.

More Fire Safety Tips

  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
  • Sleep with your door closed.
  • Contact your local fire department for information on training on the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers.
  • Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your residence.

During a Fire

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.  Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.  If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.  Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth.  Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

Fire Escape Planning for Older Adults and People with Access or Functional Needs

  • Live near an exit. You'll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building. If you live in a multi-story home, arrange to sleep on the ground floor, and near an exit.
  • If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure you get through the doorways.
  • Make any necessary accommodations, such as providing exit ramps and widening doorways, to facilitate an emergency escape.
  • Speak to your family members, building manager, or neighbors about your fire safety plan and practice it with them.
  • Contact your local fire department's non-emergency line and explain your special needs. Ask emergency providers to keep your special needs information on file.
  • Keep a phone near your bed and be ready to call 911 or your local emergency number if a fire occurs.

After a Fire

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

The small things aren't always small

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The small things aren't always small

Water Intrusion in one room can mean water damage in another. 

You reach for the towels, wet vac, mops and fans to clean up the water. The surface water is now dry and the problem is solved. Or is it?

What happened to the water that traveled into the floor, sub floors and wall? Was all the moisture caused by the incident removed? Water intrusion in a home can linger leaving subtle, yet lasting effects if not completely removed from the structure. Homeowners can remove standing water with appropriate precautions to help prevent further damage. But, how do you remove water and moisture in flooring and walls.

You are not alone. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of your home following a water intrusion. Whether the intrusion occurred from a small incident or a major water event, removing excess moisture can prevent more serious damage such as microbial growth.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the water yourself, call the cleanup and restoration professionals 631-476-5300 No damage is too small nor too big for SERVPRO.

You Can't Clean Everywhere.... But WE CAN!

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial You Can't Clean Everywhere.... But WE CAN!

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson proven duct cleaning system is cost efficient. Unlike many duct cleaning services, our SERVPRO professionals use a portable ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

Improve the Air Quality of Your Business

When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is SERVPRO of Port Jefferson first order of business. Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson uses a proven portable ventilation & air duct cleaning system to help improve the air quality of your business.

SERVPRO Duct Cleaning Process

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins. 
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container. 
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt. 

Sweeping Away Years of Dust and Dirt - Reducing Potential Health Risks

Since the vent system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be high priority. Often times the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirt ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building. 

A routine of SERVPRO Port Jefferson service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which can in turn save you money. 

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson Professionals can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best ways to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on  the health of your HVAC system and ductwork. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary.

Staying safe during Summer Storms

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Storm Damage Staying safe during Summer Storms

It is difficult to prepare for the unpredictable however, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. 

Before the Storm

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan. 
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not convertible)
  • Shutter window and secure outside doors. If shutter are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

During the storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials. 
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use. 
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity. 
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

After the storm 

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately 

Recommended items for basic emergency supply kit 

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing 
  • Dust Masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents;copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Hurricane season starts June 1st and runs through November 30th.

Be prepared in case of an unforeseen disaster. 

Water Intrusion in one room can mean Water Damage in other rooms

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Intrusion in one room can mean Water Damage in other rooms

Removing surface water can help prevent more extensive damage . However, water intrusions invade floors, ceiling and walls to find the lowest point in your home. Standing water from an overflowing bathtub or other water incident will search for pin hole crevices and crack in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel downward. Surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of your home.

Should a water incident occur in your home, remove excess water with mopping or blotting, remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. These tips may prevent further damage to your home and personal belongings. 

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson's Professionals offer:

  • 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines helps you regain control and peace of mind.  
    • 1: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
    • Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.
    • Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. 
  • Our Trained Uniformed Professionals arrive with clean trucks and the latest equipment to locate the source of the damage, detect moisture levels and dry all affected areas.
  • Proper and immediate handling of even a small water damage may retain the resale value of your home.
  • Quality service through documentation and continued communication helps ensure your are satisfied. 

SERVPRO Professionals are available 24-Hours a day, 365 days a year to help get your life back. 

Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at any time 

631-476-5300

When Dealing with Mold, Don't Just Hire Anyone

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Dealing with Mold, Don't Just Hire Anyone

Some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Over 100,000 different kinds of fungi have been identified. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth Water intrusions from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failure, long standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk or harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity 

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson care about proper restoration of you structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss condition. 

If you think you have a mold problem, feel free to call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson today to protect your health and your property. 631-476-5300

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson - Can help you with your spring cleaning!

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Port Jefferson -  Can help you with your spring cleaning!

Need help with your spring cleaning? SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can help. We offer various services to our residential and commercial clients. Not only do we handle storm damage disaster cleanup, we offer the follow (to name a few..):

Air Duct Cleaning - Our SERVPRO professionals can inspect your HVAC system and duct work. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors, and improve indoor air quality.

Carpet Cleaning - Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

Odor Identification And Deodorization - Our SERVPRO professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home or business.

Upholstery And Furniture Cleaning - SERVPRO professionals can inspect and test fabrics to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method, to effectively extend its useful life.

631-476-5300

Failure to clean often leads to home clothes dryer fires!

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Failure to clean often leads to home clothes dryer fires!

The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 %).2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

Follow these simple safety tips to prevent a clothes dryer fire in your home!

• Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.

• Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.

• Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.

• Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed or restricted.

• Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson & The American Red Cross

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Port Jefferson & The American Red Cross

 

Have questions? – We’re Here To Help®

Stamp out home fires, let's make it

"Like it never even happened"

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson’s continued commitment to the American Red Cross by supporting the disaster responder with an emphasis on the home fire preparedness campaign. The home fire preparedness campaign aligns with SERVPRO of Port Jefferson’s aim at reducing home fire deaths and injuries across the United States

Be informed, be aware, be safe

For more information on children and fire safety Check out the American Red Cross Website.

Www.redcross.org/homefires

Have questions? – We’re Here to Help®

Fire safety escape plans and more: Don't Hesitate Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson:631-476-5300

24 Hours a day/ 7 days a week/ 365 days a year

 email: sales@SERVPROofportjefferson.com  

When a water damage occurs in your Port Jefferson Home.

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When a water damage occurs in your Port Jefferson Home.

When dealing with a water damage timing is crucial. Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. 

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson professionals respond immediately and efficiently to your residential or commercial water removal or clean-up needs.

Our professionals use advanced equipment and techniques to begin the mitigation procession and remove the water quickly. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson's professionals closely monitor and verify our customers property is dried thoroughly and properly. Our professionals are trained to know how to use are equipment from dehumidifying, deodorizing and disinfecting. Our professionals restore your business or home with minimal disruption to your life and quickly make it Like it never even happened.

When a water damage take control of your life, nobody helps take it back like SERVPRO of Port Jefferson. We provide 24/7 Emergency Service. 

Call Today! 631-476-5300  

Home Fire Safety Tips for Winter

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fire Safety Tips for Winter

 Did you know that home fires occur more often in the winter than during any other season? Make sure you take the necessary safety precautions. Here are some fire safety tips to follow:

Furnace 

• Keep trash and other combustibles away from the furnace.
• Hire a professional to inspect and maintain your furnace . Inspections ensure that all furnace controls and functions are in good working order. 
• If your furnace breaks leave repairs to a knowledgeable professional.

Fireplace 

• Have the chimney inspected and cleaned once a year. The best time to do this is in the fall before the snow and cold weather hits.
• Close the glass doors or set a mesh metal screen in front of a lit fireplace to prevent embers from jumping out and unwanted materials from falling in.
• Keep blankets, clothing and other combustible materials away from the fireplace.
• Build a small fire and add logs as necessary to keep the fire going. Avoid using excess amounts of paper when starting a fire.
• Never burn charcoal in the fireplace since this gives off high amounts of carbon monoxide.
• Put out the fire before you go to sleep.
• Never close the fireplace damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. Once the ashes cool, store them outside in a tightly sealed metal container at least 10 feet from the house.

Portable Space Heater

• Plug space heaters directly into the wall; avoid using extension cords if possible. Also, plug only one space heater into an outlet at a time. Plugging two in together could overload the circuit.
• Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible, including bedding, clothing and drapes.
• Check power cords occasionally for fraying or breakage. Never operate a space heater with a damaged cord.
• Turn off the space heater when you leave home or go to sleep. Never leave it running unattended.
• Never hang gloves, socks or other items over a space heater to dry.
• Never run a space heater in the bathroom or other damp area where it could come in contact with water.

Stove and Oven 

• Keep an ABC fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink. ABC stands for “ash”, “barrel”, and “current”. An ABC fire extinguisher is capable of handling trash, wood and paper fires (ash); cooking oil, gasoline, and other flammable liquid fires (barrel); and electrical equipment fires (current). 
• If a fire extinguisher isn’t available, put out stovetop grease fires with liberal amounts of salt and baking soda, not water.
• Never leave the oven or stove on as supplementary heat for your home.
• Don’t cook if you are sleepy or have been drinking alcohol.
• Never leave the kitchen while frying, grilling, boiling or broiling.
• Set a timer to remind you when food is done cooking.
• Keep anything that could catch fire away from the stove top.

Candles

• Burn candles in sturdy holders and set them on a stable surface.
• Keep candles one foot away from anything that could catch fire.
• Blow out candles when you go to sleep or leave home. Avoid burning candles in the bedroom where you could fall asleep with them still lit.
• Never leave a child unattended with a burning candle.
• Store matches and lighters out of reach of children.

Smoke Alarm

• Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including inside bedrooms and outside each sleeping area.
• Change the batteries in the smoke alarm once a year. It's helpful to set a schedule to do this at the same time annually, for example when the clocks change for daylight savings time.  
• Test smoke alarms monthly. Simply press the “test” button and wait for the alarm to sound. If the alarm doesn’t go off, change the batteries and try again. If the alarm still doesn’t work, replace it as soon as possible.

Mold Remediation for your Port Jefferson Home

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation for your Port Jefferson Home

Mold is a type of fungus that grows on a variety of surfaces in damp and dark environments. Like other fungal growths, mold spreads by releasing invisible spores into the surrounding air. These spores then settle on new surfaces. The spores can also remain in the air for long periods and may repopulate mold colonies on surfaces that were previously cleaned. Mold can come in a variety of colors. 

Mold Removal

The quick and complete removal of a mold colony is the only way to protect against the health hazards of mold. Mold can be scrubbed away with hot soapy water for a quick fix. Control of moisture will lessen mold growth, but mold is notoriously difficult to eradicate. Hiring a professional service, such as SERVPRO, will ensure that mold is cleaned away completely and that the initial cause of the mold growth is fixed. Cleaning the air in the home is also important to eliminate airborne spores that may repopulate the mold. Air purifiers or filters are effective at eliminating spores. 

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is locally owned and operated
We are proud to serve our local communities and can remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. Call us Today 631-476-5300

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson - Fire Safety Tips

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Port Jefferson - Fire Safety Tips

According to the US Fire Loss Clock, in 2015, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds.  Structural fires were reported every 63 seconds.  Tragically, fires claimed an average of seven lives per day.

Though some fire are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable.  The following tips can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your home or business.

1.     Watch your cooking. Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food.  Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2.     Give space heaters space. Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that is flammable.

3.     Smoke outside. If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray.  Never smoke in bed.

4.     Keep matches and lighters out of reach. Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5.     Inspect electrical cords. Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6.     Be careful when using candles. Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn.  Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7.     Have a fire escape plan. Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

8.     Install smoke alarms. Install alarms on every level of your home or office and inside bedrooms.  Interconnect them so they all sound at once.

9.     Test smoke alarms. Test alarms once a month.  Replace batteries once per year or as needed.

10.   Install sprinklers. Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

In the event of a disaster do not hesitate to Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson's  professionals in for your cleanup and restoration needs. (631)476-5300. 

SERVPRO - Emergency Ready Profile

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services SERVPRO - Emergency Ready Profile

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster

    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • A no cost assessment of your facility.

    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

     It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  •  Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

     You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you, time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

     Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Storm Ready

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Ready

Storm Basics

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning all thunderstorms have lightning. A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:

  • Hail
  • Winds in excess of 58 mph
  • Structural wind damage
  • Tornado

Tornado Facts

Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long. 

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.. 
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm 

Hurricane Facts

A hurricane is an intense tropical storm with powerful winds and heavy rain 

  • Other names for a hurricane include cyclone, typhoon and tropical storm. While they are essentially the same thing, the different names usually indicate where the storm took place. Tropical storms that form in the Atlantic or Northeast Pacific (near the United States) are called hurricanes, those that form near in the Northwest Pacific (near Japan) are called typhoons and those that form in the South Pacific or Indian oceans are called cyclones.

  • Hurricanes usually form in tropical areas of the world.

  • Hurricanes develop over warm water and use it as an energy source.

  •  Hurricanes lose strength as they move over land.

  • Coastal regions are most at danger from hurricanes.
  • As well as violent winds and heavy rain, hurricanes can also create tornadoes, high waves and widespread flooding.
  • Hurricanes are regions of low atmospheric pressure (also known as a depression).
  • The wind flow of hurricanes in the southern hemisphere is clockwise while the wind flow of hurricanes in the northern hemisphere is counterclockwise.
  • Flood rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. 

Before the storm 

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds , shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives 

During the Storm 

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials 
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies 
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do no wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do no lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the bench or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal-tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle. 

After The Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or come parts of the community may be blocked. 
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animal closely. Keep them under your direct control. 

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. If you have storm damage to your home or business, call our SERVPRO Professionals for immediate action to your disaster. 631-476-5300 !

24/7 Emergency Services

Commercial Property Services

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Services

24-Hour Emergency Response

  • Catastrophic Storm and Wide Area Event Response 
  • Large Loss and Single Event Response

Water Damage Services

  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Building Stabilization and Climate Control

Fire Damage Services

  • Smoke and Soot Cleanup
  • Pretesting (For Best Cleaning Methods)

Biohazard & Crime Scene Services

  • HAZMAT Cleanup
  • Vandalism Cleanup

Total Project Management 

  • IICRC Certified
  • Mobile Command Centers
  • Electronic File Documentation 
  • Online Data Reporting 
  • Mitigation Performance Validation

Facilities Cleaning & Restoration

  • Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization
  • Post Construction Cleanup and Selective Demolition
  • Reconstruction
  • Specialized Media Blasting
  • Over Spray
  • Power Washing
  • Construction Drying 
  • High Volume Capacity
  • Contents Cleaning & Restoration
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment Cleaning and Restoration
  • Document Restoration
  • Art Restoration
  • Data Recovery
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Inventory Control and Documentation
  • Cargo Recover (Trucking Industry)

Emergency Ready Program 

  • Minimize Business Interruption
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Back Into Business Faster
  • No Cost Assessment

Overview of SERVPRO's Emergency Damage Process

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Overview of SERVPRO's Emergency Damage Process

One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way.

Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

Pretesting:  A SERVPRO Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward

Eight Hours:  Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally the adjuster or property manager.

Cleaning & Restoration: SERVPRO Professional will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure the property is taken care of right the first time. 

Final Walk-Through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted to help ensure satisfaction. 

What is lurking in your ducts?

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services What is lurking in your ducts?

Sweeping Away Years of Dust and Dirt - Helping Reduce Potential for Damage and Health

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of our SERVPRO Professional's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money. 

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning Process

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a    16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 % of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an option process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Duct Cleaning May Not Always Be Necessary

SERVPRO of Port Jefferson Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO Professional can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition. 

Who you gonna call?

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Who you gonna call?

In the event of an emergency....


SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is a professional cleanup & restoration company & is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. call SERVPRO 24/7/365.


Licensed for emergency service restoration, disaster cleaning and complete construction services. No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Port Jefferson. We have trained & certified professional to quickly make it "Like it never even happened". In any of these emergency situations call SERVPRO for immediate action! 631-476-5300

Home Healthy Home

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Home Healthy Home

Check list 

  • Do you smoke in your home?
  • Do your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
  • Do you change your air filters once a month?
  • Is your gas fireplace and/or gas stove check yearly for emissions?
  • Was your home built before 1978? If so, has it been check for lead-based paint?
  • Do your bathrooms have carpet?

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

  • Asbestos building products when dislodged (no longer intact)
  • Biological contaminants such as mold, dust mites, viruses and pet dander.
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Formaldehyde found in pressure treated wood
  • Lead (pre-1978 house paint)
  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Particulates found in dust, pollen, cleaning sprays and poorly ventilated areas
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Volatile organic compounds including household cleaning products, pesticides and aerosol propellants. 

The Trust about MOLD

Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter homes easily. Most types of mold grow quickly if they have a water source, an organic food source and temperatures between 60 and 86 Fahrenheit.

An institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors is a public health problem by encouraging growth of molds, dust mites and other organisms.

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Replace washing machine hoses with steel mesh lines.
  • Move large objects away from the walls to provide good air circulation.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms.

Cleaner Air Means a Healthier Home

Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the home. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson uses a proven Portable Ventilation and Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

Benefits of Cleaning Ducts & HVAC:

  • Lowers indoor air pollution
  • Reduces pet dander
  • Eliminates offensive odors
  • Restores peak operating condition
  • Prolongs the life of your system

Understanding Mold

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
  • Ah, isn't mold quite the sight? Though it is mesmerizing to look at, it can also be toxic for your health. If you're dealing with a mold infestation on your commercial or residential property, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook. We have the knowledge and tools to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today. 631-476-5300

    Government Facilities

    7/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial Government Facilities

    Government Facilities have to stay opened, even when they need to be cleaned or restored.

    SERVPRO's Commitment 

    When disaster strikes a government facility, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Professionals answers the call quickly to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping to ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs.

    The SERVPRO Difference

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Professionals respond to disaster situations with the right personnel and equipment to provide timely mitgation - the key to controlling damage, lowering recovery costs and minimizing interruption to the public and employees. From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility's janitorial service, SERVPRO Professionals are committed to timely response and total customer satisfaction.

    You can trust the SERVPRO Franchise System

    When disaster strikes a government facility SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Professional answers the call quickly to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping to ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs. 

    Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce

    7/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce

    SERVPRO of  Port Jefferson/Stony Brook & Hicksville/Plainview - is a part of Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce - SERVPROs Marketing Manager  Paula Mauro is a Committee member for the 9/11 Memorial.

    September 11, 2016 will mark the 15th Anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack on New york, our city, our nation and our world.

    The Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce is creating a unique memorial for our community that will enable furture generations to learn about, reflect upon and never forget September 11, 2001. 

    David Haussler is a master Long Island sculptor. He is bringing his creative passion and unique talent to the Plainview-Old Bethpage with an outdoor sculpture for the Public. David has produced other memorials using his talent for combining a powerful presence with sensitive display. 

    The POB sculpture will be orginal and exceptional and we will be proud to present this to our community on Sunday, September 11, 2016. 

    The students from POBJFK High School Media Arts Department will add an educational component to recount for those too young to know and help others take a moment and remember the events and ramifications of 9/11. Using a QR (Quick Response Code) the sculpture will engage viewers and open the book of the history of that day. 

    The POB Chamber wants to engage the entire community and is now reaching out to large companies in Plainview-Old Bethapge to join our campaign. 

    Your donation will be used to make a lasting tribute to a day that changed the face of the world forever. This undertaking is expensive but we are optimistic and have already raised several thousand dollars. Twenty Thousand Dollars is the goal and we hope to reach it with a $1000 contribution fro 20 of Plainview-Old Bethpage's most prominent companies. Contributions will be recognized in respectful accord. 

    Thank you for your time and consideration and for further information or any question please contact: POBCOC President Elan Wurtzel @ elan@wurtzellaw.com or Francesca Carlow; francescacarlow@gmail.com 

    Donate Today!

    Clean Homes Sell Faster

    7/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Clean Homes Sell Faster

    Get it clean - Get it Sold

    Dirty Ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Professionals use a portable ventilation & air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

    Duct & HVAC System cleaning can:

    • Reduce allergens and pet dander
    • Eliminate offensive odors
    • Improve operating conditions and efficiency  

    Be Informed:

    Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson professional can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.

    Control Moisture- Reduce Mold

    Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage - act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

    • Correct any water leaks or standing water
    • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
    • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
    • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials
    • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work 
    • Install a ventilation system

    Pass More Home Inspections

    Your sellers may have trouble spots to address before you list a property or schedule an inspection. The clients may choose to handle these issues themselves to avoid filing an insurance claim for the damage because it may not be covered by their policy and can affect the homes CLUE report. CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) is a database which records reported loss and damage information, and it is utilized by most insurance companies. Unfavorable CLUE reports can lead to increased premiums and policy renewal issues for property owners. 

    Top Show Condition an Ready to Sell

    It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained in the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show. 

    Veteran realtors encourage clients to keep their hoes in top condition for very important reasons:

    • Increased market value 
    • Reduced list to sale conversion times
    • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson offers a variety of services to help revive your listings to show condition:

    • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
    • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning 
    • Deodorization
    • Duct & HVAC Cleaning
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

    The Science Behind Drying

    6/29/2016 (Permalink)

    Building Services The Science Behind Drying

    The science of drying is known as psychrometrics. It is essential to know in order to properly dry and restore a structure to its preloss condition. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson follows a strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damage.

    Your initial reaction to clean up a mess may be to grab a few towels or mop up the mess or place a fan or two around the damage area. However, when the carpet itself may be dry. There may be hidden moisture you cannot see or feel creating the potential for further damage.

    Water can seep through pinhole cracks and crevices in floors; surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet readily absorb water, pulling moisture further into the structure. Measuring moisture levels of the visibly affected areas, as well as surrounding areas, helps ensure proper drying and prevention of secondary damage.

    SERVPRO strict industry-approved standards to measure the extent of moisture saturation and to offer drying, deodorizing and disinfecting services to help reduce the chance of any secondary damage. The Franchise Technician will:

    • Inspect the building to detect every area and component that is wet, preventing damage from occurring due to overlooked areas.
    • Measure the moisture levels in the wet materials and monitor these levels to ensure materials are drying properly.
    • Expedite the natural drying process by using professional drying equipment.

    What does it mean to "expedite the natural drying process?" The environment always seeks equilibrium, because of this; a wet building can often dry naturally. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface, but this can only happen if the air is actually drier. The trouble with the natural process is the length of time it can take to dry naturally. When drying takes too long, secondary damages may occur.

    Our SERVPRO professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment, designed to expedite the natural drying process including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough to reach places inside walls and much more. State of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific method allows SERVPRO professionals to dry you home or business fast.

    Stay safe from summer storms

    6/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Stay safe from summer storms

    While the spring season is known for the potential to experience severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well,. In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in some areas. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.

    While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to learn more about the ERP and how it can help you. Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm. 

    Before the Storm

    • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
    • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
    • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.               
    • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
    • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

    During the Storm

    • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
    • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
    •  Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
    • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
    • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
    • Stay away from windows and doors.

    After the Storm

    • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
    • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
    • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

    Below is a recommended items for basic emergency supply list

    Emergency Supply Kit

    • Water (one gallon per person per day)
    •  Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
    •  Manual can opener
    • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First Aid Kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Clothing
    • Dust Masks or bandanas
    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Hygiene items
    • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
    • Cash
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container

    Staying Safe this Summer

    6/22/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Staying Safe this Summer

    Each Summer, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in the pool, lake or beach. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun. 

    According to the United States Fire Administration, just under 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires, annually. A barbecue grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill.

    If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water.

    Summertime should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors. The following tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , will help keep you safe all summer long.

    •When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.

    •When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.

    •Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard - Approved PFD (personal floatation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing, air -filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.

    •Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors and heating devices before fueling a boat, In case of a spill, wipe up fuel and check for fuel leakage and odors.

    •When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.

    •Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, cover with dirt or pour water over the fire.

    •Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.

     •Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals. Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is Wishing you a Safe and Happy Summer.

    Call Today: 631-476-5300

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson - Specializes in flooded basement cleanup & restoration

    6/17/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO of Port Jefferson - Specializes in flooded basement cleanup & restoration

    One of SERVPRO of Port Jefferson specialties  

    This SERVPRO of Port Jefferson  home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your  basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

    Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

    Call Today -SERVPRO of Port Jefferson

    If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Port Jefferson and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

    Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help SERVPRO Of Port Jefferson

    Call Today: 631-476-5300

    Please Join SERVPRO

    5/27/2016 (Permalink)

    "Planning is key for emergency evacuation. Learn how to prevent damage to valued or sentimental property, and receive insurance tips. Be prepared for the rough weather, understand fire safety, mold and their damaging health hazards." Join SERVPRO of Port Jefferson & Hicksville/Plainview on June 7, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Libraby for this enticing seminar on Preparation!

    Community News

    5/20/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Community News

    AUGUST 15, 2016

    The Blue Goose is the charitable foundation on the property and casualty side of the insurance claims industry. The New York City Pond of the Blue Goose, founded in 1907, to commemorate members, family, and friends who were victims of September 11th, has established a golf tournament to honor their memory in a dignified manner. The tournament will be hosted at the Towers Country Club in Floral Park, New York, on August 15, 2016.

    Please note that proceeds from this event have been contributed to the World Trade Center Memorial Fund as well as to the Marine Corps League, in memory of Lance Corporal Robert J. Slattery, who was killed in action fighting for his country at age 21. The Marines Corps League provides needed supplies to wounded veterans. This year, we will also contribute to Susan G. Komen Organization for Breast Cancer Research!

    The outing is at our traditional location at Towers Country Club, 272-48 Grand Central Parkway, Floral Park, New York. Continental Breakfast served at 10:00AM, with a shot gun start at 12:00 PM. Try to avoid the office in the morning. Traffic problems inevitably hold up participants, we have to hold the shotgun. Door prizes are encouraged. Cocktails at 5:00PM. As Space is Limited, we look forward to your prompt response and involvement.

    $195 per golfer for Golf, Dinner & Cocktails, 

    $175 to Sponsor a hole 

    $500 to own a hole

    For Inquiries contact Paula Mauro, Goosette/ Blue Goose NYC Pond/ Golf Committee. (516)984-3674  

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson & Hicksville/Plainview News:

    5/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO of Port Jefferson & Hicksville/Plainview  News:

    Paula Mauro, Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of Port Jefferson & Hicksville/Plainview is proud to announce she is now a Community Relations Ambassador with the American Red Cross on Long Island. As a Community Relations Ambassador, the focus will be on the Town of Oyster Bay. Our Responsibilities will be to sharing information about Red Cross programs, services and activities; including preparation initiatives. Paul is willing to work with the community leaders, schools, faith based organizations and local civic/service organizations to identify opportunities to partner and collaborate on Red Cross mission related activities.

    We are very excited to volunteer with the Red Cross and I look forward to working with you. Paula can be reached at 515-984-3674 or via email at paula@SERVPROofhicksvilleplainview.com 

    JUNE 1ST STARTS OFF HURRICANE SEASON

    5/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage JUNE 1ST STARTS OFF HURRICANE SEASON

    SERVPRO OF PORT JEFFERSON/STONY BROOK & HICKSVILLE/PLAINVIEW 

    Hurricane Season is amongst us starting June 1, 2016 – November 2016. It’s never too late to take simple steps to make your house and personal finances more wind-and water resistant. While hurricanes give us the advantage of knowing days in advance if they will hit, NOW is the time to get prepared so you can be ready in advance of such a storm, know what to do when a hurricane strikes and how to recover after the storm has left.

    The American Red Cross provides tips and lists of materials you should have before a hurricane "Hurricane Checklist."

    Pink Tie

    5/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Pink Tie Risa Kluger, Franchise Owner

    SERVPRO OF PORT JEFFERSON & HICKSVILLE/PLAINVIEW 

    Are proud to announce we have joined The Pink Tie Organization. 

    The Pink Tie Organization is a Business Professionals Networking for a cause, was founded by Mike Cave, CEO of 1st Equity Title & Closing Services, after losing his beloved aunt to breast cancer. 

    Pink Tie Organization goal is to hold upscale networking events within the real estate community, where they can synergize their vast network with your company and provide exposure to other professionals in this dynamic industry, and work together to raise funds for various foundations who support research and education, for disease which are prevalent in their respective communities.

    Pink Tie align their efforts with charities that are 100% charitable organizations; in other words, every single penny raised goes towards the cause and makes the most direct impact in the community.

    Through strategic partnerships, sponsorships, ticket sales, as well as silent and live auctions, The Pink Tie Organization aims to make an impact in our community. With everyone’s support, The Pink Tie Organization is certain they can make great strides. 

    On May 9, 2016 The Pink Tie Organization is hosting the 4th Annual PinkTie.org Event benefiting the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation 

    Memorial Day Parade

    4/28/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Memorial Day Parade

    SERVPRO OF PORT JEFFERSON/STONY BROOK & HICKSVILLE/PLAINVIEW

    Monday May 30, 2016 Join SERVPRO at the Annual Plainview-Old Bethpage Memorial Day Parade.  We will be in the parade.

    When: 9:00AM (Parade Starts at 9:30AM)

    Where: 700 Old Country Road, Plainview NY 11803

    The festivities begin at 9:30AM with a march on Old Country Road to the Town Park on Washington Avenue. Please join us as we greet the crowds lining our local streets in support of our country and our community.  

    A Fire in one office can damage a whole business

    4/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage A Fire in one office can damage a whole business

    In 2004, direct property loss due to fires was estimated at 9.8 billion dollars. However, when one of your properties suffers a fire, only one fire matters. Business documents are priceless, and a reflection of hard work and achievements. Photographs, books, and other personal items have a value to your customers and tenants that cannot be put into words. SERVPRO professionals have the ability to help restore belongings. To your business, there's no such thing as a small fire. Regardless of the size of the event, a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces throughout a facility and cause odors that may last for years.

    SERVPRO professional understands how events like a fire can disrupt your life. Concerns may range from getting back in business quickly to the expense of replacing tenant's belongings and equipment to the emotions associated with losing a keepsake. Typically restoring an item will save you money versus replacing the item, relieving your tenant's or customer's concern of losing a priceless treasure. SERVPRO consist of a 24-Hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both property and belongings. By responding quickly and help protect property and personal belongings.

    Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself call SERVPRO the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals 1-866-928-7668

    April 14, 2016 - " Understanding Mold For Property Insurers & Real Estate Professionals:

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Community April 14, 2016 - " Understanding Mold For Property Insurers & Real Estate Professionals: Risa Kluger, Franchise Owner

    What A successful Turnout!  

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook & Hicksville/Plainview would like to give a big Thank You to Larry Hackney Executive VP at Robkat, Inc. and Continuing Education Instructor for presenting a very informative seminar on Mold.

    Below are a few key things we went over:

    *Preventing Mold Growth

    *Where to look for moisture & Microbial Growth

    *Moisture Control

    *Mold Remediation Work Standards

    *Nassau County- Local Law 13-2014 (Environmental Hazard Remediation)

    SERVPRO would also like to thank all who attended! We hope that you enjoyed our seminar. The primary goal was to increase your understanding of Mold. If you have any further questions regarding anything we went over during this seminar feel free to contact Paula Mauro (516)-984-3674 

    Reminder SERVPRO is hosting NYS CE 3 credit course

    3/31/2016 (Permalink)

    General Reminder  SERVPRO is hosting NYS CE 3 credit course

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook & Hicksville/Plainview

    is hosting "Understanding Mold For Property Insurers." NYS Continuing Education Seminar.

    Presented by: Robakt, Inc.

    Provider # NYPO-100256

    Licensees eligible for credit: BR, PC, C3

    Date: April 14, 2016

    Time: 9:00AM to 12:00 PM (Breakfast to be served) 

    Venue: Four Points by Sheraton

               333 S. Service Road,

               Plainview, NY 11803

    At a Glance:  

  • Mold Awareness history and media coverage.
  • Current state-specific mold legislation, current laws, and initiatives.
  • How mold litigation has had an effect on insurance carriers, policy exclusions, claims, handling, and remediation protocols.
  • Causes and conditions necessary for mold growth
  • The effect of old on structure and contents 
  • Mold 'testing' procedures an analysis
  • Mold and Health: Media hype or reality?
  • Mold containment and remediation: government and industry expert guidelines. Is bleach the answer?
  • New mold prevention and remediation techniques. 
  • Robakat Course Fee: $60.00 (Fee waived by SERVPRO)

    Complimentary continental Breakfast to be served (8:30AM- 9:00 AM) 

    For more information: Paula Mauro (516) 984-3674

    E-mail: paula@SERVPROoficksvilleplainview.com

    *Please Note* New York State requires attendees to present a Photo ID at registration and be present for 100% of the course presentation. Therefore, please allot time for traffic and weather conditions. Class will start promptly at 9:00AM. 

    Are Your Ducts in Order?

    3/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Are Your Ducts in Order?

    When was the last time you inspected the ductwork in your home or business? 

    If you cannot remember, it may be time for some much needed attention.

    Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units combined with dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook can inspect your ductwork and recommend the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.  

    Keeping your HVAC system and ductwork clean not only provides cleaner, fresher air, but can also extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

    Breathe easier this spring. An inspection of your HVAC system and ductwork can save you money, provide peace of mind and prolong the life of your equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook to schedule an appointment today! 631-476-5300.

    It's that time again.... Spring into Clean

    3/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning It's that time again.... Spring into Clean

    A clean environment is a healthy environment. Review these tips  to improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don't worry SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook has all of the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time.

    Clean your work space - It doesn't take long for clutter to pile up. Begin spring cleaning by decluttering and organizing your work space. Sort files and determine what you really need. Removing excess clutter will not only allow you to find things easier, but will also create a more productive environment.

    Start an archive - While organizing your work space, you may come across files you don't use daily, but still need to keep. By creating an archive, you can save these files and keep your desk clutter-free. Maintain your archive by scheduling one day a month to sort through files and keep files organized

    Organize your inbox - Is your inbox overloaded? Organize e-mails by creating folders within your inbox. Organizing files may require an initial time investment, but still be a tremendous timesaver in the future. Consider backing up important electronic files and programs as well.

    Deep clean your facility, including the floors. - Over time, floors bear the brunt of your daily business. If not properly maintained, they can become dull and dingy. Having floors deep cleaned can improve the overall look and cleanliness of you facility

    Clean HVAC units.- Most air conditioning units remain dormant throughout the winter. To ensure the best indoor air quality, consider having your HVAC and ducts professionally cleaned.

    Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.

    Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Today!  

    631-476-5300

    With any leak, It's the water you don't see that causes the most damage

    3/17/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage With any leak, It's the water you don't see that causes the most damage Happy Saint Patrick's Day From Your SERVPRO Professionals

    Any water damage in your home is bad.

    But trying to clean it up yourself can be a disaster. Especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria-or cause mold, rot and other unseen damage that can affect the value of your home. So before you risk your health or the valve of your home by cleaning it up yourself.

    Your local SERVPRO® of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook is highly trained to safely clean and RESTORE your building, utilizing the following procedures:

    Step 1 - Emergency Contact

    The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

    Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

    We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

    Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

    The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

    Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

    We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

    Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

    We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

    Step 6 - Restoration

    Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

    Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.So, before you risk further damaging the value of your home or facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local SERVPRO® of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook water damage cleanup and restoration specialist at 631-476-5300. We look forward to restoring your property "Like It Never Even Happened"

    Don't Let Mold Grow!

    3/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Don't Let Mold Grow!

    Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amounts of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that can cause health effects. 

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth. 
  • Excessive humidity.
  • These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems 

    If you think you might have a mold problem, call today (631) 476-5300. 

    Our trained SERVPRO Professionals trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.  If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/ Environmental Professionals with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed.  

    SERVPRO cares about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations excessive mold growth is not a problem for your SERVPRO Professionals. We can safely restore your building to pre-loss conditions. The need to address the presence of mold can only be determined by an on-site, indoor environmental inspection. 

    New York Insurance: Continuing Education - 3 Credit Hour

    2/25/2016 (Permalink)

    General New York Insurance: Continuing Education - 3 Credit Hour

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook & Hicksville/Plainview

    is hosting "Understanding Mold For Property Insurers." NYS Continuing Education Seminar.

    Presented by: Robakt, Inc.

    Provider # NYPO-100256

    Licensees eligible for credit: BR, PC, C3

    Date: April 14, 2016

    Time: 9:00AM to 12:00 PM (Breakfast to be served) 

    Venue: Four Points by Sheraton

               333 S. Service Road,

               Plainview, NY 11803

    At a Glance:  

  • Mold Awareness history and media coverage.
  • Current state-specific mold legislation, current laws, and initiatives.
  • How mold litigation has had an effect on insurance carriers, policy exclusions, claims, handling, and remediation protocols.
  • Causes and conditions necessary for mold growth
  • The effect of old on structure and contents 
  • Mold 'testing' procedures an analysis
  • Mold and Health: Media hype or reality?
  • Mold containment and remediation: government and industry expert guidelines. Is bleach the answer?
  • New mold prevention and remediation techniques. 
  • Robakat Course Fee: $60.00 (Fee waived by SERVPRO)

    Complimentary continental Breakfast to be served (8:30AM- 9:00 AM) 

    For more information: Paula Mauro (516) 984-3674

    E-mail: paula@SERVPROoficksvilleplainview.com

    *Please Note* New York State requires attendees to present a Photo ID at registration and be present for 100% of the course presentation. Therefore, please allot time for traffic and weather conditions. Class will start promptly at 9:00AM. 

    Fire Safety

    2/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Safety

    10 Key Fire Safety Tips

    Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home. 

    1. Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended. 
    2. Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything. 
    3. Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.
    4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.
    5. Inspect electrical cord - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections. 
    6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least on foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.
    7. Have a fire escape plan- Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
    8. Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once.
    9. Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.
    10. Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

    Fire Escape Planning Tips

    The following are several tips that could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one should a fire break out in your home or business. 

    • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
    • Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
    • Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm. 
    • Practice findings your way out of the house with your eyes closed, crawling or staying low and feeling your way out of the house.
    • Remember to escape first, then notify the fire department. 

    Do's & Don'ts - Building Emergency Tips

    2/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Do's & Don'ts - Building Emergency Tips

    Helpful tips on what to do until help arrives....

    Fire & Smoke Damage:

    Do:

  • Limit movement in the building to prevent soot particles from being imbedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
  • Place clean drop cloths on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezers and refrigerators completely and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on cafeteria and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Wash plants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical equipment that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
  • Send drapes to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
  • Vandalism Damage:

    Do:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible
  • Blot freshly spilled food from carpets and fabrics with dampened cloth or sponge (but don't over wet). Scrape and blot (don't rub: it may damage fibers).
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save containers, which reveal the composition of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.
  • Don't:

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetics stains.
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard wood chips, broken pieces from furniture, porcelain or other art objects.
  • Harmful Waste (Sewage, Blood borne Pathogens, Etc.)

    Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is a sewage damage
  • Don't

    • Attempt cleanup of any kind.
    • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.
    • Eat, drink, smoke apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in affected areas.

    If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.

    Water Damage:

    Do:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items.
  • Remove an prop wet upholstery for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall to wall carpeting
  • Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Don't:

  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

    1/21/2016 (Permalink)

    The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze. 

    Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

    Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing. 

    Preventing Frozen Pipes

    Before the onset of Cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by the following these recommendations:

    Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is the environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping. 

    Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supply outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break. 

    Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.

    Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes, Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes- even 1/4" of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing. 

    During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action

    Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. 

    When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe-even at a trickle-helps prevent pipes from freezing. 

    Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. 

    If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°F

    To Thaw Frozen Pipes

    If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 

    Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area, running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe

    Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by  wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do NOT use a blow torch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. 

    Apply Heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed professional.  

    Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes. others may freeze too. 

    Future Protection

    Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing. Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.

    Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook are the Disaster Recovery Experts and are here to help! 

    Article by: American Red Cross

    Protecting Your Property From Winter Weather

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    General Protecting Your Property From Winter Weather

    Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business is you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can't control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.

    To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following actions before the harsh winter weather hits.

    • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
    • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
    • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
    • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
    • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.

    When winter weather stikes... SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook strike back! Call Today 631-476-5300

    Trust Matters

    12/29/2015 (Permalink)

    General Trust Matters

    If Disaster strikes your home or business in the New Year, bring in the cleanup and restoration professionals you can trust. You can feel confident in your trained SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Professional can handle the situation and reduce your stress. Communication throughout the process can help lead to customer satisfaction. 

    • Cleaning Contents to use in temporary residence reduces the cost of purchasing temporary items.
    • Pretesting shows clean ability of damaged area and prevents additional damage.
    • Document Drying/Reconstruction offers the ability to salvage documents, books, valuables and more.
    • Immediate and qualified evaluation provides a comprehensive cost breakdown to help you understand how the estimate is calculated. 

    'Tis The Season For Safety

    12/16/2015 (Permalink)

    General 'Tis The Season For Safety

    Pretty lights and deorations add to the mood of the holiday season, but if they are not used properly your holidays can go from festive to frightening, fast. Fortunately, by following these simple safety tips, you can greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

    Candle Safety

    Candles are widely used throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home candle fires. The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) statistics show, more than half of all candle fires start because the candles were too close to flammable objects. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, Kepp them at least 12 inches from anything flammable, and remember to extinguish them when leaving a room or going to bed. Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. 

    Christmas Tree Safety

    The NFPA also reports, loal fire departments respond to an average of 250 Chritmas tree related fires each year, with the majority of these fires caused by the manufacturer as fire retardant. If you choose a live tree, pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat sorce, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. The tree should also be clear of all exits. Make sure the tree has plenty of water every day. After the holidays, properly dispose of your tree. Dried-out trees can be a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside the home. 

    Decorative Lights

    When purchaseing decorative lights, make sure they are properly labeled and have been inspected by an independent testing laboratory. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of lights; some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Carefully, inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than the number of light strings recommended by the manufacturer. Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed. 

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson/Stony Brook Professionals wish you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

    Fire and Smoke Clean up

    11/18/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Clean up This is the "before" photo from that fire damage that SERVPRO of Port Jefferson cleaned.

    Recently, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson got a call from a friend of our family. She informed us that her neighbors had a fire in their home the night before and needed some help getting it cleaned up. Upon arriving to the scene of the incident we realized it was going to be a large undertaking, including cleaning many contents, inventorying and disposing of contents, and removing most of the interior walls and fixtures of the house. The smoke damage and odor was so bad that the homeowners were just lucky to be out and safe and have some of their belongings determined to be salvageable. We started working on the house immediately and have been working on cleaning contents and removing smoke odor for almost two weeks now.

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Port Jefferson has been serving all of Long Island -Nassau and Suffolk Counties for over 40 years. We are licensed and insured and have an A+ rating with the better business bureau in restoration and cleaning.

    SERVPRO of Port Jefferson 631-476-5300

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